Flights to Philippines

With its verdant jungles, friendly people and beautiful beaches, the Philippines radiates the kind of beauty you usually only find on postcards.

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Ask anyone who’s been to the Philippines to describe it, and chances are they’ll draw a comparison with that other traveller magnet in Southeast Asia: Thailand. And the similarities are plenty: tropical jungles, beautiful beaches and excellent food. In general, though, the island nation of the Philippines is significantly less prone to tourist crowds, and offers a lot more opportunities to take the road less travelled.

Comprising more than 7,000 islands bordered by the South China Sea on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other, most of the population is concentrated on Mindanao and Luzon. The country was under Spanish rule for more than 300 years, up until the late 19th century, and you can still see the clear European influence in the architecture, particularly the churches and cathedrals.

While the main two cities – Manila, the capital, and Cebu – are worth visiting for their brilliant hotels, restaurants and lounges, for many, the biggest appeal of the Philippines is its beach life. You might be tempted to make your way straight to the coast after touching down, and catching a ferry to your island paradise.

Each island destination in the Philippines has its own appeal. Boracay is the best known; a tiny island with a big reputation, it’s a favourite among those looking for the buzziest restaurants, lounges, beach parties and nightlife venues outside the big cities.

For the ultimate snorkelling and diving destination, there’s nowhere better than Palawan. Commonly described as the Last Frontier, thanks to its largely untouched islands and ecosystems, this chain of islands on the west of the Philippines is rich in marine life. The best part is El Nido, a tiny fishing town where you’ll find the spectacular Bacuit Archipelago. This collection of islands is home to towering limestone cliffs, crystal clear waters and some of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Southeast Asia.

There’s also surfers’ paradise Siargao, whose challenging waves are a magnet for the bravest surfers from all over the world. If you’re feeling really bold, head off the beaten track to visit fascinating Siquijor.

City guides

Like all the best cities, this is a big, busy and bustling metropolis – that much is clear from the moment your flight to Manila lands. The Pearl of the Orient Seas, as it’s often called, is a destination with a rich history, where East meets West in a melting pot of cultures and cuisines.

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