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

1. El Nido

Being in the ocean is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in your life. The life beneath the surface is as beautiful as the life on the surface and maybe even more so. Choosing to scuba dive at night here may get you to see some very rare species such as seahorses and shrimps. This is the perfect place for a thrill-filled day.

2. 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.

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3. Panglao Island

When in Bohol, ensure Panglao Island is first on your list of places to see. This beautiful and serene island is known for its rich coral reefs, incredible diving spots, and the white sand beaches in the Philippines. If you are looking to spend a lazy holiday just by the beach side then Panglao island should your idle vacation spot.

Hinagdanan Cave is another place that you mustn't miss, you can literally take a dip in water and look at the beautiful cave structure. Don’t be surprised if bats come to say hi to you. There are plenty of places to go and try out adventure sports or activities; Rivers, waterfalls, and just about anything fun.

Popular for cliff jumping and swimming, Hinagdanan Caves is the perfect destination for the daredevil in you. The place will not only satisfy the adventurous streak in you but also provide you with some stunning views. This is one of the places that you just can’t miss when in the Philippines.

4. Cebu

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

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.

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5. Bohol

All of us have definitely seen at least one movie with a beautiful, strong yet weak looking bamboo bridge. The bridge which is strong enough for a truck but will still make you question it. Keep your fears aside and cross the bridge to the other side. It is located in Bohol, Philippines and is a must during your visit.

Bohol has impeccable hospitality. If you wish to stay in budget-friendly places, then you can consider Moon fools hostel, Fox and the firefly cottages, and Bohol coco farm. If you are willing to spend a little more and want to stay indoors most of the time, go for a hotel with indoor pool like the Metrocentre hotel, Belian hotel, and 717 Cesar place hotel.

And for those who prefer having a luxurious stay then you need to check out The Bellevue Resort and Bohol beach club and more.

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. People usually fly from Manila to Bohol. The flight duration is of 1 hour 10 minutes. However, if you wish to travel to the Philippines by road the route is long and strenuous and can last 24 hours.

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6. Chocolate Hills

Bohol is famous for its chocolate hills, named after its look in the dry seasons. However, during the rainy season the hills are lush green and are a sight to watch. The entire mountain expanse is a visual delight and is indeed soothing to the eyes. Do take the road through the man-made forest.

How can you get to Chocolate Hills? You can take a peek at these majestic hills from two spots. One, the Sagbayan peak. Two, the Chocolate Hills Complex. The later in located 55 km from Tagbilaran which can be reached by road on the bus, taxi or motorcycle.

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7. 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.

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8. Sagada, Philippines

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).

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9. Boracay

Boracay is an ideal destination if you travel to Philippines with children, friends or on a honeymoon in Philippines. If you travel to Philippines for honeymoon, it is the best island to throw the house out of the window, along with El Nido. One of the great attractions for many travelers who want to travel to Philippines is to see the Boracay island with the most luxury hotels.

Known throughout the world as the Ibiza of Asia because it is almost the only island destination in the country where there is nightlife Boracay is one of the best places to go in the Philippines. What will really make you fall in love with it is its fabulous White Beach, one of the best beaches in Philippines washed by crystal clear waters so calm that they often look like a swimming pool, especially during the dry season months, when the winds blow from the Amihan.

At dusk, when the sky becomes epic and gives you one of the most photographed sunsets in Philippines, with the outline of the paraw, the typical boats of Boracay. It is usually quite quiet during the day, although at sunset, happy hours accumulate more people. You cannot smoke or eat or drink alcoholic beverages in White Beach. Here is Willy's Rock, a lineup that appears on almost any Boracay postcard.

Although it is not comparable to Coron or El Nido, it is a good option to get to know other parts of the island, nearby islands and, above all, to snorkel. Island hopping in Boracay often includes Crocodile Island, Tambisaan Beach, several snorkeling spots and other best beaches of Philippines such as Puka Beach.

Here, as there are no hotels, only some reggae style stalls that put on sun beds and serve drinks, the atmosphere is usually more relaxed.

Can you do kitesurfing in the Philippines? Of course! Boracay is the best known destination for kitesurfing and Bulabog beach offers many opportunities for both beginners and advanced. There are several schools of kitesurfing where you can hire instructors and rent equipment. The best time to do kitesurfing in Boracay is during the Amihan. Even so, during the Habagat, it is possible to practice it on the other side of the island.

Of course, keep in mind that at Christmas in Philippines, Chinese New Year or Easter there will be many people.

Include Ariel's Point in your list of things to do in Boracay. It is a point near White Beach with several platforms on which to jump several meters high. If you love water sports, Ariel’s Point is the place for you. You can try jumping off a board on the cliff at 3 different heights or you can spend your day enjoying any imaginable water sport.

A few of the many activities are kayaking, snorkelling and paddleboarding. A day spent here would be a day well spent and you will not regret it even a little bit.

Diniwid Beach is one of our favorites, because it has a more backpacker atmosphere and is usually quieter.

We also recommend Ilig-Iligan, on the opposite side of Boracay. One of the best things to do in Boracay is to investigate its gastronomy. Here are some interesting places to eat in Boracay. D'Talipapa is an eminently seafood and fish market. The funny thing is that you can buy the food yourself and then you can go to one of the neighboring restaurants and choose between the cooking methods.

If you want to surprise someone, give them a helicopter ride over the island! And, eye, you can also get married in Boracay. There are many who visit Boracay with friends. These are some of the things to do in Boracay to increase your adrenaline. Fly Fish Ride is a huge inflatable boat that can fit several people, propelled by a jet ski. Of course, you will also find more light options, such as the typical "banana".

While Parasailing you can see Boracay from the heights with a friend while a jet ski boosts you. Zip line, zorb, quad rides are there in the surroundings of Mt. Luho, which offers the best views of Boracay. We are not the biggest fans of diving in Boracay, because if we compare it with these places to dive in Philippines, Boracay does not have the best seabed, but it is a good place to do a baptism or a couple of dives.

The easiest way to get to Boracay is with a flight to Caticlan, but there are cheaper options. Find out in advance about the state of the algae in White Beach. It is a natural phenomenon but many people are disappointed to not see such a beautiful thing. Thanks to Instagram you can see live images.

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10. Siargao

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.

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11. Oslob

The whale sharks are the largest fish of our planet and if you travel to the Philippines, swim with them will surely be one of your most beautiful memories. There are several places to swim with the whale sharks. You can go to Donsol, but you can see them on the Cebu island, specifically in Oslob.

Whale sharks are seen in Tanawan, which is located after Oslob. The difference between Donsol and Oslob is that here you are 100% sure to see the whale sharks in Donsol while you have to have a little more luck. Malapascua is a world-renowned destination for scuba diving.

12. Moalboal

If you are in love with snorkeling or diving, about 90 kilometers 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.

To make your travels easier, we have put together the best Philippines tour package. Enjoy your travelling and don’t worry about the planning. We will plan your next Philippines tour.
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