Philippines

Home to spectacular beaches and the world's most dangerous volcano

What & Where?
Philippines is an island nation comprising 7,107 islands on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean. Most of these mountainous islands are volcanic in origin and there are still many active volcanoes in the country such as such as Mayon Volcano, Mount Pinatubo, and Taal Volcano.

Why?
This lush, tropical country has a plethora of fascinating landscapes to offer. Active volcanoes, spectacular beaches, coral waters and rainforests make it an enticing destination. The sugary white beach on Boracay Island with its azure blue water, is often described as the most beautiful tropical beach on the planet.

The Banaue Rice Terraces was inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1995 for its beauty which showcases harmony between mankind and nature. They were carved from the high cordilleras over 2,000 years ago and have been following the contours of these mountains ever since.

The Chocolate Hills in Bohol are made of 1,268 cone shaped hills of the same size, which are covered with green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name.

The country sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity. About 20 earthquakes are registered daily in the Philippines though most are too weak to be felt. Mayon Volcano is the most active volcano of the country and is considered the most dangerous of the planet. Taal Volcano is the smallest in the world.

Philippines is also a refuge for several rare species of flora and fauna. It is home to the largest eagle in the world: the Philippine Eagle, and the smallest mammal in existence: the Philippine Tarsier.

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