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Tailor-made Holidays To The Philippines

A country made up of 7,107 forested islands, their edges lapped by warm waves and their rugged interiors dotted with rice terraces, lakes and spanish architecture, the Philippines offers plenty of places to explore. Read through our guide below to help you decide on your favourite spots and save them to your Trip List.

Manila

More than just the Philippine capital, Manila's tree-lined streets hide a number of historic houses, including the majestic Fort Santiago and the apricot-hued San Agustin Church. Discover Manila with our Philippines Journeys, found below.

Manila, Philippines

Boracay

A tiny island less than half a mile wide, Boracay is home to peaceful beaches, beautiful offshore islands and a wide variety of upmarket hotels. Grab a book, find a patch of sand, and relax with Round the World Experts' Philippines Journeys.

Boracay beach, Philippines

El Nido

Hire a kayak or dive beneath the waves and discover the colourful underwater world of El Nido, set against an eye-catching backdrop of dramatic jungle-covered cliffs, a popular rock climbing spot.

El Nido, Philippines

About Philippines

With so many islands and so much to see and do, planning a trip to the Philippines is full of choices. To help you narrow it down, our Experts are on-hand to advise you of the best beaches, the plushest hotels, the clearest seas and the prettiest views.

Many of the Round the World Experts team have visited the Philippines themselves, diving its reefs, hiking its hills, photographing its wildlife and lazing on its beaches. To ensure you experience the country at its very best authentic self, our team will use their own experiences to tailor-make your ideal Philippines itinerary. Not only will you benefit from our bespoke advice, but you’ll also have free access to our Travel Butler service throughout the booking process, during your holiday and when you return home.

As part of the one of the world’s largest travel companies, Round the World Experts has over 18,000 staff across the globe, giving us access to the best local knowledge and the best prices too. Our Experts have been there; they’ve stayed in the hotels and flown with the airlines, so they know exactly what you’re looking for.

So what are you waiting for? Contact the Round the World Experts team today to start planning your holiday.

Separated from the rest of Southeast Asia by the South China Sea, the Philippines have developed their own distinct culture and geography, with the 7,107 sun-drenched islands offering far more than just a beach break.

While the numerous white sand beaches are the Philippines’ number one draw, as well as the world-class diving found just offshore, the rugged island interiors offer hiking trails among the rice terraces, tranquil crater lakes and crumbling colonial towns. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find an array of indigenous wildlife too, including the bug-eyed tarsier and the graceful whale shark, the world’s largest fish.

Indeed, the whole Philippine archipelago is littered with dramatic scenery and idyllic beaches, with a good dollop of Spanish tradition thrown in there too. Paella anyone?

When to go

The Philippine islands are blessed with long, sun-kissed days and warm nights year-round, although they are most popular during the November to April dry season. If you’re planning on hitting the beaches or hiking the jungles, the cool months between December and February are the ideal time to come, as the chance of rain is low and the temperature is manageable. The May to October wet season brings rain showers and lush jungle, but the sun still makes plenty of appearances too. Hotels are emptier in the wet season, with lower prices, and as the rain rarely lasts longer than an hour or two each day, it makes a good time to grab a bargain or two. Plus you’re more likely to have to beach to yourself. 

At Round the World Experts we specialise in complex flight itineraries including multi-stops, so we can tailor-make your ideal airfare for you. Whether you want to fly directly to the Philippines, or stopover here as part of a longer journey, our Experts are on hand to assist.

Airlines that fly to the Philippines

  • Emirates         
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Etihad

Philippine Airports

There are almost 40 airports in the Philippines, ranging from the main one, Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, to tiny regional airstrips serving the outlying islands. When you book with Round the World Experts, we’ll arrange for you to be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel, so you don’t need to worry about a thing. For reference though, the cost of a taxi from Manila’s airport to the city centre is approximately 250 Philippine pesos (PHP), which is around £4.

Best time to fly

For good value fares, it’s best to fly during the wet season, particularly from June to September. Flights are busier in the November to May dry season, and if you’re flying at Christmas or Easter you’ll need to book further in advance before flights fill up.

Flight facts

The Philippines’ national carrier is Philippine Airlines. The average flight time from London to Manila is 14 hours direct, and 15-20 hours with a stopover, often in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and other major Southeast Asian cities.

The 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines could keep you busy for months, so to ensure you don’t miss the top sights, talk to our Expert team for recommendations and itinerary suggestions.

For first-time visitors:

  • Discover corals and coloured fish in the waters of El Nido.
  • Spend lazy days island hopping the Bacuit Archipelago.
  • Chill out on Boracay Beach.
  • Tuck into paella and sip sangria in Manila.
  • Tour the historic Fort Santiago in Manila.

For outdoor adventure:

  • Hike the trails among the Banaue Rice Terraces on the island of Luzon.
  • Climb to the 1,450m peak of Mount Pinatubo and peer down into the crater lake.
  • Paddleboard the Loay River and look out for fireflies.
  • Take a boat ride into the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.

For history:

  • Wander the cobbled streets of Vigan, a World Heritage site.
  • Check out the eight-sided belltower of St Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral.
  • Ride a horse-drawn carriage through Vigan’s Mestizo District.

For nature:

  • Snorkel with lionfish off Crocodile Island.
  • Swim with whale sharks in Donsol Bay.
  • Spot bug-eyed tarsiers on Bohol Island.
  • Admire the 1,200 mounds of the Chocolate Hills.

The Ultimate Itinerary

To see the very best of the Philippines, jet off on Round the World Experts’ Philippine Discovery Journey. You’ll fly into Manila and tour the old walled city of Intramuros before heading to the towering karst rocks of El Nido for some snorkelling and sea kayaking. To finish, chill out on the bright white beaches of Boracay and spend a day sailing between the islands. As with all of our tailor-made holidays, this Journey includes flights and the use of our exclusive Travel Butler.

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