According to Lonely Planet’s pages about the Philippines, this island nation is
a truly unappreciated gem. Tourists may flock to mainland Southeast Asian nations like Thailand for sandy white beaches and for sea sports like scuba diving, but the Philippines has an extraordinary array of both. (Of special note is the beach at Sipalay, the party scene in Boracay, “wreck diving around Coron” and “swimming with the whale sharks off Donsol.”) If you find wonder in nature or history, check out “the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Banaue & the Rice Terraces,” and “fascinating reminders of the islands’ history in places such as…Vigan,” which is not only home to the Spanish-era Heritage Village, but has been an important trading post with the Chinese for centuries. Wikitravel.org’s
Philippines page suggests that there are so many islands and experiences to be had on them that exploring all of what the Philippines have to offer a tourist would take between two and three decades. Now that’s a vacation.