The Philippines: Explore & Fall in Love
Also known as the Pearl of the Orient Sea, the Philippines has become a popular travel destination for people seeking adventure, relaxation, or just an amazing time in general.
You’ll definitely not have a shortage of places to go to and things to do in the Philippines, with over 7,000 islands to choose from. It’s difficult to visit all 7,000 islands in just one trip, so we hand-picked the most breathtaking and eye-opening places. This should kick start your next trip to the Philippines!
Batanes is the northernmost province in the Philippines. It’s charming, picturesque, and just breathtakingly beautiful. The scenery is world-class, even Filipinos have this place on their bucket list. The best spots to visit are Vayang Rolling Hills, Racuh a Payaman, Tayid Lighthouse, and Naidi Hills. Enjoy the local cuisine; be sure to get a taste of their flying fish and coconut crabs.
To get around Batanes, you can use a motorcycle or a bicycle and boat rides to get from island to island. Be sure to book your accommodation months before your trip. The crime rate is virtually zero, so it’s very safe even for solo female travellers.
Boracay Island is known locally and internationally as a tropical paradise. Boracay’s white sand beach is definitely one of the best in the world. People from all over the corners of the world flock to this destination to have a great time – from soaking in the sun to water sports to partying in the vibrant nightlife scene. Must tries in Boracay would be their calamansi muffins, their chorizo burgers and their fresh seafood!
Boracay Island is a fairly small island; most common mode of transportation would be motorized tricycles or trikes. Lots of hotels available for you to choose from, or you can book using Airbnb. Families, friends or even solo female travellers flock to this island, the local police and citizens work hard to make the island a safe and secure travel destination.
This city offers travellers a wide range of outdoor activities, amazing places to visit, and really good food! Legazpi is home to the ever-famous volcano – Mt. Mayon. It is described as the world’s most photogenic volcano with its perfect cone-shaped appearance. Other spots worthy of your time are Cagsawa Ruins Park, Vera Falls, Daraga Church and Lignon Hill Nature Park. When in Legazpi, try their famous chili ice cream. Yes you heard that right – chili ice cream.
In Legazpi, you can ride jeepneys or tricycles to get around. Accommodation isn’t a problem in Legazpi; you can book hotels or Airbnbs. Legazpi City is an all around safe place to visit, lots of solo travellers have Legazpi on their list!
Enchanting and Mystical Siquijor is a must visit in the Philippines. There are islands in the Philippines whose white sand beaches can compete with Boracay’s and Siquijor is one of them. Siquijor is also known as Esla del Fuego or Island of Fire because of the abundance of fireflies. One of the best activities to do on the island is snorkeling. Go and visit Paliton Beach, San Juan, Apo Island, Lagaan Falls and Cambugahay Falls. Be sure to enjoy their seafood and pastel!
To get around the island, you can ride tricycles or motorcycles, locally known as Habal-habal. Accommodation isn’t an issue here, lots of hotels, resorts or Airbnbs to choose from. Siquijor is a safe and clean travel destination for all.
Another amazing summer destination in the country that can compete with Boracay, is Siargao! Siargao boasts world-class waves that attract surfers from all over the world! And it has such beautiful beaches and lagoons! Cloud 9 Pier, Magpungko Rock Pools, Sugba Lagoon, Alegria Beach and Tayangban Cave Pools are some of the places that will make you fall in love with Siargao! Don’t miss out on their Smoothie Bowls, Bulalo, Coconut Cheesecakes and Coconut Cold Brew.
To get around the island, you can ride motorcycles or Habal-habal, same with Siquijor. No problem as well with accommodation. Siargao is a safe and peaceful travel destination for locals and foreign travellers alike.
The island of Palawan is another tropical paradise in the Philippines. Never a dull moment here, there’s just so much to do and so much to see: island hopping, river tours, scuba diving and food trips! Most recommended places to go to in Palawan would be El Nido, Coron, Small Lagoon, and Kayangan Lake. What makes Palawan really special are the two UNESCO sights that are indeed world class: the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Parkand the Underground River in Puerto Princesa. Be sure to get a taste of Palawan’s Lato Seaweed, Tamilok, Chicken Inasal and DanggitLamayo.
Palawan is a relatively big island, there are lots of options for transportation – you can take the bus, private vans, tricycles, motorcycles or jeepneys. Airbnbs, hotels and resorts are abundant in Palawan. Palawan is safe place for travellers, but it is advised to stay in groups and avoid going to far-flung and remote places on the island.
The island of Bohol is another recommended destination because of its beautiful landscape, relaxing beaches, rich culture and history and the wildlife. Bohol is home to the world-famous Chocolate Hills – this is definitely the main attraction when in Bohol, you will be in awe in the beauty of chocolate hills. Bohol is also the home of the Tarsiers, one of the smallest creatures in the country; it’s about the size of your fist. If you wanna go for a swim, head on over to Panglao Island to enjoy white sand beaches and top notch beach resorts. When in Bohol, be sure to drop by the Bohol Bee Farm Restaurant for unique and delicious ice cream flavors!
In Bohol, you can get around by renting a private van, buses, jeepneys, tricycles or motorcycles. Accommodation is also not a problem here; you can book a hotel or an Airbnb. Lots of Filipinos go to Bohol for a vacation so it is a safe place even for foreign travellers.
Cebu Province will always be a recommended place to go to when in the Philippines. It’s definitely one of the most popular destinations in the country. We recommend not staying too long in Cebu City but really exploring the places beyond the city. Go trekking to Osmena Peak and watch the sunrise, go canyoneering at Kawasan Falls, go swim with whale sharks in Oslob, and enjoy the white sand beaches of Bantayan Island. Cebu is also home to many majestic falls like the Inambakan Falls, Cambais Falls, Aguinid Falls and Cancalanog Falls. When in Cebu be sure to try out their lechonbaboy! Truly one of the best in the country! Also don’t forget to try the ultimate street food in the country: Balut! Once you
see it in person, you’ll understand why it’s the “ultimate” Filipino street food. Experience also the biggest festival in the country in Cebu City, which
happens in January: Sinulog!
Getting around in Cebu is no problem; there are taxis in the city, lots of buses to go to places beyond the city, and tricycles and motorcycles when in the provinces. It’s easy to get an accommodation in Cebu, really lots of hotels, lots of choices as well on Airbnb. Cebu is definitely a safe place for travellers – even solo travellers.
Vigan City is definitely the place in the Philippines that is so rich in heritage and culture. Being in charming Vigan will give you that blast in the past feeling of being in the Spanish colonial ages. One wonderful fact about Vigan is that it’s the first and only UNESCO World Heritage City in the Philippines. Stroll the streets of CalleCrisologo, dine at Café Leona, visit the Abel-Iloko Weaving Community, and visit the Bantay Bell Tower. Don’t miss out on a chance to try Vigan’sBagnet, Longganisa, Pinakbet and Dinakdakan.
In Vigan, the most common mode of transportation would be tricycles. Lots of places to stay at in Vigan: Hotels, Lodges and Airbnbs. Vigan is definitely a safe and worthwhile place to visit, for families, friends or even solo travellers.
Baguio City is locally known as the City of Pines is a top destination for both local and foreign travellers. The city is 1,500 meters above sea level so the climate in Baguio is cool and perfect place to escape the summer’s heat. It’s always a fun time in Baguio – enjoy nature at the BenCab Museum, stroll through Burnham Park, go on an adventure at Camp John Hay, pick strawberries at La Trinidad Strawberry Fields and explore Tam-Awan Village.
To get around in Baguio, you can take a cab, ride the jeepney or hire a private car. You can easily find accommodation in Baguio, as the city is no stranger to visitors from all over the world. It’s safe to travel solo to Baguio City.
Here are additional helpful information if ever you plan to visit the Philippines:
- English is widely spoken in the Philippines.
- Considering that it’s an archipelago, you will have to travel either by plane or by boat lots of times, depending on where you want to go.
- Public transportation differ from place to place, there’s taxis, tricycles, motorcycles, buses, jeepneys.
- If you want to book a taxi or a car in the Philippines, we highly recommend you use Grab (there is no Uber in the country).
- S. Citizens can enter the Philippines visa-free for 30 days or less provided their passports are valid (at least six months validity) and they have a return ticket.
- Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are the three major islands of the Philippines. There are travel advisories for travellers wanting to visit Mindanao, some (not all) areas in Mindanao are not recommended for tourists because of the threat of terrorism, so be sure to do your research! The places listed here are all generally safe from these threats, we did not include those that have travel advisories – so don’t worry! But overall, the Philippines is a safe place to travel to!
The Philippines is truly a wonderful country, not only are there lots of places to visit, lots of local cuisine to enjoy but the people are also very friendly. One thing that surprises foreign travellers when in the Philippines is the hospitality of the Filipino people – a trait Filipinos are proud of.
Be sure to include the Philippines in your travel bucket list!
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