Travel guide to Philippines

Manila may be the beating heart of the Philippines but there are many other thrilling facets of this fascinating land to explore. The natural world is laid bare in all its majesty in this country of 7,000 islands with unique wildlife, underground rivers, colourful coral reefs and more.

Internal flights are cheap if booked in advance and great for those with limited time to explore.  Alternatively, the famed Nautical Highway of 'roll-on, roll off' ferries serves the far corners of the nation. Relax on Boracay's 'world's best' White Beach, snorkel around Bohol's warm waters or trek through the stunning Cordilleras. The Philippines will take your breath away.

Boracay

The Philippines' premier tourist beach resort is a quiet haven of sun, sea and sand with immaculate White Beach drawing international acclaim plus fantastic restaurants, hotels and nightlife...more

Palawan

The ecological gem of Palawan is the 'last frontier' of the Philippines with the world's longest underground river and thousands of paradise beaches on offshore islands...more

Bohol

The sleepy island of Bohol is a scuba Mecca with Alona Beach attracting scores of divers, while the Chocolate Hills and wide-eyed indigenous tarsiers are must-see attractions...more

Cebu

Cebu is a diverse island boasting Cebu City – the Philippines' oldest and second largest metropolis – offering great shopping and nightlife plus some great beach resorts as well...more

Puerto Galera

Rightly known as one of the foremost scuba diving spots in the world, Puerto Galera offers spellbinding marine life close to Manila plus great restaurants and a lively nightlife scene...more

Cordilleras

The north of mountainous Luzon island is a scenic land of terraced rice paddies dating back thousands of years, romantic hill stations, Spanish pueblos and hanging coffins...more

Philippines guide – where culture and nature thrive side-by-side

After you are finished enjoying the superb shopping, hotels, restaurants, nightlife and culture of Manila, a entirely different world awaits just minutes from the capital.

Nature lovers who enjoy trekking and picturesque scenery can rent a car and travel north through Luzon and the rugged Cordilleras. Here there are ancient tribal communities who practice bizarre burial rituals, the iconic rice terraces and quaint colonial towns. The bohemian artists' refuge of Sagada has welcomed free-thinkers for centuries and boasts the unique 'hanging coffins' of local ancestors hammered into the cliffs. Vigan offers tourists cobbled streets, antiques shops and ghost stories aplenty.

South from Manila and the Philippine landscape revolves around the sea. The diving hub of Puerto Galera is just a quick bus and boat ride from the capital and is popular with weekending Manileros. Also offering superb scuba opportunities is tranquil Bohol, with Chocolate Hills, white sand beaches and endangered wildlife like the charming tarsier. And no visit to the Philippines is complete without seeing the ecological utopia of Palawan and the paradise island of Boracay.

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