Top 15 Philippine Travel Destinations for 2015

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Top Philippine Travel Destinations

With the closing of the year 2014 came the opening of the Visit the Philippines Year (VPY) 2015. Last year, the country’s Department of Tourism headed a campaign called “It’s More Fun in the Philippines”, which aimed to increase the tourism in the country, and this year’s tourism campaign, “Visit the Philippines Year 2015”, also aims to continue the advocacy.

Cambolo Rice Terraces in Ifugao Philippine Travel Destinations
Cambolo Rice Terraces in Ifugao Photo by Wikipedia Commons

It was seen in the past year that the tourism in the country has indeed improved, and the Philippines has still more in store for those who plan to visit it this year. Here are the top 15 travel destinations in the Philippines that you shouldn’t miss:

1. Batanes

Marlboro Hills in Batanes Photo by Roger Alcantara
Marlboro Hills in Batanes Photo by Roger Alcantara

The waves of modernization seems to have never reached the Batanes group of islands. Instead of malls are the so-called “honesty stores”, where costumers take and pay for their things honestly without the owner looking after them, and instead of cinema houses is the scenic view of the starry sky and the sea. Batanes is secluded, small, and serene, and everyone here knows each other. Experience life at its most basic form in these little islands.

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2. El Nido

El Nido Big Lagoon by Nennnn via Flickr
El Nido Big Lagoon by Nennnn via Flickr

El Nido is one of the best places in the Philippines for all your seaside activities. If you’re skilled enough, you can go island hopping, beaching, swimming, kayaking, cliff-climbing, cave-exploring…you name it. If that’s not enough, its Bacuit Bay is also known for being a marine sanctuary, making El Nido your all-around marine paradise.

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3. Siargao Island

Surfing in Siargao By Jun Lao via Flickr Creative Commons
Surfing in Siargao By Jun Lao via Flickr Creative Commons

The waves of Siargao Island are not too weak, nor too strong. They’re just right—and that perfect mix is what made Siargao Island the Surfing Capital in the Philippines. International and local surfing competitions are held here annually. Still, if you’re not a fan of surfing, Siargao Island also offers you a so-called Naked Island, a shifting sandbar where you can go do your own hobbies.

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4. Coron

Sunrise in Coron by Alan Escano via Flickr
Sunrise in Coron by Alan Escano via Flickr

If you’re in for a little twist in your vacation, then you should visit Coron Island Palawan. Its Kayangan Lake is the cleanest lake in the Philippines, and its equally clean and crystal-clear blue waters make it one of the best diving spots in the world, according to an internationally renowned travel magazine. The twist you’re looking for should be found a few meters below sea, with the shipwreck of WWII Japanese warships. That’s right: Japanese warships below sea. Here you can travel meters below sea, and decades back in time.

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5. Boracay Island

Boracay Beach by Toby Simkin via Flickr
Boracay Beach by Toby Simkin via Flickr

Who hasn’t heard of Boracay Island’s pink sands? If you don’t like beaches, the sun, or the color of the sand, then try going to the Dead Forest at night. Locals say the forest scares at its best during the full moon… you’ll understand when you get there.

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6. Bohol

Chocolate Hills in Bohol
Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Last year, when the island of Bohol was hit by an earthquake, its tourism rates, which used to be on the top of the country’s list, decreased abruptly. This year, with the campaign “Visit Bohol 2015”, the government aims to help Bohol to regain its former glory. Come to Bohol and see how a fallen province rises up once again with the combined strength of bayanihan, and hope.

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7. Sagada

Sagada in the Morning
Sagada in the Morning

If you prefer to spend your vacations in the mountains, then Sagada in Mountain Province is the place to go. Here, you can either spend time with the locals by watching how crops get harvested, and how these fresh, but surprisingly cheap crops get sold in the famous “Saturday Markets”, or you can spend time with nature by going biking, hiking, or cave-exploring. Or you can do both.

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8. Siquijor

Beach in Siquijor
Beach in Siquijor

As one of the smallest provinces in the country, it might come as a surprise to you if you find out that it’s actually packed with tourist attractions (here, even century-old Balete trees are must-sees). This place is known for its traditional healers and its mystery-shrouded churches like Sta. Maria Church and St. Francis de Assisi Church.

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9. Caramoan

Gota Beach in Caramoan
Gota Beach in Caramoan

Attention all you nature lovers out there: If you don’t like the crowds too much, and if you want your trip to be as calm and close to nature as much as possible, then you should go see Caramoan. Caramoan is quite far away from mainland Camarines Sur, which allowed its islands, like Manlawi, to be untouched and be free of urbanization.

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10. Davao City

Davao Eagle Park
Davao Eagle Park

Davao City is known for a lot of things: its beaches, its fruits, its Philippine Eagle Nature Center, its Crocodile Park, and a whole lot more. You can find almost anything here, and it’s impossible for you to get bored.

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11. Cebu

Beach in Mactan Cebu
Beach in Mactan Cebu

Like most of the tourist hotspots in the country, Cebu also offers its visitors an array of Philippine culture—from its Sinulog Festival to its specially-crafted guitars. Cebu, however, is unique for its historical significance. It was in this place where Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan first set foot, and many infrastructures that have stood since the Spanish Colonization Era continue to do so even today.

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12. Vigan

Street in Vigan City
Street in Vigan City

Vigan City has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999—meaning it’s not just the Phillippines’ treasure, it’s also the whole world’s! Vigan features perhaps the most preserved cities on Earth, with its structures dating back to the early 1500s.

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13. Baguio City

Baguio Japanese Tunnel
Baguio Japanese Tunnel

Baguio City has been known for being the Summer Capital in the Philippines—mainly because the climate here is cold all year round, and people escaping the summer heat from the lowlands come to this mountainous city. And, if Vigan is very Spanish, Baguio is very American. Most tourist attractions are named after the people during the American Occupation who transformed the mountains into a wonderland—some of which are Wright Park, Burnham Park, and Camp John Hay.

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14. Dumaguete City

Antulang Beach Resort
Antulang Beach Resort

The City of Gentle People—as it’s often called—attracts tourists with its world-famous diving spots, and its world-famous friendly locals.

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15. Banaue, Ifugao

Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue Ifugao
Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue Ifugao

If you plan to go to Ifugao, then you shouldn’t miss the Banaue Rice Terraces, the world-famous handmade rice paddies—which is known for being one of the world’s Seven Wonders.

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