The Philippines is a fantastically understated country, with beautiful landscapes, a host of exotic wildlife species and a heavy rainy season, but don’t let that detract you. The Philippines is home to over 600 species of birds, 300 species of reptiles and 200 species of mammals, including the Philippine Tarsier, which is one of the smallest monkey species in the world. With over 400 different coral species and countless species of fish, the waters surrounding the Philippines are certainly not lacking in colour.
The coastlines of the Philippines are well known snorkelling and swimming spots, as the waters are so clear you can see tropical fish swimming about far below you.Or take a trip to see the famous rice terraces of Banaue, where the separate hills and fields create a ‘shattered mirror’ effect that reflects the sky in a beautiful way. The Philippines is home to 37 volcanoes including the world’s smallest volcano; Taal.
Filipino cuisine takes a mixture of dishes from Malay, Chinese, Japanese and even American cuisine, but the results are surprisingly delicious. Plus, make sure to try the Philippines famous ‘banana ketchup!’ made from real bananas. With a host of different sights to see, the Philippines is an ideal location for a quiet holiday abroad.