An archipelagic country in Southeast Asia with 7,107 islands, the Philippines is known for its pristine beaches and stunning natural wonders. If tropical islands, gorgeous landscapes, and non-stop adventure are in your bucket list, then it’s time to visit the Philippines.
It is challenging to be putting up a travel plan in the Philippines because there are lots of infinite wonders for every traveler who would visit the country. From paradise-like beaches, serene islands with turquoise waters, to the most perfectly shaped volcano, and century-old Spanish citadel, I have listed down the best places to see in the Philippines, especially for those visiting for the first time.
Get a glimpse of which tourist spots you should be not missing on this trip of a lifetime:
- Tubbataha Reef, Palawan
Nominated as part of the New Seven Wonders of the Natural World and considered as one of the most scenic dive spots in the Philippines, the Tubbataha Reef is known as one of the world’s most popular dive sites for its marine national park. The biodiversity hotspot with a 99,000-hectare reef, which serves as a home for reef sharks, corals, and manta rays. It is best to visit the marine park from April to June, where the waves are most calm, and you can see one of its islets, breeding site for birds and marine turtles.
- Banaue Rice Terraces
Created by the Ifugao people with more than 2,000 years ago, a system of irrigated rice terraces in the heart of Cordilleras of Luzon, this dramatically mud-walled rice terraces will leave you in awe. According to the UNESCO World Heritage site, it is “a living cultural landscape of unparalleled beauty.”
- Mayon Volcano
Rising above 2,000 meters above sea level, Mayon Volcano is known for its perfectly symmetrical shape. Travelers can enjoy a lot of activities here like mountaineering, camping, bird watching, and photography. Mayon is at the famous Legazpi City, which has impressive destinations to offer, such as swimming with the whale sharks in Donsol and wakeboarding in Naga.
- Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
If you love nature, then it’s time to head to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Situated at the northeast coast, the Subterranean River National Park or Underground River is home to unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife. You may cruise through the world’s longest navigable underground river and see beautiful limestone cliffs and fluttering bats as it makes a way through the 1.5-kilometer underground river cave.
- Chocolate Hills, Bohol
A real sight to see of hills that transforms into chocolatey brown during the dry season is one of the best places in the Philippines. Aside from the spectacular view, there are other fun things to experience in Bohol, such as cruising the Loboc River, visiting the Panglao Island, and catching sight of the world’s smallest primate, which is the tarsier at the Philippines Tarsier Sanctuary.
- White Beach, Boracay
Postcard-perfect and award-winning beaches are Boracay’s claim to fame because of its 4-kilometer stretch of pure white, powdery sand, and turquoise waters. Some of the activities you will make sure you would forget the city-living and stress would be parasailing, cliff diving, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
- Intramuros, Manila
Take a stroll through the ruins of the history wall of Intramuros. It was built more than 300 years ago by the Spaniards when the Philippines was still a colony of Spain. As the seat of religion, the walled city is home to multiple grand citadels such as San Agustin Church, the oldest church in the Philippines, and the only church to withstand the war. Despite the bloodshed and conflicts in the 1950s, Intramuros is still a sight to see for travelers as it covers a vast land of historical marks in the country.
Getting a flight to the Philippines is relatively low. People from all over the world travel here not just to enjoy the picturesque views and relax but also to avail of medical and dental services. The Philippines offers modern and first-class clinics where you can save up to 70-80% of your dental care. Clinics have adopted the ISO protocols that ensure the safety, reliability, and quality of their products and services. Your treatment in your home country is no different in the Philippines because the licensed Filipino dentists are experts in their field and managed by the Philippine Regulation Commission. Communication will not be a problem because English is the language used in businesses in the country.
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