Scattered like jewels across the pacific ocean, the 7000-plus ilsands of the Philippines are dotted with palm trees, circled by coral reefs and were once overlooked by the vast majority of travellers. Things have certainly changed though. Word has spread that the miles of spectacular beaches, gorgeous scenery and rich culture are able to compete with and rival, any Asian destination.

By day relax on one of Boracay’s pristine white sand beaches and by night experience the buzz of its nightlife. For something more slow pace, venture to Palawan, where destinations such as Coron and El Nido offer idyllic turquoise waters, unlike anything you’ve ever witnessed before. As for those wanting to catch waves rather than bathe in them, a trip to Siargao shouldn’t be missed. Aside from the spectacular beaches, there is still plenty to explore. From the unique landscapes of Bohol’s Chocolate Hills to the spectacular emerald Banaue Rice Terraces and the bustling capital of Manila with its vibrant markets and ancient cathedrals. The country is full of options and possibilities.

Top Recommendations

  • Boat tour around the island and lagoons of El Nido
  • Dive into an eerie graveyard of WWII shipwrecks around Coron
  • Rice terraces on an epic scale at Banaue
  • Catch a morning wave off the coast of Siargao
  • Moalboal to jump into epic waterfalls
  • Trek up the volcanic slopes of Camiguin Island

When to Visit

The Philippines enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. The best time to visit the Philippines is between December and February when rainfall is minimal and temperatures are pleasant. March to May is also a good time to travel and falls in the Philippines’ dry season however, temperatures can be hotter, and you can expect higher humidity.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Cebu, Coron / El Nido & Boracay.