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About us

7000 ISLANDS TRAVEL is a TRAVEL and TOUR operator in the Philippines,
a dynamic company under Swiss management.

We are organize attractive travel modules and travel programs on individual basis to the Philippines, more and more people discover the appealing beauty of this country and its people and experience here a splendid paradise holiday. We already mention it, holiday on individual basis. You never have to be afraid that your holiday will be cancelled because not enough people booked the tour.

You really enjoy the place you are at a certain moment, most of the time the travel program can be changed to fulfill your personal whishes. In other words, we are there to serve you and give you the most enjoyable holiday.

In all travel modules you will be guided by an English, Dutch or German speaking tour guide. We can assure you that 7000 ISLANDS TRAVEL PHILIPPINES and it's staff will do their best to give you an optimal service during your holiday.

You can make your booking direct by 7000 ISLANDS TRAVEL


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By us you dont need a Anulation Insurance because free cancel until departure date.

We recommend a Travel Insurance.

Flights to the Philippines

Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, are the international gateways, with the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila as the premier gateway. It is served by more than 30 airlines, which fly to different cities around the world. The Mactan International Airport (MIA) in Cebu handles regular flights from Japan, Singapore, and Australia as well as chartered flights from Hong Kong, the United States, and other major travel capitals. Davao International Airport handles regular flights from Indonesia and Singapore. The Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and Subic Airfield in Central Luzon service both chartered and cargo planes. Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte services regular flights from Taiwan and Macau.

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Why holiday in the Philippines?

The German ethnographer Fedor Jagor traveled to the Philippines in the 19th Century, an experience that moved him to superlatives. As he later wrote, “Hardly anywhere does the nature lover find a greater fill of boundless treasure.”
The archipelago that so inspired Jagor remains a marvel of nature, with its more than 7,100 islands nourishing a panoply of wildlife unique to the world. Despite the country’s small size and its tiny portion of remaining habitat, the Philippines is “richly endowed” with flora and fauna. Unfortunately, the region faces myriad threats making it the “hottest” of the biodiversity hotspots.

The Philippines is rich in biodiversity, with around 12,000 plant species, 1,000 land vertebrate species, and at least 500 species of coral.



History and General Information

Situated on the crossroads of Asia, on the eastern rim of the China Sea, the Philippines has hosted voyagers, migrants and traders since the dawn of history. That it was the center of lively Asian trade route that stretched all the way to China and Japan can be seen from the relics these early visitors left behind. Among our archaeological treasures is a Neolithic spirit boat typical of early Southeast Asian culture.

The West discovered the Philippines when Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who sailed for Spain, landed in Cebu in 1521. However, colonization didn't actually begin until 1565, when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi established a Spanish base in the town of Manila.

Because Philippine society was loosely organized, without a central government, the Spanish conquest was rapid and total. Only the Muslims in the south and some inaccessible hill tribes were able to resist Spanish influence. Along with the Spanish conquerors came a new religion, Christianity, a new language, new laws and the galleon trade.

Despite several uprisings against Spain, including the Katipunan, a revolutionary movement inspired by Dr. Jose Rizal and led by Andres Bonifacio, it was the United States of America that broke the Spaniard's grip on the Philippines. Unfortunately, that began the nation's second period of colonization. Once again there was resistance, this time led by Emilio Aguinaldo; but his rag-tag army was no match for Admiral Dewey's forces. In 1901, with Aguinaldo's capture, the Americans were entrenched.

The Americans brought over their educational system, their legal system and planted the seeds of their own style of government. In 1935, the Philippines became an American commonwealth country with Manuel Luis Quezon as president. The status quo ended with the Japanese Occupation; and it wasn't until 1946, after the end of the Pacific war, that the Philippines finally regained true independence as the Republic of the Philippines under the presidency of Manuel Roxas. Still one of the strongest democracies in Asia, the current president is
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The People

Halo-halo is a Filipino word that means mixture. While it describes a popular dessert, it could also describe the Filipinos. They look like Asians, write and speak English like Americans, worship like Spaniards, and have an outlook that is international.

Like the Southern Chinese, the Thai, Malay, Indonesian and Burmese, the modern-day Filipino traces his remotest genetic lines back to an Australoid and Mongoloid stock. You will also find a touch of Caucasian, Chinese, Indian and Arabic in their gene pool as well. But to truly understand the Filipino, you have to look at the land. The historic isolation between islands and the topographic isolation on each island, become the primary influence governing regional traits and societal behavior.

This diversity makes Filipinos all the more interesting. However, what is apparent isn't how different they are from each other, but rather how alike they are. Brought together by a common history, and looking forward to a common future, it is not surprising to find a sharing of certain traits. Their warmth, graciousness and hospitality - all part of the Filipino psyche - will make your stay a delight.


The Philippines is tropical with just two seasons--hot and dry from November to June, and rainy from July to October. Filipinos will tell you that it is cool from December through February and they themselves will wear jackets.


People in the Philippines dress for the weather (HOT!) Casual attire during the day for women are light blouses and shorts. For men collared T- shirts worn over slacks. In the evening skirts are substituted for shorts and the T-shirts are tucked in.

For Men Only: If you expect to have to attend any occasion which would usually require a jacket and a tie (which is torture in this weather) there is a wonderful substitute. Go immediately to a department store and buy a barong tagalog. It is an embroidered shirt that is considered a formal dress. It will cost more or less 1,000 Peso but it is worth every centavo.

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While there are over 100 regional languages in the Philippines, the national language is Filipino, with English as the most widely spoken second language. All business, governmental and legal transactions are conducted in English.


If you are coming from America, Asia or Europe with a valid passport, and either a return ticket or a ticket to another destination outside the Philippines you may enter without a formal visa and stay for 21 days. If you wish to stay longer you must obtain a Visa Extension either before your trip from a Philippine Consulate or Embassy. Or, once here, you may obtain it from the Bureau of Immigration (we can help you).

Travel Insurance

We recommend a Travel Insurance.

Health and Vaccination

Travel health depends on your pre- departure preparations, your day to day health care while traveling and how you handle any medical problem or emergency that does develop. A good medical kit is essential, particularly if you are going off the beaten track. Because you can’t always get to your main luggage when traveling. For example on a flight, it’s recommended that you keep a small medical kit in your hand luggage with medications such as pain- relieving tablets, diarrhea tablets, eye drops and your special medicine.

The Philippines doesn't have a vaccination duty

Malaria exists in Rural areas only. Except, no risk in provinces of Bohol, Catanduanes, Cebu, Leyte, Samar, Manila, Angeles. Note: Malaria transmission in the Philippines is largely confined to rural areas not visited by most travelers. Most travel to rural areas of the Philippines is during daytime hours when the risk of exposure is minimal. Good is aslo to bring mosquito oil and in the evening wear long pants and socks.


The currency in the Philippines is the Peso (PhP) and the Centavo. 100 centavos = P1. Coin denominations are: 1, 5, 10, and 25 centavos, P1, and P5. Bill denominations are : 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1, 000 pesos.

Foreign currency may be exchanged at your hotel, and in most of the large department stores, banks and authorized money changing shops. Exchanging money anywhere else is illegal and the laws are strictly enforced.

Most large stores, restaurants , hotels and resorts accept major credit cards including American Express, Visas and MasterCard. Travelers checks preferably American Express are accepted at hotels and large department stores. Personal checks drawn on foreign banks are generally not accepted.

For the exchange rate look at this webpage


Arriving: Visitors are allowed to bring in duty free personal belongings, two cartons of cigarettes or two tins of pipe tobacco and up to one liter of alcohol. Balikbayans have separate rules and should check with the Embassy or Consulate in their home city.

You may bring in unlimited amount of foreign currency.

Upon Leaving: Any antiques you may have acquired during your stay must be accompanied by a certificate from the National Museum. You may also not take more than 5,000 Pesos out of the country.

Airport Service 7000 ISLANDS Travel

 1.   Arrival at Terminal 1 (all flights except Philippine Airlines).

2.   After debarking the plan you will first pass through immigration.

3.   After Immigration you will proceed directly to the luggage claim area.

4.   After you claimed your luggage go straight ahead for customs clearance. There you will have to present your
       immigration card, and Passport that has been stamped by the immigration officer.

5.   After you past customs you go straight ahead passing through the sliding doors. Now you are in the arrival hall, where
        you will be assaulted by many Hotel Drivers. Tell them that you have a transport waiting for you and just ignore them.


 6.  Keep going straight ahead leaving the Arrival Hall by passing through the sliding doors.

7.  Now you are outside the Terminal/Arrival Hall.

8.  Look across the street, where you will see a sign above the sidewalk that says "ARRIVAL EXTENSION".

9.  Cross the street to get to the "ARRIVAL EXTENSION" and go down the ramp to your RIGHT to get to the main reception area, which is one floor down at ground level.

10.  Once you reached the ground level reception area, look across the street and under the letter "Z" you will find your driver holding a sign with your name.

11.  Once
you located your driver cross the street get to him.

Airport Manila

In Manila there are 3 Airports:

-     NAIA-1 (International Airport.

-     NAIA-2 (Centennial),  Airport for Philippines Airlines and Air Philippines.

-     Domestic Airport (Cebu Pacific, Seair, Asian Spirit).


The  terminal  fee  for the  International  Airport  amounting to  750 Pesos  should be  paid at  the  Airport Tax Counter after check in.

The terminal fee for the Domestic Airport amounting to 200 Pesos should be paid at the Airport Tax Counter after check in.


Reconfirm you flight at least 72 hours before departure. Check in 3 hour before your flight start.


Electricity is 220 Volts AC. Many of the major tourist hotels also have 110 Volt AC outlets.

Water supply in Metro Manila and in all the other major cities are considered potable. Bottled  purified water,
spring water or mineral water is often supplied by hotels and resorts, and sold in all grocery stores.

Telephone  service  is  modern  and  you  can  direct dial anywhere in the world. Public phones are plentiful. Public  phones  require  a  minimum  of  two  one-peso  coins for a local call. If you have a mobile phone it is easy for you to change the SIM card to a provider from the Philippines, but your phone must be open line (if not open line you must go to the Mobile Services which could help you to activate your phone.

Newspapers & Radio, TV

The newspapers in the Philippines have been called the freest in the world, as you will see for yourself, with more than  24 different  morning  papers to  choose from,  most  of  them  in  English.  There  is  also  a  wide selection  of magazines  printed in  English including  Time,  Newsweek and  Asiaweek. In Metro Manila you can buy the Asian Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune and USA Today.

Television is  "on the air"  from early morning to  midnight, showing American programming as well as local programming  the standard  channels are  2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 13, and 23.  If you  need  more  channels,  most  of the major hotels are with Cable TV bringing in TV programs from all over the world.

There  is also  AM and FM  radio  broadcasting  with  the  pop  stations  primarily on  AM in  Filipino  and  the English language programs on FM.

Business Hours

Most businesses are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays and 8:00 AM till noon Saturdays.

Banks are  open from 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM  Mondays through Fridays. When banking in the Philippines, it is advisable to have your passport with you for identification.

The post  offices are  open from  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM  weekdays only.  Stamps for  postcards  are  frequently available  from the  Concierge Desk  at most  major hotels.  The Philippines  uses ZIP codes,  please include them in addressing local mail.

NOTE:  The Standard  lunch hour is noon to 1:00 PM.  Most businesses and government offices are closed. All business, governmental and legal transactions are conducted in English.

Culture "Shock"

Don't make the  mistake to  approach Filipinos  like they're  Americans. On the  outside they may seem to be the same when you hear  American English being  spoken fluently,  designer clothes  being worn,  fast food being eaten, etc.  However,  Filipinos have their own culture and this should be respected. My experience is that  it's  good:  to  be careful  when  giving  criticism,  not  being too direct,  to respect  the religion,  to wear appropriate  clothes  when  going to certain  places and  that a "Yes"  in the Philippines doesn't necessarily have to mean a yes too.


The salary  in the  Philippines is  very low  (The  salary  for a  waitress  is 100 Peso per day).  A tip  is  always welcome.


Filipinos bargain for almost anything.  You can bargain  for the Filipino rate in many hotels.  You can always bargain with anyone who approaches you with food, jewelry, etc on the street or beach. Any kind of service is subject to being bargained. There are of course exceptions such as air fares and restaurants with menus but not many. For Filipinos bargaining is a game and expected. It's all a game to them.

Food and Drinks

The number- one rule is be careful of the water and especially ice. Although many people claim that water is safe to drink in the Philippines cities, this is not usually the case. Wherever you go, stick to bottled water or drink only water that has been boiled, filtered with aeliable filter or purified with iodine or similar. Only use water from containers with a serrated seal. Better still, buy or bring one water bottle and have it refiled at water stations. These are usually very cheap and the water is trustworthy.

Filipino Food, glorious food! Where else in the world can you sample delectable and tempting delicacies if not in the exotic country of Philippines. It is hardly surprising that Filipino food is often labeled as somewhat strange but in its own way, a unique mixture of eastern and western cuisine. After all, with nearly 400 years of outside influences, the Philippine cuisine is a fascinating blend of Malay, Spanish and Chinese cultures. To the Filipinos, food is important as it is an integral part of local art and culture as well as communal existence.

Unlike its surrounding Asian counterparts that uses hot chilies liberally in their dishes, the Philippine cuisine is often labeled as bland and mild. This made Filipino dishes more suitable for those with sedate and sensitive taste buds. As with other Asian countries, rice is their daily food and will be served with most meals. To the Filipinos, simple cooking means fish of different sizes from the sea. They prefer their fish and other seafood such as crabs, shrimps and shellfishes to be as fresh as possible. The freshness of the seafood is often complemented by sauces and spices. In fact, seafood is appreciated at its best when left uncooked - in a vinaigrette (kilawin) matrix, grilled (ihaw or inihaw), and sometimes stuffed with onions wrapped in banana leaf.

It is no secret that coconuts are used liberally in creating exotic Filipino dishes. Cooking meat and vegetables using coconut milk create dishes called guinatan. These dishes originated from the Malay side of the Filipino cuisine. Apart from that, coconuts are also great for creating mouth-watering desserts like bibingka (puddings made of ground rice, sugar and coconut milk, baked in a clay oven, topped with fresh, salted duck eggs) and macapuno (thick dessert jam).

Balut is a half-boiled, ready to hatch duck egg. (You can distinguish the beak and feathers.) It tastes a little better than it looks. The inside of the egg resembles a coiled lizard. I try not to glance at the egg when I eat it. The taste reminds me of the "mustard" of a Maryland Crab. Men eat balut for energy.

The fruits from the Philippines are the best in the world. Their offer is  immense,
Bananas (the small ones the are the best), Mangoes, Watermelons, Guavas, Rambutans and Pineapples and much more.

Safety and Security

Often we hear the question, is it safe in the Philippines? We hear stories about rebels and kidnapping.

First of all you have to understand that the Philippines is an enormous big country with 7,107 islands. The distance by road from north to south is more than 3000 kilometers. The Philippines is about the size of half West Europe.

Let's compare some things. How many times the ETA blown up a bomb in Spain? Tourist still goes in large figures to Spain. What do we hear about Italian mafia and corruption scandals? Which neighborhoods in Amsterdam are safe? As a woman you cannot walk alone on the streets anymore at night. How many cars are broke open by drug addicts every year? When you file complaints by the police, they don’t have time to look what the problems are, or they don't even come anymore. What do we hear from football supporters in many countries whom destroy everything on their path. We can go on and on.

I 'm living now almost 10 years in the Philippines. I travel around in the whole country. In all those years and all the places I’ve been on any hour of the day or night I never felt unsafe in the Philippines. The opposite is true, Filipinos are the friendliest people in the world.

The problems with some rebels are in the most southern part of the Philippines. The Filipino army, with support of American military advisers is dealing vigorously with this problem now. Where the problems are is more than thousand kilometers away. You are sitting in Amsterdam and talking what's happening in Siberia or Russia. Our travel programs bring you to places that are very peaceful and safe.


Travelers to the Philippines need not worry for means of public transportation. The Philippines is rich in its many forms of Public transportation. You will find little or no use for an international driver’s license as it is far more economical to use the many forms of public transportation available in the Philippines.

Jeepney a colorfully decorated Willey"s Jeep front end with a enlarged rear passenger area in back. You will find these the most colorful and economic means of transportation in the Islands. Average fair is 4 to 8 pesos or $.08 to $.16 US. They run almost 24 hours a day to almost any where in the Philippines. The rugged Jeep frame and wielded steel body allows these to be some of the most reliable in the steep mountainous terrain in the Provinces. You will enjoy riding these just like a city bus where you can signal the driver to let you off at any point along his route. You will also meet many Filipinos as they jump on and off the Jeepney along its route.

Tricycle are a motorcycle equipped with sidecar. These are some of the most distinctive vehicles on Earth, bar none. You will find the visually pleasing ride one to remember. The side cars are as comfortable to ride in as they are stylish. Fully enclosed and fabricated of fiberglass, they come complete with doors, roof windows and Super Sonic Sound System. Serving smaller routes or neighborhoods, the tricycles can be one of the best tour guides of your surroundings. Do not hesitate to go for a ride with your girl to dinner or down to the beach in one of these. Often times the Tricycle driver can act as your guide around town. He will know all the best restaurants in the area, and most local destinations in his area.

Car and Motorbike Rentals
You have not seen how they drive here. The Philippines' basic speed law is the BIGGER VEHICAL WINS. Driving on the Left or Right side of the road is optional. Still it is cheaper to rent a car with a driver in the Philippines. We are offering cars with driver for $ 99 per day.

We rent out motorbikes Honda 200cc Enduro trail bikes for $ 15 per day. Perfect for the adventurous seasoned rider who wants to get out and see the REAL Philippine experience in the country side.

Domestic flight in the Philippines

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Cycling in the Philippines is not a seldom explored option, away from the traffic and exhaust fumes, be it a great way to get around the quieter, less-visited islands. Locals get around on bikes in many of these places and the promise of peaceful rides along coastal and mountain roads to our-of-the-way village makes cycling well worth the effort.

Deep-sea fishing

Deep-sea fishing is not yet so much offeret in the Philippines, but we have some  possibility to offer. Ask our prices.


Tee off and experience the beautiful settings of the Philippines’ unique golfing enclaves, from lush valleys to mountaintops, seaside resorts, or just within the cityscapes. The courses have been designed by golf's premier architects, radiating the strategic brilliance of such greats as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Robert Trent Jones, Jr., among others. Play at venues that have been proud sites of some of the most prestigious international and local tournaments, like the Johnnie Walker Classic, the World Amateur Golf Championships, the World Cup, The Asian PGA, and the Philippine Open.

The Philippines have Golf courses
in: Angeles/ Clark Base, Baguio, Canlubang/ Luguna, Manila, Cebu, Binangonan/ Rizal, Cogeo/ Antipolo, Tarlac, Tagaytay/ Cavite, Nasugbu/ Batangas and San Rafael/ Bulucan. Ask our prices.

Make the Philippines your next dive destination
Discover the Philippine underwater paradise. More than 7,000 islands of lush tropical greenery, ringed with unspoiled beaches, are scattered around these deep-blue waters - waters which offer about 40,000 square kilometers of coral reefs teeming with a wide variety of marine life.

Ask for more information.



ific Ocean, eastern coastal regions of the Philippines Islands have the biggest waves for surfing. Popular destinations on Luzon include San Fernando/ La Union and Bolinao on the Lingayan Gulf and Daet in Southeast Luzon. Baler on the eastern coast, is where the famous surfing scene in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now was filmed - from September to February, surfers from around the world stand on the beach. The best waves are actually said to be six hour north of Baler.

Off Mindanao's northeastern tip, Siargao Islands is famed for Cloud Nine, which is an excellent, if fickle break.

Travel Destinations

The Philippines has many destinations and it is divided into three main islands: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. And these are supdivided into 16 regions.

In the north "Luzon"', with the capital city Manila.

In the middle, :Visay's and Palawan", with the citys Cebu, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa and Tacloban.

In the south "Mindanao", with the citys Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Zamboanga.

Popular destination are:

Manila t
he capital city of the Philippines

The Rice Terraces from Banaue (about 300 km in the north from Manila).

Baguio the city in the mountain (relatively cool temperatures), about 200 km in the north from Manila.

Hundred Islands with a Marine National Park, near Baguio.

Angeles City with the Clark Airbase and the Mount Pinatubo, about 80 km in the north from Manila.

Olongapo with Subic Bay 100 km. ten noordwesten van Manila, jungle-trekkings, duiken, dutyfree shopping.

Taal-vulkaan one of the world's smallest and deadliest volcanos, about 70 km in the south from Manila.

The Pagsanjan waterfalls two skilful banceros paddle the colorful canoe upstream to the magnificent Pangsanjan falls.

Puerto Galera (Mindoro Islands)
Relax on beautiful white beaches experience all forms of water sports, swimming, snorkeling.

Donsol/ Sorsogon
swim with the Whale Shark the biggest fish in the world.

Samar en Leijte
experience the hospitality of the islands Samar & Leyte the places that only a few tourists visit

Cebu City en Cebu Island
It's an island, a province and a city. It is the Queen City of the South, a  tropical paradise.

Bohol Islands
experience the fascinating ”Chocolate Hills” and make an exciting mini-cruise.

Malapascua Island
also called Logon. Enjoy the deserted white beaches. experience all forms of water sports.

located on the the Negros Island, Negros Oriental is a year-round scuba destination, located as it is outside of the typhoon belt.

relax on the world famous beautiful white beaches and enjoy the exciting nightlife

Busuanga of Coron Island
visit the place known from the movie Blue Lagoon and experience exciting nearly deserted white beaches and have the possibility for all forms of water sports.

Puerto Princesa
a poet once wrote “When God created paradise he was thinking of Palawan. You experience a breathtaking untouched natural environment. You have the possibility for all forms of water sports.

El Nido (Palawan Islands)
this popular nature spot boasts of diverse ecosystems such as rainforest, mangroves, white sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs.

Davao (Mindanao Islands)
Endowed with a variety of picturesque landscapes, Davao's topography dazzles: Fruit plantations and orchid farms mantle volcano-fed hills and valleys. Virgin forests nurture rare wildlife. Coral islands lie on mirror flat water. And the country's highest peak magnificently lords over the hinterland.

Zamboanga ( Mindanao Islands) "The city of the flowers. 3 hour flight from Manila.

We have many other great destinations here in the Philippines.



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