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Philippines Cruises

When you think of the words 'island paradise' there are not many countries on Earth that can compete with the Philippines.

With over 7,000 islands stretching across its archipelago, a cruise to the Philippines will unearth deserted beaches, white sands and many a swaying palm tree.  

Away from the blissful beaches, vibrant cities such as Manila and Cebu keep the country's industrial wheels turning at a pace, matching the economic powerhouses of Asia. 

Food in the Philippines centres heavily on the lechon, or pig. Don’t be surprised if you find a fresh one on a spit roast as you peruse the street food markets. Fish is also very popular, given the proximity to the water, and is usually served with rice. Be wary if anyone tries to persuade you to try balut though. It’s a developing duck embryo that’s boiled and served in the shell, regularly found at street markets.  

Top 5 interesting facts

  • The Philippines is the world’s leading coconut producer.  
  • The 'yoyo' was invented here and means 'come back' in the Filipino language.
  • The Taal volcano has an island within a lake inside an island within a lake.
  • Tanduay rum is the locals' drink of choice and costs around $1 a bottle.
  • Karaoke was invented in the Philippines and is serious business. 
 

Highlights

The capital

The country's sprawling capital city of Manila is densely populated and a big contrast to the outlying islands. It does however offer travellers a well-needed glimpse of daily life for most Filipinos. In fact, the National Museum of the Philippines and the Cultural Centre of the Philippines are a must, and give visitors a wonderful overview of what it means to live here.

Monuments and churches

In Cebu you can explore the monuments and churches dedicated to the Philippines’ colonial past, as well as the stunning beaches the island is so well known for. Many of the Philippines' mountainous islands are volcanic and produce regular seismic activity, meaning plenty of earthquakes and a few active volcanoes. 

The Philippines plays host to many fascinating landscapes, with anything from deserted beaches to dense jungle on display. Most visitors will of course pull up a sun lounger to enjoy the country's tropical climate on one of the sandy shores, but there’s a lot more to explore than meets the eye.

 

Wildlife

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As you’d expect from a country threaded together by islands, the marine life here is some of the best on the planet.

 Cruisers to the Philippines may be lucky enough to encounter green turtles, thresher sharks and even weird and wonderful dugongs, as well as a plethora of colourful reef fish. Those exploring the shallow reefs will be treated to a huge array of corals too, including brain coral and the indigenous black coral.

On dry land, the star of the show is the endangered Philippine Tarsier, a furry fist-sized primate with giant bulging eyes, a sleepy temperament and the ability to rotate its head through 180 degrees. Around 600 bird species also call the Philippines home, including cormorants, storks, osprey and the endangered Philippine hawk-eagle.

There are some beautiful butterflies in the Philippines – around 300 are endemic to the country and there are around 915 different species in total. The pretty black and yellow Magellan birdwing is one of the biggest butterflies in the world, and can only be found here or on Taiwan Island. 

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Philippines

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