Planning a holiday to the Philippines? Don’t hesitate a moment longer – it was one of the highlights of our Asia trip!

But don’t take our word for it, here are 7 reasons you’ll love the Philippines and never want to leave:

1. The people are awesome

This is the first thing you notice about the Philippines. As soon as you step off the plane you’ll enter a different universe: the security guards smile, taxi drivers are relaxed and friendly, and no one tries to rip you off.

One taxi driver launched into a Michael Jackson dance after we said our goodbyes. Another jumped out of his car and shouted: ‘thank you for coming to the Philippines!’ waving frantically until we were out of sight.

2. The ocean is TO DIE FOR

We’ve been to some pretty amazing beaches but none of them come close to this. Just LOOK at the colour of the water. And there’s great diving to be had, too.

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Apo Island

3. Music is everywhere!

Whether it’s impromptu jams in the street, band practice after dinner or late-night karaoke sessions, Filipinos live and breathe music.

One time we boarded a local bus and a blind man got on with his guitar. He proceeded to play for the entire length of his journey – about 2 hours! – and had the whole bus singing along.

Another time we waited for a bus and two old gents started playing guitar. Soon a crowd formed and cheered every time someone donated a coin. On seeing this, an elderly man winked at me and said shouted triumphantly: ‘only in the Philippines!’

4. AMAZING sunsets

We travelled in the Philippines for almost a month and never missed a sunset. But each one was totally unique and fabulous. See more gorgeous pics of sunsets in the Philippines.

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5. You can swim with whale sharks (!!)

If this isn’t reason enough to visit the Philippines, then I don’t know what is! Diving with Whale sharks in Donsol was truly amazing and we highly recommend it.

6. Pimped-up jeepneys

Why jump in a taxi when you can ride in a pimped-up jeepney or bus? Enough said.

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7. Trust

If you don’t have money to pay for something, they’ll say ‘no worries, come back later!’

Unlike Thailand and Vietnam, you aren’t required to hand over your passport when checking into accommodation. They trust you. This goes a long way!

Oh, one more thing, you can camp on a deserted island in El Nido. Yep, you don’t wanna miss this one.

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