The Philippines is an archipelagic country consisting of 7641 islands that are situated in the western pacific ocean. The country has a tropical climate that is usually hot and humid. Home to many white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, lush rice terraces, world-class surfing and diving, the Philippines is a must-visit.
With a 100 million people living here, the Philippines is ranked 13th in the world in terms of population. The official languages in the country is Filipino and English. However, there are 19 other recognized regional languages. The country is home to a diverse mix of ethnicities: Visayan, Tagalog and Ilocano and many others are found here.
A newly industrialized country, the Philippine economy has seen an impressive growth over the last few years. As of today, the biggest sectors of the Philippine economy are technology, agriculture and tourism.
White beach, Boracay
There are plenty of untouched beaches in the Philippines, but if you are searching for a more populous beach, one of the best places to visit is the white beach in Boracay. Here you will find opportunities for boating, water skiing, windsurfing, and many other water activities. There are plenty of chairs and hammocks, so you can relax and enjoy the sun.
Manilla Historical sightseeing
Manilla is an exciting and vibrant metropolis that is evolving at a rapid pace. But the city also has a lot of history. Here, you will find centuries-old buildings such as the San Agustin church and the monuments at Rizal Park. For the best sightseeing experience, we suggest that you hire a guide.
The water surrounding Sangat Island in Corona are some of the best diving sites in the world. Here you can discover sunken shipwrecks that lie on varying depths that are suitable for both deepwater divers and snorkelers.
Many of the shipwrecks are from an attack on the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1944. Nowadays, the wrecks have become a habitat for many different kinds of fish species. There are so many different shipwrecks to explore, that you may consider staying for a couple of days.
The Mayon Volcano in the Albay province on Luzon Island is a must-see in the Philippines. It is an active stratovolcano with an elevation of more than 2,400 meters. It is renowned for its “perfect cone” because the conical shape is symmetrical. There are plenty of nature trails surrounding the volcano, where you can find animals such as parakeets and other birds. If you want to climb the volcano, you will need to apply for a permit. However, it is a difficult hike through the forest, and dangerous gases are emitted near the peak, so caution is advised.
The chocolate hills on the island of Bohol is a unique natural phenomenon. There are at least 1200 hills that spread around 50 square kilometers of UNESCO World Heritage site. The grass that they are covered in is usually green, but during the fall they turn chocolate brown, hence the name. A convenient path leads to the top of a viewpoint.
Summer Palace, Manilla
A visit at this iconic cantonese restaurant is an extraordinary experience. Its nice-looking interiors that took inspiration from the Manila Galleon Trade creates an ambiance like no other, with blue and white porcelain walls, and shades of red, adding flair to the well-appointed restaurant. Every guest is treated like a true emperor and empress through its seamless service. But above all, the food is perfection. The dim sum selection is masterfully created by their experienced chefs.