Comprising over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is a sovereign state located in the western Pacific Ocean. Officially known as the Republic of the Philippines, the archipelago is divided into three island regions (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) containing 80 provinces. Influenced by its Spanish and subsequent US colonial rulers, and home to over 100 ethnic groups, the Filipino culture, festivals and arts is as unique as its warm and welcoming people.
North of the nation’s capital Manila, Luzon is laden with verdant mountains and jungles that are ideal for trekking, complemented by lush rice paddy fields. Visayas’s rich biodiversity is home to some of the nation’s best beaches, and sparkling blue seas that are teeming with coral reefs filled with marine life Philippines. It is a haven for divers and snorkellers. Kitesurfing and windsurfing are also popular there. The Philippines’ rich and diverse cultures can best be discovered in Mindanao. Other adventures include: wakeboarding, kayaking or rafting in freshwater rivers and streams, and exploring caves and waterfalls. Delight in some indigenous Filipino cuisine. Listen to the local people playing their guitars and singing by the light of the moon, and watch how they make their local handicrafts. Land or sea—soak up the beauty of the Philippines.