Comprised of more than 7,100 islands, the Philippines is blessed with beautiful beaches, breathtaking sceneries and marvellous natural landscapes. The country is also rich in historical and cultural treasures that visitors, either locals or tourists, should see and experience firsthand. These 12 travel destinations are some of the coolest places to visit in the Philippines:
12. Boracay Island
Famous for its white sand beaches, Boracay Island is perhaps the most popular beach in the country. The island is known for vibrant night parties, beautiful sunset, pristine waters and adrenaline-pumped adventures such as cliff diving and motor biking. Tourists can explore beautiful lagoons, volcanic caves and hidden coves in Boracay.
11. Camiguin Island
Witty locals tagged Camiguin Island with the slogan “Come Again in Camiguin.” Holidaymakers will surely visit Camiguin Island over and over again. The island is well-known for its natural attractions. To name a few, there are must-see white sandbars, springs and waterfalls. The sunken cemetery is also a must-visit landmark. Every October, tourists flock around the capital for the celebrated Lanzones Festival.
10. Subterranean River National Park
Puerto Princesa’s Underground River is the longest traversable underground river in the world. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and among the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Inside, there are beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, impressive rock formations, underground waterfalls and river channels.
9. Langun Gobingob Caves
Samar is regarded as the “caving capital of the Philippines.” For spelunkers out there, come visit the country’s largest caving system. Langun-Gobingob Caves have a chamber so big that at least three football fields can be contained in it.
8. Baguio City
If you want to experience the colder side of the country, go and see Baguio City. Dubbed as the “summer capital of the Philippines”, the city is frequently visited mostly by the locals because of its cool climate. There are also parks, landmarks and family activities that people of all ages can enjoy. Among the top itineraries of tourists are strawberry picking at a strawberry farm and “picture-taking” with the Igorots.
7. Vigan City
Take a walk at the famous Crisologo Street and marvel at Spanish colonial period houses that dates back as early as the 16th Century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur is also famous for its Ilocos Empanada and Vigan Longganisa.
6. Banaue Rice Terraces
The Banaue Rice Terraces is a living proof of how hardworking the ancient tribes of Ifugao are. This landmark is considered as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and a natural treasure that Filipinos are proud of.
5. Donsol, Sorsogon
Aside from virgin islands and stunning waterfalls, Donsol is home to whale sharks or “butanding” in the local dialect. Tourists can swim along with the whale sharks, cruise the Donsol River or go firefly watching under the starry skies. Due to influx of tourists, hotels and beach resorts are being developed in the area. Employers of Filipino staffs such as ACM Group, are among those who are invested in the area.
4. Guimaras Island
Guimaras is renowned for its white sand beaches. From Iloilo, foreign and local tourists will enjoy a 15-minute boat ride to the island. There, they can opt for land tours and visit the popular landmarks in the island. Tourists cal also go island hopping, snorkelling, feed some fish, and of course, taste the world’s famous mangoes. Yum!
The province offers so much nature tripping and fun activities to its visitors. Go and see the beautiful Chocolate Hills and wade in hidden white sand beaches. Do not forget to pay a visit to the tarsiers and the butterfly sanctuary.
Cagayan is situated at the northern part of the country. The province was the location of the U.S. and French versions of Survivor because of its untouched island beaches. The far-flung Palaui Island is the favourite place of soul searchers in Cagayan. It houses various marine species and a 50-kilometre coral reef. Probably the best part of your Palaui experience is having a dip in the Philippine Sea.
Like Cagayan, Batanes is at the northernmost part of the Philippines. The province is the perfect example of a travel destination that has majestic sceneries, romantic sunset, rich culture and tradition, picturesque coasts and amazing people.