The Philippines in 22 photos

The Philippines in 22 photos

The Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia, made up of more than 7,000 islands. The islands are host to an extraordinary range of landscapes, mountains, volcanos, rainforests, jungles, rivers and lakes. It is an absolutely stunning place, and whilst quite rightly famous for its many beaches, the country has a rich culture unlike any country in Asia. The Philippines lies in the tropics and sits on the so-called Ring of Fire. This is…

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El Nido, Palawan – Travel Guide

El Nido, Palawan – Travel Guide

Often called the “Final Frontier”, Palawan is the long narrow island on the south-west edge of the Philippines. Forests cover much of the Island and there are only a few roads. Puerto Princesa is the only city on the island and the location of the main airport. Palawan is largely unspoilt and boasts forests, beautiful bays, sandy beaches, spectacular cliffs and coral reefs, many of which are protected. El Nido is located in the northernmost…

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Bohol, Visayas – Travel Guide

Bohol, Visayas – Travel Guide

Bohol is in the heart of Visayas and is one of the most diverse and attractive islands in the Philippines. I recommend staying a few days as there is plenty to see and do. Lots of people offer guided tours, most of which take in three or four attractions on a day’s tour. For example, the Bohol Countryside Tour will take you to the Blood Compact Site, Baclayon Church, the Chocolate Hills, Bilar Manmade Forest,…

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Taal Volcano and Lake – Travel Guide

Taal Volcano and Lake – Travel Guide

Taal is the smallest volcano in the world, it’s just 311 meters tall. It is also one of the most dangerous active volcanoes. Only a short distance from Manila (55 kilometres), the Taal Volcano has erupted 30 times since the 16th century, killing over 5,000 people. Volcano Island, an island near the middle of Taal Lake is where the eruptions have taken place. The Taal Caldera, formed by prehistoric eruptions thousands of years ago, is…

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Cebu City – Travel Guide

Cebu City – Travel Guide

Cebu City is the second-largest commercial centre of the Philippines and also the unofficial capital of the south. It has a population of nearly a million people. Boasting a busy international airport and the largest port in the Philippines, it has extensive air and sea connections to all the Visayan islands. The island itself is long and narrow, densely populated and now as a result of illegal logging, almost completely deforested. A few smaller islands…

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Hundred Islands National Park – Travel Guide

Hundred Islands National Park – Travel Guide

Introduction. One of the main attractions in the Philippines, the Hundred Islands National Park is located just to the west of Lingayen Gulf in northwestern Luzon. A geological area of interest, the Park is the ideal location for a weekend away. The group of 124 islands (123 at high tide) is just off the coast of Lucap, close to the city of Alaminos. They are all small and made from Coraline (coral & limestone). A…

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Puerto Galera, Mindoro – Travel Guide

Puerto Galera, Mindoro – Travel Guide

Puerto Galera – Port of the Galleons Puerto Galera on the island of Mindoro is only a few hours travel from Manila by land and sea transport. It has beautiful beaches, good access to the interior and some of the best diving sites in the Philippines. All these make Puerto Galera a popular travel destination. Puerto Galera usually means the actual town of Puerto Galera and the nearby resort areas – Sabang, 5km to the…

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