On request of one of my friend, here I am going to write post about visa for Philippines. In one line, you can get 14 days visa on arrival for Philippines.Below condition valid for Indian passport holder with Japanese working visa.
Boracay Beach Masti
- Valid Japanese visa or permanent residence permit
- Passport valid at least six months beyond the contemplated stay in the Philippines
- Return or onward ticket to the next country of destination.
The 14-day visa-free entry is only applicable if you are entering the Philippines via NAIA Airport. The period of stay may be extended by immigration authorities for additional seven (7) days, maximum of twenty-one (21) days stay in the Philippines. I have been Manilla in 2016 January and found that visa process is easy going (Complete within 10 minutes) and can be complete without hustle and bustle.
If you are intending to stay longer in the Philippine, need to secure an appropriate entry visa from the Embassy in Roppongi. Please contact Embassy to check current visa rule for Indian Citizen as rule change time to time 🙂
Embassy Address: 〒106-8537 Tokyo, Minato 六本木5-15-5
Website: Philippine Embassy
Once you reach Manila international airport the time has come to look for taxi as there is no other mode of transport to reach city.Outside airport on the left side you can see big queue of people waiting for taxi.There is one special row if you are traveling with kids or senior citizens.We were living in Makati and to reach there you can take taxi called prepaid taxi or yellow taxi. up to Makati it will cost you around 400 Peso.After reaching city you can see two side on Manilla which I feel during our 4 days stay, the one is very pause and other is underdevelopment.The first day we have been near by #Guadalupe station.It was #Airbnb space and we were staying on 16th floor of skyline apartment, while backside of apartment was not quite matching with our front side locality.Next few days we moved to Makati business district and you can see big difference with skyscraper and many shopping mall around. Makati is a house of many good restaurant as well as popular night life.I did enjoy Manila specially Jeepney ride but for this you should have good knowledge of route around manilla.We did shopping in mall of Asia and enjoyed great food and culture.Food was good but my recommendation go for local food restaurant outside mall areas too. In any shopping mall you can convert you dollar to local currency on exchange counter which is very convenient around city.Apart from skyscraper there are other places to visit in manila like Intramuros area where you can see many old churches and european architecture, place wasn’t that clean enough as expected but good. Overall nice experience with colorful city manila.
Special Tips: Research data related to transport if you are living in manila for couple of days.
Beach Front Station 1
White beach Boracay is really a bachelor paradise just party party and party. We were there for 2 – 3 days but it feels like we want more.Beach is divided into three stations and each station has its own speciality regarding stay and activities.
Station 1 is good for people who want to relax. This station has many resorts and nice restaurants too having nice view from dawn to dusk. Don’t forget to carry your sunglasses and suncream lotion as the place heat up in the afternoon.
Station 2 is most happening station in whole beach area where all parties and music go on up to morning. Some people call it as D’Mall area but I have seen there are many D’Mall over there so it’s a bit confusing,so its better to remember it by the name station 2.You can have good dining option around and same time enjoy fire dance in the evening.Overall this great happening stations for bachelors.
Station 3 is again peaceful area and there are few bars and restaurants over there. If you are sport’s lover then you have plenty options around here like scuba diving, helmet diving, parasailing, kayaking and fly fish etc.Normally price for each attraction fall under i300 Peso to 1000 Peso depends on activity you choose as well as your bargaining skills. You can go for island hopping which seems perfect day plan to go outside and enjoy.
I love Boracay
Overall we enjoyed our stay in Boracay and would like to go back again if time permit us as the list so long and time is going on.My personal recommendation is Station 1 for staying. You can switch among stations within 2-3 days to choose different locations and different resorts. The distance among stations are not so long, you can easily go walk and enjoy.
We had our first diving in Boracay Philippines. It was like adrenaline rush in all your body in just one moment and In reality I was going to discover a whole new world all together.First research diving school,best diving provider in the island that’s very important. Through #tripadvisor, we found wonderful comments for “WaterColors Boracay Dive Resort” and that was the place we choosed for diving. It was “Discover scuba diving” course which literally means that you never had diving experience and this is the first time to experience under water.Our schedule was like this , first we were shown a video for 1 hours regarding underwater precaution and sign language , then we did some paperwork followed by diving instrument practice in water ( Not deep water but just up-to your shoulder ) with instructors. Once instructor found that you are adjusted with scuba instructions practice, then the time has come to go for real site. Don’t ever forget the one and only one most important rule in diving that never ever hold your breath so breathe … breathe .. breathe … It was so funny at diving site that our instructor told everyone to leave the rope so that we can go down but nobody leave due to fear of water but finally we dared to leave rope and instructor helped to go down upto bottom of the sea. It was really unforgettable moment when we all divers were sitting at the bottom of sea for photos and video shoot(photo session money not included in scuba diving fee).Overall in starting it was fear dominating but at the end it was adventure like aaj nahi kiya to kabhi nahi kiya. Ji li jindagi with nanosecond ahsas.
Personal recommendation –
*If you are using specs then make sure that you have contact lens too because they will not allow your specs during diving but the will allow you lens.
*Try to choose morning batch for diving which leave around 11:00 , it seems evening is a bit dark and there are many more things to explore in the evening.
* If you are not able to complete training drills successfully then trainer will not allow you to dive so be ready for that also.
* If you having cold or ear problem you can not dive.