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Flight Time to the Philippines from the UK
Approx 13-14 Hours from London to Manila.
The Philippines constitutes an archipelago of 7,107 islands with a total land area of approximately 300,000 square kilometres (116,000 sq. mi). It lies between 116° 40' and 126° 34' E. longitude, and 4° 40' and 21° 10' N. latitude, and borders the Philippine Sea on the east, on the South China Sea the west, and the Celebes Sea on the south. The island of Borneo lies a few hundred kilometers southwest and Taiwan directly north. The Moluccas and Sulawesi are to the south, and Palau is to the east beyond the Philippine Sea.
The islands are commonly divided into three island groups: Luzon (Regions I to V, NCR & CAR), Visayas (VI to VIII), and Mindanao (IX to XIII & ARMM). The busy port of Manila, on Luzon, is the national capital and second largest city after its suburb Quezon City.
The local climate is hot, humid, and tropical. The average yearly temperature is around 26.5°C (79.7°F). There are three recognized seasons: Tag-init or Tag-araw (the hot season or summer from March to May), Tag-ulan (the rainy season from June to November), and Taglamig (the cold season from December to February). The southwest monsoon (May-October) is known as the "habagat" and the dry winds of the northeast monsoon (November-April) as the "amihan".
Most of the mountainous islands used to be covered in tropical rainforest and are volcanic in origin. The highest point is Mount Apo on Mindanao at 2,954 metres (9,692 ft). There are many active volcanos such as Mayon Volcano, Mount Pinatubo, and Taal Volcano. The country also lies within the typhoon belt of the Western Pacific and about 19 typhoons strike per year.
Lying on the northwestern fringes of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activities. Some 20 earthquakes are registered daily in the Philippines, though most are too weak to be felt.
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The Philippines' extensive coastline offers boundless opportunities for scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and windsurfing. Quirkier options include visiting the mystical hanging coffins of Sagada, where coffins adorn seemingly unreachable rock faces so that the deceased can be touched only by nature.
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Public Holidays in the Philippines
1 January - New Year's Day
22 February - EDSA Revolution Day (People's Power Day) (not bank holiday)
9 April Day - of Valor, Bataan Day (Araw ng Kagitingan)
1 May - Labor Day
12 June - Independence Day (from Spain, 1898)
24 June - Manila Day (Manila only)
31 August - National Heroes Day
1 November - All Saints' Day
30 November - Bonifacio's Day
25 December - Christmas Day
30 December - Rizal Day
31 December - New Year's Eve Bank Holiday
Visa Requirements for the Philippines
Entry requirements for UK nationals: British citizens must have a valid passport. No visa is required for a stay of up to 21 days. A tourist visa from the Philippine embassy is valid for 59 days.
Always check for travel advisories and obtain advice from both your embassy (if you are a visiting tourist) and from local sources as well. If you are visiting, plan your trip ahead, and check for the safety of the areas you wish to visit in advance.
Common sense will usually prevent most petty crimes in any place in the world, and the Philippines is no exception to this. While foreigners do tend to stand out in crowds, they are not an uncommon sight in major cities and urban areas, nor in well-known tourist areas. As such, if traveling as a tourist, it is always best to keep in groups. Avoid traveling in the late evening if you are unfamiliar with the area. Having a reputable travel guide or a trusted local friend with you when traveling through these areas is highly advisable.
Several regions are known for being "conflict areas," areas with long histories of insurgency from groups such as the New People's Army (NPA, a communist group) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF, a radical Islamic seperatist group). Again, having a reputable travel guide or a trusted local friend with you when traveling through these areas is highly advisable.