Introduction to the Philippines

Regarded as Asia’s dive capital, if you are a scuba enthusiast, recreational or professional, the Philippines has the highest density of coral in the world making for an underwater experience of a lifetime. Home to more than 7,000 islands boasting remote pristine beaches, jaw-dropping natural wonders and fascinating historical ruins, the Philippines might be located at the very eastern edge of Asia, and somewhat off the beaten track, but it very much ought to be on the map for its natural beauty. Not to be forgotten is its shopping and culinary offerings too.

Palm-fringed beaches, diving and snorkelling options for days, dramatic volcanos, strange wonders and the ancient Banaue Rice Terraces make up just some the Philippines’ key attractions.

What really stands out here is the people – Filipinos have a reputation for being among the friendliest people on Earth. Perhaps it’s due to them being so adaptive to change and different cultures. Over the years, the Philippines has been claimed and conquered by the Spanish, the Japanese and the Americans and its mixed ethnic background makes the Philippines a unique travel destination like no other.

Speaking of like no other, the once sleepy seaside village of Donsol, about 45 kilometres southwest of Legazpi City, has became one of the Philippines’ most visited tourist destinations due to it being home to possibly the largest school of whale sharks in the world. Here, you’ll have the chance to swim alongside with these intriguing, huge, blue-grey and silver-spotted creatures.

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