The Philippines is one of the top exotic and delightful travel destinations in the vast region of Southeast Asia. Fantastic opportunities for activities spread over an area of 300,000 square kilometers, with 7,107 islands, including the stunning Boracay Island, Bohol Islands, and Cebu Island, you will have a long choice of what to see and do in the Philippines. From the most captivating tropical beaches in the world, to picturesque mountainous environments and tropical rainforests, and from the most exotic wildlife to spectacular volcanoes, this is the place to delight every traveler and backpacker.
There are several world class dive sites known to divers all over the world and the Philippines is one of the hotspots for the adventurous who come to this wonderland for a real adrenaline rush. In addition, there are various cultural and historical sites from the WWII era associated with the Philippines, giving a glimpse into the past of the islands. The islands of the Philippines are a beautiful destination that attracts wildlife enthusiasts, historians, nature explorers, families and honeymooners.
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue – Ifugao Mountains – Luzon
Named by the Filipinos as the eighth wonder of the world in today’s modern world, the Banaue Rice Terraces is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. These terraces are said to have been carved into the mountains and slopes by the successors of the local Ifugao tribes, and are between 2 and 3,000 years old. It is also believed that these terraces were created with minimal use of machines and were carved, mostly by hand, to ensure the levels were accurately sized, allowing the Aboriginal people to enjoy rich harvests of rice and vegetables.
Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park
Home to some of the world’s most unique and beautiful coral reefs, the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. Basically, the park is a marine reserve responsible for the protection and conservation of the Tubbataha atoll coral reef, due to the habitat in its waters of various endangered species of marine animals and fish. The park originated in August 1988 when the then President of the Philippines, Corazon Aquino, declared the area a national marine park. Years later, in December 1993, Tubbataha Reef was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was also nominated as one of the Modern Seven Wonders of Nature.
Chocolate Hills Bohol
The Philippines boasts some of the most unique and mystical wonders of nature. But none can match the popularity of the Chocolate Hills, which form the main attraction in the center of Bohol, otherwise known for its exotic beaches. These hills make up an unusual geographical landscape and still confuse people all over the world. The number of small individual soil hills that make up this area is estimated to be somewhere around 1,268 to 1,776, covering an area of more than 50 square kilometers, sprawling around the cities of Batuan, Sagbayan, and Carmen.
The Philippines is symbolized by its exotic and picturesque beaches, of which the most famous and popular is the beautiful White Beach, located on the island of Boracay, 315 km south of Manila. This beach starts from the northwestern tip of Panay Island and represents the aesthetically rich natural landscape of Boracay and the Philippines. It includes a tropical environment, panoramic ocean views, and various forms of flora and fauna, in addition to being the island’s commercial center. This is the main reason why the islands have been turned into international tourist hot resorts, with modern accommodation facilities and amenities allowing visitors to have a good time on holiday.
Situated on the south side of the Pasig River, Intramuros is also known as the ‘walled city’ of Manila. Built in 1571, it served as the center of political, military and religious power for the Spaniards during the time when the Philippines was a colony of Spain. Consisting of 51 blocks within the vast walls, the only access to or from Intramuros was through seven fortified gates. In 1603, a moat was added around the high-walled city. Inside the ancient city there were 12 churches, hospitals, barracks, barracks, the governor’s palace and schools.
Volcano & Taal Lake
Tagaytay – 55 km from Manila
Taal Volcano, located among the freshwater Taal Lake, in the province of Batangas, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, and located about 50 kilometers south of Manila, is a complex of active volcanoes. Hot fumes and ash erupt from the volcanic vent quite frequently. Mount Taal, on the other hand, rises to 984 feet (300m), with the last major eruption occurring in 1970. Together, they present a very beautiful view and picturesque views.