Not only does it feature golden beaches and turquoise water, but it also boasts its own UNESCO Heritage Site – a subterranean river
Want to visit the Philippines, but don’t know where to start? We reveal the perfect island for you
Best For Adventure
Palawan was voted the best island in the world and it’s not hard to see why. Not only does it feature golden beaches and turquoise water, but it also boasts its own UNESCO Heritage Site – a subterranean river. You can take a boat ride along the river into the cave that comes with stalagmites, stalactites and even waterfalls. Enjoy further aquatic adventures by visiting the Tubbatha Reef National Marine Park, which is said to offer some of the best diving in the world.
Stay: Come ashore at AmanPulo. This tropical retreat on neighbouring Pamalican island is the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Relax in your casita or enjoy a drink at the floating bar.
Best For Parties
If you want to dance the night away, strut your stuff on Boracay. Bamboo torches, live bands and Mediterranean-style clubs with their white lounge chairs line the beaches. Hot haunts include the White House Boracay Beach Lounge thanks to its DJ mixes by the pool and the Epic Boracay Club and Bar owned by the same people behind Manila’s super club Encore.
Stay: Shangri-La Boracay ticks all the boxes. Arrive by speedboat to your beach side resort. Relax on a lounger by the pool, enjoy a treatment at the spa or watch a movie under the moonlight on Banyugan Beach.
Best For Nature
If the sight of the Chocolate Hills don’t win nature lovers over, the fact that they contain the world’s smallest monkey will. The Chocolate Hills comprise more than 1,500 peaks formed by limeston. Depending on the season, Bohol’s most famous attraction will be green or brown. This unique landscape is home to the adorable Philippines tarsier. However, as these monkeys are nocturnal, you might need to visit the Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary to see them.
Stay: Choose Abaca Boutique Resort on Mactan Island. From here you can easily visit Bohol. There is a butler to tend to your every need and an award-winning restaurant to enjoy.
Best For Culture
It’s on the island of Cebu that you’ll discover the country’s colonial history. Take a trip to Fort San Pedro, the Philippines oldest fort; the Mangellan’s Cross planted by famed explorer Ferdinand Magellan and Santo Nino Church. There is also the Chinese Taoist Temple, which offers paranoramic views of Cebu.
Stay: Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Cebu. Famed for its delicious food and world-renowned spa, this is the perfect place to relax after all that sightseeing.