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Manila, capital of the Philippines, is on the Luzon island in Manila Bay, in the South China Sea. Pasig River flows through the city. Metro Manila is the metropolitan area with the most population in the Philippines, placing in the tenth position in the world ranking.

Tanay Rizal is located on the Luzon island, 60 km east of Manila (3 hours by car depending on traffic). From Manila you can make excursions to nearby places such as the town of Piñas, the Corregidor island or visit the Taal volcano in Luzon, where you can also find the deepest lake in the Philippines and taste the marang fruit.

Anilao is one of the favorite destinations for underwater photographers from around the world who travel to meet the best macro shots.

Other tourist destinations in Luzon are Ifugao, with the Legazpi, on the west coast of the Philippines, or Puerto Galera, diving and resting destination located on the neighboring island of Mindoro or La Union, Kalanggaman Island, Bulacan, Sipalay beaches, Anawangin Cove, Palawan, Tukon, Puerto Princesa, Bantayan island, Vigan, Pangasinan, Pagudpud, Fortune Island in Nasugbu, burot beach, beach resort at Calatagan, Laiya, Masasa beach, Zambales beach, Verde island and Siargao.

In its gastronomy it is remarkable the great variety of fruits and also the Philippino food. The street food of Philippines cuisine is a great mix of Spanish, Malay, Chinese, Japanese and American food so do not miss trying its culinary riches.

Boracay is another option with its white beaches, resorts, restaurants and bars. Bulabog, Mount Luho, Palawan, El Nido - oh, it never ends. An option for every kind of traveller!

things to do in Manila

1. Intramuros


One of the tourist enclaves of the capital is Intramuros, a popular walled and restored area, which clearly combines this fusion of the classic and the modern.

2. Makati


Within Metro Manila, Makati stands out.

3. Pasay


Also Pasay City, bordering Makati City, is another of the cities that make up Metro Manila, and it should be noted for its convenience given its proximity to the International Airport of the capital.

4. Batangas


Batangas is famous for its white sand beaches, marine life and flora. Walk through the towns of Calayo in Nasugbu, Mabini, Lipa City and the city of Batangas.

5. Caramoan


Surely you know the Survivors program and someday seeing it from the sofa of the house you have thought "I would like to be there". If so, Caramoan should be your next destination. The islands where they record the famous program are in Camarines Sur. On the islands off Panima Beach, in Caramoan, it was the place chosen by several countries to record their version of Survivors in the Philippines, on the beautiful island of Matukad Island as a base camp.

From Manila Air Asia and Cebu Pacific offer cheap flights to Naga. Once in Naga, take bus to SM City Naga to take a van from there to San José Port. In San José Port, take public boat to Guijalo Port, Caramoan. From this point you will have to take a trycicle to the town or resort where you will spend the night. Filipino tourists, speak wonders of the Bicol region, in the southeast of Luzon.

In the Philippine Islands it is possible to spend the night on a desert island with just a tent in different parts of the country, which is excellent news for backpackers. In Camaroan, it can be done in the set of islands in front of Panima beach. Matukad Island, besides being a beautiful island, is the place chosen by different countries, like USA, Holland, France or Israel, to record the version of Survivors in the Philippines.

Matukad hides a secret lagoon, and if you want to visit you have to make a small climb (literally), since it is between several rock walls. It is not a problem if you are careful. It turns out that they recommend not to bathe or go down to the lagoon because its bottom is sand and mud, and it is dangerous according to the guides.

From above in the rocks, however, you can enjoy it, observing the giant fish that live inside, and even other animals that sneak when the sea is rough.

6. Bais


Imagine a bar that you can reach by sailing if the tide is high, or walking on the sand if the sea retires. But in both cases we speak of a unique natural space that at high tide resembles a gigantic natural pool, where the crystalline water will reach us little more than the waist for hundreds of meters. It's called Manjuyod White Sandbar and it's one of the most original bars in Southeast Asia in the Philippines.

The safe way to get to the bar is on a boat from the south bay of Bais, from where the excursions depart. For its part, Bais is a Filipino city in the province of Negros Oriental. Although the city does not have much, the surroundings have many interesting places to go like the twin lagoons, the Casaroro and Niludhan Falls, the Baslay hot spring.

You can trek in the Cuernos de Negros natural park or go on a boat trip by the Tanjay mangroves.

7. Apo Island


You can visit the Apo island famous for scuba diving, or see the 7 km of white sand beach in Manjuyod. The marine sanctuaries for snorkeling in Dauin offers a wide range of possibilities for all tastes.

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