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The lush landscapes of the Philippines

Flights to the Philippines mark the start of an exciting journey to a country that offers buzzing cities, ornate Spanish fortresses, white sandy beaches and some of the world’s most incredible views.

Prepare to be charmed by the Philippines’ traditionally warm welcome and vibrant, upbeat atmosphere.

Boracay is the most famous island, but tear-shaped Siargao and mysterious Palawan also provide a taste of paradise. Explore the underwater National Park at Puerto Princesa or hike the lush green cliffs of El Nido.

Composed of more than 7,000 islands waiting to be explored, in the Philippines you’ll discover amazing wildlife, tropical jungles and a lush, rugged coast.

The energetic capital city of Manila is home to amazing local cuisine at the Pasay seafood market, world class art at the National Museum of Fine Arts and large shopping malls for a little retail therapy.

Whether you’re planning a relaxing honeymoon or the trip of a lifetime, book flights to the Philippines with Etihad and experience the best of this fantastic destination.

What’s the weather like in the Philippines?

What’s the weather like in the Philippines?

Figures shown are for Manila

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

26°C

2cm

FEB

27°C

1cm

MAR

28°C

2cm

APR

29°C

2cm

MAY

30°C

13cm

JUN

29°C

27cm

JUL

28°C

39cm

AUG

28°C

45cm

SEP

28°C

34cm

OCT

28°C

20cm

NOV

27°C

12cm

DEC

26°C

6cm

The Philippines has warm weather all year round, with temperatures typically averaging around 27°C. Conditions depend on where you’re travelling to, so check before you fly.

The rainy season typically runs from June to October but you can still travel to many islands at this time, as the rain is intermittent.

Flying to the Philippines with Etihad

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Manila (MNL)

Fly to Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport (MNL) and land in the heart of the country’s capital city. Navigate skyscrapers in the Pearl of the Orient and see Spanish treasures from the layers of rich history, such as the charming Fort Santiago.

There are several fascinating museums, making the city a great place to get your culture fix before exploring the treasures of Luzon island, including the Banaue Rice Terraces.

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Cebu (CEB)

The wonders of the Central Visayas region open up at Mactan-Cebu International Airport. Tour the city’s Spanish basilicas then escape into the wonders of nature, including Tumalog Falls. The white beaches of Malay are just a short boat ride away and the island of Palawan beckons with its vibrant coral reefs and the chance to dive with whale sharks.

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Reasons to visit the Philippines

a sunny day over the cathedral of manila and basilica located in intramuros

Experience Manila

Often used as a gateway to the islands, Manila is still worth exploring in its own right. It may be busy and crowded at times, but the Philippines’ capital is full of energy, passion and some fantastic experiences.

Head to Intramuros, Manila’s historic walled city, to visit Fort Santiago. Built by the Spaniards during the period of colonial rule, it’s where national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned before being executed for his role in the Philippine Revolution of 1896.

Manila Cathedral, the ornate 16th-century San Agustin Church and Casa Manila museum – which provides an insight into life under Spanish rule – are also well worth seeking out. Elsewhere, Manila Ocean Park is a marine theme park that’s home to around 14,000 creatures from hundreds of species.

white sandy beach on boracay island philippines

Boracay’s pure white beaches

Accessed by boat from Caticlan Airport, you’ll find a slice of paradise at Boracay – the archipelago’s sand and sunshine hub that’s home to dazzling beaches.

This small island features White Beach, the famous stretch of sand so light in colour that it appears luminous beneath the tropical sun. The azure waters are crystal clear thanks to passionate protection of the local environment – eating, drinking and smoking on these sands is strictly banned. Perhaps that’s why some call it the best beach in Asia.

Along the 10 miles (16 km) of glistening coastline in Boracay, you can try water sports, snorkelling or dine on delicious Filipino food at local restaurants.

aerial view of chocolate hills on bohol island philippines

The otherworldly Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills is a striking rock formation in the Bohol province. In the dry season, as the grass turns golden brown, these distinctive rounded hills look like an enormous box of chocolates.

The region is home to well over a thousand rolling hills – visit between November and May to see and climb them in their prime. The Chocolate Hills Complex viewing platform is a great place to snap some amazing holiday photos. Stay in the nearby city of Carmen and take a local bus or taxi to visit.

diver and coral in tubbataha reef philippines

Thrilling coral reef dives

Once your plane tickets to the Philippines are booked, it’s time to start planning. The country’s beautiful coral reefs should not be missed. The Tubbataha Reef is one of the best – a cacophony of colour featuring bursts of green, pink and red.

There are turtles, exotic sea birds and even sharks at this marine UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a boat from Puerto Princesa from mid-March until June to take the plunge.

Below water, you’ll discover over 300 species of coral. From above, you can glimpse 13 species of dolphins and whales as they pass through the lush oasis.

Things to know before you fly to the Philippines

currency Local currency

The Philippine peso (PHP) is the local currency. Notes are multi-coloured and split into sums of PHP 10, 20, 50, 200, 500 and 1000. Debit and credit cards can be used, but cash is more common.

globe Languages

The main language spoken in the Philippines is Filipino, but English is the language of government. Many locals will know some English, while Spanish and Arabic are also common in cities.

socket Plugs

Three types of plug outlets are used in the Philippines. Type A has two flat pins, B also comes with a grounding pin and C has two round pins.

meals Local cuisine

As the Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, seafood is a staple. Try fish tinola, a simple sour broth. Another classic dish is adobo, a meat stew with Mexican origins.

Flying to the Philippines: FAQs

Do you tip in the Philippines?

For some services – such as taxi journeys, eating out and guided tours – a 10 per cent tip will be well-received. Haggling is commonplace in shops that sell clothing.

How much time should I spend in the Philippines?

Spending a month in the Philippines would allow you to explore many of its islands, cultures and beautiful beaches. If you plan to stay in one or two resorts, two weeks should be plenty.

Where should I fly into the Philippines?

Etihad direct flights land at Manila (MNL). From here you can take onward flights to other islands including Luzon, as well as resorts near Laguna Lake and Balayan Bay. Cebu (CEB) also has connecting flights to many Filipino islands.

How do you get around in the Philippines?

The Philippines is an archipelago, a country consisting of thousands of islands. Planning ahead will help you to get around easier.

Manila is a good starting point for any visit as you can travel onwards to most other destinations. Planes and boats are the key modes of transport.

Why we love the Philippines

“With every visit to the Philippines, you can explore a new island and experience a different natural wonder. The views around the Mayon Volcano on Luzon island are amazing – hiking in the hills is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.”

Why fly to the Philippines with Etihad?

Fly to the Philippines with Etihad to enjoy comfortable seats, convenient transfers and the chance to shape your journey.

Design your own flight package with a range of options for guests travelling in Economy. Book Economy Space for extra legroom to sit back and relax or bid for an Economy Neighbour-Free seat for extra privacy.

Check into our comfortable airport lounges to start your flight in style – this is included on First and Business tickets, and available to Economy guests in most airports for a small fee.

On board, Business guests can choose when to enjoy their a la carte meal with Dine Anytime. On long-haul flights, guests can get comfortable with blankets and pillows, and Business seats turn into fully-flat beds.

E-BOX is our inflight entertainment package – plug in to see the latest Hollywood, Bollywood and international movies, as well as games, TV and music.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

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