The Philippines archipelago consists of over 7,000 islands and is situated between Indonesia to the south and Taiwan to the north. Home to a range of cultures and religions, this vibrant nation will greet you with exquisite local cuisine, bustling cities and lush green landscapes.
Manila is the Philippines centre of education, business and transportation. You will see many towering skyscrapers, huge shopping malls, galleries and restaurants. Amidst the city’s impressive metropolitan centre, though, there are also many busy markets and historic cultural landmarks including the San Augustine Church, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Nature lovers will be impressed by the sheer number of gorgeous landmarks available to see. The Cabusilan Mountains hold a volcano, which unexpectedly erupted after 600 years. Prior to the eruption, it was obscured by a dense forest which held many indigenous tribes.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Puerto Princesa is home to a huge 8.2km underground river and cave system. This impressive navigable water path winds through a spectacular cave before emptying into the South China Sea.
Made up of hundreds of limestone islands, the El Nido marine reserve is unquestionably one of the most picturesque locations in all of the Philippines. Thought to have been formed millions of years ago, these islands are renowned for their natural beauty and untouched charm.