Samal Island: A place to reminisce

If you plan to unwind from the struggling life circumstances, you surely can. You can relax from the challenges months after this global status quo of fear and uncertainty. You may even ask when this situation lasts. While waiting, you can set your plans and cherry-pick one of the fine-looking and over-the-top tourist destinations in the Philippines. You can probably name many of the attractive tourist spots on your list. However, you, most probably, think of El Nido, Coron, or Puerto Princesa in Palawan. Or perhaps, you just select Boracay in Aklan as the starting point of your adventure in the country. Whatever your pick is, you, maybe, are closer to your choice.

However, other destinations are just right in the corner. You may change your plans to do so if you just wish to explore other places aside from what you already knew. You just need to see a map and find the right spot there. You know your friends have so much fun and joy during their exciting excursions at Samal Island, and you won’t let yourself alone. So, you take your trip.

Then, you select Samal Island. Your friends tell you that. You check the map, and yes, you decide to try. You need to know that Samal Island is off the shoreline of Davao City in the southern part of the Philippines. And yet, you don’t have a fixed plan. You don’t know what to do. You just try to set your plans and choose the immaculate and untouched island of Samal. From there you may visit the Pearl Farm where you can see thousands of white-lipped oysters, with once cultured for pink, white, and gold pearls. Quite exciting, isn’t it? But, there is more than that!

Local and foreign tourists these days decide to visit this world-class beach resort in the Philippines. Samal Island with its white shingle and panoramic scenery lets tourists muse over everlasting happiness. So, you set your plans and check the guidelines from the Department of Tourism in the Philippines.

Guidelines on the Entry of Tourists to the Philippines

The Department of Tourism upholds travel guidelines and things to do in the new country. If you wish to visit the Philippines, you need to observe the guidelines.

    • Foreign nationals from other countries can enter the Philippines for business and tourism purposes.
    • They can enter the country and stay in the region without visas.
    • However, the tourists’ stay must not exceed 21 days.
    • As long as they have valid returned tickets back to their countries.
    • Foreign tourists must have their passports, which are valid for at least six months throughout their travel.
    • Of course, you need to know that Immigration Officers (IO) at ports of entry have special jurisdictions. They can exercise their decisions to concede passport holders to enter as long as the passports are valid for at least sixty (60) days.

Bureau of Customs

When you arrive in the Philippines, you know some rules. You can take their duty-free belongings, such as two cartons of cigarettes and two tins of pipe tobacco. They can also bring one liter of alcohol if they want to have it. However, for the Balikbayans, the BOC implements distinct guidelines. Tourists need to check these tourists with their Consulate or Embassy in their home city.

Philippine Currency

Foreign tourists must know the currency in the Philippines. They need to know the value of a Peso (₱) and a Centavo. They need to learn and remember that 100 centavos = ₱1.

Foreign tourists must know the coin denominations in the Philippines. The coin denominations of the Philippines are the following:

    • For centavos: 1, 5, 10, and 25 centavos
    • For Pesos: ₱1, ₱5, and ₱10

Foreign tourists must also consider the bill denominations, such as 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1, 000 pesos. When you arrive at the airport, please go directly to the exchange counters at the airport. You can also go to your hotel to get your money exchanged. Somehow, you can go to the banks, big department stores, and permitted and approved money changing shops. Please remember that exchanging money somewhere, not sanctioned by the government, is unlawful. For that reason, tourist must be cautious about it.

If you wish to go and conduct cashless transactions, you can use credit or debit cards. These payment methods are available in the country. However, only big institutions, hotels and resorts, and restaurants will accept the following cards, such as American Express, MasterCard, and Visas. If you have travelers’ checks like the American Express, you can also use them. However, only those chic and exclusive hotels and large department stores will accept them.

Now, you are green to go to Samal Island. Enjoy the refreshing water and the serene destination that you probably want to reminisce.

Sources:

http://www.tourism.gov.ph/immigration_custom.aspx#

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