When talking about Philippine beaches, Boracay island is probably the most popular Philippine tourist spot there is. There’s just no escaping the lure of its three kilometer beach of powdery white sand, crystal clear waters, and diverse underwater wildlife. Because of the natural beauty of the island, several hotels, resorts, restaurants, and clubs have mushroomed along the long stretch of beach. Giving tourists endless choices of amenities, exotic food, and things to do. Boracay is the perfect island getaway, capable of giving you a day of peaceful relaxation, and a night of parties and fun.
Among the many activities to do in Boracay are scuba diving, snorkeling, parasailing, kite surfing, jet skiing, sail boating, banana boat riding, and island hopping. And if you think that the fun ends only in the beach, think again. Tour the whole island of Boracay and you will find many other tourist attractions yet to be discovered.
Because of all the things you have to see and you need to do in Boracay, a few days just isn’t enough. So get ready for that much needed week long vacation, book your tickets, and pack your bags. After all, they say you haven’t seen the beach yet, if you haven’t been to Boracay.
Manila Cathedral, Intramuros
Historical Manila! Manila is the capital of the Philippines, and is a beloved Philippine tourist spot due to its rich history. Some of the must see places in Manila include Rizal Park, where the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal was martyred. Rizal Park includes the Manila Planetarium, part of Manila Bay, Quirino Grandstand, and Ocean Adventure. Fort Santiago is also a historical place to visit, featuring dungeons and cells and a museum dedicated for Rizal.
Intramuros, also known as the Walled City, is sometimes called as the Philippines’ little Spain. The Philippines was colonized by the Spaniards for 300 years, and Intramuros still retains this part of history, showcasing beautiful Spanish houses, streets, and churches, minimally touched by modernization. Enjoy a calesa (horse driven carriage) ride, and transport yourself back in time.
For a touch of Philippine culture and history, never miss to visit Manila Philippines.
Cebu City Sinulog Festival
Cebu City Philippines
Cebu City, also known as the Queen City of the South is growing to be a popular destination for Philippines travel. This is because Cebu is a mixture of technology and natural resources. Cebu is beginning to follow the footsteps of Makati, with its high-rise buildings, huge shopping malls, and superior hotels. But despite this technological boom, Cebu has something else to offer.
Surrounding the main island of Cebu, are little islands with beaches that can match the beauty of Boracay. Islands that are beginning to become tourist attractions are Malapascua Island, Bantayan Island, and the little yet known, but breath taking Camotes Island.
January would be the best time to go to Cebu, as this is when the Sinulog Festival is held. This is Cebu City’s Fiesta, and at this time the streets become filled with performers in elaborate costumes and extravagant floats. Feast your eyes to the amazing colors and performances held at the streets of Cebu. You will surely be caught up in all the festivity!
Bohol’s Chocolate Hills
Bohol is an island that practically has everything, making it one of the favorite Philippine tourist spots. Bohol is famous for its Chocolate Hills. An attraction that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. The Chocolate Hills is composed of 1,776 hills over 50 square kilometers. A sight that is certainly one to behold.
Aside from the Chocolate Hills, Bohol also boasts of majestic waterfalls, underground caves, scuba diving spots, historical sites, pristine beaches, and activities such as dolphin and whale watching.
Another thing that can only be found in Bohol is the interesting creature called the tarsier. This animal is native only to Bohol, and has grown in popularity due to its looks. The tarsier is like a very small monkey but with eyes that take up more than half of its head. The tarsier is truly one of Bohol’s unique treasures.
If you’re looking for a vacation that never ceases in sights and activities, Bohol is the place to go.
El Nido, Palawan
If you’re looking for breathtaking views and total relaxation, Palawan is the place to go. There’s just no exchanging the beauty of Palawan beaches. With its crystal clear waters, pristine white sand, and exotic underwater wildlife, for some, Palawan is sheer paradise.
The island is relatively untouched. And although there are some famous resorts, if you do some exploring, you will find yourself at your own private beach. Take a few steps into the sea, and just a little beyond you are fish swimming like they have never encountered humans before. Indeed, Palawan is nature at it’s raw best.
Looking for paradise? You have found it in Palawan.
Mount Apo, Davao
In Davao lies the highest peak of the Philippines, Mount Apo. This mountain towers over Davao at a majestic 10,311 feet above sea level. For mountaineering enthusiasts, Mount Apo is one to conquer. Along its trail lies an exotic display of nature, with a steaming blue lake, geysers and suplhur pillars, rainwater lakes and cascading waterfalls. Mount Apo is a definite sight to see.
Davao also boasts its Samal Island as again one of the best beaches of the country. Samal island holds the luxurious Pearl Farm Resort, where guests can relax at a private retreat. The resort is named as such as the place was once an 11 hectare pearl farm, harvesting pink, white, and gold pearls from Sulu Sea.
Davao is also famous for being the natural habitat of the Philippine’s National Bird, the Philippine Eagle. It is also the place where the king of all fruits, called the durian, flourishes. Truly, Davao is a place of majestic beauty.
Silliman Hall Dumaguete
Dumaguete City, located at Negros Oriental, is a peaceful and provincial place, also known as the University Town. This is called as such because of the many universities that are located in the heart of this small city. Dumaguete is best known for Silliman University, one of the oldest and most beautiful universities in the whole country. This University is the home of 302 acacia trees, which contributes to the beauty and tranquility of the place. Also, in Silliman lies the oldest American structure left standing in the Philippines. This is the beautiful Silliman Hall which greets everyone who comes to Dumaguete, as it is located right in front of the sea.
Dumaguete is also best known for Rizal Boulevard, which is a long boulevard beside the sea, with many restaurants and establishments across the street. There certainly is something to this little town, as people are known to come back time and time again to visit good old Dumaguete.
More Places to Visit in the Philippines!
There are many many more Philippines travel destinations that are well worth seeing. There’s the Taal Volcano, the Mayon Volcano in Albay, the Banaue Rice Terraces, Subic Bay, and so much more. Indeed the Philippines is a country that is rich in God given wonders, so if ever you’re thinking of taking a vacation outside your country, come to the Philippines and see for yourself what we have got to offer. Till the next hub!