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Aerial view of the stunning coconut trees in Siargao Island, Philippines | Philippines travel guide

Aerial view of the coconut trees in Siargao, Philippines

Welcome to this Philippines travel guide!

From Philippines packing essentials to must-see destinations and insider tips, this comprehensive guide can help you get inspired – from the best islands in the Philippines to where to explore near Manila.

I’m Mel – and as a British-Filipina travel creator and blogger, I’m excited to share everything I know about the Philippines to help you make the most of your trip to this beautiful archipelago!

I’ve explored various corners of this beautiful archipelago and compiled this Philippines resource to help you navigate it as an independent traveller – and possibly as a first-timer to the country too.

So let’s dive into the best experiences in the Philippines by location and topic, complete with hyperlinks to in-depth guides and tips.

Ultimate Philippines Travel Guide: Travel Resources for your Philippines Adventure

Spotted in Siargao: waving from a kayak as kids swing from the palm trees into the Maasin River

Philippines Travel Guides

Essential Philippines Travel Guide: Resources for First-Timers & Visitors

Traveling to and Within the Philippines

Expat Life & Costs of Living in the Philippines

Browsing a fruit stall with bananas and mangos at a Palengke (public market) in the Philippines Ultimate Philippines Travel Guide: Travel Resources for your Philippines Adventure

Browsing a fruit stall with bananas and mangos at a Palengke (public market) in Tagaytay, Cavite in Luzon

Essential Philippines Travel Guides: Cities, Islands & Regions

Luzon Travel Guides

Manila

Baler, Aurora

Scuba Diving in Boracay's White Beach

Scuba Diving in Boracay’s White Beach

Mindanao Travel Guides

Siargao

Visayas Travel Guides

Boracay

Islas de Gigantes

Palawan Travel Guides

El Nido

Sunset swim in Anilao, Batangas - Ultimate Philippines Travel Guide: Travel Resources for your Philippines Adventure

Sunset swim in Anilao, Batangas

Philippines Travel Diaries

For those who’ve been bitten by wanderlust, who love adventure, or who want to experience one of the warmest cultures in the world – look no further than the Philippines.

I’ve lived in the Philippines, travelled across the islands, surfed and dived, and I kept a written record of all these amazing adventures right here on this blog – so have a read and get inspired for your next trip!

(Heads up: I’ve had this blog since I was 21, so some entries might be cringey… haha, enjoy!)

boat in Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Bamboo bangka in Coron, Palawan, Philippines

Philippines Travel Guide: Video Guides & Travel Tips

Prefer to see rather than read? I’ve got you!

Check out some of my most popular Philippines videos below.

Whether you’re planning your first trip to the Philippines or looking to explore deeper into its islands, this guide offers a wealth of information to help you make the most of your journey.

Dive into the detailed posts linked above for everything you need to know about traveling in the Philippines. Happy travels!

Mel Legarda

Melissa Legarda is the founder of illumelation. She has worked as a travel blogger, creator and writer since 2015, and has collaborated with well-known brands worldwide. She has helped over 1,100+ students improve their travel photography skills since launching her creative courses. Her mission is to encourage and empower others to travel and create more. Find her on Instagram.