If you are looking for a honeymoon destination in Asia which is not totally overtaken by the tourists, you might like the idea of a honeymoon in Philippines. The Philippines is an archipelagic country at the eastern edge of Southeast Asia consisting of more than 7500 islands spread between the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea.
The country is divided into 3 island groups named as Luzon, Visayas and Mindano. With a total population of over 101 million, the Philippines is a melting pot for different cultures. The list of things to do and places to see in the Philippines is endless. If you decide to spend only one day in each island, it will take you more than 20 years to finish discovering this amazing archipelago.
Table of Contents
- Honeymoon in the Philippines at a glance
- Honeymoon destinations in the Philippines
- Things to do in the Philippines on honeymoon
- Best time to visit the Philippines
- Useful information for the Philippines
Honeymoon in the Philippines at a glance
Thanks to its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, pristine nature and breathtaking sights above and under sea, The Philippines is one of the best places on Earth to spend your honeymoon. No matter what type of a honeymoon you are looking for, Philippines must definitely be among your options because it offers everything that a newlywed couple could ask for during their honeymoon.
Philippines is a popular destination among couples who would like to have a relaxing holiday after the wedding and lots of adventure at the same time. There are both luxurious and affordable accommodation options in the Philippines which will make it easy to choose the perfect place for your budget and taste.
Honeymoon destinations in the Philippines
The Philippines has hundreds of destinations to spend your honeymoon and there are many top quality hotels and resorts spread across the country. However, some of the these locations like Boracay Island, Palawan Island, Coastal Town of El Nido, Palaui Island, Bohol Island and Coron Island are more popular than other destinations in the Philippine archipelago and among the most popular destinations across the world.
Most probably, your adventure in the Philippines will start in its vibrant capital Manila. Before you transfer to other tropical islands, you can explore the streets of Manila and learn more about the rich history of the Philippines. There are many historic sites and buildings in Manila which are mostly built during the Spanish period. The historic walled area called the Intramuros in Manila was the capital of the Spanish East Indies for over 300 hundred years. Manila Cathedral, Baluarte de San Diego, Plaza San Luis Complex, Palacio del Gobernador, Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church and Plaza de Roma are some of the most important structures within Intramuros that are definitely worth a visit.
Boracay Island is probably the most famous place in the entire Philippine archipelago. Boracay Island fascinates its visitors with its untouched nature and richness of marine life. Thanks to its white sand beaches, turquoise sea and world class resorts, thousands of couples prefer Boracay to spend their honeymoon. You can try various water sports both above and under the sea and make unforgettable memories with your significant other in this tropical paradise.
Located on the Southwest of the Philippine archipelago, Palawan Island is a must see destination if you are visiting the Philippines. This long and narrow island stretches from Borneo to Mindoro has been named as the most beautiful island in the world several times. From high end luxury resorts to budget friendly hotels, Palawan Island has many different accommodation options for travelers. Palawan Island is known as the last ecological frontier in the Philippines. The Island has many beautiful beaches and natural wonders. Two of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located within the Palawan; Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. The latter one is also named among the newest 7th Natural Wonder of the World. The famous coastal town of El Nido is also located on the northern tip of the Palawan and its most visited place of the island. El Nido has become a very popular destination in the recent years thanks to its magnificent beaches, hidden laggons and dramatic lime stone formations.
Coron and Bohol
Coron Island and Bohol Island are other popular destinations among tourists. Coron is mostly famous for its WWII-era wreck diving areas and coral reefs. Bohol on the other hand is famous for its Chocolate Hills and Tarsier (world’s smallest primate) Conservation Area; in addition to its diving spots and white sand beaches.
In order to find the perfect place for your honeymoon in the Philippines, we suggest you to take a look at the resorts within your budget and decide on what types of activities that you are looking for.
Things to do in the Philippines on honeymoon
- Underground river tour at Puerto Princesa ,
- Rice terrace tours, scuba diving,
- Various water sports,
- Chocolate Hills tour in the Bohol Island,
- Full day tour of the Taal Volcano from Manila
Best time to visit the Philippines
The best time to book your honeymoon in the Philippines is the dry season between November and April. Although you can still visit the Philippines during the wet season between May and October, the weather in this period is very unpredictable. You may expect sudden rainfalls and even typhoons especially from late July till the end of October.
The most popular season to visit the Philippines is between December and February. In this period, the weather is not too hot or cold and perfect for all kinds of activities. However, if you would like to avoid the crowds and pricey accommodation and plane tickets, you may choose to book you honeymoon in the shoulder months of May and November; when there are fewer tourist and still pleasant weather.
Useful information for the Philippines
- Official languages of the Philippines are Filipino and English.
- Local currency is the Philippine Peso (PHP). You can find ATM machines in the bigger cities and famous tourist spots. It would be smart to always carry some cash with you, especially if you are planning to visit some remote locations.
- Tipping is optional but expected for many services
- During your stay in the Philippines, always prefer bottled water instead of tap water.
- Pack light because your trip will probably include island transfers by planes or boats.
- You may want to bring water-proof backpack or a dry bag to protect your camera and other electronics from rain and the sea.
- Bring a mosquito repellent with you.
- Bring an umbrella or a lightweight rain jacket and a pair of comfortable shoes for hiking and sightseeing.
- Although most of the touristy islands and beaches will be very clean, you may need to use water shoes for some of the beaches in case you might need protection against sea urchins or rocky surfaces.