philippines

If it is endless sun, crystalline seas, white sand, deserted islands and some of the world's best diving you are after then the Philippines awaits. Amazingly the 7,000 islands that make up the Archipelago are still little explored and remain virtually unspoilt. It is a beach lovers paradise and island hopping on the outrigger boats is masses of fun.

Beach on Boracay IslandCaramoan IslandsChocolate Hills, BoholLake SebuMt. KanloanTarsierPhillipine Eagle

There are a number of legendary dive sites off some of the different islands. Think of island hopping and capture the different experiences that each offers. For the most out of the way diving head to the little visited Palawan and then beyond to the hardly heard of Calamina Islands. This is wreck diving at its best.

Some say the best wreck diving is around Coron, but if you are after swimming with wildlife you may want to swim with the whale sharks off Donsol. A famous marine sanctuary can be found on Gato Island. Here sea-snakes are bred and there are almost daily appearances of the Monad Shoal.

If diving is not your thing, enjoy the area of El Nido on Palawan and spend each day playing Robinson Crusoe on your own private coral island. Or visit the UNESCO World Heritage 'ifugao' rice terraces on Luzon. These 2000 year old terraces which are brilliantly crafted using mud and stone wall terracing are often labelled the Eighth Wonder of the World.

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