TOP 8 MOST AMAZING TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN PHILIPPINES
As an island nation, many tourists seek to admire the unique and attractive beauty of famous Philippine tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. The highlight of the attraction here is the different large and small islands. It is thanks to the advantages of nature that the Philippines has become the most worthwhile tourist destination this summer.
Listed as one of the most beautiful and charming islands in the world, Palawan Island appears with a clear blue bay and overwhelming natural space. The destination has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Tubbataha Atoll Reef and the Palawan’s Subterranean River. The white beaches provide exotic scenery. The Coron Reefs is home to seven lakes surrounded by limestone cliffs - a must-visit for tourists. The Tabon Caves is considered to be the Cradle of Philippine Civilization because of the archaeological discoveries made on the site. In 2014, the Island was voted the best island in the world in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
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2. Bananue rice terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces are considered a cultural treasure of the Philippines. The terraces, carved on a hill by the Ifugao people approximately two millennia ago, create a scenery unlike any other. The terraces, shaped like stepping stones, reach an altitude of 4920 ft. The terraces made of rocks and mud are clustered and extend over a wide area. Although UNESCO does not consider it to be a heritage site due to the modernization that has occurred in some parts, it has included the terraces in its red list due to erosion.
3. Lake Sebu
Lake Sebu in southern Mindanao is a perfect place for an adventure. It is well-known for its seven waterfalls, two of which have been developed for tourists. Visitors can ride a 590 ft high zipline over the seven waterfalls, and from an elevated point, they can enjoy the beautiful scenery around the waterfall. Visitors can enjoy a nature walk along the lake while the sun rises or take a boat ride in the lake during sunset.
If you are a hiker or a nature lover, Sagada will be your paradise. It takes roughly 15 hours from the airport by car to reach this paradise, which is one of the newest tourist destinations in the Philippines, and because it is located so far from Manila, few people visit. Trekking, caving, visiting waterfalls, rock climbing, and nature tripping are all points of interest. Don't miss the hanging coffins—it is a local tradition to bury the dead in coffins nailed to cliff faces, high above the ground.
5. Puerto Galera
Among the 32 beaches of Puerto Galera, the White Beach is perhaps the most famous. This is evident from the thousands of local and foreign tourists who flock to the beach. During summer in the Philippines (March to May), colorful festivals and concerts are held on the beach, attracting both locals and foreigners. Tourists at the White Beach get to engage in sports activities such as beach football and volleyball, riding jet skis, and banana boats. At night, visitors get to enjoy local music and dances while enjoying drinks served by open bars. Fantastic accommodation is provided by resorts such as the White Beach Resort and the Jewel Beach Resort.
6. Boracay Beach
Known as a beautiful, romantic beach more than 300km from Manila city. This place is one of the tourist destinations in the Philippines that many people dream of. The island of Boracay may be small, but it is one of the best places to visit in the Philippines. In 2014, it was voted the second-best island to visit in the country after Palawan.
Tourists visiting the island tour several beaches including Tambisaan Beach, Crocodile Beach, and Puka Beach. When the earthly ground gets too boring, tourists have the choice of scuba diving. More than fifteen dive sites offer tourists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view underwater tunnels, corals, and caves. The adventurous ones get to experience cliff diving at heights of about 42.5 ft or jump from the cliff into the sea.
7. Corregidor Island
This is one of the most prominent places and active seaports in the history of the Philippines, Corregidor Island. This island is nestled in the southwestern part of Luzon Island, at the entrance of Manila Bay. It was the last island in the Philippines to be captured by the Japanese during WWII and is, therefore, a historic and sentimental place not only for the Filipinos and Japanese but also for the US, who aided its liberation.
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You can still see remnants and relics of those battles, including the tunnels where Filipinos and Americans hid during the war and the cannons they used to fight the Japanese ships and aircraft.
If you're looking for a colder place near Metro Manila, Tagaytay is the right place for you. You can reach the beautiful Tagaytay with a short 2-3 hour car ride from the capital. This spot is known for its delicious food like bulalo, or bone marrow, halayang ube, purple yam jam.
The best place for eating these foods is at the Tagaytay Picnic Grove where you can breathe the fresh air and take in the famous sight of the Taal volcano, one of the most popular and active volcanoes in the Philippines. While there, if you want to see the lake, just ask a tricycle driver outside the Picnic Grove, and they will take you on a scenic ride.