Top Places To Visit in the Philippines
I never planned to go to the Philippines during my seven months trip in Southeast Asia but then I was there and I totally loved the country. The beaches and little islands are incredibly beautiful and the locals are super friendly. So here are the places you need to visit on your trip to the Philippines!
The place to be in the Philippines. This island is so beautiful and there are the best beaches in the country. A must do! Many locals offer tours to the beaches and little islands around Coron. Make sure not to miss the Kayangan Lake, CYC Beach and the Skeleton Wreck. Here you will find the typical limestones of Palawan and crystal clear water all over the place.
This tourist magnet has more than 1200 hills. There is a high platform from where you can see the whole area and take photos. The hills are covered with grass which turns chocolate brown in the end of the dry season. And this is where the name comes from. When I was there in November the landscape was covered in green grass.
Tarsier Conservation Area
As I love wildlife and animals I wanted to see the tiny and super cute Tarsiers which are only found in Southeast Asia. On Bohol Island in the Philippines you can visit two places to see them. One is the Tarsier Conservation Area and the other one is the Tarsier Sancurity. They are basically the same so it’s up to you where to go. I have been to both and it was worth the little entrance fee. As you are not allowed to touch them or make much noise you are required to have guide with you. That is good as well because you can learn a lot about those little primates.
My friends and I needed action and adventure so we decided to do a canyoning tour to the famous Kawasan Falls in Moal Boal, Cebu Island. This waterfall got actually three levels which you can explore when doing canyoning. You will start somewhere at the top and then you jump and swim to the lower levels. Then you end up at the biggest waterfall where the water is super blue and if you like you can paddle underneath it on a bamboo boat.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 80km north of Puerto Princesa, Palawan and it is listed as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Once you’re there you will take a small boat into the world’s longest underground river to see the dark cave from inside.
The best way to get to Apo Island is to take a boat from Dumaguete. It is a great spot for snorkelling and diving. That was the reason I visited that tiny island and I saw a turtle and lots of colourful fish. The island is very small so you can easily walk around in a day and see all the nice spots.
Another island near Dumaguete but way bigger. An easy way to get around is by motobike which you should rent at the pier straight away. After exploring the island you can return it just before leaving again by boat. On this island you can visit the beautiful Cambugahay Falls which has turquoise water and it’s perfect for swimming. Other interesting places are the Century Old Balete Tree or the Lugnason Falls.
This was the first place I visited when I came to the Philippines and I really loved it. Mt Pinatubo erupted in 1991 which was the second largest eruption of the 20th century. Many people come from Manila to do the tour but I stayed in Sta Juliana which is right next to the volcano. From there our group drove with jeeps through the volcanic landscape. Later we had to hike for an hour until the picturesque crater lake.
This is just a list of my personal favourite places in the Philippines. I hope it helps you with planning your trip. Or have you been there already? What are your favs?