Feb 5, 2021
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IMAGINE WALKING ON A PRISTINE stretch of white sand, where you can view spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Picture gradient azure waters as far as the eye can see from one of the world’s best islands. Think of verdant mountain ranges enveloping breathtaking landscapes of all shapes and sizes. Indulge in the prospect of gastronomic pleasure as balmy tropical air wraps around you. That’s only a peek of what the Philippines has to offer for all sorts of people, from all walks of life. With 7,641 islands, the warmest people on Earth and a multitude of activities for every sort of traveler, there’s so much to discover in this safe and fun Southeast Asian destination.
Play in the Philippines’ vast aqua playground
White sands are often top-of-mind in vacation planning, but beautiful beaches come in all hues, and the Philippines has them in an array of colors to suit your preference. White, gray, brown, black, pink – they’re all within reach for your travel to this destination. Enjoy laidback island vibes and surf the Philippine waves in Baler and Siargao. Ready your diving gear and explore the breathtaking underwater wrecks in the Tubbataha Reefs in Palawan, or do a sardine run in Moalboal, Cebu. Make sure you have enough days to get the most out of all the fun water activities!
Go on an epic outdoor adventure across the archipelago
Ready to explore the outdoors? Up in Northern Luzon, create amazing memories and take those Instagrammable shots against the backdrop of the 2,000-year-old man-made Banaue Rice Terraces, commonly described as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” In the Visayas, nature lovers and adrenaline buffs will have the best time conquering Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, a geological wonder in every traveler’s bucket list. Meanwhile, down south in Davao City, have the thrill of your life by scaling the country’s highest peak, Mt. Apo, and get the chance to meet the Philippine eagle, one of the world’s largest raptors.
Relax or shop, take that sweet escape on your trip
Give yourself a treat in Manila, which serves as the international gateway to countless adventures. Explore its dynamic cosmopolitan side or jaunt off to the many inviting pocket destinations surrounding it. Top-notch shopping with premier international brands, thriving art scenes, world-class entertainment, relaxation and holistic wellness programs all await you in the capital of fun.
Join the grand festivities that take the fun to another level
Add color to your next vacation with parades, street dancing and lots of food! Filipinos love to party and, by nature, treat their community as family. This shines through most brightly in its festivals, where tables are filled with incredible home-cooked meals and everyone is invited to celebrate.
Let your taste buds travel, too, with great Filipino dishes
Deliciously unique, Filipino cuisine has influences from Eastern and Western cultures. Go on a culinary journey with the Philippines’ heritage cuisine such as adobo, sisig and lechon. Indulge your sweet tooth in various Filipino delicacies such as the halo-halo, fried banana fritters, sweet rice treats and more. The seafood is also among the freshest and tastiest in the world – just wait till you taste it yourself!
Feel at home with some of the warmest people on Earth
One of the Philippines’ biggest draws is its people. Known the world over as one of the warmest societies in the world, Filipinos take great pride and find much joy in making everyone feel like family when in their company. So while you indulge your inner sun-seeker at the beaches and excuse your diet with a food crawl, you’ll find yourself right at home with Filipinos’ genuine smiles and caring temperament.
No matter what type of adventure you’re looking for, and in whichever island group you land – Luzon, the Visayas, or Mindanao – this Southeast Asian archipelago is sure to give you the best time on this side of the globe in the new normal. As the world slowly recovers, the Philippines continues to work towards ensuring future travelers a safe and memorable journey. Plan that trip and see for yourself that it is, still indeed, more fun in the Philippines!