The Philippines are an archipelago of over 7000 islands lying 800 kms off the southeast coast of Asia. The northernmost island, The archipelago is of volcanic origin with the larger islands crossed by mountains, with peaks up to 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), the country has extensive fertile coastal and central plains and rolling uplands.

The Philippine climate is mostly hot and humid. Manila, the largest city, is located at sea level on the island of Luzon, 15 degrees north of the Equator. Three seasons are defined: the hot, dry season, from March through May, ending with violent thunderstorms and torrential rains; the rainy season from June into November, with daily rains during July, August and September; and the cool, dry season from November to February.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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