Travel advice

Philippines General Information

Weather and water temperature

Average max. air temperatur in degrees C Average min. air temperatur in degrees C

Philippines weather

The Philippines is a tropical country and the weather is fairly even all year round. The year is roughly divided into two seasons; ‘rainy’ (Jun – Nov) and ‘dry’(Dec – May). Tropical storms and typhoons occur more frequently in the northern regions around Luzon, whilst the Visayas typically remain relatively unaffected. Year round coastal and inland temperatures range from 27°C – 28°C (81°F – 82°F) up to 33°C – 34°C (91°F – 93°F) with an average of approximately 31°C (87°F). Evenings are marginally cooler and guests are advised to bring a light sweater or jacket.

Average max. water temperatur in degrees C (Note: Avg. min. varies little)

Philippines water

Water temperatures are broadly similar throughout the entire Philippines region with averages of approximately 26 °C – 28 °C (78 °F- 82 °F), though in January- March this can drop to 24 C – 26 C ( 75 °F- 78 °F). Most guests will feel comfortable in a 3mm shortie suit, however if you feel the cold easily then a longer suit is advised.

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Money matters

The local currency is the Philippine Peso (Php).

The vast majority of all hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants will accept a wide range of credit and debit cards. Please note that in some cases away from the major cities you may be asked to pay a service charge for credit card handling. This can range from 3.5 – 6.0%. ATM’s are easily found throughout the Philippines in airports and in any major centre of population.

Time Zone

The local time is 8 hours ahead of UTC (GMT).

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General and Diving Health

Health standards vary throughout the country depending on location. In some cases they do not meet Western standards but in some cases they exceed them; Manila and Cebu both have international class hospitals. Follow normal precautions with food whilst travelling to prevent stomach upsets and be sure to drink bottled water only. On board the Philippine Siren you will find a fully stocked first aid kit, AED and medical grade O2. Basic supplies will be made available to you, if you require medication please ask your cruise director. There are numerous recompression facilities in Manila, Cebu, Batangas and Subic, to which air evacuation may be required dependent upon the location of the Philippine Siren, thus diving specific insurance is a must on any liveaboard dive trip.


There are over 170 different languages and dialects spoken in the Philippines, however, Tagalog (aka Filipino) is the most widely spoken language in the archipelago, with most Filipinos speaking excellent English also.


The population is predominantly Christian, yet in some areas Islam is the predominant faith. Religious conflict is known to occur in the southern areas of Mindanao and guests are advised to avoid those areas where possible. In respect of guest safety, Siren Fleet liveaboard safaris do not travel near to conflict areas.

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