Things to do in Philippines
Borcay - admire the sunsets from White Beach
The Philippines have hundreds of beaches to offer visitors to the country and one of the best of these is White Beach at Boracay with, as its name suggests, clean white sand. The water here is beautifully clear and ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The vibrant night scene makes this an ideal destination for a beach holiday. The sunsets here are absolutely astounding every day, especially when sipping on a freshly made cocktail or fruit juice.
Cebu - take a boat trip to Sumilon Island
The Sumilon Island is not an easy place to go and see but it is worth a day trip out from Cebu. The beaches are clean and pristine with kayaks and snorkeling equipment available for hire to explore the extraordinary sea life that the region has to offer with hundreds of species of corals and thousands of fish to be seen. This is an ideal location for honeymooners and people seeking a peaceful and relaxing holiday.
Manila - visit fort Santiago
There has been a western style fort at Santiago since the late 16th century when the Spanish defeated Rajah Sulayman and built a stone fort to protect their gains. A hero of the Philippine revolution against the Spanish, Jose Rizal, was captured and executed at the fort in 1896 and became a folk hero for his fight against oppression. The fort was destroyed during the liberation of Manila in 1945 but has been restored since and is worth a tour, especially down into the dungeons and along the parapets.
Manila - walk around the Chintown district of Binondo
Prior to WWII Binondo was where most Chinese living in Manila did business and as a result much of the architecture of the area is heavily influenced by Chinese design and living. The area retains a strong Chinese connection with many bankers still doing business here. There are plenty of shrines to see and places to enjoy freshly cooked Chinese food.
Negros Occidental - explore Bacolod Cathedral
Bacolod Cathedral is a traditional style Spanish Church built from coral stone in 1885 and it replaces the original, prevous wooden church. The facade is now covered in a thin layer of cement for stability, but it still retains much of its original charm, especially the 3 equal size arches at the front, and the original bell towers, which were built from coral stone, and restored in concrete in 1969. The interior of the church is simple and relaxing and contains an interesting, pleasant vault.
Palawan - take a tour of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
For a completely different experience take a trip on the 8km subterranean river tour that flows from a lake inland straight into the sea at Puerto Princesa. The whole region is made up of limestone karsts that have been eroded over millennia to create beautiful landscapes and the amazing underground river. The boat trip is made on a Banka, a traditional Pilipino boat with outriggers and paddles, and is one of the best trips you can make in the Philippines.
Introduction to Philippines
Consisting of more than 7,000 islands and featuring one of the world's longest coastlines, the Philippines is one of the few places that visitors can witness the fusing of European and Asian cultures. Much of the country's Spanish heritage is evident in the colonial architecture of the capital, Manila. It is one of the most crowded and congested cities in the world, but visitors can seek respite by visiting the tourist attractions lining Manila Bay. Philippines hotels cater to all budgets, from cheap hostels and inns to luxury hotels which compare well to any in the West. Manila is located on the country's biggest island, Luzon, which also hosts the Rice Terraces of Banaue. These terraces have been recognised by UNESCO and are considered to be among the unofficial wonders of the world. The Philippines is also famous for its beaches, such as those on the island of Boracay. Its pristine white sands and first-class dive sites are just one hour from Manila by air. Further south, islands such as Cebu, where high-end resorts in the north lie in stark contrast to more locally-orientated destinations in the south, continue to attract tourists in large numbers.