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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. 

Things you should know about the Philippines

The official currency is the Philippine peso. If you are travelling outside of the main cities be sure to take local currency as their may not be ATM's or exchange facilities available.

The most popular Filipino food is adobo. Often referred to as the unofficial national dish of the Philippines, Adobo is commonly chicken (though pork is a 2nd favourite option) simmered in vinegar, garlic, black peppercorns, soy sauce, and bay leaves.

Filipino is the national language and used in formal education throughout the country. Filipino and English are both official languages and English is commonly used by the government.

Tips and advice from our travel advisors

Tipping is becoming increasingly normal for good service. Locals will often round up a taxi fare and some dining establishments will automatically add a 10% service charge to the bill.
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There are many facets to Manila, historic precincts and street food to tingle your taste buds. If you're a history buff a visit to Makati (Old Manila) is a must.
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Filipinos are big on coffee. If you are a lover of great coffee take a tour of a coffee plantation.

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