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5 Best Places to Live in the Philippines that is Close to Nature

Helicopter Island in El Nido Palawan aka Dilumacad Island

Global property portal lists the best places for those seeking a home amidst the scenic beauty of nature

Recently honored as the Destination of the Year at the 25th Annual TTG Travel Awards, the Philippines has once more bolstered its place in the international travel scene.

Lighthouse in Sabtang Island
Lighthouse in Sabtang Island

With its 2,000-year-old rice terraces carved into imposing mountains, islands boasting white-sand beaches scattered like pearls in deep aquamarine waters, and vibrant reef systems and diving sites teeming with rich wildlife, the Philippines makes the perfect home for those who revel in the splendor of nature.

For homebuyers searching for a nature retreat, Lamudi lists the five best places and properties where one can live amidst the tropical beauty of the Philippines.

#1 Caramoan, Camarines Sur

The reality show Survivor introduced the world to the rugged, pristine beauty of Caramoan. Tucked away in the southeastern tip of Camarines Sur in the Bicol Region, this municipality proves to be a paradise off the beaten track with its lush coastal mountains, white-sand beaches, and picturesque limestone formations jutting from clear turquoise waters.

Matukad Island in Caramoan
Matukad Island in Caramoan

In Lamudi, a 3-hectare residential lot located in Brgy. Agaas is listed, where one can build a home in Caramoan close to the white sands of Gota Beach, the hidden lagoon of Matukad Island, or the gorgeous sandbar of Cotivas Island.

#2 Basco, Batanes

Living in the northernmost province of the Philippines means waking up to a sweeping panorama of softly rolling hills, rugged shores punctuated by a lone lighthouse, and the undulating Pacific Ocean. Feast on fresh lobster and fish, marvel at old Ivatan stone houses and roads carved out of mountainsides, and skip-run like a child amidst verdant pasturelands where cattle graze.

Basco Batanes
Basco Batanes

Typhoons may frequent Batanes during the rainy season, but for a total commune with nature, Batanes offers a respite that few places can top.

#3 Banaue, Ifugao

Find a home close to the majestic Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras, centuries-old terraced pond fields chiseled into mountainsides, and enjoy the crisp mountain air and the spectacular sight of these grand stairways to the sky. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is truly an incredible engineering feat.

Banaue Ifugao
Banaue Ifugao

Nearby are other natural marvels: Chappa Falls, which is over an hour’s walk from Ifugao’s town proper, and Tappiya Falls, which is hidden at the back of the amphitheater-like Batad rice terraces.

#4 Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Lamudi lists a 7,708-sqm beach lot in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, where one can build the perfect beach home and sunbathe in long expanses of white sand lined with palm trees on one side and azure waters on the other.

Saud Beach by John Ryan Cordova via Wikipedia
Saud Beach in Pagudpud by John Ryan Cordova via Wikipedia

After beach-bumming, head on out to the other gems of Ilocandia: the picture-perfect Paoay Church, the sand dunes of La Paz, the massive Kapupurawan rock formation, the 80-foot Kabigan Falls, the imposing Bangui windmills, and the Patapat Viaduct, the fourth longest bridge in the country snaking between luxuriant mountains and crystal blue waters.

#5 El Nido, Palawan

Hailed as the Philippines’ top beach and island destination by CNN Travel, the travel news website of CNN, El Nido boasts of soaring limestone cliffs, tranquil lagoons among towering karst formations, and clear cyan waters where corals, tropical fish, turtles, dolphins, manta rays, dugongs, sharks, and whales thrive.

Helicopter Island in El Nido Palawan
Helicopter Island in El Nido Palawan

“Sure, it’s got powder-fine beaches and gin-clear waters. But the views are what really sell the place,” says CNN Travel.

A beachfront home in this 4.5-hectare beach lot in Cadlao Island listed in Lamudi will be a perfect way to enjoy El Nido’s ravishing seascapes travel enthusiasts from the world over rave about.

About Lamudi

Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 28 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 600,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. For more information, please visit

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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