7,107 islands strong; we have narrowed the Philippines down to the top 10 tourist destinations. You’ve probably heard about some of them, but there are also other wonderful places that you might’ve never heard of before. Each location can offer a brand new experience; from white sand beaches to unique geographical features — here are the top 10 places to see in the Pearl of the Orient Seas:
The Philippines is famous for dozens of white sand beaches. One of the most developed and popular for tourists is Puerto Galera. The location is ideal for island hopping, watersports, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and just about anything else you’d like to do in a beach.
Puerto Princesa Underground River
The Puerto Princesa Underground River or Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Parkruns through a cave with remarkable stalactite and stalagmite formations. It is the longest known underground river (8.2 kilometers), which qualified it as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Not only is it rich in natural locations, the Philippines is also rich in culture. Vigan or the City of Viganis one of the few cities left in the country that managed to preserve European architecture. It dates way back in the 16th century during the Spanish colonial period.It is recognized by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) as the quintessence of Spanish colonial towns in the entire Asia.
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Pagudpud, a coastal town in Ilocos Norte, boasts white sand beaches. Driving through the Pan-Philippine highway presents you with an elegant coastal view, which fills you with anticipation as you reach Pagudpud’s beaches. Popular locations include Saud beach, Blue Lagoon, and the Kapuluan Vista Resort.
Here’s a quick fact about Baguio City; it is founded by Americans as a ‘hill station’. Sure, most tourists visit the Philippines for its tropical climate, but some just want to experience the inspiring views and culture in one of the country’s most famous cities. Some of the popular sites are Burnham Park, Mines View Park, Tam-Awan Village, and the Session Road.
A list for the top places to go in the Philippines isn’t complete without the white sand beaches of Boracay Island. The famed island consists of 3 sections;Section 1which has the most luxurious hotels and the largest beachfront, Section 2which has the liveliest shops and restaurants, and Section 3which has the quietest white beach. In other words, Boracay has a section for you – whatever your mood may be!
Just like Baguio, Tagaytay is not famous for white sand beaches or tropical features. Instead, it is a place where you can relax without going too far from Manila. You can get an awesome view of the Taal Lake (or hike it), enjoy the search for the best Bulalo (beef shank soup) restaurant, or tee off in one of the golf and country club homes Tagaytay.
El Nido, Palawan
The Philippines’ arsenal of white sand beaches is impressively abundant. In fact, there are still plenty of white sand beaches that are undeveloped. El Nidoin Miniloc Island, Palawan, is not one of those beaches. Rather, it is home to arguably the cleanest and most serene white beaches in the Philippines.
Alona Beach, Bohol
If dining and white sand beaches are two of your favorite things in the world, then Alona Beach in Panglao Island is the place to be.There are plenty of resorts and luxurious hotels in Bohol where you can unwind and enjoy some of the best springs, local ecosystems, heritages sites, and beaches (including, of course, Henann Alona Beach) in the Philippines.
Have you ever wondered what it would look like if giants had Hershey’s Kisses and– for no particular reason – left thousands of them in the open? It may not be the exact representation of this scenario, but the Chocolate Hills in Bohol might still leave you awestruck. During the dry season, these limestone domes turn light brown and create a completely unique sight – earning it the title of one of the Philippines’ “flagship tourist destinations”.