Found close to the equator in the Pacific Ocean, the Republic of the Philippines is made up of approximately 7,640 islands, 2,000 of which are not inhabited. Together, these islands create an archipelago. It is possible to divide the Philippines into three primary areas:

Luzon: Including Manila and the largest and northernmost island

Visayas: Includes the main islands of Masbate, Cebu, Samar, Bohol, Negros, Leyte, and Panay

Mindanao: Is the second biggest island in the Philippines found at the archipelago’s southern end

Philippines Beach

From picturesque mountains and beaches to bustling cities, the Philippines offers something for everyone – especially those adventurous explorers.

One of the most popular activities for visitors to the Philippines is to visit the beaches. With thousands of islands, you will never be too far from a beach. Consider going to one of those hidden, under-the-radar locations that have emerged as a popular destination and that goes above and beyond the most well-known and visited beach, Boracay.

What surprises many visitors is that the Philippines is home to over 30 national parks, which includes some top-rated options such as Minalungao National Park, Fuyot Springs National Park, Mounts-Iglit-Baco National Park, Libmanan Caves National Park, and others. These parks offer an array of exciting activities, such as kayaking, zip lining, snorkeling, boating, wildlife spotting, camping, river cruising, hiking, and camping.

Before you leave for the Philippines, you will need to have a passport; however, if you are traveling from the U.S., there is no need to get a visa. Also, according to WHO, you need to get several vaccinations before visiting including influenza, pneumonia, shingles, chickenpox, T-DAP, mumps and rubella, measles, polio, meningitis, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever, cholera, typhoid, and hepatitis A and B. Be sure to keep this in mind to ensure you can enjoy all your trip has to offer.