Top 10 Things to Do in Philippines
Philippines Must-See Attractions
The Philippines are one of the most exotic and delightful tourist destinations in the entire Southeast Asian region. Fascinating tourist locales stretch over 300,000sqkm with 7,107 islands, such as beautiful Borocay Island, Bohol Island, and Cebu Island. From the most enchanting tropical beaches in the world to the scenic mountainous surroundings and tropical rainforests, and from the most exotic wildlife to the impressive volcanoes, this place will leave travelers and tourists enthralled.
There are several major diving spots which are immensely popular and the Philippines is one of the hot picks amongst adventure lovers, who head to this wonderland to experience an adrenaline rush. Besides, there are various cultural and historic sites from the era of World War II, associated with Philippines that can help people get a glimpse of the islands’ past. This destination draws wildlife enthusiasts, historians, nature-lovers, and honeymooners alike.
1Banaue Rice Terraces Banaue - mountains of Ifugao - Luzon
Referred to as the Eighth Wonder in today’s Modern World by the Filipinos, the Banaue Rice Terraces are one of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations. These terraces are said to have been carved into the mountains and hillsides by the ancestors of the local indigenous Ifugao tribes, and are 2-3,000 years old. It is also believed that these terraces were created with minimal to zero machinery and were carved mostly by hand so as to provide leveled steps, allowing the natives to plant and cultivate rice. Owing to its effectiveness, they find usage even till this day. Read More...2Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park Sulu Sea
Home to some of the world’s most unique and beautiful coral reefs is the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. Basically the park is a marine sanctuary, which is responsible for the protection and preservation of the Tubbataha atoll coral reef, owing to the various endangered species that are found here. It came into being in August 1988, when the then President of Philippines, Corazon Aquino, declared it a National Marine Park. Since then, it has been inscribed into the World Heritage Site in December 1993, by UNESCO, and has also been nominated as one of the modern seven wonders of nature. Read More...3Chocolate Hills Bohol
The Philippines boast of some of the most unique and mystical natural wonders. But none can match the popularity of the Chocolate Hills, which form the major tourist attraction in the central island of Bohol, otherwise known for its exotic beaches. These hills constitute an unusual geographical formation and still bewilder people all around the world. The number of small individual mould hills comprising the area is estimated to be anywhere around 1,268 to 1,776, covering a total area of more than 50sqkm, distributed through the towns of Batuan, Sagbayan, and Carmen. Read More...4White Beach Boracay Island
The Philippines are symbolized by their exotic and picturesque beaches, of which the most famous and popular is the beautiful White Beach, located on the island of Borocay, 315km to the south of Manila. This beach is situated off Panay Island’s north-western tip, and represents the aesthetically rich natural scenery of Borocay and the Philippines. It comprises of tropical surroundings, panoramic ocean views, and various forms vegetation and wildlife, besides being the commercial centre of the island. That’s the reason why the islands have been transformed into international tourist hotspots, with modern facilities and amenities, helping visitors have the time of their lives. Read More...5Intramuros Manila
Situated on the southern side of the Pasig River, Intramuros is also known as the ‘walled city’ of Manila. Built in 1571, it served as the centre of political, military and religious power of the Spaniards during the time that the Philippines were a colony of Spain. Consisting of 51 blocks within the vast walls, the only access in or out of Intramuros was via seven fortified gates. A moat around the walled city was added in 1603. Spread throughout the 51 blocks of the inner city were 12 churches, hospitals, domestic accommodation, military barracks, the Governor's Palace and schools. Read More...6Taal Volcano & Lake Tagaytay - 55 km from Manila
Taal Volcano, situated amidst the freshwater Taal Lake, in the Batangas province, in the Luzon islands in the Philippines, which is about 50 kilometers south of Manila, is a complex active volcano. Hot fumes and ashes are often sighted coming out of the mouth of the volcano. The Taal Lake, covering an area of 243 sq. kms, partially covers the Taal Caldera, which has been formed by the powerful prehistoric eruptions of the volcano. Mount Taal, on the other hand, rises up to a height of 984 feet, with the last violent eruption occurring as recent as 1970. Together, they present a very beautiful sight and picturesque views when seen from the Tagaytay Ridge, with the Taal Volcano enclosing another smaller lake in itself. Read More...7Vigan Historic Town Province of Ilocos Sur - Luzon
Situated almost four hundred kilometers, or 249 miles away from the capital of Philippines, Manila is Vigan, the historic town which is also Ilocos Sur’s capital city. It is present in the northern Luzon’s western coastal area, facing towards the South China Sea. It is a fifth class city, which has been included by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. Established during the era of Spanish dominance in Philippines, during the later 1500s, it presents a well preserved demonstration of a typical colonial town under the Spaniards. The unique architectural fusion of colonial Spanish and Philippine building designs resulted in the development of a townscape and culture, which had no resemblance or parallel with any other location in South-East/East Asia. Read More...
Situated about 50 kilometers to the north of Puerto Princesa city in Philippines is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, which is located on the island’s northern coast, in the Saint Paul Mountain Range. While the St. Paul Bay borders it on the northern side, the east is occupied by the Babuyan River. This park is also one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and was inscribed into the list on the 4th of December, 1999, and has been short-listed as a finalist, along with 27 others, for the Modern Seven Wonders of Nature competition. Read More...9Baroque churches of Philippines Manila - Sant Maria - Paoay - Miag-ao
A collection of four Spanish era churches is officially designated as the Baroque Churches of the Philippines. The collection consists of the San Agustin Church in Manila, San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, and Santo Thomas de Villanueva Church, located in Miag-ao, Iloilo. These churches have stood out in the history of the Philippines although they have been subjected to rebellious attacks revolts by locals, they have survived the test of time and were listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, in 1993. Read More...10Maria Cristina falls Agus River, Iligan City, Mindanao Island
In the suburbs of Iligan City lies the Philippines’ second-highest waterfall, the Maria Cristina Falls. This waterfall is fed by the River Agus and is found on Mindanao Island. It is often used as a landmark, or representation, of the host city – Iligan, which is also renowned as ‘City of Majestic Waterfalls’, as it possesses over 20 waterfalls in all. Maria Cristina Falls is often referred to as the ‘twin falls’, as the flow of water is separated by a rock at the brink of the fall. The fall is open to public viewing only on Sundays, and other days of special occasions, when the power plant is shut for an hour or so, allowing the river to return to its full flow. Read More...