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Philippines covers more than 7000 gorgeous islands. If we were to discuss it with cooking terms, we could consider it part Spanish and Mexican. Hollywood and lazy fiestas, pigs blood soup and mad Manila nightlife. There is so much on offer, and so many different dazzling destinations, a visit is less a question of seeing the country, but picking which part you want to see the most.
Adventure lovers are utterly spoiled for choice, with Donsols infamous swim amongst mammoth (and- dont worry - plankton eating) whale sharks, essential diving at Padre Burgos and dramatic, volcano-filled Canaguin to choose from. In Siargao you will find surf beaches the envy of even Hawaiian residents, while Corons wreck diving is as thrilling as it is spooky.
Back in Manila you'll find a nightlife that at time descends into utter anarchy, you can spend your days exploring the beauty of Coconut Palace, hiring a Jeepney to visit around the streets, and enjoy drinking a glass of Guyabano juice from a country stall.
Manila's international reputation is rightly dubious, but finding your way amongst the (at times barely tolerable) bustle is as memorable as any of those arresting tropical beaches.
If you prefer to sip your San Miguel somewhere a little more movie screen tropics, try the laid back vibes at Sipalay, or the tourist resort haven that is beautiful Boracay. Both offer your fill of palm-fringed beaches and luxury tropical experiences. Backward El Nido, meanwhile, provides a gateway to the incredible coral-guarded islands of Palawan, where the seascapes are straight from national geographic, and the dense jungle treks belong on a survival show. Look deeper into the depths of the country, and you'll find aging Buddhist cultures, rice paddies enveloping entire mountains, festivals teeming with images a photographer would die for, and local communities bustling with (invariably deep fried, mango centered) hospitality.
Its worth noting that some parts of the Philippines have significant political problems, which can lead to awkward traveling conditions. Heed the government warnings, though, and you're in for an eclectic island experience that you should stretch as far as possible: The Philippines just doesn't get dull.
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