Planning to travel PH soon? As per the latest guidelines of the government, foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes may enter the country visa-free and stay in the Philippines for not more than 30 days. Read this for more details. provided that they are:

In this blog, we are covering the information about travel advisory Philippines, requirements, travel restrictions Philippines, best places to visit in Philippines, and more.

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Travel PH General Updates

Update as of March 7, 2022:


Effective February 2022, the Philippine government has allowed foreign nationals to travel to the Philippines for business and leisure purposes, provided that they are:

  • Are a citizen or national of a non-visa required country under Executive Order 408 s. 1960 (E.O. 408);
  • Are fully-vaccinated and able to provide sufficient proof of vaccination (except for minor children below 12 years of age), to include any of the following
  • Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from (first) point of origin;
  • Have a valid return ticket or ticket to onward destination (not later than 30 days from the date of arrival in the Philippines);
  • Have passports valid for at least six months from the time of arrival in the Philippines; AND
  • Have obtained, prior to arrival, travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from a reputable insurance company, with a minimum coverage of USD35,000, for the duration of their stay in the Philippines.

ALLOWED TO TRAVEL PHILIPPINES

  1. Filipino nationals
  2. Balikbayan under RA 6768 – Only nationals from non-visa required countries under EO 408, Former Filipino, or traveling with the Filipino/former Filipino spouse or parent
  3. Foreign nationals with valid and existing visas – SRRV and 9(a) visa holders are required an entry exemption document from the DFA/NTF

 

Passenger TypeRequirements
For fully-vaccinated Filipino nationals– Proof of vaccination
– Negative RT-PCR test within 48 hours prior to departure
– Philippine Passport
– Proof of citizenship
– Pre-booked quarantine hotel accredited by Tourism and Health Agencies for at least 10 days
– Travel insurance
– One Health Pass
Non-Filipino/Foreign spouse and children or children with special needs of a Filipino nationalIf traveling with Filipino a national:
– Foreign Passport only, no visa needed
– Any of the following:
For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
For children (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID

If not traveling with Filipino national, Filipino national is currently residing in the Philippines at the intended date of travel:
– Foreign Passport with Philippine valid entry visa or long-term visa
– Any of the following:
For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
For minor children only (below 18 years old) and children with special needs (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
Non-Filipino/Foreign parent of a minor Filipino child (below 18  years old) or a child with special need5 (regardless of age)– Foreign Passport with Philippine valid entry visa or long-term visa
– Authentic birth certificate of the minor Filipino child or child with special needs
– Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
Former Filipinos (Balikbayan Program), Dual Citizens– Foreign Passport AND actual valid, old, or expired Philippine Passport; OR
– Foreign Passport AND any of the following documents:
Authentic Birth Certificate
Identification Certificate
Certificate of Reacquisition/Retention/Recognition
– Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
Spouse/Children of Former Filipino Nationals (Balikbayan Program)If traveling with Filipino national:
– Foreign Passport only, no visa needed
– Any of the following:
For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
For children (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID.

If not traveling with Filipino national, Filipino national is currently residing in the Philippines at the intended date of travel:
– Foreign Passport with Philippine valid entry visa or long-term visa
– Any of the following:
For spouses: authentic marriage certificate
For children (regardless of age): authentic birth certificate
Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
Accredited foreign government and international organization officials and their dependents– 9(E) visa
– Subject to arrival and quarantine procedures set by the Philippine Department of Health.
– No need for DFA authorization/endorsement
Non-Filipino/Foreign seafarers with 9(c) visa– Foreign Passport/Seaman’s Book
– Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
Non-Filipino/Foreign nationals in possession of valid certificates – Recognition Certificate (RC) OR
– Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003 (CRPC) under RA9225 Certificate
Non-Filipino/Foreign nationals with an eligible long-term visa– Foreign Passport with valid and existing visa at the time of entry
– Eligible Visas but needing DFA authorization/endorsement or entry exemption document, which is valid until May 31, 2021 only:
Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) EO10379(A) visa
Must meet the additional conditions of the IATF-EID
  

For more information, read here and here.


QUARANTINE CLASSIFICATIONS (effective March 1-15 2022)
Read these classifications if you’re planning to visit Philippines anytime soon, to avoid delays and hassles.

Note: The Philippines has implanted a nationwide alert level system. Here’s what you should know.

  • Alert Level 1 – refers to areas wherein case transmission is low and
    decreasing, total bed utilization rate, and intensive care unit utilization rate
    is low.
  • Alert Level 2 – refers to areas wherein case transmission is low and
    decreasing, healthcare utilization is low, or case counts are low but
    increasing, or case counts are low and decreasing but total bed utilization
    rate and intensive care unit utilization rate is increasing.
  • Alert Level 3 – refers to areas wherein case counts are high and/or
    increasing, with total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization
    rate at increasing utilization.
  • Alert Level 4 – refers to areas wherein case counts are high and/or
    increasing, with total bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization
    rate at high utilization.
  • Alert Level 5 – refers to areas wherein case counts are alarming, with total
    bed utilization rate and intensive care unit utilization rate at critical
    utilization.

Alert Level 1 Areas

  • NCR
  • Abra, Apayao, Baguio City and Kalinga in the Cordillera Administrative Region;
  • Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan in Region I;
  • Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela and Quirino in Region II;
  • Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo City, Pampanga and Tarlac in Region III;
  • Cavite and Laguna in Region IV-A;
  • Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City and Romblon in Region IV-B; and
  • Naga City and Catanduanes in Region V.

In the Visayas, also under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15, 2022 are:

  • Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz and Guimaras in Region VI;
  • Siquijor in Region VII; and
  • Biliran in Region VIII.

In Mindanao, the following areas are likewise under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15, 2022:

  • Zamboanga City in Region IX;
  • Cagayan de Oro City and Camiguin in Region X; and
  • Davao City in Region XI.

Alert Level 2 Areas

For Luzon:

  • Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): Benguet, Ifugao,
    Mountain Province;
  • Region II: Nueva Vizcaya;
  • Region III: Nueva Ecija, Zambales;
  • Region IV-A: Batangas, Lucena City, Quezon Province, Rizal;
  • Region IV-B: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan,
    and
  • Region V: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate,
    Sorsogon.

For Visayas:

  • Region VI: Antique, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, Negros
    Occidental;
  • Region VII: Bohol, Cebu Province, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City,
    Mandaue City, Negros Oriental, and\
  • Region VIII: Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City,
    Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, Western Samar.

For Mindanao:

  • Region IX: City of Isabela, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del
    Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay;
  • Region X: Bukidnon, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis
    Occidental, Misamis Oriental;
  • Region XI: Davao De Oro, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte,
    Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental;
  • Region XII: General Santos City, North Cotabato, Sarangani,
    South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat;
  • Region XIII (CARAGA): Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur,
    Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Butuan City, Dinagat Islands;
    and
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
    (BARMM): Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Cotabato
    City, Lanao Del Sur.

Source: IATF


General Travel Advisory Philippines

Pursuant to the implementation of ECQ to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, holiday to Philippines or other trips to Philippines for leisure purposes are allowed. Please be guided by the following travel restrictions Philippines imposed on Foreign Travelers. 

Beginning February 2022, proof of full vaccination shall be made a requirement for entry of all foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines.

Please note that this information is constantly changing so make sure to check DFA’s website and pages for updates.

  • Entry of foreign nationals is allowed effective February 2022.

For more details on the travel restrictions Philippines, please visit https://dfa.gov.ph/dfa-news/statements-and-advisoriesupdate

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs


US Department of State: Travel Advisory Philippines

In the January 31, 2022 Philippines Travel Advisory released by the US Department of State, the advisory is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Philippines due to a very high level of COVID-19 in the country. 

According to the travel advisory: 

  • Do not travel to PH due to COVID-19. Additionally, exercise increased caution due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. 
  • Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.   

Do Not Travel to:

  • The Sulu Archipelago, including the southern Sulu Sea, due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping.
  • Marawi City in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest.

Reconsider Travel to:

  • Other areas of Mindanao due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping.

Source: U.S. Department of State


Philippines Travel Guidelines and Process

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, here are the rules and requirements you must take note of when you’re planning to travel PH.

Here are the things that foreign nationals who will travel to the Philippines now must know:

Before your trip to Philippines

1. Register to the following E-CIF from point of origin for a unique QR Code to be presented to One Stop Shop (OSS) upon arrival in the Philippines

Terminal 2 PAL Passengers:
Pre-Registration for RT-PCR Test in Manila

Terminal 1 & Terminal 3
Foreign Airlines:
https://www.padlab.ph/DLS/eCIFv8

2. Pre-book at Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) accredited ZEN Rooms Quarantine Hotel (list on this blog) for at least 10 days from your arrival date and for non-OFWs and foreign nationals, prepare additional cash for RT-PCR Testing and transportation expenses.

At the airport

3. Upon arrival at the airport, submit the accomplished Health Declaration Form to the BOQ. Before anything else, make sure you’re allowed to travel to the PH. Refer to our list above of eligible passengers to travel to Philippines now.

4. Proceed to the OSS Briefing Area for a briefing by the Philippine Coast Guard on quarantine protocols and distribution of Affidavit of Undertaking.

5. Proceed to the Department of Tourism (DOT) Desk for validation of quarantine hotel facility.

6. Proceed to Private Laboratory Desk for processing of data and pay for RT-PCR Testing to be conducted at your chosen quarantine hotel facility.

7. Proceed to the Bureau of Immigration (Bl) for clearance and passport checks.

8. Retrieve your luggage(s)

9. Submit duly accomplished Affidavit of Undertaking and PCG

10. Get airport taxi to your chosen quarantine facility/hotels and observe strict quarantine procedure

While on quarantine

Note: As of March 2022, once admitted into the country, fully-vaccinated international arriving passengers are no longer required to observe mandatory facility quarantine but shall self-monitor for any COVID-19 signs and symptoms for seven (7) days, with Day 1 as the date of arrival in the Philippines.

11. While on quarantine, plan, consider and prepare the following:

  • Airline or bus ticket
  • Letter of Acceptance from your own local government unit (I-GU)
  • Travel Pass from any PNP Office at point of Departure

12. On the 7th day after arrival, take RT-PCR Swab Test at the quarantine facility by the assigned COVID-19 Private laboratory. Continue observing strict quarantine protocols while waiting for test results. 

13. Upon receipt of a negative RT-PCR result via email, wait for the BOQ Health Certificate indicating the actual number of days on quarantine. 

14. To check out, present yourself to the quarantine hotel facility in-charge with documents mentioned in item 13.

Coordinating with LGU

15. Upon clearance, avail of authorized transportation to your final destination. Do not loiter around and expose yourself to possible sources of transmission. Your delay in reporting to your I-GU can be a ground for imposition of another 14 days quarantine. Always observe health protocols during your travel.

16. Upon arrival in your locality, report to your Barangay Officials for accounting and instructions. Your LGIJ has been informed earlier about your arrival through a DILG mechanism.

For Foreign Maritime Travel:  In a press release by the Bureau of Immigration, foreign seafarers with valid visas are allowed to enter the country. Said seafarers are those that would be undergoing crew change at the country’s green lanes. BI Bay Service Section Chief Alnazib Decampong shared that green lanes were launched by the government in a bid to promote the Philippines as a hub for crew change for international maritime vessels and facilitate the movement of sailors in the region during the pandemic.


Philippines Travel Guidelines for U.S. Citizens

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Since the Philippine international travel guidelines change regularly, US citizens who will travel to Manila must check the updates first.

US citizens must have a visa to travel to Philippines from US for all travel purposes, including tourism holiday to Philippines. Travelers must receive a visa from a Philippine embassy or consulate prior to traveling to the Philippines. If you remain in the Philippines beyond the “admit until” date stamped in your passport by immigration authorities, you may be subject to fines and detention by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration.

  • Travelers get a COVID-19 swab test 48 hours before their departure for the Philippines.
  • Visit the website of the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Washington, D.C., for information on other types of visas and the most current visa information.
  • Certain foreigners must apply for an Emigration Clearance Certificate (ECC) from BI before they may depart the Philippines.

You can find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction, customs regulations, and other Philippines travel updates concerning US citizens on the US Department of State’s website.

For Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Philippines now should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings.

Quarantine Hotels in Manila

As of March 2022, the Philippines has lifted quarantine policy for fully-vaccinated travelers.

Passengers who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, and those whose vaccination status cannot be verified will have to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to their flight to the Philippines.

They will be required to undergo facility quarantine and undergo another test on day 5. They may be released upon a negative result but will have to undergo home quarantine until day 14.

Arriving foreign tourists in Philippines are required to undergo mandatory quarantine at government-approved quarantine facilities. According to the travel advisory Philippines, the first 10 days of which shall be observed in a quarantine facility (BOQ Certificate holding accredited quarantine hotels in Manila). Check below for our top picks of quarantine hotels in Manila by ZEN Rooms.

  1. Nichols Airport Hotel (from P2500/night with 3 meals)
  2. Broadway Court Apartelle (from P1200/night)
  3. Time Travellers Hotel (from P1900/night)
  4. ZEN Rooms Aloha Manila Bay (from P3100/night with 3 meals)
  5. ZEN Rooms Basic Dian St. Makati (from P2,100/night)
  6. Time Travellers Tourist Inn (from PHP 2,010/night)

Please click here for the full list of DOT and BOQ-accredited Quarantine Hotels in Manila.


US to Philippines Flight Status

Before you book your trip to Philippines, you must know that the government has eased travel protocol and policies for travel to Philippines from US and other foreign countries. To know the international flights status to Philippines including  LAX to Philippines flights, Narita to Manila, Taipei to Manila, and others, you can check your respective airline’s social media pages and website as they regularly give Philippine travel updates.

If you want to check your US to Philippines flight, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) also updates its Facebook page with scheduled international flights. 

All inbound travelers must complete the One Health Pass (OHP) One Registration Platform a few days before travel.


Travel Tips for Arriving Passengers in the Philippines From USA and other countries

If you have booked a ticket for your travel to Philippines from US or from other countries, read the following tips to ensure your safety and to avoid delays or hassles at the airport.

  1. Before your flight for your trip to Philippines, make sure you have read the traveling to Philippines 2022 updates and prepared the travel requirements.
  2. Carefully review your eligibility and the required documents for travel to Philippines from US or from other countries. You may be allowed to visit Philippines, but if any of the travel policies and protocols set by the Philippine government are not met, you may not be allowed to enter the Philippines.
  3. Always wear a face mask and face shield. This applies to everyone who is going to Philippines or any other destination.
  4. Practice social distancing at all times.
  5. Make it a habit to check the latest Philippines travel updates so if ever there are changes to your Philippines to USA flight, Philippine international travel guidelines, your US to Philippines flight, and so on, you won’t be surprised upon your arrival. Don’t just rely on your travel agency Philippines to give you Philippines travel updates.
  6. When going to Philippines or any destination in the beautiful Philippines open for travel, check with your destinations’ tourism office first before planning a trip because the travel advisory today Philippines may be different from the advisory the next day.

Best Tourist Spots in the Philippines

When the Philippines is open for tourism, plan a holiday to Philippines to enjoy the beautiful wonders of nature that the world is talking about. With so many beautiful attractions, you’ll never regret visiting Philippines. 

And when the time comes you can take an adventure again, travel PH and explore all the most beautiful places in the Philippines we’ve compiled.

  1. Palawan – One of the best islands in the world. There’s no doubt that Palawan is considered one of the top beautiful places in the Philippines because of its lagoons, lakes, and amazing beaches. Coron and El Nido are some places in the Philippines open for tourism now.
  2. Batanes – Perfect for nature-lovers as it offers breathtaking views of the mountains, hills, and the sea. Batanes is the destination that will make you witness how beautiful Philippines is.
  3. Boracay – This is one of the best places to visit in Philippines if you love the beach because it has the whitest and finest sand in the Philippines. That’s why it’s not surprising that it’s listed among the world’s best islands by international travel magazines.
  4. Cebu – It is among the most popular places to visit in Philippines because of its perfect blending of city and island life. Cebu is among the places in the Philippines open for tourism now. Good thing is, Cebu travel requirements 2022 are not as strict as before. They don’t require Philippines tourists to take swab tests anymore. For the latest Philippine travel update, read this.
  5. Siargao – The Surfing Capital of the Philippines. If you’re aiming for an adventurous holiday to Philippines, this is the place to be. This tourist spot in the Philippines is now open for Philippines tourists.
  6. Ilocos – If you want a Philippines vacation that’s full of history and food trips, Ilocos is the place that will let you travel back in time and feed your hungry tummy.
  7. Manila – The Capital of the Philippines. Manila is every Philippines tourist’s jumpoff point where you can experience modern city living and so much more.
  8. Bohol – Where Chocolate Hills are found. Bohol is definitely one of the most unique places in the Philippines you must see. Bohol is currently open for domestic tourists. For more updates about traveling to Philippines 2022, read this.
  9. Tagaytay – This place is a popular Philippines vacation spot for a quick escape near Manila perfect for food trips and exploring nature. Read this travel advisory today Philippines for the latest updates.
  10. Batangas – One of beautiful places in the Philippines with the richest marine life. 

For a complete list of best tourist spots in the Philippines, read this blog: Philippine Travel Guide: 70+ Philippines Tourist Spots That Will Take Your Breath Away


Frequently Asked Questions About Philippines Travel

Q: Are US citizens permitted to travel PH?
A: Yes.

Additional information and travel advisory today Philippines also are available on the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) website. All arriving passengers remain subject to guidelines set by the Philippines’ Inter-Agency Task Force Against Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) in Resolution Nos. 97, 98, and 103.

According to the US Department of State, all decisions to grant or deny entry to the Philippines are made by BI staff at the port of entry upon arrival in the Philippines. Contact the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the United States for additional information prior to booking ASAP tickets Philippines to be able to travel to Manila. 

Q: Are US citizens required to quarantine?
A: No. Per the latest travel update Philippines, quarantine is no longer required US citizens but for ALL travelers entering the Philippines as long as they’re fully-vaccinated. However, travelers must self-monitor for signs and symptoms within seven days with the date of arrival as their first day.

Unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated people may be required to undergo COVID testing and quarantine. The duration of quarantine is 7 to 14 days in a government-controlled hotel/facility. Individuals granted permission to travel PH by the Philippine authorities must have a confirmed booking for at least seven days at a hotel accredited by the Department of Tourism and Bureau of Quarantine while waiting for their COVID-19 test results. US citizens must stay at the booked hotel until they receive a Philippine Bureau of Quarantine medical certificate.

Check below for our top picks of quarantine hotels in Manila by ZEN Rooms.

  1. Nichols Airport Hotel (from P2500/night with 3 meals)
  2. Broadway Court QC (from P1200/night)
  3. Time Travellers Hotel (from P1900/night)
  4. ZEN Rooms Aloha Manila Bay (from P3100/night with 3 meals)
  5. ZEN Rooms Basic Dian St. Makati (from P2,100/night)
  6. Time Travellers Tourist Inn (from PHP 2,010/night)

Please click here for the full list of DOT and BOQ-accredited Quarantine Hotels in Manila.

Q: Are commercial flights operating?
A: Yes. However, commercial flights are limited throughout the country from the Philippines to USA flights. To know about the popular routes like LAX to Philippines flights, Narita to Manila, Taipei to Manila, and others; check Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) Facebook page for the scheduled international flights before your PH travel.

Q: Are RT-PCR and/or antigen tests available for US citizens in the Philippines?
A: Yes. RT-PCR and antigen (rapid) testing are readily available throughout the Philippines, including at Department of Health (DOH) accredited testing centers. Payment is on cash-only basis by the US citizen prior to testing. Costs vary according to the test given and the medical facility.

Q: Are vaccines available in the Philippines for US citizens to receive? 
A: Yes, but circumstances may be limited. Make sure to contact your Local Government Unit (LGU) for information on whether you qualify to receive the vaccine and the timeline for distribution. Dual US-Philippine citizens should be eligible as Philippine citizens for vaccination under local programs. US citizens who are residents of the Philippines should contact their LGU for information about the vaccination program in their area. US citizens working for private companies in the Philippines should inquire with their employers about vaccine distribution plans for staff. For more information, see the Philippine DOH Beat COVID-19 website.

Q: Are consular offices operation?
A: Yes but limited. See the details below:

  • American Citizen Services:  Limited non-emergency services are available by appointment only at U.S. Embassy in Manila and at the Consular Agency in Cebu. We are not providing walk-in service at either location. Emergency services remain available at both locations.
  • Visa Services:  Limited visa services are available by appointment only at the U.S. Embassy in Manila. Visit the Embassy’s visa alert page for updates on visa services and operations.

Q: Where can I get updates on Philippines to USA flight?
A: For updates on Philippines to USA flight, check Manila International Airport Authority’s (MIAA) Facebook page. Aside from the flight status, you can also find some updates about the travel restrictions Philippines here.

Q: Is Philippines open for tourism?
A: Currently, restrictions have been eased in the Philippines but there are some domestic Philippines tourist spots that are open for travelers depending the classification of quarantine placed in the destinations. For your guide, here are the current quarantine classifications according to the Philippine government:

Alert Level 1 Areas

  • NCR
  • Abra, Apayao, Baguio City and Kalinga in the Cordillera Administrative Region;
  • Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan in Region I;
  • Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela and Quirino in Region II;
  • Angeles City, Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Olongapo City, Pampanga and Tarlac in Region III;
  • Cavite and Laguna in Region IV-A;
  • Marinduque, Puerto Princesa City and Romblon in Region IV-B; and
  • Naga City and Catanduanes in Region V.

In the Visayas, also under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15, 2022 are:

  • Aklan, Bacolod City, Capiz and Guimaras in Region VI;
  • Siquijor in Region VII; and
  • Biliran in Region VIII.

In Mindanao, the following areas are likewise under Alert Level 1 from March 1 to 15, 2022:

  • Zamboanga City in Region IX;
  • Cagayan de Oro City and Camiguin in Region X; and
  • Davao City in Region XI.

Alert Level 2 Areas

For Luzon:

  • Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): Benguet, Ifugao,
    Mountain Province;
  • Region II: Nueva Vizcaya;
  • Region III: Nueva Ecija, Zambales;
  • Region IV-A: Batangas, Lucena City, Quezon Province, Rizal;
  • Region IV-B: Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan,
    and
  • Region V: Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate,
    Sorsogon.

For Visayas:

  • Region VI: Antique, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province, Negros
    Occidental;
  • Region VII: Bohol, Cebu Province, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City,
    Mandaue City, Negros Oriental, and\
  • Region VIII: Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Ormoc City,
    Southern Leyte, Tacloban City, Western Samar.

For Mindanao:

  • Region IX: City of Isabela, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del
    Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay;
  • Region X: Bukidnon, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis
    Occidental, Misamis Oriental;
  • Region XI: Davao De Oro, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte,
    Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental;
  • Region XII: General Santos City, North Cotabato, Sarangani,
    South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat;
  • Region XIII (CARAGA): Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur,
    Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Butuan City, Dinagat Islands;
    and
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
    (BARMM): Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Cotabato
    City, Lanao Del Sur.

Leisure travel is allowed but limited. Guidelines vary per destination.

Q: Is Cebu open for travelers?
A: Yes, Cebu has reopened its doors to travelers. 

Q: What are the Cebu travel requirements 2021?
A: The Cebu travel requirements 2022 are as follow: 

  1. Vaccination card
  2. Valid ID
  3. If partially-vaccinated or unvaccinated, present a valid medical certificate issued within twenty-four (24) hours issued by a reputable doctor within seven days prior to the travel date.
  4. Proof of pre-booking a resort or hotel establishment where he or she would stay during the duration of his or her visit. The resort or hotel establishment should be located within the province of Cebu and duly accredited by the Cebu Provincial Task Force
  5. Pass symptoms checking or screening at the point of departure and at the point of arrival.

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Of the 7,641 islands in the Philippines, each has its own magnificence and peculiarities that make visitors long for more. Hence, it’s not surprising that tourists from around the world dream of an unforgettable Philippines travel experience. 

From some of the world’s best islands and jaw-dropping lagoons to breathtaking rolling hills and rich cultural heritage, a holiday to Philippines will surely be one for the books.

Most Beautiful Places to Visit for Philippines Holidays 2021

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing Philippines vacation or an adventure of a lifetime, the Pearl of the Orient Seas does not disappoint. Here we’ve rounded up all the best places to visit in Philippines you should add to your bucket list.

  1. Palawan – The paradise on Earth
  2. Batanes – Home of the breathtaking hills
  3. Boracay – Among the world’s best islands
  4. Cebu – A one-stop travel destination
  5. Siargao – Surfing Capital of the Philippines
  6. Bohol – Home of the tarsiers and Chocolate Hills
  7. Ifugao – Home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Banaue Rice Terraces
  8. Camiguin – Where there are more volcanoes than towns
  9. Ilocos – The place that lets you travel back in time
  10. Manila – The Philippines’ capital
  11. Tagaytay – Second summer capital of the Philippines
  12. Batangas – For beach-lovers and hikers
  13. Rizal – Home of the most stunning mountains and waterfalls
  14. Zamboanga – A south’s gem
  15. Siquijor – The mystic province

What’s inside this blog?

Read this Philippines travel guide to help you prepare for your trip and discover the most popular and offbeat treasures you wouldn’t want to miss. 

Best Places to Visit in the Philippines

Here are some of the most beautiful tourist spots in the Philippines you should visit:

1. Palawan

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With Palawan’s jaw-dropping beauty, it’s not surprising at all why foreigners love this province. From the clear blue-green waters of lagoons and colorful reefs to pristine white beaches, what more can you ask for? So id you want a holiday to Philippines that will let you feel you’re in paradise, Palawan is the place to be.

Suggested article: The Paradise on Earth: Glorious Palawan Tourist Spot That Will Make You Fall In-Love With Nature

Attractions

Puerto Princesa

El Nido

Coron

  • Kayangan Lake
  • Twin Lagoons
  • Malcapuya Island
  • Siete Pecados Marine Park
  • Calauit Island Safari

Must-read: 3-Day Palawan Itinerary: 13 Must-Try Things to Do in Coron for a Memorable Trip

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Island-hopping
  • Kayaking
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling

Best budget hotels in Palawan

  1. Almonte Transient House
    Price from PHP 1,100/night
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2. Batanes

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Upon seeing Batanes, don’t be too surprised when you hear someone (or yourself) singing the hills are alive. Breathtaking views, fascinating and rich culture, and the kindest locals you’d ever meet—these pretty much sums up why tourists in Philippines and from other countries want to go to Batanes. This province may be the smallest in the Philippines but it sure has a lot to offer when it comes to majestic scenery thanks to the jaw-dropping Batanes tourist spots.

Related article: 13 Mind-Blowing Facts About Batanes You Must Haven’t Heard of Yet

Attractions

  • Racuh A Payaman (Marlboro Country)
  • Alapad Hill and Rock Formation
  • Tayid Lighthouse
  • Honesty Coffee Shop
  • Morong Beach
  • Valugan Boulder Beach
  • House of Dakay
  • Savidug Stone Houses
  • Vayang Rolling Hills

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Boating
  • Appreciating nature

3. Boracay

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As if Boracay still needs an introduction, this island never stops making a name for itself. It is famous for its oh-so-fine white sand beaches, amazing nightlife, and fun water activities letting you enjoy all the things you want in one place. Whether you’re just aiming to get a tan at the world-famous beach or planning to try the heart-pounding water activities, Boracay tourist spots will give you everything you need.

Per the latest travel advisory Philippines, Boracay is one of the thriving tourist destinations in the country that has finally reopened amid the pandemic so make sure to add this island to your Philippines holidays 2021.

Suggested read: Travel Hacks: Guide to Boracay Budget Trip Under PHP 8000

Attractions

  • White Beach
  • Crystal Cove Island
  • Bulabog Beach
  • Diniwid Beach
  • Puka Shell Beach
  • D’Mall
  • Ariel’s Point
  • Ilig-Iligan Beach
  • Willy’s Rock

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Swimming
  • Partying
  • Food tripping
  • Diving
  • Parasailing

Best budget hotels in Boracay

  1. Matt Guesthouse
    Price from PHP 1,800/night
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4. Cebu

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If you’re looking for a one-stop destination for your holiday to Philippines, Cebu is a melting pot for food, arts, culture, religion, and island life. The province does not disappoint its visitors with its amazingly beautiful Cebu tourist spots and fun activities to try. Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu offers a unique travel experience as it is a place where city and paradise meet.

Related article: Cebu Itinerary Guide: Best Places to Go & Must-Try Activities

Attractions

  • Oslob
  • Bantayan Island
  • Malapascua Island
  • Kawasan Falls
  • Simala Shrine
  • Temple of Leah
  • Sirao Flower Garden
  • Pescador Island
  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Fort San Pedro

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Swimming with whale sharks
  • City tour
  • Learning about history
  • Canyoneering
  • Food tripping
  • Attending Sinulog Festival

Best budget hotels in Cebu

  1. Papa Tasi Lakeside Hotel and Park
    Price from PHP 750/night
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  1. ZEN Rooms Alicia Tower Cebu
    Price from PHP 1,100/night
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  1. Arjaymay Apartelle
    Price from PHP 1,200/night
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5. Siargao

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Another tourist destination that has reopened for tourists is Siargao according to the latest travel advisory Philippines. This teardrop-shaped island will make you fall for its pristine white beaches, coconut woodlands, the clearest waters you’ve ever seen, and the sensational waves perfect for Siargao surfing.

What makes Siargao tourist spots an ideal travel destination is that it has remained unspoiled, remote, sparsely developed, and still relatively under the radar, making it even more appealing to travelers who are craving natural beauty and a slower pace. This tourist spot in Mindanao will surely captivate your heart.

Must-read: Siargao Travel Guide: What Every First-Timer Should Know Before Going to Siargao

Attractions

  • Guyam Island
  • Naked Island
  • Daku Island
  • Magpupungko Rock Pools
  • Coconut Street
  • Cloud 9
  • Sugba Lagoon
  • Maasin River

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Surfing
  • Diving
  • Boating
  • Swimming

Best budget hotels in Siargao

  1. ByGrace Pension House
    Price from PHP 1,300/night
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  1. ZEN Rooms Eunas Siargao
    Price from PHP 2,500/night
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6. Bohol

chocolate hills bohol philippines travel

Home to the iconic Chocolate Hills and the world’s smallest primates, Bohol is a great tourist spot in the Philippines that will surely surprise you. With its stunning Bohol tourist spots, it’s no wonder that travelers and locals alike couldn’t help but be amazed. From historic sites and pristine beaches to waterfalls and a majestic cave, Bohol never fails to stun its visitors. Bohol should be on your list of must-visit places for your Philippines vacation.

Must-read: Bohol Itinerary: Best Places to Visit and Budget Guide All in One

Attractions

  • Panglao Island
  • Chocolate Hills
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Loboc River
  • Bamboo Hanging Bridge
  • Man-Made Forest
  • Anda Beach
  • Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Danao Adventure Park 
  • Balicasag Island 
  • Baclayon Church
  • Alona Beach

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Swimming
  • Food tripping
  • Getting up close with the tarsiers
  • Dining at the river

7. Ifugao

banaue rice terraces tourist spot in the philippines travel

Ifugao Province is one of the most popular yet somewhat offbeat destinations in the Philippines. This is where you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage Site Banaue Rice Terraces. But it’s not just the Banaue Rice Terraces you should look forward to because there are many other places in Ifugao that will teach you the traditional way of life and culture.

Before you book your trip, make sure to check the travel restriction to this Philippines destination.

Attractions

  • Banaue Rice Terraces
  • Batad Rice Terraces
  • Hungduan Rice Terraces
  • Bangaan Rice Terraces
  • Hapao Rice Terraces
  • Tappiya Falls
  • Hanging Bridge
  • Bogyah Hot Spring

Things to do

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Appreciating nature
  • Food tripping

8. Camiguin

camiguin minadanao tourist spot philippines travel

What was once an obscure location is now among the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. With so many Instagrammable Camiguin tourist spots, the Island Born of Fire becomes a favorite travel destination for a holiday to Philippines.

From the pristine Camiguin Island tourist spots and jaw-dropping waterfalls to the glorious underwater world and historic structures from the Spanish colonial era, Camiguin definitely makes up the ultimate feed goal that every ‘grammer aims for!

Suggested article: Camiguin Island: A Travel Guide to the Island Born of Fire

Attractions

  • White Island Camiguin
  • Mantigue Island Nature Park
  • Sunken Cemetery
  • Tuasan Falls
  • Katibawasan Falls
  • Guiob Church Ruins
  • Burias Shoal
  • Soda Water Swimming Pool
  • Mt. Hibok-Hibok
  • Ardent Hot Spring
  • Camiguin Aviation

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Swimming
  • Hiking

9. Ilocos

horse carriage at calle crisologo in vigan philippines travel

Mention Ilocos and Vigan always come to mind. While it’s undoubtedly fascinating, Ilocos is more than the cobblestone streets of Vigan. The province is known for its rich culture and history, heritage sites, adventure parks, and of course, food. But this time, we’ll be putting the highlight on the beautiful places to visit in Ilocos Sur.

Per the latest travel advisory Philippines, Ilocos has reopened for local tourists but make sure to check the requirements to travel to this Philippines destination before booking your trip.

Related article: 18 Must-Visit Ilocos Sur Tourist Spots for a Trip to Remember

Attractions

  • Paoay Church
  • Calle Crisologo
  • Syquia Mansion Museum
  • RG Jar Factory
  • Bantay Church Bell Tower
  • Baluarte Resort
  • Vigan Cathedral
  • Crisologo Museum
  • Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone
  • Malacañang of the North
  • Pagudpud Beach

Things to do

  • Heritage tour
  • Exploring the historic sites
  • Food tripping
  • Visiting a zoo

10. Manila

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Before the pandemic, tourists in Philippines love exploring Manila whether they’re from the city or nearby provinces because of the tons of amazing spots here. Manila has a rich history, almost all areas have become great tourist spots in Manila that everyone wants to visit. From the preserved architecture brought by Spanish colonialism to outstanding Filipino culture, Manila has everything you’d ask for!

Related article: 8 Amazing Tourist Spots in Manila That You Can Visit for Free

Attractions

  • Intramuros
  • Escolta
  • National Museum of the Philippines
  • Rizal Park
  • Manila Baywalk
  • San Agustin Church
  • Manila Cathedral
  • Fort Santiago
  • Manila Ocean Park
  • Dessert Museum
  • Binondo

Things to do

  • Walking tour
  • Visiting the historic sites
  • Food tripping
  • Museum-hopping 

Best budget hotels in Manila

  1. The Colonial Residences
    Price from PHP 2,000/night
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  1. Baymont Suites & Residences
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  1. The Studio 18 Residences
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  1. BDS Bay Area
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11. Tagaytay

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Whether you’re looking for an adventure or just want a quick escape from the busy city life, Tagaytay is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines that never fails to satisfy the traveler in you. With many Tagaytay tourist spots to see, yummy dishes to try, and fun experiences not to miss out on while enjoying the cool weather, you will definitely have the vacation you’ve been looking for. Best of all, it’s just two hours away from the metro.

Tagaytay is another tourist destination that has reopened for tourists amid the pandemic according to the latest travel advisory Philippines.

Must-read: The Complete Guide For A Staycation in Tagaytay

Attractions

  • Taal Volcano and Lake
  • Picnic Grove
  • People’s Park in the Sky
  • Sky Ranch
  • Museo Orlina
  • Puzzle Mansion
  • Sonya’s Garden
  • Paradizoo

Things to do

  • Staycation
  • Dining with a view
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • ATV riding
  • Food tripping

Best budget hotels in Tagaytay

  1. Rachel’s Bed and Breakfast
    Price from PHP 1,300/night
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  1. Berrie Suites Hotel
    Price from PHP 2,400/night
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12. Batangas

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If you’re someone who loves to bask in the sun through hiking or beach bumming, Batangas is the perfect place for your Philippines holidays 2021. It boasts stunning land and seascapes, amazing mountains, and iconic diving spots that will make you want to extend your Philippines vacation. Batangas is not just popular for family and group trips but it’s also a romantic destination for a Philippines honeymoon.

Related article: 10 Batangas Tourist Spots Perfect for Quick Getaways

Attractions

  • Fortune Island
  • Laiya Beach
  • Anilao
  • Masasa Beach
  • Matabungkay Beach
  • Sepoc Beach
  • Caleruega Chapel
  • Mt. Batulao
  • Malabrigo Lighthouse 
  • Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Things to do

  • Island-hopping
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Hiking 

13. Rizal

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Visit Philippines’ most beautiful waterfalls and mountains by traveling to Rizal province that’s just two hours away from Manila. Rizal Province features stunning places that are worth the visit. In fact, some of the Rizal tourist spots are historical and have been featured in many travel shows and magazines already! This tourist spot in Luzon will give you the adventure of a lifetime.

Must-read: 10 Must-See Rizal Tourist Spots for an Amazing Adventure

Attractions

  • Hinulugang Taktak
  • Pinto Art Museum
  • Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
  • Masungi Georeserve
  • Daranak Falls
  • Batlag Falls
  • Tinipak River
  • Cloud 9 Antipolo
  • Pililla Wind Farm
  • Treasure Mountain

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Food tripping

14. Zamboanga

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Mindanao is often misinterpreted for having only chaos but actually, Mindanao offers some of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. While the Philippines is known for its all-white and cream-colored beaches, Zamboanga boasts of its pink sand beach that definitely makes a perfect spot for Instagram snaps. This offbeat tourist spot in Mindanao has a lot of beautiful places waiting to be discovered.

Attractions

  • Merloquet Falls
  • Paseo del Mar
  • Pink Beach Zamboanga
  • Yakan Weaving Village
  • Pasonanca Park
  • Great Santa Cruz Island
  • Bayangan Island
  • Tagbilat Falls
  • Rizal Shrine

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Going for a cultural heritage tour

15. Siquijor

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If you’re planning for your Philippines travel and you want to go somewhere offbeat, magical, and mystic, consider visiting Siquijor. While there are some mystic stories that could be true, the only magic you should look forward to is the one brought by the enchanting Siquijor tourist spots that will make you want to walk straight into a beautiful trap. 

It is a small island province located in the Central Visayas region oozing with pristine beaches, beautiful diving spots, waterfalls, and a cave. This tourist destination in the Philippines used to be known as the Island of Fire enveloped by mystic traditions such as witchcraft, healing, spiritual rituals. 

Must-read: 10 Siquijor Tourist Spots That’ll Make You Walk Straight Into A Beautiful Trap

Attractions

  • Cambugahay Falls
  • Paliton Beach
  • Cantabon Cave
  • Old Enchanted Balete Tree
  • Siquijor Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Salagdoong Beach
  • San Juan Beach
  • Cang-isok House 
  • Sandugan Beach

Things to do

  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Island-hopping

Best Time to Visit Philippines

If you want to visit Philippines at its finest, you should know the months of the season you’re planning to experience the country.

March to May

If you’re coming to see the country’s best beaches, make sure to travel in summer between the months of March to May. This is the best time to visit Philippines and experience the best of the best islands!

December to February

The months of December to February are the time to experience the cool weather and the warm holiday season in the Philippines.

What to Eat in the Philippines

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The beautiful Philippines is not just a paradise of stunning beaches but it’s also a haven for foodies. From the street food to the most delicious dishes, Filipino cuisine will satisfy your hungry tummy. Here are some of the must-try Filipino food:

  1. Adobo
  2. Sinigang na Baboy
  3. Lechon
  4. Sisig
  5. Kansi
  6. Bulalo
  7. Isaw
  8. Balut
  9. Halo-halo
  10. Puto Bumbong

Read this for the full list of Filiino Food: A Taste of Filipino Food: 10 Pinoy Dishes That Will Have You Drooling

How to Get Around

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Getting around in the beautiful Philippines is easy and fun! The main mode of transportation in the country are jeepneys and tricycles. Every tourist in Philippines must experience riding the jeepney and tricycle for a memorable experience. There are also many areas in the Philippines where you can ride a bus and taxi. If you’re going for a long-distance trip to Philippines, you can ride a plane or ferry.

Visa Guidelines

Nationals from countries listed below who are traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Philippines without visas for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination and their passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay.

Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a period of stay of thirty (30) days or less:

AndorraGabonNepalUnited Republic of Tanzania
AngolaGambiaNetherlandsUnited States of America
Antigua and BarbudaGermanyNew ZealandUruguay
ArgentinaGhanaNicaraguaUzbekistan
AustraliaGreeceNigerVanuatu
AustriaGrenadaNorwayVatican
BahamasGuatemalaOmanVenezuela
BahrainGuineaPalauVietnam
BarbadosGuinea BissauPanamaZambia
BelgiumGuyanaPapua New GuineaZimbabwe
BelizeHaitiParaguay
BeninHondurasPeru
BhutanHungaryPoland
BoliviaIcelandPortugal
BotswanaIndonesiaQatar
Brazil*IrelandRepublic of Korea
Brunei DarussalamIsrael*Romania
BulgariaItalyRussia
Burkina FasoJamaicaRwanda
BurundiJapanSaint Kitts and Nevis
CambodiaKazakhstanSaint Lucia
CameroonKenyaSaint Vincent and the Grenadines
CanadaKiribatiSamoa
Cape VerdeKuwaitSan Marino
Central African RepublicKyrgyzstanSao Tome and Principe
ChadLao People’s Democratic RepublicSaudi Arabia
ChileLatviaSenegal
ColombiaLesothoSeychelles
ComorosLiberiaSingapore
CongoLiechtensteinSlovak Republic
Costa RicaLithuaniaSlovenia
Cote d’IvoireLuxembourgSolomon Islands
CroatiaMadagascarSouth Africa
CyprusMalawiSpain
Czech RepublicMalaysiaSuriname
Democratic Republic of the CongoMaldivesSwaziland
DenmarkMaliSweden
DjiboutiMaltaSwitzerland
DominicaMarshall IslandsTajikistan
Dominican RepublicMauritaniaThailand
EcuadorMauritiusTogo
El SalvadorMexicoTrinidad and Tobago
Equatorial GuineaMicronesiaTunisia
EritreaMonacoTurkey
EstoniaMongoliaTurkmenistan
EthiopiaMoroccoTuvalu
FijiMozambiqueUganda
FinlandMyanmarUnited Arab Emirates
FranceNamibiaUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

*Brazilian and Israeli nationals are given fifty-nine (59) days stay based on existing agreements. 

The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding fourteen (14) days:

  1. Holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative (SAR) passports.
  2. Holders of Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports.

The following are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7) days:

  1. Holders of Macau-Portuguese passports
  2. Holders of Hong Kong British passports.

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs

Philippines EVisa

The Electronic Travel Authorization for the Philippines (eTA Philippines) also called Philippines EVisa is an online travel authorization currently available for Taiwan citizens only who wish to visit the country for short-term stay. As of writing, the electronic visa waiver for the Philippines, can be obtained by Taiwanese passport holders through an online application form. 

To apply for the Philippines electronic travel authorization, the traveler needs a valid and eligible passport with a minimum validity of six months beyond the expected stay in the Philippines.

Taiwan also has an electronic visa system available for Filipino citizens who wish to travel to Taiwan.

Source: Philippines Visa

Tips in Exploring the Philippines

If you want a hassle-free holiday to Philippines, make sure to read these Philippines travel tips:

  1. Wear comfortable clothes that are weather-appropriate.
  2. While ATMs are widely available in the Philippines, always bring cash especially when going to places that are not highly-urbanized. 
  3. Don’t wear too many jewelries and avoid bringing expensive things that are flashy to the eyes of snatchers.
  4. Research before you travel.
  5. Learn the basic Filipino words like salamat (thank you), saan po ito (where is this?), kumusta (how are you?), and more.
  6. Don’t be shy or afraid to bond with the locals. Filipinos are very hospitable.
  7. Make sure to always keep yourself updated with the latest travel restrictions to Philippines due to the pandemic.
  8. Prepare the necessary requirements to travel to Philippines.

Frequently Asked Questions About Philippines Travel

Q: Where to go for Philippines holidays 2021?

A: Whether you’re looking for a relaxing Philippines vacation or an adventure of a lifetime, the Pearl of the Orient Seas does not disappoint. Here we’ve rounded up all the beautiful places in the Philippines you should add to your bucket list.

  • Palawan
  • Batanes
  • Boracay
  • Cebu
  • Siargao
  • Bohol
  • Ifugao 
  • Camiguin
  • Ilocos
  • Manila 
  • Tagaytay
  • Batangas
  • Rizal 
  • Zamboanga
  • Siquijor

Q: What are the countries covered by travel restrictions in Philippines?

A: The ban on foreign travelers now covers 36 jurisdictions, including Czech Republic, after they confirmed the presence of new COVID-19 variants in their areas, namely: United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, Brazil, Austria, China, Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Hungary.

As of writing, IATF-EID lifts travel restrictions on 36 countries starting Feb. 1, but other restrictions remain in place. For more details, read this news from Philippine Information Agency.

For more Philippine tourism news, read this blog: Latest Philippines Tourism News

Q: Is travel to Philippines from USA allowed?

A: As of writing, there’s still a travel ban from Philippines to USA due to the new COVID variant. However, as announced by the Bureau of Immigration, they are now lifting the ban on the 36 countries with the new COVID variant but certain travel restrictions still remain. See exemptions here. And travel to Philippines from US is still not allowed for leisure purposes.

Q: Can US citizens travel to Philippines?

A: As mentioned above, foreigners can now enter the Philippines but must follow certain protocols. US citizens can travel to Philippines provided that they are included in the exemptions and must adhere to the protocols.

Q: Is it safe to travel to the Philippines?

A: Yes. Traveling to the Philippines is definitely safe. The locals are kind and very hospitable. But like any other country in the world, you should still take care of your belongings while traveling.

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With over 7,000 beautiful islands, it’s not surprising that you’ll have a hard time deciding which Philippines tourist spots to visit first. 

From the most pristine beaches that, mind you, where recognized as some of the world’s best islands, to the unbelievably stunning man-made attractions, the Pearl of the Orient Seas never fails to amaze its visitors.

70 Most Beautiful Philippines Tourist Spots to See

Whether you’re planning a relaxing vacation or an adventurous getaway, you’ll never run out of tourist spots in the Philippines to check out. Here we’ve rounded up the most beautiful places in the Philippines from Luzon to Mindanao.

  1. Kayangan Lake – One of the cleanest lakes in Asia
  2. Banaue Rice Terraces – Man-made wonder
  3. Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon – Popular spots in Palawan
  4. Racuh A Payaman – Breathtakingly beautiful
  5. Hidden Beach – Among the world’s best islands
  6. Intramuros – A historical landmark in the Philippines
  7. Vigan – One of the world’s best-preserved Spanish colonial towns
  8. Puerto Princesa Underground River – A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  9. Picnic Grove – A perfect picnic Tagaytay tourist spot for families
  10. Tinipak River – For hikers and water-lovers
  11. Sagada – Famous for breathtaking views of the mountain and sea of clouds
  12. Mines View Park – A tourist spot in Baguio that offers the best view of nature
  13. Boracay – One of the world’s best islands
  14. Bantayan Island – A place of calm and peace with a view
  15. Chocolate Hills – Jaw-dropping cone-shaped hills in Bohol
  16. Panglao Island – One of the best Visayas tourist destinations when it comes to beaches
  17. Cambugahay Falls – A majestic waterfall in Siquijor
  18. Oslob – A famous diving spot because of the whale sharks there
  19. Kalanggaman Island – The smaller version of Boracay
  20. The Ruins – Taj Mahal of the Philippines
  21. Moalboal – The place where you can dive with millions of sardines
  22. Sirao Flower Farm – Cebu’s Little Amsterdam
  23. Kawasan Falls – A famous waterfall in Cebu where you can go canyoneering
  24. Loboc River – Buffet lunch on the river
  25. Island Garden City of Samal – Popular for pristine beaches
  26. Cloud 9 – A famous surfing spot in Siargao
  27. Magpupungko Rock Pools – Natural rock pools perfect for cliff jumping and swimming
  28. Hinatuan Enchanted River – A stunning tourist spot in Mindanao that is a clear blue saltwater river hidden in the jungle, and flawlessly flowing into the Pacific Ocean
  29. Naked Island – A completely bare beach in Siargao
  30. Guyam Island – One of the most beautiful island-hopping destinations
  31. Daku Island – A beach in Siargao where there are a lot of coconut trees, and the usual lunch spot of tourists
  32. Sugba Lagoon – A popular diving spot in Siargao
  33. Camiguin – The Island Born of Fire
  34. Tinuy-an Falls –  The Crown Jewel of  Surigao del Sur
  35. Mt. Apo – The highest mountain in the Philippines and among the highest in Southeast Asia standing at 10,311 feet
  36. Tinago Falls – A hidden but majestic waterfall in Iligan City in Lanao del Norte
  37. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary – Boasts of a beautiful pygmy forest, and hosts rich biodiversity and endemicity of flora and fauna
  38. Aliwagwag Falls – The highest waterfall in the Philippines 
  39. Lake Sebu – One of the Philippines’ most important watersheds and a major provider of irrigation to the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato
  40. Nacpan Beach – Creamy sand beach in El Nido
  41. Malapascua Island – Home of the unspoiled white sand beaches, beautiful coral gardens, and rich marine life
  42. Anawangin Cove – A great camping site in Zambales
  43. Gigantes Island – A set of islands that make up a paradise of pristine beaches, clear water, and huge rock formations
  44. Malcapuya Island – A stunning white sand beach in Coron
  45. Masasa Beach – A stunning island in Batangas
  46. Siete Pecados – A marvelous coral garden
  47. Mayon Volcano – A perfect cone-shaped volcano in Bicol
  48. Mt. Pinatubo – A beautiful volcano in Pampanga and Zambales
  49. Taal Volcano – Small but deadly volcano
  50. Hinagdanan Cave – It features a pool of clear water where you can swim under the stunning stalactites and stalagmites. 
  51. Sirao Flower Garden – A garden full of colorful flowers.
  52. Ayala Triangle Gardens – Perfect to appreciate nature in the city
  53. Bangui Windmills – A famous tourist spot in Luzon that has a greater purpose
  54. Sky Ranch Tagaytay – An amusement park for the kids and kids at heart
  55. San Agustin Church – The only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Metro Manila
  56. Manila Ocean Park – Where you can experience the underwater world
  57. Echo Valley Hanging Coffins – A remarkable Sagada tourist spot
  58. Aguinaldo Shrine – Where the first Philippine flag was waved for the first time 
  59. Bagumbayan – The place where Dr. Jose Rizal was executed
  60. Fort Santiago – Where Dr. Jose Rizal was imprisoned before his execution
  61. Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte – Where Dr. Jose Rizal stayed for four years for his exile
  62. EDSA Shrine – Where EDSA People Power Revolution took place to oust the then-dictator Ferdinand Marcos
  63. Barasoain Church – Three significant events in Philippine history occurred in the church.
  64. Mactan Shrine – The site of the Battle of Mactan
  65. Calle Crisologo – The famous cobblestone streets in the country and one of the world’s best-preserved Spanish colonial towns
  66. Blood Compact Shrine – This Bohol tourist spot depicts the famed Sandugo moment
  67. Shrine of Valor – A memorial to all of the soldiers who died bravely in the battle against the Japanese forces and those who died during the Bataan Death March in World War II
  68. University of Santo Tomas – The oldest university in the Philippines
  69. Binondo – Home to the world’s oldest Chinatown
  70. Cagsawa Ruins – The place with a tragic history
  71. Daraga Church – A historic Albay tourist spot

Read this Philippine travel guide to discover the most beautiful places in the Philippines to add in your bucket list. 

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Luzon Tourist Spots

Here’s a list of the most beautiful places in Luzon you should visit.

1. Kayangan Lake

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Mention the best tourist destinations in the Philippines and Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan is surely in the list. It is dubbed as the “cleanest lake in the Philippines” and some consider it as the cleanest lake in Asia. The water here is clean so it’s perfect for swimming and diving. 

Kayangan Lake 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 to reach this Coron Palawan tourist spot but the views are worth the effort. 

Read also: Get a Taste of a Little Paradise With These Stunning Coron, Palawan Tourist Spots

Highlights: Clean waters, good for freediving, limestones everywhere, picturesque views

Best time to visit: All year round. But we recommend you visit Kayangan Lake as early as possible to avoid the crowd.

How to get there: From Manila, book a flight bound for Busuanga. Travel time is 1 hour. Upon arrival at the Busuanga airport, ride a van or tricycle going to Coron town proper. From the town proper, you can join a group tour or rent a private boat to Kayangan Lake.

2. Banaue Rice Terraces

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The Banaue Rice Terraces, locally known as the Hagdan-Hagdang Palayan, are undoubtedly a source of pride not just for the Ifugaos but also for Filipinos across the world. Because of its magnificence, it has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995.

Located at the foot of the Cordillera mountain ranges, this tourist spot in Luzon will definitely take your breath away as you get lost by the astounding view of these rice paddies. 

Related article: Banaue Rice Terraces: The Magnificent Man-Made Cultural Heritage

Highlights: Several rice paddies made by locals thousands of years ago, friendly locals, great food, cool climate

Best time to visit: June-July to see Banaue Rice Terraces at its greenest

How to get there: There is only one way to reach the Banaue Rice Terraces and it is by bus. From Cubao or Sampaloc in Manila, you can ride a bus bound for Banaue. There are two buses that go straight to Banaue: Coda Lines and Ohayami Trans. The travel time will take about 9 hours at the minimum. Upon arrival in Banaue bus terminal, you can ride a tricycle going to your hotel or just tour the area directly.

3. Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon

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Unsurprisingly, El Nido always makes it to the top list of beautiful places in the Philippines. Don’t miss the Big and Small Lagoons as these are the best El Nido Palawan tourist spots. You can go kayaking, paddle boarding, or swimming in these lagoons while digesting its majestic views. 

Related article: The Paradise on Earth: Glorious Palawan Tourist Spot That Will Make You Fall In-Love With Nature

Highlights: Clear waters perfect for swimming and diving, towering limestones and rock formations

Best time to visit: April-May

How to get there: As of writing, only one airline (Air Swift) flies to El Nido directly but it’s a bit expensive. If you’re on a budget, you can book a flight to Puerto Princesa then ride a van to El Nido. Travel time from Pueto Princesa is around 5-7 hours. Upon arrival in El Nido, book tour A.

4. Racuh A Payaman

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At Racuh A Payaman, also known as Marlboro Hills, there are rolling hills and knolls everywhere, surrounded by a carpet of the greenest grass you’ll ever see, that you’ll notice even the tiniest grass is swaying as Batanes wind blows. You could almost imagine being in the 1965 film Sound of Music and hear Julie Andrews sing “the hills are alive…” So, if we’re to describe Racuh A Payaman in Batanes in one word, it’d be magical. 

From this Batanes tourist spot, you can also see Mt. Iraya, Diura Beach, Tayid Lighthouse, and the Pacific Ocean. All in one place. Racuh A Payaman is definitely one of the most breathtaking tourist spots in the Philippines so don’t miss it.

Must-read: 12 Batanes Tourist Spots You Can’t Say No To

Highlights: Surrounded by greenery, views of the Pacific Ocean and other Batanes tourist spots, perfect for photoshoots and picnic

Best time to visit: April-May (summer); June (for Batanes Day Festival)

How to get there: From Manila, book a flight to Batanes. You can rent a van, tricycle, or motorbike to reach Racuh A Payaman.

5. Hidden Beach

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Contrary to its name, Hidden Beach in El Nido is not-so-hidden anymore especially since (and maybe even before) Condé Nast Traveler named it as one of the world’s 30 best beaches. The Hidden Beach hides behind tall natural stone walls, with only a tiny break from which to enter and exit. It’s perfect for swimming, chillaxing, and picture-taking! If these are not enough to convince you it’s amazing, we don’t know what else will. If you’re looking for a beach, this is the best tourist spot in Luzon to see.

Related article: Palawan Hidden Gems: 5 Unspoiled Places You Must Discover Now

Highlights: White sand beach, clear waters, picturesque landscapes, recognized as one of the world’s 30 best beaches

Best time to visit: March-May

How to get there: As of writing, only one airline (Air Swift) flies to El Nido directly but it’s a bit expensive. If you’re on a budget, you can book a flight to Puerto Princesa then ride a van to El Nido. Travel time from Pueto Princesa is around 5-7 hours. Upon arrival in El Nido, book tour C to enjoy Hidden Beach.

6. Intramuros

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Known as the “Walled City,” Intramuros is a place rich in history and culture. With its cobblestone streets and preserved architecture dated hundreds of years ago, it will have you thinking whether you are still in the Philippines or not. It’s not just a popular place to visit in Manila but also one of the most historical places in the Philippines because of the many remarkable events that happened here.

Suggested article: A Guide to Intramuros Tour: 10 Places That Will Let You Travel Back in Time

Highlights: Casa Manila, Fort Santiago, Baluarte De San Diego

Best time to visit: All year round

How to get there: You can either take the LRT-1 or the jeepney going in.

If you’re traveling by LRT-1, alight at the Central Terminal Station, then walk five minutes to Manila City Hall. From there, walk to the pedestrian underpass that takes you across Padre de Burgos Street. Immediately upon exiting the underpass, you’ll see Victoria Street, which curves right through the Intramuros walls.

The easiest way on how to go to Intramuros is by taxi or Grab; however, it’s pricier than commuting. When inside Intramuros, it will be easy to explore it as most of the sights are within a 10- to 15-minute walk away. You can do an Intramuros tour by riding a horse carriage, pedicab, walking, or bamboo bike Intramuros.

7. Vigan

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Visiting Vigan is like traveling back in time because of its preserved Spanish Colonial town that even the world considers as one of the best. Aside from the magnificent Vigan tourist spots, what makes this tourist destination in the Philippines well-loved is its historical and cultural significance that feeds not just wanderlust but also a traveler’s mind and soul. 

Related article: Calle Crisologo: Walking Through A Tale of War and Love

Highlights: A UNESCO World Heritage Site; Calle Crisologo, Vigan Cathedral

Best time to visit: December-April

How to get there: From Manila, you can either take a plane for faster travel or a bus. But the cheapest way to travel to Ilocos Province is by bus. Some of the buses that have direct trips daily are Partas, Dominion Bus Lines, Viron Transit, and St. Joseph/Aniceto Transit, while Philippine Rabbit Bus Line, Fariñas, Maria de Leon, Florida, Baliwag, and RCJ Transit have regular trips that pass by Vigan via the Manila-Laoag route. Bus travel time is around 8-10 hours while plane travel is only 1-1.5 hours.

8. Puerto Princesa Underground River

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One charming treasure of Palawan that truly stands out is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. It is one of the longest underground rivers in the world that outflows directly to the sea, traveling five miles through a subterranean cave system. Inside the Puerto Princesa Underground River, you will see karsts—natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone—loom in every direction. With its magnificence, Puerto Princesa Underground River is surely the best tourist spot in the Philippines to see a wonder of nature.

Suggested article: 3-Day Palawan Itinerary: 13 Must-Try Things to Do in Coron for a Memorable Trip

Highlights: Unique formations of stalactites and stalagmites

Best time to visit: March-May

How to get there: From Manila, you have to travel to Puerto Princesa City first via land, sea, or air. Upon arrival in Puerto Princesa, you have to travel to Sabang. There is a lot of public transportation available to go to Sabang town: jeepneys, bus, and vans. It will take about 2 to 3 hours of travel time from Puerto Princesa Airport to Sabang.

From Sabang Port, you’ll board a small boat bound for Sabang Beach, which is the entry point to the cave.

9. Picnic Grove

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If you’re planning a staycation in Tagaytay, we suggest you visit Picnic Grove, a beautiful place in Tagaytay City, perfect for families and couples to come for a picnic or just enjoy the stunning view. Aside from having a picnic, there are other activities here that you can enjoy such as horseback riding, ziplining, swimming, shopping, and cable car riding. Picnic Grove is definitely one of the best Tagaytay tourist spots to see.

Must-read: 12 Tagaytay Tourist Spots Perfect for Refreshing Staycation

Highlights: Cottages with a view of the Taal Lake and Volcano; a perfect spot for picnic

Best time to visit: All year round

How to get there: From Manila, Cubao, or Pasay, ride a bus bound for Tagaytay and tell the driver to drop you off near the Olivarez Jeepney Terminal. Upon arrival, head to Olivarez Jeepney Terminal and ride the jeepney with a sign of “People’s Park”. Ask the drive to drop you off at Picnic Grove. There’s a big signage of Picnic Grove at the right side of Tagaytay-Calamba Road so you’ll know you’re there.

10. Tinipak River

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Just two hours away from Manila, you’ll discover a rocky paradise that will make your jaw drop. Tinipak River used to be a hidden gem but has now become one of the most popular Rizal tourist spots thanks to its picturesque beauty. It boasts turquoise waters surrounded by white marble rocks that make every corner Instagrammable. You can also explore a cavern with an underwater river named Tinipak River and Cave through a small canoe. Don’t miss this beautiful spot in the Philippines if you want to see a one-of-a-kind wonder of nature.

Highlights: Clean waters; near Mt. Daraitan

Best time to visit: March-June

How to get there: From EDSA Starmall or Megamall in Mandaluyong, ride a van or jeep bound for Tanay. Alight at the Tanay Public Market. Upon arrival, ride a tricycle to Barangay Daraitan then ride a balsa and a tricycle to the registration area.

11. Sagada

sea of clouds in sagada | Photo credits to Dale Diaz
Photo credits to Dale Diaz

Sagada, home to spectacular views and breathtaking natural wonders, remains one of the top tourist destinations in the country especially for the backpackers and “soul searchers.” It’s a popular soul-searching destination as the place offers sunny but cool weather, lush natural landscapes, and a sea of clouds that will let you think whether you’re still on Earth. 

Related article: 10 Must-Visit Spots in Sagada Philippines for an Ultimate Adventure

Highlights: Hanging Coffins, Rice Terraces, Various Waterfalls and Caves

Best time to visit: November-February

How to get there: Getting to Sagada Mountain Province can be a bit tricky. You have to take a 9-hour bus ride to Banaue, hop on a van to Bontoc and travel for two hours, then go on a 45-minute jeepney ride to Sagada—which may or not be a top-loader (a.k.a. you might have to sit on the roof, which we think is fun). For a more detailed guide on how to travel from Manila to Sagada, here are some ways to commute.

12. Mines View Park

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Ask someone what’s the most famous tourist attraction in Baguio, and the first place that usually comes to mind is Mines View Park. 

In the early 20th century, Baguio was a mining town. Mines View Park sits on a ridge of the northeast side of Baguio where you can see a stunning view of the Cordillera Mountains and Benguet’s old copper and gold mines. While you’re there, you can also try on the Ifugaos’ traditional clothes and take a photo. Make sure to visit Mines View Park as it’s one of the most stunning Philippines tourist attractions.

Read also: A Complete Travel Guide for a Memorable Staycation in Baguio

Highlights: Stunning views of the Cordillera mountain ranges, cheap souvenir shops, great ambiance

Best time to visit: February-May

How to get there: From Manila or Cubao, ride a bus bound for Baguio. Upon arrival at the terminal, you can hail a taxi and go straight to Mines View Park. If you want a cheaper option, ride a jeepney from Session Road with Mines View Park signs.

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Visayas Tourist Spots

From Boracay tourist spots to Bohol tourist spots, Visayas has a lot in store for you. 

13. Boracay

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Famous for its oh-so-fine white sand beaches, amazing nightlife, and fun water activities, Boracay is the best tourist destination in the Philippines to enjoy all the things you want in one place. In fact, it’s always on the list of the world’s most beautiful islands by international travel magazines. Whether you’re just aiming to get a tan at the world-famous beach or planning to try the heart-pounding water activities, Boracay tourist spots will give you everything you need.

Suggested read: Travel Hacks: Guide to Boracay Budget Trip Under PHP 8000

Highlights: White Beach, Crystal Cove Island, Bulabog Beach, Diniwid Beach, Puka Shell Beach, D’Mall, Ariel’s Point, Willy’s Rock; and fun water activities

Best time to visit: March-May

How to get there: From Manila, book a flight bound for Caticlan or Kalibo. The nearest airport is Caticlan. Upon arrival at the airport, ride a tricycle to the port where you’ll board a ferry to bring you to Boracay.

14. Bantayan Island

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Bantayan Island is a place where you can find calmness and serenity in spite of the numerous tourists who travel there every day. Once you step out of your boat and walk to Bantayan’s fine white sand, you’ll be welcomed by fresh air and crashing waves of its clear blue waters that become a perfect harmony letting you hear the sound of nature. Because of these, Bantayan is considered as one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.

Must-read: Bantayan Island: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the Paradise of North Cebu

Highlights: Fine white sand beaches, stunning turquoise waters

Best time to visit: November-May

How to get there: To reach this Cebu tourist spot, book a flight to Cebu and take a bus from the North Bus Terminal heading to Hagnaya Port Cebu. upon arrival at Hagnaya Port, ride a ferry going to Bantayan Island. The travel time from Cebu to Bantayan Island is approximately 4 hours. If you have budget, you can opt for the Air Juan that will drop you off directly to Bantayan. 

15. Chocolate Hills

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Situated in Bohol, Chocolate Hills is one of the famous places in the Philippines which continues to draw attention for its unique and majestic characteristics. There are more than 1,000 symmetrical mounds, conical and dome-shaped that most people liken to Hershey’s Kisses. It is called the Chocolate Hills not because it’s made of chocolate but because of its color. Don’t miss Chocolate Hills as it’s one of the most remarkable Bohol tourist spots.

Must-read: 15 Best Bohol Tourist Spots Every First-Timer Should Visit

Highlights: 1,000 symmetrical mounds, conical and dome-shaped

Best time to visit: January-May (chocolate brown color); June-December (lush green color)

How to get there: Bohol is accessible as there are direct flights to Tagbilaran. Usually, tourists book a flight to Cebu and explore the city first then ride a ferry to Bohol which is one and a half hours of travel time.

By boat, access points are in Tagbilaran, Tubigon, Jagna, Ubay, Talibon, and Jetafe, connected to Cebu, Manila, Leyte, Mindanao, Siquijor, and Negros.

16. Panglao Island

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If you’re the type of traveler who loves the beach, Panglao Island is a catch. Known for its white-sand beaches, islands, and diving sites, Panglao Island never disappoints its visitors. In fact, it’s dubbed as Bohol’s very own piece of Boracay. Aside from the stunning beaches, its marine life makes it a great snorkeling and diving spot as well making it among the Philippines best places for water-lovers.

Highlights: White sand beaches

Best time to visit: March-May

How to get there: From Manila, ride a plane going to Bohol and head straight to Tagbilaran ferry pier. Upon arrival, get a tricycle to Dao bus terminal. From there, take the Southern Star Bus which is bound for Panglao Airport and Alona Beach. Travel time takes less than an hour.

17. Cambugahay Falls

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Located at the town of Lazi, Cambugahay Falls is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines. This tourist spot in Siquijor is a sure-hit for tourists because of its turquoise clean and warm water originating from natural springs. 

Highlights: Turquoise waters, natural springs, giant swing

Best time to visit: November-April

How to get there: From Manila, you can book a flight to Dumaguete. Once in Dumaguete, hire a tricycle or motorcycle to take you to the port. Upon arrival at the port, ride a ferry bound for Siquijor.

18. Oslob

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One of the best places to visit in Cebu is Oslob. Perhaps you’ve already heard about it because of what it offers to its visitors. People can watch the gentle giants also known as whale sharks or if you’re adventurous enough, you can also swim with them to get a closer encounter. This Cebu tourist spot is a must-visit if you want an unforgettable experience.

Read also: 7 Best Places for Cebu Island Hopping

Highlights: Best spot for diving, swimming with the whale sharks, and island-hopping

Best time to visit: November-May

How to get there: From Cebu to Oslob, you can take a 3.5-hour bus from Cebu Southern bus terminal, take a 3-hour public van, or hire a taxi (about 2.5 hours). Taking the taxi is the most expensive option, but has the advantage that you can travel straight from Cebu Airport to Oslob.

19. Kalanggaman Island

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Kalanggaman Island in Leyte is said to be a smaller version of Boracay. What sets it apart from other beaches are its charming sandbars and the lack of crowds. The island is an ideal place to lounge around or take a dip in the water. You can also rent kayaks and paddleboards. No wonder it’s one of the most-visited Visayas tourist spots.

Highlights: Long white sandbar, not too crowded

Best time to visit: March-May

How to get there: From Manila, book a flight to Ormoc City. Upon arrival at the airport, go to the Ormoc van and bus terminal found across Ormoc City Park and head to Palompon. Once you arrive at Palompon, go to the Town Ecotourism office and pay the necessary fees. Then, rent a boat to Kalanggaman Island.

20. The Ruins

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Another famous place in the Philippines worth your time is The Ruins. Here you’ll discover the love story of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Maria Braga beyond the walls of a mansion that was burned during the war and now turned into a famous historical place in Bacolod City. It is the Philippines’ version of Taj Mahal. Don Mariano built the mansion in honor of his beloved wife. And as proof of his unwavering love for Maria, he had their initials molded on every post of the mansion. You’ll see the two Ms, facing each other, that stands for Mariano and Maria. Because of its story, The Ruins is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.

Related article: Top 8 Bacolod Tourist Spots Every Traveler Must Not Miss

Highlights: An Instagrammable old mansion; stunning nature views

Best time to visit: All year round

How to get there: From the Talisay airport, take a tricycle to Silay City downtown. From there, take a jeepney going to Bacolod. Upon arrival, you can ride a jeepney to Bata-Libertad or a tricycle to drop you off directly to The Ruins. 

21. Moalboal

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Just around 2-3 hours south of Cebu City, Moalboal is a favorite destination of ocean-lovers. This Cebu tourist spot is best known for its amazing sardine run, wherein millions of sardines form bait balls. What makes this spectacle magical is that the sardines don’t leave the shallows of Panagsama Beach.

You can see them year-round, whether you’re diving deep or just snorkeling. A lot of sea turtles can also be spotted in this famous tourist spot in the Philippines.

Must-read: 7 Best Places for Cebu Island Hopping

Highlight: Sardine run

Best time to visit: November-May

How to get there: From Cebu City, ride a Ceres Bus going to Moalboal. The bus will drop you off at the Moalboal bus stop. From there, ride a tricycle going to Moalboal Beach (White Beach or Panagsama Beach)

22. Sirao Flower Farm

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Sirao Flower Garden is one of the top Cebu attractions. You can find different kinds of flowers on the farm like Celosia. There’s an entrance fee of PHP 20. Although the flowers are worth checking out, be prepared as the place can get crowded due to flocking tourists who wish to have a good photo at the farm, too. Nevertheless, this Visayas tourist attraction is a must-visit.

Highlights: Huge farm with thousands of flowers, mostly Celosia, an overlooking view

Best time to visit: All year round

How to get there: From the Ayala Cebu PUV Terminal, ride a v-hire going to Sirao. Tell the driver to drop you off near Sirao Flower Garden. From there, ride a habal-habal going to the flower garden.

23. Kawasan Falls

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Another breathtaking and famous tourist spot in the Philippines is Kawasan Falls. It  is a three-stage cascade of clear turquoise water from the mountain springs of Mantalongon mountain range and one of the top Cebu tourist spots. Aside from its natural beauty, Kawasan Falls has also become famous because one of the most popular activities in Cebu is done there—Canyoneering.

The canyoneering adventure starts at Canlaob river downstream going to Kawasan Falls. There are local accredited guides who accompany all tourists and facilitate activities such as walking, jumping, swimming, climbing and abseiling through the streams.

Suggested read: Kawasan Falls: A Spectacle of Nature’s Grandeur and Charm

Highlights: Canyoneering adventure, turquoise waters, amazing views

Best time to visit: All year round

How to get there: From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take the bus going to the town of Badian. The trip will take around two hours depending on the traffic. Bus fare is P130, one way.

Tell the bus conductor that you’re headed to Kawasan so that they can drop you off at the national highway. From the highway, you will walk around 15 minutes to get to the Kawasan Falls. 

24. Loboc River

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Your Bohol itinerary wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the Loboc River Cruise. Tour guides usually bring their guests here for lunch while exploring the Loboc River. In the middle of the tour, your cruise will stop by at a place where the locals will play musical instruments and perform traditional dances. Loboc River is definitely one of the stunning places to visit in Philippines.

Suggested article: 10 Most Fun Things to Do in Bohol You Must Experience

Highlights: Buffet lunch while cruising the river, live traditional performances of locals

Best time to visit: All year round

How to get there: From Tagbilaran airport or seaport, ride a bus or jeepney to Dao Bus Terminal in Tagbilaran City. Ask the driver to drop you off at Camayaan Intersection going to Loboc River Resort.

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Mindanao Tourist Spots

Whether you want to explore Camiguin tourist spots or some places in Siargao, we’ve listed all the beautiful places in Mindanao.

25. Island Garden City of Samal

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If you’re craving the sun, sand, and sea, a perfect tourist destination in Mindanao to check out is the Island Garden City of Samal. Here you’d find some of Davao’s most pristine beaches including Samal Island and Talikud Island. These places will definitely give the relaxation you need while enjoying a great view of the ocean. It’s one of the best Davao tourist spots that you shouldn’t miss for an awesome beach getaway.

Must-read: 10 Must-Visit Davao Tourist Spots Perfect for All Types of Travelers

Highlights: Various pristine beaches

Best time to visit: March-May

How to get there: From Manila, take a flight bound for Davao International Airport or Francisco Bangoy International Airport. Upon arrival, you will have to take two jeepney rides to reach your preferred port, either Sasa Wharf or Santa Ana Wharf. Once at the port, take the ferry bound for Samal Island. 

26. Cloud 9

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Another postcard-like tourist spot in Mindanao is Cloud 9 in Siargao. Cloud 9 is a perfect setting to experience the best Siargao waves. If you’re not game to surf, you can just go to the boardwalk and watch pro surfers. Its three-story wooden pier lets you pick the best spot to get a view of the huge waves while feeling the cool breeze of the air as you wait for the sun to set. And by the way, this is one of the best spots to see the beautiful Siargao sunset.

Must-read: A Complete Guide to Siargao Surfing

Highlights: Has Siargao’s best waves, best sunset views, amazing restaurant and cafes nearby

Best time to visit: August-November

How to get there: Take a flight bound for Siargao. Upon arrival at the airport, you can rent a motorcycle to go straight in Cloud 9. It’s near General Luna and very easy to spot. Or you can just ride a tricycle to drop you off in Cloud 9. 

27. Magpupungko Rock Pools

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Magpupungko Rock Pools is a great spot for cliff jumping, swimming, and exploring. From General Luna, where most of the tourist accommodations are, it’s just a 45-minute motorbike ride. Its formation is unbelievably beautiful but there is a catch though. Some days, Magpupungko is closed to tourists so be sure to check before you make the trip there. And before going there, make sure what you prefer more because the area gives unique experiences during the low tide and high tide. 

Highlights: Clear turquoise waters, various natural swimming pools

Best time to visit: All year round but if you want to see its best, go there during the low tide

How to get there: From General Luna, it’s a 45-minute drive by motorcycle. The roads in Siargao are smooth so don’t worry about driving there. If you want a more comfortable trip, you can also rent a van that will take you there.

28. Hinatuan Enchanted River

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Arguably the most magnificent tourist spot in Mindanao, and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Philippines, Hinatuan Enchanted River is a magically clear blue saltwater river hidden in the jungle, and flawlessly flowing into the Pacific Ocean. 

Highlights: Its diving blue waters and mysterious depth that up to know, no one knows how deep

Best time to visit: December-April

How to get there: From Manila, you can reach Bislig City by riding a plane going to Davao City, Butuan City, or Surigao City. From there, you can ride a bus going to Mangagoy, part of Bislig City. The fare costs PHP 250 to PHP 300 one way. The travel time depends on where you’re coming from. From Butuan City, the trip takes about 3 to 4 hours; while from Davao City, it takes 5 to 6 hours. 

When you’re in Bislig already, ride a bus to Hinatuan Terminal. Upon arrival, ride a tricycle that will take you to the Enchanted River.

29. Naked Island

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If it’s not that too obvious with its name, Naked Island is a famous tourist spot in Siargao that is totally naked—no shades, cottages, stores—only the fine white sand, the hot kiss of the sun, and the tantalizing cerulean waters. This Siargao tourist spot has nothing but an amazing beach and an unobstructed 360° view of the island.

Related article: Siargao Travel Guide: What Every First-Timer Should Know Before Going to Siargao 

Highlights: Unobstructed view of the island, fine white sand, clear blue waters

Best time to visit: March-May

How to get there: From General Luna, you will just have to board a rented boat. It’s usually part of the three-island tour in Siargao where you’ll visit Naked Island, Guyam Island, and Daku Island. 

30. Guyam Island

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If Naked Island is completely bare, 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. Guyam Island covered in palm trees is small enough to walk around in just a few minutes. There are few huts available on the beach so you can just chill out and enjoy your solitude. You’ll regret it if you don’t visit Guyam Island as it’s one of the most remarkable tourist spots in the Philippines.

Highlights: White sand beach, relaxing spots, several swings for kids and adults

Best time to visit: March-May

31. Daku Island 

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Another beautiful place in Mindanao you should visit is Daku Island. It is mostly the place where tourists eat lunch during the three-island-hopping tour in Siargao. You can indulge yourself in a sumptuous meal that includes the freshest seafood and refreshing buko (coconut) juice. Your local Siargao guide will help you find the best cook on the island. You can ask locals to cook fresh seafood and enjoy it on a boodle fight! And unlike the other two beaches mentioned, there are a lot more things to do in Daku Island from kayaking to fishing so don’t miss this as it’s one of the most fun Siargao tourist spots to visit.

Highlights: Great beach, lots of water activities available

Best time to visit: March-May

32. Sugba Lagoon

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If you want an Instagrammable diving spot, make sure to go to Sugba Lagoon. It’s not just a popular diving site in Siargao but also known for its breathtaking surroundings and diving blue waters. If you’re not too brave to dive, you can just sit at the edge of the board and just have your picture taken. You can also go kayaking to have a great time. No doubt, Sugba Lagoon is one of the best places to visit in Philippines.

Highlights: Best for diving, kayaking, and picture taking

Best time to visit: March-May

How to get there: There are two ways to reach Sugba Lagoon: First is taking a one hour boat ride from Del Carmen, and second, an hour and a half boat ride from General Luna. 

33. Camiguin 

White Island Camiguin tourist spot

What was once an offbeat destination is now among the most-visited places in the Philippines. With so many Instagrammable Camiguin tourist spots, this island-province has become so popular. From the pristine beaches and jaw-dropping waterfalls to the glorious underwater world, Camiguin definitely makes up the ultimate feed goal that every ‘grammer aims for! Some of the best Camiguin tourist spots you should check out are White Island Camiguin, Mantigue Island Nature Park, Sunken Cemetery, Tuasan Falls, and Katibawasan Falls.

Must-read: Camiguin Island: A Travel Guide to the Island Born of Fire

Highlights: Great beaches, more volcanoes than its towns, amazing waterfalls

Best time to visit: April-November

How to get there: As of writing, there is no direct flight from Manila to Camiguin. Cagayan de Oro City is the gateway to Camiguin. What you can do is book a flight from Manila to CDO. From CDO to Camiguin, the travel time is approximately over two hours including the land and sea travel.

34. Tinuy-an Falls

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Dubbed as the Crown Jewel of Surigao del Sur, Tinuy-An Falls has this breathtaking beauty that never fails to charm its visitors. Unlike other waterfalls, Tinuy-an Falls has natural pools where you can swim. The natural pool of the second waterfall of the three layers⁠ is the biggest. It is wide enough to accommodate bamboo rafts to take guests closer to the falls where the waters drop.

Many people describe this tourist destination in Mindanao as the “Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines” because of its curtain of water cascading down a four-tier drop. The waterfall is 95 meters wide and 180 feet high. 

Related article: Tinuy-an Falls: The Little Niagara of the Philippines

Highlights: Gorgeous natural pools perfect for swimming

Best time to visit: All year round but go there early in the morning to see a magnificent rainbow

How to get there: From Manila, you can reach Bislig City by plane going to Davao City, Butuan City, or Surigao City. From there, you can ride a bus going to Mangagoy, part of Bislig City. The travel time depends on where you’re coming from. From Butuan City, the trip takes about 3 to 4 hours; while from Davao City, it takes 5 to 6 hours. 

Upon reaching Mangagoy, go to the terminal and ride a jeep going to Barangay Borboanan, the location of Tinuy-an Falls. Motorcycles are also available, which can be paid 100-150 pesos per person.

35. Mt. Apo

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Known as the “King of Philippine Peaks,” Mt. Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines and among the highest in Southeast Asia standing at 10,311 feet. This tourist destination in Mindanao is a must-visit especially if you’re looking for a thrilling adventure. There are different trails you can take and there are seven different peaks at the summit where you can see scenic views–from the majestic sunrise and sunset, to the magical sight of seeing the ground touching the sky.

Suggested read: 10 Must-Visit Davao Tourist Spots Perfect for All Types of Travelers

Highlights: Challenging trails, amazing views at the peak, has various species of plants and animals

Best time to visit: All year round

How to get there: From Manila, book a flight bound for Davao City. From the city proper, ride a van bound for the jump-off point. It will take around 4 hours to reach Kapatagan.

36. Tinago Falls

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Tucked within a ravine in Iligan City in Lanao del Norte lies Tinago Falls, a majestic waterfall that’s not just a stunning tourist attraction but also serves as a water source for residents near the area. The name is derived from the Filipino word “tinago” which means “hidden” that perfectly fits its location that one can only reach by descending some 500 steps.

This 240 feet high waterfall is surrounded by colossal rock structures dotted by thick masses of trees and natural foliage. Its basin features a stunning blue-green pool of cold water perfect for swimming, similar to Palawan’s jaw-dropping lagoons. The water comes from the outflow of the man-made Lanao Lake flowing to the Agus River that cuts into two channels before going to Iligan Bay. One channel goes to Tinago while the other goes to the famous Maria Cristina Falls, also in Iligan City. 

Read also: Discovering the Enchanting Hidden Beauty of Tinago Falls

Highlights: Blue-green waters like Palawan’s lagoons, colossal rock formations

Best time to visit: All year round

How to get there: From Manila, book a flight to Laguindingan International Airport in Cagayan de Oro. It is the nearest airport to Iligan City. Travel time is approximately one hour and 20 minutes.

From the airport, get a taxi to take you directly to Iligan, or ask to drop you off at Bulua Bus Terminal (Cagayan). At Bulua Bus Terminal, you can find buses going to Iligan. Travel time from Cagayan de Oro to Iligan is approximately one and a half hours.

37. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Forest in Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (1)

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of a beautiful pygmy forest, one of the very few all over the world, and hosts rich biodiversity and endemicity of flora and fauna, an embodiment of ecological balance, which in this age and time, we can seldom see and behold. 

Read also: Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary: Davao Oriental’s Most Treasured Natural Jewel

Highlights: Great for hiking and research, has a rich biodiversity

Best time to visit: All year round

How to get there: From Manila, you can book a flight bound for Davao City. From Davao Ecoland Terminal, take the bus going to the Municipality of Governor Generoso which will usually take 3.5 hours at most.

Another option is to ride the bus heading to Tagum City and from here, ride a jeepney bound for Governor Generoso or Sigaboy. Tell the driver to drop you off at the junction leading to the museum, where you can ride a habal-habal motorcycle.

38. Aliwagwag Falls

Aliwagwag Falls tourist spots in mindanao

Aliwagwag Falls is one of the Philippines best places that will make your jaw drop for its otherworldly beauty. Known for its staircase-like boulders, Aliwagwag Falls is among the top tourist destinations in the province. This picturesque 84-tiered falls with more than 130 cascades stands at 1,110 feet making it the highest waterfall in the Philippines. 

Highlights: Staircase-like boulders and clear waters

Best time to visit: All year round

How to get there: There are direct flights from Manila going to Davao City and Aliwagwag is seven (7) hours away from Davao City. From Davao, take a bus to Mati City. Then ride a van going to Cateel town proper. From downtown Cateel, ride a habal-habal going to the highway where Aliwagwag is nearest. It’s about a 30-minute ride.  

39. Lake Sebu

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You know it’s in Lake Sebu when you see a photo of a lake filled with lotus plants, a view of a mountain, and a boat. What makes this South Cotabato tourist spot a stand out is that you can connect with nature without anything bothering you as the place is serene. But more than being a beautiful tourist destination in Mindanao, it serves a greater purpose because Lake Sebu is one of the Philippines’ most important watersheds and a major provider of irrigation to the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato.

Highlights: IG-worthy background, boat-ride on a lake full of lotus

Best time to visit: December-March

How to get there: From Manila, book a flight bound for General Santos City. ride a tricycle going to General Santos City’s Bulaong Terminal and from there, you can ride a van that is directly going to Lake Sebu.

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Best Beaches in the Philippines

From the pristine beach places in Batangas to Cebu City tourist spot, we’ve rounded up all the stunning tourist spots in the Philippines perfect for the sun, sand, and sea lovers.

40. Boracay

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Boracay needs no introduction anymore. With its oh-so-fine and oh-so-white sand and stunning cerulean waters, it’s not surprising that it’s considered one of the best islands in the world. 

41. Hidden Beach

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This El Nido tourist spot is not so hidden anymore especially when it was named as one of “the most beautiful islands in the world” in Condé Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards. The Hidden beach in El Nido hides behind tall natural stone walls, with only a tiny break from which to enter and exit. Who wouldn’t want to visit this concealed delight?

42. Bantayan Island

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Believe us when we say Bantayan Island will captivate not just your heart but your soul. Its beauty is beyond imagination enough to make you want to live there for a long time.

Suggested article: Cebu Itinerary Guide: Best Places to Go & Must-Try Activities

43. Nacpan Beach

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While it does not have the white sand that Boracay takes pride in, Nacpan Beach offers an equally notable island experience. From the 4-kilometer stretch of cream-colored sand, hundreds of swaying coconut trees, a fishing village, clear aqua water with small surfable waves—it’s the kind of paradise you’ve imagined. What travelers love about this El Nido tourist spot is that it doesn’t get too crowded. And if you’re lucky, you can have the beach all to yourself. 

Also read: Nacpan Beach: A Guide to Visiting El Nido’s Most Beautiful Beach

44. Malapascua Island

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Home of the unspoiled white sand beaches, beautiful coral gardens, and rich marine life, Malapascua Island is far from giving you a bad experience. It is a great destination for both divers and non-divers. You won’t get disappointed upon seeing its unspoiled white sand beaches, beautiful coral gardens, and rich marine life. That’s why it has caught the attention of travelers across the world and eventually gained the title of being one of the Philippines’ best diving spots.

45. Panglao Island

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If you’re the type of traveler who loves the beach, Bohol is a catch. Known for its white-sand beaches, islands, and diving sites, the province never disappoints its visitors especially if we’re talking about the Panglao Island—Bohol’s very own piece of Boracay. Aside from the stunning beaches, its marine life makes it a great snorkeling and diving spot as well.

46. Anawangin Cove

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Another top tourist destination in the Philippines that will delight campers and beach-lovers alike is Anawangin Cove in Zambales. Its crescent shape, fine white sand beach, and secluded island vibe capture its visitors’ hearts. There are no hotels here. You can only sleep in the cove on a tent or by renting a cottage. There’s also no electricity and low signal, that makes your trip to Anawangin Cove perfect—no distractions.

Suggested article: 13 Most Popular Zambales Tourist Spots Perfect for Solo and Group Travelers

47. Gigantes Island

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Also known as Islas de Gigantes, Gigantes Island is a set of islands that make up a paradise of pristine beaches, clear water, and huge rock formations. But what truly sets it apart are its stunning, secluded beaches. From the city proper, Gigantes Islands is a five-hour trip. It’s untouched beauty is one of Iloilo’s best kept secrets making it the best tourist spot in the Philippines for island-goears.

48. Malcapuya Island

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One of the best places to visit in Coron is Malcapuya Island. You can enjoy the sun and just laze all day on the fine white powdery sand of the island. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to enjoy Malcapuya Island all to yourself! This Coron Palawan tourist spot is surely one for the books.

49. Masasa Beach

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Located in the southern part of Tingloy, Batangas, Masasa Beach has become a favorite weekend destination of city dwellers looking for off-the-beaten tracks. This Batangas tourist spot offers a quiet and calming ambiance with its long stretch of stunning beach and clear waters perfect for swimming.

Related article: 10 Batangas Tourist Spots Perfect for Quick Getaways

Natural Attractions in the Philippines

Here’s a list of the natural attractions in the Philippines every traveler should not miss. These wonders of nature will truly take your breath away!

50. Kayangan Lake

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Kayangan Lake is among the top natural attractions in the Philippines that never disappoints. It’s a favorite diving destination in Coron because of its clean waters and beautiful limestones underneath.

51. Big Lagoon

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Another stunning natural attraction in the Philippines is the Big Lagoon in El Nido. Like other Palawan tourist spots famous for its absolutely beautiful waters surrounded by rock formations, Big Lagoon is no different. This majestic lagoon lets you see a different world like it’s straight out from a postcard. This is the best tourist spot in the Philippines to appreciate nature.

52. Small Lagoon

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Another El Nido tourist spot you shouldn’t miss is the Small Lagoon. Together with the Big Lagoon, both are included in Tour A when booking a palawan tour package. Here you can go kayaking, swimming, or diving while being mesmerized by its surroundings.

53. Siete Pecados

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Another site where you can see the best of Coron’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. You shouldn’t also miss the 7 limestone formations where the place was named.

54. Mayon Volcano

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Mayon Volcano is both a stunner and a killer—renowned for its beauty as it is feared for its destructiveness. It is admired for its majestic beauty that never fails to attract travelers across the world that’s why it’s among the Philippines best places to visit. Mayon is the country’s most active volcano. Its symmetry and perfect cone shape draws attention across the world but what lies beyond its beauty is its deadly nature: an enormous chamber, churning with molten rock and toxic gas that could blow anytime.

Read also: Beyond the Beauty of Mayon Volcano Natural Park

55. Mt. Pinatubo

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Often called the “beautiful disaster”, you’ll stand in awe once you see Mt. Pinatubo. To witness its magnificent crystal clear waters of Crater Lake, you will have to ride the 4×4 or an ATV. The ride will be a rocky one but once you see the view, all the bumps you’ve gone through are worth it! What makes this trip even better is that you can interact with one of the oldest indigenous tribes in the Philippines, the Aetas, and experience their culture. Because of its breathtaking beauty, it became one of the most popular tourist spots in Luzon.

Suggested article: 10 Best Pampanga Tourist Spots Not to Miss for a Fun-Filled Trip

56. Taal Volcano

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Mention Tagaytay and Taal Volcano will automatically come to mind. Even at its most devastated state, Taal Volcano remains as one of the most eye-catching places in Luzon. It has become a must-visit destination for every traveler across the world because of its picturesque features like no other. 

You can see the volcano from one of the Philippines’ most visited destinations, Tagaytay. The city has a postcard-perfect view of the volcano that everyone loves. There are many hotels and restaurants that offer the best view of it while indulging in sumptuous meals.

Related article: Taal Volcano: Everything You Need to Know About This Beautiful But Deadly Volcano

57. Hinagdanan Cave 

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Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful Bohol tourist attractions is Hinagdanan Cave. It features a pool of clear water where you can swim under the stunning stalactites and stalagmites. 

Located in Dauis, it is said to have been accidentally discovered by a farmer who built a ladder to access the cave, thus the name. The light filters through the cave entrance, filling the whole area with a soothing and otherworldly glow. Don’t miss Hinagdanan Cave as it’s one of the undiscovered beautiful places in the Philippines.

58. Hulugan Falls

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One of the most popular falls in Laguna is the Hulugan Falls. It’s recommended to go here early in the morning so you can see the rainbow that’s always there around 9am. Going here from the main town just takes about 30 minutes but it’s climbing back up that’s quite the challenge. Nevertheless, this Laguna tourist spot is indeed nothing short of amazing.

Man-made Attractions in the Philippines

If you want to explore different man made attractions in the Philippines, we got you covered!

59. Banaue Rice Terraces

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Topping our list is none other than the Banaue Rice Terraces. What makes it impressive is that Banaue Rice Terraces were made by hand by the Ifugaos thousands of years ago. To fully see its beauty, you must hike there but all your efforts will be worth it.

60. Sirao Flower Garden

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Sirao Flower Garden is one of the top Cebu attractions. You can find different kinds of flowers in the farm like Celosia. There’s an entrance fee of PHP 20. Although the flowers are worth checking out, be prepared as the place can get crowded due to flocking tourists who wish to have a good photo at the farm, too. Nevertheless, this Visayas tourist attraction is a must-visit.

61. Ayala Triangle Gardens

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Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati is a must-visit if you want to take a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a huge garden park perfect for chilling, walking, jogging, and even food tripping. If you want to see it at its best where everything goes alive, visit it during Christmas season where Ayala Triangle Gardens Makati is filled with lights and sounds. Because of its popularity, it becomes one of the most-visited tourist spots in Metro Manila.

62. Bangui Windmills

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The Bangui Windmills are not just a popular tourist destination in Ilocos but they serve a greater purpose providing sustainable energy. You’ll see around 15-20 windmills in the area along the beach of this Pagudpud tourist spot.

Suggested: Pagudpud Beach Guide: Best Places to Visit in this Northern Paradise

63. Sky Ranch Tagaytay

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Bring back your childhood with Sky Ranch’s wide variety of rides such as the Sky Eye, the second tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines, Super Viking, and Sky Cruiser, as well as smaller rides fit for kids. This amusement park does not only offer fun rides but also a good view of the Taal Volcano. You’re hitting two birds with one stone at this Tagaytay tourist spot!

64. San Agustin Church

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San Agustin Church is not just a place for worship but also a masterpiece that every traveler looks forward to visiting in Manila. Built in 1595, San Agustin Manila, officially known as Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustin, is the oldest church in the Philippines and the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Manila. It exhibits remarkable features such as retablos (altars) of high Baroque style and wall buttresses separating cripto collateral chapels. What makes it unique is its ceiling paintings in the tromp l’oeil style.

Must-read: San Agustin Church Manila: A Place That Stands Witness to Philippine History

65. Manila Ocean Park

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Manila Ocean Park, the first Oceanarium in the Philippines!, boasts 14,000 sea creatures in its 10 different attractions, you’ll be able to get up close with the wonders of the sea. Be amazed with what the deep sea can offer— from fishes and sea lions to sharks and stingrays. Kids will surely love this tourist spot in Manila.

66. Echo Valley Hanging Coffins

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The most iconic spot in Sagada Mountain Province is the Hanging Coffins at Echo Valley. Igorots in Sagada follow a unique burial ritual. Instead of burying underground, the coffins are hung either inside the caves or on the face of the cliffs, near the hanging coffins of their ancestors. This Sagada tourist spot is a must-visit.

Suggested article: Sagada Philippines: A First-Timer’s Guide to Traveling Sagada

Historical Places in the Philippines

Fancy history and culture? Here we’ve listed the historical Philippines tourist spots that will take you back in time.

67. Aguinaldo Shrine

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Located in Kawit, Cavite, the Aguinaldo Shrine was the home of the first and youngest president of the Republic of the Philippines, Emilio Aguinaldo. It’s a historical place in the Philippines because it’s where the first Philippine flag was waved that symbolizes the country’s independence in 1898. What makes this place interesting is that you’ll realize how intelligent Aguinaldo was through the architecture of his house, revealing some secret hideouts and passages that were relevant during the time of war.

68. Bagumbayan

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Also known as Luneta Park, Bagumbayan is one of the most historical attractions in the Philippines. This is because the Philippines’ National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal was executed here in 1896 after he fought for the country’s freedom from the Spaniards through his articles, essays, and novels.

69. Fort Santiago

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One of the most notable and important historical sites in the Philippines is Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila. It was the place where Dr. Jose Rizal was held in prison before his execution. Hundreds of lives were lost in this Intramuros tourist spot during Spanish Colonial Period and World War II. Today, Fort Santiago is one of the major historical places in Manila.

70. Intramuros

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As if Intramuros still needs introduction, it’s one of the most historical places in Manila. Known as the Walled City, you can find some of the preserved Spanish colonial buildings just like in Vigan.

71. Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

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The Rizal Shrine in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte is one of the most historical places in Mindanao. This is where Dr. Jose Rizal spent four years of exile when he was accused of planning the revolution against Spanish rule. 

72. EDSA Shrine

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EDSA Shrine, formally known as the Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace (Our Lady of EDSA), is no doubt one of the most historical tourist spots in the Philippines. 

This is where the historic and world-renowned People Power Revolution took place in 1896 to oust the then dictator Ferdinand Marcos and stop the Martial Law. The People Power Revolution is one of the world’s most historic events because the uprising was peaceful, bloodless, and successful.

73. Barasoain Church

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Barasoain Church is not just an ordinary place for worship but also one of the most historical Philippines tourist attractions because three significant events in Philippine history occurred in the church: the convening of the First Philippine Congress on September 15, 1898; the ratification of the Malolos Constitution on January 21, 1899; and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic on January 23, 1899.

74. Mactan Shrine

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Mactan Shrine in Cebu has played a huge role in Philippine history. This is the site of the Battle of Mactan where Datu Lapu-Lapu defeated the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. The Mactan Shrine was built in honor of Lapu-Lapu.

horse carriage at calle crisologo in vigan

When talking about historical Philippines tourist spots, Vigan is always in the list. And among the popular Vigan City tourist spots is the Calle Crisologo where you can see cobblestone streets, intricate architecture, and horse carriages commonly known as kalesa. It’s one of the few Hispanic towns surviving in the Philippines and one of the best-preserved Spanish colonial towns in the world.

Must-read: Vigan City Guide: Traveling to The World’s Best-Preserved Spanish Colonial Town

76. Blood Compact Shrine

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The Sandugo or Blood Compact Shrine monument in Tagbilaran is a landmark at the site of the first international treaty of friendship between Spaniards and Filipinos. This Philippines tourist attraction depicts Sikatuna and Legazpi at the famed Sandugo moment. 

77. Shrine of Valor

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Also known as the Mount Samat National Shrine, the Shrine of Valor in Bataan is a memorial to all of the soldiers who died bravely in battle against the Japanese forces and those who died during the Bataan Death March in World War II. Don’t miss this place as it’s one of the most beautiful Bataan historical places.

78. University of Santo Tomas

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Founded on April 28, 1611, the University of Santo Tomas is one of the oldest universities and holds the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines and in Asia. UST has produced four Presidents of the Philippines, namely Manuel L. Quezon, Sergio Osmeña, Jose P. Laurel, and Diosdado Macapagal; produced three Philippine Vice Presidents and six Chief Justices of the Philippine Supreme Court; and of course, the Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal where he studied medicine.

79. Binondo

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Not only Binondo offers a great food adventure but it is also home to the oldest Chinatown in the world. Aside from the Chinatown, Binondo is also home to the historic Binondo Church built in the late 1600s. It was destroyed during World War II, in which only the facade, including the belfry and the Ongpin Street side, remained standing, and was reconstructed after the war. Binondo surely is a great place to visit in Manila.

80. Cagsawa Ruins

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Cagsawa Ruins is a result of the most violent eruption of Mayon Volcano in recorded history. Thousands of people were killed in the disaster, including those who sought refuge in this stone church during the eruption that were engulfed by the fast-flowing volcanic matter. This belfry is all that remains of the town during that 1814 eruption.

81. Daraga Church

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Among the most notable and must-visit churches in the Philippines is Daraga Church. Also known as Church of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria, this Albay tourist spot has witnessed numerous historic events like the 1814 Mayon eruption and World War II. Add this 18th-century baroque church in your itinerary for a memorable trip.

Frequently Asked Questions About Philippines Tourist Spots

Q: What is the Philippines known for?

A: The Philippines is known for its pristine beaches, breathtaking mountains and hills, great diving spots, jaw-dropping lagoons and lakes, and great traits and culture. 

Q: Why is it more fun in the Philippines?

A: It’s more fun in the Philippines because you get to enjoy over 7,000 islands! And what makes it really more fun is the kind locals that are happy to welcome you 24/7.

Q: Is the Philippines open for tourists? 

A: As of writing, the Philippines is not open for tourists coming from abroad. However, some destinations are open for local tourists.

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