Must see in Philippines
When we talk about travelling to Philippines, what comes immediately into your mind? Beaches, right? Yes, The Philippines is blessed with 7,107 islands and each island has their own unique and beautiful beaches. But Philippines is not only about beaches. Its mountains and hills are as beautiful as any of the beaches in the country. These places are just waiting to be explored.
I think by now, you already have an idea on how easy it is to travel to Philippines, as well as you already have some ideas on where to go and what activities you should experience. But today, what I’m going to suggest some Philippine travel guides for you to have some other options. .
Sagada, Mountain Province – this place is famous for its “hanging coffins” which are securely hanging on the cliffs. It’s a unique and traditional way of burying of the dead. The people in Sagada believe that it will allow the spirit to rise to heaven more easily once they hang the coffin instead of burying it. Close encounters to nature and see its beauty while hiking to Sagada is one of the exciting experiences during the trip.
Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte – common name for The Church of Saint Augustine. This church is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list, as one of the best examples of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines. The Baroque and Oriental influences of this church make its structure more majestic. A great site to see while visiting Ilocos Norte.
Mt. Pinatubo – an active stratovolcano located in Cabusilan Mountains. The great landscape, volcanic formations and streams formed after the damaging eruption in June 15, 1991 have made this area one of country’s most beautiful travel destinations. Among the most favorite exciting activities to do in Mt. Pinatubo are a 4×4 jeep drive, hiking and mountaineering, swimming in the streams and in the crater of Mt. Pinatubo (with the guides guidance) and kayaking in the Mt. Pinatubo lake.
Marlboro Hills, Batanes – feel the fresh air it blows to your face while your eyes feast on the beauty of the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The wide and greenery land of Marboro Hills becomes the home of animals that can roam freely in the wild. The serenity and the breathtaking view of the area will surely make an unforgettable experience
Taal Volcano, Talisay – is the Philippine’s second most active volcano. In the center of an island is a main crater that holds a sulfuric lake. Witness the beauty and the wonder of the volcano while enjoying the activities such as horseback riding, trekking/hiking and camping.
Lucban, Quezon – witness one of country’s grand and unique festivals, the Pahiyas Festival celebrated every May 15. The festival showcases houses colorfully decorated with Kiping, a decoration made from rice flour. Fruits, vegetables, agricultural products and the province’s best handicrafts can also be seen displayed in almost all houses.
Mayon Volcano, Albay – an active volcano in the province of Albay. It is one of the most favorite tourist sites because of its inverted perfect cone shape. The latest recorded eruption was on May 7, 2013 which killed five climbers while seven others were reported injured. Because of its recent movement, activities such as hiking and trekking to the volcano are restricted. Visitors can still have a great view of the volcano through the restaurants and viewing sites built within the area.
Puerto Princesa Subterrarean River National Park – one of the most important protected areas of Philippines. It features an impressive limestone or karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. underground river that wanders through the cave before flowing directly to the sea. The Puerto Princesa Underground River is reputed to be the world’s longest river and has been considered as one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature.
Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte – known as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines”. It has an excellent surfing conditions most especially during the southwest “habagat” monsoon from August to November. Aside from surfing, tourist can also do island hopping, caving, diving or snorkeling or swimming with stingless jellyfish during low tide in Suhoton Cove.
Donsol, Sorsogon – known as the “Whale Shark Capital of the World”. Tourist can have a chance to have a close interaction with Butanding whale sharks. These sharks can be seen between November and June. They have been proven to be harmless and gentle by a group of scuba divers who had a close encounter with these giant whale sharks in December 26, 1997.
The places mentioned are accessible by land, water and air and are safe to visit in anytime of the year. Accommodations are also easy to find in these areas in case you decide to stay a little longer. One day tour is not enough to see the beauty of the place so pack your bags with your essentials and start making good memories of your tour in the Philippines. Have fun!