With over 7000 islands, the Philippines holds some hidden gems that are well worth the visit. The country is divided into three distinct regions – Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao – and each region boasting beautiful attractions and tourist destinations that should be on every visitor’s must-visit list. Below are the top 8 destinations in the Philippines you shouldn’t miss.
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Tubbataha Reef, Palawan
Right in the center of the Sulu Sea, off the shore of Palawan sits a marine sanctuary like no other. The Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park is any scuba diver’s dream destination. The reef is made up of two atolls – North and South Atoll – only separated by a 5-mile deep channel. It is a popular dive site because of its coral walls where the shallow reef gives way to deeper waters. The months of April and June are the best times to visit the marine park when the waves are most calm.
Mayon Volcano, Albay
The Mayon Volcano is heralded worldwide as having a perfectly symmetrical cone. The volcano is among the actives that dot the country and will often be off-limits to visitors in times of significant volcanic activity. When the volcano is relatively quiet, visitors and adventurers can go camping, hiking, climbing, bird-watching, and take scenic photographs around the mountain.
Puerto Galera, Mindoro
South of Manila sits the coastal town of Puerto Galera. It is a favorite weekend getaway for both tourists and Manila residents who bring their big trucks with drop hitch. It is well-known for its pristine white beaches and excellent diving spots boasting diverse marine life. Two of the most popular beaches are Sabang Beach and White Beach which offer local shopping, nightlife, dining, as well as resort and hotel accommodation.
Puerto Princesa Underground River, Palawan
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is a protected national park up on the northern coast of the island of Palawan. Because of its relative proximity to the island’s biggest city, the cave and river system is easy to get to compared to the other attractions of Palawan. The cave system is the world’s longest navigable subterranean river. Visitors can go on boat tours to look at intricate rock formations with occasional bats fluttering around.
Chocolate Hills, Bohol
A quick trip to the Central Visayas region and we find ourselves on the island of Bohol where the world-famous Chocolate Hills are located. These unusual geological formations consist of approximately 1200 individual hills scattered throughout the island of Bohol. The hills are almost perfectly symmetrical and uniform in size which makes them all the more intriguing to look at. During the summer months, the grass covering these hills turns brown hence the nickname.
A trip to the Philippines wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the country’s most popular beach, Boracay. It might be a small island but its beaches are world-renown along with other features. This resort town offers a lot of water activities such as cliff diving, jet ski, snorkeling, kit surfing, scuba diving, and parasailing. Other activities you can do also include motorbiking, boat tours, horse riding, and many more.
Cebu City, Cebu
The City of Cebu is an excellent jump-off point for discovering all the beautiful spots around the island. It is part of UNESCO’s Network of Creative Cities. The island attracts over 2 million foreign guests every year. Besides its beautiful beaches and waters teeming with marine life, Cebu is also a gateway to other tourist destinations like Bantayan Islands up north, the town of Moalboal in the south, and Camotes Island.
Malapascua Island, Cebu
Located north of the island of Cebu is the virginal island of Malapascua. This small island made up of fishing villages is a popular diving destination. Of note, it is one of the very few diving spots where it’s possible to see thresher sharks regularly. Other marine species living in the waters of Malapascua include hammerhead sharks and manta rays. For beach lovers, the island boasts stretches of pristine white beaches and crystal clear waters.
Banawe Rice Terraces, Ifugao
Built by strong Filipino hands over 2000 years ago, the rice paddies of Banawe are carved into the mountainsides of Banawe. It is one of the most breathtaking sights the country has to offer and a truly worthy visit. Getting to the destination is an adventure in itself with some visitors riding colorful jeepneys cruising along the winding roads of the region. The view of the walled rice terraces will leave anyone in awe. The local people of the area, Ifugao, are known to be skilled in farming and wood carving. They’ve developed quite a distinct culture. The rice terraces of Banawe are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Siargao Islands, Surigao Del Norte
The island of Siargao is known as the surfing capital of the Philippines and attracts beach-lovers and surfers alike. What was once a sleeping fishing island has blossomed into one of the country’s top tourist destinations. Those who want to experience living the island life will enjoy spending a holiday in Siargao.
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