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Which destination made the biggest waves in 2016?

Easyvoyage logo Easyvoyage 15-12-2016 Francesca Long

It's been a year like any other in the travel industry, with new destinations popping up left, right and center to entice us into buying flights to far-flung places. But the real winner of 2016 has sprung from relative obscurity into international acclaim in what feels like less than 12 months.

Whale sharks in Cebu: In Cebu you're almost guaranteed to see whale sharks all year round, and many claim that tour operators feed them to keep them in the area. Whilst the experience may be artificial, being in the water with these creatures is nothing short of breathtaking. Which destination made the biggest waves in 2016?

Stepping up to take on well established rivals such as Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, the new star of Southeast Asia is the Philippines. Bringing world-class islands, stunning colonial cities, and enchanted rivers, this nation aimed to double its visitor numbers from 2015 to 2016 and it's on course to do even better than that.

The secret to the Philippines' overnight success lies ultimately in its diversity. There's something for everyone on these fascinating islands, whether you're looking for the world's finest sand beaches, winding colonial streets to wander or adventurous underground rivers to explore.

Despite great investment in tourist infrastructure in recent years, a trip to the Philippines still requires a fair bit of advance planning. Neglecting to find out when the country's varying monsoon seasons arrive could result in a soggy stay, but between the country's four different climate zones it's relatively easy to find some sun all year round.

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