The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country which is well known for its rich biodiversity.
When it comes to travelling, The Philippines might not be on the top of the list for everyone, but it is certainly a country worth visiting.
Philippines’ tourism revenue reached a peak of 5,573 million USD in Dec 2016.
Top attractions in Philippines:
The island of Boracay is one of the most popular tourist attractions in The Philippines.
Despite the fact that this island is quite small, it offers beautiful beaches, resorts and plenty of activities that seem irresistible to people from all over the world.
If you are looking for adventure, there is so much to do in Boracay including cliff diving , snorkeling, kite surfing , motor biking and other water sports.
You can also go horse riding, watch the sunset during a boat tour or enjoy a thrilling trip exploring the volcanic caves nearby.
The nightlife on the island is extremely entertaining. Besides the wide collection of bars and restaurants, Boracay Island is famous for its regular parties which usually include live music and fire shows.
2- Chocolate Hills:
Almost 1268 mounds, 30 to 50 meters high, are scattered throughout the island of Bohol and are considered to be unique geological formations and are known as The Chocolate Hills.
They were given this name as the hills are covered in grass that turns brown in the dry season.
There is a variety of day trips to The Chocolate Hills accompanied by tour guides who explain to tourists the famous legends in the Philippines about how those hills were formed.
3-Banaue Rice Terraces:
These terraces have been carved out of the hillside almost 2000-3000 years ago by Ifugao tribes.
Some people describe Banaue Rice Terraces as the eighth wonder of the world due to the unbelievable fact that they were carved without using any machinery.
Resembling steps reaching up to the sky, some of the terraces reach an altitude of 1500 m.
Up to this day, locals plant vegetables and rice on them, however new generations of the Ifugao tribes are seeking new opportunities for work by migrating to the cities.
Donsol is a fishing village in Sorsogon, Philippines which became extremely popular after the discovery of whale sharks there in 1998 by a local diver.
The best time to visit this village if you are interested in seeing whale sharks is between February and May.
If you are looking for some interesting activities to do, you can enjoy a boat trip in the Donsol River, passing by beautiful palm trees and waterfalls.
This village is known for its traditional shrimp-catching expedition where you have what you caught cooked and served as a memorable dinner.
You will be spellbound by the millions 0f fireflies that light up the sky at night which is considered by tourists to be one of the most unforgettable things you can see at Donsol village.
If you are looking for adventure, you must visit Mayon Volcano which rises more than 2400 meters above sea level on your trip to the Philippines.
Due to the Mayon Volcano eruption various times throughout the years, there are certain spots from which you can admire the view of the volcano.
There are also various activities to enjoy in the area such as hiking, camping and bird watching.
If you are into photography, you would definitely enjoy this destination due to the breathtaking views that will surrounding you.
This beautiful island is famous for its perfect diving spots and its beautiful beaches and coral reefs.
If you are interested marine life, this island is where you can dive with thresher sharks and other unique underwater creatures.
Even if you are not into diving, you can simply enjoy the idyllic beaches and their crystal waters bordered by coconut trees.
Malapascua Island offers a variety of options when it comes to accommodation including hotels and guesthouses.
7- Manila Ocean Park:
This world-class marine theme park include numerous attractions and an aqua-themed hotel.
One of the top attractions in this park is the Oceanarium which includes almost 14000 marine creatures.
If you are looking for more engaging activities, you can actually get the chance to get close and touch various species of sharks and starfishes.
The Sea Lion Show is another attraction in the park where you can learn a lot about these creatures through an entertaining show.
Also, there are neon-lit aquariums where you can view different species of jellyfish moving with music playing in the background.
Manila Ocean Park offers a penguin park facility known as “Trails to Antarctica” where you can see penguins and have fun under the snow in “The Snow Village.”
In addition to all those activities, there is a fish spa, a bird show and so much more to do at this wonderful park.
Located on the island of Palawa, Puerto Princesa city is considered to be paradise for nature lovers.
This city includes world’s longest navigable underground river.
You can join a guided paddle boat tour where you can explore the river, the limestone caves and view mesmerizing rock formations.
Puerto Princesa Bay is a popular diving location where you can spot long-nosed dolphins and turtles.
This coastal town is a major tourist attraction in the Philippines because of its wonderful beaches and diversity of marine species.
White Beach and Sabang Beach are two of the most gorgeous beaches located in Puerto Galera and they include a wide range of hotels, restaurants and shops.
This town is one of the best destinations if you enjoy snorkeling as you can see some of most beautiful coral reefs in the world while diving among different fish species and old shipwrecks.
10-San Agustin Church:
This one of a kind church was built in 1589 and it is considered to be the oldest stone church in the Philippines.
Over the centuries, San Agustin Church survived 8 earthquakes and it is still standing still.
On the outside, there are unique carvings on the wooden doors and as you enter the church, you will be impressed by the ceiling which was painted by Italian artists.
Manjuyod Sanbar is known as the “Maldives of the Philippines” because of its exquisite beaches and white sands.
It is one of the top beach destinations that seem to attract many tourists.
The availability of cottages nearby the crystal blue water gives you a feeling of being in the Maldives as Manjuyod Sandbar is just as beautiful as any of the premier beaches we all know.
There is a wide range of sharks and dolphins you can spot on your visit and if you are a nature lover, you would certainly admire such an outstanding destination.
This city gives you a glimpse of the art and history in the Philippines as it includes a large number of monuments such as Casa Gorordo and Fort San Pedro.
The city of Cebu offers so much more as it is full of restaurants and shopping malls where you can spend a splendid day.
Cebu is the second largest city in the Philippines and it is an attractive destination for many foreign visitors.
If you are interested in history and culture, this city should be on the top of your list.
There are numerous attractions in Vigan city which will help you understand the colonial past and culture of the Philippines.
You must pay a visit to the 17th century Augustinian cathedral and notice the Spanish-styles houses spread throughout this wonderful city.
13-Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park:
This is your ultimate destination if you are into scuba diving as it is one of the best five sites in the world.
It is famous for its outstanding aquatic world which includes creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, lionfish and mantra rays. You can also find unique species of birds.
Visiting this place can give you a sense of adventure and provide you with a once in a lifetime experience.
This island is given the name “Island Born of Fire” as it includes a large number of volcanoes.
One of the most appealing features about this island is the existence of waterfalls, cold and hot springs.
The Lanzones festival is also held there which is one of the most important festivals in the Philippines.
Putting in mind all those places and experiences you can encounter while visiting the Philippines, you should certainly consider visiting this country.
The Philippines has so much to offer; history, art, nature and thrilling adventures that makes it a worthy destination.