20 Philippine Tourist Destinations to visit this 2016
Sunny days are coming and our mind sometimes feels like we want to be on a Summer vacation roll. So, allow me to give you some tease into the best areas that the Philippines can offer.
In random order, here is a list of the top 20 Philippine tourist destinations to visit this 2016!
First, on the spot, is the country’s capital – Manila. Once an extremely untidy place in the past the city has now seen improvements. It’s just so great to take a step back and see remnants right before your very eyes from the walled “city” of Intramuros and horse carriages (kalesa) that pass by Fort Santiago to the family-oriented Rizal Park (Luneta) and the historical Manila Cathedral.
Puerto Princesa City
Puerto Princesa City in Palawan is dubbed as “The City in a Forest”, Puerto Princesa definitely makes it in the list. Activities you can enjoy here include Iwahig firefly watching, Puerto Princesa Underground River navigating, Sabang Mangrove paddle boating, and Maoyon River cruising and bamboo rafting.
El Nido Palawan
What’s probably the best thing a tourist can do in the tropical beach paradise of El Nido? Well, just your presence as a responsible, environment-friendly visitor is enough to ensure that this protected area of forests and marine habitats stays for life. Paying the environmental fee would do a lot in helping manage, patrol, and protect this nature’s beauty from illegal loggers and fishers. Snorkeling and island-hopping are the best things to do here!
Another haven to check out in Palawan is Coron which is home to Kayangan Lake, possibly the cleanest lake in the Philippines with clear blue mix of freshwater and saltwater. Besides the landscapes that are an eye-candy, people go to this place to experience the underwater world where a thriving marine life and sought-after shipwrecks are a dive away!
If you happen to be on a team vacation in Cebu, then take your members and leaders to the beautiful municipality of MoalBoal which hosts white-sand beaches and bountiful marine world. Ever dream of going under the waterfalls? Troop to Kawasan Falls in Badian, north of Cebu! The Queen City of the South can serve as your first stop for all your bucket list thoughts in the province of Cebu!
Well, Bohol will always remain as one of the go-to places for a perfect summer escapade! Just imaging seeing hundreds of chocolate hills, visiting the sanctuary of big-eyed tarsiers, and getting served lunch in a floating restaurant along Loboc River. Don’t forget to take dolphin watching in Balisag Island and resort-hopping in Panglao Island!
Now, if you’re a surf dude/chick, Siargao Island must be one of your target destinations this year. The island takes winds that are not too strong, not to weak which make a great area to unwind and look back as the sun starts to set. Vacation definitely means surfing for those who go to this place!
While others go to the seaside to feel the summer breeze, others go travel to greater heights —- much like what Baguio City can offer. Its cool environment makes all people, tourists and residents, enjoy the walk under the heat of the sun. So, tour around the city from Mines View Park and Burnham Park to the popular BenCab Museum. Want to ride a horse? Do it in the City of Pines!
Delectable cuisine, mood-boosting booze, a chill night party music, and a great company are probably what come in mind when one mentions this all-time favorite — the Boracay Island. And it’s true! People who go here just enjoy! And fun is an understatement! Get that adrenaline rush of your life — ATVs, buggy cars, parasailing, ziplining, kiteboarding, flyboarding, among others. It’s all in Boracay!
An incredible World Heritage Site, Vigan City is a living proof of European colonization in the past. This is probably one of the best spots to take romance into a higher level. History lives in the area, especially along Crisologo Street. Learn about the past of about 187 well-preserved old houses and mansions that dot the area. Also, try to get your hands dirty with clay pottery and feast on their local cuisine!
Camiguin, the country’s second smallest island (in terms of area and population) takes a place in this year’s list. Why? This island “born of fire” cradles seven (7) volcanoes! And this means, hot and cold springs, and trekking! Check out Ardent Hot Spring and Santo Nino Cold Spring. Plus, get to experience the island’s hiking areas and diving spots! It’s just a flight away from Cagayan de Oro!
Learn why a lot of people wants to visit Davao City, thanks to its low crime rate in which people can just roam around safely with their expensive blings and accessories flaunted. Great places to visit include Crocodile Park, Philippine Eagle Center, Eden Nature Park, D’ Bone Collector Museum, and of course, Mt. Apo. Looking for something to eat, good restaurants are abundant in the City.
The excellent hard work of our local folks that brings about the existence of beautiful agricultural places like Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue Rice Terraces, Hapao Rice Terraces, and Nungulunan Rice Terraces will make you realize how you should be passionate of what you are doing. Bring home Ifugao handicrafts from Banaue like blankets, wood carvings and handbags as a sign of giving back to our fellowmen.
Batanes is the farthest point north of the country. And its green landscapes, including its hedgerows (a complex network of all vegetation), are just awesome! Live the simple life of the country side in Batanes! Check out their “honesty coffee shop”, lighthouses, and viewdecks! Want to see a different beach? Check out Valugan Boulder Beach! By the name itself, you’ll expect what to see!
Where do broken hearts go? Well, it’s probably in Sagada. Find your soulmate here if you’re still a lonely wanderer. Wake up after the night chat with the inspiring view of its cliffs from the Kiltepan Peak. Immerse in the burial culture through the Sagada Hanging Coffins. And don’t forget to taste the local lemon pie and yoghurt!
Looking for an authentic La Paz batchoy and Pancit Molo? Iloilo is definitely is the best place to go, but apart from yummy cuisine, the city has historical sites that you may opt to take a look into including Molo Church, Plaza Libertad, Museo Iloilo, and Jaro Cathedral. Walk down Calle Real and see the city government’s site preservation success there!
The Western Visayas island of Guimaras is an interesting summer destination. There’s so much to do here from soaking in the crystal clear waters serving Raymen Beach, exploring its sea-level Baras Cave, walking up the Giusi lighthouse, snorkeling at Soly Luna, and of course, tasting their export product and an ultimate favorite fruit, Mango!
Next in the list is Negros Oriental’s Dumaguete City. Visiting delicacy shops should be definite. Everybody loves Sans Rival and their local street food lined up in their bay walk! You may also go to Dumaguete Zoo to see for yourself some of the country’s endangered species. And then, there’s the Dumaguete City Public Market which a tourist should never ever forget to visit for its cheap produce. If you have time left, go to Siliman University, the oldest American university in Asia.
For a totally private and romantic hideout, go visit Siquijor – the island of fire. You’ll just love to cool breeze flowing into the island. Just want to hear the soothing sound of water? Take a ride to the island’s Cambugahay Falls and Lugnason Falls. Adding to the island’s charm are its centuries old Balete trees, butterfly sanctuaries, and dive spots.
Ending our Top 20 Philippine Tourist Destinations for 2016 list is Bicol’s Legaspi City which boasts of a myriad of attractions from the perfectly coned Mayon volcano to the Cagsawa Ruins Park and Daraga Church. What about ATV adventure on Mt. Mayon’s foothills? And don’t miss tasting the city’s pili nuts and pili-coated chocolates!
The Philippine is one hell-of-a-package! So, book your hotels (here) and flights to these destinations this year! And join the Department of Tourism (DOT) in its Visit the Philippines Again 2016 campaign. For, indeed, you will always come back for more.