Explore Philippines

We are made up of 7,107 islands. Some have grown into cities. Some are the epitome of tropical dreams. Some are just long enough to lay down on and get a tan.

Big. Small. Sandy. Sunny. Relaxing. Exotic. Beautiful. Our little clutch of islands make for one long stretch of beach – more than 15,500 kilometers. Here, no one is more than two hours away from a beach-side lounge chair — which explains why everybody knows how to smile and have fun!

Wherever you choose to go in the Philippines, it’s the Filipinos that will make your holiday unforgettable. Lonely Planet calls us, ‘among the most ebullient and easy going people anywhere.’ ranked us the friendliest country in Asia – eight in the world!


Our beaches are the perfect escape from those cold, icy, extra-long winters. See as many as you can in a day. Rent a kayak to paddle around the

islands with, or get a guided boat tour, which usually includes a perfectly grilled lunch. Soon, you’ll be basking in your own tanned glow, enjoying a therapeutic massage by the sea shore.


Hundreds of volcanoes dot the land — sizzling peaks to make you think that the gods must have been on edge. Steal a view from the top, soaring by private plane over the smoking mouth, or ascend these fiery mountains by foot, through lava-rock trails. You can visit volcanic Camiguin, or mystical Siquijor and experience the contrast of sandy shores and deserted coastlines, private islands, isolated coves, and quiet bays.

<p?Maybe you’d prefer scaling the World Heritage Site of the Banawe Rice Terraces, a natural wonder better seen up close. Or ziplining over seven stunning waterfalls in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Looking for deluxe delights? Go glamping (glamorous camping) in one of Bohol’s top resorts, where activities include getting to know a tiny Tarsier.

USTOA members who provide tours & tour packages for Philippines

For more information on Philippines, call the Philippine Department of Tourism at 212-575-7915 and visit

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