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15 of the Most Beautiful Places In The Philippines

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Image this: You’ve landed in a country of over 7,000 islands with pristine seashores, beautiful mountains, and some of the friendliest individuals in the world.

The Philippines can also be reasonably priced and straightforward to travel by way of, with the majority of locals speaking English. While some of the greatest locations to visit in the Philippines are more well-trodden, there are nonetheless so many hidden gems, too! Incorporating each into this listing, these are 15 of the most lovely locations in the Philippines:

1. Bohol / Chocolate Hills

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The Chocolate Hills of Bohol are one of the most iconic places and natural phenomenons in the Philippines. The geological formation of the chocolate hills will depart you in awe, even more so at dawn or sunset! With over 1,260 hills rolling into the horizon, they are coated with lush greens besides throughout the dry season where the grass turns brown and provides the hills their identify. This needs to be one of the most original landscapes in the Philippines and perhaps even the world!

What to do:

  • Trek the Chocolate hills, situated 2km North of Tagbilaran metropolis middle by tricycle.
  • Search for the smallest primate in the World, the tarsier.
  • Visit Hinagdanan caves en path to the hills and take a dip in the swimming pools the place hanging stalagmites mirror in the crystal clear water under.

The place to stay:

  • Alona Seashore is a superb place to perch to discover the wonders of Bohol! There are lots of accommodation varieties to go well with all budgets together with the least expensive but best-rated hostel, HM & B Backpackers Inn.

2. Batad

Batad rice terraces the philippinesThe most mountainous region of the Philippines is Luzon. Whereas most visit this area for the UNESCO famed Banaue rice fields, additional North and roughly 30 minutes from the vacationer info centre at Banaue lies Batad rice terraces, worthy of any UNESCO title in its own right! Perched dramatically towards the backdrop of leafy lawns, guests can stroll and speak the rice fields, go to a powerful waterfall, and trek high to the viewpoint for sensational views overlooking the terraces.

What to do:

  • Visit and swim in Tappiya Falls, a brief and steep 15-minute walk from the Batad rice terraces.
  • Trek to the viewpoint along the path from Batad Junction that overlooks the whole panorama of the rice terraces.
  • Eat Balut, (a creating hen embryo encased in a shell) the native delicacy which is bought along most trails in the local villages that stand on stilts proudly overlooking the rice terraces.

Where to stay:

  • Batad Transient Home is an reasonably priced approach to reside like an area in a single of the many stilt houses that stand above the rice terraces

Three. Mt. Pulag

most beautiful places philippinesRelatively ignored but undoubtedly one of the greatest adventures in the Philippines, no trip to Luzon is complete without visiting its highest peak, Mount Pulag! Leap right into a Jeepney at Baguio metropolis and cruise to 2,400m above sea degree to succeed in the start line, a small native mountain village that gives trekkers the probability to stick with an area family, earlier than waking up at 2am to start the Four-6 hour trek. The destination is the ‘sky of clouds’, Pulag’s Peak. Sink in the first mild of the day and luxuriate in the highest level in the Philippines as the sun rises magnificently above the sky of clouds that dissipate under. The trek again right down to the village is equally as breathtaking with rolling hills, wildlife and recent mountain air.

What to do:

  • Take pleasure in driving the local method by jumping right into a jeepney at Baguio city and journey to Kabayan, the foot of Mount Pulag.
  • For the greatest views, set off at 2am which ought to see you make the summit, “the sea of clouds” in time for sensational dawn views
  • Take a while to discover the mountain village of Kabayan the place you’ll be able to pattern native meals, visit the market stalls and converse with the villagers

The place to remain:

  • Baban’s homestay is situated in the mountain village of Kabayan, providing friends a hearty traditional meal before waking at 2am to start the trek for dawn

4. Boracay

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A 4km stretch of white sand that was once voted “the best beach in the World”, the aptly named white seashore on Boracay island is an absolute should for seashore lovers looking for turquiose seas, white powder sands and a slice of the good life. Arriving at Caticlan jetty, guests to Boracay can get on a ship that ferries passengers from 5am and 9pm to the island. Breakfast on the seashore, water sports throughout the ocean, cliff jumping, inflateable playgrounds, bar crawls and golden sunsets are the order of the day!

What to do:

  • Cliff leaping at Ariels level with 5 cliff jumps ranging from 3 metres to 13 metres.
  • Sunsets don’t come extra orange and hazy than in Boracay. Seize a beer and get set to take pleasure in merely some of the greatest sunsets the Philippines has to supply!
  • Kite surf on Bulabog seashore where winds permit for optimal circumstances!

The place to remain:

  • Hostel Avenue is the first hostel situated on the white seashore strip for an inexpensive solution to roll out of bed and onto the seashore!

5. Coron

barracuda lake coronCoron is called the shipwreck diving capital of the Philippines, if not the World and the city itself is quaint, cute and a haven for visitors trying to get their diving fix. The town is awash with diving retailers, tour corporations and travelers trying to discover each above and under the Sulu sea. Coron should have some of the bluest water in the world, with  rock formations that pierce the surface and penetrate the skies.

What to do:

  • Dive the shipwrecks on a liveaboard boat.
  • Hop on both tour A, B or C and boat round the hottest spots of Coron together with Kayangan Lake, Skeleton Wreck (snorkel) and the twin lagoons.
  • For a more personal strategy to see the highlights of Coron, organize a personal constitution at an reasonably priced worth and make your personal itinerary for the final day tour!

Where to remain:

6. Sangat Island

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For an off the crushed path adventure 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Coron city, hop on a speedboat and organize a jet ski tour by way of the lush mangroves and glassy blue waters on the South Japanese Cusp of Coron. Nestled amongst towering limestone cliffs, lush greenery and coconut palms, that is really an exclusive and seclusive patch of paradise with an adrenaline fueled adventure awaiting anyone prepared to make the brief boat journey.

What to do:

  • Jet ski via the mangroves on both a 1 or 2 hour tour with an elective cease at a waterfall.
  • Take a dip in the natural scorching springs.
  • Sangat Island presents the greatest and most quick access to the wrecks that give Coron the title of “shipwreck capital of the World”.

Where to stay:

  • Sangat Island Resort is a dive resort situated on a sandy stretch of Sangat Island that gives visitors the exlcusive opportunity to roam the relics of the island

7. Snake Island, El Nido

philippines most beautiful placesSnake Island is one of the busier locations on the record however nonetheless greater than worthy of word. El Nido is a traveler’s paradise with charming bars, eating places and island hopping alternatives to discover the lagoons, caves and remoted seashores. Go diving, or go to one of the areas many iconic landmarks together with secret lagoon, commando seashore or snake island (pictured). For a extra genuine option to discover slightly than leaping on a tour boat, seize a kayak and row, row, row your boat to at least one of the many secret seashores bedded towards the karst landscape.

What to do:

  • Island hopping excursions – snake island is a should on the itinerary!
  • Lease a kayak from the town and head to some of the secluded lagoons and hidden beaches solely a short row away.
  • Climb Taraw Cliff using an area information who will take you to the summit with sweeping panoramas of the city stretching as far as the eye can see.

The place to remain:

8. Nacpan Seashore

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Only a 40 minute tricycle journey from El Nido lies Nacpan Seashore, arguably one of the Philippines’ greatest and most easily accessible beaches. Bluer than blue waters, isolated patches of sand and palm timber that layer the complete sandy boulevard, full paradise is the order of the day. Grab a coconut or three and take in the solar!

What to do:

  • Swim and snorkel any of the 4km stretch of ocean that strains Nacpan Seashore.
  • Stroll to the tip of the seashore where you can find panoramic views of the twin beaches and neighbouring Calitang seashore
  • Sip beers or coconuts at the resto bar

The place to remain:

  • Mad Monkey Seashore Hostel is the standalone accommodation situated on the beachfront of Nacpan seashore and provides the final beachside retreat for direct access to the sights and sounds of Nacpan.

9. Bantayan Island

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Means off the crushed path and still a hidden gem.  Locals will welcome you into their guesthouses with open arms for you to discover powdery, undeveloped white sand beaches, native cafes, fish markets and sure, you guessed it, skydiving! Bantayan is the solely approach and certainly the solely place in the Philippines to attempt skydiving, so why not mix an off the crushed path adventure with an adrenaline-fueled one too!? Should you’d quite stick with the floor, cycling between the two fundamental cities at reverse ends of the isle provides you some local tradition plus lots of beverage stops alongside the method. Merely get a bus from Cebu City to Hagnaya Port and bounce on the ferry across to the island!

What to do:

  • Skydive at Skydive Higher Cebu, the only skydiving centre in the Philippines!
  • Cycle between the primary towns of Santa Fe and Madridejos.
  • Explore the sandbars situated in Santa Fe and laze the day away.

The place to remain:

Bantayan has a variety of accommodation each in the town of Santa Fe and dotted along the beachfronts but select to stay at a homestay for the most authentic option to experience this authentic island. Stevrena Cottages are an amazing value for cash choice!

10. Romblon

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With stretches of sand so far as the eye can see, Romblon Island, Sibuyan Island, Carabao Island and Tablas Island are insanely lovely. There you can see more locals than vacationers on the secluded sands, viewpoints and off the crushed path waterfalls! Take a look at the sandbars of Bonbon seashore and the slither of sand will depart you speechless as you stroll and speak for so long as the tide allows!

What to do:

  • Get misplaced on the sandbars of Bonbon seashore.
  • Libtong Falls situated on Romblon Island provides an off the crushed path adventure with an area guide.
  • Marakay Marakay cliff leaping could be situated by boat the place a tiny rock island houses a platform to send it in fashion!

Where to remain:

  • There are a number of visitor homes in Romblon including Romblon Enjoyable Divers who’re also capable of organize a dive tour within the region too.

11. Siargao Island

siargao Magapunko Rock PoolsNow considered one of the greatest spots to catch waves and get your surfing fix, Siargao island is a myriad of adventure together with island hopping to “Naked island”, rock pooling, caving in Tayangban, and seashores housing sundown piers and karaoke bars. There is sufficient to explore and expertise to maintain you busy for weeks and is value a prolonged trip all by itself!

What to do:

  • Sugba Lagoon is one of the Philippines most beautful sights with cobalt blue waters housing tiny mushroom islands together with a diving board platform for these trying to take a more adventurous dip.
  • Dubbed the surf capital of the Philippines, there are waves a lots to catch for each degree offering uncrowded surf areas and optimum circumstances to either discover ways to surf or ship your greatest surf kicks.
  • Simply less than a 20km drive from Common Luna lies one of the prettiest and most epic rope swings in the World and dubbed since 2017, the palm tree rope swing. Set amongst the lush palmy panorama, this rope swing nestled above a river.


12. Malapascua Island

A tiny islet located 6.8km throughout a shallow strait of North Cebu lies scuba diving to rival some of the greatest dive websites in the World. Dive lovers from around the globe come for the uncommon probability to eye thresher sharks and an enormous array of marine life that leaves you in awe of life on this blue planet.

  • Need to dive in the Philippines, look no additional! Beautiful corals, tropical waters and the uncommon probability to dive with Thresher sharks await.
  • Bounty Seashore is the primary seashore on the island but you possibly can chill on any of the beaches throughout the island in case you are prepared to make the 1 and a half hour walk from one finish to the different.
  • Discover the lighthouse that awaits after a trek on the reverse aspect of the fundamental strip housing the dive outlets.

The place to stay:

  • Evolution Dive Resort is one of the greatest dive outlets on the island providing the probability to enjoyable dive, take your qualifications a step further by enrolling on a course or additionally snorkel rental for non-divers to take pleasure in the underwater utopia

13. Kawasan Falls, Cebu

Whereas many choose to visit Kawasan Falls as a result of it being one of the greatest waterfalls in The Philippines, for these in search of an alternate solution to explore the larger elements of the falls ending in the lagoon at the bottom, look no additional than canyoneering your means via valleys, enclaves and rock swimming pools. This is Kawasan Falls with a twist! The jumps vary from 2m to 12m and will make sure you get your adrenaline pumping. Be sure you save sufficient breath for the jaw dropping climax at the bottom of the falls after leaping your means via glassy blue rock pools housed within thick jungle vegetation.

What to do:

  • Cliff Leaping tours may be arranged prematurely or upon arriving in Cebu.
  • Board a picket raft at the foot of Kawasan Falls where locals will submerse you inside and behind the falls.
  • Situated a 3- 6 hour trek from Kawasan Falls, trekkers can find a beautiful peak overlooking Cebu, Osmena Peak, over 1,000m above sea degree with 360 degree vistas towards the backdrop of step cliffs.

Where to remain:

  • Cuestas Seashore Resort is an reasonably priced beachside resort situated in Badian and simply 2 miles from the falls itself!

14. Puerto Princesa

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Puerto Princesa is paradise in the Palawan province of the Philippines. While many use the coastal region as a gateway to El Nido, there are some critical secluded sandbars to roam in this Western half of the Philippines. Chalky white sands are married alongside lush greenery and a karst landscape awaits. We extremely advocate that you simply additionally venture into what is essentially acknowledged as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, the subterranean underground river. Add plentiful options to dive with long-nosed dolphins into the combine of magic in Puerto Princesa and this makes for so much greater than just a gateway into El Nido.

What to do:

  • Get lost on one of Puerto Princessa’s many sandbars that snake their approach along the coast in the West.
  • Go to “the eighth wonder of the World”, the underground river at the UNESCO subterranean river nationwide park.
  • Island hop by conventional fishing boat to Honda Island on the japanese shores of Palawan.

Where to remain:

  • For these on the lookout for the ultimate luxurious escape, look no additional than Puerto Princesa Backyard Resort, complete with personal island sandbar. For those on a price range there are various beachside guesthouses and hostels alongside the beachfront.

15. Island hopping

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Sailing in and round some of the smallest and most distant islets of the Philippines was really awe-inspiring, island hopping at its best. Discovering locations to get misplaced on, sandbar slices of paradise, tenting on separated sands and snorkeling in some of the calmest, creamiest, clearest waters in the World have been some of our favourite moments from the entire of our Philippines journey, to not mention singing Karaoke in a locals house with solely the native villagers and rum to keep us company! Hop on an expedition boat for an perception into the Philippines at its most authentic, real and rawest type. You possibly can read extra right here.

It’s robust to assume of a more lovely corner of the world than the Philippines. These 7,107 islands are considered some of the greatest in the World and for magnificence and we now know why. Slices of silky sand, picturesque landscapes and adrenaline fueled adventure all to the tune of the unwavering welcome of the Filipino individuals make it clear, “It’s more fun in the Philippines”!

planning a trip to the Philippines? Picking where to go can be overwhelming, considering how many islands there are! To help you plan your Philippines itinerary, here are 15 most beautiful places in the philippines, with some off the beaten path spots that you may not have heard of. #PhilippinesPin me!


About the Authors: Charlie and Charlotte are the wanderlusting couple behind The Wanderlovers. Three years in the past they ditched their metropolis jobs and have turned their passion for travel into a life-style documenting their adventures over on Instagram, hoping to encourage future vacationers that something is feasible in case you just buy that a method ticket … Go Stay!

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