When you think of sun, sea, and sand, countries like Spain, Portugal, and Italy come to mind. But what about getting off the tourist trail and heading to the Philippines? If you’re looking for a far-flung beach holiday to remember, here are three good reasons to make the Philippines your choice.
1. The beaches
You can’t start anywhere else but the beaches when singing the praises of the Philippines. If you’ve ever dreamt of being marooned on a desert island with nothing but rolling waves and swinging palms for company, this is the place to be. Made up of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is a veritable feast for the eyes. Think clear waters, rugged rock formations and endless expanses of pristine white sand. Spend your days catching rays or grab your snorkel and do some underwater exploring. Visit the islands of Caramoan and Buena Vista for tranquil days far from the madding crowds. Head for Great Santa Cruz Island to see the unique coral sands or enjoy a touch of luxury at Bantayan Island.
2. The nightlife
For all its peaceful havens and secluded coves, the Philippines also boasts a host of lively night spots. Although relatively undiscovered, this is an increasingly popular stop-off on traveller routes. There are plenty of places to meet up with fellow adventurers and share travel tales. The Mactan Beach resorts are known for hosting a good night, and you’ll also find bustling bars in Boracay Island. Mactan Island is known for its luxury hotels and fancy restaurants. It’s well worth a visit if you’re eager to celebrate an occasion, such as a honeymoon, in style. Enjoy dinner with a view or a cosmopolitan cocktail at the end of the day.
3. The activities
The Philippines is not just an idyllic spot to while away hours soaking up the rays. It offers so much more than a run of the mill beach holiday. Try out some water sports, and don’t forget your snorkel. If you’re a qualified diver, or you’d like to take lessons, head for Pandan Island and explore the waters of Mindoro. This underwater playground boasts a reef spanning forty square kilometres. Keep your eyes peeled for sharks, sea turtles, and rays. If you’re not into diving, but you’re keen to try some adventurous pursuits, why not climb Mount Apo? You can join an organised tour or apply for a permit and find your own guide. Once you’ve reached the dizzy heights and you’re back at sea level, hire a kayak or try kiteboarding. Visit Siargao Islands to learn how to surf and take on the infamous Cloud 9 break.
There are beach holidays, and then there are holidays to the Philippines. This is not your average trip to the seaside. Are you looking for paradise on Earth? Are you eager to combine blissfully tranquil days with fun-filled nights and adrenaline-pumping activities? If so, look no further. Be as lazy or as active as you wish. Try out new sports or challenge yourself with a gruelling hike. Soak up the sun and enjoy an island hopping adventure. The choice is yours. However you spend your time, you’re guaranteed an unforgettable holiday.