Beautiful beaches, grand cathedrals and whale sharks
Comprising some 7641 islands, the Philippines is best known for its deeply rich and diverse biodiversity. From the tiny, shy, nocturnal tarsier resembling a strange creature from a sci-fi movie to the Philippine eagle, considered the world's largest, and the slow-moving gentle giant whale shark. Wildlife tourism offers unique opportunities to observe many amazing creatures, while enhancing the conservations effort of the locals.
With some 35 national parks, one of the most unique is the Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park which encompasses one of the world's most impressive cave systems and an 8.2km long underground river. The tropical islands of Bawbawon, Samal and Mantigue offer excellent scuba diving opportunities while the Mt Hamiguitan World Heritage Park offers hiking trails, tree top adventures, bird watching and butterfly trails.
Adventure seekers can experience whitewater rafting on the Chico River, explore the Lussok Caves or hit the bike trails in one of the many mountain parks followed by a welcome soak in a hot or cool pool.
Filipino people love to celebrate so be sure to keep an eye out for one of their many local festivals.
Talk to our expert travel consultants about planning a trip to the Philippines about a tailored holiday that takes in all the best parts this amazing country has to offer.