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There are thousands of reasons to visit the Philippines. It may be famous for its powder white sands, turquoise waters and stunning coral reefs, but there’s so much more to discover on the 7,107 islands in this magical corner of the world. Whether you’re looking for water sports or a slice of culture, or just fancy lazing on beautiful beaches, the Philippines truly has something for every traveller.

Getting there

The national carrier Philippine Airlines flies direct from London Heathrow to Manila. Flight duration is approximately 14 hours. Other carriers serve Manila with one stop en route. Cebu City is a popular alternative for a first port of call. Emirates fly to Cebu City via Dubai and Cathay Pacific fly via Hong Kong.

A Guide to the Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the east the Bashi Channel to the north the Sulu and the Celebes Seas to the south. You can find the Philippine islands on the east of Vietnam, north of Indonesia. There are 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines and they’re divided into three regions – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Some islands have become bustling cosmopolitan cities, such as the capital Manila, the City of Cebu and Davao, while others are more remote and tropical, which offers something for every traveller. Wherever you go though you won’t ever be more than two hours away from one of its gorgeous beaches. The little group of islands make for one gigantic stretch of coastline, more than 15,500 kilometres in fact!

When to go

The dry season is the most popular time to visit. This is generally November to April. During this period December and January are the coolest months and the best time to travel. The temperatures start to rise in March and April when it can be very hot.


All our travel specialists have travelled extensively throughout our regions.

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