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Philippines
Travel Guide

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Discover the cities, rainforests, mountain landscapes, tropical waters and colorful coral reefs of this vast Southeast Asian archipelago.

The Philippines is an archipelago in the Philippine Sea and South China Sea. The country has breathtaking landscapes, warm tropical waters, modern cities, historic churches and Spanish colonial architecture. Explore jungles, caves and volcanoes, dive to World War II shipwrecks and discover fascinating art and culture.

The Philippines encompasses more than 7,000 islands, with most of the population living on a handful of them. Find plentiful water activities on this chain of islands with a tropical climate.

Go snorkeling in the coral garden at Boracay Island. Dive to see the wrecks of Japanese warships off the coast of Palawan. At the Apo Reef Natural Park, snorkel and dive in one of the world's largest single coral reefs. Ride the waves on a surfboard at the beaches of Baler, Aurora.

On land, the diverse wilderness offers plenty of excitement and adventure. Hike through tropical rainforests on Bohol and Mindanao. Look for cockatoos and small primates known as tarsiers. Explore the underground caves of Sohoton Park in Western Samar. Trek past waterfalls, mountain lakes and through forests on your way up to Mt Apo National Park, the country's tallest peak. Although still classified as active, the date of the volcano’s last eruption is unknown.

Spend time in the Philippines’ cities. Manila is the capital, a sprawling city with a population of more than 10 million people. Stroll along the streets of Intramuros, the old walled Spanish settlement to see Spanish colonial buildings, Fort Santiago and Manila Cathedral. View works by Filipino masters at the National Art Gallery. The city’s great family attractions include Manila Zoo and Manila Ocean Park.

If your itinerary allows, visit other urban centers. Stay in luxury beach resorts and shop in the large malls of Cebu. At the mountain city of Baguio, look for a reconstructed native village and relax in natural hot springs.

Reach the Philippines by flying into Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport or Mactan Cebu International Airport. Come for the wildlife, beaches, culture and history.

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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