The Philippines are a wonderful holiday destination that combines modern cities with stunning tropical islands, offering the ultimate way to relax while still enjoying all the creature comforts. Philippines attractions are located in the capital Manila, the nearby island of Makati, Boracay Island, Cebu, Mactan Island and Palawan. Manila is home to one of the largest Chinatowns in the world and offers a number of historical and cultural attractions including churches, museums, landmarks, parks and wildlife attractions. From Spanish colonial churches to shrines and the fascinating San Agustin Museum and National Museum of the Filipino People, Manila is home to a wide range of attractions. It's also here, in nearby Makati, where you'll find the tallest skyscrapers in the Philippines.
On the tropical paradise of Boracay Island, the majority of attractions revolve around the region's spectacular natural environment and famous white sand beaches. White Beach is the biggest tourist hotspot thanks to its pristine soft sand, crystal clear waters, authentic food stands and markets and upscale holiday resorts. Meanwhile, on the other side of the island, Bulabog Beach is another popular attraction renowned for its adventure watersports including windsurfing and kiteboarding. Baling Hai Beach is a spectacular protected cove offering the island's best snorkelling and Puka Beach is a less-crowded beach frequented by locals who collect puka shells to make jewelry. The Bat Cave is also a popular attraction on the west of Boracay Island, a cave home to fascinating rock formations, small stalactites and a colony of bats.
Cebu and nearby Mactan Island is an excellent blend of beautiful beaches and historic city and boasts great swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, biking and bird watching alongside shopping, eating, drinking, partying, museums, historical landmarks and shrines. Home to some of the oldest and most significant sites in the Philippines, Cebu attractions include the Basilica of Santo Niño, Colon St., Fort San Pedro, Lapu-Lapu Monument, Magellan's Cross, Casa Gorordo Museum and Danao City's life-size pope statues. Palawan on the other hand, is all about nature. Home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Palawan is a wonderful place to sample local Tamilok cuisine, shop the local markets and enjoy the novelty of bartering with the friendly locals. Honda Bay offers the islands best snorkelling while the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park boasts an absolutely unforgettable diving experience. Puerto Princesa is a beautiful city well worth exploring, as are the many picturesque surrounding islands however no holiday to Palawan is complete without visiting the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, the longest accessible underground river system in the world.