10 Best Tourist Spots in the Philippines

With 7, 107 of scattered islands, there are surely variety of tourist spots in the Philippines you can visit this year 2017. From Luzon, Visayas to Mindanao, Philippines got plenty of beautiful places to boast.

According to Manila Times, South Korea is the Philippines’ biggest source of tourists, with 1.17 million visitors from that country. The United States ranks second with 674,564 arrivals. Other visitors came from Japan, China, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Malaysia and Germany.

The amazing tourist spots in the Philippines made the country rank 8th in the “Best in Travel 2015” by Lonely Planet. When it comes to beautiful places and hospitable people, Philippines won’t fall behind.

10 Best Tourist Spots in the Philippines

1. Boracay

Boracay Beach

Kenneth Paige – Flickr

Boracay is the premier tourist spot in the Philippines. It’s known to the world and had received a lot of awards from local to international awards. Boracay has an area of 3.98 square miles. It comprises of 3 barangays: Yapak, Balabag and Manoc-Manoc. It’s popular for its white sand beaches and nightlife. During Amihan Season, that’s from the months of November to May, the White Beach is calm that makes the tourism at its highest point.

An awesome world-class paradise is waiting for you in Boracay.


2. Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Prinsesa Underground River

Francis Palanca – Flickr

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park popularly known as Puerto Princesa Underground River is now one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It’s 8.2 kilometers long and the river flows directly to the sea which is a subject to a tidal flow. It has formations of stalactites and stalagmites and a habitat of many bats.

A very mysterious yet wonderful tourist spot is waiting for you in Palawan.


3. Pescador Island

Pescador Island

Erwin Poliakoff – Flickr

Pescador Island is a home for hundreds of thousands of sardines that why it’s very popularly called as the “Sardine Run in Pescador Island.” It has a large variety of fish. It is a very ideal place for recreational divers and the most popular dive spot in the Philippines. The dives are from 50 meters to 200 meters drop. Under the sea, there is a “Cathedral.” The Cathedral is a large hole with small caves inside enough for a person to swim in and out.

Great dives are waiting for you in Cebu.


4. Coron Island

Coron Island

Arbung – Flickr

Coron Island is best tourist spot in wreck diving. It is an island of limestone and covered with mangrove forest. It has seven lakes and the most famous is Kayangan Lake for its cleanliness. The island has also white beaches and clear blue waters. Coron Island is also known because of the Japanese shipwreck remains in World War II.

One of the best scuba diving spot is waiting for you in Palawan.


5. Apo Reef

Apo Reef

Daren Acede – Flickr

Apo Reef is also one of the famous dive spots in the Philippines. The Apo Reef is a coral reef system and the largest Atoll like reef in the Philippines. The tourist spot is the second largest coral reef system in the world because the number 1 is the Great Barrier Reef located in Australia. This underwater tourist spot in the Philippines is a 34-kilometer reef system and a habitat of many marine species. Reef sharks, Manta Rays, turtles are some of the marine lives that lives there.

Underwater adventure is waiting for you in Mindoro.


6. Pagsanjan Falls

Pagsanjan Falls

Ardeeramilo – Flickr

Pagsanjan Falls is a very exciting falls. It has 3 drops and the longest drop is 120 meters. Pagsanjan Falls is a confluence of 2 rivers: Balanac and Bumbungan River. The spot was made popular because of its “Shooting the Rapids,” a term used when riding a dugout canoe downstream while the boatmen carefully maneuver it against the rushing waters.

An exciting ride is waiting for you in Laguna.


7. Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces is a magnificent work of ancient engineering and tools. It’s like a stepping stone in sky view. A place of sustainable living agriculture applied with traditional techniques. Banaue Rice Terraces was considered as the 8th Wonder of the World, an awesome work and design of indigents of Ifugao formed through great precision and care. This tourist spot in the Philippines is over 2000 years old and has an elevation of 1500 meters above sea level.

Terraces carved into mountains are waiting for you in Ifugao.


8. Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills

Photo by s8int.com

Chocolate Hills are composed of around 1, 776 cute hills. Hills vary around 40 meters to 150 meters high. It’s called Chocolate hills because they are covered with grasses and during summer the grasses dry out that will make the hills’ color brow like chocolate and that’s where the name goes.

Hundreds of cute hills are waiting for you in Bohol.


9. Mount Mayon

Mount Mayon

Rdizon – Flickr

Mount Mayon is renowned to be the “perfect cone.” Its’ steep slope makes it amazing to stare especially when the sun comes down and it casts it last seconds rays to the mountain. This magnificent tourist spot in the Philippines is even beautiful in the morning when the sun rises and the clouds respect its majestic peak.

The most “photogenic” volcano is waiting for you in Albay.


10. Mount Apo

Mount Apo

Geoffmaterna – Flickr

Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines, very known to the mountain climbers. Mount Apo has an elevation of 2, 954 meters above sea level. The very peak offers you a wide range of view to the earth. There are many trails and tours that will help you reach the top.

The highest mountain in the Philippines is waiting for you, if you dare.


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