Warm tropical waters, teeming coral reefs, unspoilt stretches of fine white sand and a landscape made for adventure: how come the Philippines remains under the radar of many travellers?

"With over 7000 islands making up the Philippines, it can be quite easy to feel like you have them all to yourself."

As you’d expect with such an island nation, life in the Philippines very much revolves around water and highlights of Filipino island life include the palm-fringed idyll of Siplay, pristine Sugar Beach and the party island of Boracay, with its renowned two-mile white beach. Dive under the azure seas and things look even better, whether you’re swimming with sharks, exploring wrecks or simply marvelling at the vividly-coloured marine life.

But the country also has other little slices of heaven. The Chocolate Hills of Bohol; the famous rice terraces of Banaue; the historic Spanish colonial town of Vigan; if you have time during your stay it’s worth exploring them all. Problem is, once you’ve found your perfect stretch of beach here, who’d want to leave it?

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Manila

  • Time Difference

    GMT +7

  • Best Time to Visit

    Dec-Apr

  • Currency

    Peso (US$ are widely accepted)

The Philippines

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Choose from the cream of The Philippines’ finest resorts

  • Amanpulo PAMALICAN ISLAND

    An easy, natural beauty that has a real Robinson Crusoe feel to it, for those who wish to hammock and beachcomb away their days in paradise or find myriad maritime adventures.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. What a Dive!

    What a Dive!

    Apo Island, a tiny rock near Negros Island, is one of the world’s 10 best dive sites, although there are many alternatives in the area including Dumagete and Siquijor Island. Whichever you choose though, you’re guaranteed fantastic marine life!

  2. Activity Galore

    Activity Galore

    The Palawan Archipelago is one of the Philippines’ unsung treasures; a coral-fringed range of mountainous islands with beautiful white beaches, brilliant snorkeling and diving, jungle walks, cycling and endless watersports.

  3. Turtle Nesting

    Turtle Nesting

    If you happen to be staying at Amanpulo on Pamalican Island between March and October, you may well be privileged enough to see the Green and Hawksbill Turtles laying their eggs on the local beaches!