About the Philippines
the more than 7,000 islands of the Philippines are blessed
by being surrounded by Pacific Ocean, Philippines Sea,
Sulu Sea, South China Sea and Celebs Sea, all offering
divers one one the most diverse underwater environments
available. The tropical Philippines are divided into
3 geographical regions, Luzon in the north, Visayas
central, and Mindanao in the south.
Scuba diving in warm crystal clear waters with underwater
visibility of up to 150 ft. divers find more than 800
types of soft and hard corals, shipwrecks, drop-offs,
and over 2,000 species of fish.
Looking for palagics? Imagine running into mantas and
sharks at the Apo Reef, whale sharks in Sorsogon, or
manatees in Palawan. Puerto Galera will wow you with
vast fields of coral and rare species of fish. One of
the major destinations when it comes to wreck diving,
is Coron, worldwide known for its sunken Japanese fleet
from World War II as well as commercial shipwrecks.
Photographers will be astounded with the small fishes,
sponges, colorful corals and gorgonians. You may even
experience rarely see exotic fishes like Spanish dancer,
harlequin ghost-pipefish, camouflaged frogfish, fire
gobies and various species of Seahorses.
international airports are located in Cebu, Clark, Davao,
General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Manila, Puerto
Princesa, and Zamboanga.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals
1, 2 and 3 in Manila are the premier gateways. They
serve more than 30 airlines that fly to different cities
around the world.
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Lapu-Lapu
City handles regular flights from Hong Kong, Japan,
Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Doha and China as well as
chartered flights from the United States, and other
major travel capitals.
International Airport (also known as Francisco Bangoy
International Airport) handles flights from Singapore
and other chartered flights.
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) at the
Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City, Pampanga
currently services low-cost or budget airlines and chartered
flights while Subic in Olongapo City services both chartered
and cargo planes.
International Airport in Ilocos Norte services flights
from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.
Airlines (PAL), the countrys flag carrier,
flies to and from 14 cities in eight countries.
Pacific Air, also a flag carrier, is known for its
budget flights and frequent seat sales.
from 151 countries may enter the Philippines without
a visa and stay for a maximum of thirty (30) days, provided
they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6)
months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines,
and present a return or outward bound ticket to their
country of origin or to a next country of destination.
Nationals, including citizens for Hong Kong and Taiwan,
will need a special permit.
Philippines is fortunate to be free from epidemics.
The country remains safe from bird flu and foot-and-mouth
youre coming from an area where yellow fever has
been reported, youll need a certificate of vaccination.
leaving the plane, you will be asked to fill out the
Baggage Declaration Form.
following items are allowed duty-free:
A reasonable quantity of personal clothes, jewelry,
Two cartons of cigarettes or two tins of pipe tobacco
Up to two (2) liters of alcohol
following items are prohibited:
following items are regulated:
DVDs and VCDs
following items are restricted and require prior import
permits and health, sanitary or phytosanitary certificates:
Foreign agricultural products, such as animals, plants,
Their products and by-products, such as meat, eggs,