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With palms swaying over crystal clear waters, dazzling landscapes and heart-warming people, it can no wonder that your Philippines is among the world’s best tropical archipelagos. Yet it’s not just a picture-perfect destination; there’s also a fascinating mix of historical tribal civilizations, elegant impérialiste towns and a dazzling selection of adventures equally above and below water – by world-class scuba plunging to ascending around natural amphitheatres in the rice balconies created simply by centuries-old ancestors and forefathers.

Helping your as well as exploring to the first are major parts of any kind of trip to the Philippines. Consequently Rough Guides have a number of carefully planned excursions to the nation that concentrate in making all the leading sights and experiences.

Intramuros, Manila (from £159. 99)

The past Spanish capital of Manila is mostly a love-it-or-hate-it locale that’s incredibly diverse in culture and customs. Discover the 400-year-old stone cathedral of Dentro; look at Chinese gravestones and ancient monuments in the historic Chinese Cemetery, or have a bamboo motorcycle tour surrounding the city’s walled centre.

Scuba diving will be a major draw, while using island destinations of Batangas and Anilao offering some of the best scuba diving in the country. Yet there are some great spots much more remote areas of the Thailand too, which include Bulusan Volcano National Park and Donsol wherever whale fishes swim.


Lots of Filipinos rely on jeepneys, an informal minibus service that operates just where regular busses are too slender to operate. They’re the ultimate way to get around in many smaller towns, and are generally a genuine slice of Philippine life.