Travel to The Philippines, it’s open for business for feasting, diving and walking

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Travel to The Philippines, it’s open for business for feasting, diving and walking

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Travel to The Philippines, it’s open for business for feasting, diving and walking

After the typhoon

Having endured November’s Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, Filipinos are now asking tourists to return as a way of assisting the country’s recovery. Peak season kicks off this month, so where can visitors safely go? Still off-limits are Samar and Leyte but large parts of popular tourism destinations such as Luzon, Boracay, Palawan and Cebu are open for business. John Oates, contributor to The Rough Guide To The Philippines, knows where he’d go. ‘The isolated province of Batanes, 100km north of the Luzon mainland, has magnificently rugged scenery,’ he says. ‘It’s often hit by typhoons but was spared the worst this time.’
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Feast on Cebu

There is some damage in northern Cebu but the centre of the island, Mactan and the south are fine. Travelling gastronomes will find themselves well-served here as the island’s cuisine is a fusion of Malay, Chinese, Spanish and Polynesian flavours. Local travel firm Islands Banca Cruises can organise a boat trip to take you across the clear blue waters to a tiny strip of white sand for a picnic in style. The tastiest alfresco feast includes classic Cebuano food such as lechon baboy (spit-roasted pig), longganisa (similar to chorizo) and otap (coconut cookies). San Miguel has a factory on the island, too, so you won’t go thirsty.
Tailored island trips cost around £90. http://www.islandsbanca.com

Private wildlife adventure

The Philippines is a biodiversity hot spot. Twitchers can fulfil their birdwatching fantasies at the Olango Wildlife Sanctuary and Rajah Sikatuna Park, while aquanauts tend to head over to Donsol to dive with whale sharks. For 2014, Bamboo Travel is offering an epic 22-day wildlife tour. As well as birdwatching and whale-spotting, the tour also takes in the world’s smallest volcano at Taal and the surreal ‘chocolate hills’ of Bohol. The tour ends at Palawan with time to explore the mountains, subterranean rivers and coral reefs, as well as the El Nido archipelago.
Private tours cost from £4,995 per person, including international flights, accommodation and tour services. http://www.bambootravel.co.uk


Walkie talkie
Carlos Celdran is a man on a mission to show another side of his home city, Manila, by offering walking tours through what is the world’s most densely populated metropolis. His ‘classic tours’ take around three hours and focus on the historical districts of old Manila. Celdran leads guests through the local art scene, architecture, culture and international geopolitics – all with plenty of good humour. What he doesn’t know about Filipino history isn’t worth knowing. Celdran has exhibited his own art in Manila and New York, worked for the Heritage Conservation Society and has been featured on various radio and TV shows worldwide. His lively personality has turned him into a minor celebrity and he now has well over 200,000 followers on Twitter (@carlosceldran).
Tours from £15. http://www.carlosceldran.com

Dive in

The Philippines – rich with twinkling waters, shipwrecks, sharks, schools of tuna and eagle rays – can justifiably be called the dive capital of Asia. Boracay is one of the top spots for novice divers and snorkellers as it has calm waters and easy access to dive sites. More experienced divers should head to Yapak, where whitetip reef sharks cruise between colourful corals. Padre Burgos is also a top dive site, with deep wall dives, offshore snorkelling and local initiatives to stop dynamite fishing. Lastly, Palawan is a must-visit with Japanese shipwrecks from World War II and the Apo Reef Natural Park, where sharks, tuna, barracudas, mackerel and mantas can be spotted.

The Rocksteady Dive Centre offers two dives a day at Coron, Palawan from around £35. http://www.rocksteadydivecenter.de

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