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An island to suit every family in the Philippines

by Belinda Breeze

The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands that sit like floating jewels in the warm, glittering waters of the pacific. Known globally for its stunning beaches, epic waterfalls and lush forests, the Philippines is often considered a destination primarily for backpackers and honeymooners, but there’s so much to offer families, too!

Here we’ve listed our top spots to visit this summer with the whole family.

Siargao – for the family who loves to be outdoors

Considered the surf capital of the Philippines, Siargao is a beautiful, coconut tree covered island, offering a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the more developed islands. Ideal for families who like a little adventure and enjoy an outdoors lifestyle, Siargao offers the perfect balance between laid-back and action packed.

From colourful cities in the mountains, to all-inclusive beach side resorts, the Philippines has a holiday destination to suit every family

Palawan – for the family who loves water activities

Palawan is arguably the most Instagrammable spot in the Philippines. With the beautiful, iconic islands of Coron and El Nido to the north, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to stunning beaches, bays and coves, but Puerto Princesa isn’t to be overlooked! The lively city that sits on the West coast of the island boasts incredible food, shopping and activities, including the amazing underground river tour!

Borocay – for the family who wants a little bit of everything

As the most popular holiday destination in the Philippines, Borocay is well developed and caters easily to all the wants and needs of a modern-day holiday maker. With White Beach, the famed 4.2km stetch of pure white sand, you’ll have no trouble finding a spot to lay out your towel for a beach day. And when you get tired from the sun, a good selection of malls, restaurants and family friendly activities are waiting for you to enjoy.

Kayak in Bohol, surf in Siargao or paddleboard in Palawan, you’re never far from the water in the Philippines

Mactan Island – for the family who likes to keep it simple

Mactan Island, just off Cebu, is the ideal place for families who like to take the stress out of planning. The best location for all-inclusive resorts, Mactan Island offers all the usual activities you’d expect from a beautiful seaside resort, as well as a nanny service, loads of a family friendly activities and kid friendly menus, so your little ones will be kept happy!

Bohol – for the family who love to discover something new

Bohol is a hidden gem in the heart of the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. This beautiful, tropical island province is a haven of natural wonders. Marvel at the iconic Chocolate Hills, meet the Philippine Tarsier at the Bohol Tarsiers Sanctuary, kayak along the tranquil Loboc River, sample authentic Filipino cuisine and immerse yourself in the joyous spirit of the island.

With over 7,000 islands to choose from, the Philippines has the perfect location for everyone

Baguio – for the family who love culture

Baguio is one of the most popular and family friendly destinations in the Philippines. This beautiful mountainous region is a little cooler than its coastal counterparts, but that doesn’t mean that it’s one to miss! Dubbed ‘The City of Pines’ for its many green spaces and hillsides teeming with gigantic pine trees, the colourful city of Baguio is also home to such a wide selection of cultural and historical attractions that you’ll never run out of things to do!