After I went to see my wife in the Philippines, the only thing I could ever talk to her about was wanting to go back and see more of her beautiful country! My wife and I have already started a list of all the other places we would like to visit when we go back there in the near future.
The Philippines seems to be on the lower end of places to visit for most tourist. This could be due to the higher travel cost it takes to get there, or just lack of knowledge of the vast amount of things this place has to offer.
Whatever the case, by the time you finish reading this post I hope to show you just how fun of a place the Philippines can be, or how they like to say “ It’s more fun in the Philippines.”
So without any further delay, let me jump into it and give you the best places to visit in the Philippines in my personal opinion, whether this is your first time visiting or you have been here before.
While there I was lucky enough to visit one of the top ranked vacation places in the Philippines, Palawan.
One of its main attractions is the Subterranean River located in Puerto Princesa. It has been added to the 8 wonder of the world, and is one of the longest navigable underground rivers in the world. Guided paddle boats lasting between 45 mins to an hour, will show you its beautiful rock formations and bats that live within caves you will be traveling through.
Make sure you don’t stop here though. Between its amazing beaches, underwater views, and vast wildlife, you could spend weeks here and never get bored. Also with some of the top rated resorts, you will not be disappointed sleeping a few nights here.
Don’t let this small island fool you. It is has lots of adventures and thrills like, cliff diving, snorkeling, kite surfing, and horseback riding.
However it is best known for its white beaches and turquoise water. With boat tours, scuba diving, and breath taking sunsets, if you are looking for some place to getaway, this is basically paradise!
If you are one to also enjoy partying, Boracay’s nightlife is one worthy of trying out. With several bars scattered throughout the island, and Philippines cheap alcohol prices, you can be sure to have hours of excitement lasting you throughout the whole night.
If you’re one who loves to learn about history, Cebu will be an excellent choice for you. It is the second largest city in the Philippines, and has some of the most historical sites in the whole country.
Some of the top attractions are …
1. Taoist Temple
The temple has shrines, statues, and flourishing gardens. It’s high on a mountain which takes approximately 75-100 steps to reach. If you have poor health conditions, or just don’t feel like walking up all those steps, they offer taxi rides around back.
2. Magellan’s Cross
This large wooden cross is Cebu’s most important historical landmark. In 1521 Ferdinand Magellan implanted this cross where his family and followers were baptized.
Many people believed the cross had supernatural powers, and would chip a small piece off. Eventually they had to replace it in 1845 because it started to crumble apart.
3. Bsilica del santo Nino
This is Philippines oldest church built back in 1565. An interesting fact about this church is it has been burn down 3 different times, and today’s current church was rebuilt in 1737.
If your wanting a quiet peaceful place to visit, then Cebu will be an excellent starting point when you start your travelling.
The first place people tend to associate when you say you’re wanting to go to Bohol, is their chocolate hills — and for good reason.
There are over 1,000 different mounds scattered throughout this island averaging around 35 meters high. They are usually covered in green grass, but during the dry season they turn brown which is where they get their name from.
Also while you are there, keep at look out for some tarsiers. These cute little creatures kinda remind me of a monkey except with very large eyes, and super excellent hearing.
This small island is located at the very top of Philippines. If you can muster up enough courage to ride a boat through crashing waves to get there, you will not be disappointed.
First thing you will notice is the beautiful hills and landscape it has to offer. A major formation that everyone notices when they arrive, is mount Iraya. It is a volcano which kisses the sky, making it viewable almost everywhere you go on the island.
Along with its wonderful landscape you can also see many old structures still standing there. One being a lighthouse, which makes an excellent place get a great view of your surroundings.
If you decide to go here, try to go between the months of March and May. Other times of the year, tourist are warned of the typhoons and strong thunderstorms that usually occur here.
With a country consisting of over 7,000 different islands, I have only begun to scratch the surface of what you can do in the Philippines.
With underground rivers, breathtaking beaches, and beautiful landscapes, what more could you ask for if you want to travel and see the world?
Have you started planning for your next vacation? If you have been to the Philippines — have you visited any of the places I have mentioned here? Leave a comment below letting others know what your experience was like.