An archipelago that is represented by its pristine beaches, vivid green rice fields, fiery volcanoes, bug-eyed tarsiers, endemic tamaraws, exotic balut, colourful jeepneys, the Philippines provides an answer for those in search of a glimpse of authentic Asia. Consists of 7107 islands, it offers activity that can raise any adrenaline junkies’ pulse.
A rich stew of cultures and traditions resulted to an exuberant array of “fiestas”, mouth-watering cuisine and more than 150 dialects. Despite foreign influences, its unique entity still remains. Filipinos take pride in making visitors welcome, even in the most rustic barrio home. So pack your bags and take a dive into the unknown – we promise you won’t want to leave!
Enjoy a delicious Filipino buffet as you slowly drift down the Loboc River; have a dolphin-and-whale-watching tour in Pamilacan Island and give your sightseeing an extra kick by touring the renowned Chocolate Hills by ATV. With restaurants that float gently down a river, tarsiers so small, they fit in the palm of your hands and hills that looks like perfect mounds of chocolate, no doubt you’ll leave Bohol with a lasting impression and unforgettable experiences.
Boracay has quickly become the top tourist draw of the Philippines, fueled by explosive growth. The center of the action is the dreamy White Beach, 4 km, the perfect extension by the striped sand postcard from one end to another with hotels, restaurants, bars and dive shops now several blocks deep. The ocean is full of romantic paraws (a seesaw sailboat) giving walks; Colorful paragliders fill the air. After perfect sunsets, live music explodes, and fire dancers rotate their batons. Boracay is a place where you can find what you want if you know where to look. On the other hand grab that cocktail, sink on your bean bag from the shore and just wonder at the show of all this.
Cebu City is the capital of Cebu and the second largest and most significant metropolitan center in the Philippines. The city is located on the eastern shore of Cebu and was the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, making it a center of art and culture. It is affectionately known as the “Queen City of the South.” There is a wide range of Cebu Hotels and Resorts that cater to tourist and business travelers, and is usually the jumping off point to other Cebu Island hotel destinations. For foreign tourists, it is often considered the best mix of modern city convenience with tropical island lifestyle.
The perfect way to start an awesome Philippine adventure is to beginning start from the top. Visit Ilocos and behold the beauty of white sand lined with coconut trees and crystal-blue water of Pagudpud; ancient churches, horse-drawn carriages, mansions of yester-years of Vigan; spectacular surfing areas of La Union and 123 islands of Pangasinan. Have your own architectural escapade, adventure tour or just relax along the West Philippine Sea.
Have a cultural escapade in Intramuros, check out mental age relics in the National Museum and pay tribute to the country’s national hero in Rizal Park. Sing your lungs out in any karaoke bars and try some famous street eats like the dirty ice cream (which is far from dirty), warm “taho,” sweet “turon”, yummy “kwek-kwek” and of course, the famous “balut!”. Experience Manila’s maze of vibrant energy with bits of calm in between.
Stroll down Session Road and shop in an ukay-ukay (thrift shop). Hang out at Burnham Park, Camp John Hay and Mines View Park. For a feel of alphine environment, roam through Bontoc and Banaue. Explore trails like “Marlboro City” in Sagada.Yes, the roads going to Mountain Province may be rough at times, but the awesome view of vegetable gardens, unspoiled forests and emerald rice terraces won’t dismay even the most seasoned adventurer.
Home to more secluded beaches, Palawan is a perfect getaway for beach lovers. Try island hopping, lunch picnics, snorkeling and non-stop swimming in this tropical paradise. Complete the trip by taking a bite from their exotic food choices like tamilok (shipworm) and crocodile meat. Have a great escape in Palawan and enjoy fine beaches combined with awesome sunsets plus a hint of shock on your taste buds.