Top 10 Tourist Spots in the Philippines: Places You Won’t Find Anywhere Else in the World
If you are planning to visit the Philippines, its good to know not only the top tourist destinations in the country but also the places you won’t find anywhere else in the world. So in this article, we’re going to list the top 10 unique tourist spots in the Philippines that you must visit when in the Philippines.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan
First in our list is Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. It is like the Philippines’ version of Disneyland but set in the old Spanish times. It features many of the famous landmarks in the country, horse carriage, and everything else that will remind you of the Philippines’ culture and traditions.
Banawe Rice Terraces
If you’ve watched the “Avengers: Infinity War” movie, you should have seen the Banawe Rice Terraces featured in the film. That is exactly how beautiful this place is and why it is a must-visit when you come to the Philippines. Many refer to it as the “Eight Wonder of the World” for its 2,000-year-old terraces that are mainly built by hands. UNESCO describes it as a memorial for the history of the old generation of simple farmers to build a sustainable use of natural resources.
Chocolate Hills in Bohol
Another well-known tourist spot in the Philippines that you can’t find anywhere else is Bohol’s Chocolate Hills. While it’s not really made of chocolate, it is made up of 1,776 hills in an area of over 50 square kilometers. During the dry season, the hills covered with green grass turns to brown, hence the name.
Hundred Islands in Pangasinan
Hundred Islands is situated in Alaminos, Pangasinan in the northern part of the Philippines. It has a total of 124 islands but only three of it has been developed for tourism. This includes the Governor Island, Quezon Island and Children’s Island.
One of the reasons why we love Hundred Islands is because you can visit all of the three islands without spending too much. You can swim, snorkel, go in caves and ride boats to explore the other beautiful islands.
Tubattaha Reefs Natural Park
One of the protected areas in the Philippines is Tubattaha Reefs Natural Park located in the middle of Sulu Sea. It is a World Heritage Site that where various kinds of marine species live. Many say it has the most remarkable coral reefs in the whole world. Even CNN featured it as one of the top eight dive sites in the planet!
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Palawan is not just known for its beautiful sand and beaches, it also has its own subterranean river national park. It is located in Puerto Princesa and it features the most majestic limestone karst area and an underground river. Because of that, the site is now declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Boracay in Aklan
Boracay is one of the top tourist destinations in the country because of its white powdery beach and how tourist-friendly the place is. You can enjoy a long vacation at the beach without breaking the bank and at the same time – easily meet new friends from all around the world.
Whale shark watching in Oslob
Another one of a kind experience you can find only in the Philippines is whale watching in Oslob, Cebu. And if you’re brave enough, you can also swim with them, provided that you are guided by licensed tour guides in the area.
Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
In the province of Davao Oriental, a mountain called Mount Hamiguitan features beautiful bonsai field with 100-year-old trees, diverse wildlife including the Philippine eagles. This is why it’s not surprising the forest is now a protected site and voted by UNESCO World Heritage Committee as one of the places in UNESCO World Heritage List.
Siargao is not only known for its beautiful beaches but also its surfing waves called “Cloud 9”. And unlike in other countries, a vacation in Siargao is very cheap including accommodations, bars, restaurants and even water activities.