An archipelago comprising of just over 7,100 islands, the Philippines enjoys a wealth of distinctive culture, rich history and stunning natural resources. It has a staggering 36,289 kilometres of coastline, making it the fifth longest coastline in the world. The Philippines' rainforests and its extensive coastlines make it home to a diverse range of birds, plants, animals, and sea creatures. Around 1,100 land vertebrate species can be found in the Philippines including over 100 mammal species and 170 bird species not thought to exist elsewhere.
The Philippine islands can be split into four main groups; the most northerly island, Luzon, is home to the Capital Manila, in the South is Mindanao the second largest island while in between these two islands is the cluster of islands known as the Visayas.
As the island of Borneo is located a few hundred kilometres southwest and Taiwan is located directly to the north it makes an excellent point to start a luxury holiday of the Far East. The highest mountain is Mount Apo and most of the mountainous islands are covered in tropical rainforest and volcanic in origin.
A holiday in the Philippines encompasses a combination of eastern and western cultures. The Philippines exhibits aspects found in other Asian countries with a Malay heritage, yet its culture also displays a significant amount of Spanish and American influences.