If there’s one beach in the Philippines that Filipinos and foreigners usually go to, it’s Boracay. There’s full of exhilarating things to do in Boracay and is a postcard and screensaver brought to life, with oh-so-dazzling white sand, and clear waters. It’s like a paradise on earth that’s why it is mostly everyone’s top choice when it comes to Philippine beaches. In fact, it has been voted as the world’s best island in Conde Nast Traveler in 2016 and Asia’s best island in 2019. 

It is home to the beach that has the whitest and finest sand in the country. Boracay is perfect for every kind of getaway as it offers travelers a great sea and land adventures! 

Check out our Boracay travel requirements here.

We’ve rounded up a list of the best things to do in Boracay that will help you make the most of your island getaway, whether you are a first-timer or a returning visitor well-aware of Boracay’s charm.

1. Parasailing

parasailing things to do in boracay

If you’re planning to do more than just unwinding, adrenaline junkies would be thrilled to try out the many elating activities the island has to offer. One of the best things to do in Boracay is Parasailing. You will get to see the amazing views of the whole island from above. This exhilarating activity usually runs for up to 15 minutes.

Parasailing is one of the most popular outdoor Boracay activities, and understandably so, because of the adrenaline rush and the views it offers from above.

Price range: PHP1,000-PHP2,000 per person

one of things to do in boracay is parasailing

2. Paddleboarding

paddleboarding in boracay

One of the most exciting things to do in Boracay is paddleboarding. You can either do it by kneeling, sitting down, or standing up for a more thrilling experience. Once you’re there, you’ll feel how it’s like to glide on the water surface. It also provides a good exercise for your legs and arms, maintaining your balance and strengthening your core. Paddleboarding is an activity that you must do in Boracay.

Price range: PHP500-PHP1,000 per person

3. Helmet diving

helmet diving in boracay

Helmet diving is among the most fun and thrilling things to do in Boracay 2020. In this activity, you just wear a special helmet and let your body sink underwater. No need to worry if you’re not a swimmer because unlike diving or snorkeling, helmet diving does not require any swimming prowess or complicated gear. You just have to walk normally as you do above water and enjoy an up-close look at the incredible marine life. Don’t miss the helmet diving as this is one of the best Boracay activities!

Price range: PHP400-PHP600 per person

one of things to do in boracay is helmet diving

4. Island hopping

island hopping in boracay

What’s a beach trip without island hopping? Island hopping in Boracay includes Puka Beach, the second most well-known Boracay tourist spot for beaches. The sand here is not as fine as White Beach’s, but it is more quiet and pristine there. 

The itinerary also includes Crocodile Beach, and Tambisaan Beach. 

Price range: PHP1,500-PHP2,500 per person

Related article: 10 Boracay Tourist Spots That’ll Convince You It’s One of the World’s Best Islands

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5. UFO or Hurricane Activity

inflatable ride in boracay

If you’re done with the banana boat and looking for an extra thrill, then you must try the UFO or Hurricane inflatable ride! Choose between the two inflatables, depending on how you want to be swept, twirled, or pulled by the speedboat! Hold on tight as you get towed, scream your hearts out and have a great time! UFO or Hurricane ride is an activity that you must do in Boracay. And trust us, this is one of the most fun things to do in Boracay. 

Price range: PHP500 per person

6. Beach bumming

beach bumming in boracay

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll enjoy Boracay as it offers relaxing options that are sure to take your mind off the daily grind. You can just go beach bumming with a good book, and lounge by the sea with a fresh coconut juice. We suggest going to the beach early in the morning before it gets busy for you to have that much-needed quiet time.

7. Sunset cruise

sunset cruise in boracay

What better way to enjoy the spectacular Boracay sunset than with a relaxing dinner cruise? Tour along the island’s famous White Beach. Enjoy the cool breeze, take a dip, or try out the fun Boracay water activities such as snorkeling, tubing, and paddle boarding while waiting for the sunset. Take in all the tropical sights and sounds while you enjoy the colors of Boracay.

Price range: Rates start at PHP675 per person

8. Drink the night away

night life in boracay

Boracay has been known also because of its great nightlife but after the closure for the island’s rehabilitation, parties have been limited. But don’t worry, the nightlife is still there, not just as wild as before. There are different kinds of bars to cater to every type of traveler— the adventurous and the laid-back seekers. Meet with local and foreign travelers and enjoy the night together with a drink in your hand.

Price range: PHP300-PHP1,000

9. Cliff diving

The best Boracay tourist spot to go cliff diving is at Ariel’s Point. This place is a small rocky island 30 minutes away from Boracay. There are 5 diving boards, ranging from 3 to 15 meters to test your bravery! Most of the tour packages already include transportation services, lunch, and snacks. 

Price range: PHP2,800 per person

10. Swim like a mermaid

learn how to swim like a mermaid in boracay

Fulfill your mermaid dreams in Boracay! Suit up with a sparkling tail and swim in the sea with the grace of a mermaid, be it within the nearby depths off the shore or as a diver beneath the deep open water. But if you’re not up for mermaid swimming lessons, you can still wear the tail and just have a photoshoot. For sure, this will be among the things to do in Boracay that you won’t forget.

Price range: PHP1,000-PHP2,500 per person

11. ATV ride

Boracay is not just about beaches. Enjoy another exciting adventure by riding an ATV! Drive to the island’s highest peak— Mt. Luho! The trails aren’t as challenging as that of Mayon Volcano and Mt. Pinatubo. But even so, ATV ride is one of the best things you can do in this beautiful island.

Price range: PHP800-PHP1,000 per person

12. Helicopter ride

guy flying a helicopter

What could be grander than touring Boracay like a boss in a helicopter? With this tour, you get to experience the best aerial view of the island, flying around the entire island to see different beaches and surrounding islands from above. A helicopter tour is definitely one of the most remarkable things to do in Boracay.

If you’ve never experienced flying in a helicopter before, this is a chance to do so at a surprisingly affordable rate. 

Price range: Rates start at PHP4,000 per person

Make your trip more memorable by booking budget hotels in Boracay at www.zenrooms.com.

Where to stay in Boracay

  1. The Tides Hotel Boracay – Starts at P3,700/night
  2. Punta Rosa Boutique Hotel – Starts at P3,888/night
  3. Ralph’s Place Boracay – Starts at P4,340/night

Related article: Experience the Ultimate Summer Vacation with these Boracay Hotels

Frequently Asked Questions About Things to Do in Boracay

What are the best things to do in Boracay?

There are many things to do in Boracay, including:

  1. Parasailing
  2. Paddle boarding
  3. Helmet diving
  4. Island hopping
  5. UFO Inflatable Ride
  6. Beach bumming
  7. Sunset cruise
  8. ATV Ride
  9. Helicopter
  10. Learning how to swim like a mermaid

What are things to do in Boracay alone?

If you prefer to have a beach vacation alone, there are plenty of things to do in Boracay, including:

  1. People-watching
  2. Joining a group
  3. Taking long walks on the beach
  4. Swimming
  5. Island hopping, and more

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Christmas celebration in the Philippines is really more fun! Besides, where else would you find a three-month-long celebration, two weeks of parties and reunions, and exchange gifts that extend until January? 

From setting up the decorations and playing Yuletide songs as soon as – ber months start, that is September, to the first week of the following year, Christmas celebrations in the Philippines is several months long, and everyone loves it.

We’ve rounded up places in the Philippines where it’s best to spend the holidays and experience Christmas cheer!

Top 12 Destinations for Christmas Celebrations in the Philippines

Looking for a place to spend the holidays with your friends and family? Here are some of the most beautiful places to celebrate Christmas in the Philippines:

  1. Boracay – Christmas at the Best Beach in the World
  2. Palawan – Christmas in the Wonders of Nature
  3. Baguio – A Happy Christmas In The Hills
  4. Tagaytay – A Christmas with a View!
  5. Pampanga – For an old school festive celebration!
  6. Bohol – A Christmas Amidst Nature!
  7. Siargao – An island getaway celebration!
  8. La Union – Sun, surf, and celebrations!
  9. Bacolod – Christmas in the City of Smiles
  10. Cebu – A home away from home Christmas
  11. Vigan – Revisiting history this Christmas
  12. BGC and Makati – Your modern-day Christmas fun!

1. BORACAY – Christmas at the Best Beach in the World

boracay christmas celebrations in the philippines

Make your Christmas extra special by spending it at the world-famous beach! Boracay has been famous for being a top beach destination in the Philippines but the island isn’t just perfect during summer. You can also enjoy the fine white sand and cerulean waters during the holidays and have the most wonderful Christmas celebrations in the Philippines.

Best places to see in Boracay

White Beach

white beach boracay christmas celebrations in the philippines

White Beach is the main beach in Boracay. It is a 4-kilometer stretch of powdery white sand and is divided into 3 sections: Station 1, Station 2, and Station 3. Station 1 is known as the high-end area; Station 2 is where most of the restaurants, bars, and shopping spots are located; and Station 3 is the quieter area because this is away from nightlife.

Ariel’s Point

ariel's point boracay christmas celebrations in the philippines

Boracay is not just about beaches though, because it also offers a whole lot of adventure for its visitors. Try cliff diving at Ariel’s Point. This place is a small rocky island 30 minutes away from Boracay with 5 diving boards, ranging from 3 to 15 meters. When you try this, your Christmas celebrations in the Philippines will definitely be unforgettable!

Puka Beach

Puka Beach boracay

Unlike the White Beach, Puka beach doesn’t have white sand. Perhaps this is the reason, tourists aren’t flocking here. But despite the lack of fine white sand, Puka beach offers something that other beaches don’t⁠— privacy.

Willy’s Rock

willy's rock boracay christmas celebrations in the philippines

This is one of the most iconic spots in Boracay. Willy’s Rock is a castle-like volcanic formation that dominates the seascape along White Beach. You can climb the stairs to see the grotto of the Virgin Mary or just enjoy a good view of the White Beach.

D’Mall

D'Mall boracay

Tourists never miss D’Mall in Boracay as this is one of the must-visit places in the island. This is where you’ll find the best bargains for your pasalubongs or souvenirs. There are also many restaurants and spas in D’Mall.

Best places to eat in Boracay

  1. Sunny Side Cafe
    Cuisine: Filipino-American
    Must-try dishes: Chori Burgers, Bacon and Mango Grilled Cheese sandwiches, and coffees
  2. Jonah’s Fruit Shake and Snackbar
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try drinks: Mango, Avocado, and Pineapple Shakes
  3. Ice Land Cafe
    Cuisine: Korean
    Must-try dishes: Egg Sausage Roll, Yogurt, and Coconut Ice Cream with Mango and Peanuts

Make your holidays more fun in Boracay! Book budget hotels in Boracay here.

2. PALAWAN – Christmas in the Wonders of Nature

palawan

It doesn’t come as a surprise when Palawan was named as the second-best island in the world by Travel+Leisure online Travel Magazine last July 2019. Palawan never fails to mesmerize its visitors with its jaw-dropping lagoons and white beaches.

These are just a few reasons why tourists around the world include Palawan in their bucket list for Christmas celebrations in the Philippines.

Best places to see in Palawan

Small and Big Lagoons

Small and Big Lagoons palawan

The Small Lagoon in Bacuit Bay is a breathtaking place one should not miss in El Nido. The lagoon is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and is accessible by kayak or by swimming through a hole. You’d also fall in love with its turquoise-green waters. The Big Lagoon also has clear turquoise waters, limestone cliffs, and lush green vegetation that will also captivate you.

Nacpan Beach

nacpan beach palawan christmas in the philippines

There’s nothing much to do here but to laze around but you’ll love it exactly for that. Nacpan Beach is a 4-kilometer stretch of golden sand beach. You can relax under the lined coconut palm trees while enjoying the view of its crystal clear blue waters. This spot is one of the must-visit destinations in El Nido.

Puerto Princesa Underground River

puerto princesa underground river

When in Puerto Princesa, don’t ever miss the Underground River. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful the limestones and stalactites are. No wonder it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. A paddleboat ride takes you to a section of the underground river, where you can enjoy views of massive stalagmite and stalactite formations and cave chambers.

Honda Bay Islands

Honda Bay Islands palawan christmas in the philippines

If you’re planning to go on an island-hopping activity for your Christmas celebrations in the Philippines, the best place to visit is Honda Bay. Here, you can find beautiful islets, reefs, white sand beaches, and inviting waters perfect for swimming. Some beaches that are included in the tour are Cowrie Island, Luli Island, and Starfish Island.

Baker’s Hill

Baker’s Hill palawan

Tourists come to Baker’s Hill because of its delicious freshly-baked local delicacies. Most of the tourists buy their pasalubong or gifts here. If you’re done shopping for the pastries and delicacies, you can also enjoy a mini-theme park-like in the garden that is Instagrammagle!

Best places to eat in Palawan

  1. La Plage Sunset Bar & Restaurant
    Cuisine: French
    Must-try dishes: Pistou Pasta, Seafood Pasta, and Mango Crumble
  2. El Nido Boutique & Artcafé
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Pizza, Pasta, and Pineapple upside-down cake
  3. Kalui Restaurant
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Pan-Broiled Blue Marlin and Grilled Tuna

Book budget hotels in Palawan here.

3. BAGUIO – A Happy Christmas In The Hills

burnham park baguio

Although it doesn’t snow in the Philippines, you can still feel the chilly weather and wear your winter outfits while in a tropical country. Where else could that be but up north?

Baguio City is a go-to place of most Filipino families for Christmas celebrations in the Philippines. The cool breeze of the air, the tall pine trees, and the lively night market are the reasons why people would travel for more than 6 hours. 

Best places to see in Baguio

Mines View Park

tourists at minesview park christmas celebrations in the philippines

The main attractions here are the commercial activities such as the souvenir and silverworks stores by the park, and the astounding view of nature from above. Tourists also have a chance to get dressed in the traditional clothing in Cordillera— bahag, shield, and spear for the men, tapis for the ladies, vests, and headdresses for both. Tourists can also ride a horse for picture taking.

Location: Mines View Observation Deck, Mines View, Baguio City

Burnham Park

burnham park baguio christmas in the philippines

This spot is famous for tourists and locals alike as there are many things to do here. From boating, riding a bicycle, playing sports, or just chilling, Burnham Park becomes a go-to for everyone. No wonder it’s a favorite spot for Christmas celebrations in the Philippines.

Location: Jose Abad Santos Drive, Baguio City

BenCab Museum

bencab museum baguio staycation
Photo credits to BenCab Museum

The museum serves as a home for works of many local artists and noted Filipino masters including the collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera. The museum also houses the indigenous arts and crafts of the Cordilleras. This is also where BenCab lives. If you’re celebrating Christmas in the Philippines, make sure to drop by at this place.

Location: Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet

Botanical Garden

Botanical garden baguio christmas celebrations in the philippines

As the name suggests, expect many trees, plants, and flowers that surround the place. Botanical garden is a perfect spot for those who want to get away from the loud and busy city. There are also Igorots that are willing to pose for photos for around P10-P20.

Location: 37 Leonard Wood Rd, Baguio City

The Valley of Colors

valley of colors baguio christmas celebrations in the philippines

This place is a new tourist attraction in Baguio. It’s a village full of vibrant and colorful houses, perfect for a colorful Christmas in the Philippines.

Location: La Trinidad, Bontoc Rd, Baguio

Best places to eat in Baguio

  1. Cafe by the Ruins
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Pinikpikan (a chicken soup used in rituals by natives), the Baguio Bagnet, and Ruins Leche Flan.
  2. Farmer’s Daughter Restaurant 
    Cuisine: Authentic Cordilleran Food
    Must-try dishes: Kindot (Grilled Pork), Pinuneg (Blood sausage), and Dabong Salad.
  3. Hill Station
    Cuisine: A fusion of European, American, and Asian
    Must-try dishes: Cambodian Coriander and Garlic Chicken, Prawns Peri Peri, and Apple Streusel.

Baguio is surely one of the most exciting places for Christmas celebrations in the Philippines. Book budget hotels in Baguio here.

4. TAGAYTAY –  A Christmas with a View!

People’s Park in the Sky tagaytay christmas celebrations in the philippines

 

If you don’t have much time to go to Baguio or not just a fan of long haul drives, then Tagaytay is your best choice among the destinations for Christmas celebrations in the Philippines.

In just about 2 to 3 hours from Manila, you will already reach Tagaytay. Just like Baguio, it’s also cold there. You can visit museums, enjoy the breathtaking view of Taal Volcano, or just eat the best bulalo in town.

Best places to see in Tagaytay

Taal Volcano

taal volcano tagaytay christmas celebrations in the philippines

There are restaurants in Tagaytay that have a good view of Taal Volcano but if you’re feeling adventurous and want to see it up close, the trek could take around 30 minutes to one hour. Its occasionally steep terrain can be tiring, particularly for first-timers, so those who would prefer not to trek can go on horseback. Trekking to Taal Volcano will definitely make your CHhristmas celebrations in the Philippines thrilling and more fun.

Location: Talisay, Batangas

Sky Ranch

sky ranch tagaytay pasyalan
Photo credits to Sky Ranch Philippines

Want to experience a different Christmas in the Philippines? Then head to Sky Ranch Tagaytay where the kid in you will jump for joy. This amusement park is perfect for everyone, especially for families. Enjoy the majestic view of the Taal Volcano while on a ferris wheel or a roller coaster.

Location: Km. 60 Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite

Picnic Grove

picnic grove pasyalan sa tagaytay
Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

With its built-in cottages and greenish, hilly surroundings, this spot is just perfect for picnic lovers as well as family gatherings and for bonding with friends on Philippine Christmas.

Location: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Barangay, End, Tagaytay, Cavite

Museo Orlina

museo orlina paslayan sa tagaytay
Photo credits to Museo Orlina

This museum houses the masterpieces, mostly glass sculptures, of internationally acclaimed artist Ramon Orlina, the pioneer and foremost practitioner of glass sculpture in the country. 

Location: Hollywood Subdivision Road Brgy. Tolentino East, Subd, Tagaytay, Cavite

People’s Park In The Sky

People’s Park in the Sky tagaytay

If you want to see the city from above, go to People’s Park in the Sky. This park is also the highest point in Tagaytay City.

Location: Tagaytay – Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite

Best places to eat in Tagaytay

  1. Balay Dako
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Kansi, Salt and Pepper Spareribs, and Kare Kare Klasik.
  2. El Cocinero by Chef Arnaldo
    Cuisine: Spanish
    Must-try dishes: The El Cocinero Paella, Solomillo de Ternera, and Churroz con Chocolate.
  3. Antonio’s Restaurant
    Cuisine: A fusion of international cuisine
    Must-try dishes: Antonio’s House Salad, Pommery Rubbed Roasted Rack of Lamb, Roasted Duck Breast in a Mixed Berry Red Wine Jus and Lechon de Leche.

Book budget hotels in Tagaytay here.

5. PAMPANGA – For an old school festive celebration!

PAMPANGA

This province isn’t called the Christmas Capital of the Philippines for nothing. Because when the Christmas season comes, Pampanga shines with lanterns that are made by the locals. One thing you should look forward to when visiting the province is the Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando, Pampanga. Expect a parade of huge colorful lanterns and lively street dance.

Just a reminder, many tourists come here to watch the festivals so be sure to book your hotel at ZEN Rooms to avoid the stress of last-minute hotel-searching.

Best places to see in Pampanga

Sandbox Pampanga

Go for a thrilling Christmas at Sandbox where Asia’s first roller coaster zipline and the tallest giant swing in the Philippines are located. Other fun outdoor activities here include archery, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or utility task vehicle (UTV) driving.

sandbox pampanga
Photo credits to SandBox at Alviera

Location: Alviera Subdivision, Sapang UWAK Rd, Porac, Pampanga

Puning Hot Springs

If you’re looking for a place to relax, this is the best place to unwind. Treat yourself to a new level of spa services that combines the use of volcanic ash, sand, and water which can provide health benefits.

Location: Sitio Target, Barangay, Angeles, Pampanga

Dinosaurs Island

Bring your kids to an educational tour this holiday and make their Christmas celebrations in the Philippines more fun. Let them experience the dinosaur era, with life-size animatronic dinosaurs at Dinosaurs Island.

Location: Clark Picnic Grounds, Gil Puyat Ave, Mabalacat, Pampanga

Nayong Pilipino

Know more about the Filipino culture and heritage by visiting Nayong Pilipino in Pampanga. The place will take you to a unique experience to learn the culture, heritage, natural wonders, and history of the Philippines.

Location: Centennial Rd, Clark Field, Mabalacat, Pampanga

San Guillermo Parish Church

This church has its spot at Philippine history. It used to be 39-ft. but is now standing half of its size after being buried by lahar from the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption.

Location: Bacolor, Pampanga

Best places to eat in Pampanga

  1. 25 Seeds
    Cuisine: Asian Fusion
    Must-try dishes: Pork baby back ribs, Melt-in-your-mouth Pata Tim, and Mango Sticky Rice with Coconut milk.
  2. ESTOS Kitchen + Cafe
    Cuisine: American, Italian and Asian Fusion
    Must-try dishes: Tenderloin with chimichurri sauce, Pizzas, the 15 hours red wine braised short rib and Taho Ice Cream.
  3. Piccolo Padre
    Cuisine: Italian
    Must-try dishes: Gnocchi, Osso bucco, and Saffron risotto.

Where to stay in Pampanga

ZEN Rooms Garden View Pampanga

This property gives a cozy ambiance to its guests. Restaurants and other establishments are also close here.

Location: 9 Valdes Street Corner San Angelo, Angeles

You can book this property here.

6. BOHOL – A Christmas Amidst Nature!

panglao bohol christmas celebrations in the philippines

If you’re too tired of the city parties, why not go on a beach trip this Christmas? Panglao, Bohol is a great destination to have a relaxed and serene holiday to keep you away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Best places to see in Bohol

Chocolate Hills

chocolate hills bohol christmas celebrations in the philippines

These hills aren’t dubbed as Chocolate Hills because they’re made of such but because the green hills turn brown similar to chocolates during the dry season. Chocolate Hills is a famous attraction in Bohol.

Location: Carmen, Bohol

Man-made Forest

man-made forest bohol christmas celebrations in the philippines

This is a 2-kilometer stretch that consists of 60 hectares of mahogany trees. Planting these trees was a response to the government’s call for nationwide reforestation under, then president, Diosdado Macapagal.

Location: Loay Interior Road, Bilar, Bohol

Tarsier Conservation Area

tarsier bohol christmas celebrations in the philippines

Bohol is known for two things: Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers. Be sure to check out this place if you want to see tarsiers.

Location: Loboc, Bohol

Hinagdanan Cave

bohol christmas celebrations in the philippines

The cave was believed to be accidentally discovered by a farmer; while clearing his land, he found two holes. He dropped a stone and heard a splash. He built a ladder “hagdan” and was able to access the cave and find its hidden beauty, thus the origin of the name Hinagdanan. Inside the cave are stalactites and stalagmites dimly lit by fluorescent lamps along a strip ushering visitors to a reservoir of crystal seawater.

Location: Bingag, Dauis, Bohol

Beaches in Panglao, Bohol

panglao bohol beach christmas celebrations in the philippines

The province has one of the most beautiful beaches in the country that’s why many locals and tourists go here. Panglao has fine white sand and clear blue waters that will surely make everyone relaxed.

Best places to eat in Bohol

  1. Tarsier Paprika
    Cuisine: American and Italian Fusion
    Must-try dishes: Grilled Tomahawk Steak, Smoked Kingfish Carpaccio, and Italian Traditional Fritto Misto.
  2. Gerarda’s
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Ubi-kinampay, Seafood Kare-Kare, Dinakdakan, and Crispy Tadyan.
  3. Oriental Garden
    Cuisine: Filipino-Chinese
    Must-try dishes: Hakaw, Chicken Feet, and Siomai.

Book budget hotels in Bohol here.

7. SIARGAO – An island getaway celebration!

sugba lagoon siargao christmas celebrations in the philippines

Aside from being one of the best surfing places in the world, Siargao is also home to many beautiful islands, rock pools, and interesting food spots making it a great place to celebrate Christmas in the Philippines.

So if you’re looking for a thrilling holiday, why not spend it in the Surfing Capital of the Philippines?

Best places to see in Siargao

Magpupungko Rock Pool

clear turquoise waters of magpupungko rock pools siargao

It is a tidal pool that is shielded from the Pacific Ocean by a reef barrier. The pool is calm and clear. It is one of the most visited natural attractions on the island. Magpupungko rock pool is best visited during the low-tide,

Location: Pilar, Surigao del Norte

Three-Island Tour (Naked Island, Guyam Island, and Daku Island)

aerial view of guyam island siargao

When in Siargao, the three-island tour is always on the itinerary. Naked island, as the name suggests, has nothing but white sand and azure waters surrounding it, no sheds and cottages. 

While Guyam island offers a lush clump of vegetation for tourists. It is secluded and uninhabited, except by the island’s caretakers, with a sandy beach on one side and a rocky beach on the other. 

Daku Island is mostly the place where tourists eat lunch. You can indulge yourself in a sumptuous meal that includes the freshest seafood and refreshing buko juice.

Cloud 9

cloud 9 siargao

This place is one of the most famous spots in Siargao as it has the best view of the sunrise and sunset. The waves here are also perfect for surfing so don’t get too surprised if this place gets a bit crowded. 

Location: General Luna, Siargao

Sugba Lagoon

sugba lagoon magagandantang tanawin sa pilipinas

It is located in the town of Del Carmen. Sugba Lagoon is about a two-hour drive from General Luna. You can explore the lagoon by renting canoes, bamboo rafts, and paddleboards and by snorkeling.

Maasin River

maasin river siargao

You shouldn’t also miss the bent coconut tree in Maasin River. The most interesting part here is that you can swing back and forth from the rope attached to the tree and let yourself plunge in about 6ft. deep water.

Best places to eat in Siargao

  1. Bake Siargao
    Cuisine: Filipino-American
    Must-try dishes: Rachel’s favorite, Chicken Sandwich, Big Breakfast, and Brownies.
  2. Kermit
    Cuisine: Italian
    Must-try dishes: Pan-Seared Tuna, Kermit Pizza, Chocolate Lava Cake, and Mango Daquiri.
  3. Harana 
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Halo-Halo with Watermelon, Adobo Bibimbap, and Salabat.

Book budget hotels in Siargao here.

8. LA UNION – Sun, surf, and celebrations!

la union surfing

Because of its proximity (4-6 hours away from Manila), La Union has been a favorite long-weekend destination. Most people come here to surf, while others enjoy LU’s best food spots. This place will surely make Christmas Celebrations in the Philippines more fun!

Best places to see in La Union

Tangadan Falls

After surfing at the beach, why not try visiting LU’s famous Tangadan Falls? It’s a two-tier cascade along Baroro River. This is perfect for those who are adventure-seekers as this trip includes a little hiking.

Location: San Gabriel, La Union

Luna Beach

This is not the usual beach there. Gray, black, beige and colorful pebbles make up Luna beach. 

Location: Luna, La Union

Baluarte Watchtower

baluarte watch tower

This is located at the Luna beach. Baluarte watchtower was declared a national treasure in 2014. It is a 400-year-old restored Spanish-era fortress used as a watchpoint for potential pirate attacks and other dangers from the sea.

Location: Luna, La Union

Kamay na Bato Art Gallery

This art gallery is owned by a Korean artist married to a Filipina. Here, you’ll find different artworks, especially faces, painted or carved on stones. This place is just a few minutes drive from the Baluarte watchtower.

Location: Luna, La Union

Grape Farm

Craving for a different trip, say a fruity kind of adventure? Then head to the grape farms in LU! Experience the haciendero life for a day or pick your own grapes at the vineyard.

Location: Bauang, La Union

Best places to eat in La Union

  1. Gefseis Greek Grill
    Cuisine: Greek
    Must-try dishes: Baklava, Kontosouvli Lamb, and Cheese Croquettes.
  2. Halo Halo De Iloko Balay
    Cuisine: Ilokano
    Must-try dishes: Fiesta Halo-Halo, Sinampalukang Kambing, and Fried Bagnet.
  3. Makai Bowls La Union
    Cuisine: Brazilian
    Must-try dishes: Acai smoothie, Amianan Smoothie Bowl, Carille Smoothie Bowl, and Granola yogurt pop.

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9. BACOLOD – Christmas in the City of Smiles

the ruins bacolod

Trade that holiday ham to Bacolod’s famous chicken inasal this Christmas! Bacolod is Negros Occidental’s capital. Here you will find some unspoiled islands and islets that will definitely take your city stress away.

Best places to see in Bacolod

The Ruins

This is a must-visit when in Bacolod. The Ruins was built by Bacolod’s sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in honor of his beloved wife. When World War II broke out, Don Mariano and his unmarried children left the mansion leaving everything. The Ruins was burned, thus resulting in what it is today.

Location: Talisay City, Negros Occidental

Lakawon Island

This place is perfect for those who are looking for a short trip away from the city. Lakawon is a 13-hectare banana-shaped island where Asia’s biggest floating bar is situated. The island is famous for its pristine white beach and clear blue water.

Location: Lakawon, Cadiz Viejo, Negros Occidental

Balay Negrense

This is an antique museum in Silay City that showcases the lifestyle of a late 19th-century Negrense sugar baron. You’ll see a lot of artifacts in Balay Negrense.

Location: Barangay III, Cinco De Noviembre Street, Silay, Negros Occidental

Negros Museum

If you want to learn more about the province, this is the best place to go to. The museum is filled with antique ancient artifacts and recent contemporary works of local artists that represented the stories describing Negros Islands and the events that occurred during their times.

Location: Gatuslao St, Bacolod, Negros Occidental

Mambukal Mountain Resort

This government-owned resort will immediately take you to a paradise as this gives you nothing but the beauty of nature. There are also a lot of activities that family or friends can enjoy.

Location: Northwing, Old Capitol Bldg., N Capitol Rd, Bacolod

Best places to eat in Bacolod

  1. Manokan Country
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Chicken Inasal, Kansi, and Oyster.
  2. Roli’s Diner
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Chicken Inasal, Palabok, and Napoleones.
  3. Negros Museum Cafe
    Cuisine: Filipino-French
    Must-try dishes: Bacolod Pork Jowl Serveza Negra, Smoked Tanigue and Alimusan Fish with Piccalilli sauce, and Sambag Ice Cream.

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10. CEBU – A home away from home Christmas

oslob cebu

If you’re game for a short but sweet getaway, perhaps Cebu should be on your list. The province offers a mix of modern city living, old traditions, and abundant natural resources.

Things you can do in Cebu are city tours, food crawl, island hopping and so much more!

Best places to see in Cebu

Ayala Terraces

When in Cebu during the holidays, watch the Christmas Light Show in Ayala Terraces. 

Location: Biliran Rd, Cebu City, Cebu

Temple of Leah

This is one of the most visited spots in Cebu. Temple of Leah was built as a symbol of love of the grandparents of actress Ellen Adarna. The structure was inspired by ancient Roman architecture.

Location: Cebu Transcentral Highway, Cebu City, Cebu

Oslob, Cebu

This is a world-famous tourist spot. In Oslob, people can see up close and even swim with the whale sharks. 

Bantayan Island

If you’re looking for a calm and breathtaking place at the same time, go to Bantayan island. Once off the boat, the fine white sand, clear turquoise waters and fresh air will welcome you. This is also where the movie Camp Sawi was filmed.

Sirao Flower Farm

This place is dubbed as the “Mini Amsterdam” of Cebu. the farm is filled with different colorful flowers, mostly celosia flowers. Sirao flower farm is really an instagram-worthy place!

Best places to eat in Cebu

  1. House of Lechon
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Carcar Lechon, Cheesy Baked Scallops, and Kinilaw na Tanigue.
  2. The Pyramid
    Cuisine: Filipino-Italian
    Must-try dishes: Pizza, Adobong Kangkong, and Bagnet.
  3. The Oriental Spice Gourmet
    Cuisine: Asian
    Must-try dishes: Pad Thai, Hainanese Chicken, and Laksa.

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11. VIGAN – Revisiting history this Christmas

vigan

Because of its cultural beauty and well-preserved Spanish era streets, Vigan has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you want to go back in time this Christmas, Vigan is a perfect place to go to. Enjoy the old world charm of Vigan streets while munching on their famous empanada.

Best places to see in Vigan

Calle Crisologo

horse carriage at calle crisologo in vigan

Go back in time and be mesmerized by the beauty of the preserved old streets of Calle Crisologo. You can ride a kalesa to tour the cobblestone streets. There are also many souvenir shops here that you can check out.

Location: Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Bantay Church Bell Tower

This structure has witnessed so much of Ilocos’ history. Bantay Church Bell Tower was built in 1591 as a watchtower to guard against potential trouble. You can climb the winding staircase up to the top of the tower where the enormous main bell, which dates back to World War II, hangs. 

Location: Bantay, Ilocos Sur

Baluarte

It is a zoo owned by Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Chavit Singson. Anyone, especially the kids, can enjoy close interaction with the animals, even the mayor’s tiger! It is just 10 minutes away from Calle Crisologo.

Location: Quirino Boulevard, Tamag, Vigan

Syquia Mansion

This is a century-old mansion, the residence of Philippines’ sixth President Elpidio Quirino and his wife, Doña Alicia Syquia. The stone house, decked with capiz windows, has Filipino wooden furniture with European accents, and spacious rooms designed with reproductions of Juan Luna’s paintings by his understudy Pedro Respell.

Location: Quirino Boulevard, Vigan

‘Bahay na Bato’ Father Burgos House

This was the house of one of the three martyr priests (GomBurZa), Padre Jose Burgos. The GomBurZa were sentenced to death for a false charge of rebellion against Spanish colonizers. Their death would later inspire national hero Jose Rizal who dedicated his novel “El Filibusterismo” to their memory. It is now the National Museum of Vigan that houses an excellent collection of local artifacts and furniture.

Location: Burgos St, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

Best places to eat in Vigan

  1. Cafe Leona
    Cuisine: Filipino-Italian
    Must-try dishes: Bagnet Maki, Dinengdeng, and Pinakbet Pizza.
  2. Lilong and Lilang Restaurant
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Bagnet, Lomo-Lomo, Longganisa, Poqui-Poqui, and Sinaglao.
  3. Kusina Felicitas
    Cuisine: Filipino
    Must-try dishes: Bagnet, Longganisa, Pinakbet, and Bunog.

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12. BGC and MAKATI – Your modern-day Christmas fun!

ayala triangle garden makati christmas celebrations in the philippines

If you’re too busy to get out of the city, you can just spend Christmas and have a staycation in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig or in Makati. Aside from having a staycation, there’s a lot of things to do at the central business district of Metro Manila.

Enjoy a night out at some of the best pubs and clubs in Poblacion or have a chill dinner at some of the best restaurants in the city.

Best places to see in BGC and Makati

Serendra

serendra bgc christmas celebrations in the philippines

If you want to relax and take a stroll in BGC, then walk around Serendra. It’s a 12-hectare community that was designed with European and Filipino motifs and Serendra is one of the most pedestrian-friendly places in Metro Manila. Be sure to take pictures because this place is very Instagrammable!

Location: 11th Avenue and McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Venice Grand Canal Mall

venice grand canal mall christmas celebrations in the philippines

No need to fly out of the country and spend thousands of bucks just to see and feel Venice because, in BGC, there is Venice Grand Canal Mall. Feast your eyes with the colorful architecture similar to Venice’s while riding a gondola.

Location: Garden Villas, 1630 Upper McKinley Road McKinley Hill, Cluster B, Taguig

Ayala Triangle Gardens

ayala triangle garden makati christmas celebrations in the philippines

This park is a must-visit, especially during the Christmas season. Each year, there’s a Christmas Light Show with different themes.

Location: Paseo De Roxas St Cor Makati Ave, Cor Ayala Ave, Makati

Ayala Museum

The museum features four floors of amazing works of art on Filipino culture, art, and history. Ayala Museum is just adjacent to Greenbelt.

Poblacion

This district is the “it” place for going out for food and drinks. So if you’re thinking of having a good night out, Poblacion is the place to be.

Best places to eat in BGC and Makati

  1. Early Bird Breakfast Club
    Cuisine: Filipino, American and French Fusion
    Must-try dishes: Adobo Sunrise, Yin & Yang Champorado, and Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato Soup.
  2. Nikkei 
    Cuisine: Japanese-Peruvian
    Must-try dishes: Fresh Oysters, Green Ceviche, and House-Made Ice Cream Combination. 
  3. Sunnies Cafe
    Cuisine: American
    Must-try dishes: Crispy Tacos, Stove Top Pork Chop, and Sunnies Funfetti

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Frequently Asked Questions About Christmas Celebrations in the Philippines

Q: What makes Christmas in the Philippines unique?
A: Christmas in the Philippines is like no other because Filipinos celebrate it as early as September and people are always exchanging gifts and eating together to spread the holiday cheer.

Q: How long is Christmas in Philippines?
A: Philippines is known as the country who celebrates the longest Christmas because as early as September, the holiday season finally begins.

Q: Where should I go for Christmas in Philippines?
A: There are many beautiful places where you could celebrate Christmas in the Philippines. These are:

  1. Boracay
  2. Palawan
  3. Baguio
  4. Tagaytay
  5. Pampanga
  6. Bohol
  7. Siargao
  8. La Union
  9. Bacolod
  10. Cebu
  11. Vigan
  12. BGC and Makati

Q: What are the best Christmas foods in the Philippines?
A: Preparing food especially for noche buena is an essential part of the Christmas culture in the Philippines. Whether you’re bringing food to your Christmas eve celebration or attending Christmas culture in the Philippines, here are some of the most popular and delicious sweet Christmas dishes to try in the Philippines:

  1. Bibingka
  2. Puto Bumbong
  3. Suman
  4. Hamon
  5. Queso de Bola
  6. Leche Flan
  7. Spaghetti
  8. Fruit Salad

Q: What are the Filipino Christmas traditions?
A: Christmas season in the Philippines starts as early as September that’s why it’s pretty popular across the globe. In fact, many international travelers are curious about the Christmas celebration Philippines that they even visit to experience it. Among the notable Filipino Christmas traditions are:

  1. Simbang gabi Philippines
  2. Noche Buena or the Christmas Eve dinner
  3. Taking Christmas vacation Philippines
  4. Exchanging gifts
  5. Christmas parties
  6. Traveling to the best places to spend Christmas in Philippines

Q: Is there a Christmas pasyalan 2021 we can visit now?
A: Yes there are so many Christmas pasyalan 2021 you can visit across the Philippines. If you want to spend your Christmas vacation Philippines at the beach, the most beautiful islands to visit are Boracay, Siargao, Palawan, and Cebu. If you want to experience Filipino Christmas in the city, we recommend Makati, Manila, BGC, and Rizal Province.

Q: What is the Christmas Capital of the Philippines?
A: The Christmas Capital of the Philippines is Pampanga. San Fernando is a tourist attraction in Pampanga during the Christmas season where many gigantic parols (lanterns) parade and are exhibited.

Q: Where to spend Christmas 2021 Philippines?
A: While the best place to celebrate Christmas is anywhere with your loved ones, there are places that can make Filipino Christmas more meaningful. Here are the best places to spend Christmas in Philippines:

  1. Makati
  2. Manila
  3. Boracay
  4. Cebu
  5. Palawan
  6. Siargao
  7. Pampanga
  8. Baguio

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With the remarkable beauty and undeniably friendly locals, the Philippines isn’t difficult to love. Most tourists think that the Philippines is just about beaches but actually, it’s much more. And just as a trip here will certainly make you fall for everything you see, it will also make you fall for the values of everyone you meet and the palatable cuisines they serve.

10 Things That Will Make You Fall In-Love With the Philippines

The Philippine tourism slogan goes “It’s more fun in the Philippines,” and it’s not hard to see why. Here’s a list of what is Philippines known for, that will absolutely make you choose Philippines as your next travel destination.

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Here are the 10 reasons why it is more fun in the Philippines and why you’ll love the Philippines even more!

1. Breathtaking Views

banaue rice terraces tourist spot in the philippines

Unlike other places, an adventure in the Philippines takes you to a wonderland where it seems as though you’ve walked straight into a postcard. Cue in, Batanes and Banaue Rice Terraces. Its vast greenery, hills, stunning sunset views everywhere, and crashing waves from the ocean surely take one’s breath away. And just like that, you’ll be in a state of bliss. 

The Philippines is mysterious, grand, and inviting at the same time. Through the eyes of a first-timer, this country is unbelievable. So if you’re to describe Philippines in one word, it’s breathtaking. Enough to convince you that it’s more fun in the Philippines.

2. 7,641 Islands to Choose From

palawan christmas in the philippines

The Philippine beaches and islands are certainly among the most convincing reasons why you should visit the Philippines. If you’re asking what is Philippines famous for, it could take all day to list everything down. But its pristine beaches are among the main reasons why travelers across the world and the top 10 countries that love Philippines list the country among the world’s best islands.

Boracay is a sure-fire hit for travelers and beach-lovers. Many people all over the world drool to go on a trip to this island. Boracay is famous for its fine white sand and now, clear blue waters, party scene, and amazing water activities.

Must-read: 12 Most Spectacular White Sand Beaches in Philippines You Must Visit

Then there goes Palawan that will make you scream “I love Philippines” upon setting your foot on its ground. You can either go to Coron where great diving spots and lagoons are or El Nido where you can just enjoy the chill ambiance of the place.

Bantayan Island in Cebu also amazes tourists in so many ways. This Philippine island offers fresh air, calming sound of the waves, and cerulean waters.

3. Great Diving and Surfing Spots

surfing in la union

One thing that will make you realize its more fun in the Philippines is visiting its beaches with towering waves and rich marine life. Diving enthusiasts around the world just can’t get enough of the fantastic Philippine diving spots. Some tourists make their way to the Philippines to train or get their diving licenses because of its tropical nature and reputation as a great vacation destination. Some popular spots are found in Coron, Palawan; Apo Reef in Occidental Mindoro; and Monad Shoal in Cebu.

Another thing that will convince you its more fun in the Philippines is that it boasts amazing surfing spots! Some people from across the world travel here just to feel the adrenaline rush from surfing the Philippine waters. Surfing spots in the Philippines that are worth the visit include Siargao, the country’s surfing capital, Baler in Aurora Province, and La Union. If these aren’t enough to convince you it’s more fun in the Philippines, we don’t know what else will.

4. Exquisite Pinoy Cuisine

filipino food it's more fun in the philippines

With more than 7,000 islands and rich history, the Philippines has many delicious dishes of its own. And there’s more to Filipino food than the mind-boggling balut (duck embryo).

What Philippines is known for in terms of food is its popular adobo and sinigang. When in the Philippines, one should not miss its famous adobo. The pork or chicken meat is marinated in vinegar and soy sauce. It’s easy to prepare so it’s very common in the country.

Lechon is also something worth trying! The entire pig is roasted over coals, with the crisp, golden-brown skin served with liver sauce, the most coveted part. Everyone loves this, even the late world-famous chef Anthony Bourdain. He won’t say it’s the best pig ever for nothing!

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Another must-try dish in the Philippines is the sinigang. There are many varieties of it though: from pork to seafood. Everyone loves it because of its sour and slightly spicy taste.

Some may not like how balut tastes like, why people would line up for isaw (pork and chicken intestines) or why Filipinos eat with their hands. But perhaps the best way to understand Filipino food is by trying.

5. Ridiculously Good People

why it's more fun in the philippines

May it be to locals or foreigners, Filipinos are warm-hearted people. They are caring, respectful, hard-working, and full of possibilities even in hard times.

Filipinos are naturally empathetic— a loved one’s problem becomes everyone’s problem. They hold each other’s hands, they hardly leave their loved ones alone and they constantly check in with each other, whether through texts, calls, Skype, or other social media platforms. 

Filipinos respect their relatives and they treat the elderly with great fondness. They grab their hand and put it against their forehead. This gesture of pagmamano is so deeply ingrained in their culture that it has become the greatest symbol of affection in the family. 

Filipinos don’t discriminate and that is why they are highly ranked for service, hospitality, and care-related jobs. So if you’re asking how to introduce Philippines to foreign travelers, just say it’s home to one of the nicest people in the world. If this doesn’t convince you that it’s more fun in the Philippines, we don’t know what else will.

6. Grand Festivals

street dancers at masskara festival

When it comes to parties and festivities, Filipinos take it seriously! In fact, each province has its own festival. They are vibrant, colorful, lively, and grand.

These Philippine festivals showcase the country’s culture and the locals’ creativity. Many feature colorful costumes, painted bodies, and crazy beautiful street dance performances.

Tourists from all over the world visit the Philippines not just to see its beautiful beaches and breathtaking sights, but also to experience the country’s grand festivals that, without a doubt, will make you say its more fun in the Philippines/

7. Dynamic Nightlife

Contrary to what others think when someone asks to describe Philippines, Filipinos are not dull and boring. They know how to party, too! In fact, there are many great bars in the country that take the party scene to the next level!

Enjoy a pub crawl at Poblacion in Makati or go to Bonifacio Global City or Ortigas to get the best city views, breezy outdoor escapes, and chic spots that are sure to have you sipping and toasting all night long.

8. Interesting Mix of Different Cultures

Because of the country’s history of colonialism and encounters with different cultures — Chinese, Malay, Spanish, American, and Japanese — what has resulted, is the most curious melting pot of varying traits and practices. 

Travelers familiar with any of these cultures will be surprised and amused at the parallels Filipinos carry in their ways of life.

9. Filipinos Welcome Everybody With Open Arms

Many tourists find Filipinos very hospitable and this impression is clearly an edge. That’s how hospitable they are! Filipinos don’t discriminate but welcome everyone with open arms even if they’re not related. They will offer anything they can to foreigners and even teach them Filipino words even without asking. This is definitely what Philippines is known for. So if you’d ask how can you describe the Pinoy being in a foreign country, we tell you, Filipinos respect other people and are kind to others.

10. It’s More Fun in the Philippines

With all these being said, the country’s tourism slogan is true. It’s more fun in the Philippines because you’ll never run out of things to do. You will fall in love with the people and every spot in the country. You can come to the Philippines for the beaches, but what you’ll get is so much more.

The Philippines may not be the richest country in the world or may not have the highest standard of living yet. Still, the Filipino people are very rich to have good qualities and breathtaking places that spell genuine happiness. And at the end of your trip, you will say “I love Philippines” because it’s not really difficult to fall in love with this country.


Frequently Asked Questions About Reasons to Love the Philippines

Q: Why foreigners love the Philippines?
A: Foreigners love the Philippines because of its climate. Since the Philippines is a tropical country, it’s a great destination for beach vacations. Aside from this, foreigners love the traits of the Filipinos and of course, the food!

Q: What do you think are the reasons why the Philippines is considered as a tropical country?
A: Tropical countries such as the Philippines are nations that are found in the tropics, a region that is located along or near the Earth’s Equator. Here’s the answer to your question: what do you think are the reasons why the Philippines is considered as a tropical country.

Q: Why should you travel to the Philippines?
A: The Philippines is more than just its pristine islands. Here are the reasons why you should travel the Philippines:

  1. Breathtaking Views
  2. 7,641 Islands to Choose From
  3. Great Diving and Surfing Spots
  4. Exquisite Pinoy Cuisine
  5. Ridiculously Good People
  6. Grand Festivals
  7. Dynamic Nightlife
  8. Interesting Mix of Different Cultures
  9. Filipinos Welcome Everybody With Open Arms
  10. It’s More Fun in the Philippines

Q: What are the best places to visit in the Philippines?
A: With over 7,000 islands to choose from, there are so many beautiful places to visit in the Philippines. These are:

  • Sugba Lagoon in Siargao
  • Intramuros in Manila
  • Vigan in Ilocos Sur
  • Boracay in Aklan
  • Chocolate Hills in Bohol
  • Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur
  • Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao
  • Big and Small Lagoons in El Nido, Palawan
  • Bantayan Island in Cebu
  • Racuh A Payaman in Batanes

Q: What are the best things to do in the Philippines?
A: Philippines is such a versatile country that caters to all types of traveler. here are some of the most fun things to do in the Philippines:

  1. Swimming
  2. Island-hopping
  3. Food tripping
  4. Shopping
  5. Partying
  6. Diving
  7. Hiking
  8. Attending festivals

Q: How will you show that you love your country Philippines?
A: There are many ways to show love for the country. From being patriotic and learning the history to promoting and supporting local products, showing love for the country is something everyone should learn and do.

Q: Where are the Philippines’ most beautiful islands?
A: The Philippines is home to more than 7,000 islands and among the most popular and beautiful ones are located across the country. You can find them in Boracay, Palawan, Batangas, Pangasinan, Zambales, Siargao, Bohol, and more. The islands here will make you describe Philippines as jaw-dropping, that’s why its more fun in the Philippines.

Q: What is Philippines known for?
A: Philippines is known for so many things: pristine beaches, breathtaking mountains, jaw-dropping lagoons, historic sites, and hospitable people.

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Don’t you just miss the excitement that comes with planning a trip, researching a destination, exploring the unexplored, delving into sumptuous cuisines, and meeting new people that traveling can only give?

While the idea of traveling is on pause right now, it wouldn’t hurt to think about our post-quarantine trips. Perhaps, daydreaming about traveling again can help us get through these hard times. 

This could have been a perfect time to go island-hopping and discover the great underwater world that the Philippines has to offer. And where else can we better experience these than in Palawan? 

But more than these, what exactly about Palawan makes it so special than other destinations? In this blog, we’ve rounded up eight reasons why you should visit Palawan after the quarantine. At the end of it, you’ll understand why everyone keeps talking about Palawan.

8. Fresh seafood, exotic cuisine and lots of it

tamilok

Palawan is known for its crazy lineup of exotic food. If you’re on for an exciting gastronomic adventure, make sure to try the crocodile sisig and tamilok also known as woodworm. It’s actually a mollusk harvested from mangrove trees.

7. The underground river is jaw-dropping

tourists entering puerto princesa underground river

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the world’s most impressive cave systems. What makes it to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Philippines is its uniquely and impressive features of spectacular limestone karst landscapes, pristine natural beauty, and intact old-growth forests and distinctive wildlife. Measuring to up to 8.2 kilometers, it is said to be among the longest in the world.

6. The lakes are refreshing

stunning view of kayangan lake

And Instagrammable! Some of the must-visits in Palawan are the Kayangan and Barracuda Lakes that are situated in Coron. 

Kayangan Lake is dubbed as the “cleanest lake in the Philippines” and some consider it as the cleanest lake in Asia. It is bordered by tall limestone formations and if you want a view of the entire place, you can just climb up a 300-step hill for a picture-perfect view. It might be a bit of a trek but the views are worth the effort. While the Barracuda Lake is perfect for freediving and scuba diving. The water of the lake is a combination of freshwater and saltwater, which is why divers will experience temperature shifts from cold to warm.

5. It’s more affordable than you think

tourists ziplining in el nido

Palawan is not as expensive as you think it is. The tours are cheap, the accommodations are affordable, and you can have a meal for as low as PHP 50! 

4. There are so many stunning beaches

aerial view of nacpan beach palawan

While Boracay is the most popular and go-to island destination in the Philippines, Palawan also has something to brag when it comes to beaches. In Puerto Princesa, you can check out Honda Bay; in El Nido, Nacpan Beach and 7 Commandos Beach never disappoint; and in Coron, you’ll never run out of beaches as they have the Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, and Bulog Dos Island.

3. Coral gardens are unbelievably glorious

coral garden in palawan

If amazing corals and colorful fishes interest you, you can never go wrong with Coral Garden. This is the best place to experience snorkeling because it is home to rich biodiversity. You can snorkel here to see colorful anemones, clownfish, and brightly colored reef fish by the hundreds. If you are an experienced diver and want to go deeper, this site offers depths of 131 feet that are totally surrounded by protected reef life offering the most crystal clear dive experience you may have ever had. But before you dive, you need to present your Advanced Open Water certification to come here. 

Another site where you can see the best of Palawan’s marine life is Siete Pecados Marine Park. You’ll be amazed at how glorious this place is because beyond its cool and clear waters, lies a diverse of corals and tropical fishes you can only discover through snorkeling. 

2. Postcard-like lagoons

girl swimming in palawan lagoon

When talking about lagoons in the Philippines, Palawan tops the list. There’s nowhere else you can find lagoons as beautiful as Palawan’s because of its towering karsts and clear turquoise waters. It’s like you’ve stepped straight into a postcard when you see its lagoons. 

In Coron, you can visit the Twin Lagoons, Green Lagoon, and Hidden Lagoon. While in El Nido, you’ve got to see the Big and Small Lagoons and Secret Lagoon.

1. Palawan has been recognized as one of the world’s best islands

couple enjoying kayak palawan

Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, two of the most famous international travel magazines, named Palawan as one of the best islands in the world. If this isn’t enough to convince you that Palawan is a must-visit, we don’t know what else will.

Palawan is an amazing destination that not just boasts its beautiful spots but also gives its visitors an unforgettable and unique travel experience. When visiting this province, one thing is for sure, you will definitely fall head over heels for Palawan. Because, why not? 

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With its proximity to Manila, Zambales has become every quick vacationer’s favorite. It’s also a default place for some surfers and soul-searching travelers because of its secluded island vibe. And one of the places that’s going on travelers’ radar and influencers’ feeds is Liwliwa beach!

Unlike other beaches, Liwliwa offers a combination of tranquility and fun vibe.

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To make sure your Instagram meets the summer aesthetic, below are five reasons to love Liwliwa beach!

sunset at liwliwa beach

1. Not far off

Located in San Felipe, Zambales, Liwliwa beach is perfect for a spontaneous barkada or solo trip because it is just three hours away from the metro. Just read the right Liwliwa travel guide so you will not get lost. 

2. Not crowded

Liwliwa beach sure is a great destination and what makes it even better than other beaches is that it’s not too crowded. In fact, if you’re lucky, you can have the beach all to yourself. It’s just a matter of perfect timing! We suggest you go there early in the morning!

3. Affordable

One of the things that make Liwliwa the go-to destination for travelers, especially backpackers, is that it’s very affordable. Many Liwliwa resorts are simple, but fit the area’s island charm. Hostels, inns, and some Liwliwa resorts range from P400 to P2,000 per night. 

You can check out Kwentong Dagat, Surface Liwa Beach Resort, the Circle Hostel, Good Karma Surf Resort, and Kapitan Liwa. If you want a closer vibe with nature, you can try camping. Some locals and hotels allow guests to rent or pitch their own tent on their lots for as low as P100 per night! Beach Haven Campsite, Board Culture Liwliwa, and Liwalize It Surf Camp are some of the well-known camping sites in the area.

Food in this area is also affordable as there are many karinderya (eateries) and even cafes that serve full meals from P70!

4. Relaxing ambiance

What’s a beach vacation without beach bumming, right? So if you’re looking for a chill moment at the beach, Liwliwa gives you the relaxation you need. You can either sleep on a hammock at some hostels and restaurants or just lay your mat on the sand, turn your book to where you left it and get tanned.

5. Instagrammable

While you’re treating yourself to a well-deserved vacation, why not get some obligatory content a.k.a. Instagram posts while you’re at it? We can’t deny the fact that influencers love Liwliwa because of its Instagrammable spots! Every corner of the area is definitely IG-worthy and perfect for your feed. 

How to get to Liwliwa

 

empty liwliwa beach

By Bus

Take a bus from Pasay or Cubao bound to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Make sure to tell the bus conductor/ticket seller that you are alighting to San Felipe. Otherwise, you’ll be paying for the whole trip to Iba/Sta.Cruz which is more expensive. Bus fare is P350 – P390. From the bus stop, take a tricycle going to Liwliwa Beach. Fare is P30 each.

By Private Car

If you are coming from Metro Manila, take the SCTEX and follow road signs leading to Subic then, Zambales.

We hope this Liwliwa travel guide will help you. If you want to share something about your beach trip, just let us know in the comments box below! 🙂

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With all the traffic, heat, and stress of living and working in the metro, it’s no wonder we’re all a little keen to escape this huge cage every once in a while. But because we’re all time constraint here, we can only afford a weekend to unwind. Instead of flying out to distant destinations, we recommend you go on a road trip with friends! Just two to three hours from Metro Manila, Subic beach is the perfect getaway when you’re in need of a mini vacation.

Not only is a road trip more convenient and easier to plan, it’s also an affordable way to unwind during the weekends. 

Below, we’ve listed 10 things to try in Subic beach as well as in other parts of Zambales province.

1. Beach bumming

Subic Bay beach is a great place to catch a little sun, sand and sea. Bring your mat and book and have yourself baked under the sun. The bay is a long stretch of white sand beach in Subic where you can enjoy different kinds of water sports, people-watch, or beach bum all you want. Among the popular resorts are White Rock Subic and Blue Rock Subic.

2. Try the thrilling water sports

 

subic watersports

Thrill-seekers will have ample options of water sports activities in Subic Bay beach. From jet skiing, parasailing, hover boarding, fly boarding, banana boating, and more, Subic has it all. 

3. Slide all you can at the Inflatable Island

Girl having fun in the inflatable slide at inflatable island | Photo from Inflatable Island PH

Photo credits to Inflatable Island PH

With over 4,000 sqm. of inflatable playground, the biggest in Asia, you will definitely enjoy it as you bring out your inner child. There are different kinds of inflatable slides, towers, bridges, swings, giant animals and human launchers. 

4. Go island hopping

One of the best things to do in Subic is island hopping. Parola Island is famous for its gorgeous views and Instagrammable rock formations and lighthouse tower. You can also include White Castle Island on your tour. It is named so because of the castle structure built on its rocks. Your last stop could be Capones Island. It offers both a gorgeous beach and a historic lighthouse. Capones Island, for many, is the best beach in Subic.

5. Experience the wild at the Zoobic Safari

four tigers surrounding the tourists' vehicle in zoobic
Photo credits to Zoobic Safari

Zoobic Safari is a 25-hectare amusement park that features tigers, crocodiles, huge snakes, sea lions, and more. Far from the conventional zoo, Zoobic gives you a chance to meet these wonderful animals up close and personal, promote awareness through a guided tour. You can even hand- and bottle-feed some of the big cats found here. 

6. Watch hundreds of butterflies

butterfly on a flower
Photo credits to Butterfly Garden Subic

If you want to learn more about the butterflies and insects, you can visit Subic Insectarium and Butterfly Garden. The Butterfly Garden Subic was designed and built specifically to showcase the life cycle and free flight of tropical butterflies, moths and other insects. 

7. Surfing and Skim boarding

 

a man surfing

Zambales is also known as one of the top surfing spots in the Philippines, so if you want to get out of the Subic beach resort you’re checked-in, go surfing or skim boarding. If you’re new to this, don’t worry because there are many groups and resorts that offer lessons for beginners.

8. Wreck diving

 

a man wreck diving

You don’t have to go to Palawan to wreck dive because just in Subic beach, you can already feast your eyes with many shipwrecks. Subic Bay is known in the dive community as having one of the largest collections of shipwreck sites in the country dating from the Spanish-American War to the Second World War.

9. Snorkeling 

girl snorkeling in the Philippines with colorful corals seen

Subic’s underwater world is a must-see. Aside from the shipwrecks, you can also go snorkelling. Although Subic doesn’t have that much corals to see, you can go to its neighboring areas in Zambales. Check out Hermana Mayor and Hermana Menor Islands in Sta. Cruz town for a more exciting snorkeling experience. 

10. Go on a yacht party in Subic Beach

group of friends jumping on the sea from a yacht

If you want to take your party to the next level, rent a yacht and sail away! You have the option to book the yacht per hour or overnight. The average rate per hour of yacht rental in Subic is around P3,000 per hour.

Now that you’ve seen the most fun things to do in and out of Subic, it’s time to pack your things, look for the best beach in Subic and have the time of your life! If you’re looking for a place to stay, you can check out White Rock Subic and Blue Rock Subic.

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For those people who have all the weekdays dedicated to working, weekend trips serve as a breath of fresh air and provide the mental reset they need that allows them to perform better afterward. Hence, when the perfect time comes, they make the most out of it even if it’s just a quick getaway.

To truly help you make the right choice, have a look at these offbeat Instagrammable places near Manila that are just a couple of hours away and are equally beautiful (and sometimes, more) as the ones in the metro! You’ll be surprised to know that there are such stunning places that are yet to be discovered by many people. This makes it perfect for those travelers who are looking for a quick getaway in a less touristy place.

5 Best Instgrammable Places Near Manila

Explore these best offbeat places near Manila before they crowded. Don’t forget to take your camera for perfect Instagram shots!

  1. Sepoc Island, Batangas
  2. Patungan Beach, Cavite
  3. Talisayen Cove, Zambales
  4. Cagbalete Island, Quezon
  5. Atelier Cafe and Nemiranda Art Gallery, Rizal

Let’s explore what makes these offbeat destinations near Manila so exciting.

1. Sepoc Island in Batangas

Travel time from Manila: 3-4 hours

In the Philippines, it’s always summer somewhere! For those looking for a tropical getaway, Batangas has one of the best Instragrammable beaches near Manila. But because of this, Batangas has become touristy already. Good thing, Sepoc Beach isn’t yet. It is more secluded than your typical well-known beach in Batangas— less crowded but still a beautiful beach.

2. Patungan Beach in Cavite

Travel time from Manila: 3 hours

Photo credits to cavite.gov.ph

This beach is located in Maragondon, Cavite. Although the sand is not white, it is still beautiful because it’s powdery. This is perfect for those who are looking for a quick beach getaway. Plus, you can already go straight to Tagaytay for some bulalo fix after your trip.

3. Talisayen Cove in Zambales

Travel time from Manila: 4 hours

Photo credits to Doods Dumaguing / Flickr

Talisayen Cove got its name from the abundant talisay trees in the cove. When you get there, you’ll notice that there are no other structures around aside from a viewing deck, nipa huts and a private rest house. Nature lovers will enjoy its crystal-clear waters, rock formations, and a lush mountain. You can go trekking or hiking to the mountain. Every corner is perfect for your making it one of the best Instagrammable places near Manila. #feedgoals!

4. Cagbalete Island in Quezon

Travel time from Manila: 3-4 hours

Famous for its white sand patterns, Cagbalete Island is an offbeat but amazingly beautiful destination near Manila. You can go snorkeling, laze all day, or go on an island hopping tour.

5. Atelier Cafe & Nemiranda Art Gallery in Angono, Rizal

Travel time from Manila: 1-2 hours

artistic interior of the kitchen of nemiranda gallery
Photo credits to angono.gov.ph

If you’re into culture and arts, where else is better to explore than in the Art Capital of the Philippines? Angono, Rizal is a good place to expose yourself to learn more about arts, music, and culture. Check Tiamson-Art Gallery, The Second Gallery and don’t miss the Angono Petroglyphs with 127 human and animal figures engraved on the rock wall probably carved during the late Neolithic, or before 2000 BC.

Frequently Asked Questions about Instagrammable and offbeat places near Manila

Q: What are some of the unique places to visit near Manila?

A: Some of the best unqiue places near Manila include:

  1. Sepoc Island, Batangas
  2. Patungan Beach, Cavite
  3. Talisayen Cove, Zambales
  4. Cagbalete Island, Quezon
  5. Atelier Cafe and Nemiranda Art Gallery, Rizal

Q: What are best offbeat destinations in the Philippines

A: Philippines are has many offbeat destinations, the best ones include:

  1. Osmena Peak, Cebu
  2. Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur
  3. Apo Island, Negros Oriental
  4. Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park, Samar
  5. Kinatarcan Island, Cebu
  6. Mt. Pinatubo, Zambales
  7. Baler, Aurora
  8. Bantayan Island, Cebu
  9. Sibaltan, El Nido
  10. Nagtabon Beach – Puerto Princes

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Please Note: Some destinations might be closed or there might be travel restrictions placed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please keep the government mandate in mind.

Just three hours away from Manila, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro is surprisingly easy to get to, making it the perfect spontaneous getaway destination. Puerto Galera tourist spot fascinates local and foreign travelers with its resorts, beach coves, waterfalls, abundant marine life, limestone cliffs, rock formations, coral gardens, dive sites, and mountains.

It has a reputation for being a party beach, but this port town has so much more to offer. Beyond the comforts of the popular White Beach, you’ll discover tons of hidden gems, such as refreshing waterfalls, historic sites, stunning mountain views, delicious food, and more.

Puerto Galera also lays claim to having one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

To guide you on your trip, here are the 10 best Puerto Galera Oriental Mindoro tourist spots!

1. White Beach

The top Puerto Galera tourist spot is the White Beach. If you’re up for a whole day of partying, this is the perfect place to be. Just like in Boracay, White Beach is a long stretch of white sandy shores with all kinds of bars and resorts. White Beach’s unending supply of all things hip and fun will definitely keep you entertained for days.

2. Talipanan Beach

Head over to Talipanan Beach if you want to have a chill moment away from the busy crowd. Talipanan Beach offers its visitors the privacy they need. Here you can enjoy the sand, sun, and sea with less to no tourists. It is surrounded by the beautiful views of the mountains and lush green forests that make up for a perfect nature and beach getaways.

3. Mangyan Village

 

mangyan village in puerto galera

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Every Puerto Galera visitor should visit the charming village to witness Mangyans’ (Mindoro’s indegenous people) way of life, beautiful weaves, and the culture that has persisted through time. You can also witness and participate in their weaving tradition. You can even have a chance to take home souvenirs such as baskets that are crafted by local artisans. By visiting this village, you will be supporting this indigenous group’s cultural preservation and economic sustainability.

4. Coral Garden

Puerto Galera isn’t all beach and parties, you know. The town is also rich with colorful and magnificent reefs like the Coral Garden. You can dive or snorkel there to see the abundant corals and different kinds of fishes. Snorkeling at Coral Garden is one of the top activities in Puerto Galera.

5. Tamaraw Falls

If you need a break from sand and saltwater, check out Puerto Galera’s waterfalls. One of the best places to visit in Puerto Galera is the Tamaraw Falls. At 423-ft. high, it is one of the tallest and most impressive falls in town. You can go there by booking a package tour or go there on your own by motorcycle or public transportation. 

6. Tukuran Falls

Another Puerto Galera tourist spot is the Tukuran Falls. It is a bit harder to get to than Tamaraw Falls because it involves a bit of a hike (and a carabao ride.) Even so, the trip is worth it! You’ll be amazed at waterfalls’ breathtaking beauty and the refreshing swimming hole is home to dragonflies and butterflies. This peaceful place is full of rocks that get very slippery in the rain, so it’s best to travel here during the summer.

7. Bulalacao

If you want to enjoy the beach all to yourself, consider visiting Bulalacao. It has 13 untouched islets that when seen on a bird’s eye view forms a resemblance to a shooting star where the island’s name comes from. Bulalacao island remains a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. 

8. Aninuan Falls

Aninuan Falls

Aninuan Falls is one of the best places to visit in Puerto Galera that will give its visitor an adventurous trip! To get here, you’ll have to go on a trek. You can get a ride to the jump-off point, after which you can follow any of the multiple trails towards the falls. Or, if you are really looking for an extra-adventurous trip, you can walk from White Beach to the falls provided you’re willing to traverse the road, streams, and even mountainside staircases. It might be a bit of hard work but when you reach Aninuan Falls, you’ll end up in refreshing waters surrounded by vibrant flora and fauna, making all the adventure worth it.

9. Aninuan Beach

Another remote and undeveloped beach you can visit in Puerto Galera is the Aninuan Beach. With clear waters and fine sand, this is a great beach that ranks high among tourists’ favorite Puerto Galera places to visit. And even Aninuan Beach is isolated, it is also close to the action of White Beach.

10. Bikini Floating Bar

Did you know that Puerto Galera’s booming nightlife extends all the way out in the ocean? Yes, in the middle of the sea, above waters lies the Bikini floating bar. You can enjoy a drink or two and party while floating on Puerto Galera waters. This is definitely a great Puerto Galera tourist spot.

For years, Puerto Galera has been one of the Philippines’ best-kept secrets, with its lush forests, powdery beaches, and amazingly rich underwater world. That’s why it’s no surprise why local and foreign tourists love visiting it.

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Beach lovers will find themselves in a tropical paradise when in the Philippines. With 7,641 islands, the Philippines is the perfect setting for the sand, sea and sun adventure for its many beaches. So it’s not a surprise that the Philippines beaches are pulling international visitors to its shores. 

And since the number of beach destinations can be overwhelmingly good, we’ve narrowed down the list for you.

Here are 12 of the best beaches in Philippines.

1. Boracay

Boracay needs no introduction anymore as this is the top among the best beaches in Philippines. In fact, Boracay has been listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is home to the beach that has the whitest and finest sand in the country. 

The island is perfect for every kind of getaway as it offers travelers a great sea and land adventures— from helmet diving, parasailing, paddleboarding, watching the sunset in Boracay beach, ATV driving and so much more! 

Boracay is a postcard and screensaver brought to life, with oh-so-dazzling white sand, and clear waters. It’s like a paradise on earth.

2. Palawan 

For some people, Palawan is the most beautiful place they have seen. 

Among the famous islands in Palawan are Coron and El Nido. Each has its unique attraction that tourists come for. Coron has great diving spots and lagoons while El Nido has stunning beaches perfect for those in search of relaxation. You shouldn’t also miss the UNESCO World Heritage Site and New 7 Wonders of Nature, Puerto Princesa Underground River in Sabang, Puerto Princesa City. Tourists usually go to Sabang for the Underground River but the Sabang Beach and the surrounding area will surprise you that there’s more to see in town.

With the rustic and historic charm to complement the stunning white sand beaches and lagoons, Palawan deserves the glory and all the compliments it got from those who have set foot on it.  

It is so picturesque that even the famous international travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler considered it as one of the best islands in the world in 2019. 

3. Cebu

With countless Cebu beaches to snorkel or dive to, the province has got you covered in all your sea adventure cravings. 

Our most recommended beaches in Cebu are Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island. There’s something in those islands that will make you feel like it’s your own little world, your own little space. You will find yourself in a tropical utopia. As you get off the boat, you will be welcomed by fresh air, stunning sandbars, and cerulean blue waters. The islands’ loud crashing waves are like music to the ears. 

But just a warning, when the time comes that you’d have to leave, it’ll be too hard to say goodbye to those islands as it will already hold a special place in your heart.

4. Siargao in Surigao del Norte

Siargao is considered as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. But it’s not all about surfing. The island offers tons of activities from kite surfing and paddleboarding to sailing and island hopping. You’ll likely fall for the island’s sensational waves and pristine white beaches.

The best beaches you’ll find in Siargao are the Daku, Guyam, and Naked Island— three of the most famous beaches in Philippines.

Naked island, as the name suggests, has nothing but white sand and azure waters surrounding it, no distractions for the 360° view of the island. While Guyam island offers a lush clump of vegetation for tourists. It is secluded and uninhabited, except by the island’s caretakers, with a sandy beach on one side and a rocky beach on the other. Daku Island is mostly the place where tourists eat lunch. You can indulge yourself in a sumptuous meal that includes the freshest seafood and refreshing buko (coconut) juice.

What’s best about Siargao is that it has remained unspoiled, remote, and still relatively under the radar, despite the influx of new infrastructures in recent years.

5. Panglao, Bohol

While Bohol is more popularly known as home to the smallest primates in the world, tarsiers, and to the seemingly breathtaking Chocolate hills, it’s also the home of Panglao Island where one will find fascinating white sand beaches, stunning reefs, and clear waters.

The most famous Panglao beach is the Alona beach. The beach is a 1.5-kilometer stretch of fine, white sand beach located in the southern part of Panglao Island. Alona beach quickly became a crowd favorite among local and foreign travelers looking for a relaxing escape from the city.

No wonder, it has become one of the most famous beaches in Philippines.

6. Kalanggaman Island

Kalanggaman Island in Leyte is said to be a smaller version of Boracay. What sets it apart from other beaches are the lack of crowds and charming sandbars. 

What tourists also love about Kalanggaman island is that there are very few structures, making it a perfect destination for those who want to enjoy a beach without the crowd.

The island is an ideal place to lounge around or take a dip in the water. Tourists can also rent kayaks and paddleboards. 

7. Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte

Of course, the best beaches in Philippines are more known for their quiet charms and ode to nature. And if you’re looking for a place where crowds are less to non-existent, the unspoiled beach of Calaguas Island serves you that. 

With powdery fine sand like Boracay’s minus the crowds, it is the kind of paradise you’ll want to keep all to yourself. Although the journey to Calaguas can be long and rough, the 7-8 hours travel time from Manila is definitely worth it!

8. Samal Island in Davao

If you’re looking for a chill getaway, Davao del Norte features a hidden gem, which has become more popular to tourists because of its unspoiled beauty. 

Samal Island is one of the most popular destinations in Mindanao. Its fine white sand beaches and snorkeling spots are truly remarkable making it among the famous Philippines beaches.

9. La Union

Because of its proximity to Metro Manila, La Union has been a favorite spot for those who only have a few days to spare outside the Metro.

With countless activities to enjoy, travelers and solo backpackers are flocking to the province. Every La Union beach is best for chilling. There are also spots where you can have great nightlife experiences. And aside from these, La Union is popular as a surfing hub.

List of Philippines beaches isn’t complete without La Union in it.

10. Baler, Aurora

Another beach near Manila is Baler. With just 4-5 hours of travel time to spare, you can already enjoy the wonders of Baler in Aurora province. It’s hard to choose the best Baler beach because they are all beautiful. 

Although the beaches are not as fine and white as the others, what tourists come here for is the surfing experience because like Siargao and La Union, Baler is also famous for its sensational waves perfect for surfing.

11. San Fabian, Pangasinan

The popularity of the town of San Fabian is mainly brought about by its beautiful beaches. The sand in San Fabian beach is not as beautiful and white as Boracay’s, but it is fine and powdery. 

The beaches are easily accessible and are budget-friendly. When in San Fabian, don’t miss the magnificent and romantic sunset view by the beach.

12. Sipalay, Negros Occidental

If you’re looking for an under-the-radar destination where you can relax, unwind and enjoy the simple things in life then the Sipalay is worth considering. 

The city is situated in Negros occidental, approximately four hours from Bacolod and Dumaguete City. 

Sipalay boasts its stunning landscapes, hills, and many natural attractions. When in Sipalay, you’ll be surprised at how beautiful the place is and making you forget about the busy city life as you watch it surrounded by mountains and unspoiled beaches. So if you’re looking for a tranquil and rewarding adventure, visit Sipalay beach.

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Palawan itself is just so beautiful as it is. With the abundance of amazing views of the lakes, lagoons, and clear blue-green waters, what more can you ask for for a perfect island getaway? But in this day and age, there’s a saying that goes you’ve never really been there if you don’t have a photo of it. So, what better way to level up your feed game than taking photos at the most Instagrammable Palawan attractions?

From hidden lagoons to underground rivers, there are tons of picturesque spots you can visit and turn into your very own Insta-paradise! Check out our list of stunning destinations you can feature on your next social media feed.

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

1. Palawan Underground River

A protected area of the Philippines, the Palawan Underground River or Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. It is also one of the longest underground rivers in the world that outflows directly to the sea. This tourist destination is loved by travelers and locals. You can find yourself becoming amazed by its mysterious and enchanting rock formations inside this beauty. That’s why this is one of the best Palawan attractions!

2. Honda Bay Islands

empty honda bay island in palawan

Island hop to witness stunning islands and white sand beaches in Honda Bay Island. It offers a day tour that allows you to explore dive sites and hidden gems all around Puerto Princesa, leaving you with glimpses and memories of the beauty of Palawan’s landscape. You’ll also enjoy being surrounded by corals and marine wildlife.

3. Cowrie Island

nipa hut at cowrie island

Cowrie Island is one of the best Palawan attractions you can explore during the Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour. Some of the activities you can try here are swimming, riding the banana boat, snorkeling, and other water activities. This charming island is perfect for adventure seekers and Instagram lovers looking to enjoy an exciting day at the beach.

4. Luli Island

tall palm trees at luli island

Luli Island is unique because it sinks and rises depending on the tide. Famous among tourists for its sandbars and mangrove forests, it also has beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it the perfect place to grab a beer with some friends, take pictures and relax under the sun.

5. Sabang Waterfall

Mother Nature has a way of turning everything into something majestic and stunning. Sabang Waterfalls faces directly to the sea and is adorned by travelers and locals. It isn’t your typical waterfall because it’s 50-ft. high and has a rock pool at the bottom and it’s just a short walk from the beach.

6. Sabang Beach

Sabang Beach is surrounded by white sand, palm trees, and mountainous views. This small village in Puerto Princesa City has yet to be discovered by the mainstream crowd. Whether it be swimming or just soaking up the sun, Sabang Beach is the perfect place for some downtime because it’s not crowded with tourists.

7. Nagtabon Beach

aerial view of an empty nagtabon beach

Feel the summer breeze with these palm trees at Nagtabon beach. Keep calm and at ease at this ultimate destination. This quiet place is the complete opposite of the chaos in Honda Bay and Underground River. Here, you can easily spend the day eating delicious food and enjoying the relaxing tropical atmosphere.


El Nido, Palawan

1. Shimizu Island

stunning view of shimizu island

Soak up the sun in Shimizu Island. This spot has fishes of different colors and is the perfect island getaway if you’re looking for rich marine life. You can also enjoy a seafood feast here with your friends.

2. Secret Lagoon

aerial view of secret lagoon

Separated from the ocean through a small keyhole-like opening, Secret Beach is only accessible by swimming through this door size opening through a narrow crevice in a rock wall. Here you’ll see a beach surrounded by limestone cliffs that cannot be seen from the open sea!

3. Taraw Cliff

 

a guy at the taraw cliff

Taraw Cliff is a giant limestone terrace overlooking the town of El Nido. It is the highest peak and it’s perfect for adventurous spirits who would do anything for a stunning view. A peak with this view of Palawan is definitely worth the hike. Climb and conquer the forests and terranes leading up to this rewarding landscape and don’t forget to capture your victory. It was worth it for the gram!

4. Las Cabanas Beach

 

las cabanas beach

Las Cabanas Beach is the perfect place to relax, sunbathe and swim! You can catch a beautiful sunset in this hidden gem. This Palawan attractions spot is very accessible to tourists and locals since it’s just a few minutes away from El Nido town.

5. Pinagbuyutan Island

 

girl relaxing at Pinagbuyutan Island palawan

Also called Inabuyatan Island, meaning “Enchanted Island,” this island holds one of the most outstanding landscapes in El Nido. The beach has soft powdery white sand, making it a great place to just stay in a hammock, and forget all your troubles and relax. There is also a colorful and thriving underwater ecosystem beneath its glass-like waters.

6. Seven Commandos Beach

 

stunning view of seven commandos beach

Seven Commando Beach is a lovely place to relax under the coconuts or just swim! It’s an ideal place for a romance with the sun. It has a sandy shore that’s perfect for sunbathing or playing sports or lazing around. This destination is one of the stops in El Nido’s special day tour.

7. Nacpan Beach

 

aerial view of nacpan beach

Head out to Nacpan Beach for a less-crowded beach experience! Nacpan Beach is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the Philippines. It has surfable waves, a fishing village, coconut palms, and brimming white sand. You can also end your day in this special spot, for Nacpan’s sunsets are known for being absolutely spectacular.

8. Baquit Bay

Baquit Bay has clear blue waters that are teeming with marine life and nature’s most beautiful creatures. This place is filled with islands that are both occupied and uninhabited.

There are over 30 dive sites that can be explored, as well as activities that will allow you to become closer to nature.

9. Big Lagoon

 

tourists kayaking at big lagoon

Just like any other lagoons in Palawan, Big Lagoon is dotted with dark limestone cliffs. These limestone pieces are perfectly lined beside blazing blue waters, creating a pathway, and a panoramic view. Visitors are given the freedom to enjoy this paradise on their own. You can take a short swim in the shallow waters at the entrance or try kayaking through the waters. Don’t miss this as this is one of the best Palawan attractions.

10. Small Lagoon

 

tourists kayaking at small lagoon

Small Lagoon is usually the first stop to the Island Hopping tour. Some of the favorite activities here are kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling. You can swim to the other end of the lagoon where you can reach a small water-filled cave and enjoy a cool dive in its underwater paradise.

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