Major Tourist Attractions: Boracay, Chocolate Hills, Manila Ocean Park, Enchanted Kingdom, Banaue Rice Terraces
A chain of 7107 islands, The Philippines invites travelers to experience its pristine beaches, awe-inspiring landscapes, and some of the best hospitality in all of South East Asia.
Although years of control by Spain and the United States have left indelible marks – many surnames are Spanish in origin, and the country has more English speakers than Canada and Australia combined – Filipinos are a proud and patriotic people. From sensational (and sometimes strange) cuisine, to a strong identity shaped by family and faith, to a penchant for karaoke, one thing is for certain -- Filipinos love to share their unique culture with visitors.
There’s a well-worn backpacker trail here catering to budget travelers, but there are plenty of mid-range and luxury options available as well. Especially on the rise are eco-friendly properties in more far-flung destinations like tropical Palawan and the volcanic Camiguin Island, which some refer to as The Philippines very own “Garden of Eden.”
Here’s a taste of some of the adventures that The Philippines offers:
- Snorkel with majestic whale sharks off the island of Cebu.
- Witness the geological wonder of Bohol’s magnificent Chocolate Hills.
- Sip calamansi juice, a tasty citrus drink, on the tropical white sandy beaches of Boracay.
- Explore the untamed wilderness that is Palawan.
- Visit the active Taal Volcano in Batangas on the island of Luzon.
- Meander through the historic walled city of Intramuros in old Manila.
- Scuba dive the spectacular Coral Canyons off of Puerto Galera.
- Get soaked by the locals during San Juan Day, a festival to celebrate Saint John the Baptist.
- Marvel at the amazing man-made Banaue Rice Terraces.
- Treat yourself with halo-halo, an ice cream dessert with sweet beans, jello, and fruit.
- Hire a banca, a traditional fishing boat, to charter the unspoiled beaches and inlets of El Nido.
- Haggle with market stall owners over everything from handbags to shoes to toys at Greenhills Shopping Center.
- Test your taste buds and your stomach with local delicacy balut, a boiled fertilized duck egg.
- Ride a jeepney, a U.S. Military jeep converted into a colorful means of public transportation, through the busy streets of Manila.
- Take a boat ride through the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Address: 1201 Roxas Boulevard
Manila, Philippines 1000
Phone: (632) 301-2000