Don't Miss Places In Philippines
The Philippines is a beautiful nation in the Southeastern part of Asia that consists of 7,107 wonderful islands. It is home to beautiful beaches that attract tourists and travelers to discover and enjoy. The charm of this tropical country never ceases to amaze anyone. Along with the warm smile of friendly Filipinos, their deep passion and respect for their rich cultural heritage can be seen and felt in so many ways.
Discover the wonders of nature on its enchanting beaches, more than 30 active volcanoes, interesting mountains and tropical rainforests. There are also world heritage diving reef sites which will amaze you. There is fun and adventure on every island. Here are the top ten reasons why locals and tourists exclaim out loud, “It’s more fun In the Philippines!”
The small island of Boracay in the middle of the Philippine archipelago is the tourist center par excellence of the Philippines. Even in the low season (rainy season) a lot of tourists still flock to this remote island attraction. Typically, you fly by plane from Manila or Cebu to Caticlan, Kalibo or Iloilo on the neighboring island of Panay and then continue with a small boat or a ferry ride to reach the idyllic island. It has a great beach promenade and there are about 20 dive sites distributed around the island that are accessible by a small boat from the beach in less than ten minutes.
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The underwater world is beautiful. At night you can feel a pleasant and lively atmosphere on every corner in town as the evening entertainment shows, discos, and bars heat up for the night, or simply enjoy a cool cocktail on the beach, because it stays warm even at night. The island thrives on the reputation of its famous White Sand Beach, which ranks among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world today. The fine white sand and the transparent turquoise water are unparalleled and incomparable, and being there is simply heavenly. Plus, the friendliness of the Filipinos is something incredible. Do not hesitate to go if you can.
If you want to find a nearly deserted spot in Boracay, go to Puka Beach or Yapak Beach. Puka Beach is worth the walk and there are almost no tourists around. You will feel like Robinson Crusoe, stranded on a deserted island. There is only a small bamboo hut which serves small snacks and fresh coconuts. It is best explored on foot or by renting a bicycle or motorbike around the area.
For water sports enthusiasts, Ariel's Point is an amazing experience! The place is very beautiful and finely structured. There are activities for everyone; catamarans, kayaks, snorkeling, swimming and jumping off the rocks! Jumping from the cliff gives the best adrenaline rushes. The free drinks are overflowing (water, soda, beer and rum) throughout the trip. Enjoy a nice barbeque personally prepared by the owner for their adventurous guests.
Close to the idyllic beach resort in Sabang Palawan is the Puerto Princesa Underground River, where a river flows within a mountain cave that is about 8.5 kilometers along to its mouth in the nearby ocean. About 4 km of underground and cave wonders are navigable by small rowing boats, which are accessible to the public for a minimum fee. From the jetty on Sabang river, you ride in an outrigger boat to reach the lagoon of the Underground River.
A tour guide explains the sights while paddling. The cave is illuminated with lights powered by car batteries. It is home to many birds and bats. The trip goes through seemingly endless channels with impressive rock formations (natural stalactites and stalagmites). The highlight of the tour is the natural cathedral stone formation with a height of about 60 meters. This natural wonder is unparalleled and should be included on every trip to the Philippines. Having won the recently concluded The New Seven Wonders Of The World contest adds to the allure, irresistible charm and mystery of this island. Palawan Island can be reached by 24-hour boat ride from the port of Manila or by a 3-hour commercial flight from Manila Domestic Airport.
The great World Heritage Site called the Tubbataha Reef calls many professional scuba divers to appreciate the beauty of the underwater attraction and protected marine life around the island. Visibility is clear on a good day and at the average depth (25-30 meters), although sometimes it gets a little less depending on the movement of the currents. The most beautiful site is the Dulsan Wreck, where divers can explore at will. On this dive site, you can see various types of stingrays, mackerels of huge sizes, schools of jacks, colorful tropical fishes, barracuda, black and white snappers which make good subjects for underwater photography.
The regular underwater attractions include giant turtles, reef and nursery sharks (usually seen in groups) and white sharks. The site is guarded and protected by the Philippine Coast Guard Marine Biologists and Rangers who readily warn and intercept fishermen who try to fish in spite of the absolute prohibition.
Kayangan Lake is located on Coron Island within Palawan. It is situated in between high steep cliffs and accessible only by boat. Bathe in its nice crystal clear waters and enjoy the serenity of this remote tourist attraction along Coron. It is not too crowded and busy unlike some of the other tourist spots in Palawan.
Corregidor Island, Bataan
This is the perfect place to learn the history of World War II and to read about the heroism of the Filipino soldiers and the precious historical lessons of that war-torn era. There were barracks and a number of gun fortresses here, and some that still stand and are preserved for guests to appreciate.
Besides the large number of guns that were left on the island, there are also barracks in ruins, a small museum, hotels, and dilapidated hospital. Perhaps the most famous part of the island is known as the Malinta Tunnel, where four main tunnels lead to about 40 lateral tunnels which now house war relics and a museum about WW II.
Bataan can be reached via a one-hour speedboat ride from Manila in a guided tour package. Visitors can roam around riding a trolley - a type of bus that looks more like an old-fashioned tram. The guides are very well informed. The guided tour goes around the island, where a number of gun positions and fortresses can be visited. Visitors can walk through the main tunnel where a light and sound presentation educates everyone about the horrors of war. Even lunch is included. If you want to experience a unique historical adventure, visit Corregidor.
The Taal Volcano is well known because the volcano is located within a lake. Accessible by bus or a one-hour long drive from Manila (60 km away), this southern part of Tagaytay is frequented by tourists because of the panoramic view of the volcano visible from all parts of the city. A boat will take you to the foot of the volcanic mountain.
After this, a tour guide will take you up to the summit aboard a rented pony, or if you prefer, you can hike for an hour on foot to reach the edge of the volcanic crater. The view is spectacular, the breeze is cold, the fresh air is clean and everything is worth the long journey.
Intramuros is literally the center of Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. Here, old churches, buildings, and houses built under the Spanish occupation still stand and preserve the rich cultural heritage of the city. Inside the walled city called the Fort Santiago (Old Manila), there are no vehicles allowed, but only horse drawn carriages fashioned during the Spanish era. This part of Manila is the most peaceful and beautiful district.
The restored old buildings are really colorful and some of the houses have been converted into fine dining restaurants and cafes. While in this vicinity do not fail to visit the century-old Manila Cathedral. A few meters more and you will stand amazed at the architectural beauty of an old church called The San Agustin Church. Both churches signify the great faith and religious sentiment the 15th century Spaniards left behind.
Bicol, the southern part of Luzon, prides itself on being the home of the most perfect cone-shaped volcano in the world - the Mayon Volcano. The Mayon volcano is a panoramic sight to admire. Unfortunately, it is usually hidden behind a pack of clouds but on a clear day, you can marvel at its magnificent beauty that can be seen from all points of the region. It can even be admired while riding an airplane. From above, the glamour and splendor of the volcano becomes even more spectacular.
A special tour is not necessary as it can be clearly seen from about 15 km away. When the volcano is active, all climbing and mountain hiking expeditions are suspended. However, when it is dormant, one can rent an All Terrain Vehicle adventure at the foot of this beauty and admire the cone in a closer view.
In addition to Magellan's Cross and Fort San Pedro, one of the interesting highlights of Cebu is the oldest standing church in the Philippines, the Santo Nino Basilica. From the outside it looks a bit dilapidated, but inside is much better and proves how deeply religious the people from this region are. The presence of old statues and images can be seen in every corner of the ancient religious site.
It is usually well attended by many Catholic church-goers. The Basilica del Santo Nino is in the center of the southern part of Cebu, near the Cross of Magellan - so it is practical to visit both historical and cultural attractions at the same time.
When on the island of Bohol, a visit to the Chocolate Hills is certainly a must. A visit during the summer months (March to May) is highly recommended as it is during these times when the view gets more admirable and looks more “chocolate-like”. To better see all the hundred small hills, you must climb an observation deck, from which you can take great pictures with the hills as your background.
Bohol island is not very big, so you can combine it in a day trip with other nearby attractions like; the Tarsier Conservation Sanctuary, a cruise along the Rivers Of Loboc or a visit to the famous Old Church of Baclayon.
The trip from Manila to Sagada takes 16 hours by bus and the trail along the Cordillera region is all worth the effort once you reach the famous Hanging Coffins Of Sagada. Take a good travel guide and they all can tell you why their tribes preferred to bury the dead in such an odd and unique way; hanging on a rocky cliff and in deep canyons.
There is an observation deck to view the side of the cliff and access to the main site is not allowed as the road is slippery and muddy. The region can be reached by a local transport bus or a 12-hour long drive from Manila.
A walk along the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo is like a time travel experience to the past. Here, you will find thrilling adventure as each corner and establishments found along this street signifies the simple life and resiliency of the Filipino spirit. On this street, you can really admire the preserved and quaint old houses that have survived hundreds of years of existence since the Spanish Occupation.
It is an ideal place in the Philippines to have a real glimpse of the past and admire the great architectural traces of the Spaniards. It is very pleasant to walk the street with its serene atmosphere and ethnic charm. There are horse-drawn carriages with knowledgeable coachmen that guide and tour you around the city along with a narrative of every historic old house that you pass along the way.
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