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The main island of Luzon alone includes hill tribes, rice terraces, volcanoes, beaches, spas, and the metropolis of Manila. From Manila it’s just a short flight to Palawan, with its unspoiled rainforests, and to the sun-soaked Visayan islands (which you may never want to leave).

Philippines Cities and Regions


It’s hardly user-friendly, but determined travelers will find pearls amid Manila’s chaos, including the ancient Intramuros district, the superb National Museum, and Malate’s gritty club and pub culture.

Batangas & Puerto Galera

Drive south from Manila to gawk at Taal Lake and Volcano, sample Tagaytay’s garden restaurants, play golf, and dive at Anilao or Puerto Galera, Mindoro.

Boracay Island

Divine, endless White Beach is the main attraction, but the Philippines’ party capital is also a haven for sporty types, with kite-surfing, golf, diving, and myriad beach sports available.

The Cordillera Mountains

These spiny, barely accessible mountains reward the adventurous with intense vistas, fascinating tribal culture, and the Ifugao rice terraces – the so-called Eighth Wonder of the World.


Escape from civilization entirely, or kayak amid towering limestone cliffs in the emerald waters of Bacuit Bay, twice a pit stop for The Amazing Race.

Cebu, Bohol & Negros

The Philippines’ splendid scuba diving scene revolves around these Visayan islands. Top dive Meccas include Bohol’s Alona Beach, Apo Island off Negros, and Cebu’s Malapascua and Moalboal.

Bicol (Southeast Luzon)

Scale Mt Mayon’s perfect volcanic cone, snorkel with whale sharks in Donsol, explore the Caramoan Peninsula’s hidden beaches, or get radical at the world-class Camarines Sur Watersports Complex.

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