Specials Trip Finder Brochures Menu

Philippines Vacation, Tour Packages & Travel Experiences


  • Cross water and rice terraces in Batad near Banaue
  • A perfect tropical white sand beach in Boracay
  • The annual Feast of the Child Jesus parade in Cebu
  • Manila Cathedral in the Intramuros area of Manila is a popular destination while on you Philippine vacation.

Officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, the Philippines is an archipelago nation consisting of 7,641 islands in Southeast Asia. This may sound like a daunting number of islands, but only a few islands attract visitors on a Philippines vacation. The country is generally grouped into three main collections of islands: Luzon in the north, Visayas in the centre, and Mindanao in the south.

Over 100 million people live in the nation, making it one of the largest countries in the world. Manila, on the northern island of Luzon, is the nation’s capital, but the southern islands and their beaches and resorts attract most of the tourists.

Although Southeast Asian in origin, the country has a variety of Spanish and American influences due to it being a colony of both these nations throughout history. You’ll find that most people speak excellent English, while much of the local architecture reflects Spanish influences. Even the country’s name is taken from the Spanish King, Philip II.

What are the best island resorts to visit in the Philippines?

Boracay – This is the most popular tourist destination in the country. Stretching only 7km long, Boracay is known for pristine beaches and the pleasures of an island paradise. White Beach has the most popular strip of hotels, restaurants, and shops, but you’ll find gorgeous resorts anywhere on the island. Boracay offers similar pleasures to Tahiti or Fiji but at more affordable prices.

Palawan – This island offers the definition of untouched paradise. In the reaches of El Nido, known as the Philippines’ “Last Frontier,” you’ll find overwater bungalows that offer unrestricted access to the waters of the ocean. As well, if you want to go scuba diving, this is the place to be. The inland is also home to the karst rock formations of Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park.

Cebu – Although once the nation’s capital and the “Queen of the South,” the region of Cebu has beautiful white-sand beaches among its cluster of 167 small islands and islets. In particular, you’ll find good beaches and resorts on Mactan Island. Cebu mixes urban attractions with rest, relaxation. It’s also home to many festivals throughout the year.

 

What are the top cities to visit in the Philippines?

Manila – Founded by Spain in 1571, the capital of Manila comes off as a busy, noisy city on first impression, but it has plenty of attractions beyond its brusque initial appearance. The sweeping seafront promenade of high-rise hotels leads to Old Manila, which culminates in Intramuros, an old walled city that blends Spanish and American colonial influences with indigenous cultural traditions that have thrived for around 3,000 years. Aside from Intramuros, the city’s best attractions are Rizal Park, which is a great spot to relax for an afternoon, and Chinatown, which is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the world. You’ll find excellent and inexpensive shopping here.

Cebu City – The oldest and second-largest city in the country, Cebu City is full of historical treasures. You’ll find the Roman Catholic Basilica Minore del Santo Nino here, as well as the imposing colonial fort, San Pedro.

 

Where are top things to see in the Philippines?

Banaue Rice Terraces – This UNESCO World Heritage Site features some of the most gorgeous cultivated land in the world. Located on the north of Luzon, these terraces are carved onto the rocks on hilly mountains slopes and date back around 2,000 years. As you see the terraces cascade down the mountainside, you’ll be left speechless. There are few things as breathtaking to see on Philippines vacation packages. You’ll find the rice terraces featured on local currency and currently used by the local Ifugao people.

Chocolate Hills – Located in the province of Bohol, these 1,300 grassy hills turn a rich brown each dry season, transforming into a landscape of uniform brown hills that look like chocolate treats. Although they look too symmetrical to be nature, the Chocolate Hills are not manmade. Their geological origin is currently up for debate, with no consensus on their formation reached.

Mayon Volcano – Found on the southeastern tip of Luzon, Mayon Volcano is the largest volcano in the Philippines. Its perfectly-symmetrical cone shape makes it one of the most picturesque volcanoes in the world. However, it is still active, so be aware of current volcanic activity before visiting.

Puerto-Princesa Underground River – Located in the eponymous national park on the island of Palawan, this incredible underground river stretches through a landscape of karst rocks that recalls Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.

 

What is the best time to visit the Philippines?

The Philippines has a tropical climate that lasts all year round, so you’ll experience humidity and heat throughout the year. That being said, there are seasonal variations in the country. The wet season runs from May to October, while the dry season runs November to April. The best time to visit is during the dry season, as you’ll forgo the heavy rains and overwhelming humidity of the wet season, although you won’t avoid heat in the Philippines. January and February are the coolest months, with temperatures averaging around 30°C, while March and April can get as hot as 34°C. When it’s not raining, you can expect lots of sunshine and high humidity. In the dry season, typhoons become a regular occurrence, with the earliest typhoons occurring in May. July and August are the wettest months and are best avoided.

 


 

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Indulge in Overwater Bungalow Accommodation on Your Philippines Vacation

Your Mini Guide to Philippines Travel Ideas

Experience the Philippines, from its Metropolis to its Islands

The Philippines: An Adventure Seekers Dream Destination!

 

Philippines Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Philippines vacation.

Learn about the history and culture of the Philippines, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about the Philippines nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering the Philippines for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Philippines tours today!

 

Extend Your Trip

After your Philippines tour consider taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting China vacation packages, India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.

 

 

Read More

Philippines

  • Price:
    Duration:
    • Go Your Way...Tailor-made

    • Other Ways to Go

    • How to Go

    Applied:
    Apply filter changes:
  • Banaue Rice Terraces Private Tour

    Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s not hard to see why this spectacularly laid-out, beautiful rice terraces are a gift of nature. Experience amazing views in this unique setting.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,314
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Philippines See Trip Details
  • Banaue Rice Terraces: Escorted Group Tour

    Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s not hard to see why this spectacularly laid-out, beautiful rice terraces are a gift of nature. Experience amazing views in this unique setting.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 675
    Trip Type:
    Small Group Touring
    Philippines See Trip Details
  • Cebu Island & the Chocolate Hills

    Historic Cebu combines perfectly with a full day to the nearby island of Bohol to view the Chocolate Hills, incredibly shaped limestone karsts seen on a barge cruise.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 724
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Philippines See Trip Details
  • Majestic Manila

    At first sight, Manila appears to be only a bustling metropolis. Once the older parts of the city are discovered, history and a culture influenced by the Spanish and US come to the fore.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 277
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Philippines See Trip Details
  • Palawan Beach

    The island of Palawan is one of the greatest hidden treasures of the Philippines. It has managed to stay largely pristine and offers 2,000 kms of white sand coastline.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 250
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Philippines See Trip Details
  • Palawan El Nido

    More than a tropical paradise, El Nido is almost totally unspoiled with its wonderful beaches, clear waters, stunning cliffs making it one of the world’s most beautiful resorts.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,038
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond, Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Philippines See Trip Details
Trip Finder

What our travelers say

Goway Toolkit


Need help planning your holiday? Our toolkit is a great place to get started.