6 best tourist destinations in Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago of approximately 7000 islands in Southeast Asia’s Western Pacific Ocean, between Borneo (Malaysia) to the south and Taiwan to the north.

The Philippines is a cultural melting pot with a plethora of things to do.

From all throughout Asia, there are low-cost flights to Manila. AirAsia, Jetstar, and CebuPacific are all low-cost carriers to consider. There are direct flights from Europe, Australia, and the United States, thanks to Philippine Airlines.

1. Puerto Princesa Underground River

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is located on the northern shore of the Philippine island of Palawan. Puerto Princesa has become one of the most beautiful tourist attractions because to its 8-kilometer-long subterranean river system.

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Puerto Princesa Underground River is the second-longest underground river in the world. Photo: jovifactor.blogspot.com

Puerto Princesa, with its many hotels and magnificent resorts, is also a great destination for travelers who enjoy traveling by boat, as your excursion will require a boat to enter the cave.

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It is paradise for tourists loving traveling by boat. Photo: Leahdeleon.com

Palawan residents are proud of Puerto Princesa Underground River as a wonderful gift God gave to the Philippines and humanity. Puerto Princesa is also one of the few underground rivers in the world people can admire.

Take a walk around Puerto Princesa Underground River, visitors will have the opportunity to admire the arches, columns, rocks, stalactites, and stalagmites …

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When taking a boat on the river, visitors will have the opportunity to admire some sculptures formed by nature. Photo: Richard Raba

Home to unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife, this lovely town also lays claim to one of the world’s most unique natural phenomena, an underground river known as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.

Protected within a national park, this natural wonder is the world’s longest navigable underground river. Guided paddle boat tours show intriguing rock formations and fluttering bats.

2. The ancient city of Vigan

Vigan is a town in the province of Ilocos Sur, the Philippines. The reason why Vigan town is a UNESCO world cultural heritage because Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia.

Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture that has no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.

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Vigan bridge in a poetic space. Photo: Arup

 

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Stagecoach is the main transportation in Vigan. Photo: Russell

Vigan is one of the attractive destinations for many foreign tourists when traveling to the Philippines because Vigan not only has many beautiful architectural features but also is an ideal place to visit.

Small winding cobbled roads, the tilted roof with unique architectural Baroque style along with the lives of indigenous people … all these created a unique cultural identity in Vigan.

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Most of the ancient architecture in Vigan are still well preserved. Photo: Kenneth Paige

3. Maria Cristina Falls

Located in the Lanao del Sur province, Maria Cristina waterfalls is the second highest waterfall is the Philippines and is sometimes called the twin waterfalls.

Because there is a rocky peak protruding outwards, splitting waterfall. It is famous for its majestic and enchanting nature.

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Maria Cristina Falls has located in Lanao del province. Photo: Rev_adan

 

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The way to waterfall fascinates visitors with beautiful natural scenery. Photo: Vincent Supetran

You will feel more relaxed after visiting this waterfall. One more thing that some people may do not know is that 70% of the power system in recent areas is from water flowing from the Maria Cristina.

4. Lake Pinatubo

In 1991, peaceful Pinatubo volcano awoke after sleeping for hundreds of years in the guise of gentle and friendly. In the process of gradually cooling volcanoes, lake Pinatubo was formed.

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Turquoise blue color of the lake Pinatubo. Photo: RomainjohnGY

 

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This is a favorite destination for the weekend of many young people in the capital-Manila. Photo: Evan

The lake is located in the Mount Pinatubo crater in Zambales province, Northwest Philippines.

Currently, it is a very popular tourist destination in “thousands of islands – the Philippines”.

It has become the # 1 choice for those who love to explore, want to “escape” from the hustle and bustle in Manila at the weekend.

5. Chocolate hills

Chocolate Hills, located in Bohol, is one of nature’s wonders. With over 1,000 undulating conical hills scattered across an area of 50 km2, this landscape is the ideal form to conjure up images of a massive chocolate feast.

Despite experts explaining that the chocolate hills are the consequence of massive geological changes caused by the Great Barrier Reef, tourists are nevertheless amazed and impressed by this work of magnificent nature.

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Located in Bohol, Chocolate Hills is one of the marvels of creation. Photo: Inkblots ™ / flickr.com

The grass turns brown during the dry season, hence the name. There is no agreement on how these massive mole mounds arose. According to one explanation, the Chocolate Hills are weathered rock formations of a kind of coastal limestone over an impervious layer of clay.

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Splendid sunset in Chocolate Hills. Photo: Tradyblix

6. Palawan

Palawan is an island province in the Philippines that spans from Mindoro to Borneo between the South China and Sulu seas. It is one of the greatest locations to visit in the Philippines.

The provincial capital is Puerto Princesa, which is located among huge karst formations with an underground river.

Coron Reefs on Busuanga Island is a famous diving destination for divers looking to discover World War II Japanese shipwrecks.

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Starry night sky in Palawan. Photo: Allan Soul

El Nido, a village situated between towering limestone karst cliffs and the stunning Bacuit Bay, is another favorite vacation.

Known as “the End of the World,” since going here allows you to forget about your problems, moving away from the city of big buildings and reconnecting with Mother Nature.

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Setting full of peaceful and poetic. Photo: Hotelstravelbeachresort.com

The magnificent limestone cliffs that dot the island of Palawan are stunning in their own right.

You will explore tranquil fishing towns surrounded by blue sea space, undulating mountains, and green woods, where residents are welcoming to tourists and you may immerse yourself in the island’s culture.

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