25 amazing places to visit in the Philippines
Are you looking for the best places to visit in the Philippines? There are over 7,000 islands to choose from, so when you’re a first-time visitor, choosing destinations to visit can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re looking for places in the middle of nowhere to visit in the Philippines.
To make it easier, we’ve put together this list of 25 amazing places in the Philippines that are definitely worth considering for your next trip!
1. Mayon Volcano
Mayon Volcano is located on the island of Luzon in the Bicol region. It is an active stratovolcano with a perfect cone shape.
It is one of the most impressive places in the Philippines where you can photograph the volcano’s famous reflection in the nearby lake.
2. Koron Island
If you’re planning a trip to the Philippines, you’ve probably seen photos from the Palawan Islands and most likely from the twin lagoon in Coron.
This is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines to visit and should definitely be on your wish list!
3. Rice Terraces of Banaue
Rice terraces in the Philippines are completely unknown compared to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces in Bali or the Sapa Valley in Vietnam. But the rice terraces of Banaue are very impressive and offer an unforgettable experience that is sure to be a memory to last a lifetime.
They were carved in the Ifugao Mountains by the ancestors of locals living there today. The rice terraces in Banaue are sometimes called the eighth wonder of the world because they were built mostly by hand with minimal use of tools.
If you are looking for a more remote vacation, the island of Siargao is very beautiful, but not yet as popular. It’s a dream destination for adventurers and those who love spending time in the water.
The waters surrounding Siargao are teeming with sea life, and the island is full of beautiful beaches and crystal clear water. The atmosphere is quite relaxing, and it’s a great place to experience Filipino culture.
5. Chocolate Hills.
Despite its name, there is no chocolate in the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, but you will see picturesque views and hundreds of hills that, when they change color, look like little chocolate mountains.
You may have heard of Oslob and that you can swim with whale sharks there, but it is much better to visit Donsol, which is ethical and does not behave as badly as Oslob tour operators.
Donsol is located in the province of Sorsogon and is one of the best backwoods places to visit in the Philippines.
Cebu is the main city of Cebu Island and is home to some important historical sites from colonial times. It is also the gateway to more than 150 small islands.
Cebu’s street food is especially famous, so be sure to try the local dishes!
8. Taal Volcano.
Taal Volcano is probably one of the coolest places in the Philippines, located on the island of Luzon. If you like adventure, you can even go hiking!
9. Tubbataha Reef.
If you like snorkeling and diving, you should visit Tubbataha National Park, which is located in the middle of the Sulu Sea.
Tourists are only allowed to come here by boat, but it’s worth it as the Tubbataha Reef is teeming with marine life.
Boracay is one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. The island is famous for its white sandy beaches and turquoise water, and there is a lot of development going on.
The island became so popular that it had to be closed because it could not turn over because of the large number of tourists wanting to go here. But now it is open again and you can once again enjoy the beautiful beaches of Boracay .
11. Mount Pulag
There are many impressive mountains in the Philippines, and Mount Pulag is the highest peak of Luzon Island with a peak height of 2926 meters above sea level.
The views from the top are very striking, it takes about 4-6 hours to get to the top.
Siquihor is another beautiful island in the Philippines that I think is worth visiting at least once.
In addition to the natural beauty with beaches and waterfalls, the island is also known for witchcraft and shamanism, which can be a great cultural experience when you get to see the mystical side of Siquihor.
Vigan is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the Philippines and is located in the northwestern part of Luzon Island.
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El Nido is another beautiful place in the Palawan Islands not to be missed. Fly to Puerto Princesa, and from there it’s an easy drive to El Nido, where stunning scenery and various shades of blue water await you.
15. Sanctuary of the Tarsiers, Corella
On the island of Bohol you can find this small creature, better known as the Philippine tarsier. It is one of the smallest primates in the world, and you can visit the Longhorn Sanctuary on Corella, which is the only ethical place to see them except in the wild.
16. Camiguin Island
Camiguin Island is a small but beautiful island just north of Davao. It is known for its white sand and mountainous landscape. The island was formed by a volcanic eruption and is also called an island born of fire.
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Sagada is one of the most unusual places in the Philippines. It is located on the mountain of Luzon Island and is known for the hanging coffins in the Echo Valley.
It’s a fairly remote mountain region with many caves, rice terraces and waterfalls to explore, but you’ll still find a selection of hostels and local restaurants.
18. Kalangaman Island.
If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting a small island with a long strip of white sand and crystal clear water in various shades of blue, then Kalangaman Island is the place for you!
19. Kavasan Falls
Kavasan Falls is one of the main attractions of Cebu Island, a beautiful waterfall with turquoise water in the middle of the jungle. It has 3 levels, and canyoning is also quite popular here.
Baguio City may be one of the most colorful places to visit in the Philippines, and it is known for its many colorful houses.
It is a mountain resort town nicknamed the “City of Pines,” and it is a popular vacation spot during the hot summer mountains because of the cooler mountain air.
Dumaguete is a beautiful coastal town on the island of Negros in the southern part of the country. It is full of history and is a great base for exploring the nearby mountains, waterfalls and beaches.
All in all, when you visit Dumaguete, you’ll feel like a local.
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22. Mount Apo.
Mount Apo is the highest point in the Philippines, an active stratovolcano located on Davao Island. You can easily reach this area from Davao City, and you can even get to the top, where you have a spectacular view.
23. Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur
The Enchanted River is one of the most beautiful natural places in the Philippines to visit in Surigao del Sur, on the east coast of Mindanao.
It is also known as the Sacred Hinatuan River, and the water is crystal clear and has an amazing emerald blue color.
24. Maria Christina Falls.
If you want to chase waterfalls in the Philippines, you can also put the beautiful Maria Christina Falls on your list.
It is located near Iligan City (Mindanao Island), which is known as the city of majestic waterfalls because of its proximity to more than 20 stunning waterfalls.
Last but not least the capital of the Philippines, Manila was previously considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Fortunately, all that has changed and these days Manila is generally safe to visit and the city is huge!
Metro Manila has a population of more than 13 million people, and you can experience the history, food, and culture of the Philippines.
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