Philippines Flights:

Flights to Philippines

image of PhilippinesThe Philippines is a country and archipelago which consists of 7,107 islands and is situated in the western Pacific Ocean in South East Asia.

As the Philippines is made up of so many islands there are numerous airports here for visitors to use. The most common entry point for international travellers is to the capital city Manila and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. A popular thing for visitors who wish to travel around the Philippines is to arrive into Manila and depart from Cebu, so this may be worth considering.

You can choose from a number of airlines for your flight from South Africa to the Philippines. From Johannesburg for example, Singapore Airlines, Air Mauritius, Qantas, South African Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates are amongst those offering flights and involve either one or two stops. Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines are the carriers with one stop, flying via Abu Dhabi and Singapore respectively.

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The Tourist Attractions of Philippines:

The Philippines are most popular for their beautiful natural scenery and their diverse cultures, and the islands are well known for their friendly and welcoming peoples. Visitors will find an interesting mix here, with opportunities to relax and take things easy or to be active and sociable.

The capital city of the Philippines, Manila, is a bustling and busy city considered to be one of the most cosmopolitan in the world. Although the old city which essentially flattened in World War 2, the city still retains a history and strong appeal. The main tourist attractions in Manila are concentrated around Manila Bay and include the old Spanish walls, and the city within them, called Intramuros. Here you’ll find many of the city’s museums and churches, including Manila Cathedral. Outside Intramuros are also a number of attractions including one of the largest Chinatown’s in the world.

Cebu City
The city of Cebu is a popular destination and is also known as the Queen City of the South. It’s an attractive city with a variety of attractions including the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino, the Taoist Temple and the life size statues of Popes.

The third popular city in the Philippines is Davao. This is a huge city, one of the largest in the world, but is a good base for visiting the Philippines highest mountain, Mount Apo, and is the best place to see the endangered Philippine Eagle at the Philippine Eagle Centre.

There are many places to enjoy beaches and diving in the Philippines, but the island of Panglao is said to have world-class dive sites and is also graced with beautiful white sandy beaches such as Alona Beach. There are many tourist resorts on Panglao Island, so you have much choice if you want to stay here.

Another popular city destination in the Philippines is Vigan. Vigan is a very Spanish town with much evidence of Spanish colonial times in its architecture, though also with an interesting mix of buildings built by the Chinese which show both Spanish and Asian influences. The historic town has been recognised as an important destination as it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Things to see here include St Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral, the Mestizo District and the Plaza Burgos.

When Should You Visit?:

The Philippines has a tropical climate with warm to hot temperatures averaging between 25 and 32C (78 to 90F). The hottest months are between March and May, then in June the rainy seasons begins and runs until October. During this time there is the possibility that the Philippines will experience a typhoon, so this may not be the best time to visit! Mid January to the end of February are considered to be very good months to visit as the temperatures are a little cooler and there is usually dry weather.

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