Home to idyllic white-sand beaches, lush jungle-covered wildernesses and – in its warm inviting waters – an astonishing array of marine life, the Philippines is one of Southeast Asia’s most beguiling destinations. From the frenetic bustle of Manila to the sleepiest barangay, this enticing welcoming destination has plenty to explore. Use our map of the Philippines below to plan your trip.

You won’t be short of activities in this diverse country, from diving the pristine coral gardens of Apo Reef Marine Natural Park, spotting endangered tarsiers at their protected sanctuary in Bohol, to dancing through the night at Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan, the country’ biggest street party. Intrepid explorers will be kept busy with an array of spectacular trekking and climbing opportunities, including the incredible rice-terrace scenery of Banaue, the bizarre Chocolate Hills of Bohol, or for a real challenge, tackle the nearly perfectly symmetrical summit of volcanic Mount Mayon.

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A Rough Guide to: the best islands in the Philippines

A Rough Guide to: the best islands in the Philippines

Isolated bone-white beaches, reefs teeming with marine life, cascading rice terraces – it’s no wonder that the Philippines is often associated with tropica…

11 Jan 2018 • Esme Fox insert_drive_file Article
Off the tourist trail in Southeast Asia: 5 underrated cities

Off the tourist trail in Southeast Asia: 5 underrated cities

Modern Bangkok, historical Hanoi and tourism-boom town Siem Reap — home to the world-famous Angkor Wat temples — are some of Southeast Asia's best drawcards…

21 Nov 2017 • Marco Ferrarese insert_drive_file Article
A postcard from the Philippines: saving the tarsiers in Bohol

A postcard from the Philippines: saving the tarsiers in Bohol

Tarsiers are the world's smallest primate – and 20 years ago they were dangerously close to extinction. But numbers are rising in Bohol, in the Philippines…

03 Nov 2017 • Mike MacEacheran insert_drive_file Article
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