A popular destination perfect for your luxury vacation, The Philippines is an easy destination to visit multiple times, due to its more than 7,000 islands. The hardest decision you’ll ever make as a traveler is figuring out which island to visit first. The Philippines is divided into three main island groups namely Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, which represent different regions in the country.
The landscape in every region of the Philippines ranges from the highlands and tropics to the metropolitan areas. Spend a day walking the historic colonial streets of the capital, Manila, or catch a rare glimpse of the little tarsier monkeys at a private sanctuary on the island of Bohol. Steep, plush mountains provide unforgettable hiking experiences.
Because it’s surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, it’s no surprise that the Philippines has some of the best beaches in Asia, and the scuba diving opportunities are outstanding.
Things In Philippines That Will Make You Fall in Love
The Philippine tourism slogan says, “More fun in the Philippines,” and it’s not hard to see why. Here is a list that will make you choose the Philippines as your next travel destination.
- Breathtaking views
- Can Be Selected Among 7,641 Islands
- Great Diving and Surfing Spots
- Delicious Pinoy Cuisine
- Ridiculously good people
- Major Festivals
- Dynamic Nightlife
- Interesting Mix of Different Cultures
- Filipinos Welcome Everyone with Open Arms
Beautiful Places to Visit in the Philippines
- Coron island
One of the best diving spots in the world, Coron Island is a tropical paradise with almost unreal electric blue and green water. The mountainous island is located at the tip of the Palawan Island region, the westernmost of the islands in the Philippines. The island is popular for diving due to the numerous shipwrecks here.
Most of the protected shipwrecks are found at depths ranging from shallow water at just three meters to deep water at 42 meters. Due to the size of some shipwrecks, more than one dive is required to be discovered, but you can easily spend a week diving in this area. For non-submerged dives, check out Barracuda Lake, an ancient volcano with many unusual rock formations and fish.
A cultural mix of Spanish and Chinese influences stems from the settlers of this region. This town is in the Luzon region in the northern Philippines. Don’t miss a horse-drawn kalesa ride to experience the streets that take you back to colonial architecture. For the best view of the city, visit the Bantay Bell Tower. Other attractions in the Philippines include the historic Calle Crisologo district and St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral is worth seeing.
- Puerto Princesa
Palawan Island is the Philippines’ hidden paradise because of its rock, caves, and natural parks. The coastal city of Puerto Princesa is where you should base yourself to explore some of these natural gems of the country. The Underground River National Park is a great first stop to see a five-mile underground river and impressive limestone caves.
There are boat tours that will take you through the national park on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Other must-sees in Puerto Princesa are Honda Bay, popular for snorkeling, and Ugong Rock, where you can try zipline descending and caving.
Located on Luzon Island, which is known as the capital city and has colorful jeeps as the main mode of transportation, it is also one of the highlights of the city. Shining skyscrapers rise amid the concrete buzz of the city in the Asian metropolis. With modern parks, shopping malls, and hotels with the best hospitality, Manila is one of the best places to visit in the Philippines.
Bohol’s unique geological formations look like chocolate hills, especially when they turn brown during the dry season. These 1,200 hills attract crowds and are among the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. The rest of Bohol is covered in thick forest with meandering rivers perfect for canoeing.
The Philippines is an island country located in the Western Pacific. Filipinos are friendly, warm, and generous. The region has one of the longest combined coastlines in the world due to the country’s seven thousand tropical islands. These islands feature beautiful coral reefs and spectacular dives, wildlife such as whale sharks and dugongs, and mountainous tropical rainforest.
With its extraordinary beauty and undeniably friendly locals, the Philippines is not hard to love. Most tourists think the Philippines is all about beaches, but it’s much more. And a trip here will immerse you in everything you see and will make you fall in love with the values of everyone you meet and the delicious cuisine they have to offer.
– Amrin Ahmed