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1. Posted by rettravelbug62 (Budding Member 8 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hello fellow travelers.
I'm planning on backpacking the Philippine Islands next winter for about 5 months and I'm hoping that some of you who have been or local people living on the Island would care to share your experiences and give me advise on the present safety issues that might be of concern. I plan on starting in Dumaguete in December and going to nearby Islands from there. Can someone recommend some of the best Islands and beaches that I should check out.
Thank you.

2. Posted by UliS (Travel Guru 133 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Best best Dumaguete, Sugar beach north of Sipalay has a good beach and good , popular with Swiss people, Apo island has good diving bitte mit the best beach. In my opinion Palawan ist the most interesting place in the Philippines.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-May-2019, at 17:20 by UliS ]

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2233 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

If you haven't done so already verify your Visa requirements for your long stay.

I think you will need a Tourist Visa you apply for ahead of time then extend as needed. For me when I was flying into Manila they were always picky with return tickets if entering with the free visa stamp in your passport.
http://www.vancouverpcg.org/q-a-visa-q01-needvisa.html

Don't rely on a single debit card for spending money. Have a backup sources of spending money.

I kind of like Manila a little bit but I am karazy! (I don't do beaches that much anymore. Too much skin damage already.)

Your Canadian foreign office has some warnings to look over:
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/philippines

An old fashioned printed travel guide might be helpful too.

From this TP forum:
https://www.travellerspoint.com/guide/Philippines/

Have fun.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-May-2019, at 22:50 by karazyal ]

4. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 811 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I think there are a couple of YouTube Vloggers in Dumaguete and that area.
Check 'My Philippine Dreams' …
I can't remember the other one, although there are probably a lot more than 2.