The Philippines is a top draw, though the country doesn’t receive the number of tourists it should. There are more than 7000 stunning islands in the Philippines, beautiful beaches, volcanoes, underground rivers, old churches, idyllic rolling hills and a lot more. A visit to the Philippines will surely be a rewarding experience.
Here are some of the top places to visit in the country.
The Palawan archipelago is a group of gorgeous remote islands, sun-kissed beaches, enchanting lagoons, limestone cliffs, and turquoise blue waters, and coral reefs full of marine life. There are many beautiful places to visit in Palawan, but if you have to pick just two, then it should be El Nido and Coron. The scenery will be postcard-perfect. Island hopping tours can take you to some other destinations. Palawan is great for divers, snorkelers, and nature lovers.
Puerto Galera is a charming coastal town south of Manila. Sabang Beach and White Beach are the most popular beaches. Muelle Bay is an excellent place for nightlife, dining and shopping. You will find some of the best coral reefs in Asia here, including ship wrecks and hundreds of species of marine life.
This is a small island where you will find many great diving spots, just off the coast. This is the only place in the world where you can see thresher sharks regularly, and also hammerheads and manta rays. The white sandy beaches are bordered by colorful coral gardens and coconut trees.
A series of islands unmatched in natural beauty! There are massive cliffs over the ocean, rocky shores, green hills with livestock roaming freely, white beaches, serene islands, and a rich cultural heritage. You will love visiting these islands.
The Philippines is not just about the islands, beaches, coral reefs, and marine animals. The active Mayon Volcano is a star attraction in the country. In fact, this is the most active volcano in the Philippines as well. It has erupted more than 50 times in the last 400 years, the most destructive being in 1814 when tons of volcanic rocks were bombarded over nearby towns. It rises over 8000 feet, but what makes Mayon unique is its symmetrical cone shape. You can climb the volcano when it is safe. There is also camping and bird watching.
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa is paradise for nature lovers. The unspoiled landscape here is rich in wildlife, and the subterranean Puerto Princesa is the longest navigable underground river in the world, which makes this a unique natural phenomena. You can go on a guided paddle boat tour to see many intriguing rock formations, but beware of the fluttering bats. The river is a protected national park.
Boracay Island, 196 miles south of Manila is another natural wonder. You are sure to love the glassy-smooth, white sandy beaches here. There is water sports, diving, and snorkeling. There are many good hotels and resorts in Boracay. It’s a great place to simply relax and enjoy nature as well.