The Philippines have about 90 million inhabitants and the country is comprised of over 7000 islands. For a long time backpackers have laid claim to the divine beaches, but today are accompanied by “normal” tourists too. This excludes Mindanao and Sula archipelagos in the south, to which the Swedish Foreign Office warn against travelling due to the risk of being kidnapped and the acts of terrorism carried out by Islamic separatists.
The Philippines have three seasons, with a rainy period from June, sometimes until November. Hurricanes are frequent during this period.