Philippines

Philippines

All the shades of blue

Philippines

It’s love at first sight

With over 7000 islands and approximately 36000 kilometers of beautiful coastline, the Philippines are a paradise of stunning landscapes and wildlife: imagine palm trees leaning over white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, rolling hills and rice terraces, pounding waves and great diving, colorful festivals and friendly people. A trip to the Philippines will be something you’ll never forget.

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Sailing in Palawan

A fantastic sailing expedition in Palawan: experience the many stunning beaches, aquamarine waters, and secluded coves on a private chartered sailing boat.

Yoga & Surf Retreat | Siargao

Learn or improve your surfing skills at the legendary Cloud 9 break in Siargao, while finding your inner balance at the only dedicated Yoga retreat in the Philippines, the gorgeous Lotus Shores.

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Highlights

Coral-fringed island boasting some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling, stunning landscapes of hills and rice terraces, white sand beaches shadowed by palms gently swaying in the breeze; all of this make the Philippines a perfect holiday destination.

This already beautiful picture is completed by the interesting mix of Eastern and Western cultures, and by the legendary hospitality and friendliness of the Filipino people. Come experience this country by yourself – you won’t regret it!

Our best of the best:

Palawan is everyone’s favorite destination in the country, a stunning island surrounded by karsts towering over lagoons of the bluest water. Become popular in the past few years, it can be swamped with tourists in certain periods and in the most popular spots. However, this remains one of the most beautiful place we’ve ever laid our eyes on. We love sailing around here: the best you can see and experience is on the water, and it’s easy in this way to avoid the crowds and have this tropical heaven all to yourself. Sail around Coron’s jaw-dropping small and big lagoons, swim in Barracuda Lake and Kayagan Lake, and dive the WWII shipwrecks entombed here. Experience the splendid white-sand beaches around El Nido, snorkel its underwater world, and swim in the crystal clear ocean surrounded by limestone karsts and caves.

Located in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, Siargao is a laid-back paradise that boasts some of the best waves in the country. Popular with surfers thanks to its legenday Cloud 9 break, Siargao has been until recently one of the ‘hidden’ gems of the Philippines, a jungle covered island that offers much more than just waves: rock and cave pools blessed with the bluest waters, thick mangrove forests, and gorgeous islands to hop in between.

Discover Bohol’s unique chocolate hills, drive around the countrysides with their rice terraces and small villages, visit churches dating back to the time of the Spanish colonization, admire the little and extremely cute Tarsier, watch dolphins and whales migrating off the coast of Pamilacan Island, and relax on the white sand beaches and by the waterfalls of Siquijor Island. You will be rewarded for going off the beaten track, this is one of the Philippines’ most diverse and interesting destinations.

Cebu is home to an incredible variety of beautiful places to see & experience: marvel at the sardine run while snorkeling/diving in Moalboal, swim with whale sharks in Oslob, canyoneer the Kawasan Falls, visit the heritage sites in Cebu city.

Whatever your travel passion, or itinerary to customize for your trip, we are sure you will fall in love with the Philippines – we definitely have and come back here any time we can!

Travel Tips

The Philippines are hot and dry from March to May (peak season), rainy from June to November, and cool and dry between December and February (high season).  Due to its location within the typhoon belt, the country is hit by many typhoons every year: we recommend to avoid traveling during July – October as this period will likely be very wet.

The Philippines grants visa-free entry to passport holders of certain nationalities – among which EU, Australian and US citizens – while requiring a visa of other nationalities. Please check requirements for your passport here. Traveller must hold valid ticket for return journey to country of origin or next country of destination and a passport valid for a period of at least six (6) months and with one free page.

Transportation within the country is not the best, especially during high season we recommend booking all flights in advance. Other means of transport can be unreliable and very slow, waiting last minute for flight bookings will lead to very steep rates, if you’re lucky enough to get a seat.

If you love festivals, then you definitely want to experience one of the vibrant and colorful festivals that take place in the Philippines:

Sinulog Festival — taking place on the third Sunday of January in Cebu, it’s a combination of religious and cultural activities. It celebrates the Holy Child but it is its street parties before the day of celebration and during the day of the festival and for the Grand Street Parade.
Dinagyang Festival — taking place on the fourth Sunday of January in Iloilo, it’s a showcase of the rich heritage, colorful history, passionate devotion, and fun-loving spirit of the Ilonggo people. The festival traces its roots as a thanksgiving celebration in honor of the Holy Child, expect a street dance parade and lots of food and drinks.
Panagbenga Festival — a flower festival celebrated every February which takes place in Baguio City. It reflects the history, traditions and values of Baguio and the Cordilleras, and its highlight is the Grand Float Parade which features a marching band and floats decorated with brightly colored flowers.
Masskara Festival — held on the third Week of October in Bacolod is similar to Brazil’s Rio Carnival, and literally translates to “many faces”. It is a declaration of strenght and pride, and an occasion to have fun, drink, and party on the streets of Bacolod.

We recommend always getting travel insurance. We prefer World Nomads or Safety Wing. A dry bag, hiking or water shoes, and power adaptor will go a long way in making your life easy along the trip too.

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