Famous Philippine Tourist Spots
Intramuros is a walled city in Manila, built by the Spanish in the 1500’s. Originally, Manila‘s boundaries were the city walls. But due to the growing size of the city, newer buildings were built outside these walls. As of today, Intramuros contains museums, churches and an old fort.
Manila's vibrant party scene rivals those of Shanghai and the nightlife is amongst the underrated in the world with the Filipinos penchant for parties and fiestas. Somewhere in the archipelago, there is at least one fiesta being celebrated 365 days a year (By Third Week of January - head off to Kalibo for the Asia's version of the Mardi Gras). Manila, Cebu and Boracay are the ground zero for parties - pool parties, yacht parties, rave and fashion events.
Makati City is the modern face of Manila. It is the complete opposite of Intramuros. Major malls, business centers, hotels are situated in Makati City. Makati has a lot of high rise buildings, the Makati skyline is the best in the country.
Chocolate Hills are limestone hills that turn brown during the summer. Chocolate Hills are found in the island province of Bohol, which is also the home of one of the smallest primates in the world - the Philippine Tarsier.
The Hanging Coffins of Sagada and the Banaue Rice Terraces are worth a visit in the Northern Philippines. The rice terraces were carved out of mountains thousands of years ago and by far the most extensive of its kind in the world (longer and bigger than those in Indonesia) with sophisticated irrigation and engineering that was unthinkable during the time it was built.
Taal Volcano, one of the smallest active volcano in the world, sits on a lake and is just an hour away from Manila. The fresh cool air off the Tagaytay Ridge provides spectacular view of the lake and the volcano. Best check if hiking to the crater would be safe.
North of Manila, take the rough road and go to Mt. Pinatubo, the volcano which caused a massive eruption in 1991. Now you can marvel at the volcano up close and swim inside its crater. The last eruption was one of the biggest during the last century and lowered the global temperature by at least a degree.
The Hundred Islands, also located in the Northern Philippines, is a group of more that 400 islets with coral reefs surrounding the islets. These islands are famous for their beaches and the coral reefs, which can be explored by snorkeling.
About two thousand years ago, mountains in Northern Luzon were carved by indigenous people to form what is now the Banaue Rice Terraces. The rice terraces cover 4,000 square miles (10,000 km²) of mountainside. The Banaue Rice Terraces is a UNESCO world heritage and is said to be the 8th wonder of the world.
The province of Palawan is an island in the South China Sea. Palawan has natural gas fields on the northeastern part of the island but the beautiful beaches around the island are still maintained.
Boracay Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. The island boasts a 4-kilometer stretch of white sand beach, considered to be the best beach in Asia and one of the top ten beaches in the world.
Surfing in the Philippines is comparable to the best in the world - with the world-famous cloud 9s off the island of Siargao facing the Philippine Trench in the Western Pacific as well as the surfing destinations of La Union and Zambales (facing South China Sea).
The Philippines also boasts as one of the top three best diving destinations as well aside from Palau and the Maldives. The archipelago is also considered as one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world, with more species crammed and concentrated in one areas. The best dive sites in the Philippines are located in Anilao, Boracay, Malapascua, Apo Island, Balicasag, Pamilacan, Tubbataha, Palawan, and Puerto Galera. Meanwhile, Subic Bay, home of a former American naval base, is best known for World War II wreck dives |
Kawasan falls: The Kawasan falls is one of the highlights of Badian. People from different towns of Cebu come here. The source of the water that falls in it comes from the high mountains of Badian. The falling of the water is so lovely that everyone would surely be relaxed. Riding a raft is really fun. This falls is so deep that everyone is advisable to wear life jacket.
Matutinao River: The Matutinao River is just recently awarded as the cleanest inland body of water in the country. One can have boat riding here or you can drive the boat by yourself.
Tubod Flowing Water ( Children's Pool): Since Kawasan falls is still far and to those who were tired of walking especially children and old age people, you can just stop here. The Tubod Flowing Water is suitable for children for its depth is reachable for children unlike the Kawasan falls.