20 December 2018
The Philippines is a haven of exploration, with plenty of things to see and do from relaxing on palm-fringed beaches and world-class scuba diving to a wealth of cultural attractions and flavoursome food. But with so many attractions spread over the country’s 7,107 islands, it’s difficult to narrow down exactly what to do. So, here’s a selection of the Philippines’ top destinations so you can make the most of your Filipino adventure.
Manila is the Philippines’ gateway to the world and a delightful mix of old and new, from modern shopping malls, impressive steel-and-glass high-rise buildings to a lively bar and restaurant scene and ancient Spanish churches.
As the country’s capital, Manilla is the centre of entertainment, culture, government, business and finance, with popular attractions such as Intramuros, the oldest district and historic centre of Manila, also known as the “Walled City.” It was the original seat of the government during the time that the Philippines was under Spanish rule, and the city’s cultural heritage makes it a worthwhile place to visit.
“For those who want an action-packed holiday The Philippines has so much on offer. Rock climbing, jungle treks or wandering through rice paddies are big draws, plus canyoneering and amazing zip lines are excellent for thrill-seekers.
“The Philippines is Asia’s diving capital. The diving is so varied and includes shipwrecks, deep dives and amazing marine life. The reefs are teeming with lots of species, from the giant whale shark to the world’s smallest fish.”
Julia, Travel Counsellor
Palawan is home to many of the country’s most popular destinations including the Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which features dome-shaped, cathedral-like caverns that stretch up to eight kilometres underneath the limestone cliffs. The river is also a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation and have some of the most important forests in Asia.
In Palawan, you’ll also find an almost undeveloped paradise of raw natural beauty, with a trove of beautiful coral reefs and pristine beaches to discover. Puerto Princesa, the capital city of the province, has a coastline framed by Honda Bay, which consists of several islets with shallow reefs, making it a popular swimming, snorkelling and diving spot for locals and visitors alike.
Bohol, located in the Central Visayas region, is naturally beautiful and has a reputation for some of the best beaches in the country. Leave your resort for a day to get acquainted with some of the island’s wonders such as ziplining over Lobos River, cycling through Chocolate Hills – named after the brown colour it takes on during summer – or observing the smallest primate in the world, the Tariser, known for its distinctively large eyes.
Boracay is now open to the public following a period of maintenance and renovation, which means you can enjoy its world-renowned white powdery beaches and glistening turquoise waters. This little slice of paradise offers many activities such as hiking, island hopping, parasailing, cliff diving, and surfboarding.
Boracay Island has more than a dozen beaches, the most popular of which is White Beach, dotting with a growing number of resorts, hotels, and dining options, making it one of the most desirable places to stay. Bulabog beach is located opposite White Beach and is ideal for those looking to avoid the crows, while Yapak, on the northernmost part of the island, is the perfect place to watch the sun set over the horizon.
Contact your Travel Counsellor to craft your perfect Philippines itinerary.