Safest Travel Spots In The Philippines

Tappiya Falls by Justin Jovillanos

If You Want A Peaceful and Safe Travel, These Are The Perfect Destinations

The Philippines may not be one of the safest countries in the world but you will still find several travel destinations that are safe to include in your travel itinerary. So, if you want to go on a much-needed vacation to get away from daily stress and you want to make sure you’re traveling safe, these places are the perfect destinations for you.

Safest Travel Spots - No Traffic Jam in Batanes
No Traffic Jam in Batanes – Safest Travel Spots

BATANES

Batanes is one of the best destinations that you can add in your travel wish list. Aside from its picturesque sceneries, one thing that this province can boast of is the honesty of its people. Where in the Philippines can you ever find an honesty store after all?

Batanes also boasts of having zero criminality rate. The land and the population is small making it all the more peaceful. Of course, the beautiful spots make it even more enticing to the people who love to travel

How To Get There

The only access to Batanes is by air travel. If you’re traveling from Manila, you can reach this magical place by PAL (Philippine Airlines and SkyJet. If you’re coming from Tuguegarao, it will be through Wakay Air which is in partnership with AirSWIFT. Flight takes about one hour and forty five minutes.

You can go around the capital, basco by walking around. If you are going to other towns, there are tricycles and jeepneys that can take you around.

Where To Eat

Honesty Cafe

Honesty Store in Ivana Batanes
Honesty Store in Ivana Batanes

This cafe can be considered as one of the main attractions of this province. Can you imagine buying from a store with no storekeeper? Honesty is the name of the game so to speak. The sellers just rely on the conscience and honesty of the buyers. Once you get what you need you will just have to put your payment in the boxes.

Octagon Restaurant

View from Octagon Restaurants Veranda
View from Octagon Restaurants Veranda

An octagon-shaped restaurant that has an exceptional deck area which gives a breathtaking view of the Basco Port and the West Philippine Sea. You have a choice between Filipino and the local Ivatan dishes like Lunis, Coconut crabs and Uyed balls.

What To Do

Batanes boasts of many breathtaking views that are a must see. These are the Basco Lighthouse, Malboro Hills, Naidi Hills. Sabtang Beach, Valugan Beach, Mahatao Tayid Lighthouse and the House of Dakay.

PAGUDPUD

Blue Lagoon Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte
Blue Lagoon Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte

Pagudpud, the largest island in the country, is an extensively beautiful town located on the northwest tip of Ilococs Norte.

How To Get There

You can ride a bus from Manila or book a flight to reach Pagudpud. You can ride the jeepney or tricycle to travel around.

Where To Eat

Apo Idon – La Helene Restaurant

This is a classy restaurant which serves danggit along with the other famous Ilocano dishes like insarabasab, pinakbet and bagnet.

Terra Rikka Resort

You can choose from their wide range of local dishes like their famous calamares and the green mango shake.

What To Do

Pagudpud is one dream travel destination because of its amazing sights. You can choose among these awe-inspiring sights or better yet, visit them all.

Bangui Windmills
Bangui Windmills

Bangui Windmills – the very first set of windmills in the country. These have been the pride of Ilocos and the country as well. The windmills generate energy for the town.

Bantay Abot Cave – when exploring this cave, there is no need to wear hardhats unlike in other caves. It’s a bit small and you will be able to see it from end to end.

Kaibigan Falls – This spot is perfect for taking pictures and getting a refreshing start after a tiring day.
Blue Lagoon – This is one of the highlights of going to Pagudpud. You can see it as tranquil as a lake or roaring with big waves depending on the time of year you come here.

Kapurpurawan Rock Formations
Kapurpurawan Rock Formations

Kapurpurawan Rock Formations – located in the town of Burgos, this is such a sight to view. You will walk from splintered grounds flanked with water to grass or white rock which will eventually reveal the amazing rock formations.

BATAD BANAUE, IFUGAO

If you want to literally wake up with nature, this is the best place for you. The sound of chirping birds and the fresh morning breeze will greet you every morning.

Trek Batad Rice Terraces
Trek Batad Rice Terraces

Batad, which is a village in Banaue, is well-known for its rice terraces that look like an ampitheater with one cluster having been inscribed as a World Heritage in the UNESCO.

How To Get There

You can take a bus from Manila going to Banaue. Travel time is about 9 hours. When in Banaue, register first at the tourism office and pay the required fees/s then ride a tricyle going to the Batad Saddle Point. You also ride a jeepney if you prefer. Upon reaching your destination, you can hire a guide to tour you around.

Where to Eat

Being far from civilization, there are no lavish restaurants or hotels here but there are native huts and inns that offer a place to stay the night as well as good food that will satisfy your hunger.

Don’t forget to take a taste of their native rice wine, Pinikpikan along with their other native delicacies.

Tappiya Falls by Justin Jovillanos
Tappiya Falls by Justin Jovillanos Photo credit: Justin Jovellanos via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

What To Do

There are plenty of enjoyable things you can do while you’re in this awesome place. Exploring the rice terraces will be such a wonderful experience. You can also go on a hike to the Awa View Deck, Trek to the Tappiya Falls, Kinakin and Cambulo, Mount Amuyoa and Bangaan.

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