A trip to the Philippines is a trip to one of the most beautiful and special countries in the world. The Philippines is a spectacularly beautiful archipelago surrounded by the “Ring of Fire”, with over 7,000 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, most of which are uninhabited. What is special is that most of the islands are covered in wild jungle. The island of the Philippines is characterized by extensive volcanic activity and includes 21 active volcanoes and one of the longest shorelines in the world with clear blue-green waters, rainforests, tropical climate, spectacular waterfalls and beautiful coral reefs. Alongside all this is a variety of exotic islands with white sand and huge coconut palms. The beaches in the Philippines are an ideal destination for surfing with water in shades of turquoise and light blue. Filipinos are known for their hospitality, leading a traditional lifestyle for thousands of years in remote tribes in an environment rich in natural resources and great cultural abundance manifested in over 180 languages.
A trip to the Philippines is an unforgettable experience for families, groups, backpackers and of course for honeymooners. The Philippines can be visited all year round but the best time to visit the islands is between the months of December and May.
So why actually visit the Philippines, so named after the King of Spain Felipe II.?
The islands in the Philippines are well famous on a global scale. In the Philippines, there are 7641 magical islands, most of them uninhabited, which are awarded prizes and worldwide acclaim. Among the most famous is the island of Boracay which was crowned in 2016 as the best island in the world, the island of Shirgao which was chosen in 2019 as the best island in the world, and where one of the world-famous surfing beaches is located, the ninth cloud. The choice in both cases was made by the luxury magazine “Conde Nast Traveler”.
The island of Shirga is one of the most famous in the world on the surfing beaches where it is a destination for many surfers at different levels including SAP surfers. Among the well-known on the island are the resorts and the romantic beach villas in the place. We will not miss a visit to the island of Palawan which has won many awards for many years and served as a photo site for the Survival Reality series
Filipino culture is very diverse and rooted. Along with preserving tradition, the people of the Philippines move forward to the front. Filipino culture is influenced by Spain, China, the USA, and other countries that came to the islands. An integral part of the culture is the colorful festivals. In the Philippines, many tribes and cultural richness are manifested in about 180 different languages spoken on the islands. In the northern Philippines are the Ipugau tribe living in the mountainous town of Benawi. A significant influence on Japanese and American Spaniards from the period when they ruled the islands. : The rice fields of the Igurot tribes in the northern Philippines and the rice terraces in the mountainous town of Benawi, the center of the Ipugau tribe.
Filipino cuisine combines Asian cuisine, with Western influences and diverse cooking styles including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and American. The local food culture is based on meat with the addition of rice. The local ice cream is particularly intriguing flavors: avocado, fruit with beans, corn with cheese. In the Philippines, fresh fruits have a divine taste.
The festivals are an integral part of the culture and life of the Filipinos. Residents of the Philippines live and breathe throughout the year a variety of carnivals, street parties, holidays, and celebrations. Every major city in the Philippines boasts at least one annual festival of its own. The festivities last from one day to a month. Thus, on almost every trip in the Philippines, one can also incorporate participation in a colorful festival.
The Philippines was recently crowned (2021) as the world’s leading diving destination by the WTA International Tourism Organization.
The Philippines is known as a world diving powerhouse. It has beautiful coral reefs and rich fish and is suitable for all types of divers, from divers who are just starting their diving lessons to professional divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. The Philippines is located in the area of the coral triangle, one of the most diverse underwater habitats in the world. In the Coron, for example, you can see the sunken and impressive ships from World War II. A high number of Japanese vessels sank here during World War II and most of them are spectacular and special dive sites. Bohol Island, known for its “chocolate hills” and traces of monkeys, is considered one of the most famous dive sites in the Philippines. The Tubtaha Reef, protected as a national park by UNESCO, is considered one of the best dive sites in the world and one of the most beautiful reefs in the world with impressive and colorful coral reefs and huge flocks of fish.
The Philippines and the State of Israel have excellent relations and sympathy over the years. The Philippines was the only Asian country to vote for the establishment of the State of Israel in the 1947 UN resolution.
The President of the Philippines during World War II, Manuel Cuison, saved the lives of some 1,300 Jews from Europe during the Holocaust when he granted them a visa to the Philippines. Even today, Israeli passport holders are not required to have a visa when entering the Philippines.
We have a variety of packages and itineraries for families and groups in the Philippines. Feel free to contact us to adjust your best trip package.