Where to go on Holiday

Philippines Rice Terraces

Where To Go On Holiday In The Philippines

Often overlooked as a holiday destination, the Philippines offers holidaymakers the chance to explore a lesser traipsed part of South-East Asia. Comprising of over 7000 islands there's plenty of choice, with white sands, bustling cities, incredible diving opportunities and beautiful rice terraces aplenty. If that wasn't enticement enough, chances are you won't be surrounded by lots of other tourists too.

If the archetypal azure seas, white sand and palm tree fringed beaches are your bag then look no further than Boracay in the Visayas island group. Other highlights of the Visayas include the breathtaking Chocolate Hills, the magnificent Langun-Gobingob Caves and the tranquil Danao Lake.

The Philippines are also with the added bonus of enviable diving and snorkelling spots. For the adventurous diving with whale sharks is possible in Donsol, located at the south of Luzon Island, and staggering corals and marine life lie waiting to be discovered in a multitude of locations. Top picks include Batangas, also located on Luzon Island, and the compact island of Malapascua. For alternative water sports head to the Camarines Sur Watersport complex where you can learn to waterski.

Not without its fair share of cities too, if you're after a bustling metropolis then Manilla will delight the senses. A melting pot of cultures, abundant street food, the world's oldest Chinatown and plentiful street markets make for an exciting stay. Or for something a bit different journey to Davao and look on in awe at the country's largest mountain, Mount Apo, nestled in the city.

Chances are that if you're in the country then you're in search of a hot climate. However, should this become overbearing then the city of Baguio should provide just the trick for a cooling break. With plenty to do as well as a plethora of places to kick back and relax, a stay will have you back up on your feet rearing to go in no time.

Culture vultures can get their fix throughout the country. Of particular note is the island of Mindanao where you can explore traditional Filipino culture, and the cities of Cebu and Vigan, the latter being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And if UNESCO sites are up your street, then the rice terraces of Banaue won't disappoint!

In essence the Philippines will take a lifetime to explore and leave you longing to discover every last corner.

Philippines Rice Terraces