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Philippines Holidays

Pearl of the Orient Seas

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
Essential Information
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  • Time Zone GMT +8 hours
  • 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
  • Flight Time Direct flights are available with Philippine Airlines who all offer a direct daily services from London Heathrow to Manila.
  • Health Information No specific vaccinations required

Top Tips from our Experts

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

“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

“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

Philippines

Cebu

Cebu

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Bohol

Bohol

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Palawan

Palawan
Manila

Philippines

Manila

Manila

Philippines

Ifugao

Ifugao

Types of Philippines holidays

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.

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.

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Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa

Boracay

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Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa
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Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa

Cebu

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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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El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island

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