IGO TRAVEL | 25 July 2018
The island archipelago collectively known as the Philippines is one of Southeast Asia’s less explored tourist jewels. The gorgeous island chain offers plenty to see and do; from lazing on palm-fringed beaches to world-class scuba diving as well as snorkelling sites; and a wealth of great cultural attractions in between.
Did you know, the reality show, Survivor South Africa is set in the picturesque Republic of the Philippines. 18 South African castaways will attempt to outwit, outplay and outlast one another in the game of Survivor.
Visitors to the Philippines can generally be grouped into two categories: package-tour holidaymakers, visiting one of the Philippines’ excellent beach resorts (found in Bohol, Boracay or Puerto Galera); and independent adventure travellers, keen on criss-crossing the archipelago in search of excitement.
Whichever way visitors decide to experience the Philippines, there are several tourist sights as well as activities that one simply can’t afford to miss. Manila, the capital, is a chaotic yet compelling city, with plenty to keep travellers occupied. Visit Intramuros, the historic walled enclave full of Spanish-colonial architecture, as well as Binondo, one of the oldest and also most vibrant Chinatowns in the world.
In terms of natural wonders, the Philippines also abounds with unforgettable excursions. From the marvellous Chocolate Hills of Bohol and miniature Tarsier monkeys, to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (one of the New 7 Wonders of the World), nature-lovers will delight in the Philippines’s lush, captivating landscapes.
Best time to visit the Philippines:
The Philippines has a tropical climate characterised by distinct rainy and dry seasons. Weather-wise, the best time to visit the Philippines is between November and April; however, take note that this is also peak tourist season, and so accommodation as well as flight prices will be higher.
What to do in the Philippines:
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