Lying on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean is the Philippine island archipelago, which consists of about 7,100 islands and islets (of which only 2,337 are named). Luzon in the north and Mindanao in the south are the two biggest islands. Between them they account for 65% of the land area and 60% of the population, and the capital Manila is on Luzon.
The Philippines have a rich colonial history, exquisite natural beauty and lots of recreational opportunities. The islands are justly renowned known for their pristine sandy beaches, volcanoes, dramatic coastlines, coral reefs, thick forests and ancient rice terraces.
The clear water and abundant sea-life make it a paradise for diving enthusiasts. In addition to the scenery, a trip to the Philippines is made more memorable by the fun-living Filipinos, whose hospitality is legendary.