If your travel wish list doesn’t include the Philippines, rethink it. Not only does this tropical island archipelago offer gorgeous beaches, thumping cities and incredible cuisine throughout, the Philippines have quietly become the hot new honeymoon destination too.
Plan your trip with our essential Philippines travel guide and get the most out of your next visit.
Just above the equator, the islands of the Philippines are a hot destination, year-round. For the most comfortable temperatures, plan your visit between November and February, the region’s cooler months. The summer months of March to May are especially hot and dry.
If possible, try to avoid travel to the Philippines from June to October, the wet season, with July through September being especially rainy and susceptible to typhoons.
The capital may overwhelm with hustle and bustle but its energy is infectious. Shop till you drop browsing international brands as well as talented Filipino designers. Feast on incredible local dishes or international favourites and dance the night away with a seemingly never ending option of bars and nightclubs.
The annual Conde Nast Traveller’s Readers Choice Awards have ranked Palawan the #1 Island in the World for the last three years. Its drool-worthy natural beauty makes it a must-see stop for anyone visiting the Philippines. Sparsely populated, Palawan is an unspoiled collection of pristine beaches and wild jungles, holding some of the country’s best resorts.
Consisting of the main island and over 150 surrounding islets, Cebu is another watersport gem. Regarded worldwide as one of the best diving destinations, Cebu’s colourful reefs and plentiful marine life are its biggest draw. Cebu City is the country’s oldest city and original capital, exploding with nightlife, great shopping and tasty eateries throughout.
One of Philippine’s most photographed regions, Bohol’s surreal Chocolate Hills and powder-white sand beaches remain its biggest draw. Lush jungles host Bohol’s famous tarsiers, the province’s unofficial ambassadors. Hiking, scuba diving, kayak and paddle-boarding are also on the menu in this remarkable island masterpiece.
The UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves have recently added Albay’s waterfalls, natural springs and pristine forests to their prestigious list, and it’s easy to see why. Albay is a province in the island of Luzon, and its capital, Legazpi, is the gateway to the world’s most perfect volcano.
It may be tiny but Boracay and its dazzling beaches is one of the country’s most visited islands. Four-kilometer long White Beach is a regular on numerous lists of the world’s best beaches, drenched in sun-seeking crowds, seafront resorts, busy dive shops and inviting restaurants.
Colonial Spanish architecture, namely ornate Baroque churches and the historic city of Vigan, have garnered Ilocos 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Charming cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages transport the visitor to another place in time, showcasing the history of the Philippines.
Surf’s up! Siargao Island is the Philippine surf capital and yet another popular destination for divers. The surrounding reefs make for ideal surf breaks and hold great marine biodiversity, optimal for incredible snorkeling and diving.
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