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but it makes a big impact thanks to the
waterfalls, lagoons, natural hot and cold
springs and even an eerie sunken cemetery
that slipped into the sea after the 1871
earthquake and is now a draw for morbidly
Mamajao is the capital, but it would be a
crime to miss the northern beaches, where
you can nd some of the most stylish digs on
the island, such as Somewhere Else Boutique
Resort on Agoho Beach - modern, open-plan
beachfront villas with outdoor showers and
Throw in the more energetic attractions of
jungle trekking and volcano climbing (often
referred to as being 'born of re', Camiguin
is a volcanic island that's peppered with
striking steep cones and craters), this comes
something close to paradise.
Be warned: island hopping here gets
seriously addictive. It would take almost 20
years to spend a day on every island in the
Philippines, and in this beautiful, underrated
country, you'll never run out of paradises.
Emirates flies from
London Gatwick to Manila
Ninoy Aquino three times
a day, from £835 return.
Flight time from 18 hours.
Hayes and Jarvis offers a
seven-night trip to Manila,
Bohol and Palawan from
£1,899pp, including B«B,
tours, internal flights
and transfers, and flights
from London Heathrow.
Manilla and Cebu
are the entry points. Cebu
Pacific is the local budget
carrier. Return fares come
in under £100.
WHEN TO GO
It's hot and dry
between March and May
and cools down November
to February. In between
is the rainy season. Some
areas are hit by typhoons
July to September, while
others (such as Cebu) are
a safe bet year-round.
WHERE TO STAY
Resort, Taytay, Palawan.
Beach cottages from
£72pp including breakfast.
sleeping four from £50.
Manila Hotel, Manila.
Double B«B from £99.
Nobu, Manila. Doubles
from £145 including
SomeWhere Else Boutique
Resort, Camiguin. From £52
per villa including breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT
El Nido Boutique
FIND OUT MORE
Clockwise, from far left: San Agustin church in Intramuros; Manila at night; a typically picturesque
Palawan beach; market vendors in Cebu; boat tours at the stunning Subterranean River National Park