The Philippines is home to over 7000 islands making up this kaleidoscope of colourful people and landscapes alike. From the bustling city of Manila, to the sanctity of the Muslim populous Davao in the South, the Philippines offers a variety of experiences rarely found in one country. Manila is the capital city of the country, and the heartbeat of the nation. We recommend spending one or two nights here, as the flight time from the UK is around 16 hours with a stop in Middle East or the Far East. The city has preserved its Spanish Colonial heritage, and the Ayala Museum in Makati is a great place to learn about the timeline of Filipino history. The walled city of Intramuros and Fort Santiago provides further detail on a time gone by. Don't forget to drive last the American Memorial, which houses the cemetery for 70'000 US and Filipino servicemen from the Second World War.
Away from the city is where the Philippines’ diversity comes alive. The island of Boracay is located an hours flight from Manila, home of the Shangri La Boracay. Here you will find plenty to do, from sailing excursions to a spot of Paragliding. Further south is the city of Davao, home to a significant number of Filipino muslims. Your bespoke trip to the Philippines can also include trips to the wildlife haven of Bohol or to the underground river in Puerta Princessa.
A speck of luxury in the Palawan archipelago, Huma Island is one of the Philippines newest resorts surrounding by spectacular scenery just off Busuanga Island.
Welcome to Robinson Crusoes hideaway in the heart of the Sulu Sea, where you will find luxury personified from the moment you arrive.
Nabeel, our Far East expert headed to the Philippines this year, and here are some of his best tips for visiting.
Best time to go
The Philippines is prone to typhoons, therefore it’s advisable to avoid May to September. The season from October to April is the best time to visit the country
Well, this is a difficult one. I fell in love with the Crusoe experience at Amanpulo and the friendliness of the people in Boracay. Wherever you go in the country, there will be something to remember.
My favourite meal was always breakfast. Wherever I stayed, there was always a fresh coconut split open for me and wonderful tropical fruit like Yellow Watermelon, Dragonfruit and Jackfruit.
On Pamalican Island, it was great to get close up to baby sharks, and swim with 6 foot long Mantarays.