Dreaming of the perfect getaway? Here are 7 reasons why you should consider adding the Philippines to your travel bucket list.
Here's why the Philippines deserves a spot on your travel bucket list
Discover the Pearl of the Orient Seas: the Philippines. From its beautiful white sandy beaches to its jam-packed festival calendar, here are a handful of reasons why the Philippines is a must-visit destination that deserves a spot on everyone's travel bucket lists.
There are over 7,000 islands to explore
The Philippines is an island-hopper's dream with over 7,000 islets and islands to discover (7,641 to be exact!). From the lush green hills of the north to the palm-lined surfing beaches of the south, each island is unique with its own cultures, traditions and delicacies. Boracay, famous for its powdery white beaches backed by multiple bars and restaurants, remains a partying backpacker favourite. El Nido and Coron, two islands in the province of Palawan, are home to stunning limestone rock formations rising up from jewelled tone waters. Surfers, meanwhile, are drawn to Siargao, while Siquijor has rose to fame as a mysterious other-world with mountain-dwelling mangkukulam (healers).
Filipinos are the friendliest people ever
It's a fact that Filipinos are some of the friendliest people out there. If you ever get lost or need some assistance, there will always be someone happy to help. And communicating is not a problem either. The majority of Filipinos speak and understand English so there is little to no language barrier for travellers.
Encounter rare wild animals
The Philippines is a home to an incredible range of wildlife. Perhaps the most famous is the tarsier monkey, considered to be one of the cutest animals in the world. Clocking in at less than six inches high, these nocturnal mammals are also the world's smallest primates. You're unlikely to stumble across any of these tiny primates in the wild, but at the Philippine Tarsier Foundation in Corella you'll have the chance to see them in a semi-natural habitat. Offshore, enjoy some of the world's best scuba diving and discover an incredible underwater world. Head to Donsol to swim with whale sharks or dive in the waters of Malapascua for the chance to spot a pelagic thresher shark.
Discover natural wonders unique to the Philippines
The Philippines is packed with unique natural wonders. Discover Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park on the western coast of Palawan. The protected park encompasses one of the world's most impressive cave systems and is home to stunning limestone karst landscapes, untouched natural beauty, and ancient forests and distinctive wildlife. Believed often to be the "Eighth Wonder of the World'', the emerald-coloured Banaue Rice Terraces were carved into the mountains of Ifugao by the ancestors of the indigenous people over 2,000 years ago. Climbing thousands of feet above sea-level, the terraces today are a popular destination for hikers. Nearby waterfalls and natural swimming holes are also on hand to ease the ache of sore muscles after the strenuous climb. And for even more spectacular natural landscapes, check out The Chocolate Hills in the province of Bohol. Over 1,260 hills are spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres with legends saying that they were formed after two feuding giants hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. In reality, it is commonly believed that this strange natural phenomena was caused by the weathering of marine limestone. To see them in all their chocolatey-brown glory, make sure to visit during the Philippines dry season, normally between the months of November and May.