The Global Nanophotonics 2017 will be held at the Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa, Palawan island, Philippines. The resort is nestled between towering mountain ranges and the clear blue waters of the West Philippines Sea. The resort is the first green resort in the Philippines known to champion environmental sustainability in Sabang Beach, Puerto Princesa, one of the country’s most protected areas.

The hotel
Strategically located at the heart of Sabang Beach, Puerto Princesa City, Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa is a few hundred meters from one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Underground River, also known as the longest navigable underground river in the world. Travel to Sabang entitles guests to breathtaking sceneries of majestic mountains, green forests and blue seas. Catch a glimpse of simple country living from quaint small villages that dot along the highway. Sabang is a secluded beach located in the city of Puerto Princesa. A visually picturesque site, the beach is widely known not only for swimming and its fine-grained golden sand but for other activities as well. The dramatic sunset across the South China Sea is a must see. Further exploration of Sabang also unveils intricate caves, coral reefs, waterfalls and mangrove forest that travelers can appreciate and enjoy.

Language
The predominant language is Tagalog which is spoken by 50% of the people, while Cuyanon and Ilonggo, along with the English language, are also widely spoken.

Weather
Wet and dry seasons are evenly divided throughout the year. Seas are usually calm during the months of April to June. Humidity is high but annual average temperatures are comfortable at 27 ̊C. Nights may be chilly during rainy days, especially in forested areas.

Clothing
Wear the lightest possible cotton clothes to beat the heat. It would always be comfortable to wear shorts, sleeveless shirts and sandals – no shoes or socks. Remember to always bring a hat, umbrella, insect repellant, sunblock and sunglasses.

Visa
Visa requirements vary. Please contact the Philippine Embassy in your country. The first 21 days is free for most passports so you can arrive in the country with no visa. An extension is available in Immigration Offices in Manila, Cebu or Puerto Princesa. Make sure you dress up appropriately to see Immigration officers and refrain from wearing flip flops, shorts or vests.

Currency
Philippine peso (PHP) is the national currency of the Philippines. Coins are in denominations of 5, 10 and 25 centavos; and 1, 5 and 10 pesos. Notes are in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000.

Cash and travelers cheques can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices.

Taxes
Hotels and resorts apply 12% Government tax and 10% service charge.