There are plenty of reasons to visit the Philippines! This amazing destination offers pretty much everything you need: the world class beaches, awesome conditions for water sports, stunning mountains and volcanoes, along with caves and rice terraces to explore.
With more than 7000 islands, there’s an endless list of options from which to choose. Go island hopping or take a local jeepney – the old military truck converted into public transport – and explore the inland treasures. The best time to visit the Philippines is during the dry season, from November to April.
Head to Legazpi, in the south of Luzon Island, to see the perfect cone of the majestic Mayon Volcano (2,463 m) and the ruins of Cagsawa Church. 460 km north from Manila, you’ll find Banaue village, surrounded by rice fields of Batad. Going up and down the rice terraces in this breath-taking scenery is a truly unique experience! The fields were introduced around 2000 years ago by the Chinese.
In Bohol island, near Cebu, you’ll see the weirdest landscapes ever! The plain is dotted with more than 1260 so-called Chocolate Hills. In the dry season, the grass-covered geological formations turn chocolate brown. On the island of Bohol there’s also a tarsier sanctuary where you can come face to face with the world's smallest primate!
How to get there:
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What to do:
The Philippines offer excellent swimming conditions and numerous opportunities for water sports, such as scuba diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and surfing. Malapascua Island, Apo reef and Monad Shoal are famous diving spots. For an unforgettable diving experience, head to Coron, to see the sunken Japanese ship wrecks surrounded by corals and schools of colourful fish. If you’re keen on jumping off cliffs, Ariel’s Point, located on the north-western tip of Panay Island (close to Boracay) has jumps ranging from 3m to the insane 15m high!
Tropical forests and rice terraces are perfect for trekking, just remember to always have a lot of water and protect yourself against excessive sun exposure. In the Philippines there are also nice cycling areas, though the quality of road surface can be very different from place to place.
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