• Palawan, Philippines

Philippines Holidays

Famous for its 7,000 pristine islands, beautiful beaches, incredible coral reefs and breathtaking rice terraces, the Philippines offers the slice of paradise you’ve been looking for.

Famed for its warm hospitality and friendly locals, the archipelago won’t disappoint; see tiny Tarsiers in Bohol’s sanctuary, enjoy Boracay’s powder-soft white sand beaches and buzzing nightlife, and meet local tribes in the far north. With many of the islands still laying undiscovered from tourism, the Philippines offers a magical experience like no other with barefoot luxury and stunning landscapes that will leave you wanting more.

The Philippines is also the perfect stopover destination. Explore Manila’s old city, Intramuros, before island hopping to Cebu and Bohol with their amazing beaches, diving and wildlife. Why settle with one location when you can explore more of this amazing part of the world?

Destination Highlights
  • Beautiful rice terraces
  • Stunning coral reefs
  • Powder-soft white sand beaches
  • Home to the smallest primate in the world - the Tarsier

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Beachfront Dinner Party

Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa

Boracay

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Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa
Aerial Shot

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa

Cebu

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Guide Price

£1,489 pp

Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa

Huma Island Resort and Spa

Palawan

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Huma Island Resort and Spa

El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island

Palawan

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Guide Price

£3,269 pp

El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island

Time Zone

GMT +8 hours

Flight Time

Direct flights are available with Philippine Airlines who all offer a direct daily services from London Heathrow to Manila.

Currency

PHP - Philippine Peso

Visa Information

British citizens do not need to obtain a visa for stays under 30 days

Language

Filipino, but English is widely spoken and understand

Health Information

No specific vaccinations required

You’ll find something utterly seductive about this collection of 7,000 islands. If its idyllic beaches don’t do it for you, we’re sure the wondrous scenery of emerald rice fields carved into the hillside will. You won’t want to miss the walled city of Intramuros, in the capital, Manila – home of Fort Santiago and the 17th Century San Agustin Church. And once you’ve ridden with the locals on a colourful jeepney, we’re sure you’ll be hooked.

  • Island of Palawan

    With its aquamarine lagoons and limestone cliffs, you’re going to find Palawan just magical. As you float along the underground river near Puerto Princesca, look out for monitor lizards, turtles and all sorts of tropical fish.

  • Banaue Rice Terraces

    Banaue rice terraces

    You’ll be glad you made the journey from Manila to the mountains of Ifugao when you arrive in spectacular Banaue. Its dramatic rice terraces were created some 2,000 years ago and were named the 8th Wonder of the World.

Best time to visit the Philippines

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Average weather in January

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26ºC
10mm

Average weather in February

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27ºC
10mm

Average weather in March

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28ºC
10mm

Average weather in April

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29ºC
20mm

Average weather in May

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30ºC
60mm

Average weather in June

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28ºC
90mm

Average weather in July

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28ºC
120mm

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27ºC
140mm

Average weather in September

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28ºC
110mm

Average weather in October

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28ºC
80mm

Average weather in November

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27ºC
50mm

Average weather in December

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26ºC
20mm
  • Lucy, Destination Specialist

    Lucy

    Destination Specialist

    “The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands, so I would always recommend doing a few island hopping day trips while you're there. These excursions allow you to see some of the most beautiful remote islands. You travel by the traditional Philippine boats between each island, and you can sometimes spot dolphins and whale sharks along the way.”

  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    “Why not miss out Manila and fly into Cebu. Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa has great snorkelling. It's only a one and a half hour high speed catamaran to Bohol, home of the tiny tarsier monkey, or a direct flight to El Nido for a luxury Philippine experience at the Pangulasian Resort.”

  • Emma, Destination Manager

    Emma

    Destination Manager

    “The Philippines are easier to get to than you’d imagine. There are direct flights from London to Manila and once you’re there it’s easy to get around, and everyone speaks English. Add to your adventure by hopping on an internal flight or boat and see more of the islands.”

Our Philippines destinations

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Boracay

Boracay
Alegre Guitar Cebu

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Cebu

Cebu
Tarsier

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Bohol

Bohol

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Palawan

Palawan
Manila

Philippines

Manila

Manila

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Ifugao

Ifugao

Types of Philippines holidays

Sunset in Boracay

Philippines Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to the Philippines take approximately 14 hours and 15 minutes. Philippine Airlines currently offer daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and various indirect options to various other airports in the Philippines including Cebu and Busuanga.

There are 7,641 islands in the Philippines, according to The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA). As there are thousands of islands in the archipelago – the majority of which are uninhabited and unnamed – it’s very possible that there are more waiting to be discovered.

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