Out of 57 countries that Chantelle Flores, international photographer and travel journalist, has ventured to, the Philippines ranks as her number one - And rightfully so.
Not only is it more affordable than its island counterparts of Bali, Mauritius and even some parts of the overcrowded Thailand, it is a country that boasts the world’s most instagrammable locations and one of the world’s largest island groups.
Nothing defines the Philippines more than its postcard perfect white powdery beaches, turquoise waters and stunning coral reefs. Heaven on earth could in fact be on one of these incredible islands.
With more than 7641 islands, each with unique personalities and offerings, it’s the perfect destination to kick back and relax amidst nature's most serene landscapes.
Look past the dream beaches and outstanding diving of Palawan, Boracay and Cebu and you will find a land of lakes, lush green rice fields, underground rivers and caves that hold world heritage status and fashionable cities.
You can come up close and personal with the smallest primate - the Tarsier in Bohol. The chocolate hills here will probably be one of the weirdest places that you will ever see. Give your GoPro a run for its money while swimming with whale sharks in Cebu or turtles at Apo Island.
It's more fun in the Philippines
It’s no surprise why this country's official tourism tagline is - “It’s more fun in the Philippines”. Nor is it strange to see a Filipino constantly breaking down in a fit of laughter. Their simple lifestyles just makes them happy. Their friendliness and hospitality is incomparable to anywhere else in the world.
The people are Roman Catholic, travel around in colourful Jeepneys and are seriously beautiful - Miss Congeniality beautiful. Karaoke here is basically a national sport with Ed Sheeran and Spice Girls on top of their sing list.
They have an incredible sense of humour too. You can see this just by taking a flight with Cebu Pacific. They have entertaining games and quizzes while you’re mid-air that make for the most interesting flight ever.
There is an abundance of festivals all year around with colourful parades, detailed costumes and street parties will only certainly hype up your mood.
Now, get your hands on a cocktail, sit back and admire the country's most famed islands through this photo gallery that's going to entice you to venture here on your next vacation.
First Published on THE SOUTH AFRICAN.
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