18 of the Most Beautiful Places in the Philippines
When you hear the word the Philippines, many beautiful places will come to mind. In this archipelago consisting of 7,641 islands, you’ll find jaw-dropping sceneries you’ve never seen before. Choosing the destination could be challenging if you are planning to visit the country, but don’t worry, you found the right place! We listed 18 of the most beautiful places in the Philippines that will keep you entertained and wanting more. These are the top tourist spots that even local tourists would love to visit over and over again.
The Philippines is a country known for its wealth of wonders. Natural attractions are everywhere, and you’ll forget all your worries once you start hopping from one island to another. Plan your travel ahead, and the destinations list is on us.
Mayon Volcano in Albay Province
Have you heard about the perfect cone shape volcano? It’s located in Albay Province, one of the must-see destinations in the Philippines once you visit the country. Visitors can trek or climb the volcano’s viewpoint, but there are precautions. They only allow limited hikers to go around near Mayon.
If you are not into trekking, we highly recommend that you try the ATV adventure, where you can also get a chance to get closer to the volcano. There are a lot of destinations in Albay where you can see the beauty of Mayon Volcano. You can visit Sumlang Lake to see the whole picture of Mayon while kayaking. There’s also Mayon Rest House, where you can have a bird’s eye view of the places below and see the volcano clearly.
Sagada is one of the popular vacation spots in the Philippines. This summer destination is not just beautiful; it’s also one of the most unique tourist spots in the Philippines. The country is well-known for its hot climate. That’s why more people go to Sagada during the summer to escape the heat in the Metro.
The Sagada Hanging Coffins is one of the unique places you’ll find in this place. This is where leaders and well-respected tribesmen were buried, and it is one of a kind that showcases Sagada’s history and culture.
White Beach in Boracay
Boracay is definitely on top of the list of the most beautiful places to visit in the Philippines. It is popular among foreigners, especially among those who love diving. The powdery white sand makes this place more inviting. If you are into beaches and night parties, Boracay is the right place for you. Different beaches in Boracay offer many amenities, and you will surely enjoy your stay all throughout.
- Shipwreck Diving
Another way to appreciate the country is by visiting all the historical places. Dive through the water and look at the sunken ships to get a glimpse of Filipino history back from WWII. Coron has a lot of diving sites, and this is one of the highly recommended dive spots in Coron.
- Coral Garden
Your Palawan tour wouldn’t be completed without trying the popular diving a snorkeling location, where you can see all the colorful coral reefs and awe-inspiring colorful fishes underwater. You can request a tour guide to help you throughout your diving and snorkeling journeys. Tour guides can also help you to learn more about the things you discover underwater.
Siargao’s Sugba Lagoon
Siargao is the new talk-of-the-town destination that will boost your curiosity about the place. This destination is truly alluring and captivating, which is why you will often see this place on Instagram. This tourist spot’s popular activities are swimming, diving, and bamboo raft paddling.
You’ll fall in love with this Siargao’s hidden gem as soon as you take a scenic boat ride to witness the turquoise-hued lagoon surrounded by lush green sceneries.
Puerto Princesa’s Underground River Tour
Here’s a one-of-a-kind tour that will bring you to the dark caves on emerald water. You can find this awe-inspiring place listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site portal. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, also popularly known as Puerto Princesa Underground River, showcases vertical limestone cliffs, and exciting stalactite and stalagmite formations surrounding the cave surely keep you going.
Caramoan has beautiful islands with many fantastic rock formations you’ll see along the incredibly white and fine bed of sand. You can have an organized tour through package deals to get the most out of your vacation. Aside from the sceneries, you can also enjoy snorkeling and trying the local delicacies in the restaurants in the area.
Banaue’s Batad Rice Terraces
Do you want to see a 2000-year footprint of the Philippines’ history? Take a look at these Batad Rice Terraces. The oldest terraces in this area are recorded to be more than 2,000 years old. What makes it more interesting is that all the terraces you see are carved by hand.
To see the most of it, you can wake up early in the morning to see how the sunlight illuminates the fields. It will showcase the rice terraces’ illuminating green color.
Laguna’s Pagsanjan Falls
Pagsanjan Falls is one of the admiring wonders of the Philippines, which is approximately 300 feet tall. Once you visit this place, you’ll enjoy the tropical landscapes and the beautiful waterfall right before you. You can swim and pass through the caves and large rocks. It would be an exhilarating adventure, for sure.
In this city, you will find historical and traditional places you’ve never seen before. The brick streets in the Calle Crisologo has a pre-colonial ambiance like it’s taking you to the 16th century. As you explore Vigan City, you can ride the traditional transportation way back, which is a horse chariot or also known as “calesa.”
If you haven’t bought a souvenir yet, you can purchase assorted items like bags, potteries, and baskets at reasonable prices.
Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao Del Sur
Hinatuan comes with many tourist places, including the Enchanted River, San Agustin’s Church, Palaran Caves, and more.
Enchanted River is known for its enchanting atmosphere and magical clear blue saltwater river. This is one of the most beautiful places in Mindanao. Aside from the incredible river sceneries, you will also enjoy the ambiance of the jungle as it keeps you away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are many activities to enjoy, like kayaking, fishing, swimming, and boating.
If you want to see more of Hinatuan’s history, you can visit the San Agustin’s Church – one of the city’s famous landmarks and attractions.
Cebu’s Bantayan Island
Bantayan Island is one way to go if you love beaches, as it has the most beautiful beaches in the country. Pristine beaches like Kota Beach and Virgin Island will surely amaze you, and you can indulge in local fresh seafood delicacies. You can also try the place’s eat-all-you-can seafood buffet, which is only worth P250.
Chocolate Hills in Bohol
Here’s another wonder of the island with a rich history. The incredible story about Chocolate Hills is that is once under the ocean and emerged above the ground after hundreds of thousands of years. It is composed of 1,200 small hills with illuminating green and chocolate-brown colors most of the time during the dry season.
Aside from the beautiful scenery of Chocolate Hills, you will also find yourself smiling, looking at the delicate flowers along the way.
Manila’s Fort Santiago
You will find this Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila, also filled with rich historical places. Whether you are a Catholic or not, you will surely love the view of the centuries-old churches. Intramuros is also where you’ll find the important attractions, monuments, and landmarks that highlight the Philippines’ history.
Talisay’s Taal Volcano
Taal is one of the most beautiful towns in the Philippines, but it is also very close to one of the most active volcanos in the country. But the exciting part is that you can tour around the crater and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the main crater lake. However, you must take precautions before going around this place and heed the warning if required. You might need to consider a day-tour organizer for a well-planned trip.
Subic Bay’s Jungle Training
Get in love with nature, and learn more about the Philippine culture by visiting this Subic Bay’s Jungle Training. Surviving the jungle was tough. So, the United States Seals had proper training from the indigenous Aetas when they had their base in this area. You can experience Aetas and natives’ Environment Survival Training after visiting other tourist spots in Subic Bay.
El Nido, Palawan
El Nido, as one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines, has a lot to offer – from beautiful tourist spots to wonderful people around it. If you are into challenges, you can try climbing this cliff on Mt. Taraw, the most popular climb in the area. You can climb up to 750 feet and enjoy the 360-view from the top.
You might be an experienced hiker, but it would be safer to get or hire a tour guide to keep you from the dangers of climbing the face of the cliff. However, ensure you are physically fit for hiking as you will come across some jagged rocks along the way.
Paradise or safe haven is the word to describe Batanes. Batanes is the smallest yet one of the most beautiful provinces in the Philippines. The Racuh A Payaman in Batanes is one of the places you need to visit if you want to be closer to nature. This place will show you the Tayid Lighthouse, Diura Beach, and Mt. Iraya. You will feel butterflies in your stomach just by looking at the picturesque Batanes landscape.
The Philippines has a lot to offer for every type of traveler. These 18 most beautiful places are just a snippet of what you can really expect from this incredible country. You can make a bucket list of the places you’d like to visit.
Enjoy life while you have it. Visit places you’ve never been before, and see the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. Pause for a while and leave your usual routine and 8-5 jobs. Then, you will see that there’s more to life that you could enjoy while you’re still strong and healthy.
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