Terms & conditions and general information

Booking and Payment

For booking and reservations please contact through e-mail:  info@birdguidingphilippines.com 

A 500 USD deposit needs to be paid to make the booking valid. Along with a copy of your passport that you will be using on the tour. And a copy of your personal travel insurance.

The balance of the tour cost need to be sent 90 days before the start of the tour date.

In case of any cancellations before the tour:
- 90-30 days before the tour: 50% of the total tour price

- 29-1 days:  75% of the total tour price

Cancellation during the length of the tour 100% of the total tour price 

Prices for custom tours, extensions and remote destinations 

The price per person can vary according to the number of participants. Please e-mail us for price indications.

Costs include

all accommodation throughout the duration of the tour; vehicle transport, ferries, domestic flights; meals including two beverages for each meal (drinking water provided at all times) and snacks; guiding fees; entrance fees.

Costs exclude

international flights; departure tax, travel insurance; alcoholic drinks and any items for personal use.

Single room supplements

Any person who wish to stay in a single room will need to cover the additional cost  (on average 300 - 350 USD 225 EURO - 260 EURO depending on the duration of the tour).

Travel insurance

A personal travel insurance is always required and a scanned copy of the insurance will need to be emailed us to make any tour booking valid.

Passport & Visa

Any person travelling on a tour is responsible for the validity of his/her passport and visa.
Passport needs to be still valid for at least 6 months beyond the start of the tour.
A 30 day visa is granted upon arrival in the Philippines. For longer stays, please contact the Philippine embassy or consulate in your country.

Health and Vaccinations

A medical check up with your local doctor and advise on required vaccinations for the Philippines is recommended. Malaria occurs on some parts of the Philippines (f.ex. Palawan) therefore malaria prophylaxis is recommended. For people visiting south Palawan (Mount Mantalingajan); malaria prophylaxis and prevention against mosquito bites is highly recommended.

Group size limit

Small groups makes birding much more effective and the main and short tour group size limit is 7 people. On the remote destinations maximum is 6 persons.

Accommodation on the main tours

On the main and short tours all accommodation will be in standard hotels where available. On Mount Kitanglad we will stay in tented camps.

Accommodation on the “remote destinations” tours

Accommodation on the trekking will be mostly in tented camps. But we will have the opportunity to stay in comfortable standard hotels between the areas.

Well organized / Liability

All transport, domestic flights, accommodation, permits and local guides are organised by a local ground agent. Our tours are well planned and we will take responsibility for the quality of the tours. But we cannot accept any liability, however, for any loss, damage or expense resulting from circumstances beyond our control (war, political turmoil, extreme weather conditions, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, etc.). If a change of the tour itinerary would become necessary, we will motivate the decision to change the programme.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed during the tour while bird watching; during meals; during transport and in the rooms with other guests. Smoking is only permitted during the breaks outside, away from the non smoking guests.

Long days - short nights

Early starts are always needed. Mostly we will have an early start between 4 and 5 am. We will often have long days in the field; sometimes including nocturnal session when looking for nightbirds. So be prepared for short nights sleep during the length of the tour. 

Walking difficulty

Walking will be easy to moderate at most times with a few harder walks requiring a reasonably good condition. At some of the remote destinations the walking will often be harder to strenuous, mainly on the trekkings.

Arriving before the start of the tour

Arriving at least one day before the tour starts is highly recommended. It allows you to recover from the long flight and take a rest so you are fit before the start of the tour. We can help with hotel reservations in Manila upon request.

What clothing to bring

We recommend light weight clothing for the lowlands and humid conditions. A warm jacket for the cooler mountains and comfortable walking shoes. Rubberboots or other waterproof jungle shoes are recommended as trails can be very wet and muddy . A raincoat and umbrella can come in handy at all times as rainfall can be very unpredictable.

Best time

The best time to visit the Philippines is from December till the end of May. The period with the least rainfalls on average is from February till April.

Climate

Warm and humid in the lowlands, cool in the mountains. Rainshelters are possible at all times.

Photograph opportunities and telescopes

The Philippines is not always the easiest country for bird photography but opportunities can certainly be very worthwhile. Some sites will offer better opportunities than others. Bringing a scope on a tour is the guests own choice and he/she will have to take care of it at all times.The guide’s telescope is a Swarovski ATX-85 25X60 will be available at all times.