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Philippines

Like a number of countries in the Far East, the Philippines is a group of islands rather than a single land mass. In fact, more than 7,000 archipelagos make up this tropical paradise, making it the 73rd largest country in the world by surface area. Coupled with a rich history of Spanish and Pan-Asian influences this corner of the world is nothing less than unique. It is so wonderful, in fact, that you’d better start packing right now because you’re not going to want to miss this luxury holiday destination.


Sun worshippers seeking a deluxe beach getaway are going to love it here, as the warm waters and tropical climate of the country make almost every beach a picture-perfect paradise of white sand and crystal waters. This also makes it the ideal spot for watersport enthusiasts who are looking to let loose on the waves by boat, flipper or board. Underwater photographers too, will find this a haven with some of the world’s most coveted diving spots scattered along the country’s coast.


Known for throwing a good party, some of the most popular club venues and after dark destinations are located on the Philippines smaller islands. Those looking for an Ibiza-like experience should head to Boracay, where famous names are constantly headlining at the ultra-exclusive Kama Beach Club. Other spots to note for visitors wanting a good time are The Playground, a vine-covered bar found on El Nido and the town of Sabang in Puerto Galera.


Adventure is also on the menu whether you prefer a jungle journey, a mountain trek or getting a birds’ eye view of it all with a skydive. Home to rainforests bursting with amazing wildlife and stunning flora, Puerto Galera is the ideal spot for an adventurous walk on the wild side – can you spot the elusive yet adorable Philippine Tarsier?


Without a doubt one of the most scenic inclines you can traverse in the Philippines is Mt. Maculot in Cuenca with its lush, 360-degree vistas of the Taal Lake. For a completely different uphill adventure, visit Mt. Daraitan near Manila – it’s teeming with caves, natural pools, springs and limestone fountains.


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Eating local is all part of the holiday experience, and a great way to get a taste for Filipino culture. Winged Boots recommends trying Cochinillo which is a whole roast pig styffed with lemongrass washed fown with Halo Halo, a drink made with ice cream, tapioca pearls and tropical fruits. 
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Good to know

  • Time difference: +8
  • Currency: PHP
  • Flying time to destination:
    16-hours from London
  • In A Word: Paradise

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 26°c   Feb: 27°c   Mar: 28°c  
Apr: 29°c   May: 30°c   Jun: 28°c  
Jul: 28°c   Aug: 27°c   Sep: 27°c  
Oct: 28°c   Nov: 27°c   Dec: 26°c  

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Philippines in a Nutshell

Life’s a Beach
 
  • Still relatively undiscovered, the Philippines is the less tourist-packed alternative to South Asian beach hotspots like Bali and Thailand. With more than 7,000 islands though, it can be a tough choice deciding which of the fabulous beaches to visit first.
     
  • El Nido is perhaps the most well-known of the island paradises with its dramatic landscape of limestone formations and party-packed beaches. As part of the Bacuit Archipelago, one of the best bits of a trip here is the ease of making island-hopping adventures by speedboat, or for the ambitious, by swimming. There are also a host of activities here that will excite even the most timid of water-treaders. To catch the best sunsets, head to El Nido’s Marimegmeg Beach, also known as Las Cabanas Beach where you can enjoy sumptuous sundowners with your feet in the warm ocean water. 
     
  • The banana-shaped island of Cebu is a more accessible alternative to El Nido and offers the additional luxury of high-end restaurants to lend to its appeal. Take a boat out for the day and head to Bohol Strait where you can lounge around on ample quantities of powder-white sands under the blazing sun.
     
  • And of course, no beach list in the Philippines would be complete without the country’s crowning jewel – Boracay. This five-kilometer stretch of oceanfront heaven has been on countless lists of the world’s best beaches and is a real hit with surfers and divers alike. Despite its recent surge in popularity, it is still relatively easy to escape the crowds here, making it the ideal spot for seclusion.
     
Adventure Awaits
 
  • More than just a beachy paradise, the Philippines is a centre for fabulous adventure activities from sky diving and snorkelling to canopy tours and jet skiing. Let your wild side out as you hike through the tropical jungles, discovering rare wildlife or gather your courage for thrilling climbs up volcanic peaks.
     
  • An increasingly popular thrill sport here is Whitewater Rafting, particularly along the Cagayan, Chico and Cagayan de Oro rivers. Buckle up, grab a paddle and don your life vest as you rocket along these rivers in a splashing, crashing shower of foaming water. This is an activity you can do with friends or as a solo enterprise. A variety of guide companies are available to expertly ensure you have the time of your life.  
     
  • Around many of these Whitewater Rafting regions, if you chance to look up, you might see a few startled looking tourists flying through the air, cameras in hand. Ziplining is a thrill that even the younger visitors can enjoy as they range in difficulty and height. This is the perfect way to get an adrenaline rush as well as an unimpeded view.  


Family Fun Guaranteed 
 
  • At Winged Boots, we know it’s not always easy to organise a family holiday, especially when you have little ones in tow. But don’t worry, we’ve just made the job a whole lot smoother, by finding with some fabulously fun days out that everyone can enjoy.
     
  • Right in the heart of Manila’s business district is a once-in-a-lifetime experience designed specially to blow little minds. Kidzania is a fun and educational indoor activity space that’s reminiscent of a living board game. The children are given a boarding pass on arrival (no parents allowed) and go from square to square on the board, learning, making, exchanging ideas and taking part in activities. They role-play different careers from fire-fighters to fashion models and earn ‘kidzos’ currency from completing activities like a Master’s Degree which they can trade with other children. The experience is like nothing else you’ve ever seen and is rated as one of Manila’s most family-friendly spots.
     
  • Another great idea for family fun that parents can join in with is an array of watersports in Boracay. Hundreds of schools teaching sailing, fishing, surfing, diving and snorkelling line the coastline of the Philippines making booking in a day of splash-tastic fun a breeze. And once you’ve all earned your stripes, holidays will be made even easier with only the hire of equipment necessary to branch out on your own as a happy family unit.  
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