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What to see in Philippines

Philippines Attractions


Thousands of islands make up the Philippines, where bustling cities, underwater gardens and lushly beautiful landscapes await travellers who seek a textured Southeast Asian adventure. Lovers of surfing, world-class dive sites and the perfect setting for carefree, beach-flopping days can expect all of the above, along with the richest of cultural experiences.

Manila is the gateway to the country, and is home to a fascinating urban energy, as well as marvellous, Spanish-colonial buildings and cathedrals. Visitors will also find wonderful museums. Island hopping around the archipelago carries a storybook feeling, brought on by the delight of sailing teal seas to gorgeous, jungle-like beaches. The country's many remote, unspoilt regions have a different sort of magnetism, and will speak to hikers and adventure seekers.

All things considered, the Philippines has much to offer, though tourists should follow the safety advice of travel experts when visiting.


Bohol

The island province of Bohol lies southeast of Cebu and is one of the loveliest destinations in the Visayas. Travellers find tremendous natural attractions, such as the world's…

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Boracay

Located in the western Visayas, the tiny, butterfly-shaped island of Boracay is a major hotspot for international sun-lovers. Its powder-white, palm-studded beach is said to glow…

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Camiguin

Situated on the north coast of Mindanao, the tiny island of Camiguin is renowned for having more volcanoes than municipalities. It's a relaxing paradise, where hot springs and…

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Cebu

The island-province of Cebu is a good springboard for island-hopping in the Visayas. Located in the centre of the Philippine archipelago, it offers travellers easy access to the caves, lagoons and…

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Davao

A beautiful landscape of hills and fertile valleys surrounds Davao, with Mount Apo towering above all else. The potentially active volcano is the country's highest mountain. Many…

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Fort San Pedro

Located in Cebu's wharf area, Fort San Pedro was the centre of the country's first Spanish settlement. Established in 1565, it began as a single triangular bastion and was expanded…

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Intramuros

Intramuros is one of the oldest parts of Manila. Located on the southern bank of the Pasig River, the walled Spanish enclave is a feast of historic buildings and churches, many…

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Malacanang Palace

The Malacanang Palace is the seat of government and official residence of the Philippines head of state. Situated on the north bank of the Pasig River, the villa has been a noble…

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National Museum of the Philippines

The National Museum and Art Gallery of the Philippines showcases the cultural, natural and historical heritage of the islands. The large and comprehensive institution categorises…

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Palawan

The island of Palawan stretches from Luzon towards Malaysia. A must for nature lovers, it's thickly forested and accented by coves, lagoons and limestone cliffs. Puerto Princesa is the primary gateway…

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Puerto Galera

Located on the island of Mindoro, Puerto Galera began as a refuge for Spanish traders in the 16th century. Today, it consists of several towns and beach resorts, which together…

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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located in the province of Palawan, and lies about 36 miles (58km) north of Puerto Princesa. Regarded as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature,…

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Tagaytay City

Tagaytay is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the Philippines. Located just south of Manila, the town's most famous attraction is the Taal Volcano. It sits on an…

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The Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills are Bohol Province's most famous tourist attraction, widely regarded as one of the top ten things to see in the country. Nature lovers will enjoy the area's…

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Our Travel Expert

Karel took his online job along with him on his travels nine years ago, exploring mainly Europe and Asia, and never looked back! His mission to explore the world was interrupted by his love affair with the Philippines and its people, which began the moment he stepped off the plane, and he is now seriously considering settling in the country for good.

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