Nationals from countries listed below(dfa.gov.ph)who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.
If you wish to stay longer than 30 days it is advisable to obtain a visa from the Philippine consulate before departure. Visas may also be extended at the Department of Immigration in Manila/Cebu etc. who can extend your stay up to 59 days.
For further information and details please contact your Philippine consulate a few weeks before your departure.
The climate is basically divided into two distinct periods - the dry season from December to May and the wet season from June to November. December, January and February are the coolest months.
The sunniest days with clear blue skies are normally from mid-February to the end of April.
During the wet season you should expect the odd typhoon with heavy rains and high winds.
The country experiences between nine and thirteen typhoons a year. Please remember that the Philippines is in the tropics and the sun is strong between the hours of ten in the morning and four in the afternoon.
The US$ is the most widely accepted foreign currency though Euros and most major currencies are easily changed in cities and large towns.Since the black market for currency exchange no longer offers any real advantages it is recomended NOT to change your money in this manner and NEVER with a stranger that approaches you.
Use an official money changer (which operate allover the Philippines) or a bank.It is recommended that you do not change your money into pesos before you arrive in the Philippines as you will get a poor rate of exchange.
As with all tropical countries it is wise to take normal precautions Maleria basically is not a problem unless travelling to Palawan and Mindanao.If you are concerned it is always best to contact your doctor or medical institute before leaving.As mentioned previously the sun is strong however most beach resorts and drug stores sell high factor sunscreen oils and creams.
The Philippines is far safer than news reports would indicate with the Visayas region, where Bohol is situated, one of the safest areas.Obviously one should always take the normal precautions when travelling and be wary of strangers offering to assist you in changing money or helping you in any "official" capacity.That being said most Filipinos are helpful and friendly, In general you will feel safer in Bohol and many Philippine areas than you would in many other areas around the world.
Most people speak at least a little English. Tagalog is the national language though Cebuano is common in the Visayas region.A friedly smile and a small amount of English will suffice in almost all situations.
Voltage is 220V. 60 cycles/second.Adaptors are usually available in most supermarkets though it is always better to bring them with you. The standard plug is a two pin flat prong.The electrical generation in provincial areas is not totally reliable so you may experience power interruptions from time to time.