Comprising of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines lies at the far eastern edge of Asia. Boasting the world’s longest coastline, it inevitably packs in a wealth of wonderful beaches, secluded lagoons and watersports. Its megacities are overflowing with culture, home to museums, historical landmarks and a huge array of shopping malls.
This awe-inspiring archipelago is a nature-lover’s paradise, home to picturesque beaches such as Boracay and El Nido, and the coral reefs of the Tubbataha Reefs National Park. Beautiful trekking spots can be found amongst the many mountain ranges, such as Mount Pulag and Mount Kanlaon, with rare wildlife such as Philippine eagles and water buffaloes found amidst the flora and fauna. The beautiful Banaue rice terraces in Batad are not be missed, where you’ll encounter stunning mud-walled terraces chiseled into the hillside.
Island-hopping is the surest way to take in the country’s best sights and activities. On Coron, you’ll be able to dive amongst ship wrecks, while Donsol is known as the ‘whale shark capital of the world’.
The culture-filled capital of Manila is dominated by soaring skyscrapers looming over mega malls and artisan markets. Its historic centre (known as Intramuros; Spanish for ‘within the walls) is surrounded by a long circuit of gigantic stone walls and forts. You’ll encounter the main landmarks of Fort Santiago and Manila Cathedral inside this age-old district.
The most common accommodation options are hotels and apartments, with many a short distance away from popular beaches. In more rural areas you’ll find a good selection of villas, lodges, campsites and farm stays.
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