When you think of the Philippines you think of 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. For genuine historical interest visit the old Spanish colonial city of Vigan on Luzon Island.
The beaches are stunning and some of the best can be found close by to Manila in Puerto Galera.
Time Difference: GMT +8 hours
Currency: Philippine Peso
Most of the Philippines have a tropical climate with high humidity. From October to February there are cold winds caused by the north-eastern monsoon. In the summer months, from March to May, the temperature can range from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius.
Palawan has been described as “the most beautiful island in the world”. It’s an hour and a half flight from Manila, and features the stunning blue waters of the surrounding sea and breath-taking jungle covered mountains. You can also reach Palawan by local boat. There’s also wild-life on the island with beautiful butterflies, purple crabs, Palawan bearcats and Philippine pangolin.
Situated on Luzon island, Ilocos is known for its’ fantastic beaches and its’ 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 is situated, on the coast, just south of the Philippines’ capital city of Manila. It has magnificent beaches and superb diving areas with a wide variety of marine life. Nearby, Muelle Bay offers an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and shops and, with its’ natural harbour, you can safely snorkel to view the coral reefs.