Tours of the Philippines allow you to hop between beautiful beaches and lively towns, giving you over 7,000 islands to explore. The warm hospitality, fascinating culture and rich history of this country is ideally experienced on an island hopping holiday. Speak to our Destination Specialists and plan your bespoke tour, or browse our inspirational selection below.
Gain an insight into the highlights of this sprawling country on our week long Essential Philippines Tour. Begin in the capital, Manila, where you’ll find markets, exquisite cuisine, an old city, fortress and some excellent opportunities for shopping. In Bohol you can lounge on the warm beaches, see the ancient church and take in the famous Chocolate Hills. These limestone hills look like chocolate drops and provide a unique view, perfect for pictures. Enjoy a river cruise and take in the little villages, palm plantations and more. Finish your tour in Cebu, which is known for its religious art, Spanish fort and colourful market.
Philippines Multi Centre Holidays
Cebu Pacific Manila To Bohol
“Head to a karaoke bar. Whether you can carry a tune or not doesn’t really matter, it’s such a big part of the culture and the locals will love that you’re getting involved.”
“For whatever reason, Filipino food doesn’t seem to be as popular in the West as it deserves to be. So, make the most of having adobo ( meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and black peppercorns) on tap and get stuck into the local cuisine – it’s delicious.”
“One of the most incredible experiences of my life was swimming with whale sharks, which I was lucky enough to do in the Philippines. The best place to go, in my opinion, is Donsol Bay where it’s quieter, with your best chance of seeing them being between February and April.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What languages are spoken in the Philippines?
The Philippines is multi-lingual, with around 175 languages spoken, but the official language is Tagalog (Filipino). And, according to a recent census, around 52 million people speak English making it the fifth largest English-speaking nation in the world.
When is monsoon season in the Philippines?
The rainy season tends to run from June to October, with September and October in particular being the worst affected by typhoon season. November to May is the dry season, with the best weather typically seen in April and May.
What’s durian actually like?
The best way to describe this fruit is to say that it’s divisive: you’ll either love it or hate it. The flavour is quite nutty with a tangy after taste like onion. It’s not for everyone, but if you can get past the smell, the ‘king of fruits’ is packed full of vitamin C, potassium, protein and healthy fats.
The Philippines is home to some of the world’s best beaches, most vibrant cities, and people who are as warm and sunny as the weather. From bouncing along in the back of a brightly coloured jeepney, to hiking up an ancient volcano or through lush green forests with goggle-eyed tarsiers for company, embrace the Philippines’ spirit of adventure.
Why you'll love the Philippines...
- Taking your pick from more than 7,000 tropical paradise islands
- Flying through the air, past scenic waterfall views, at Lake Sebu Seven Falls Zipline
- Trekking through the incredible emerald green rice paddies of Banaue
- Joining in the fiesta at the week-long Ati-Atihan Festival in January in Kalibo
- Finding paradise in the Bacuit Archipelago of northern Palawan
- Reliving the tragic history of Dr José Rizal at the beautiful Fort Santiago in Manila
- Marvelling at the collection of 800 of Imelda Marcos’ shoes at the Marikina Shoe Museum
- Climbing a smouldering volcano in unspoilt Camiguin
- Diving beneath the waves to discover colourful reefs teeming with life in Cebu
- Hiking up to sacred Echo Valley in Sagada, final resting place of the famous hanging coffins
- Spotting cute tarsiers playing in the trees at the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Loboc
- Floating along the five-mile Puerto Princesa Subterranean River
Did you know?
- The Philippines produces and exports more coconuts than anywhere else in the world – shipping around 19.5 million tonnes every year at the last count in 2010.
- The rice terraces in the Philippine Cordilleras are a UNESCO World Heritage site and have remained largely unchanged since they were built 2,000 years ago.
- The Philippines were the proud illuminators of the world’s largest Christmas lantern in 2002, measuring 26.8 metres in diameter and costing five million Philippine pesos.
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