With sparkling topaz waters, majestic volcanic peaks, and a rich cultural heritage, a journey to the Philippines is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will last in your memories forever.
With regular flights direct from the UK to Manila, there is no easier way to reach this beautiful nation in the tropics. Made up of over 7,000 island paradises, the Philippines is a great destination for beach lovers; explore the opalescent island lagoons of El Nido or swim in the crystal-clear water of the iconic Boracay Island. Aside from the beaches, the Philippines has a whole host of thrilling adventures for you to experience inland, such as the magical Kawasan Falls on Cebu Island.
Whether you're honeymooners dreaming of a secluded, romantic beach escape, couples looking for an exotic retreat in the tropics, or families searching for a well-deserved holiday, the Philippines' hot climate, friendly culture and varied landscape makes this a truly memorable getaway. Be it an all-inclusive luxury holiday or a vibrant journey hopping across the Philippines' dazzling islands, we can personalise your Philippines holiday and find you the best hotels and resorts.
Discover the beauty of the Philippines with this fabulous itinerary.
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November to April see’s the Philippines dry season and is therefore the most popular time to travel, with the hottest months falling between March and April. The rainy season is between May and November, however the rain is not constant and rarely impacts travel plans.
Have the marine encounter of your dreams at the Tubbataha Reef, the Philippines' best diving destination. Situated in the centre of the glistening Sulu Sea, the Tubbataha Natural Park is a protected site with two large, captivating atolls.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced diver, this underwater paradise is perfect for seeing some of the Philippines' best coral reefs and tropical fish. Rich in marine life, this recently nominated 'New Seven Wonder of the Natural World’ can only be accessed by a liveaboard boat, meaning that it is largely protected from fisherman and motorised disturbance. Home to more than 1,200 marine species, you can expect to see a variety of brightly-coloured turtles, fish and coral - don't forget your underwater camera!
The Kawasan Falls is Cebu Island's natural treasure, a tropical oasis in the jungle with turquoise water so bright you won't believe it's real.
Accessible by jungle trails, you can release your inner-adventurer and embark on the journey of a lifetime as you canyoneer through the Kanlaob River to the Kawasan Falls. You'll swim, jump, rock-climb and trek through steep canyons and the crystal-clear water of the river before arriving at the Kawasan Falls. With several glistening natural pools, waterfalls and lagoons, this is the perfect place to cool off from the jungle humidity and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Philippines.
Manila is the Philippines' bayside mega-city, a vibrant hub showcasing the fusion of Spanish and Filipino culture that dominates the local cuisine and architecture.
Situated on the island of Lazon, this vast metropolis is comprised of dazzling skyscrapers, bustling street markets and relics from the Spanish colonial era. A popular site to visit is Intramuros, a walled city in the centre of Old Manila; the 16th century Fort Santiago within this walled city is a great place to immerse yourself in the Philippines colonial history. For rich, flavoursome local food, you can try Philippine adobo in Manila, a popular Filipino dish that involves cooking meat or vegetables in delicious marinade - this is perfect for all foodies out there!
Siargao Island is known as the Philippines' surfing paradise, and with good reason. Its warm water and fierce surf breaks means that this is an ideal place to jump on your surfboard and cruise the waves.
The most popular surfing site on Siargao is Cloud 9, where surfers will feel as if they really have reached 'cloud 9'. Used for international surfing competitions and ideal for experienced surfers, this famous surfing spot is best visited in November - April, when the swell is higher above the reef. In lush, tropical surroundings, you can enjoy the feel of the equatorial sun on your face as the crystal-clear turquoise water surrounds you; this really is paradise!
Carved into the mountains of Ifugao, the Banaue Rice Terraces are exquisite, a never-ending cascade of green weaving their way through the mountain's valley.
Rice terraces don't typically spring to mind when thinking of the Philippines, but the Banaue Rice Terraces, often termed the 'eighth wonder of the world', are a prominent tourist destination within the Philippines. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the rice terraces were hewn into the mountains by hand approximately 2,000 years ago without the aid of modern equipment. This majestic landscape is simply breathtaking and makes for an unforgettable journey to the Philippines lush interior; trek to the Tappiya Falls and refresh from the humid heat, and learn more about the local history at the Banaue Museum.
Bohol Island's Chocolate Hills are a literal feast for your eyes. A unique geological formation of approximately 1,700 hills, once the hilltops turn brown in the dry season, the view of chocolate mounds spreading out endlessly to the horizon is simply mesmerising.
Located in the centre of Bohol, the Chocolate Hills are a world-famous site and incredible natural phenomenon that still baffles geologists today! Accessible by public transport, breathtaking views across the Chocolate Hills are best seen from the specially constructed deck at the Chocolate Hills Complex.
Boracay, the Philippines' tropical beach hub famed for it's vibrant nightlife, has had a well-needed makeover. After a temporary closure to restore the island, Boracay has returned to its former splendour and remains to be one of the Philippine's most popular beach destinations.
With a newly imposed restriction on daily visitors, Boracay's glorious white, sandy beaches and turquoise waters are as alluring as ever but with a newfound exclusivity. The popular White Beach is great for a vigorous volleyball game during the day, and is close to lively restaurants and clubs to experience thrilling Filipino nightlife. For Boracay's more peaceful side, visit Diniwid Beach for a pristine paradise in a secluded cove location.
Mount Mayone is one of the Philippines' most famous active volcanoes. Considered to be the most symmetrical volcano in the world, this perfectly-formed natural landmark is a must-see on your Philippines holiday.
Located on the large island of Luzon, the same island as Manila, you can get incredible views of Mount Mayone from Lignon Hill and marvel at its impressive cone shape; for the adventure-seeker, zip line down Lignon hill for breathtaking panoramic views. To climb the volcano, you can organise various hikes, depending on your ability, to experience sweeping views across Luzon - this is an unforgettable adventure!
Coron's Twin Lagoon, where fresh and salt water meet, is a pristine natural wonder unlike anything you have ever seen before.
Surrounded by jagged limestone cliffs and protected from strong tides, the lagoon water is unbelievably clear. Located on Coron Island, the Twin Lagoon can be accessed by boat; after docking at the first lagoon, you can enter the second lagoon either through a crevice under the rock or a ladder over the rock - it is completely dependent on the tide! Once through to the second lagoon, you will feel like you're in heaven as you serenely float across the turquoise water and admire the craggy limestone formations.
El Nido is pure picture-perfect paradise. Situated on the island of Palawan, El Nido is the gateway to the beautiful Bacuit archipelago.
There is no better way to explore this heavenly landscape than by stand-up paddle board. With famous crystal-clear lagoons, jagged limestone cliffs and mesmerising coral reefs, glide across the turquoise Bacuit Bay at your own leisurely pace and watch the multi-coloured fish swimming beneath the surface. You can relax in tranquil coves and snorkel in the marine-rich waters surrounding the tropical Miniloc Island.
Best Time To Travel:
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