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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

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Manila

Known for Shopping, Culture and Cathedrals

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Cebu which includes a bay or harbor, views and rugged coastline
Cebu

Known for Dining, Shopping and Festivals

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Boracay Island
Boracay Island

Known for Beaches, Islands and Sea

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Davao

Known for Shopping, Relaxing and Swimming

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El Nido
El Nido

Known for Beaches, Tours and Islands

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Angeles City

Known for Bars, Shopping and Entertainment

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Popular things to do in Philippines

Boracay Island
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Boracay Island

Western Visayas

A visit to this tropical paradise quickly reveals why it was recently named the best island in the world.

Mactan Island
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Mactan Island

Cebu

Explore the relaxing area of Mactan Island—beaches, swimming, and popular sights like Cebu Yacht Club.

Panglao Island
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Panglao Island

Central Visayas

Amazing beaches, island views, and top sights from Alona Beach to Dumaluan Beach—discover Panglao Island, a relaxing destination.

Chocolate Hills
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Chocolate Hills

Carmen

Venture to Habitat Butterfly Conservation Center and Bilar Man-Made Forest—just two of the sights around Chocolate Hills.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa

Venture to Sabang Beach—just one of the popular sights around Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a city also known for its beaches and swimming.

Coron Island
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Coron Island

Coron

Head to Maquinit Hot Spring and Bayside Plaza—just two of the sights around Coron Island.