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An extraordinary archipelago consisting of some 7000 islands, The Philippines has been blessed with a magical collection of sights, sounds and destinations. Blessed with a forthright and dynamic culture, the people of The Philippines exude a unique, indigenous Asian outlook coloured by overtly Catholic and Hispanic habits, making the destination unlike any other in the region.
One of the world’s great metropolises, Manila is a city literally bursting at the seams. Sprawling, vibrant, dynamic and eclectic, the city also enjoys a wonderfully preserved Spanish colonial city centre. Wandering north, the island of Luzon reveals a stunning volcanic landscape, with the spectacular ancient rice terraces of Banaue, proclaimed as an ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’.
Head south from Manila and it’s island hopping time! Cebu is the country’s most developed holiday island; here the magical beaches, fabulous diving and historic sights that made the island so popular vie for attention with buzzing resort centres and the island’s plethora of luxury hotels. For a more relaxed vibe, beautiful Boracay is a tiny speck by comparison, and an island whose beaches are frequently voted amongst the world’s finest.
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I love the diversity of the Philippines, riding in a jeepney around the bustling capital Manila with towering skyscrapers or taking an old fashioned horse drawn ‘kalesa’ around cultural districts such as Itramuros with fascinating colonial history.
Travel through the country observing spectacular scenery, learning about local tribes customs and traditions while meeting the most warm and welcoming locals. Pass through towns with long established local restaurants offering a variety of delicacies both sweet and savoury tempting you at every corner with curious smells coming from markets inviting you inside. Finish your stay with a tropical beach break on a stunning white sandy beach. There are top class diving opportunities, take a boat trip out to sea and witness unique fish and sea life in the clear waters or just sit under a palm tree and watch the sun set over the water.