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.
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.