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''Some of the top Philippines beach locations are Boracay Island, Palawan and the Camiguin Island.''

The Philippines has the longest coastlines in Asia. Some of the top Philippine beach locations are Boracay Island, Palawan and the Camiguin Island. Boracay is known for its stunningly beautiful white powder sand beach with crystal clear, warm water where one can just laze on for days.

The Loboc river cruise : It features fiesta style hospitality on rafts arranged by the local community with a serenaded lunch is a must do in the Philippines. Starting from Loay Bridge which is the outlet of the Loboc River, motorized pumpboats start the exciting boat ride along palm-hinged banks inland. The boat ride ends near the Tontonan waterfalls where several falls with cascading water provides a pleasant bathing session.

Chocolate Hills : It is an established stop on the main tourist trail. It is a series of 1,268 perfectly symmetrical, haycock-shaped hills in the Bohol province, Philippines. The hills rise some 30 meters above the ground. These unique, rock formations were cast after million years of evolution.

A Mecca for divers : The Philippines is considered a Mecca for divers. Some of the diving spots in the Philippines are Anilao, Puerto Galera and Boracay. Other must-see diving spots are Tubbataha Reef and the location of some of the best wreck diving sites in the world, Coron both in Palawan.

WHERE : The Philippines is located off the south-east coast of Asia and sprawls between Asia mainland and Australia between latitude 21°25'N and 4°23'N and longitude 116°E and 127°E.

CONNECTIVITY : Manila- the country’s capital and international gateway to the Philippines is linked by flights from cities like Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. One can bank on a connecting flight via these cities from Delhi or Mumbai. Travel times from Delhi and Mumbai to these cities range between 4-6 hours approximately and flights from these cities takes between 2-3 hours to reach Manila.

VISA REQUIREMENTS : Indian nationals with valid America, Japan, Australia, Canada, Schengen, Singapore, and UK (AJACS SUK) visa or permanent resident permits are allowed to enter Philippines for a period of 14 days without securing a Philippine visa. Indian tourists should have passports with at least 6 months validity (from date of departure), must show an onward or return plane tickets, and must not have any derogatory record. At present, this facility is being enforced in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

CURRENCY : The Philippine monetary unit, the peso, is generally preferred for financial transactions. Money-changing shops are available in key cities and towns. Tipping is expected for many services. The standard amount is 10% of the total bill. Tipping is optional on bills that include a service charge.

WEATHER : • Average temperature - 78°F/25°C to 90°F/32°C

• Hot and Dry – March to May

• Rainy – June to October

• Cool – November to February

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION : Food is one of the major preoccupations of the Filipino. You’ll find a wide variety of food choices: Chinese, Indian, American, Mexican, French, Italian, Swiss and even Moroccan food. Cebu and Palawan serve fresh seafood, seaweed salad and the sweetest mangoes. There’s a room for every type of traveller in the Philippines. Budget accommodations at islands like Boracay start at around US$ 17, and can go all the way to US$ 300 per person at prime resorts like Discovery Shores.

Source / Review By : Philippine Tourism Marketing Office, Delhi

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