Philippines
Travel Guide

White Beach

Discover the glorious beaches, superb dive sites, mountain landscapes and lively colonial-influenced cities of this picturesque archipelago of more than 7,000 islands.

The Philippines is a delight for beachgoers, nature lovers and watersport enthusiasts. It boasts blissful beaches, crystal-clear tropical waters, lush countryside and majestic wildlife. Ruled by the Spanish for over 300 years and governed by the U.S. before declaring independence in 1946, the Philippines has a fascinating history. Visit towns filled with colonial architecture and experience urban city life inspired by its former rulers.

Manila, a fast-paced metropolis and the nation’s capital, is for many the first port of call. See 16th-century Spanish landmarks within the walled area of Intramuros, shop at glistening malls and witness the nightlife at Baywalk. Travel north from Manila to explore the natural beauty of Luzon island. Admire the UNESCO-protected rice fields of Banaue, relax at hot springs in Baguio, go spelunking at Sagada’s Sumaguing Caves and surf at Baler Bay.

Embark on an island-hopping adventure around some of the 2,000 inhabited islands. The white-sand beaches of El Nido, on Palawan island, inspired Alex Garland when he wrote The Beach. Boracay Island attracts a backpacker and package-tour crowd while Caohagan preserves time-honored fishing traditions. Find caves, lagoons and near-perfect surf breaks on Siargao and walk to secluded beaches on tiny Malapascua Island.

Snorkel and dive at Apo Reef Natural Park, which is one of the world’s biggest single coral reefs. Join one of the dolphin-spotting boat excursions that depart from Pamilacan Island. Get within touching distance of whale sharks at Oslob Beach, on Cebu Island.

Continue your adventures amid more of the archipelago’s stunning landscapes. Hike through rainforests in Mount Apo National Park. Visit a sunken cemetery, volcanoes and waterfalls on Camiguin. Be dazzled by the conical-shaped Chocolate Hills of Bohol. On Bohol you can also see the tarsier, a primate with similarities to a frog, mouse and monkey.

Reach the Philippines by flying to Manila or Cebu’s international airports. Get around the cities via jeepney buses and between the islands aboard banca fishing boats and ferries. Due to conflicts between military and insurgent groups in some areas, it is advisable to check the latest travel advice before visiting.

Popular cities in Philippines

Baywalk which includes a city, boating and a bay or harbor
Manila
Known for Shopping, Cultural Activities and Cathedrals
The capital of the Philippines is a fast-paced and hectic city filled with cultural and historic gems, from old ruins to national museums and lively promenades.

Reasons to visit

  • Fort Bonifacio
  • University of the Philipppines-Diliman
  • Baywalk
Cebu which includes tropical scenes and general coastal views
Cebu
Known for Dining, Shopping and Festivals
Visit Spanish cathedrals, colonial buildings and ancient temples, or just enjoy the stunning beaches of one of the prettiest islands in the Philippines.

Reasons to visit

  • Ayala Center
  • Magellan's Cross
  • Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Mt. Luho
Boracay Island
Known for Beach View, Islands and Sea
A visit to this tropical paradise quickly reveals why it was recently named the best island in the world.

Reasons to visit

  • D'Mall Boracay
  • White Beach
  • Puka Beach
Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa
Known for Tours, River View and Islands
Get away to relaxing Puerto Princesa! Enjoy the riverfront, zip-lining, and ecotourism.

Reasons to visit

  • Honda Bay
Davao
Davao
Known for Shopping, Relaxing and Swimming
Enjoy the safe,  friendly atmosphere of Davao City and use it as a base to explore the wildlife parks, nature reserves and tropical islands in the surrounding area.
Angeles City
Angeles City
Known for Poolside Bars, Shopping and Entertainment
Upscale Angeles City is calling! Discover its bars, entertainment, casinos, and more.

Popular places to visit in Philippines

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