A beach in Palawan

Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago in South-East Asia consisting of seven thousand islands located between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea. With so many islands, the Philippines has one of the world's longest coastlines and a multitude of wonderful beaches.

A mixture of foreign influences and a fusion of culture and arts have enhanced the uniqueness of the Filipino identity. There are over a hundred ethnic groups in the Philippines and it has been the largest Catholic country in Asia since Spanish colonial times.

An aerial view of a resort on Samal Island
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Samal Island: a tropical getaway near the city

Situated in Davao del Norte and easily accessible from the city, Samal Island is known for its white, sandy beaches, plentiful snorkeling sites and walks near caves and waterfalls. Here's what you need to know before you visit.

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