With 7,107 islands, endless sunshine, perfect waters, and countless days of exploring to do, it begs the question: Why aren’t we all in the Philippines right now?
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1. Tagbilaran Airport
Arriving into the Philippines is sure to leave you speechless. Make sure and request a window seat so you can see how beautiful the water and islands are from above.
2. Philippine Eagle Centre
Visit the Philippine Eagle Centre to see the endemic birds. Sassy and with a beautiful head of hair, you won’t be able to do anything other than smile.
3. Manila Bay
Catch a sunset, even if it’s during a typhoon. The trees light the sky up over Manila Bay.
4. The Loboc River
Take a cruise down the Loboc River in Bohol.
5. El Nido
6. Hijo Plantation
Visit the Hijo Plantation and go on a safari through their jungle to see the monkeys and wild boar.
7. Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Eat grilled beef and veggies — on a private beach at Pearl Farm Beach Resort.
8. Payong-Payong Beach
Visit the private island of Payong-Payong Beach while on Tour A in El Nido
9. The Fairmont
Grab a Singapore Sling at the Fairmont in Manila.
10. Sunset in Bohol
Take in a different kind of sunset in Bohol at the Peacock Garden overlooking a range of mountains and the ocean.
11. Big Lagoon, El Nido
Swim in the Big Lagoon in El Nido.
12. The jungle in Davao
Walk through the jungle in Davao at the Philippine Eagle Centre.
13. Hijo Plantation
Eat Maruya -– a fried banana in coconut oil with coconut flour at the Hijo Plantation, where they have their own banana farm.
14. Bungalow over the water, Davao
Stay in a bungalow over the water in Davao at the Pearl Farm Beach Resort.
15. The Sofitel, Manila
Hit the pool at the Sofitel in Manila.
16. Chocolate Hills, Bohol
Visit the Chocolate Hills in Bohol -– they aren’t chocolate colored year round but they are still magnificent.
17. Bacuit Bay
Catch a boat in Bacuit Bay to take an island hopping tour in El Nido.
View Manila on your way back home -– it certainly looks different from the sky.