Traveling influences our lives in so many ways. Whether it’s a foreign country trip or the spontaneous weekend getaway, traveling makes an important part of being our best selves. In short, traveling is good for us. Even science says so.

But now that we can’t travel yet because of the pandemic, we’re forced to just wander through our screens. But hey, traveling virtually doesn’t have to be boring!

To make it more exciting and keep your wanderlust alive, we’ve compiled 20 jaw-dropping photos of the top Philippine destinations to feed your fernweh.

20. Vigan

a kalesa passing through old houses in vigan

If being a UNESCO World Heritage Site doesn’t convince you to visit Vigan City, we don’t know what else will. Vigan City is famous for its preserved Spanish colonial towns that are considered among the best in the world. For a full detailed guide to Vigan City, read this.

19. Laoag Sand Dunes

a 4x4 in paoay sand dunes

If you want an extreme adventure up north, don’t miss the 4×4 ride at Laoag Sand Dunes. It may be scary but trust us, after your ride, you’ll ask for more!

18. Sagada

a group of friends watching the sea of clouds

Photo credits to Dale Diaz

Feeling lonely? Heartbroken? Reminisce your favorite scenes from the movie That Thing Called Tadhada with this amazing view of sea of clouds in Sagada. For a full detailed guide to Sagada, read this.

17. Banaue 

majestic view of banaue rice terraces

If you want to witness a majestic view, take a look at this Banaue Rice Terraces photo and be in awe. This place has never failed to amaze its visitors because of its wondrous beauty. For a full detailed guide to Banaue, read this.

16. Kabayan, Benguet 

stunning sunrise view at benguet

Missing the mountains? The hiking trails? Let this photo feed your wanderlust in the meantime. The town of Kabayan is the home of the famous Mt. Pulag in Benguet. Include this in your bucket list if you haven’t hiked Mt. Pulag yet.

15. Baler

aerial view of baler

Baler is one of the most famous surfing spots in the Philippines. But unlike other surfing places like La Union and Siargao, Baler is perfect for newbies because the surfing base is sand, not corals. Making it not too painful in case you fall.

14. Mt. Pinatubo

a majestic view of the mt. pinatubo

Stand in awe once you get to this “beautiful disaster,” in the words of Kathryn Bernardo’s character in the movie Crazy Beautiful You. To see its magnificent crystal clear waters of Crater Lake, you will have to ride the 4×4 (talk about adventure!), and you can interact with one of the oldest indigenous tribes in the Philippines, the Aetas.

13. Manila

casa manila old building in intramuros

If you’re a city dweller, at some point, you’re missing the Manila traffic, right? But more than that, what we’re missing the most about Manila is its lively nightlife, busy streets, and historic stories. For now, let’s cherish our quiet times at home. 

12. Puerto Galera

white beach in puerto galera

With its proximity to Manila, Puerto Galera has been a default quick getaway destination. No need to book plane tickets to enjoy a stunning white beach! For a full detailed guide to Puerto Galera, read this.

11. Polillo Island, Quezon

sunset view at polillo island

Polillo Island is not the usual party island nor does it have the luxurious resort comfort. But this tropical oasis in Quezon Province offers an escape into an island that promises a restorative vacation.

10. Mayon Volcano

A clear view of the perfect cone-shaped mayon volcano

Mayon Volcano is one of the most beautiful and most active in the world. Its perfect cone shape never disappoints its visitors for a great snap for the ‘gram. Read this for a full detailed guide to Mayon Volcano.

9. Lintaon Peak and Cave Baybay, Leyte

photo of a girl in Lintaon Peak & Cave 16k Blossoms in Baybay City, Leyte

If Cebu has 10,000 Roses, Leyte has 16,000 LED Roses for the tourists to enjoy! Every corner of this spot is definitely Instagrammable!

8. Kalanggaman Island

a tourist in the middle of a sandbar

Kalanggaman Island used to be a secret spot in Leyte but now, it has gained popularity thanks to social media. Becauce why not? Its sandbar makes it a perfect spot for the feed, right?

7. Chocolate Hills, Bohol

Majestic view of chocolate hills

Chocolate Hills in Bohol is one of the most unique sights in the world. Once there, you’ll see more than 1,000 symmetrical mounds, conical and dome-shaped that most people liken them to Hershey’s Kisses. For a full detailed guide to Chocolate Hills, read this.

6. Batanes

photo of tayid lighthouse in batanes

Oh Batanes, what more can we say? From the spectacular rolling hills and soothing crashing waves to vast greenery and stunning views everywhere, Batanes will surely take your breath away.

5. Coron, Palawan

the stunning view of kayangan lake

Pristine beaches, breathtaking lagoons and so much more! You’ll never run out of things to do and beautiful places to see in Coron. For a full detailed guide to Coron, Palawan, read this.

4. Puerto Princesa Underground River

tourists entering the puerto princesa underground river

Dubbed as one of longest underground rivers in the world, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is definitely one for the books! You’ll get to see glorious limestone formations and other wonders of nature. For a full detailed guide to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, read this.

3. Boracay

tourists flocking in boracay

This list won’t be complete without Boracay! Known as one of the world’s best islands, Boracay is surely a must-visit when everything gets better. It will definitely take our stress away with its fine white sand beach. For a full detailed guide to Boracay, read this.

2. Siargao

man ready to jump on a cliff

Known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, Siargao never fails to impress travelers with its romantic island vibe. Make sure to visit Cloud 9, Magpupungko Rock Pools, and Sugba Lagoon when in Siargao!

1. Pink Sand Beach Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga


stunning view of pink sand beach

The Philippines is not just all white and cream-colored beaches. In case you don’t know, Zamboanga boasts of its pink sand beach that definitely makes a perfect spot for Instagram snaps!

Through these travel photos, we can really say that the Philippines is, without a doubt, majestic. We hope that these photos satisfied your travel cravings even just for a short time. 

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