Planning to go on a vacation trip? Here are some of the best and most remarkable places to visit in the Philippines. From the exciting surfing spot of Siargao to the wonderful cascades of Camiguin Island, the Philippines has a cornucopia of awe-inspiring destinations that are worthy of a traveler’s bucket list. Whether you’re a history buff or a sun-kissed beach bum, you will find your bliss as well as ignite your innate sense of wanderlust in the Philippines.
surfing spot known as Cloud Siargao was “discovered” by the outside world in the 1970s, and has long been a “secret” known only to locals and surfers till very recently. The boasts a ferocious reputation, its powerful waves and rocky bottom shredding backsides and egos on a regular basis. (This writer experienced Siargao’s tamer surf spots first-hand.)
The new resorts and tours around the island capitalize on other fascinating features such as the Magpupungko tidal pool and the white-sand beaches on outlying islands – Naked Island (actually a sandbar); Guyam Island and Daku Island.
Its short coastline facing the Pacific Ocean has few family-friendly beaches, butthat doesn’t stop international travelers from converging on Siargao and its challenging surfing spots.
2. Palawan, EL Nido
Preserved with its blue waters, El Nido is a place to be one with the sea creatures and enjoy nature as well. It has jungles and caves that awaits your discovery. There are also hidden beaches that contrary to its name are not so hidden anymore.
3. Palawan, Coron
El Nido and Coron are not far from each other which make a double the fun kind of trip. Coron is known for its corals and underwater wrecks. It is also rich in history as the island has become well known for its handful of World War II shipwrecks that will remain forever in the shores of Coron. It’s also one of the best places for diving activities.
4. Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue
Listed as one of the ‘Eight Wonders of the World’, this proudly Filipino made terraces is worth the sight and the long hour trip. Hotels in this area are situated on the cliffs, providing you the experience of the beauty of the terraces and it will sure give you the ride for your buck. But sweat not, it is definitely safe.
The island of Siquijor benefits from gorgeous beaches, verdant jungle and a reputation for witchcraft. Kagusuan Beach and Paliton Beach offer white-sand swimming and excellent snorkeling with less beach touts to worry about. Other natural features abound on the island, such as the cascading Cambugahay Falls and the mysterious Llihan Cave.
Siquijor’s culture remains devoutly Catholic with an occult underside. After visiting the 200-year old coral churches like the San Isidro Labrador Church in Lazi, you can visit a local ‘mambabarang’ (witch doctor) who can brew love potions and curses on demand.
The city of Cebu is not just an awesome base and jump-off point to explore the Philippines, but it is a worthy destination in itself as well. Here, you’ll get a sweet taste of Philippine history and art with its collection of historic monuments like Casa Gorordo, Fort San Pedro, Magellan’s Cross and the Lapu Lapu Monument. As an added plus, the city also has plenty of shopping malls, up-and-coming restaurants and interesting diversions, such as Crown Regency’s Sky Experience Adventure.
7. Camiguin Island
Camiguin, aptly labelled as the ‘Island Born of Fire’, is a fascinating island-province brimming with volcanoes like Mount Uhay, Mount Hibok-Hibok, Mount Vulcan and Mount Mambajao. As a matter of fact, Camiguin holds the record for the island with most number of volcanoes for every square kilmoter in the world. But, make no mistake about it – there is more to this small Philippine province than its volcanic riches.
It is a secluded destination that boasts a plethora of natural wonders, including refreshing waterfalls, cold and hot springs, and an untouched sand bar. Plus, it has plenty of other intriguing attractions to offer to its visitors as well, including the famous sunken cemetery, well-preserved
ancestral homes and centuries-old churches. And, did we mention that it is the host to the Lanzones festival – one of the most popular, dynamic and anticipated festivals in the Philippines.
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