Philippines is the Perfect Honeymoon Destination – Here’s Why

Philippine Sunset | © The Wandering Angel / Flickr
Philippine Sunset | © The Wandering Angel / Flickr
Photo of Esther de la Cruz
24 January 2017

When it comes to honeymoons, everyone wants theirs to be memorable. Set away from the busy tourist trails, the Philippines is quietly making a name for itself as one of Asia’s most breathtaking destinations. Newlyweds planning a trip to the country will find a wealth of activities, epic landscapes, striking beauty, and some of the region’s most welcoming locals. Here’s why you should consider a honeymoon in the Philippines.

Diverse experiences

Fishermen tend their nets | © Kai Lehmann / Flickr

Although the picture most people have of the Philippines is one of palm-shaded beaches, the country actually offers a huge range of experiences to satisfy every type of traveler.

For history buffs, there are Spanish Colonial forts, churches, and towns. Nature lovers can try world-class scuba diving, swim with whale sharks, and encounter rare flora and fauna. Adventure junkies can go surfing, spelunking (caving), or mountain-climbing all over the archipelago. And for wellness enthusiasts, the Philippines has its own unique traditions and award-winning spas to enjoy.

Hotels for all budgets

Palawan Camping | © Esther de la Cruz / SimplyPhilippines

You don’t have to part with much money to have a good time in the Philippines. A tent or bamboo hut on a jaw-dropping beach, with three meals a day, will cost you less than US$40 (£32) per person. For those with a little more to spend, the Filipino creativity plays out beautifully in its well-designed, mid-range hotels and resorts. And finally, if you have the urge to splurge, the Philippines has perfected the concept of barefoot luxury in top resorts such as Amanpulo, Abaca, and the Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa.

Unforgettable natural beauty

Island in the sun | © Edward Musiak / Flickr

This is a country where you will max out your memory card and run your camera battery dry, again and again. For majestic, can’t-look-away seascapes, make your way to El Nido and Coron in Palawan. In the highlands of Luzon, you’ll find centuries-old rice terraces and jungle-clad peaks aplenty. The islands in the Visayas lure travelers with lush countryside, soothing rivers, and amazing underwater scenery. And, of course, let’s not forget the countless sparkling beaches and famous sunsets.

Local connections

Carabao and cart | © Brian Evans / Flickr

Because so many of the population can communicate in English, it’s easy to make friends with the Filipinos. Quick to laugh, joke, and smile, the locals are often more than happy to show you the best corners of their paradisiacal islands, and even happier to invite you over for dinner, drinks, and maybe a high-spirited round of karaoke.

Peace and privacy

Finally, the Philippines is home to 7,107 islands, so you and your partner can be as solitary or as surrounded by people you choose. There are still many gorgeous, little-known islands where you can have beautiful beaches, bubbling waterfalls, and starry nights all to yourselves.

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