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Philippines holidays offer untouched beaches, interesting historical sites and some of the best bargain luxury shopping in the world. Whether you're relaxing on the white sands of Boracay, checking out the historic sites in Cebu City or shopping for Chanel in Manilla, Philippines tours are bound to delight.

A perfect honeymoon destination, Boracay is a small island south of Manila. Regarded by many as one of the most picturesque islands in the world, Boracay's pristine white beaches open onto a wide expanse of calm azure sea at its main stretch of sand, White Beach. Dotted with high quality hotels, bars and restaurants, White Beach epitomises the best of what a relaxing tropical holiday is all about.

Settle back with a cocktail at one of the resort banana chairs, get a massage on the beach and polish it all off with a romantic candle-lit meal on the beachfront as the waves lap gently at your feet. Scuba diving is also must in Boracay.

The marine life is active and vibrant and there are many accredited diving courses to choose from. The sunset over the water is a truly spectacular sight to behold, whether you're dining on the beach or taking a sunset sail as the sun dips below the calm blue waters on the horizon.

For a change of pace, spend some time in Cebu – resplendent with charming churches and shrines, packed with beachside walks and small islands and the many rustic churches which dominate the Cebu city skyline. Saint Nino Basilica, complete with an ornate ceiling fresco, dates back to the early Spanish colonial era and features the original Magellan's Cross.

From the charms of Cebu to the metropolis of Manila

The Taoist Temple and Simala Shrine are similarly impressive. Cebu is one of the most developed regions in the Philippines and is a hub for industry and tourism. If you're looking to escape this hustle and bustle, take the short two-hour journey down to Kawasan Falls, where you can catch a raft underneath the water fall and swim in the refreshing waters.

Manila's bustling shopping district is packed with mega-malls offering bargain prices on luxury brands. Home to three of the world's largest shopping centres, the sheer volume of choice can astound even the most hardened shopper.

Manila's swanky Makita houses the Glorietta and Greenbelt shopping centres which offer top brands at low prices, as well as trendy high street fashions. For those looking for an authentic flea market experience, Divisoria and 168 are the places to go, while the renowned SM Malls are likewise a shopaholic's dream.

Catch a flight to the Philippines to grab a bargain and enjoy some of Southeast Asia's most scenic natural beauty.