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Jane AndersonAward-winning travel writer Jane Anderson

The Philippines

Our verdict:

Anywhere that offers hand-made bamboo bicycle tours of its capital’s historic old quarter, treks through rice terraces, island hopping, scuba diving and authentic boutique hotels gets a heart honeymoon emoji in my book. The Philippines is a top choice for adventurous couples looking for a bonding journey of discovery with generous helpings of luxury and without busting the budget.

Recommended tour operator: Fleewinter

Fleewinter says

From the adventurous and mountainous north to the stunning beaches of the south, the Philippines are an inspired honeymoon choice for couples with a sense of discovery. Wherever you travel, a warm, friendly welcome is guaranteed.

  • Island-hopping
  • Culture & beach
  • Great value

Our Philippines specialist, Marbree, knows the islands inside out and will create the perfect itinerary to suit you. She says: “The Philippines are different from the rest of SE Asia, a great choice if you’ve been backpacking in Thailand or Vietnam, for example, and now want a honeymoon in a part of Asia that’s equally inviting and yet culturally unique.”

The ultimate trip is our Grand Tour, a private journey where you can trek to ancient rice terraces, explore caves, cross a lake, walk up one of the world’s smallest volcanoes and meet the traditional weavers and tribes in the high Cordillera mountains.

If the ocean is calling, the diving is some of the best in the world for both novices and experienced divers. In the Visayas island group, especially, the snorkelling is spectacular – you can swim with turtles in the marine reserve at Apo Island and look for dolphins off the coast of Bohol.

We have unearthed some magical boutique hotels throughout the Visayas – and elsewhere in the Philippines. Check out Pangalusian Island, Amorita Resort and Busuanga Bay Lodge.

Palawan is home to El Nido and Coron, where limestone cliffs rise out of crystal-clear aquamarine water. Repeatedly voted the most beautiful island in the world, it’s a great place to spend a few days. Highlights of Palawan is a gem of a honeymoon.

If you’re looking for a luxury experience, our multi-island odyssey is hard to beat with superb hotels and seamless travel all the way. Go further from the beaten track on our island-hopping Secluded Islands honeymoon or delve in to Filipino culture on our Artistry & Mysticism trip.

If you can’t decide between activity and down time on the beach, we’ve got the answer with this Cordillera & Palawan private tour – explore Intramuros on a hand-made bamboo bicycle, trek through rice terraces, ancient villages and beautiful mountains and chill out on the beaches of El Nido.

Travelling on a budget? Places such as Dauin and Bohol offer great value with high season rooms for around £100 per night.

Discover our full range of honeymoons in the Philippines and find out more about when to go.

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