For the ultimate throwback adventure in the Philippines, visit Vigan – the country’s first and only UNECO World Heritage city. A delight for culture vultures and history junkies, Vigan is a unique and historic destination that rightfully deserves a spot on your bucket list. A visit here will give you a wonderful glimpse of the intriguing colonial past and culture of the country. From Spanish-styled houses to a 17th century Augustinian cathedral, Vigan has an old-world charm to give your fix for history and culture.
Siuijor, dubbed as one the most mysterious places to visit in the Philippines, is a serene cove that is believed to be a breeding ground for witches, sorcerers and even mythical supernatural creatures. Although everyone knows that these rumors are not true, many still think that it is an island drenched in mystery and magic. Nevertheless, folks who come to this place will be mesmerized by the beauty of its waterfalls, parks and beaches like the Kagusuan Beach and Salagdoong Beach.
13. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
If scuba diving is your cup of tea, then make sure to put Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park on top of your list of places to visit in the Philippines. Billed as one of the world’s best dive sites, this wonderful aquatic world is a protected sanctuary that serves as a home to vibrant coral reefs, the endangered hawksbill sea turtles, sharks, lionfish, clownfish, sea turtles and mantra rays. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Tubbataha is a sanctuary to dozens of bird species as well.
On the lookout for a cheaper and closer alternative to Batanes? Then, make sure to include Catanduanes to your list of the places to visit in the Philippines in 2018! Nicknamed as the “land of the howling winds”, Cantaduanes is a typhoon-prone province that will sweep you away with its serene mountain tops, scenic grasslands, strong ocean breeze and towering cliffs. As with Batanes, Catanduanes flaunts plenty of historic sites and Instagrammable rock formations.
15. Mount Pulag, Luzon
Mount Pulag is, as far as I’m concerned, one of the bucket-list worthy places to visit in the Philippines for adventurists and nature lovers. As you take a hiking trip in this adventure playground, you’ll get to treat yourself to majestic vistas of the famous sea of clouds and Milky Way Galaxy at daybreak.
The Chocolate Hills, one of the most iconic sights in the country, is a series of hills that spread beautifully over the municipalities of Batuan, Sagbayan and Carmen in Bohol. These natural wonders are called “Chocolate Hills” because their layers of green grass turn super brown during the country’s dry season, making these hills look like your favorite confections. Bohol, besides these otherworldly hills, is also well-known for its eccentric wildlife (like the Philippine tarsiers), centuries-old churches, rivers and world-class white-sand beaches.
And did I mention that there’s a magical natural phenomenon known as the sea of clouds in Bohol, taking place almost every day?
17. Langun Gobingob Caves in Samar
With tons of caves mapped and explore on this island, it’s no wonder extreme outdoor adventure junkies are calling Samar as the country’s caving capital. Langun Gobingob Caves – the country’s largest caving system, is found in Samar as well, specifically in Calbiga. This cave system is so huge that it can easily fit a trio of soccer fields. So, if you want to add a spice of adventure to your life in 2018, make it a point to include Samar on your places to visit in the Philippines this year.
18. Kalanggaman Island, Leyte
Kalanggaman Island, the crown jewel of Leyte, is a supremely beautiful sand bar that is fast becoming one of most sought-after places to visit in the Philippines. In fact, it’s becoming so gorgeous that countless of international cruise ships would make a stopover on this long, immaculate white sand bar.
19. Mayon Volcano, Albay
Listed by CNN as one of the world’s most photogenic volcanoes, Mayon Volcano boasts a perfectly-shaped cone that can surpass the allure of any grand and celebrated volcano in the world.
20. Southern Cebu
Cebu’s southern side has a deluge of outdoor thrills, nature trips, beaches and waterfalls to keep a traveler busy for a week or even a couple of months. Beach lovers will be put into a state of euphoria with the clean and sparkling shorelines of Alcoy and Aloguinsan. Diving connoisseurs, meanwhile, will get a chance to meet and greet the friendly giants of Oslob as well as relish Moalboal’s kaleidoscopic marine life. Those who are on fond of extreme adventures will find their bliss by scaling the rocks and jumping off the cliffs and waterfalls in Badian.
The fun, however, doesn’t stop there. Take a trip to the city of Carcar, and admire its old heritage houses and structures. While there, don’t forget to sample their well-known delicacies, such as the crispy chicharon and the ultra tasty lechon.
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