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The Philippines

Paradise islands, picture postcard beaches and smiling friendly people

The Philippines consist of over 7000 islands, many of them inhabited by friendly hospitable people and indigenous tribes. The archipelago is divided in three major island groups – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The Luzon islands include Luzon itself, Mindoro, Palawan, Marinduque and other islands. Luzon is the largest and most populated island in the Philippines. It is home to many lakes, rivers and bays plus several mountain ranges such as the Cordillera Moutain Range, Sierra Madre and the Zambales Mountains. For genuine historical interest visit the city of Vigan which is one of the oldest town in the Philippines and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This Spanish Colonial town boasts cobblestone streets, horse drawn carriages, antique shops and dark-wood mansions.

Palawan Island is rich with exotic wildlife and visitors can see endangered animals at Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary. You could take a tour to the Puerto Princesa Underground River or spend a day island hopping with stops for a spot of snorkelling followed by a lunch of fresh local food and perfectly cooked fish.

Bohol is famous for its Chocolate Hills as the hills take on a cocoa-coloured hue during the summer months. It’s also home to tarsiers – small leaping primates with adorable wide eyes.

The Philippines is renowned as a top diving spot and there are PADI dive schools where you can learn to dive or improve your existing skills. Alona Beach on Panglao island is popular with beginners as there’s an abundance of sea life visible in the shallow waters. Experienced divers will love exploring the depths and discovering the sunken Japanese warships and planes – truly fascinating.

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Key Highlights
  • Luzon is the most populous and largest island of the Philippines
  • Manila is a bustling city well worth a visit
  • Makati has a wealth of restuarants, bars, luxury hotels, shopping malls and art galleries
  • Visit the paradise island of Palawan
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities are fantastic – especially Tubbataha Reefs
  • See the wide-eyed tarsiers on Bohol Island
  • The island of Boracay is well known for its turquoise waters and breathtaking beaches
  • Getting around varies from island to island but you’ll generally find taxis and tuk-tuks are available
  • Raffles Makati is the perfect choice if you’re looking for five-star luxury
  • Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa in Cebu is great for both couples and families

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +8 hours

Currency: Philippine Peso

Climate Information

Most of the Philippines have a tropical climate with high humidity. In the summer months, from March to May, the temperature can range from 25 to 32°C.

From October to February there are cold winds caused by the north-eastern monsoon.

Leisure & Activities

Palawan
Palawan has been described as “the most beautiful island in the world”. It’s an hour and a half flight from Manila or it can be reached by local boat. Enjoy the stunning blue waters of the surrounding sea and breath-taking jungle covered mountains. Plus, there's a wealth of wildlife on the island including beautiful butterflies, purple crabs, Palawan bearcats and Philippine pangolin.

Ilocos
Situated on Luzon island, Ilocos is known for fantastic beaches and historic sites. The most famous historical tourist attraction is the Spanish colonial city of Vigan. The city features beautiful cobbled streets and fantastically preserved Spanish mansions with wrought iron railings.

Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera is situated on the coast, just south of the Philippines’ capital city of Manila. It has wonderful beaches and superb diving areas with a wide variety of marine life. Muelle Bay is nearby and offers an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and shops. It also has a natural harbour where you can safely snorkel to view the coral reefs.

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