04 February 2019
The Philippines offer plenty to see and do, from lazing on palm-fringed beaches to world-class scuba diving and snorkelling sites, and a wealth of great cultural attractions in between. Whichever way you decide to experience the Philippines, there are several tourist sights and activities that one simply can’t afford to miss. Manila, the capital, is a chaotic yet compelling city, with plenty to keep travellers occupied. Visit Intramuros, the historic walled enclave full of Spanish-colonial architecture, and Binondo, the one of the oldest and most vibrant Chinatowns in the world.
Best time to visit the Philippines
The Philippines has a tropical climate characterised by distinct rainy and dry seasons. Weather-wise, the best time to visit the Philippines is between November and April; however this is also peak tourist season.
Recommended length of stay: Stay at least two to three nights in the Philippines’ top destinations to ensure you don’t miss out.
Local currency: Philippine Peso (PHP)
Top three experiences
Discover incredible beaches, Bohol
Bohol, located in the Central Visayas region, is naturally beautiful and has a reputation for some of the best beaches in the country. Leave your resort for a day trip that will introduce you to the wonders of Bohol; from zip lining over Lobos River, cycling the Chocolate Hills, named after the brown colour it takes on during summer, or observing the smallest primate in the world – the Tarsier, known for its distinctively large eyes.
Explore the old and the new, Manila
Manila is is a delightful mix of the old and the new, from modern shopping malls, imposing high-rise buildings, and pulsating nightlife to ancient Spanish churches. Offering a rich colonial and military history, Manila’s historic sights are matched by the famously friendly locals and a bustling nightlife.
Subterranean River National Park, Palawan
Explore the Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site, just a two hour drive from the city centre of Palawan. The park’s awe-inspiring river features dome-shaped cathedral-like caverns that stretch up to eight kilometres underneath the limestone cliffs. The river is also a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation and has some of the most important forests in Asia.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.