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The Philippines and what makes this such an extraordinary destination

The Philippines is an archipelago made up of thousands of islands that are divided into over 80 different provinces

The Philippines, which is made up of a group of islands, is well-known across the world for its exotic and delicious fruit, but mostly for its pristine beaches that span around 36,000 kilometres in total. This group of islands (7,641 islands to be exact) is located in Southeast Asia and was named after King Philip II of Spain. Thousands of families from all over the world visit this beautiful country with their children every year and the tourism industry in this country is blooming.

From its crumbling colonial towns to its chaotic capital – Manila – as well as volcanic vistas and island hopping, the Philippines provides gorgeous scenery, a vibrant culture, and rich history, not to mention plenty of experiences and something for everyone.

In the Philippines, for example, at least 175 languages are spoken by its inhabitants, with at least 171 of them considered 'living' languages. More than 50 million people in the Philippines do speak English, making it the world's fifth-largest English-speaking nation. Furthermore, many people are unaware that the Philippines is also home to the world's longest underground river. The Puerta Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located on the island of Palawan, deep beneath the St Paul's Mountain Range.

It was formed millions of years ago and stretches around 24 kilometres beneath the mountains. Not only is this the world's longest navigable underground river, but also one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You and your family can visit parts of the cave system on group tours to the area, where you will be entering the cave at the point where the river meets the sea.

Many people have formed a 'rural' image of the Philippines in their minds, despite the fact that it is home to three of the world's ten largest shopping malls, namely SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, and SM Megamall. But we are sure you'd like to know why heading to the Philippines for a family holiday is a good idea, and in this post, we are going to tell you exactly why.

As parents who enjoy travelling with our kids, we completely understand the problem of finding places where you can take your children for some fun, so after doing the research on your behalf, we are listing a few kid-friendly attractions in the Philippines that you might want to visit.

IMAGE: The Aquanaut experience at Manila Ocean Park is one of the most thrilling things to do in the area, making it a terrific destination to visit in Manila. Wearing an oxygen-filled space helmet allows you to walk underwater.

Manila Ocean Park

This is the ideal spot for a day of family fun and adventure. Manila Ocean Park is both a world-class marine theme park and a prominent educational centre in the Philippines. It provides opportunities to get up and personal with some stunning tropical fish, as well as frequent aquatic performances, and this will be a fun outing for the whole family.

Spend the day at the Zoo

Most children like interacting with animals, and the Avilon Zoo is one of the best places for them to do so. In terms of the live animal collection, Avilon Zoo, which is located in Rodriguez, Rizal, is currently the country's largest zoological institution. It is home to over 3 000 exotic wildlife species, including freshwater fish, reptiles, birds, amphibians, invertebrates, and mammals. If you want your children to safely interact with some of these animals, they will be permitted to feed them.

IMAGE: If you and your kids want to see some of your favourite cartoon characters and superheroes in person, you should definitely visit Toontown Park in Laguna, which offers life-size statues of popular superheroes like Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and others.

Visit Dinosaur Island in Pampanga

Most children, and some adults, are simply captivated by dinosaurs, and at Dinosaur Island in Pampanga, you can relive the dinosaur age with life-size animatronic dinosaurs that will undoubtedly arouse your inner archaeologist. It is best to contact the establishment before your trip since certain places are closed to the public on particular days, so to avoid disappointment, find out if they will be open and when the ideal times to visit will be.

If you and the kids prefer a safari-style family vacation, you should include Paradizoo and ZooRI (Zoo at Residence Inn) in your Tagaytay tourist attractions agenda. There are many beautiful animals to observe, including lions, poultry, and farm-raised horses, as well as monkeys and other airborne species. There are also reptiles such as iguanas and snakes, as well as different sea species. So, if you're still wondering where to go in Tagaytay and what interesting activities to do in Tagaytay, look no further.

Weather conditions in the Philippines

The weather in the Philippines is something you should never underestimate. As a tropical country, it is extremely hot and humid - and we mean really hot and there are occasional typhoons and tropical storms. The rainy season lasts from June to October and the dry season lasts from about November to May, but because there has been a shift in the recent weather conditions, seasons may vary slightly from previous years. The best thing to do, in the weeks leading up to your trip, is to keep up with Philippine weather updates.

Our final thoughts on holidaying in the Philippines

The Philippines is a wonderful destination for families to travel, discover, and relax while their children are treated like royals by the locals. Islands such as Palawan and Boracay provide elegant family retreats where everyone can participate in island hopping, beach relaxation, and water sports.

IMAGE: The Enchanted Kingdom is located in Santa Rosa, Laguna and while there is no Disneyland in the Philippines, this world-class theme park is the closest you will ever get to it.

Family-friendly sites in Cebu and Manila include the Museo Pambata, a children's museum where children are encouraged to be hands-on while learning and exploring. The Enchanted Kingdom and Manila Ocean Park have a lot to offer, and theme park thrills for all ages are sure to please small adventurers as well.

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