Top 15 the most beautiful beautiful places to visit in the Philippines
Philippines is one of the most amazing countries in South East Asia. It is like a heaven on Earth. Some landscapes and photos in this post look too good to be true! What are the most beautiful places to visit in the Philippines? Unfortunately we couldn’t find the answer by ourselves. We have only been to this country once for just 2 weeks. We asked our friends and fellow travel bloggers to help us creating this guide. Each of them chose their favourite travel destinations in Philippines. We must admit that their submissions only fuelled our wanderlust and inspired us to visit Republika ng Pilipinas again!
Beautiful places to visit in the Philippines
#1 Beautiful places to visit in the Philippines
Albay by Melissa from A Broken Backpack
The province of Albay rhymes with adventure! Even if the area is not well known in term of tourism, this is the place where you’ll want to be to experience the real fun in the Philippines. Picture Mount Mayon, a volcano, surrounded by palm trees, waterfalls and chili peppers. If you dare try something different, you should also try their famous chili ice cream! While you’re around Legazpi city, you should go on a raft on Sumlang Lake, hike the seven Busay Falls and drive a quad bike around the volcano.
#2 Beautiful places to visit in the Philippines
Culion by Lina from Divergent Travelers
Flower Island by Stefan from Nomadic Boys
The Epic Diving around Malapascua Island by Justin from True Nomads
Whether you are a avid scuba diver or not, if you look up “Paradise” in the dictionary, Malapascua would be its first example. White sand beaches, palm trees, friendly people, not over crowded, year round warm waters…This is how paradise should be. And if you ARE a scuba junkie like me, Malapascua also happens to be listed as one of the best dive locations in the world. Besides the countless opportunities to see unique and exotic macro critters that we all love, from minute frog fish to colorful Nudibranch to tiny seahorses, Malapascua’s other claim to fame is Monad Shoal, where you can see the ultra weird thresher sharks. For these reasons and so many more, Malapascua is still one of my favorite places to visit on Earth!
#5 Beautiful places to visit in the Philippines
El Nido by Hannah Lukaszewicz from Getting Stamped
El Nido by Cacinda from Points and Travel
Palawan, Philippines: This place is awesome, as I have hardly found more exotic and pristine beaches anywhere else in the world. Go to El Nido Resort on Pangulasian Island, which is an eco-luxury resort with bungalows on a white-sand beach. What is their not to like about it? Fly into a private airport, take the Jeepney bus to the Banca boat and enjoy the magical breezes as you glide into a cove facing the emerald-colored Bacuit Bay on the South China Sea. It is luxury, eco, and beach perfection all rolled into one. You can thank me later!
#6 Beautiful places to visit in the Philippines
Honda Bay by Andrew and Brenda from Dish Our Town
We stood there, under what seemed to have been the only shaded area available on the docks. It was a brutally hot day in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. We, along with 5 other people were asked to get on a motorized banana boat; which navigated the Honda Bay smoothly.
The open breeze and the splashing of the clear water under the bow of the boat turned the grimaces on our faces into smiles. Soon we pulled up to a small white-sand island named, Pandan. We quenched our thirsts, under palm trees, with cold coconut water and snorkeled among the tropical fish just a few feet from the beach.
After a morning of swimming, the same banana boat took us to another island nearby, Cowrie they called it. Here we lunched on local catch and drank cold San Miguel beers from golden cans. We made friends throughout the day and memories that will help cool us on many hot days to come.
#7 Beautiful places Philippines
Panglao Island by Sonal and Sandro from Drifter Planet
A tiny island attached to the southwest tip of the main island of Bohol, Panglao surprised us with its beauty. This place has a typical laid back “island vibe” which we did not find in El Nido or Cebu. The most popular beach here is Alona beach which has sugar white sand and the clearest blue water. However, if you explore further, you can find a few more beaches which are as beautiful as Alona beach but usually empty. What we liked the most about this island was, that it was possible for us to explore it on our own for cheap without taking any guided tours.
#8 Beautiful places Philippines
Bohol by Rob & Nat from Love and Road
It’s not easy to choose only one reason to explain why Bohol is an awesome place. Some people might find the white sand beaches the best reason to visit Bohol. Or the unique Chocolate Hills, over 1,000 hills that during dry season turn brown like chocolate cakes. What about the man-made forest and the Loboc river? And let’s not forget the Balicasag Island, one of the best snorkeling spots we have ever tried.
For us, the combination of the stunning nature and the lovely people is what makes Bohol a special place to visit. Boholanos are super friendly and happy, after 2 minutes of conversation they will invite you to meet their family, try some home cooked food, or sing together in a karaoke. We love Bohol Island in The Philippines, and can’t wait to go back.
#9 Beautiful places Philippines
Port Barton by Sarah from Live Dream Discover
Port Barton is the yet to be discovered beautiful little sister of the famed El Nido on Palawan island. It is not easy to get to, there are no fancy resorts, power is restricted to a few hours per day and wifi is spotty at best. These are just a few of the reasons that Port Barton is one of our favorite Philippine destinations. Add to that the fact that the streets are not paved, the beaches are pristine and unmarred by development and absolutely nobody is in a hurry to get anywhere and you have pure paradise. Days are enjoyed by lounging in a hammock, doing yoga on the beach or island hopping on a longboat. Nights are spent dining on the sand by candlelight and listening to soft live music or simply staring up at the stars. It’s a perfect place for a relaxing getaway…but please don’t tell anyone!
#10 Beautiful places Philippines
Batanes by Aileen from I am Aileen
Called as the ‘Home of the Winds’, the islands of Batanes is a must on your travel itinerary when you’re in the Philippines. This northern group of islands hold a kind of beauty that is truly unrivaled and it remains to be a serene hidden paradise that can instantly capture my heart — and anyone’s heart for that matter. Besides, with is dramatic coastline, white sandy beaches, lush forests, and picturesque hills, you’ll be magically drawn into its unique tranquility and allure. The top ‘must-dos’? Frolick around the sweeping hills of Naidi in Basco and Marlboro in Mahatao, laze around the picturesque beaches in Sabtang and Valugan, immerse yourself in the Ivatan culture (food, art, music, festivals) hike up the majestic Mt. Iraya, among many others!
#11 Beautiful places Philippines
The Cordillera Region
Lfuago by Melissa from A Broken Backpack
Lfuago is known for its native villages and for its famous rice terraces. It’s the ideal spot if you enjoy trekking. Picture the Cordilleras, which are already stunning, and add many rice fields around. The area is protected by the UNESCO, so be ready to get lost with an amazing 500 shades of green. You’ll be crossing the rice terraces, many waterfalls and you’ll be surrounded by hard workers, cute kids, chickens and dogs. Once you’ll reach Banaue, prepare yourself for many more divine landscapes. These tiny villages at the bottom of the mountains will make you realize how lucky you are and how you have nothing to complain about.
#12 Beautiful places Philippines
Sagada, Banaue, Batad by Nina from Where in the World is Nina?
Donsol by Bianca from The Altruistic Traveller
Donsol is a small town located in the eastern point of Luzon Island in The Philippines. Until recently the town was not well known to tourists but has newly become famous due to its eco-tourism endeavours. Whale Shark conservation has increased tourism and provided jobs to local people in the area, and now Donsol is one of the few places in the Philippines where you can experience an ethical encounter with these gentle giants, while helping organisations like WWF and LAMAVE with their conservation efforts.
You can get to Donsol on an overnight bus from Manila or fly into nearby Legazpi airport and take a bus the rest of your journey. Relax in this quiet seaside town, swim ethically with Whale Sharks and visit beautiful waterfalls and caves that surround the area.
Boracay by Samantha from Travelling King
Boracay is my new favourite place in the whole wide world and there soooooo many reasons to visit. The perfect white sand beaches, the clear blue waters, and of course it’s very cheap to travel within; accommodation can be as cheap as 300 PHP at The Boracay Treehouse or don’t be afraid to splurge on a luxury hotel, my favourite is the Shangri-La Boracay which has its own private beach! prices start at approx. 18,000 PHP per night….What can I say, I love luxury hotels! Make sure to gorge yourself on some delicous chilli chicken for approx. 120 PHP at a restaurant called “smoke” or enjoy happy hour at any one of the many many restaurants along the beach! Activities in Boracay are also very affordable such as ATV riding, Fly Fishing (not with a rod), Island hopping, or helmet diving (and so many more!), all for less than 1000 PHP. Last but not least, the sunsets are not only free to look at (ha ha!) but they are also incredible and different single everyday!