13 Best Places to Visit in the Philippines

There is nothing like a good adventure to get your adrenaline pumping. If you are a soul that seeks thrilling adventures in your life, the Philippines is the place for you. You only live once, right? Then why waste your time being afraid when you could be having the time of your life in the Philippines.

Philippines has hundreds of islands. There is so much to enjoy in each. New couples can enjoy the beauty of the night with the locals. The limestone islands of Chocolate Hills submerge in the waters of the islands. There are also volcanic lakes. Like many historically rich countries, there are many tourist spots to visit in Philippines.

Among them are Huma Island, Coron, El Nido, Kamigan, Batanes, and Cebu at Kamots, Lake Cebu and Seikihor in Palawan. New couples will enjoy the delicious seafood, festivals, scuba diving, kiteboarding, cliff diving, surfing and windsurfing in the dazzling sea setting.

From Manila you can make excursions to nearby places such as the town of Las 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. Tanay Rizal is located on the Luzon island, 60 km east of Manila (3 hours by car depending on traffic).

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.

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!

best places to visit in philippines

To save you some time, here is a list of places to visit on a holiday in Philippines:

1. Tagaytay

Located in Tagaytay, Sky Ranch is one of the biggest amusement parks in the Philippines. The most sought after activity here is the Ferris wheel which dares you to keep your fear of height at bay to have a 360-degree view of the city. And we guarantee, you will want to keep your fear aside for such an experience.

2. Cebu City

Located in the center of Cebu island, is the Cebu City, which after the city of Manila is the most important.

3. Mactan

The best beaches near Cebu are located on Mactan Island. There are many hotels, resorts and chillouts where you can rest a few days sunbathing, snorkeling, learning to dive or doing many other activities that these centers offer.

4. Cebu

The variety of reptiles and birds that live in Cebu Zoo located in the Beverly Hills neighborhood, east of Mandaue City stands out, although there is also room for many mammals from the Philippines and other Asian regions such as the Bohol Tarsier, numerous species of monkeys from the Philippines or the Bengal tiger. One of the most awesome adventures to do in Cebu is canyoneering. In recent years it has become one of the most popular activities to do in Cebu.

Cebu is not only breathtaking but reminds you that there are still romantic islands out there waiting to be found. Pristine beaches, mountains that never end, it's easy to fall for the city after just 24 hours.

5. Banaue

Banaue is a commercial town surrounded by rice terraces. The town itself is ugly but the surroundings are beautiful and there are possibilities for walks. Many vehicles are seen but it seems that everyone goes to the surrounding villages, but none goes to the tourist sites. Start with the view points of the road to Bontoc and walk through the rice fields to Bocos - Banaue.

It is better to ask where the road starts because it is not indicated. There are some houses where to ask on the way. The road starts from the main road Solano - Bontoc, to the south, from the huge Youth Hotel, next to the pool. De Poitan is on the Batad highway. From Banaue, you have to go along the secondary road. From there, a track goes up to Saddle, which is the jeepney stop and there are only a few shops and a viewpoint.

From Saddle, you have to walk to Batad. It is only 1 hour of strong descent. Batad is an isolated village, surrounded by an amphitheater of rice fields. You can only get there by walking. Walk through the amphitheater, several roads, with many stairs. The classic is to go down to a waterfall. Walk to Cambulo (2 hours from the center of Batad, from the view point) and Pula (another 2 hours).
Batanes Islands is the smallest province and is among the top destinations in the Philippines. The capital city, Basco, is north of Apari, Cagayan (the tip of Luzon Island), while it is south of Taiwan. Batanes consists of 10 tiny islands and islets namely Batan, Sabtang, Itbayat, Mavudis, Siayan, Diogo, North Island and Y'ami. Only the first three islands are inhabited.

But the most remarkable aspect of all is the architecture of the houses - the walls made by stones and thick roofs to withstand strong typhoon. The climate of Batanes is calm and windy. There are many things to do in Batanes, swim on the beach, see the fishing villages, churches and lighthouses, and the best of all, Batanes in Philippines is a place to reflect and admire nature.

6. Sagada

From here you can continue to the Bontoc - Banaue road. The road crosses an impressive mountain pass. In Bontoc you have to change from Jeepney to reach Sagada. Next to the market, there is the tourist information office. The most visited are the caves, south of the town, following the road, about 30-45 minutes. The path to enter the Lumiang cave itself is in poor condition and connects with the next cave.

Sumaguing Cave is better with good flashlight and guide. There are bats. Following this road you reach the town of Suyo. To the west of the caves, nice valley with rice fields. Bomod-Ok Falls is to the north. Take the road to Bangaan (5 km).

7. Siargao Island

If you are planning a trip to the Philippines and are confused about which areas to pick for your visit - we've got your back! Siargao - this island is covered with palm trees, local villages and towns. With its lagoons and options to explore nearby islands- it's a great tourist destination.

8. Moalboal

If you are in love with snorkeling or diving, about 90 kilometres south of Cebu is Moalboal and Oslob, two of the best places for diving in the central Visayas. This destination within the island of Cebu will give you magical experiences like swimming among thousands of sardines and turtles, but it is also a perfect base to visit the most famous waterfalls of the archipelago: the Kawasan Falls.

Going from Moalboal to Kawasan Falls by public bus is the cheapest way to go. To take the bus you just have to go to the main street of Moalboal and wait at one of the bus stops to get one that goes through the Kawasan Falls, which are practically all. These waterfalls have turquoise water, which makes them really special and striking.

It's time to enjoy the most photographed turquoise waterfalls in Cebu! As it happens in Legazpi, in Moalboal and Oslob it is possible to carry out the sighting of a fish characteristic of the Philippines, the whale shark. It is also possible to see one of the most particular sharks of the animal kingdom, the thresher shark.

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

10. 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.

11. Dumaguete

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.

12. Tagbilaran City

One can board the ferry from Cebu to Tagbilaran. The journey is 3 hours and 16 minutes. It is better if you board the ferry in the morning.

13. Legazpi City

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 Paniman Beach, in Caramoan, it was the place chosen by several countries to record their version of Survivors in the Philippines, with 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.

If diving and snorkelling take your fancy, explore stunning reefs and marine wildlife at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park or swim with whale sharks or sardines off the coast of Bicol. Heading inland, visit waterfalls and tropical rainforests during a day hike.

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.

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