Five million tourists visit the Philippines each year, and many of them come back to visit more than once. Learning a bit about the Philippines might help you understand why and perhaps convince you to take your next vacation there as well.
Friendly people, perfect beaches, affordable travel costs and delicious food are some of the main attractions of the country. The people of the Philippines are also renowned for their friendliness and hospitality to tourists.
The Philippines is one of the top destinations in the world to partake in ocean sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing. The country is also host to a diverse array of beautiful and exotic flora and fauna, and is one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. The geography of the Philippines is breathtaking and picturesque with hundreds of coral reefs, tropical forests, mountains and over 7,000 islands.
Beautiful world class beaches
The beaches of the Philippines are consistently ranked among the best in the world for their amazingly clear water and perfect scenic shorelines. As an example, the famous white beach in Boracay Island is ranked among the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world and is a popular tourist destination. There are many other popular beaches scattered throughout the thousands of islands in the Philippines.
Malapascua Island is known for being a diving destination and for its friendly local population. Palawan is considered to be one of the best island destinations in the world and is host to 40% of the coral reefs in the Philippines.
No language barrier for English speakers
Over 90% of the Filipino population speaks English, and English is the preferred language in business. The lack of a language barrier makes traveling to the Philippines more comfortable and natural for English speaking Westerners.
Affordable shopping, dining and entertainment
Almost everything is less expensive than Western countries including food, shopping, and entertainment. Manila is host to some of the largest shopping centers in Southeast Asia. Each region of the Philippines has its own cuisine, and there are many exotic foods to try for the first time. Fresh seafood can be found at very low prices. The native fruits such as pineapples, coconuts, papayas, mangoes, and others are delicious and fresh.
Near perfect weather year round
The weather is almost perfect year round. The monsoon season runs between June and October, however the rest of the year is mild. It’s the perfect getaway for the winter months, as the weather rarely falls below 25C.
If reading a little about the Philippines hasn’t convinced you to go yet, you might read up some more about the many tourist attractions of the country online. With so many reasons to travel in the Philippines including affordable travel costs, breathtaking natural beauty and friendly people you wouldn’t make a mistake to pick it as your next travel destination.