Nestled in the heart of the Western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is a popular travel destination for those venturing around Southeast Asia, or simply those that wish to enjoy a little rest and relaxation amid sunnier climes when they travel.
The Philippines is by no means a small region. In fact, there are over 7,000 small islands that make up this country! With that said, it can be difficult to choose where to explore on a first trip to the Philippines. If you are looking for undisturbed natural beauty reminiscent of a paradise lost, consider taking a trip to Palawan. Here, among the numerous blue lagoons and tiny sandy white islands, there are many beautiful local villages and stunning beaches. Palawan itself is still a fairly large region. For first timer’s El Nido and Coron are arguably the most picturesque and rewarding to explore.
The quaint little town of Coron is a nice place to explore in itself, however it is also home to numerous dive sites that feature plentiful, colorful marine life and the remnants of wreckages from World War II. If you are a qualified diver, you certainly want to bump this place to the top of your Philippines travel list.
In the Palawan region, Puerto Princessa is a town that has been put on the map on account of the underground river that is located here. The river has been labelled as one of the seven new world wonders of nature. Though the area is touristy, it is certainly not every day that you have the opportunity to see a river that flows underground.
Boracay, like Puerto Princessa, is a little touristic, however it is so charming that it is easily forgiven. With vibrant nightlife and plenty of fun and quirky bars, clubs and restaurants, Boracay is a great place to kick back, unwind, and socialise with other travellers at one of the many beach or boat parties that are organised here virtually every day of the week.
The months of November through to December are the most popular time to visit the Phillipines. At this time, the climate is considered the 'dry season' meaning minimum rainfall and maximum sunshine. This is also often the busiest period for traveling in the Philipines so hotels and excursions should be booked in advance where possible.