Philippines Beach Holiday Destinations
What do we think of when we’re asked about the Philippines? We’ll give you a clue. A nation made up of more than 7, 000 islands, where each one is caressed by calm, turquoise waters and blissfully white sandy shores, it’s a coastal paradise. But there’s more to this fascinating country than just glorious beaches, that’s if you know where to look. So let us take you to Palawan, a little known region where you can hang out with the charming locals at bustling markets, meet ancient rainforest tribes in the depth of the jungle, and experience its weird and wonderful wildlife.
Touch down in the bustling capital of Manila where you’ll be transferred amidst the hustle and bustle to a beautiful urban oasis; the Peninsula Hotel. Steeped in colonial grandeur it’s the perfect place to explore the teeming metropolis and get a feel for the spirit of the Philippines.
Real life chocolate box
Once rested up and raring to go it’s time to escape the city and head to the region of Bohol to marvel at the one of the Philippines’ many spectacular natural landmarks. This morning you’ll explore the aptly named Chocolate Hills, an impressive range of 1, 268 hills that resemble chocolates during the dry season. The hills which range from 30-50 metres tall are a sight to take your breath away, just make sure you don’t forget your camera. For lunch set sail down the Loboc River, and as you feast on local Filipino delicacies, watch the world float by and soak up the natural beauty of the surrounding forest and peaceful river.
After your lazy lunch head to your island bolthole for the next two nights; the Amorita Resort. Nestled top a seaside cliff at the north eastern end of the famed Alona beach in Panglao Island, at Amorita you’re greeted every day by the breath-taking 180 degree view of the Bohol Sea which extends out like a turquoise abyss. Pretty special if you ask us.
After a hearty breakfast it’s time to get out and explore the magnificent landscape of Corella, Black Tomato style, on the back of the motorbike. Traverse the region as you awe at the stunning lush greenery moulded by Mother Nature into tumbling hills. Your guide will show you a few secret waterfalls where you can relax after a long ride.
This region of the Philippines is home to the cutest critters you’ll ever lay your eyes on, the tarsier. Take a hike up to the tarsier sanctuary where you can come face-to-face with these endangered, bug-eyed species in their natural habitats. After lunch it’s time for more of nature’s wonders as you’ll take a tour of Panglao Island where at the right time of year you can spot whales and dolphins congregating off the coast. For a real buzz pull up a pew at Bohol bee farm where you’ll take your lunch, those with a sweet tooth will be in seventh heaven.
Paradise in Palawan
After your stint in Bohol you’ll be whisked off to the paradise of Palawan, in our eyes it’s the undisputed gem in the Philippines’s crown. Picture mountainous islands clad in a thick carpet of verdant jungle, just calling out to be explored. And encircling these island beauties you’ll find miles upon miles of candy coloured corals teeming with marine life that makes for some world class diving and snorkelling.