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Use this travel Philippine website to discover the Philippine islands. The Philippines has 7,107 islands ready for your Family Island Vacation. Blessed with an extensive coastline, the Philippines is ringed with unspoiled beach vacations in first-class resort facilities. Go for a scuba diving vacation to dip into the deep-blue, crystal-clear waters which offer about 40,000 square kilometers of coral reefs teeming with a wide variety of marine life.
Witness the vast expanse of nature's splendor under the spell of cool mountain vacations. Be fascinated at the spectacular view of Baguio and Tagaytay. Go for heritage tours to examine up close the five major Cultural Heritage rice terraces which are similar yet distinct from one another.
Best Beach Vacations
Over 7,000 islands, powerful waves of the Pacific, crystal waters of the China Sea, serene shallow waters of the inland seas.
Hills, valleys and mountains. Cliffs, peaks and rocks. Rivers, springs and streams. Richest marine life. Mother Nature have all what it takes to create the most awesome beach of every praise and blessing.
Of every feature, of every beauty, of every finest white sand, is a single purpose – a fantastic beach vacation! The Philippines is the world’s beach vacation capital in Asia’s side of the earth!
Boracay Beach Vacations best offer is the 4 km. White Beach, touted as the “finest beach in the world.” Boracay has a world class distinction for its sugary white sand beaches and azure blue waters.
Be it wind surfing or surfing the wave instead, Pagudpud Beach vacation has that to offer as an outstanding activities for a very discriminating clientele. Enchanting views, clear blue waters, and white sands adds legacy to the experience.
Panglao Island Beach vacation in an small island lying flat against undulating mountains and Chocolate Hills. A distinctive beach resort getaway and a diving Mecca awaiting to be discovered by the modern world.
7,107 Island Vacation in the Philippines
The Philippines has 7,107 islands ready for your Island Vacation. Widely known as one of the finest swimming destinations in the world, Boracay Island is blessed with unsullied fine talcum powder-sand beaches. Its tranquil crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming, sailing, fishing and sunbathing.
Tear-shaped Siargao Island is a perfect island vacation haven for the sun, sea, and surf buffs. This island vacation destination site lies on the eastern portion of Surigao del Norte and on the southeastern tip of Mindanao. The island is a mass of tropical land with scores of reefs, points and white beaches.
Samal Island Vacation offers unending fascination with its white-sand beaches, thick mangroves, coral reefs, rolling hills and rock formations.It is an archipelago of nine islands located in the Davao Gulf about 700 meters south of Davao City.
With its rolling hills and plateaus, crystal springs and beaches, the province of Bohol is a picturesque province replete with ancestral homes and centuries-old churches. Bohol is composed of numerous isles -Panglao, Pamilacan, Cabilao, Jao, Mahanay and Lapinin, which are excellent dive spots.
With more than a thousand islands and islets, Palawan boasts of white-sand beaches, scenic rock formations, underwater rivers and magnificent caves. Other well-known attractions include Saint Paul's National Park which boasts of caves that nestle an underground river; El Nido, a world-class resort famous for its awe-inspiring seascape and limestone cliffs; and Calauit island, home of Philippine and African wildlife.
Diving Scuba Vacations
GO TO Switzerland for skiing, Hawaii for surfing and Nepal for mountaineering. And you’re penetrating deep into the heart of your sports. But for scuba diving – go to the Philippines. The best and most complete wish list for a world-class diving scuba sites is all in the country, the world’s playground for ultimate aquatic adventures. The lush tropical sceneries are indulging and add awe and wonder to a marine exploration of your lifetime.
Statistics from the Philippine Department of Tourism indicate that divers visiting the Philippines return for an average of 10 trips each. That speaks volume. The quality of the dive sites is unsurpassed and the professionalism of the operators is a high water mark.
The Philippine archipelago is harboring deep below the surface a marine treasures open to be explored for a rewarding dive experiences. There are about 25 shipwrecks awaiting wreck diving scuba vacations, readily offering thrills rewarding and unforgettable.
A huge number of coral reefs some still growing since the Ice Age make the Philippines a paradise destination for snorkeling vacation fun, discovery and adventure. Count your excitement from 34,000 sq km (13,124 sq m) of coral reefs, over 100 reef slopes; over 800 classes of corals; over a thousand species of marine life; over 400 fish species and over 500 fish families.
Witness the vast expanse of nature's splendor under the spell of cool mountain breeze. Baguio City, Sagada, Tagaytay, Banahaw, Banaue, Rice terraces are perfect settings for romance or nature tripping, the country's mountain villages serve as a perfect hideaway from the lowlands' summer heat.
Rising 1,500 meters above the sea, Baguio City enjoys a relatively cool weather throughout the year. On the average, Baguio is at least eight degrees cooler than any place in the lowlands. Not surprisingly, Baguio has become the "summer capital" of the country.
Travel Philippine to an altitude of 2,250 feet above sea level to Tagaytay City enjoys a cool climate all year round.
This Mountain Province town, situated west of Bontoc, boasts of its cool weather and spectacular sceneries. A pastoral upland valley, Sagada provides an endless expanse of mountain ranges which are clothed by fogs in the early morning.
Another popular destination, specially during the Lent period, is Mount Banahaw, an extinct volcano which rises 2,100 meters above sea level. People ascend to Mount Banahaw to experience its cool weather, bathe in its hot springs or simply stand amazed at the sight of nature's beauty.
Hiking and Trekking Destinations
The best treasures in the Philippines are found beyond the end of the road. Only by hiking and trekking these places can be reached. It’s a hidden away place where crystal water plunge over breathtaking falls and aborigines find their home as in the past centuries.
There can be found cliffs towering above crashing surfs, virgin forests, clear rivers, mossy jungles and cool mountain ridges. Only trekkers experience the exhilaration of conquering the heights of Mt. Apo. Or passing through the scary moon-like landscape of Mt. Pinatubo. These experiences, and many others, are awaiting those who want to leave the road, carry their packs and trek the Philippines.
Mountaineering in the Philippines is a unique and a plentiful experience. Just like trekking and following a river. For the expert climber, some areas do demand that rock climbing and rappelling skills be put to use. For nature lovers, the rewards are many. More than fifty climb, trek and river tail sites are sure to delight the adventurers.
Most famous mountains in the Philippines are Mt. Pulog, Mt. Mayon, Mt. Halcon, Mt. Apo and Mt. Banahaw.
Cultural Heritage Tours
The Ifugao Rice Terraces was inscribed in the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST in 1995 ""because of its great beauty that expresses conquered and conserved harmony between humankind and the environment." There are five major Cultural Heritage rice terraces listed which are similar yet distinct from one another.
The UNESCO World Heritage List has recognized the Ifugao epic "HUDHUD," citing it as among the "Masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of the humanity." The HUDHUD Epic is the only Southeast Asian Cultural Piece selected in the UNESCO list. This was the first time that the UNESCO gave the awards. It was the second time that UNESCO honored Ifugao, after the province's famous rice terraces was included among UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1995.
The historic town of Vigan was inscribed in the World Heritage List in November 1999 because of its outstanding development in architecture, urban planning, and landscape design. Vigan represents a unique fusion of Asian building design and construction with European colonial architecture and planning.
The game preserve and wildlife sanctuary on Calauit Island is straight out of Africa. To add to an array of endangered endemic Philippine animals are 108 African animals transported here. It is also home to the man-eating Philippine crocodile and the endangered “dugong”, or sea cow.
The Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park teems with 300 coral species, 46 coral genera, 7 seagrass species, 71 algae species; large marine life, dolphins, marine turtles; and seabirds. The Tubbataha Reef is the First Natural Site in the Philippines to be inscribed in the prestigious World Heritage List.
Donsol, Sorsogon is home to huge, gentle whale sharks which the locals call the “butanding”. In late 1997, the world discovered the huge schools of whale sharks that had been visiting the mouth of Donsol River for generations, oblivious to the small coastal community. Organized whale shark expeditions has transformed this sleepy, remote fishing village into a major eco-tourist destination.
The Turtle Islands are South East Asia's only remaining major green turtle rookery and a vital nesting ground for the hawksbill turtle.
The Center for the Philippine Raptors in Los Baños is a rescue and rehabilitation center for diurnal and nocturnal raptorial birds, and a captive breeding facility for Philippine birds of prey, especially the highly endangered Philippine Eagle.
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