With over 7,000 tropical islands, the Philippines is the second largest archipelago on earth, behind neighbor Indonesia. Situated far from other popular Southeast Asia destinations it is somewhat off the beaten track. Not that the Philippines lacks great attractions. Palm fringed beaches, some of the best diving and snorkeling in Asia, stunning Volcanoes and the strange wonders of Chocolate Hills and the Banaue Rice Terraces. The largest Catholic country in Asia, the Philippines is also a country of different cultures, a mix of hundred ethnic groups and foreign influences offering a unique and amazing travel destination.