Ten Best Tourist Spots in the Philippines
Situated just within the south-eastern hemisphere of the world, the Philippines is an archipelago composed of around 7,107 islands all of which has its own sceneries waiting to be discovered. From its carefully preserved pristine beaches, to its myriad of natural wonders, up to some historic places unique to its regions, the Philippines is an authentic tourist destination which no real-life world travelers should miss.
The following are ten of the best spots to visit if ever you are in the Philippines:
1. Tubbataha Reef
As one of the many protected marine sanctuary in the country, the Tubbataha Reef retains its beauty as an underwater nature reserve thereby warranting it the title as the “mecca of scuba divers” and an exemplar of how coral reeves are to be conserved. It can be found at the heart of the Coral Triangle in the Sulu Sea at Palawan.
2. San Agustin Church
As being the oldest church built on stone in the country, the San Agustin Church is no doubt a significant landmark in the country not just by its simplistic beauty but also by its having survived the changes with the times (seven earthquakes and two fires) since its foundation in 1589.
3. Mayon Volcano
Located somewhere in the province of Albay, lies one of Philippines’ most active volcano most popularly known for its “perfect cone” shape unique to all volcanoes in discovery, even to date.
4. Malapascua Island
Making one of the 7,107 islands of the Philippine archipelago is the Malapascua Island located somewhere in the Visayan Sea at the nearby province of Cebu. Known for its white sand beaches, many beautiful coral gardens, and local dive spots, the Malapascua Island is a haven among beach lovers.
5. Puerto Galera
Common to the white sand beaches in the region, Puerto Galera is a municipality on the north-western part of the Oriental Mindoro province which never falls short of its powder white sands in addition to gritty dark sands, rough corals, and smooth stones alongside its crystal clear waters. It is more popular for the White Beach and Sabang Beach.
6. Puerto Princesa Underground River
As one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, the Puerto Princesa Underground River is a place that is hard to miss for eager travelers. Being the world’s longest navigable underground river, this makes the Puerto Princesa Underground to be one of the many breath-taking experience you would feel while traversing its waters.
A simple fishing village Donsol may seem, but its sceneries are a paradise to those who have seen it with its waterfalls that command attention, many pristine beaches, as well as some yet to be explored caves. In addition, Donsol is a perfect place to get to for a live encounter with the “butanding” or whale shark.
8. Chocolate Hills
In a given area within the island of Bohol, lies one of the world’s unusual geological formations referred to as the Chocolate Hills. Where each mound is covered with grass, the color changes depending on the season: during dry season, it turns to color brown hence the moniker “chocolate” hills yet also reflects a lush green coloration during rainy season.
To state that Boracay is one of the country’s finest tourist destination for its white sands and clear water beaches is already a cliché used to describe its beauty and even an understatement to those who may not yet experienced the place first-hand.
10. Banaue Rice Terraces
With around 2000 years in the making using only primitive tools and natural talent by the natives of Ifugao, the Banaue Rice Terraces is a marvelous landscape brought about by the artistry of man and many generations of intensive work. Although it may no longer have its glory it is once known for, it is still a place considered by most Filipinos as the “Eight Wonder of the World.”