Getting to the Philippines – Flights & Airports
You can go through your favorite travel agency or just book a flight on your own with your carrier of choice.
Alternatively, you can ask for assistance on travel expenses and choices from the resort or hotel where you will lodge during your stay in the country.
There are several international airports scattered around the country (Subic, Davao, Cebu and Zamboanga are just a few), but most travellers prefer to go through Manila first and take it from there.
The Manila domestic airport and seaport offers trips to just about anywhere else in the country. The major bus stations that travel to the provinces are also found in the city.
If you plan to go to the beach or to the mountains, it’s imperative that you have already arranged for land and sea transfers throughout your trip. Again, this should not be a problem if you’ve already chosen and contacted the resort or hotel where you will stay. Often there are packages to cater to different group sizes and budgets so you can already book ahead and put your itinerary in order.
You don’t want to stay stuck somewhere waiting as a chance passenger, especially if you’re with a group of friends and family. In fact, you can save time and money if the land and sea transfers during your stay are already taken care of. Otherwise, you will have to shell out a bigger amount of cash to take you places.
Summer is peak season and almost every beach resort and boat in the Philippines will book up fast.
Some people prefer to make Manila their last port of call, others the first. Either way, you might want to save enough time before you leave to explore the capital and load up on gifts for friends and family back home. Manila is a great place to shop, dine, sightsee and be entertained.
Let your beach trip take care of the stress and the cricks in your back—in Manila you will be swept up again in the fast-paced, cosmopolitan urban life, just like in any other city in the world.
At the customs line in the airport you might be asked perfunctory questions about where you’re going and where you will stay during your trip. Don’t hesitate to answer frankly: Filipinos are a warm and friendly people, and they are very proud of what their country has to offer to travellers, locals and foreigners alike.
You might even get lucky and be assigned to a customs officer who hails from the place you’re going to visit and give you tips about dishes to try, places to go and things to do.