Philippines

Philippines

Philippines Dive Map Location Scubahive

Imagine a country with literally thousands of postcard-perfect islands – 7641 to be precise – the Philippines certainly deserves its nickname as “the heart of Asia’s diving” featuring spectacular drop-offs, deep dives, wrecks, and a rich variety of marine life, all being an absolute honeypot for divers. Whatever your dive experience, you are sure to be spoilt for choice.

Diving in the Philippines is typically all year round with ideal times to visit between November to June. Water temperatures range from 25°C (77°F) to 30°C (86°F) depending on months and location, but fret not, we’ve got the details covered for each locale below.

For times when you are not busy filling up your dive logs, the Philippines has a range of experiences above the surface to keep you occupied.

What’s more, the Filipinos are possibly one of the friendliest you’ll ever meet. They’re chatty, hospitable people who love to laugh, sing and dance. Their pride in their country and desire to share it with visitors adds to the allure.

Like they say, “it’s more fun in the Philippines”.

&nbspAt A Glance

CLIMATE :
Tropical climate with average temperatures of 26°C (78.8°F) across the country, with May being the hottest month of the year. Typhoons are a big wildcard, which can typically affect huge swaths of the country and can even occur outside the typhoon season (roughly June to Dec). Keep track of weather-related disturbances through www.typhoon2000.ph.
TIME ZONE :
UTC+08:00
CURRENCY :
Philippine Peso (PHP)
CALLING CODE :
+63
ELECTRICITY :
220V, 60Hz
PLUG TYPE :
A, B, C

&nbspLanguage

Tagalog is the official languages. English is also widely spoken. The country has an endearing “don’t worry be happy” vibe, soothing for first-time visitors.

&nbspTipping

Philippines was traditionally a non-tipping culture, but tipping is increasingly common among the local population. Tour and dive guides work exceptionally hard and very often they are doing so for little remuneration. Therefore a tip is always welcome and can make a difference.

&nbspScuba Cylinder Tank Valve

Yoke

&nbspMeasurement System

Metric

&nbspVisa / Passport

Visitors must possess a valid passport for at least 6 months after your date of arrival in the Philippines, and present a return or outward bound ticket to the country of origin or next destination. They are quite strict with showing an outbound ticket, so please plan accordingly. Nationals from 151 countries may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a maximum of thirty (30) days. Details on visa regulations are available at https://www.dfa.gov.ph/guidelines-requirements

&nbspGentle Reminder

Karaoke is said to be a national pastime in the Philippines, and at some point, you may find yourself mic-in-hand. Don’t worry about sounding like a chicken being strangled. Filipinos aren’t judgemental and will respect your attempt at cultural immersion. Of course, this goes both ways. Never diss a person’s karaoke skills. There was at least one murder in recent years attributed to an unflattering karaoke assessment. Karaoke is serious fun in the Philippines – Have a laugh with it, but don’t disrespect.

&nbspWord Of Caution

As far as scams go, beware of money changers. Money changers in the Philippines have a little bit of a reputation for driving a hard bargain. Think about exchanging your money before you arrive, or do it somewhere reputable, like a bank, or through your hotel. And avoid ATMs that appear defective.

&nbspCredit Cards

Most commonly accepted credit cards are the VISA and Mastercard, however major charge cards like the American Express is accepted in larger cities. Do note that many businesses charge an extra 10% fee for using plastic.

&nbspWorking Days

Most offices are open from 8am to 5pm, or 9am to 6pm, Monday-Friday. While most shoping centres are open seven days a week with variable opening hours.

&nbspBanking Hours

Banks are open from 9am to 3pm, Monday-Friday, with most ATMs operating 24 hours. When banking in the Philippines, it is advisable to have your passport for identification. Kindly check the websites of the relevant banks for details on operating hours and rest days.

&nbspDecompression Chamber Hotline

+63 928 242 6237

&nbspEmergency Numbers

National Emergency Hotline :
911
Police Hotline :
117
Medical Evacuation :
Philippine Coast Guard +63 2527 387
Philippine Air Force Search and Recovery (+63 2853 5013/5121)

Note: It is always advisable to have the telephone number and the address of your embassy or consulate with you.

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