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Manila - Most holidays start and end in Manila. Some sections are linked via Manila too - it's like the hub of a wheel. Explore old Intramuros and Fort Santiago. Take day trips to Tagaytay and Taal Volcano, Corregidor Island Fortress, or Villa Escudero, or maybe enjoy a sunset dinner cruise in Manila Bay.
The Rice Terraces - Known as "the eighth wonder of the world", the Banaue Rice Terraces stand as an awe-inspiring man-made landscape in the Cordillera mountains.
Nearby Sagada is renowned for its hanging coffins, caves, picturesque scenery and cultural delights.
Vigan and Ilocos - Ilocos includes the historic Spanish town of Vigan - a UNESCO Heritage Site Also, visit Laoag to explore its heritage sites featuring Spanish colonial buildings, and Philippine-baroque churches. The UNESCO Church at Paoay is a particularly impressive structure.
The beauty of nearby Pagudpud's white sand beaches, especially Saud Beach, is another attraction for visitors.
Bicol - Legaspi and Donsol - The perfectly formed Mt Mayon Volcano is the impressive backdrop for Legaspi (sometimes spelt Legazpi). A Tour of Albay province lets you see how the volcano has affected the lives of the local population down the ages. Trek Mt Mayon, or the National Park that includes Mt Bulusan Volcano. At Donsol, between November and May, you have a chance to swim with whale sharks!
Ticao Island is a peaceful spot to get away from it all, and is a base for those who wish to dive with Manta Rays.
Puerto Galera - On the island of Mindoro lies Puerto Galera - situated on one of the world's most beautiful bays! Puerto Galera is especially popular due to its close proximity to Manila. Here you can enjoy Diving, Snorkelling, Golf, Whitewater Kayaking, Trekking, and even Learn to Sail!
The Eastern Visayas - A popular part of the Philippines, this region incorporates the historic city of Cebu, which is on an island of the same name, Bohol, with its distinctive Chocolate Hills, and Panglao Island, connected to Bohol by a road bridge.
The Western Visayas - On the island of Negros, Dumaguete is the "Town of Gentle Folk", and is popular for Diving, especially around Apo island. Dumaguete also offers Countryside Tours. In the north of Negros is Bacolod. This is an area known for its Sugar Plantations, and those who wish to see historic ancestral houses and haciendas will enjoy a tour of the region around Bacolod, including Silay, and Talisay.
Boracay - The lively island of Boracay, is famous for its White Beach, and is considered the No.1 beach in Asia. There are 2 airports on neighbouring Panay Island, and Iloilo is becoming a popular city to visit, with its own international airport.
Puerto Princesa - Explore the main island of Palawan (the Philippines "Last Frontier"), starting at Puerto Princesa. Take a City Tour, or a boat trip around the islands of Honda Bay.
Sabang - Visit the wide open spaces that are the beaches of Sabang. Take a boat trip through the amazing St Paul's Underground River. Let local experienced guides show you the features of ancient mangroves. Unwind with a peaceful relaxing break at Sabang's luxury Sheridan Resort & Spa.
El Nido - Head north to El Nido to take in its stunning scenery, with numerous islands with sandy beaches in Bacuit Bay. Indulge in a Luxury Vacation at one of El Nido's Luxury island Resorts, such as Miniloc, Lagen, Pangulasian, and Apulit. (N.B. You can fly directly to El Nido's Lio Airport from Cebu or Manila!)
Calamian Islands - Busuanga and Coron are the highlights of the Calamian Islands, an unspoilt part of north Palawan. Popular with divers, due to its large number of World War II shipwrecks. Here you'll find beautiful scenery, wildlife, trekking and climbing, as well as watersport activities.
Calauit Island is a game preserve and wildlife sanctuary featuring endangered African animals.
There are also quiet retreats that are totally "away from it all" such as Cashew Grove, and Sangat Island Resort.
THE SOUTH - MINDANAO
Batanes Islands The most northerly part of the country, and away from it all, Batanes is an unspoilt and remote group of islands. There are daily flights from Manila.