Spring is here, and avid travelers are launching into planning mode, preparing to book their long-awaited summer getaways. The choices of where to go can be daunting since the summer months are some of the best to visit many countries. Add the Philippines to your shortlist and consider these reasons why the time is right to book a flight there ASAP.

10 Tourism Just Reopened

The top reason to book a flight to the Philippines ASAP is that the country has recently reopened to international tourists after two years of COVID-19 travel restrictions. Currently, the country doesn’t require vaccinated travelers to quarantine on arrival. However, unvaccinated travelers must stay in a quarantined hotel when they first enter the country. As the Philippines welcomes foreign travelers back, the country is hopeful about what the influx of tourism will do for its economy.

9 The Perfect Destination For Island Hopping

The Philippines is an archipelago, made up of 7107 islands. Travelers looking for the perfect place to go island hopping this summer can skip the crowded beaches in Greece and head to the Philippines for a slice of paradise instead.

Some of the most popular islands for travelers are Palawan, Boracay, Siargao, Cebu, and Bohol. Since these are the most visited by foreigners, they also have the most tourism infrastructure in place, making them more convenient to travel.

8 Incredible Food Scene

Filipino cuisine doesn’t get enough credit and one trip to the Philippines is certain to guarantee it becomes one of your favorite countries for food in the world. Kinilaw, Sinigang, and chicken adobo are some of the most well-known and popular foods in the country.

Besides traditional dishes, there are plenty of restaurants and food spots catering to travelers in places General Luna and Coron. Acai bowls are one food item that travelers can easily find in the most visited areas, and they’re the ideal choice for breakfast on a hot morning.

Related: Foodie In The Philippines: Best Places For Good Eats

7 Stunning Waterfalls

Like many Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines is renowned for its epic waterfalls. Perhaps the most famous in the country is Kawasan Falls, a trio of cascading waterfalls on the island of Cebu.

The three levels of waterfalls at Kawasan Falls offer an adventurous experience for travelers who visit each level and swim in the pools at the bottom. Kawasan Falls is prevalent on social media for its stunning turquoise waters.

6 White Sand Beaches

Travelers seeking a good beach destination should look no further than the Philippines this summer. The white sand beaches of Boracay are virtually unmatched and offer visitors a relaxing place to enjoy the sun and soak in the vibrant blue waters.

The beaches of El Nido are similarly white and sandy, but jagged limestone cliffs rising from the crystalline turquoise waters surround this spot. It’s a unique setting for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or hanging out in the sun.

5 Unbelievably Blue Waters

The Philippines might have the bluest waters in the world. There’s no denying it’s a breathtaking chain of islands surrounded by idyllic snorkeling and swimming spots. Travelers can swim with whale sharks in Oslob which is at the tip of the island of Cebu. This is a reliable spot to see the whale sharks year-round, so it does attract a bit of a crowd, but it’s worth it for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

4 Unique Landscapes

Many people think of the beaches and blue waters when they picture the Philippines, but one of the best parts of traveling here is the incredibly varied and unique landscapes. On the island of Bohol, visitors can see the chocolate hills, a geological formation of hills that are covered in grass. When the grass turns brown in the dry season (February-May) the hills look like lumps of chocolate rising from the earth. The Batad Rice Terraces offer another opportunity to explore a unique landscape on Luzon Island, approximately 350 km from Manila.

3 There’s an Active Volcano

If adventure is your cup of tea, head to the Philippines. The country has an active volcano called Mayon Volcano on Luzon Island. The volcano has earned a reputation as being the most symmetrical in the world because of its perfect cone shape of the mountain.

Travelers who are looking for a challenge can trek Mayon Volcano with a guide. For a more tame experience, rent a 4x4 ATV and explore the base of the volcano instead.

2 A Travel Style For Every Budget

Travelers should flock to the Philippines this summer because there really is an experience there to fit every type of budget. Backpackers living on $50 per day can stay in dorm rooms at hostels and eat street food for a low price. Mid-range travelers can find a boutique hotel or Airbnb and enjoy local restaurants without breaking the bank, but with more comfort than a backpacker.

Those looking for a luxury travel experience, like a honeymoon, can find that on many of the islands in the Philippines as well. Boracay in particular is known for its upscale resorts and romantic getaway options.

Related: Most Budget-Friendly Places To Visit In The Philippines

1 It’s More Fun In The Philippines

The official slogan of the country’s tourism board is “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” but travelers will have to visit to see what an exciting destination it is. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, the beaches are pristine, and the blue waters are inviting year-round. When planning a summer holiday this year, it’s a destination that should rank high on the list of considerations.