Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answering the most FAQ 's on our website.


Do I need a visa to enter the Philippines?

American and European citizens may enter the Philippines and stay up to 30 days for tourism purposes without obtaining a visa, provided they have a confirmed round-trip airline ticket or an onward ticket out of the Philippines.   If you want to stay longer than 30 days you can extend your visa up to 14 months in any immigration office by submitting two 2×2 photos and paying the extension fees and filling up the visa forms.

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For a list of other countries, visa extensions, required documents or more information, please check this link.


 

How can I pay for my tour?

After sending us the pre-booking form, we will check on your details and you will receive an invoice from us.    The first thing you have to pay is the 25% downpayment for the confirmation of your booking. You can pay this thru your Paypal account, or if you do not have a Paypal account, you may pay as a Paypal guest with your credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) without signing up to Paypal.    If you wish, we also accept bank transfers to our business account in the Philippines. You can let us know which is more convenient for you.   Once we have received your payment, we will send you a confirmation email and a second invoice for the last payment.   Once you have paid in full, we will send you all the confirmation bookings for your hotels and domestic flight tickets via email.


 

What vaccinations are advised when visiting the Philippines?

First thing is, ask your physician for professional advice.    The usual vaccines for going to the Philippines are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, Hepatitis B, Rabies, (MMR ) Measles Mumps Rubella, Tetanus-diphtheria.


 

What are the travel essentials that I should bring?

You must bring sunblock lotion with high SPF, rashguards, sunglasses,  hats, waterproof bags and mosquito repellants.   Don’t forget your cameras, it’s a plus if you have a waterproof one.


 

What is the weather like in the Philippines?

Weather patterns in the Philippines are dictated by the prevailing winds – the habagat (southwest monsoon), which runs from May to October, and the amihan (northeast monsoon), which prevails from November to early May.   Average temperature ranges from 23°C to 33°C.

For most of the country, the dry season is during the amihan. The wet season starts in June, peaks in July to September, and peters out in October. But patterns have been screwy of late, with the rains arriving later and lingering into December.
In some regions the seasons are flipped. Much of the eastern seaboard – including Eastern Mindanao, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar and Southeast Luzon – is rainy from December to March and fairly dry when the rest of the country is sopping.

The central Visayas – including Bohol, Negros and Cebu – are sheltered from the monsoon rains and thus have less pronounced seasons. These areas are liable to have rain at any time of the year, but it’s usually not too serious unless there’s a typhoon stirring up trouble on the eastern seaboard.

Typhoons, known as bagyo, are common from June to November. Striking mainly in Luzon and the Visayas, they do millions of dollars worth of damage annually. Typhoons also tend to enhance the habagat, resulting in several days of heavy rains across vast swaths of the country. Even typhoons that pass several hundred kilometres offshore can have this unfortunate, potentially vacation-ruining effect.

The hottest month in lowland regions is May, when temperatures hover as high as 38°C. The coolest, least humid months are January and February, which can be downright pleasant.

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