Beach at North Mindoro in the Philippines

Where to Stay in Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago composed of over 7000 islands in the waters between the South China Sea and the Philippine Sea.  Even if you had all the time in the world you would be unlikely to be able to visit them all, so the first task when planning a visit is to decide which of the many beautiful islands you would like to explore and where to stay in the Philippines.  As you would imagine, the main draw card in the Philippines are the thousands of kilometres of beautiful beaches, and the fact that the archipelago is home to some of the best dive sites in the world.  The climate is tropical, with most rain falling from June to November, and the best months to visit, with the least rain and slightly lower temperatures, are from November to March.

Philippines Hotels in Manila

Most visitors to the Philippines arrive by air in the capitol city, Manila.  Unfortunately, Manila is a huge and crowded city with very little to offer visitors, so the majority of travellers will soon be on their way to their chosen Philippines beach resorts.  If you do spend a few days seeing the sights in the Capitol you will find hotels in the Philippines in all price categories from the cheap and clean Malate Pensionne or Friendly’s Hostel for budget travellers, to the mid-range Miramar Hotel and the Oasis Paco Park, or the 5-star Manilla Hotel.

Best Philippines Beach Resorts

With seven thousand islands to choose from, how do you decide?  The best way is to read some recent travel reviews and blogs before booking your accommodation in the Philippines.  A few of the recommended destinations are the following:

Boracay Island:  Here all the action centres on the sea; there are more than 30 dive sites around Boracay for all levels of expertise, and wonderful snorkelling if you prefer to stay near the surface!  The Napoleon Sea Sport centre offers jet-ski, parasail, wakeboarding, etc.  A small sample of the best Philippines beach resorts on Boracay are the Discovery Shores Resort, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and the Boracay Regency.  Less expensive options include Nigi Nigi Too Beach Resort and Surfside Boracay Resort, both of which are highly rated.

Camarines Sur is an eco-tourism destination in Philippines with pristine beaches and wonderful opportunities for cave diving.  Stay in Caramoan, at the 5-star Tugawe Cove Resort.

Coron is the place to go for wreck-diving, and home to a couple of the best resorts in the Philippines.  Have a look at the El Rio Y Mar Resort or the Club Paradise Palawan. 

Palawan has some excellent diving and you can visit the Puerto Princesca Subterranean Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Natural Wonders of the World. Stay at the Amanpulo for luxury 5-star accommodation, for save money for diving by staying at one of the 5 hostels on the island.

Hotels in Philippines near Banaue

Philippines have another World Heritage Site that has nothing to do with the sea –  the extraordinary  Banaue Rice Terraces deserve a place on your itinerary.   There are two accommodation hotels in the little village of Banaue, namely the Banaue Hotel and the Native Village Inn.