Boracay Island is the Philippines most popular tourist site and regularly wins international awards for being one of the Worlds very best tropical beach destinations.
It's actually a small island just off the tip of Panay and runs no more than 7km long and just about 1km wide but it packs a great deal into a limited area! The famous highlight is White Beach an enormous strip of soft white sand washed by warm blue sea that runs along much of the west coast of the Island. Fringed by high palm trees the land side of the beach plays host to a fascinating and international mix of hotels, resorts, restaurants and shops that are fun for all ages.
Malapascua is a tiny beach ringed tropical island off the north tip of Cebu. It's low lying interior with small coconut groves, little mechanical transport and easy going population (there is just one main village) have led to a laid back, 'no news, no shoes' feel that is very different from livelier and busier destinations elsewhere in the Country.
The island can be walked around in less than two hours and it is fringed by sandy beaches lined by tall green palms. People come here to relax and unwind and spend time on the beach, swimming, snorkeling and meeting new friends. And of course they come here to dive which is the main attraction. It's one of the few places in the world where there are near daily sightings of Thresher Sharks and the dawn dives at Monad Shoals are part of Malapascua's rise to fame.
Moalboal, which means bubbling water, is a small sleepy town located in the south west of Cebu on the foothills of the Mountain slopes that run along the spine of the island. Diving has been popular here for many years and a series of Resorts and excellent Dive Centers are long established at nearby White Beach and Pangasama Beach where there are lovely views across the narrow Tanon Straits to Negros Island.
Panagsama is a lively destination with a good number of laid back small bars, pubs and restaurants to entertain divers and travelers alike - at peak season it is often busy until late at night. White Beach has lovely sand and is quieter than Pangasama but can get busy at weekends.
Increasingly popular with Visitors this lovely area is blessed with clear blue waters and some of the best diving in Asia.
Lying due west of Cebu Island Negro is one of the Philippine largest islands. Comprising two provinces - Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental it has a well deserved reputation as being a beautiful tropical and incredibly friendly destination. It is a long narrow island which is dominated by mountain peak across the center which run down to lush fertile coastal plains. Historically the island has long ties to the Sugar industry and continues to this day. Old Haciendas and sugar estates can still be seen in the North where miles of cane fields dominate the landscape.
Located off the north west coast of Bohol, Cabilao Island has long been a popular destination for divers and snorkelers looking for beautiful corals and reefs and a quiet pace of life.
The island is just 8km2 and with few roads, no cars and just a small number of motorbikes this is like step back in time to a Philippines way of rural life that is slowly disappearing from view.
Cabilao has a handful of comfortable resorts and water based activities are the main reason for guests to visit. It's a lovely place to spend 5 or 6 days taking in the astonishing array of marine life and corals and slowly immersing yourself in the relaxed pace of the island.
Bohol is one of the larger Visayan Islands and is located to the South East of Cebu. It has a beautiful lush green interior and is home to the stunning and iconic Chocolate Hills. These much photographed natural wonders are a must see for anyone vistig the area. The rare Tarsier monkey (smallest species in the World) can also be found on Bohol and the island is a fascinating place to explore combining a rich historical tradition with natural beauty.
Connected to Bohol by a small bridge Panglao is a lovely island fringed by warm clear tropical waters. Though increasingly popular with incoming tourists (and the soon to be built International Airport will enable faster and easier access) Panglao has continued to retain its warm friendly appeal and an easy pace of life reflects it's rural roots.
Puerto Galera is probably the Philippines best known diving bases and certainly one of the most popular in Asia Pacific. One of the first areas to really focus on diving related activities it has developed from a small fishing village to a lively holiday center which is based around some of the best diving in the region. The area now contains a range of accommodation from value guest houses and chalets through to high end luxury hideaways.
Located on Mindoro Island, Puerto Galera is just 2.5 hours road and boat journey from Manila and its proximity to the capital have made this a favourite destination for many guests. Puerto Galera itself is actually a small town nestled amongst a series of stunning forest lined bays overlooking the Verde Passage. Long used as a sanctuary for boats it is now home to a thriving sailing community.
The Calamian Islands are a group of small islands lying off the northern tip of Palawan and an area of outstanding beauty. Comprising of jungle clad limestone cliffs and escarpments, low lying rounded hills, hidden inlets and coves, thriving mangroves and of course clear blue seas this really is one of the most stunning parts of the Philippines. The Calamians are also one of the best places in the world for diving and have a reputation being an incredibly fascinating dive destination because of the sheer number of different experiences on offer. Remaining mostly of the beaten track for tourists - apart from divers in the know - the islands have seen a steady growth in tourist numbers in recent years as domestic flights and accommodation offerings have risen to help fulfill demand.
Cebu City is the Philippines second biggest city, 'The Queen City of the South', and is also the gateway to the popular Visayas Islands. Many guests are likely to arrive on International flights here or use Cebu as their domestic flight hub.
The airport is actually located just across from Cebu on Mactan island which is connected by two impressive road bridges. Mactan is so closely associated with the presence of the Airport and a large number of beach based Resorts and Hotels that it easy to forget that there is also some very good diving in the area. With many Dive Centers and Resorts close to the Airport, you could be getting ready to explore some of the fascinating reefs that lie off-shore from Mactan just one hour after your plane lands!
Located on the edge of the Calumpang Peninsula near Batangas, the area around Anilao is the closest diving locale to Manila. Just 2 - 2.5 hours road journey from the Capital, Anilao is a great destination for short breaks and is often combined with other Philippines destinations to make fascinating multi-center stays.
The peninsula is backed by lush green hills and mountains running down to shingle coves and the clear blue waters of the sea. Its location within the Coral triangle means that the waters are rich in marine and coral life. With sheltered waters and good visibility this is an excellent place for fun-divers, especially those with limited time available. We especially recommend it for those looking to have a long weekend form the City and for those looking to pack in a great deal of diving on a weekly stay without too much travel and no-fly time.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful destination in the Philippines El Nido is a series of stunning limestone islands, islets and beaches nestled amongst the blue water of Bacuit Bay at the northern tip of Palawan. Home to unique ecosystems that include different types of forest and jungle cover, rare and endangered bird and mammal species, dolphins, turtles and over 1100 different coral and fish species El Nido is an especially important Philippines center of bio-diversity.
A series of luxury high end and sustainable eco friendly Resorts have been developed in the area providing guests with the opportunity to appreciate and interact with the environment in a most intimate way. The emphasis is on low impact nature based activities including diving, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking and beach hopping. The immediate area around Bacuit Bay is a wonderful place to explore and, assisted by knowledgeable guides, guests will relish the opportunity to discover more about this marine based paradise.
Saipan is the largest island in the Northern Mariana Islands archipelago. It is located about 120 mi (190 km) north of Guam and 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) northeast of Tinian, from which it is separated by the Saipan Channel. The western side of the island is lined with sandy beaches and an offshore coral reef which creates a large lagoon. The eastern shore is composed primarily of rugged rocky cliffs and a reef.
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is a US territory, made up of 14 islands in the western pacific. Colorful flame trees dot the landscape during springtime in this small but attractive archipelago. Beautiful beaches and clear waters entice visitors from both east and west. Yearly festivals that celebrate both local and some international cultural events ensure that your stay will be both memorable and fun. One of World War II’s greatest Pacific battles was fought here, thus the destination is steeped in rich military history.