The incomparable paradise of the Philippines is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands. A dazzling world of glittering white sand beaches, emerald rice terraces, turquoise waters and lush jungle, there is nowhere more aesthetically pleasing. These stunning islands are the quintessential choice if adventure is your forte; kayak through picturesque islets, surf mind-blowing breaks and discover a whole new world underwater. Marine life here is beyond your wildest dreams, whale sharks and manta-rays are just some of the many incredible creatures of the deep to be seen here. The welcoming smiles of the locals are a true display of their warmth and hospitable nature, after all Filipinos are not dubbed, ‘the friendliest people in the world’ for nothing!
The Philippines are known as Asia’s melting pot due to their infinitely varied cultures, traditions, and foods. There is Spanish influence prevalent throughout the country from their previous ruling, combining Asian paradise islands with European baroque architecture, what’s not to love! Christmas in the Philippines even has its own Spanish twist and relatives gather on the 24th of December to celebrate ‘Noche Bueno’ a Spanish term meaning midnight meal, ready to bring in Christmas day together. Food wise in the Philippines no meal is considered complete without the staple of steamed rice, meals here are served mostly on banana leaves and eaten either with your hands or with forks and spoons (no knives at the table!).
The Philippines have a tropical climate with just two seasons, the wet and the dry! The dry season runs from late November to May and the rainy reason reigns from June until October. During the months of September and October the Philippines can often fall victim to Typhoons, so extra caution is advised during these months. Due to its infamous beaches and paradisiacal nature the best time to absorb and explore these exquisite islands is definitely when the sun is shining! The hottest months are April and May and this is the period that the Filipino’s actually categorise as summer, at this time the sky and waters are crystal clear and sparkling blue!
The archipelago of the Republic of the Philippines lies on the Pacific Rim of South East Asia. Of the 7000 islands, only 2000 are actually inhabited, the largest being Luzon in the North and the second being Mindano in the south. Naturally the Philippines share no land borders shared with any other countries! Taiwan however is the closest country to the North of the region and Malaysia and Indonesia to the south. The Philippine islands are positioned on ‘The Ring of Fire’ meaning they are subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This range of impressive volcano’s cover the islands and islets providing breath taking scenery, the dormant ones are also perfect for trekking!
A myriad of glistening white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and enchanting lagoons, there is no-where closer to paradise than El Nido. It is one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems with its swooping limestone cliffs that are home to rare birds such as swiftlets and countless other protected flora and fauna. Enter a fantasy world beneath the water’s surface and be mesmerised by curious turtles, breath-taking whale-sharks and every colour fish imaginable.
Bohol is an enchanted world of colourful reefs and obscure geological wonders. The most mesmerising being the seemingly endless chocolate hills. This visual spectacle beholds over 1,200 symmetrical rolling hills, nestled together like a sea of green waves. In the dry season these mounds turn to cocoa-brown, contrasting dramatically against the jungle backdrop and giving them their name.
Jeepney’s are the most popular way to get from A to B in the Philippines. Brightly coloured and overcrowded these unique vehicles make journeys across these islands an adventure in their own right! They were originally made from U.S military jeeps that remained from the second world war and over the years have become more outlandish and multiplied beyond belief! Through time the Jeepney has become a ubiquitous symbol of Philippine art and culture and remember there’s always room for ‘one more’ passenger!