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.
WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
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.
Good to know
- Time difference: +8
- Currency: PHP
Flying time to destination:
16-hours from London
- In A Word: Paradise
Best Time To Travel
|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|