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Stefanie Studley
Philippines Travel Specialist

The Philippines is a diverse country known for its limitless hospitality and the friendly smiles of its people. Comprising more than 7,000 islands scattered gracefully along the westernmost rim of the Pacific Ocean, holidays to the Philippines are filled with a diverse and fascinating range of experiences and adventures, ranging from cultural interactions, historic explorations, and relaxing, drawn-out appreciations of the beautiful beaches and natural inshore landscapes.

Here travellers discover an intoxicating blend of old and new in the bustling capital of Manila, where quaint street stalls sit side by side with ancient Spanish churches and a growing array of modern high-rise buildings, shopping malls and karaoke bars.

Active visitors shouldn’t miss the opportunity to follow the trekking routes up the lush green Mt Pinatubo to admire the views over the crater lake, and stroll through UNESCO-listed rice terraces fields of Bangaan at Banaue. Of course, no trip to the Philippines would be complete without a day or two relaxing on one of their many idyllic beaches, of which you’re spoilt for choice.

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Manila
Top Destination
Manila
Whilst it might take a little time to scratch under the surface of the city known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Manila is a lively city with active art and music scenes. At various times through its history it has been occupied by the Spanish, British, Chinese, Dutch, Americans and Japanese which means that the city inevitably has a multi-cultural feel to it where it is easy to spend a few days exploring.
Sagada
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Sagada
Up in the mountains, Sagada has a host of hiking trails as well as some incredible caving for those who want to head underground. The Cave Connection between Sumaging and Lumiang Caves is not for the faint-hearted but is the undisputed highlight for cavers, whilst for the more claustrophobic a walk up to Mount Kiltepan will provide stunning views across the surrounding mountains and rice paddies.
Bohol
Top Destination
Bohol
Bohol is a magnet for adventure seekers with some of the Philippines’ best diving to be found in Panglao Island. But a visit to this jungle covered island shouldn’t just be limited to the underwater sights as in the interior you can find rare tarsiers and the beaches that dot the shoreline are pristine and a great place to relax.
Cebu
Stefanie Studley's Recommendation
Cebu
In an archipelago nation there are a multitude of islands to visit. Cebu is the hub of the Visayas Islands group and an important cultural centre. Whilst the beaches tend to be one of the main attractions along with excellent diving opportunities, there are historic sites such as Mactan Shrine where Ferdinand Magellan was killed by Chief Lapu-Lapu in the 16th century and on Mactan the Alegre Guitar Factory is a must-see for music fans.
Asipulo
Stefanie Studley's Recommendation
Asipulo
In Asipul town you will find a unique coffee farm producing one of the rarest (and most expensive) coffees in the word. The Bantai Civet Coffee is made on a farm in the Julia Campbell Agroforest Memorial Park and the beans are harvested from civets who eat the coffee beans after having passed through them! Not to everyone’s taste maybe, but an interesting place to visit for a cup of coffee none-the-less.

Popular Destinations in Philippines

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   Manila
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   Sagada
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   Bohol



Specialist Recommendations

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   Cebu
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   Asipulo


Regent Philippines Specialist


Stefanie Studley
The Philippines is home to over 7,000 islands. Sitting in the sea off the coast of South-East Asia the archipelago can feel detached from the rest of the region whilst still retaining some of its defining characteristics. For a first-time visitor heading beyond Manila and not just looking for the beaches, we would suggest heading to Cebu where the diving can be spectacular, and where Cebu City has a lively nightlife and the food culture is recently coming up to speed – we can recommend Lahug for a wide variety of local delicacies and street food.

Stefanie's Tips
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Music lovers: visit the Alegre Guitar Factory to see some of the best guitars in the world being made from Madagascan ebony.
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Take a bumpy tour on a Jeepney – a modified jeep left over after WW2 – to see how the locals travel.
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In Manila wander through the old colonial city of Intramuros to explore the walls and see the influences of the Chinese, Dutch, British, American and Japanese.




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