Renowned for its many splendid beaches, the Philippines offers far more to travellers willing to venture into its lush interior. Our specialists – each of whom has travelled extensively around this beautiful archipelago – have put together a number of itinerary ideas to highlight the charms of a more varied route, including crater lakes, active volcanoes, vast rice terraces and colourful local festivals.
Each trip suggestion can be tailored to your interests, whether you wish to explore using a private driver and guide or embark on an unforgettable island-hopping tour of the country discovering many unexpected treasures along the way.
Our recommended tours in the Philippines
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Philippines, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your tour will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
Take a guided tour of Intramuros - Manila's walled city full of history from extravagant churches built from when the Spanish founded the city in 1571 through to the underground jails used by the Japanese during the occupation in WWII.
See the famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol - one of the Philippines' most iconic landmarks.
Snorkel the reefs of Apo Island on the lookout for turtles and more of the Philippines' colourful marine life.
Take a tour of Siquijor's villages - famed for their spiritual healers.
Spend time in the capital city of Manila, to gain an understanding of the varied history of the archipelago.
Visit the stunning rice terraces of Banaue.
Trek to an Ifugao village in the highlands.
Relax on one of the stunning beaches of the archipelago.
Visit the Chocolate Hills and see the tiny tarsier monkeys on Bohol.
Explore the historic fortified centre of Manila on board a unique bamboo bike.
Spot the endangered Tarsier on the exotic island of Bohol.
Go dolphin and whale watching around Pamilcan Island.
Take a scenic Cessna flight over Cebu.
Explore the bustling and often chaotic capital city, Manila.
Journey to Banaue, home to magnificent rice terraces, excellent trekking and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Visit the well preserved heritage town of Taal and one of the world's smallest active volcanoes nearby.
Spot the endangered Tarsier on the Visayan island of Bohol.
Enjoy world class snorkelling and diving in the clear waters around El Nido.
Join a round trip to visit the magnificent rice terraces of Banuae and the surrounding countryside.
Visit the stunning clear waters and sheltered lagoons of the El Nido region.
Snorkel with the amazing whale sharks at Donsol.
Relax on the beaches of Siquijor and Dumaguete.
Witness the unusual Chocolate Hills on Bohol, and spot the world's smallest primate - the tarsier.
Explore the historical centre and war relics of Manila.
Be awe-struck by the stunning Ifugao rice terraces around Banaue.
Sample the famed spicy dishes of Bicol as well as the chance to spot whale sharks.
End your trip on the island of Siargao, an untouched wonder of the Philippines.
Explore Hong Kong's skyscrapers.
Take a guided tour of Intramuros - Manila's walled city crammed full of history.
Stay on Pamalican island.
Seven square kilometres of pristine coral reef and stunning beaches at one of the Philippines' best resorts.
Visit Lake Taal crossing the lake by boat and ride on horseback to the top of the volcano.
Some of our favourite travel guides
The Philippines offers a refreshingly different ambiance to its Southeast Asian neighbours. From the vibrant capital city of Manila where you can explore the dungeons and churches of a bygone era, to some of the best diving opportunities in the world in the Coral Triangle, the Philippines promises an eclectic mix of experiences.View this travel guide