The Philippines is a great destination to wander and explore. With more than 7,100 islands that make up this beautiful country, you’re in for more than a thousand different offerings for your eyes to see, for your feet to explore, and for your mouth to taste. Each island and province within the Philippines has a unique site to behold and gastronomic treats for you to try. While it’s good that you have a lot of choices on where to go in this majestic country, you will need to choose which of the places you want to visit if you are a traveler who is pressed for time. We recommend a few of these places to visit first, and then try out the other ones on your next travel.
If you prefer to explore underwater and get up, close and personal with the marine ecosystem, this country can offer places where you can sate your hunger for scuba diving adventure. Cebu offers one of the best dive sites in the country. It’s long island coastline offers places to explore the depths of the sea, such as Malapascua, Bantayan and Moalboal. You’ll need a reliable and knowledgeable Cebu travel guide to get you to known dive sites and help you explore the lesser known places that may have the potential to become dive/tourist spots in the future. Travel guides that know the island inside and out are essential companions to give you a secure and fun adventure while exploring different places.
Palawan figures again when it comes to great scuba diving sites. The well-known Tubbataha Reefs National Park offers divers one of the few places in the world where they can find the most diverse marine ecosystems. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, going to this place will make it a great accomplishment for avid divers.
Going back to the center of the Philippines, specifically neighboring Cebu, is Apo Island. This diving spot in Dauin, Negros Oriental is where you can see a wide variety of coral reefs and colorful marine organisms. You’ll also find unique rock formations and beautiful beaches on this quaint little island.
For Beach Exploration
The Philippines holds one of the longest coastlines due to its many islands by the sea. If it’s beach exploration that you are after, you’ll have your fill and more with its different beautiful beaches. From the north, you can start with the crystalline beaches of Caramoan in Camarines Sur. Going down west, Palawan offers white sand beaches and magnificent cliffs, not to mention their underground caves. Moving back near to the center of the country, you’ll find the fine, white sand beaches of Boracay in Aklan. Going south, you’ll find the majestic beaches of Siargao island in Surigao del Norte.
Although the Philippines doesn’t have towering peaks, it still offers great places for hiking and trekking. There are still locations of great ecological diversity and flora and fauna that are naturally endemic to certain areas in the country. There are mountains you can explore around the country that offer varying breathtaking views. Nearest the national capital, Manila, there are several surrounding mountains in the nearby provinces you can explore. There’s Taal Volcano in Tagaytay, Pico de Loro in Cavite, Mt. Banahaw in Quezon province and many other nearby peaks. Green forests, diverse fauna and friendly locals will make your day as you hike trails in these places. Further north, you’ll reach Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao Province. This verdant mountain showcases one of the great rice terraces created by human hands. You’ll get to see a great view of an amphitheater-like scenery of rice fields at the side of the mountains in this province.
When you have thousands of travel options in the Philippines, go for the best and most recommended ones first. You’ll get to appreciate the sights and sounds of the places you visit, and you’ll get a feel of the travel experience in the Philippines. People say first impressions last, that is why having an awesome travel experience on your first trip will leave you coming back for more. So mark your maps and set your destination to the Philippines.