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Get diverse travel experiences in the Philippines

Kate Webster

The Philippines is rapidly emerging as the must-see destination in Southeast Asia.

With its vast array of tropical islands, far flung beaches, festivals, abundance of wildlife, world renowned dive sites, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a wide range of accommodation options from backpacking to luxurious five star resorts, this is a destination that has something to offer every traveller.

Bohol, Boracay, Cebu and Bohol showcase just a few highlights that the Philippines’ 7,500 islands have to offer travellers.

Bohol

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Bohol is covered with beautiful scenery from end to end, including 1,776 hills, and then some. Spend the afternoon lounging on a pristine white sandy beach, after a morning viewing the Chocolate Hills.

More things to do:

  • Enjoy traditional Filipino cuisine while cruising the Laboc River
  • Soak up the sun and party on Panglao Island
  • Explore the underwater wonders of the Ballcasag islet
  • Stock up on natural products at the Bohol Bee Farm
  • Get a glimpse of an endangered species at the Philippine Tarsier Sancturary

Getting there:  Accessible via air from Manilla and via ferry from Cebu.

 

 Boracay

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Asia’s 24/7 island, Boracay offers blue water, white sand, and some of the most iconic sunsets, all within one of the world’s best party paradises.

More things to do:

  • Shop for island souvenirs at the Talipapa and D’Mall
  • Go cliff diving and barbecuing at Ariel’s Point
  • Get an authentic hilot (Filipino massage) on the shore
  • Catch a sunset from a paraw or local sailboat
  • Enjoy a game of beach volleyball on the white sand

Getting there: Accessible via air from international gateways Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Singapore and Hong Kong.

 

Cebu

sardine-run

Have the ultimate island experience in Cebu. Catch the legendary sardine run and pick up a handcrafted guitar.

More things to do:

  • Swim with the gentle whale sharks in Oslob
  • Learn about Cebu’s history through the Pasiyo sa Kablin
  • Trek to the heavenly Tumalog Falls or go on an extreme adventure through Maolboal and Badlan
  • Try the world-renowned Cebu lechon or whole roasted pig
  • Experience the Sinulog Festival, held every third Sunday of January
  • Shop for award-winning sustainable designer furniture and fashion accessories

Getting there: Accessible via air from international gateways such as Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Manila and Clark.

 

Palawan

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The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature. It is teeming with life – over 150 animal species and over 800 plant species, including 300 types of trees.

More things to do:

  • Go island hopping in Honda Bay
  • Try spelunking at Ugong Rock
  • Take a mangrove paddle boat tour in Sabang
  • Be enchanted by fireflies on the Iwahig River Cruise
  • Visit one of the country’s last tribes at the Batak Cultural Village

Getting there: Accessible via air from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, and Davao.

 

For more information visit Tourism Philippines at https://www.tourismphilippines.com.au/.

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