Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Costa Cruises and Celebrity Cruises are just some of the lines that regularly sail to the Philippines. Non-traditional destinations that are starting to gain international cruise attention include Kalanggaman Island off Palompon in Leyte, Hundred Islands in Pangasinan, Santa Ana in Cagayan and Coron Island in Northern Palawan. In Manila, one of the top attractions is Rizal Park, 60 hectares of gardens and woods, dotted with monuments, including the famous Rizal Monument, a symbol of Filipino nationhood. On Boracay Island, Bulabog Beach is a popular spot to enjoy the sun, with waves ideal for both swimming and surfing. The island is also good for shopping for handmade jewellery, trying local food fused with international flavours or scuba diving at one of 25 dive sites.
PLACES TO STAY
For true aqua lovers, Manila has an ocean-themed hotel within walking distance of the cruise port. The four-star Hotel H2O is the only marine-themed resort hotel in the Philippines and features rooms with signature aquarium walls. More affordable locations close to the port include the Bayview Park Hotel, City Garden Suites Manila and Waterfront Manila Pavilion Hotel & Casino.