You can fly direct to the Philippines from Australia departing either Sydney (via Qantas, Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific), Melbourne (via Philippine Airlines) and Brisbane (via Philippine Airlines), landing in Manila.

Flights from Australia to Manila usually take up to 8.5 hours. From NAIA, you’ll find it’s very easy to fly domestically to other parts of the Philippines.

If you’re happy to transit, you can also reach the Philippines via cities like Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong. Some airlines even offer direct flights from these cities to other international airports in the Philippines. If you’re flying in from Asia, you might want to consider these international airports, especially if your travel itinerary includes the following:

  • Kalibo: A good idea if you’re looking for a quicker route to the beautiful beaches of Boracay
  • Cebu: This is an attractive alternative for those who want to avoid arriving in Manila or would like to dive in Moalboal.
  • Clark (in Angeles): An airport for budget airlines that’s great if you’re planning a hike up Mt Pinatubo. Arriving in Clark gets you closer to the starting point.

There is now a direct flight between New Zealand and the Philippines via Philippine Airlines. But you are certainly welcome to choose to fly via Sydney or transit through South-East Asia and take a direct flight from there.

When booking flights, we highly recommend booking early. Flights in the months of December, January and February may be snapped up quickly by Filipinos who return to the country to visit their families for Christmas or Chinese New Year.

If you’re planning to dive and would like to bring your own equipment, we suggest checking the baggage weight limit of the flight carrier you’ve booked with. Weight limits may vary between international and domestic carriers.

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