The beautiful Philippines are known for the beautiful beaches and deserted coastlines, smouldering volcanoes, cave systems and the many virtually undiscovered trails. The history of the country dates back many hundreds of years and the country is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, with almost 200 mammal species, 600 bird species and at least 400 types of coral.
The mountain ranges have more volcanoes per km2 than anywhere else in the world and the oceans are home to the most bio-diverse reef system on earth. There are plenty of adventures to be had in the Philippines, from diving and caving, to the popular hikes.
The best time to visit is December and January, though this is the peak so you need to book early; while April and November are the best months to travel if you’re interested in diving as this is when visibility is best.
The capital is Manila and this is by far one of most accessible destinations for tourists, though it is often overlooked. Other major cities include Davao and Cebu.