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Travel in the Philippines

The Philippines is a collection of around 7,000 beautiful islands and has a culture mixed with both Eastern and Western through its Hispanic influences of Spain and Mexico. The cosmopolitan capital city of Manila with its bustling markets, historic buildings, and museums boasting of its uniqueness along with the idyllic white sandy beaches of the islands make a trip very worthwhile.

Cebu City

With its rich history and numerous attractions, Cebu City is a vibrant metropolis of historic monuments and beautiful natural scenery. Cebu City and surrounding areas can best be seen from the vantage point of Busay Hills. An excellent place to be immersed in the culture is Vigan, where there are the historical remnants of the Spanish legacy. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Vigan has well-preserved colonial structures and museums that enable visitors to experience the 17th-century atmosphere.

Bacuit Bay

Bacuit Bay on Palawan Island is a diver’s and eco tourist’s paradise destination. With its stunning reefs and rich biodiversity, it has the best diving spots and coral reefs in the Philippines. Siargao Island is a haven for surfers, with the Cloud 9 break amongst the best in the world and other activities such as fishing, kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing very much an attraction. Other islands well worth visiting include Boracay Island with its seven-kilometer stretch of white powdery sand at Puka Beach, which never gets hot, and Puerto Galera, famous for its corals, beaches, and water sports.

As you would expect with a major tourist destination, hotels in the Philippines are varied to suit all types of budgets from the five-star Diamond Hotel Philippines in Manila to local mid-price hotels such as Paco Park Oasis Hotel. The islands have hotel resorts that can arrange a wide variety of activities.

Most flights land at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, whilst Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Cebu is the country’s second-busiest airport and there is also Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) in Davao on Mindanao. There are also flight connections to various Philippine islands. Manila has its overground and underground rail links, while taxis and buses connect to the major towns and cities.