Top 10 Tourist Destinations in The Philippines : We all know travel is best when you have a few insider tips about what to see, do, and eat, as well as what to avoid.
When it comes time for you to start planning a trip, you may wonder where to start. There are many things to consider before you actually go on the trip. The tips in this article can provide you with what you need to know to properly plan for your next traveling experience.
So if you’re planning a trip to the Philippines, this article will help you make your trip better organised and enjoyable.
Tagaytay, officially the City of Tagaytay or commonly Tagaytay City, (Filipino: Lungsod ng Tagaytay), is a component city in the province of Cavite, in the Philippines. It is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations because of its outstanding scenery and cooler climate provided by its high altitude.
Tagaytay overlooks Taal Lake in Batangas and provides views of Taal Volcano Island in the middle of the lake through various vantage points situated in the city.
Tagaytay is relatively close to the capital city of Manila, only 59 kilometres (37 mi) away via Aguinaldo Highway, providing an easy escape for the locals from the heat of the huge metropolis.
If you’re looking for a colder place near metro Manila (which is the capital of the Philippines), Tagaytay is the right place for you.
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You can reach the beautiful Tagaytay with a short 2-3 hour car ride from the capital. This spot is known for its delicious food like bulalo, or bone marrow, and halayang ube, purple yam jam. The best place for eating these foods is at the Tagaytay Picnic Grove where you can breathe the fresh air and take in the famous sight of the Taal volcano, one of the most popular and active volcanoes in the Philippines.
While there, if you want to see the lake, just ask a tricycle driver outside the Picnic Grove, and they will take you on a scenic ride. If you are planning to stay overnight, there are many resorts and hotels, as well.
Tagaytay: The volcano and the lake.
#9. LA UNION
La Union (Ilocano: Probinsia ti La Union; Pangasinan: Luyag na La Union; Tagalog: Lalawigan ng La Union), is a province in the Philippines located in the Ilocos Region in the island of Luzon. Its capital is the city of San Fernando, which also serves as the regional center of the whole Ilocos Region.
The province is bordered by Ilocos Sur to the north, Benguet to the east, Pangasinan to the south and to the west by the shores of the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).
La Union, a province of the Philippines located in the Ilocos region on Luzon Island, is known for its beautiful beaches, so if you are seeking water adventures, this is the place to go.
If you just want to relax, swim, snorkel, or find some child-friendly waves, La Union offers many low-key pleasures, but if you want to do some surfing, La Union has that, too. The local people there are very friendly and there are many excellent cooks so don’t forget to taste some local Ilocano food.
The beach at La Union.
#8. BAGUIO CITY
Baguio, officially the City of Baguio (Ibaloi: Ciudad ne Bagiw; Pangasinan: Siyudad na Baguio; Ilocano: Ciudad ti Baguio) and often referred to as Baguio City, is a highly urbanized city in northern Luzon of the Philippines, now also known as Summer Capital of the Philippines.
It is geographically located within Benguet, serving as the provincial capital from 1901 to 1916, but has since been administered independently from the province following its conversion into a chartered city.
The city has become the center of business, commerce, and education in northern Luzon, as well as the regional center of the Cordillera Administrative Region. According to the 2015 census, Baguio has a population of 345,366.
Baguio was established as a hill station by the Americans in 1900 at the site of an Ibaloi village known as Kafagway. It was the United States’ only hill station in Asia. The name of the city is derived from bagiw, the Ibaloi word for “moss”. The city is situated at an altitude of approximately 1,540 meters (5,050 feet) in the Luzon tropical pine forests ecoregion conducive for the growth of mossy plants and orchids.
Baguio City is one of the coolest places in the Philippines due to its high altitude. It is considered the summer capital of the Philippines because the best time to go there is summer, when the temperature in metro Manila reaches 37°C/98.6°F. Baguio City has many tourist spots: a botanical garden, Mines View Park, Wright Park where you can ride a horse,
Burnham Park where you can ride a boat or a bike, and the mansion where the president of the Philippines stays when he visits. You can also try mountain climbing (Baguio is surrounded by beautiful mountains), and don’t forget to buy some souvenirs because this city is known for its beautiful wooden crafts.
By the way, this is where you’ll find the best halayang ube or purple yam jam in the entire world. And guess who makes it? – the nuns in Good Shepherd, a local convent, are the ones who make the best jam ever. They are also famous for their very delicious and sweet strawberry jam.
Baguio City: The coolest place.
#7. BANAUE RICE TERRACES
The Banaue Rice Terraces (Filipino: Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe) are 2,000-year-old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.
It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are located approximately 1500 metres (5000 ft) above sea level. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the steps were put end to end, it would encircle half the globe.
Locals to this day still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces, although more and more younger Ifugaos do not find farming appealing, often opting for the more lucrative hospitality industry generated by the terraces.
The result is the gradual erosion of the characteristic “steps”, which need constant reconstruction and care. In 2010, a further problem was drought, with the terraces drying up completely in March of that year
These amazing terraces were made and tended by the Ifugao people, a group of native Filipinos. It has been said that if you took every terrace made by the Ifugao and stacked them end to end, they would circle the moon two times. They also call these majestic terraces the eighth wonder of the world. If you visit, not only do you get to see the terraces but you also get to meet the people who made them.
Banaue Rice Terraces: Eighth wonder of the world.
Boracay is a small island in the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies.
The island comprises the barangays of Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak in the municipality of Malay, in Aklan Province. The island is administered by the Philippine Tourism Authority and the provincial government of Aklan. Apart from its white sand beaches, Boracay is also famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation. It is also emerging among the top destinations for tranquility and nightlife.
Boracay was awarded as the 2012 best island in the world from the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure. In 2014, the resort island was at the top of the Best Islands in the World list published by the international magazine Condé Nast Traveler. In 2016, Boracay headed the magazine’s list of Top 10 destinations to watch
Boracay is famous for its white and glassy-smooth sand beaches. The island of Boracay, which is 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila, is very tourist-friendly: in fact, they have spent a lot of time, money, and effort on development and improvements for tourism. If you are seeking to relax and enjoy in one place that caters to tourism, Boracay is the place to be. There are excellent hotels around the beach, and if you’re looking for water adventures, you just name it, and you get it. Some say that if you visit the Philippines and skip Boracay, you have missed the whole point.
Boracay: A tourist’s dream.
Puerto Galera: The best of both worlds.
#5. CORREGIDOR ISLAND
Corregidor Island, locally called Isla ng Corregidor, is an island located at the entrance of Manila Bay in southwestern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines. Due to this location, Corregidor was fortified with several coastal artillery and ammunition magazines to defend the entrance of Manila Bay and Manila from attacks by enemy warships in the event of war. Located 48 kilometres (30 mi) inland, Manila has been the largest city and the most important seaport in the Philippines for centuries, from the colonial rule of Spain, Japan and the United States, to the establishment of the Republic of the Philippines in 1946.
Let’s now go to one of the most prominent places and active seaports in the history of the Philippines, Corregidor Island. This island is nestled in the southwestern part of Luzon Island, at the entrance of Manila Bay.
(An island in a bay on an island! How cool is that?) It was the last island in the Philippines to be captured by the Japanese during WWII and is therefore a historic and sentimental place not only for the Filipinos and Japanese, but also for the US, who aided its liberation.
You can still see remnants and relics of those battles, including the tunnels where Filipinos and Americans hid during the war and cannons they used to fight the Japanese ships and aircraft.
Some of the tourists that have been to the island have expressed feeling a lingering sense of those battles and say that they can feel the spirits of the soldiers who died during the war. In my experience, when I visited the island, I found myself thinking a lot about that history and imagining the pain and difficulty of life during WWII. So if you like vivid history, this is the place to go.
Corregidor Island: Vivid history.
Pagudpud is a fourth class municipality and a coastal resort town of Ilocos Norte province, in the northern Ilocos Region of the Philippines. According to the 2010 census, Pagudpud has a population of 21,877 people. It is the northernmost settlement on Luzon Island and a popular tourist destination because of its resorts and beaches.
Pagudpud was made a municipality on July 5, 1954. Unlike Laoag City, the province’s only autonomous city, Pagudpud derives its authority from the provincial government. It had previously been a part of the neighboring town of Bangui.
You can also enjoy many other sights in Pagudpud, like windmills, lighthouses, and waterfalls.
Pagudpud: Epic beaches.
It is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction. Its capital is the City of Puerto Princesa, but it is governed independently from the province as a highly urbanized city.
The islands of Palawan stretch between Mindoro in the northeast and Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea.
The province is named after its largest island, Palawan Island (09°30′N 118°30′E), measuring 450 kilometres (280 mi) long, and 50 kilometres (31 mi) wide
A top destination in the Philippines is Palawan. If we took all the tourist spots that I mentioned above and put them in one place, we’d call it Palawan. I’d even say that Palawan is the most beautiful place in the Philippines.
Just recently, the underground river in Palawan was named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The Cabayugan River runs for more than 15 miles (24 km) underground, through caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites before it flows directly into the West Philippine Sea. You can explore it by boat.
If you go to Palawan, you will know why this is my top destination in the Philippines.
Palawan: The most beautiful place in the Philippines.
#2. Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera is the north-westernmost municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. It is located at the south-western end of the Isla Verde Passage, about 130 kilometers (81 mi) south of Manila. It is mainly accessible from the Southern Luzon port of Batangas, which is acting as a gateway to the city.
Puerto Galera, located about 130 kilometers south of Manila at the southwestern end of the Isla Verde Passage, offers a mix of water adventure and camping fun. The island is surrounded by warm water and the beach is great: you’ll find banana boats, jet skis, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, and much more. Plus, when night comes, the beach is still happening so you can bar hop and meet new people.
Then, because the island is overlooked by lush mountains, if you get tired of the beach, you can go visit the mountains and forests and maybe do some overnight camping: the best of both worlds.
Sagada (Ilocano: Ili ti Sagada) is a fifth class municipality in the province of Mountain Province, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 11,244 people.
It is adjacent to Bontoc, the provincial capital.
Sagada is famous for its hanging coffins. This is a traditional way of burying people that is still utilized. Not everyone is qualified to be buried this way; among other things, one had to have been married and had grandchildren.
Popular activities include trekking, exploring both caves and waterfalls, spelunking, bonfires, picnics, rappelling, visiting historical sites, nature hikes, and participating in tribal celebrations. Guides can be found upon registration at the tourist-office in Sagada Proper (the main town) for a small fee. Most of the guides are natives, also known as Igorots.
If you are a hiker or a nature lover, Sagada will be your paradise. It takes roughly 15 hours from the airport by car to reach this paradise, which is one of the newest tourist destinations in the Philippines, and because it is located so far from Manila, few people visit. Trekking, caving, visiting waterfalls, rock climbing, and nature tripping are all points of interest. Don’t miss the hanging coffins—it is a local tradition to bury the dead in coffins nailed to cliff faces, high above the ground.
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Banaue Rice Terraces