Top 10 Tourist Destinations to Visit in the Philippines
Travel Guide to Philippines
With more than 5 million foreign tourist visiting Philippines in the 2015, it has become one the famous destination in the world. Its 7000+ islands, rich cultural and historical influence, beautiful landscapes and friendly people makes it one of a kind place like nowhere in the world. Philippines has a lot to offers from white sand beaches, surf spots, rivers to high mountains, caves and sublime landscapes. We created a list of top 10 tourist destination you should not miss while travelling to Philippines.
List Include Boracay, Puerto Princesa Underground River, Banaue Rice Terraces, Chocolate Hills , Tubbataha Reef, Coron Island, Apo Reef, Vigan city, Surigao del sur and Mt Pinatubo
Boracay Island, rates 1st in top island destination in the world by travel+ Leaisure in 2012 is the place one should not miss in Philippines. It’s beautiful white sand beaches, stunning shoreline and picture perfect view makes it a top tourist destination in Philippines. Boracay is situated south of Manila and off the northwest tip of Panay Island. The focal point of the activity is marvellous White Beach, a 4km, postcard-flawless stretch of sand lined from one end to the next with lodgings, hotels, bars, and dive shops.
#2 Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa Underground River is a part of The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, which is an protected zone of the Philippines situated around 80 Kms north of the downtown area of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. This park includes a dynamite limestone karst scene with an underground stream. One of the stream’s recognizing elements is that it develops directly into the ocean, and its lower segment is liable to tidal impacts. The park is rick in flora and fauna and holds its name as one of the important tropical forest in all Asia. St. Pauls Underground River Cave is approx 24 km long which includes 8.2 km long stretch of Cabayugan River, an underwater section which incorporates significant developments of stalactites and stalagmites, and a few extensive chambers. Travellers, drawing nearer the hole, first are astonished by the sensational coastline cliffs which are secured with lavish vegetation. Traveller’s boats are permitted 1.2 km deep the cave.
Puerto Princesa Underground River Image By WordPress
#3 Banaue Rice Terraces
Referred as “The Eighth Wonder of the world” by the Filipino, the Banaue Rice Terraces are approx 2000 years old terraces which were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in Philippines. The terraces view is breathtaking and while on trek you may relax and enjoy at small waterfalls and swimming holes. The sunrise viewpoint is one of the famous spot to have stunning and sublime view of Banaue Rice Terraces. It is less crowded as it requires a trek to reach this location, but the overall effort is totally worth for its beauty.
Banaue Rice Terraces. Photo By Fotorus
#4 Chocolate Hills
The Chocolate Hills are a gathering of uncommonly moulded hills situated amidst the island of Bohol in Philippines. There are no less than 1,260 hills however there might be more than 1,776 hills spread over a range of more than 50 square Kms. It is among the famous tourist attraction in Philippines. The hills are 30-50m high, covered in green grass which turns brown in dry season making them look like chocolate. The first review station of the Chocolate Hills is an administration claimed and worked resort called “Chocolate Hills Complex” situated in Carmen, Bohol, around 55 km (34 miles) from Tagbilaran. The second station is located at Sagbayan Peak, a mountain resort in Sagbayan town. It’s a must see destination in Philippines due to its oddness and its surreal beauty.
#5 Tubbataha Reef
First discovered in the late 70s, Tubbataha Reef is known as world’s best dive sites due to its diverse marine life and extraordinary beauty. The Tubbataha Reefs Marine Natural Park is a protected area in Philippines and situated amidst Sulu Sea. The CNN Travel Website ranked it as one of the best Dive sites in the world. For diver, Tubbataha reef is a dream come true. As a result of its confined area, Tubbataha must be gone by on a liveaboard boat. The reef is home to an extraordinary diverse marine life. Divers may encounter Whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and Napoleon wrasse, which are amongst the key species found here.
School of fish and Scuba Diver. Photo by q phia
#6 Coron Islands
Coron is the third-biggest island in the Calamian Islands in northern Palawan in the Philippines on Busuanga Island. Its breathtaking and sensational volcanic limestone cliff tower, Cayangan Lake, Twin Lagoons and Barracuda Lake make you feel like you are in paradise. It is also famous for wreck diving and has been recognized as top dive sites in the world. One should also visit its tiny white sand beaches surrounded by limestone and wildlife.
#7 Apo Reef
The Apo Reef, famous as the best dive site in the Philippines is a marine sanctuary located on the western waters of Occidental Mindoro. Incorporating 34 square kilometres, it is the world’s second-largest contiguous coral reef system and the largest in the nation. The reef has rich marine life and includes species like shark, barracuda and manta rays. For divers, it’s a treasure spot and unlike earlier, it is now easily accessible because of improved infrastructure on Mindoro.
Sea Turtle at Apo Reef. Image by Allan Ascaño
#8 Historic City of Vigan
Built up in the sixteenth century, Vigan is the best-saved case of an arranged Spanish pioneer town in Asia. Its Spanish colonial impact in its architecture and old-world appeal make it a one of a kind city in the Philippines. This is a perfect destination for travellers looking for a romantic adventure. Vigan city, capital of the Ilocos Sur province is a UNESCO World Heritage City and among the New7Wonders Cities.
Ilocos Sur. Crisologo Street. Photo by Benjie Ordoñez
#9 Surigao Del Sur
Surigao del sur is a province in the Philippines situated in the Caraga locale in Mindanao, popular for its stunning coastline and scenic beauty. Travellers looking for fun, relaxation, beaches and surfing, this town will sure not disappoint them. Some famous spots are Tinuy-an Falls, Enchanted River, Cagwait Beach and 24 islets of the Britania Group of Islands
#10 Mt Pinatubo
Travelling to Mt Pinatubo is highly recommended due to its rugged landscape and extraordinary amazing beauty. Pinatubo trek is a 2 hour climb setting off to the crator, which can be reached through 4×4 vehicles. The drive to the crator lake is scenic and sublime with amazing view of valleys, canyons and rivers. Want to quench you thirst for real adventure? Mt Pinatubo is the perfect destination for you!
Mt Pinatubo and Crator Lake Photo by Wikipedia