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.