We love the bundle of islands (we’re talking thousands of them) abundant in wildlife, volcanoes, tropical rainforests and golden beaches which make up the Philippines. Renowned for its stunning sand-scapes, outstanding natural beauty and water so clear, it’s hard to think of a superlative that does it justice. This is one of our top beach destinations. It’s worth the flight, trust us.
At a glance
The aforementioned ‘bundle’ consists of some approximately 7,000 paradisiacal islands, each one caressed by halcyon, lapis lazuli waters and silver sandy shores, which all add up to create somewhat of a coastal paradise. But with so many islands to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start; that’s where we come in.
What to see
Palawan, in our eyes is the undisputed gem in the Philippines’s crown. Combining mountainous landscapes carpeted in sylvan jungle with the vibrant street life of Puerto Princesa; here magnificent natural beauty meets cultural diversity. Explore the bustling Puerto Princesa as the locals do; hop on board a three wheeled trike and peddle on down to the market where you can hunt for trinkets and sample delicious local cuisine.
The leafy region of Bohol is home to one of the Philippines’ most magnificent natural landmarks; the Chocolate Hills. This impressive range of 1,268 hills that resemble chocolate during the dry season is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and makes for a stunning photograph. Get the tripod at the ready.
West of Bohol lies the peaceful island paradise of Pamalican, home to Amanpulo, a secluded island only reachable by private aircraft. And then in the northern region of Luzon there’s the 8th wonder of the world; the Banaue Rice Terraces.These 2000-year old terraces were carved into the mountains of Ifugao by ancestors of the indigenous people and are one of the most awe-inspiring natural sites in the Philippines.
The Philippines is renowned for its diving and teeming coral reefs, and there’s nowhere better to take to the water than at the Tabbataha Reef Marine Park– a UNESCO world heritage site – regularly voted the best diving location in Asia.
Why we love it
Whether you’re craving a quiet private island retreat complete with chef and butler service or a slightly more active, vibrant experience jet-skiing and diving off the coast of some of the pristine tear-shaped isles and atolls, the Philippines delivers every time.