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Things to Know Before Traveling to the Philippines


We encourage travelers to the Philippines, including Manila, to be security conscious at all times and remain vigilant in public places – particularly at transport hubs and on public transport. You  should monitor the media for potential threats to safety and security, and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities. Take official warnings seriously – including all security procedures.
For more information check your countries travel advisory: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/philippines

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Malaria is an acute febrile illness caused by Plasmodium parasites, which are spread to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable and prevalent in all S.E. Asia including the Philippines
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Dengue is a viral infection caused by the dengue virus (DENV), transmitted to humans through the bite of  infected mosquitoes. Dengue is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates worldwide, mostly in urban and semi-urban areas.
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Jellyfish Stings

Jellyfish stings are fairly common for people  swimming, wading or diving oceans in the Philippines. The long tentacles trailing from the jellyfish can inject venom from thousands of microscopic barbed stingers. Exercise safety in infected waters especially with young children.
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Snake Bites

There are a few hundred species of snakes in the world and the Philippines has many of them, including Cobras and the Coral Reef Snake. There are thirty poisonous snakes that can be identified. Snakes can can easily prey on smaller animals and live in the moist areas.  People in rural areas are prone to snake bites something that should not be taken lightly, even from non-venomous snakes.
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Is a infectious disease that most often affects the lungs and is caused by a type of bacteria. It spreads through the air when infected people cough, sneeze or spit. Currently the Philippines is ranked 5th in the world for this decease. It’s preventable and curable.
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Sunstroke and Heat Stress

It occurs when the body can no longer control  its temperature: the body’s temperature  rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.
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Safety on water
Everyone wants to have fun in the water but we must always remember safety first . For Green Gecko, running fun extreme, exhilarating tours is secondary to safety. For this reason all our tours require the guests understands that his/her behavior and good judgement will result in a exceptional adventure . Green Geckos 3 & 4 day tour to Coron and El Nido itinerary is always subject to change without prior notice, due to weather/water conditions. The responsibility to cancel  or amend any trip lies within the best judgement of the coastguard, boat captain and crew. Furthermore the  consumption of alcohol while at sea is strictly controlled and any sign of intoxication will be dealt with by the captain and crew. The consumption of our free rum and pineapple juice is permitted only after 5 pm on the safety of dry land. Light alcohol consumption of beer is allowed only in moderation. For information regarding alcohol consumption on the water/boating please consult here.