When it comes to food, the Philippines is so rich with undeniably great cuisine just as it is rich with beautiful destinations. The Filipinos have a knack for combining flavors and making the most of any ingredients at their table, hence putting out a palatable and unpretentious Filipino food that everyone enjoys!

That’s why aside from being a beach destination, the Philippines is also becoming the “it” food destination.

In this blog, we’ve listed the top 10 Filipino food you must try!

Related article: 16 Philippine Destinations to Eat Authentic Filipino Food (And Go Sightseeing)

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10 Filipino Food that Will Have You Drooling 

1. Adobo

 

filipino food adobo

No list of Filipino food would be complete without adobo. This ever-present dish in the Philippines is what balikbayans always miss and is a safe choice to introduce Philippines food to foreigners.

The meat (chicken, pork, or lamb) is marinated in vinegar, salt, garlic, pepper, soy sauce and other spices which is a practical way to preserve the food without refrigeration. 

2. Sinigang

filipino food sinigang

If we were to describe the taste of Filipino cuisine, it would have to be mostly sour rather than spicy. And sinigang serves you that.

This Pinoy classic consists of a delicious broth soured by tamarind, tomatoes, and sometimes, kamias. Aside from the meat, sinigang has different vegetables. Popular variants are pork sinigang, beef sinigang, prawns sinigang.

3. Sisig

filipino food sisig

The sisig meat is primarily chopped up parts of the pigs’ face— Filipinos don’t waste anything when it comes to food, that’s why no cut of the animal goes to waste. Some sisig recipes have mayonnaise and raw egg to be mixed in while hot and give it a creamier texture. While other sisig recipes don’t have raw egg and are crispier than the usual recipe. This is served sizzling on a hot stone plate and is a favorite pulutan (food that perfectly matches with beer) among Filipinos. 

The best Filipino restaurant that serves sisig is Manam. It has several branches in Metro Manila.

4. Kare-Kare

filipino food kare-kare

Kare-kare is one of the most favorite ulam of Pinoys. The stew is made with peanut butter and ground rice. It has oxtail and mixed vegetables. Kare-kare is best eaten with rice and bagoong (shrimp paste).

5. Lechon

filipino food lechon

This is a famous Filipino food not just to Pinoys but also to foreigners. Lechon is a whole roasted pig usually served on special occasions. It’s kind of expensive, that’s why when you see lechon on an occasion, it must be grand. 

What people love about lechon is its crispy skin and juicy meat which is best paired with liver sauce. Anthony Bourdain claimed that this is the best pig ever! He wouldn’t say this for nothing right?

The famous Filipino restaurant that serves one of the best lechons is Rico’s Lechon.

6. Crispy Pata

filipino food crispy pata

Just like lechon, crispy pata is a delicious and must-try Philippines food. Crispy Pata is the pig’s whole leg deep-fried into perfection to achieve the right crispiness. It is served with a soy-vinegar dipping sauce on the side with some chopped up garlic and chili.

7. Bulalo

filipino food bulalo

When the weather becomes cooler, Filipinos usually crave a hot stewed meal— bulalo. Bulalo is made by slow-cooking beef shanks and bone marrow. Like sinigang, it also has a mix of vegetables along with the beef. 

The most famous place to eat bulalo in the Philippines is Batangas and Tagaytay. Some Filipinos who live in the metro will drive up north just to have that bulalo fix. 

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8. Kansi

filipino food kansi

If you love sinigang and bulalo, you’ll definitely love Kansi, too! Kansi is an Ilonggo dish which is a combination of sinigang and bulalo. But the sour taste overpowers the soup. The meat is the same as bulalo using beef shank and bone marrow. Kansi is one of the must-try Pinoy ulam s in the Philippines!

9. Chicken Inasal

filipino food chicken inasal

 

This dish is basically a grilled chicken but this is not the ordinary grilled chicken you’ll see everywhere. If you want to taste the authentic chicken inasal, you should go to Bacolod as this is where the dish originated from. They marinate the chicken soy sauce, vinegar, and different spices that make Bacolod chicken inasal unique. They also use chicken oil to pair with rice. 

10. Kwek-Kwek

filipino street food kwek-kwek

Now let’s talk about street food in the Philippines! This Filipino street food is something you shouldn’t miss. The best street food in the Philippines is kwek-kwek. It is a quail egg covered in orange batter. Most of its goodness relies on its sauce and street food vendors have their own recipe. The best choice would be vinegar with chilis and garlic. 

If you want to be more adventurous, you should try isaw. It is a grilled chicken or pork intestine on a stick. 

Related article: 13 Irresistible Filipino Street Food You Should Try

BONUS!

Of course, a meal isn’t complete without a dessert! So here are two best Filipino desserts you should try!

Halo-Halo

 

filipino food halo halo

This dessert is becoming famous worldwide and we can’t see any reason why it should not. Halo-halo is like heaven in a glass filled with oh-so-good Filipino sweet treats like nata, kaong, gulaman, macapuno, banana, shaved ice with milk, and so much more! Filipinos usually love to eat this during the hot season but now, whether it’s hot or not, they always crave it because that’s just how good it is!

Suman

filipino food suman

Rice cake is one of the most distinct foods in Asia because of our rice-growing agriculture. And when in the Philippines, you’ll see different kinds of rice cakes everywhere and one famous kakanin is the suman

It is usually cooked in coconut milk and seasoned with a little sugar and salt for flavor, and are typically steamed in banana or palm leaves. It’s a common dessert or snack that can be found in different parts of the Philippines, with different versions using various ingredients. 

The Philippines may have been known to have the most beautiful beaches in the world but as famous as its amazing spots, the Filipino food is also something worth bragging about as it not just fills your tummy but also your heart.

Affordable and Easy to Cook Ulam Ideas 

If you’re the main cook in the house, there will come a time when you will run out of ulam ideas to cook for your family (or yourself!) So here are easy to cook ulam ideas if you can’t think of anything else to cook on a lazy day. 

1. Chicken Gising-Gising 

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 90 grams Knorr Ginataang Gulay Mix
  • ½ lb. winged bean sigarilyas, sliced
  • 2 long green chili pepper sliced
  • 5 Thai chili pepper optional
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste 
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 thumbs ginger chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Sauté garlic, onion, and ginger.
  2. Add chicken pieces. Stir fry until the exterior turns light brown in color.
  3. Add 1 cup water. Let boil.
  4. Combine Knorr Ginataang Gulay Mix with 2 cups of water. Mix well and then pour into the pan. Cover and continue cooking between low to medium heat setting for 20 minutes.
  5. Add shrimp paste, long green pepper, and winged beans. Cover the pan and continue cooking for 5 minutes.
  6. Add Thai chili peppers if desired. Cook for 2 minutes more.
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve hot with rice.
  8. Serve and enjoy! 

2. Pineapple Chicken Afritada 

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. chicken cut into serving pieces
  • 1 piece Knorr chicken cube
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces pineapple chunks in can
  • 1 piece potato diced
  • 1 piece carrot sliced
  • 1 piece red bell pepper cut into squares
  • 1 piece green bell pepper cut into squares
  • 1 piece onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 pieces dried bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Fish sauce and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic. Continue cooking while stirring until it starts to turn golden brown in color.
  2. Add onion. Saute until it softens.
  3. Add chicken. Cook each side for 1 minute or until the color turns light brown.
  4. Pour the tomato sauce, juice from pineapple chunks, and water into the pan. Stir. Cover the pan.
  5. Once the liquid starts to boil, add Knorr Chicken Cube and bay leaves. Cover the pan and then adjust the heat to a low setting. Continue cooking for 18 minutes.
  6. Use a kitchen tong to turn the chicken pieces over. Continue cooking the opposite side for 12 minutes.
  7. Add pineapple, potato, and carrot. Cook for 10 minutes.
  8. Season with fish sauce and ground black pepper.
  9. Add bell pepper. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  10. Serve and enjoy! 

3. Tortang Giniling 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. ground pork or beef
  • 6 pieces raw eggs
  • 1 medium-sized onion diced
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes diced
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a frying pan or wok and pour-in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  2. When the oil is hot enough, sauté the onion, garlic, and tomato.
  3. Add the ground meat and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Put in the bell peppers and green peas. Cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper then stir to distribute. Transfer to a large bowl. Let it cool down.
  6. When the cooked ground meat reaches room temperature, beat the eggs and pour into the same bowl. Stir to distribute all the ingredients.
  7. Heat a clean non-stick pan. Add the remaining cooking oil.
  8. Scoop 1/3 of the egg and pork mixture to the pan.
  9. Cook each side for 3 minutes or until you see that the eggs are fully cooked. Avoid overcooking the eggs. Do the same step until the mixture is consumed.
  10. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  11. Serve and enjoy! 

4. Bistek Tagalog 

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup calamansi juice
  • 1/2 kilo beef, (use lean beef), sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (patis)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • oil, for frying
  • 1 large onion, cut into large rings

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle meat with garlic powder. Combine calamansi juice and fish sauce. Pour over meat and marinate for 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan. Shake off excess marinade from meat and pan-fry in batches. Cook meat for a few minutes on both sides. 
  3. Return all of the meat into the pan. Add water to the leftover marinade and pour onto the meat. Cover. Simmer for half an hour or until the meat is tender.
  4. Stir in soy sauce. Add onions and cook for another couple of minutes. Squeeze the juice of one or two calamansi before removing from heat.
  1. Canned Tuna sisig

Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz. can tuna
  • 2 medium red onions minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/2 cup crushed chicharon
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 to 4 pieces Thai chili pepper chopped
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare the tuna by draining the liquid. You can place it in a cheese cloth and squeeze until the liquid comes-out.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan. Pan fry the tuna until it turns light to medium brown.
  3. Add onion. Continue to saute until the onion becomes soft.
  4. Add scallions and chili pepper. Saute for 2 more minutes.
  5. Season with garlic powder, ground black pepper, and soy sauce. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add half of the chicharon and put the mayonnaise into the pot. Mix well. Set aside.
  7. Melt butter in a sizzling plate (metal plate), put the cooked tuna sisig on the plate. Continue to cook for 30 seconds or until sizzling hot.
  8. Top with remaining chicharon. Serve. Share and enjoy!

Need more ulam ideas? Check out our easy-to-cook recipes here

Frequently Asked Questions About Filipino Food 

What is the best and most popular Filipino food? 

The most popular Filipino food is Adobo, but there are also other equally good ones, including: 

  • Sisig
  • Sinigang 
  • Lechon 
  • Bulalo
  • Crispy Pata
  • Chicken Inasal 

What are some cheap and easy-to-cook ulam ideas? 

Some easy-to-cook Pinoy ulam ideas are: 

  • Chicken Gising-Gising 
  • Pineapple Chicken Afritada 
  • Tortang Giniling 
  • Bistek Tagalog 
  • Canned Tuna Sisig 

What is the most famous Filipino restaurant in Manila?

There are several famous Filipino restaurants in Manila, including: 

  • Manam
  • Romulo’s Cafe 
  • Mesa 
  • Guevarra’s by Chef Laudico 
  • The Aristrocrat
  • Abe’s Restaurant
  • Via Mare 
  • Locavore  

Now if you’re done having your food trip and looking for a place to stay, ZEN Rooms got you covered! Book budget hotels in the Philippines at www.zenrooms.com.

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More than the magnificent white beaches and breathtaking views of rolling hills, the Philippines has a lot more to offer. Take a look at the country’s capital, Manila. The place is so interesting that more and more tourists are frequenting the city. Because aside from the scenic views, there are a lot of fun things to do in Manila. 

From cultural and heritage tours to exquisite food trips, Manila will surely satisfy your adventure cravings. No wonder, most tourists, even after several times, keep on coming back to discover and rediscover Manila’s charm.

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Top Things to Do in Manila

Here are the top things to do in Manila:

1. Travel back in time in Intramuros

intramuros manila

Intramuros, also known as the Walled City, will have you second-guessing whether you are still in the Philippines. 

In between the walls of Intramuros is the mark that 300 years of Spanish rule have left in the form of grand churches and colonial houses. Within the city is the ancient Church of San Agustin and Manila Cathedral, with its beautifully sculpted and painted ceilings, and Fort Santiago, where the National Hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned before his execution in 1896.

Intramuros is best visited on foot or by riding a bamboo bicycle. While you can just wander the streets on your own, the best way to get a deeper understanding of the country’s history is with a historic walking tour. This tops the list of the best activities in Manila.

2. Go on a food trip in Binondo

binondo

When in Manila, you can never consider yourself a real foodie until you have been to Binondo. Not only Binondo offers a great food adventure but it is also home to the oldest Chinatown in the world.

From fried siopao, dim sum and roast duck to adventurous eats like frog legs, Binondo has just about everything your tummy could ever crave.

Don’t miss the Beef Lamien in Lan Zhou La Mien and Hakaw in Wai Ying Fastfood. They’re not famous to foodies for nothing!

3. Shop at Divisoria

a street in divisoria

Shopping at Divisoria in the district of Tondo is one of the activities in Manila you shouldn’t miss. It’s a one-stop-shop, so many people would really go here even all the way from the provinces to score great deals. With prices lower than those you’d find in shopping malls, the most exciting part here is the fact that you can still haggle for a much lower price.

Though there are malls within the area that provide air-conditioning and are more organized, that takes away the real Divisoria shopping experience.

Also, it’s a good thing that the Divisoria now is cleaner and more organized than before. The roads are now easily passable because the street vendors were asked to sell in the designated areas. 

Pro tip: Wear sneakers, dress down, avoid wearing jewelry or anything flashy and shop until you drop!

4. Shoot at Escolta

escolta street

Escolta is one of the few streets in Manila that has never lost its charm. No matter where you look, you can easily find Instagram-worthy architectural spots in Escolta. Many of the buildings incorporate Renaissance, Neoclassical, and Art Deco styles in its design.

Be sure to visit the Burke building, home of the first elevator in the Philippines, and the William A. Jones Memorial Bridge—more popularly known as the Jones Bridge—which connects Binondo to Ermita.

Jones Bridge was designed by Juan Arellano (who also designed the Metropolitan Theater and the Manila Central Post Office). The bridge is heavily ornamented with classical elements reminiscent of Haussmann-era Paris bridges.

Escolta is a great location for photoshoots and street photography so make sure to bring a camera with you to take snapshots of these old wonders. Shooting in the evening at Escolta is one of the best things to do in Manila at night.

5. Go to museums

visitors observing spolarium in national museum

If you’re into history and culture, you can visit a lot of museums around Manila, both traditional and modern. These include the National Museum, Casa Manila, San Agustin Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum.

The National Museum of Fine Arts is one of the top Manila attractions. It is home to Juan Luna’s famous Spoliarium— a gigantic painting more than four meters high and seven-and-a-half meters wide, making it the Philippines’ largest painting.

The painting features a glimpse of Roman history centered on the bloody massacre brought by gladiatorial matches. Spoliarium is a Latin word referring to the basement of the Roman Colosseum where the fallen and dying gladiators are dumped and deprived of their worldly possessions.

6. Have a picnic at Rizal Park

rizal park

Experience peace and a calm environment away from the city’s hustle and bustle by visiting Rizal Park. 

Rizal Park has become a favorite leisure spot in Manila. With its greenery and calming ambiance, it’s perfect to have a picnic at Rizal Park with your friends or family— definitely one of the must-try outdoor activities in Manila.

Apart from Rizal’s monument, there are also artworks and museums, fountains, and other statues found within the park.

7. Visit the Manila Ocean Park

manila ocean park

If you want a sea adventure, why not visit the Manila Ocean Park? It has regular aquatic performances and chances to get up close to some beautiful tropical fish. Everyone, especially the kids, will love this adventure!

Manila Ocean Park also offers one of the most exciting things to do in Manila— the Aquanaut experience. It allows you to wear an oxygen-filled space helmet and walk underwater. 

8. Take a cruise

manila bay cruise

Another activity that goes to the list of underrated yet fun things to do in Manila is taking a cruise! Have your dinner and enjoy the magnificent view of Manila’s sunset while on a cruise.

For an hour and a half, you can enjoy the calming waves and beautiful skies as you sail away from the busy city. The average cost is around P500-P700 per person, not bad for one of the most exquisite things to do in Manila at night.

You can avail the dinner cruise at Esplanade Seaside Park, Seaside Boulevard, MOA Complex. Make sure to arrive one hour prior to your schedule as latecomers will not be accommodated.

9. Watch the sunset by the bay

manila sunset

If you’re looking for a romantic but inexpensive place to visit in Manila, then you should go to Manila Baywalk.

Manila Baywalk is a two-kilometer stretch of pedestrian-friendly paths with lined palm trees. The place is a very popular sunset-watching spot as it gives you the best view of the ocean and the sun as it sets.

The place is also enjoyable in the evening as live music starts in several resto-bars. You can also feast on fresh catch seafood with the Manila Bay as your backdrop. If this doesn’t make it to your list of things to do in Manila, we don’t know what will.

BONUS!

11. Party the night away at the best nightlife spots

a crowd partying in the club

To cap off your trip, why not drink the night away and party at the best nightlife spots in the metro? Most popular party hubs are in Makati, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, and Quezon City.

The most recommended clubs are The Island and Early Night? in BGC. While in Makati, Poblacion is known for its hole-in-the-wall bars and restaurants. And in Quezon City, you can find bars that are LGBTQ+-friendly like The Nectar.

Related article: Activities During Wet Season 2022

Where to Stay in Manila

  1. ZEN Rooms V Plaza Manila – Starts at P760/night
  2. Garden Plaza Hotel and Suites – Starts at P1800/night
  3. JMM Grand Suites – Starts at P2576/night
  4. Aloha Hotel – Starts at P3000/night

If you’re planning to visit Manila, book your budget hotels in Manila at ZEN Rooms and enjoy a high-quality service at an affordable price. Travel more, Pay less!

Frequently Asked Questions About Things to Do in Manila

What are the best things to do in Manila? 

There are many exciting things to do in Manila, including: 

  1. Visiting Intramuros 
  2. Going on a food trip in Binondo 
  3. Shopping at Divisoria 
  4. Photoshoot at Escolta 
  5. Visiting museums 

What are the best things to do in Manila for couples? 

If you want to go on a date with your SO, there are many exciting things to do in Manila, including: 

  1. Watching the Manila sunset by the bay 
  2. Taking a cruise
  3. Having a picnic at Rizal Park 
  4. Dining at Casa Roces 
  5. Food trip in Binondo 

What are the best places to visit in Manila? 

Some of the best places to visit in Manila are: 

  1. Rizal Park
  2. Fort Santiago
  3. Manila Ocean Park
  4. San Agustin Church
  5. National Museum Complex
  6.  Malacanang Palace
  7. Manila Zoo 

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

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

Check out our Boracay travel requirements here.

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

1. Parasailing

parasailing things to do in boracay

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

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

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

one of things to do in boracay is parasailing

2. Paddleboarding

paddleboarding in boracay

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

Price range: PHP500-PHP1,000 per person

3. Helmet diving

helmet diving in boracay

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

Price range: PHP400-PHP600 per person

one of things to do in boracay is helmet diving

4. Island hopping

island hopping in boracay

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

The itinerary also includes Crocodile Beach, and Tambisaan Beach. 

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

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

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5. UFO or Hurricane Activity

inflatable ride in boracay

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

Price range: PHP500 per person

6. Beach bumming

beach bumming in boracay

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

7. Sunset cruise

sunset cruise in boracay

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

Price range: Rates start at PHP675 per person

8. Drink the night away

night life in boracay

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

Price range: PHP300-PHP1,000

9. Cliff diving

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

Price range: PHP2,800 per person

10. Swim like a mermaid

learn how to swim like a mermaid in boracay

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

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

11. ATV ride

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

Price range: PHP800-PHP1,000 per person

12. Helicopter ride

guy flying a helicopter

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

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

Price range: Rates start at PHP4,000 per person

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

Where to stay in Boracay

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Things to Do in Boracay

What are the best things to do in Boracay?

There are many things to do in Boracay, including:

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

What are things to do in Boracay alone?

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

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

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Known as the “Walled City,” Intramuros is a place rich in history and culture. With its cobbled streets and preserved architecture dated hundreds of years ago, it will have you second-guessing whether you are still in the Philippines or not. That is why many foreigners and locals never miss an Intramuros tour when in the city. 

In between the walls of Intramuros is the mark that 300 years of Spanish rule have left in the form of grand churches and colonial houses. While you can just wander the streets on your own, the best way to get a deeper understanding of the country’s history is with a historic Intramuros walking tour

Top 10 Amazing Spots to Visit for Your Intramuros Tour

Intramuros is a beautiful place every traveler must visit. Here are some of the best Intramuros tourist spots to check out:

  1. Fort Santiago – The place in Intramuros where Dr. Jose Rizal was imprisoned before his execution
  2. Manila Cathedral – This Intramuros Manila tourist spot is the first cathedral in the Philippines
  3. San Agustin Church – The oldest church in the Philippines
  4. Casa Manila – An IG-worthy Intramuros Manila attraction
  5. Silahis Center – An Intramuros Manila attraction where Filipinos’ creativity is showcased
  6. Baluarte De San Diego – It used to be a drowning chamber during the Spanish era
  7. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant – An Intramuros restaurant that serves authentic Filipino food
  8. Light and Sound Museum – Where you can learn music and Intramuros history
  9. Museo de Intramuros – The best place to discover the Intramuros history
  10. Bahay Tsinoy – Features life-sized dioramas of Chinese traders, goldsmiths, and more

What’s inside this blog?

In this Intramuros guide, we will tell you the top famous and offbeat spots that will definitely give you chills and make your heart skip a beat!

Intramuros Tourism Guidelines 2022 | COVID-19 Updates

As of July 2022, all tourists are welcome to visit Intramuros. However, only those who are vaccinated are allowed to enter indoor sites.

For more Intramuros Manila travel updates, visit Intramuros Administration’s Facebook Page


Places to visit in Intramuros

Given the many astounding places to visit in Intramuros, it could take us a day to list them down so we will just give you our top picks for an easy guide!

1. Fort Santiago

fort santiago

 

Fort Santiago Intramuros is the oldest Hispanic stone fortress in the Philippines, making it a notable Intramuros tourist spot. There are kalesa or carriages, old dungeons, an old theater, and gardens surrounding Fort Santiago Intramuros to keep your eyes and ears busy as you take in all the history. The good news here is, the government has opened its dungeons for the public so visitors can explore the dungeons that were used as storage vaults and powder magazines of the Baluarte de Santa Barbara, a stone structure constructed in 1592. During World War II, the dungeons were used by Japanese troops to imprison resistance fighters and political prisoners. Make sure to not miss this when you’re in Intramuros.

2. Manila Cathedral

 

The Manila Cathedral in Intramuros is the Premier Church of the Philippines as it was the first-ever cathedral in the country. This Intramuros tourist spot we see today is not the original structure. Actually, the cathedral has been through a lot but stands still. It has been a witness to a history that is worthy to tell to every generation— from ups and downs to wars and love stories. The Manila Cathedral is surely one of the best places to visit in Manila.

3. San Agustin Church

san agustin church manila

 

Another must-visit place in Intramuros is the San Agustin Church. It is the oldest stone church in the Philippines and the only church which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Manila. You’ll be amazed at the masterpiece painted on its ceilings. Built in 1595, San Agustin Manila, officially known as the Church of the Immaculate Conception of San Agustin, makes a great Intramuros tourist spot. 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. It is also the only church that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Manila. And one amazing fact to know about San Agustin Church is that the Philippines’ first governor-general, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, is buried there. To know more about San Agustin Church’s history, read this blog

4. Casa Manila

casa manila

 

Ever wondered how the rich lived during the Spanish era in the Philippines? Go to Casa Manila and you’ll find out. The main attraction of this Intramuros tourist spot is a fully-furnished home-turned-museum that shows how Filipinos lived during the colonial era. While every corner is beautiful and Instagrammable, visitors are not allowed to take photos. When inside, walk only on the carpeted areas so that you do not damage the wooden floors. Of all the luxurious furniture in Casa Manila, the most notable are the toilets. Apparently, in the old days, toilets were built in twos or more to allow people to sit beside each other and chat while they did their business. Casa Manila also shows how beautiful Intramuros at night is. This spot is also one of the most romantic destinations in Intramuros.

5. Silahis Center

silahis center

 

Make sure to also include Silahis in your Intramuros tour! It is a place that emphasizes the Filipino’s creativity showcased through various products made from wood, shells, and other native materials that you can buy as souvenirs. There are also antiques, artifacts, and other Filipino artworks available in the store. So if you fancy antiques, drop by at this Intramuros tourist spot.

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6. Baluarte De San Diego

baluarte de san diego intramuros

 

Another attraction that shows the beautiful facade of the Intramuros Philippines is Baluarte de San Diego. This used to be a drowning chamber during the Spanish era. It was built and designed by the Jesuit priest Antonio Sedeno in the late 1580s. Its main feature is the circular dungeon called Fort Nuestra Señora de Guia. Today, Baluarte de San Diego is surrounded by beautiful gardens, adorned with lush plants, pathways, fountains, and an attractive pergola that will remind you of fantasy land. That is why it has become a popular place for weddings, family parties, and other special occasions.

7. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant

barbaras restaurant manila

 

Intramuros Manila never disappoints our history and sightseeing cravings but other than these, it’s also a good place to find the top restaurants in Manila. One of these is Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant Intramuros. If you’re looking for authentic Filipino food to add to your historical day trip, Barbara’s is the perfect place to go to. Try all of the dishes from their grand buffet, while enjoying cultural dance performances. Plus, Barbara’s is a perfect place for a romantic date that will give you the best vibe of Intramuros at night.

8. Light and Sound Museum

light and sound museum intramuros

 

Unlike other museums in and out of Intramuros Manila that cater to hundreds of visitors at the same time, only groups of 10 people are allowed into the Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum. For someone who loves history or just fancy adding knowledge, this Intramuros attraction is perfect. Its one-hour show about the story of Jose Rizal from his early life to his execution, which combines different visual effects, soundtracks, and other technologies is a perfect treat for you.

9. Museo de Intramuros

museo de intramuros

 

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

If you want to indulge in more history about Intramuros, make sure to visit Museo de Intramuros that was built to share more about the Walled City’s past. It houses about 500 religious artifacts found in old churches near and around the Walled City in the Philippines. It is located in two important reconstructions inside the walled city: the San Ignacio Church and Convent and the Mission House of the Society of Jesus. 

10. Bahay Tsinoy

 

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

It’s not just the Spanish that had great influences in the Philippines but also the Chinese have had a rich history. In Bahay Tsinoy located in the Walled City in the Philippines a.k.a. Intramuros, you can see the life-sized dioramas of Chinese traders, goldsmiths, and more. The most interesting masterpiece in the museum is a sari-sari store that played an important role in the lives of early Chinese settlers in the Philippines.

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Best Time to Visit

Dry Season | December to May
Like other destinations in the country, Intramuros is best visited during the dry season when it’s sunny. This is so you can explore the attractions and learn more about the Intramuros history without any distractions.

Holiday Season | September to December 
The holiday season in the Philippines is among the most fun in the world because as you know, the Philippines celebrate the longest Christmas in the world. To have an amazing experience, you wouldn’t regret visiting Intramuros during the holiday season where the roads at night are bright and lively carols and locals are everywhere.


How to go to Intramuros

bambike intramuros

 

If you’re asking how to go to Intramuros, we got you covered! Intramuros location is very easy to access given the many transportation options available. To get to Intramuros, you can either take the LRT-1 (light-rail transit) or the jeepney going in.

When choosing the 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

Intramuros is truly a one-of-a-kind place that every traveler must visit in the Philippines. Not only it boasts stunning attractions that are definitely captivating but it also bridges as to the past that allows us to discover what it’s like to live in the Philippines hundreds of years ago.


Where to stay in Manila

  1. ZEN Rooms V Plaza Manila – Starts at P760/night
  2. Aloha Hotel – Starts at P3000/night
  3. Meaco Royal Hotel Tayuman – P1353/night

Sample Itinerary: Intramuros Manila Trip

08:00 am – Fort Santiago
08:30 am – Baluarte De San Diego
09:00 am – Manila Cathedral
09:30 am – San Agustin Church
10:00 am – Casa Manila
11:00 am – Silahis Center
12:00 pm – Lunch at Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant
01:00 pm – Light and Sound Museum
02:00 pm – Museo de Intramuros
03:00 pm Bahay Tsinoy


Travel Tips for those Visiting Intramuros

  1. Don’t wear too many flashy things that attract the eyes or snatchers such as expensive jewelry.
  2. Always mind your belongings especially when you’re taking photos of the attractions.
  3. Check for weather updates before exploring the Intramuros location.
  4. Always allot time allowance for every destination you’re visiting.
  5. Wear sunscreen!
  6. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Some roads in Intramuros are cobblestone so it might be challenging to walk on high heels.
  7. Bond with the locals. They are kind!
  8. Have fun!

Make sure to book hotels near Intramuros at www.zenrooms.com to enjoy high-quality accommodation at a very affordable price! You’ll definitely have a comfortable and hassle-free stay after your Intramuros tour when you choose ZEN Rooms! 🙂


Frequently Asked Questions About Intramuros Tour

Q: Is there an entrance fee in Intramuros?
A: There is no admission fee to enter the Intramuros district, but note that some attractions, such as Fort Santiago and San Agustin, charge a small entrance fee.

Q: Is Intramuros open today?
A: Yes Intramuros is open today. The gates open 24 hours but only authorized persons outside their residence (APOR) and workers will be allowed to access Intramuros during curfew hours (8pm-5am).

Q: Is Intramuros open at night?
A: Intramuros is open at night and in fact, offers a romantic vibe. But note that some attractions are closed from 6pm onwards. Intramuros at night is a sight not to miss!

Q: What are the best places to visit in Intramuros?
A: Intramuros is a beautiful place every traveler must visit. Here are some of the best Intramuros tourist spots to check out: 

  1. Fort Santiago
  2. Manila Cathedral
  3. San Agustin Church
  4. Casa Manila
  5. Silahis Center
  6. Baluarte De San Diego
  7. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant
  8. Light and Sound Museum
  9. Museo de Intramuros
  10. Bahay Tsinoy

Q: Why should we visit Intramuros?
A: Many travelers never miss Intramuros when in Manila because of its rich history and the amazing preserved areas that were affected by World war II. 

Q: What is the Walled City in the Philippines?
A: Intramuros. The Intramuros Manila description is “The Walled City”

Q: What is the LRT station near Intramuros?
A: The LRT station near Intramuros is Central Terminal Station. From there, it’s just a five-minute walk to the walled city Philippines. Start discovering the best Intramuros tourist spot.

Q: What does Intramuros mean?
A: Intramuros Manila history dates back hundreds of years ago but for starters, you just have to know the Intramuros meaning which is “within walls” that’s why it’s called the Walled City.

Q: How much is the Kalesa ride in Intramuros?
A: A Kalesa ride in Intramuros costs around PHP 350 to PHP 500 for 30 minutes. The trip will take you to a number of historical landmarks in the former seat of government of colonial Philippines, including Baluarte de San Diego, Plaza Mexico, and Puerto Real. A walking tour is also a great way to see what Intramuros is offering you.

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Camiguin, an island-province in Northern Mindanao, was once an obscure location but now is among the top tourist destinations in the Philippines. With so many Instagrammable Camiguin tourist spots, the Island Born of Fire becomes an Island on Fire. 

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

Top 15 Camiguin Tourist Spots

Don’t miss out these amazing places in Camiguin for a fun-filled trip:

  1. White Island Camiguin – Considered as the province’s crown jewel
  2. Mantigue Island Nature Park – It is a protected marine sanctuary with four hectares of evergreen forest surrounded with white sandy beaches is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
  3. Sunken Cemetery – Sunken Cemetery was formed in the 1870s when a Camiguin volcano, Mt. Vulcan erupted causing the cemetery, the capital city and old town of Catarman, to sink.
  4. Tuasan Falls – This 82 feet high rapid waterfall entails a very scenic hike passing through the quaint Barrio Mainit.
  5. Katibawasan Falls – It is a beautiful waterfall that feeds a clear rock pool surrounded by orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders.
  6. Guiob Church Ruins – It is one of the key structures from the Spanish colonial era and among the historic places to visit in Camiguin
  7. Burias Shoal – It is sprawled across slopes and steep walls where large schools of colorful fish swim all day.
  8. Sto. Niño Cold Spring – It is a natural cold spring that flows down from Mt. Mambajao, and is filtered by layers of minerals from the mountain, so expect a naturally clean water.
  9. Soda Water Swimming Pool – According to locals, the water there tastes like soda.
  10. Mt. Hibok-Hibok – An active stratovolcano in Camiguin that has a summit covered with loose ejecta and four small craters are nearby. 
  11. Ardent Hot Spring – It has numerous pools with fresh and hot sulfuric waters heated by Hibok-Hibok Volcano. 
  12. Camiguin Aviation – This place lets you ride (or co-pilot) at the aerial acrobatics aboard a single-engine Super Decathlon 8KCAB plane.
  13. Taguines Lagoon – This man-made lagoon was created primarily for fish breeding purposes.
  14. Treasures Camiguin – An ancestral home-turned shop and gallery that features handmade and bespoke silver and sea glass jewelry and a range of other sea glass inspired products.
  15. Tungatok Viewdeck – Here you can take pictures of the undisturbed panoramic view of Catarman.

We’ve listed 15 of the most beautiful Camiguin tourist spots you should not miss!

1. White Island Camiguin

white island camiguin

Considered as the province’s crown jewel, White Island is one of the most beautiful Camiguin Island tourist spots. The immaculate White Island Camiguin is actually not an island but a sandbar. This most photographed destination in Camiguin is ideal for lazing under the sun or snorkeling in the crystalline azure water.

2. Mantigue Island Nature Park

mantigue island nature park camiguin tourist spot

Another top tourist attraction in Camiguin is Mantigue Island Nature Park. It is a protected marine sanctuary with four hectares of evergreen forest surrounded with white sandy beaches is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. There is a fishing village located on the northern side of the island, while a white sand beach with powdery coral sand and corals offshore on the other. You can rent a paddleboard to explore its pristine waters. Make sure to include this to your list of Camiguin Island tourist spots.

3. Sunken Cemetery

sunken cemetery camiguin tourist spot

Located in the town of Catarman, Sunken Cemetery marked by a huge concrete cross serves as a commemorative marker for those who lost their lives; and the Walkway to the Old Volcano (Vulcan Daan), a stone staircase with 15 Stations of the Cross. 

Sunken Cemetery was formed in the 1870s when a Camiguin volcano, Mt. Vulcan erupted causing the cemetery, the capital city and old town of Catarman, to sink. If you’re looking for a unique Camiguin tourist destination, don’t miss the Sunken Cemetery.

4. Tuasan Falls

tuasan falls camiguin tourist spot

Tucked in the midst of an unspoiled jungle, near the Sto. Niño Cold Spring Resort, you can also visit Tuasan Falls, the most popular waterfall Camiguin tourist destination. 

As you trek, you’ll see a bed of big boulders and small rocks that you’d have to climb and hobble over to reach the waterfall basin. This 82 feet high rapid waterfall entails a very scenic hike passing through the quaint Barrio Mainit. If you want to make your Camiguin tour fun, don’t miss the Tuasan Falls.

5. Katibawasan Falls

katibawasan falls camiguin tourist spot

Standing at 250 feet, Katibawasan Falls is a beautiful waterfall that feeds a clear rock pool surrounded by orchids, wild ferns, trees and boulders. Its cold water is perfect for a quick dip after a tiring trip. 

6. Guiob Church Ruins

guiob church ruins camiguin tourist spot

Guiob Church Ruins is one of the key structures from the Spanish colonial era and among the historic places to visit in Camiguin. Its moss-covered walls are the only ones left from the church structure that survived the Mt. Vulcan eruption in 1871. The base of the old bell tower and portions of the convent still stand today, making the church complex a popular destination.

7. Burias Shoal

burias shoal a camiguin tourist spot

Considered as one of the top Camiguin tourist attractions and among the best diving sites in the world, Burias Shoal is a natural reef paradise. Unlike others that have only one flatbed of coral on the bottom of the ocean floor, Burias Shoal is sprawled across slopes and steep walls where large schools of colorful fish swim all day. You can also see a variety of colorful corals from black and white to red and yellow. 

8. Sto. Niño Cold Spring

visitors enjoying sto nino cold spring in camiguin

While Camiguin has a number of hot springs on the east side, there are also cold springs on the other side of the island. Located in the town of Sagay, Sto. Niño Cold Spring is a natural cold spring that flows down from Mt. Mambajao, and is filtered by layers of minerals from the mountain, so expect a naturally clean water. The main pool’s depth ranges from four to eight feet, while a smaller pool beside it is ideal for kids.

9. Soda Water Swimming Pool

aerial view of soda water swimming pool in camiguin

The Soda Water Swimming Pool in Camiguin is said to be the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is one of the most popular Camiguin tourist attractions because of its unique feature. According to locals, the water there tastes like soda, hence the name. Yes, the water is not just for swimming but also for drinking, just look for the areas where you can get drinkable water.

10. Mt. Hibok-Hibok

mt hibok hibok in camiguin

If you already read our previous article about Camiguin, you’d know that the province was said to be formed because of the series of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. Actually, volcanoes outnumbered the towns in Camiguin. And one of these is Mt. Hibok-Hibok.

Also known as Catarman Volcano, Mt. Hibok-Hibok is an active stratovolcano in Camiguin that has a summit covered with loose ejecta and four small craters are nearby. Hiking Mt. Hibok-Hibok is quite a challenge but perfect for those seeking an adventure. Reaching the peak takes about 3 to 4 hours depending on your pace. 

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

11. Ardent Hot Spring

arden hot spring in camiguin

As a volcanic island, there are several hot and cold spring places to visit in Camiguin. One of the most popular is the Ardent Hot Springs that has numerous pools with fresh and hot sulfuric waters heated by Hibok-Hibok Volcano. The 33°C to 40°C water comes right out of the forest and gets mixed with colder water into the separate pools arranged in cascades. 

12. Camiguin Aviation

camiguin aviation

Take your adventure to a new height, quite literally, at the Camiguin Aviation where you can ride (or co-pilot) at the aerial acrobatics aboard a single-engine Super Decathlon 8KCAB plane. You’ll get to see up close and personal the mouth of the Camiguin volcano, aerial views of offshore islands, and uncharted jungles. If you want to have an adventure of a lifetime, make sure to include Camiguin Aviation in your tour itinerary as it is one of the top Camiguin tourist spots.

13. Taguines Lagoon

taguines lagoon in camiguin

Taguines Lagoon Aquasports and Recreational Facility, located in the town of Mahinog, is an artificial inland lagoon. This man-made lagoon was created primarily for fish breeding purposes but is now one of the most-visited Camiguin tourist spots because of its recreational activities perfect for family or friends. What makes visiting Taguines Lagoon more fun is the wide variety of sports activities you can try such as ziplining, kayaking, boating, paddleboarding, and more!

14. Treasures Camiguin

treasure camiguin

Treasures Camiguin is an ancestral home-turned curio shop and gallery that features handmade and bespoke silver and sea glass jewelry and a range of other sea glass inspired products. They also have woven and recycled items like bags and mats. Treasures Camiguin is one of the places to visit in Camiguin to buy pasalubong.

15. Tungatok Viewdeck

tungatok viewdeck in camiguin

Tungatok Viewdeck usually doesn’t make it to some Camiguin tourist spots blogs as this is just usually a stopover. Here you can take pictures of the undisturbed panoramic view of Catarman. There is no entrance fee here so if you’re on a budget, might as well include this in your itinerary to make the most of your Camiguin vacation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Camiguin Tourist Spots

Q: What is Camiguin known for?

A: Camiguin is known as the “island born of fire” because of its volcanic eruptions that shaped the province. In fact, the number of volcanoes in Camiguin, at seven, exceeds the number of its towns. It is known for its pristine and peaceful beaches.

Q: What outdoor activities are famous in Camiguin?

A: Here are some of the most fun activities that every traveler must experience in Camiguin:

  1. Diving and Snorkeling
  2. Beach bumming
  3. Celebrate with the locals during the Lanzones Festival
  4. Eat Kiping
  5. Take a sightseeing tour via helicopter

Q: Where is Camiguin in the Philippines?

A: Camiguin is a small island province in the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 kilometers off the northern coast of Mindanao.

Q: How to get to Camiguin?

A: 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.

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Festivals in the Philippines offer people a chance to exhibit their rich culture and pay homage to the history and patron saints. They are vibrant, big, and celebrated with a lot of pomp and show. No wonder, each province has its own Filipino Fiesta that they are very proud of.

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

15 Philippine Festivals You Must Experience

The festivals in the Philippines are one of the main reasons travelers visit the country. Because of the colorful costumes, fun activities, and electrifying festival dances in the Philippines, travelers can’t help but join the party. Here are the top 15 festivals every traveler must experience at least once:

  1. Sinulog Festival – A religious festival in the Philippines celebrated in Cebu every January.
  2. Ati-Atihan Festival – One-of-a-kind festival in the Philippines held in Aklan.
  3. Dinagyang Festival – The religious festival in the Philippines that celebrates the feast of the Santo Niño and the pact between the Datus and locals in Iloilo City.
  4. Pahiyas Festival – Lucban, Quezon – One of the most colorful Philippines festivals held in Lucban, Quezon where tourists can enjoy FREE food!
  5. Panagbenga Festival – The popular Flower Festival in the Philippines.
  6. Lechon Festival – One of the most unique festivals in the Philippines where you’ll see crispy pork lechons dressed in cool outfits.
  7. Kadayawan Festival – The fiesta in the Philippines celebrated in Davao City.
  8. MassKara Festival – The Philippine festival of many faces held in Bacolod.
  9. Tuna Festival – One of the fun fish festivals in the Philippines.
  10. Higantes Festival – Where you can see giant paper mache do the festival dance.
  11. Mango Festival – A festivity held in Zambales to celebrate the bountiful harvest of mangoes.
  12. Bangus Festival – The festival that promotes bangus.
  13. Moriones Festival – A religious festival in the Philippines re-enacting Longinus’ life.
  14. Ibalong Festival –  It is a celebration in recognition of the socio-historic-cultural heritage of Bicolanos as based on the Ibalong Epic.
  15. T’Nalak Festival – A way to promote and preserve South Cotabato’s cultural heritage

Plot your calendars now and plan that vacation for the Philippine Festivals 2022!

1. Sinulog Festival – Cebu

Date: January 16. 2022

Main Highlights

  • Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Santo Niño (January 18, 6am)
  • Sinulog Grand Parade (January 19, 9am)

Head down south to the Queen City and experience this fiesta in the Philippines that celebrates Cebu’s patron saint— Santo Niño. Sinulog is one of the 10 examples of religious festivals in the Philippines. This is a week-long event that is done with processions, parties, concerts, colorful and lively street dancing, irresistible drum beats, and parades.

The word “sinulog” means “like the water current,” and is actually the name of the step that the dancers perform.

Must-read: Sinulog Festival: A Celebration of Faith and Gratitude In The Philippines 

Where to stay in Cebu

  1. Little Rock Resort – Starts at P1,755/night
  2. Saekyung Condominium – Starts at P1,677/night
  3. Lock & Key – Starts at P1,666/night
  4. Alicia Tower Residences – Starts at P1,300/night
  5. Papa Tasi Lakeside Hotel and Park – Starts at P750/night

2. Ati-Atihan Festival – Aklan

Date:  January 10 – 16, 2022

Main Highlights

  • Parade of Tribes and Floats (January 13, 1pm)
  • Ati-Atihan Street Dancing (January 17, 8am)
  • Religious Procession and torch Street Dancing (January 19, 2pm)

Witness a crazy but the good kind of crazy festival dances in the Philippines when you attend the Ati-Atihan Festival. If you plan to visit Boracay in January, you might as well watch the locals masquerading as Negritos in colorful costumes, dancing, and chanting “Hala Bira!” in Aklan for their Ati-Atihan Festival.

Similar to Cebu’s Sinulog Festival, this event is celebrated to honor Santo Niño. Ati-Atihan Festival in Aklan is considered to be one of the best festivals in the Philippines. This religious festivity is also one of the oldest Philippine celebrations.

Must-read: Ati-Atihan Festival: The Mother of All Philippine Festivals

Where to stay in Aklan

  1. Wendy’s Apartelle – Starts at P2,000/night

3. Dinagyang Festival – Iloilo City

Date: January 24, 2022

Main Highlights

  • Floats Parade of Lights
  • Festive Parade Sponsors Mardi Gras
  • Dinagyang 360° Tribe Competition

Dinagyang is a Hiligaynon word that means “merrymaking.” Just like the Sinulog and Ati-Atihan Festivals, Dinagyang is one of the religious festivals in the Philippines that celebrates the feast of the Santo Niño and the pact between the Datus and locals.

Every 4th Sunday of January, the festival transforms Iloilo City into a massive street party with overflowing drinks and food. The most exciting part is that the city hosts a highly competitive street dancing contest that features tribes, represented by the locals.

Suggested article: Dinagyang Festival: A Gorgeous Celebration of Faith and Trade

Where to stay in Iloilo

  1. Pallet Homes – Gran Plains – Starts at P1,000/night
  2. Igcondia Beach Resort – Starts at P1,830/night
  3. Malebuh Beach & Nature Park – Starts at P2,500/night

4. Pahiyas Festival – Lucban, Quezon

Date: May 15, 2022

Main Highlights

  • Early Morning Procession in honor of San Isidro Labrador
  • Free food for everyone and the colorful houses decorated with Kiping

Every famous festival in the Philippines is always colorful, and Pahiyas Festival, without a doubt, is one of the most colorful and vibrant festivals in the Philippines. You can trace Pahiyas Festival history way back in the 15th century. Farmers then used to offer their harvests at the foot of Mount Banahaw. The Pahiyas festival place of origin is Quezon Province.

This is an annual celebration to pay homage to San Isidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers, for a bountiful harvest in town so it’s one of the 10 examples of religious festivals in the Philippines. Houses are decorated with the town’s best agricultural products, mostly colorful Kipings— a traditional Filipino leaf-shaped wafer made from glutinous rice.

What’s more exciting about Pahiyas festival is that FREE and grab-all-you-can fresh fruits and vegetables are everywhere for the visitors to taste and enjoy. 

5. Panagbenga Festival – Baguio City

Date: March 6 – 27, 2022

Main Highlights

  • Grand Street Dance Parade
  • Grand Float Parade

Panagbenga is a local Kankana-ey term in Cordillera, which means “a season for blossoming.” Panagbenga Festival is a month-long festival in Baguio. Tourists flock to the city during this time to watch the Grand Float Parade which features giant floats in different characters made of flowers. Many celebrities also perform here. Because of this, Panagbenga has become a famous festival in the Philippines.

Related article: Panagbenga: The Baguio Flower Festival That Everyone’s Been Talking About

Where to stay in Baguio

  1. South Drive Baguio Manor – Starts at P2,697/night
  2. Davimar House – Starts at P1,800/night
  3. Mountain Lodge Baguio – Starts at P3,255/night
  4. R Bed and Breakfast – Starts at P3,850/night
  5. Baguio Lefern Hotel Military Cut-off – Starts at P4,000/night

6. Lechon Festival – Batangas

Date: June 24, 2022

Main Highlights

  • Parades of Lechon
  • Water Splashing Activity

Parada ng Lechon for the Lechon Festival is held every 24th of June in honor of St. John the Baptist.

Lechon (roasted pig) is always present on special Filipino occasions, especially on fiestas. During this festival, lechons are paraded dressed in fun characters, while the whole town is participating in a water splashing tradition. After the whole activity, everyone can already feast on the lechons in the festival.

Where to stay in Batangas

  1. Yellowbell Hotel – Starts at P1,700/night
  2. Half Moon Village and Beach House – Starts at P3,850/night
  3. Vinewoods Resort – Starts at P4,118/night

7. Kadayawan Festival – Davao City

Photo by RaksyBH via Shutterstock

Date: August 15 – 21, 2022

Main Highlights

  • Indak Indak sa Kadalanan Street Dancing
  • Kadayawan Floral Parade
  • Parada sa Dagat

Kadayawan is a native expression in the Dabawnon tongue. It’s derived from the word “madayaw” which means good, valuable, and superior. Dabaweños celebrate the annual Kadayawan as a thanksgiving festival and a tribute to its indigenous people. This Philippines festival is usually held every 3rd week of August.

Must-read: Kadayawan Festival: Every Traveler’s Ultimate Guide for a Fun Festival Experience

Where to stay in Davao

  1. Ponce Suites Art Hotel – Starts at P844/night
  2. The Royal Mandaya Hotel – Starts at P3,209/night
  3. Hof Gorei Beach Resort – Starts at P4,600/night

8. MassKara Festival – Bacolod

Date: October 24, 2022

Main Highlights

  • Electric MassKara (Bacolod’s biggest street party)
  • MassKara Street Dance and Arena Competition

MassKara Festival is a very popular festival in the Philippines. MassKara is derived from the words “mass” meaning “many” and “kara” meaning “faces,” thus, calling it the Festival of Many Faces. Many tourists visit Bacolod in October to witness this grand Filipino cultural festival. Being known as the City of Smiles, Bacolod parades many smiling masks worn by the locals during this festival in the Philippines. 

Related article: A First-Timer’s Guide to MassKara Festival: Everything You Need to Know

Where to stay in Bacolod

  1. Check Inn Bacolod – Starts at P900/night
  2. Point Gate Inn – Starts at P1,521/night

9. Tuna Festival – General Santos City

Date: September 2022

Main Highlights

  • Tuna Festival Float Parade
  • Sugbahan sa Dalan

Aside from being the hometown of the world boxing champion, a.k.a. Pambansang Kamao, Manny Pacquiao, General Santos City is also the premier fish producer of the Philippines. It houses the country’s 7 tuna canning plants, thus, making it the Tuna Capital of the Philippines.

During the Tuna Festival, locals showcase the province’s bountiful catch with colorful, ocean-themed floats. Another activity that everyone’s looking forward to is the Sugbahan sa Dalan where a long line of grills is set up on the street and hundreds of kilos of tuna are grilled on the spot. And the best thing about this festival in the Philippines is, everything’s FREE.

10. Higantes Festival – Angono, Rizal

Date: November 22 – 23. 2022

Main Highlights

  • Higantes Festival Parade
  • Water Splashing Activity

Angono, Rizal is known as the “Art Capital of the Philippines.” Aside from this, the town is also famous for its Higantes Festival.

Based on the Angono folklore, the “Higantes” or paper-mache giants were done by locals as a form of protest during the Spanish colonization. Now, these paper-mache giants now play the part of one of the most unique festivals in the Philippines. Higantes Festival is celebrated every 4th week of November in Angono, Rizal to honor San Clemente, the town’s patron saint.

11. Mango Festival – Zambales

Date: April 23 – 26, 2022

Main Highlights: 

  • Mango eating challenge
  • Street dancing

Zambales is known for its beautiful islands and beaches that have become the go-to destination of weekend travelers. But aside from these, Zambales is home to the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines and across the globe, that even the Guinness World Records recognized. 

Mango Festival in the Philippines is the celebration of the bountiful harvest. It aims not only for the locals to have a great time but also to promote what Zambales has to offer.

12. Bangus Festival – Dagupan City

street dancers at the bangus festival

Photo credits to Christina Estrada via Flickr

Date: April 18 – 30, 2022

Main Highlights: 

  • Street party
  • Street dancing
  • Trade fairs
  • Bangus cook off

Held in Dagupan City in Pangasinan, Bangus Festival is celebrated to give thanks to the city’s thriving aquaculture, especially in bangus or milkfish. Bangus Festival started in 2002 to promote the bangus industry. Among the highlights of this non religious festival are the bangus cook off, street party, trade fairs and of course, the electrifying festival dance in the streets.

13. Moriones Festival – Marinduque

A Morion at Moriones Festival Marinduque

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Date: It depends on the month when the Holy Week is observed

Main Highlights: 

  • The Parade of Morions
  • Moriones Festival dance 
  • Short acts re-enacting what happened during the time of Longinus

Unlike other festivals in the Philippines, Moriones Festival is, according to religious sectors, not a festive occasion. This religious festival is a traditional activity held every Holy Week in the island province of Marinduque in the Philippines. 

Moriones is derived from the word “Morion” which means mask or visor hence, the mask in the Moriones Festival costume. This religious festival is a re-enactment of the biblical story of a Roman soldier whose one eye was blind named Longinus.

Suggested article: Moriones Festival: Every Traveler’s Guide to this Solemn Tradition

14. Ibalong Festival – Bicol

street dancers at ibalong festival bicol

Photo by albay.gov.ph

Date: August 12 – 30

Main Highlights: 

  • Street dancing
  • Giant floats
  • Re-enactment of Ibalong Epic

Ibalong Festival, far from the other festivals in the Philippines, is a non religious festival about harvests. It is a celebration in recognition of the socio-historic-cultural heritage of Bicolanos as based on the Ibalong Epic showcasing the bravery and strength of three heroes—Baltog, Handyong and Bantong—who got to battle against the elements, one-eyed monsters, giant flying sharks, crocodiles as big as boats, and other such fearful creatures.

Related article: Ibalong Festival 2021: The Celebration That Makes Legazpi City’s Heroes Alive Again

15. T’Nalak Festival – South Cotabato

men street dancers at T Nalak Festival

Photo by Constantine Agustin via Flickr

Date: Every second week of July

Main Highlights: 

  • Street dancing
  • Mutya ng South Cotabato
  • Tri-People Grand Parade

T’Nalak Festival in the Philippines is a way to promote and preserve South Cotabato’s cultural heritage. It is an annual celebration that commemorates the Foundation Anniversary of South Cotabato.This non religious festival has two primary objectives: first is to celebrate the founding anniversary of the province, and the second is to honor the rich cultural heritage of T’nalak.


Suggested article: T’Nalak Festival: Everything You Must Know About South Cotabato’s Colorful Event

Where to stay in South Cotabato

  1. Jeamco Royal Hotel General Santos City – Starts at P1,000/night

Frequently Asked Questions About Festivals in the Philippines

Q: What are the biggest festivals in the Philippines?
A: Philippines is popular not just for its pristine beaches but also for its colorful and fun festivals. From Pahiyas Festival and Tuna Festival to the Higantes Festival, we got you covered. Here are some of the biggest Philippine festivals you must experience:

  1. Sinulog Festival – Cebu
  2. Ati-Atihan Festival – Aklan
  3. Dinagyang Festival – Iloilo City
  4. Pahiyas Festival – Lucban, Quezon
  5. Panagbenga Festival – Baguio City
  6. Lechon Festival – Batangas
  7. Kadayawan Festival – Davao City
  8. MassKara Festival – Bacolod
  9. Tuna Festival – General Santos City
  10. Higantes Festival – Angono, Rizal

Q: Why festivals are celebrated in the Philippines?
A: Philippine festivals are way to promote each province’s patron saint or most known products. For religious festival in the Philippines, Filipinos express their gratitude to the patron saints for bountiful blessings. While for other fiesta like festivals in Luzon, mostly are celebrations about their well-known products that serve as their identifiers.

Q: What is the mother of all festival in the Philippines?
A: Dubbed as the Mother of All Philippine Festivals, the Ati-Atihan Festival is widely known not just in the Philippines but across the world. Ati-Atihan Festival meaning is “to be like Atis or Aetas (Aklan Province’s natives).”

Q: Is MassKara festival religious or nonreligious?
A: MassKara Festival is nonreligious.

Q: What is the biggest festival in the Philippines?
A: Many people consider Sinulog in Cebu as the biggest festival in the Philippines. Local and foreign tourists travel to Cebu in January just to experience Sinulog Festival.

Q: As a Filipino how do you feel about celebrating festivals?
A: Fiesta celebration is already part of our tradition. And celebrating yearly does not only let them say thanks for the blessings they receive but also gives Filipinos hope for a much better tomorrow.

Q: Why is it important for many Filipinos to celebrate festivals?
A: In the Philippines celebrating fiestas is still common because it’s already part of their tradition. Festivals are their way to give thanks to the patron saint for the abundant blessings or to celebrate the start of something.

Q: How do festivals in general represent the cultural and ethnic diversity in the Philippines?
A: A Filipino Fiesta is an expressive way to celebrate rich heritage, culture and traditions and play an important role to add structure to our social lives, and connect us with our families and people with different race or backgrounds.

Q: How will you promote festival dances in your province?
A: Nowadays where technology is always upgrading, promoting a fiesta is easier through the help of social media. Many provinces air their fiesta celebration online via Facebook live usually. And after the event, they post photos and videos of the religious festival or any other kind of festival. Apart from social media, we can still use the traditional media where we can tap local media agencies to feature the fiesta.

Q: How how do you think festival reflect the culture and tradition of Filipino?
A: Every festival is a representation of one’s culture may it be a religious festival, arts festival, food festival, film festival, or other different kinds of festivals in the Philippines with pictures. Through a Filipino fiesta drawing or folk dances, festivals show the traditions of the ancestors to preserve their beliefs and culture. Not only that, because festivals also help boost local culture and economy.

Q: What are the two types of festival dances and its difference?
A: Religious and Secular. Festival dances portray the people’s culture and the people’s ways of life through movements, costumes, and accessories related to their place of origin.

Q: What is festival dance?
A: Festival dances are cultural dances performed to the beats of instruments, usually percussion, by a community sharing the same culture. These are usually done in honor of a Patron Saint or in the thanksgiving of a bountiful harvest.

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It comes as no surprise when the Philippines has been consecutively recognized as one of the best countries to travel to by international travel magazines. Honestly, we couldn’t pick just one if you’d ask us which are the best places to visit in the Philippines because seriously, with over 7,000 beautiful islands, it’s hard to decide.

And how can you resist the beauty of its natural wonders and ignore its pristine beaches which, by the way, has been named as some of the world’s best islands? The Philippines will never fail to amaze you. 

To help you decide, here are the 10 best places to visit in the Philippines for first time travelers.

1. Batanes

lighthouse in batanes surrounded by rolling hills

Search Batanes on Instagram and you’ll find in the geotag “Breathtaking Batanes.” It’s not a cafe, restaurant nor a hotel. You might wonder where exactly Breathtaking Batanes is. Actually, it’s the whole province! They call it breathtaking because of its jaw-dropping views of rolling hills, lighthouses and vast greenery that will make you ask yourself if you’re still in the Philippines. 

Batanes is one of the best places to visit in the Philippines because you will get to experience a one-of-a-kind adventure together with the friendliest locals ever!

2. Batad 

astounding view of the banaue rice terraces

If you’re a fan of the Avengers, for sure you’ve already seen the Batad Rice Terraces in one of its scenes. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the best tourist spot in the Philippines because it will never disappoint you. The 9-hour bus ride and hours of trekking will be so worth it when you finally see the amazing Batad Rice Terraces.

3. Vigan

a kalesa passing at calle crisologo

Want a taste of the Philippines’ old world charm? Go back in time and be mesmerized by the beauty of Vigan. See the preserved old streets of Calle Crisologo—one of the most beautiful spots in the Philippines— that’s famous across the world. You can ride a kalesa to tour the cobblestone streets while taking a snap of every spot you pass through. 

Because of its cultural beauty and well-preserved Spanish era streets, Vigan has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it one of the best places to visit in the Philippines.

Where to stay in Vigan: 

  1. Ovemar Resort Vigan – Starts at P1,825/night
  2. Casa Rizalina Hotel – Starts at P2,440/night
  3. Escolta’s Homey Lodge – Starts at P2,778/night 
  4. Belltower CSheli Suites – Starts at P2,779/night 
  5. Casa Marita – Starts at P3,013/night

4. Manila

old buildings preserved in intramuros

Have you ever heard the saying that there’s always beauty in chaos? Manila is a living proof of that. Despite the traffic, tourists make sure to drop by or spend a day or two in this city. Manila is a best tourist spot in the Philippines because it offers you a combination of old and modern charm. Don’t miss Intramuros as this is one of the most beautiful places in Manila.

Where to stay in Manila 

  1. Victoria Mansions – Starts at P998/night 
  2. Baymont Suites & Residences – Starts at P2,043/night 
  3. Broadway Court Apartelle – Starts at P1,761/night 
  4. ZEN Rooms V Plaza Manila – Starts at P912/night 
  5. Town and Country Hotel – Starts at P1,777/night

5. Palawan

girl swimming in a lagoon in palawan

If you searched the world’s best islands, you’ve probably stumbled upon Palawan. Well, it’s a regular in some international travel magazines’ lists. With Palawan’s breathtaking lagoons, crystal clear turquoise blue waters, and colorful coral reefs, it comes as no surprise at all. It is undeniably among the most beautiful places in the Philippines. 

Where to stay in Palawan

  1. Devayn’s Inn – Starts at P1,200/night 
  2. Den’gi Inn – Starts at P1,900/night 
  3. Ala Amid Bed & Breakfast – Starts at P1,543/night 
  4. South Anchorage Inn – Starts at P2,500/night 
  5. Palawan Escapes & Reef Resort – Starts at P3,332/night

6. Boracay

people flocking in boracay

Ask any Filipino about the best places to visit in the Philippines and Boracay is never missed! It is the best tourist spot in the Philippines when it comes to beaches. Just like Palawan, Boracay has been named as one of the world’s best islands consecutively. Tourists love its fine white sand and cerulean blue waters. What’s great about Boracay’s beaches is that the sand never turns hot so whether it’s 9am or 12pm, you can walk to its sand barefoot. 

Where to stay in Boracay

  1. Shore Time Hotel Annex – Starts at P2,500/night 
  2. Ralph’s Place Boracay – Starts at P2,635/night 
  3. Niu Ohana East Bay Apartments – Starts at P2,722/night 
  4. Punta Rosa Boutique Hotel – Starts at P3,888/night 
  5. 357 Boracay – Starts at P4,500/night

zen experiences boracay7. Cebu 

temple of leah

Cebu is one of the famous places in the Philippines. It is a melting pot for food, arts, culture, religion and island life in the Philippines. Cebu does not disappoint its visitors with its beautiful 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. 

Where to stay in Cebu 

  1. Papa Tasi Lakeside Hotel and Park – Starts at P750/night 
  2. Arjaymay Apartelle – Starts at P1,219/night 
  3. Alicia Tower Residences – Starts at P1,300/night
  4. Lock & Key – Starts at P1,666/night 
  5. Little Rock Resort  Starts at P1,755/night

8. Bohol 

majestic view of chocolate hills in bohol

One of the most famous places in the Philippines is Bohol because of its pristine white beaches and the stunning Chocolate Hills. Every traveler won’t be disappointed as Bohol is a treasure. Aside from the famous Chocolate Hills, don’t miss visiting the Tarsier Sanctuary, dine in the Loboc River Cruise, and watch the sunset by the beach in Panglao, Bohol.

Where to stay in Bohol 

  1. Acacia Sunset Village Inn – Starts at P444/night 
  2. A’s Azotea de Bohol – Starts at P887/night 
  3. Captain’s Lodge Panglao – Starts at P1,200/night 
  4. Coco Grove Panglao – Starts at P1,200/night 
  5. B&J Guesthouse – Starts at P1,700/night

9. Siquijor

turquoise blue water of a siquijor falls

If you’re looking for undiscovered beautiful places in the Philippines, consider visiting Siquijor! It’s a small island province located in the Central Visayas region oozing with pristine beaches, beautiful diving spots, waterfalls, and a cave. Siquijor was used to be known as an Island of Fire enveloped by mystic traditions such as witchcraft, healing, spiritual rituals. It’s an offbeat destination because some travelers are afraid to visit here because of the beliefs. But trust us, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.

You can check out the 400-year old enchanted Balete tree, Paliton beach, Kanheron Ranch, Kagusuan Beach, Cantabon Cave, Cambugahay Falls, Lugnason Falls, Marelle’s Underwater World Museum in Siquijor.

Where to stay in Siquijor 

  1. Amber Homestay – Starts at P611/night
  2. James Homestay – Starts at P6,000/night

10. Siargao

man preparing to jump on a cliff

Cloud 9 is one of the most beautiful spots in the Philippines that’s found in Siargao, the surfers’ paradise. This island is a hit not just to surfers but also to backpackers and solo travelers who are finding themselves… or love. Siargao is easy and surprisingly affordable to travel to! Don’t miss the Sugba Lagoon, Magpupungko Rock Pool, Coconut street, and chase the sunset in Cloud 9!

Where to stay in Siargao 

  1. Lotus Shores – Starts at P1,260/night 
  2. Goodlife Siargao Hostel – Starts at P1,807/night 
  3. Suyog Spaces Suites – Starts at P3,012/night

Frequently Asked Questions About Best Places to Visit in the Philippines

Q: What are the best places to visit in the Philippines?

A: There are many beautiful places to visit in the Philippines, including Batanes, Boracay, Cebu, Siquijor, Siargao, Bohol, Palawan, Vigan, and many more.

Q: What are the best places to visit in the Philippines for couples?

A: If you are planning to go on a romantic adventure with your S.O., you can visit Palawan, Siargao, Cebu, Batanes, Boracay, Iloilo, and more.

Related article: Romantic Places Philippines Guide: 12 Destinations Couples Must Visit

Q: What is the best tourist spot to visit in the Philippines?

A: The most visited tourist destination in the Philippines is Cebu. Cebu offers unrivaled beaches, delicious food, and thrilling activities among many.

 

If you’re looking for a place to stay, ZEN Rooms has the best budget hotels in these areas that offer great amenities at an affordable price. You can check them out at www.zenrooms.com!

 

 

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Batanes, the smallest province in the Philippines, is an off-the-track destination for most people despite the fact that you can’t even figure out what’s the best Batanes tourist spot as you’ll get lost in the overflowing majestic scenery. 

Frankly, not everyone can afford to fly to Batanes because the airfare is over the top. But as many have told, it’s definitely worth it. Because with a postcard-like scenery, how can you say no to Batanes?

The views are breathtaking, stunning panoramas evoking feelings of peace and contentment. With a unique landscape that some might compare to the highlands of Scotland, the rolling hills of Iceland, and the vast greenery of New Zealand, you’d wonder if you’re still in the Philippines. 

Whether it will be your first time seeing one of the country’s most breathtaking destinations or you’re planning to go back to rediscover the place, Batanes has a lot of amazing spots that are worth your time. 

12 Most Beautiful Batanes Tourist Spots You Shouldn’t Miss

Batanes, as they say, takes its visitor’s breath away. With its majestic views, it’s no doubt that travelers always include Batanes in their bucket list. Here are the must-visit Batanes tourist spots for a fun-filled trip:

  1. Racuh A Payaman (Marlboro Country)
  2. Alapad Hill and Rock Formation
  3. Basco Lighthouse
  4. Tayid Lighthouse
  5. Honesty Coffee Shop
  6. Morong Beach
  7. Valugan Boulder Beach
  8. House of Dakay
  9. Savidug Stone Houses
  10. Mt. Carmel Chapel
  11. Vayang Rolling Hills
  12. Chawa View Deck

Read through this Batanes travel guide to know what you should expect on your trip!

1. Racuh A Payaman (Marlboro Country)

racuh a payaman batanes tourist spot

If we’re to describe Racuh A Payaman in one word, it’d be magical. 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…”

From there, you can also see the Mt. Iraya, Diura Beach, Tayid Lighthouse, and the Pacific Ocean. All in one place. Racuh A Payaman is definitely the most beautiful Batanes tourist spot!

2. Alapad Hill and Rock Formation

alapad hill and rock formation batanes tourist spot

Located at Barangay Imnajbu, Alapad Hill and Rock Formation is a marvelous hill with a view deck where you can gaze upon the view of the ocean. Before reaching Alapad Hill and Rock Formation, you will totally enjoy the most scenic road in Batan Island which is the Imnajbu Road Cliffs where the famous scene from the 1991 movie Hihintayin Kita sa Langit starring Dawn Zulueta and Richard Gomez. 

3. Basco Lighthouse

basco lighthouse batanes tourist spot
 

When talking about lighthouses in the Philippines, Batanes is always on the list. The 66-ft tower Basco Lighthouse provides an unobstructed 360-degree view of the Mt. Iraya, Basco town proper, Basco port, and the West Philippine Sea.

Basco Lighthouse was also the previous location of American telegraph facilities linking Batanes to the central government until it got demolished due to the bombing of the Japanese Imperial Army at the beginning of World War II.

4. Tayid Lighthouse

tayid lighthouse batanes tourist spot

Of all the lighthouses in Batanes, Tayid Lighthouse is the most beautiful. Unlike other lighthouses, Tayid has a hexagonal tower deck. Once up there, you’ll get to see a great view of the Diura Fishing Village, Mt. Iraya, and the Pacific Ocean. Originally built to guide the local fishermen, Tayid Lighthouse now doubles as a popular Batanes tourist spot. 

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5. Honesty Coffee Shop

facade of honest coffee shop batanes tourist spot

Honest Coffee Shop undoubtedly is a famous Batanes tourist spot because of its unique service. Would you believe that no one mans the store? It’s what made them famous. Customers can buy food and souvenirs there and put the payment on the counter. There’s also a kubo and hammocks down the shop, in front of a calming beach.

6. Morong Beach

morong beach batanes tourist spot
 

Batanes is known for many things but not for white-sand beaches. However, you can find a serene and equally pristine white beach in Sabtang Island. Morong Beach is one of the most famous places to visit in Batanes. It doesn’t get too crowded and if you’re lucky, you can enjoy to beach all to yourself. 

7. Valugan Boulder Beach

valugan boulder beach batanes tourist spot

It is believed that the boulders were washed ashore during a volcanic eruption on the island centuries ago. Once you get there, you’ll notice that there are a lot of rock formations made out of the boulders on the beach. You, too, can make one! But what really makes Valugan Boulder Beach a beautiful destination is that you can hear the music of its rolling stones as they are pushed by endless waves. The rhythm matches the strong winds that blow.

8. House of Dakay

the oldest stone house in batanes; house of dakay batanes tourist spot

House of Dakay in Ivana is said to be the oldest stone house in Batanes built in 1887. This traditional structure is considered as a heritage treasure of Batanes, and cannot be found anywhere else in the Philippines. House of Dakay, like other stone houses, is designed to be firm, providing shelter that will last from the storm and strong winds on the island which is located along the typhoon belt. The UNESCO even acknowledged this as a world heritage building.

9. Savidug Stone Houses

savidug stone house batanes tourist spot

A Batanes travel guide won’t be complete without Savidug Stone Houses in it. Savidug Stone Houses are the primary type of houses in Batanes, particularly in Sabtang Island. The Ivatans maintain these houses, and this village, together with Chavayan, remains untouched where locals still live traditionally. 

The structure of the Savidug Stone Houses is considered as a Sinadumparan type, one of the traditional houses in Batanes. This village is one of the main highlights of the Sabtang Island tour.

10. Mt. Carmel Chapel

facade of mt carmel chapel batanes tourist spot

There are many churches in Batanes but one that stands out the most is the Mt. Carmel Chapel. Popularly known as Tukon Church, it was built by local artisans heavily inspired by the Ivatan stone houses. 

11. Vayang Rolling Hills

cows and goats in vayang rolling hills batanes tourist spot

There can never be too many rolling hills in Batanes. Seriously, the province never runs out of it. One popular Batanes tourist spot is the Vayang Rolling Hills that gives you an unobstructed view of the stunning Mt. Iraya, Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat Islands, all at once.

12. Chawa View Deck

batanes chawa View Deck batanes tourist spot

If you want to see Batanes on a high point (literally), never miss the Chawa View Deck. It is one of the highest areas in South Batan Island in Batanes that offers an overlooking view of the West Philippine Sea.

What makes this attraction one of the most famous places to visit in Batanes is the winding stairs with more than a hundred steps leading to the rocky shore facing the sea. At the bottom of the stairs is a “mini pool,” that has a different color from that of the ocean water and settles down inside a small area. 

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Best time to go to Batanes

Batanes is known to be a typhoon spot in the Philippines so many avoid visiting it in June when the rainy season starts. But it’s actually the best time to go to Batanes because Ivatans are celebrating Batanes Day, a yearly festival where locals perform street dances, beauty pageants, local bazaars, and the most exciting part, the community lunch! Every tourist must experience the community lunch on Batanes Day. During this event, everyone (including locals and tourists) will be served with free Vunung, a local Ivatan dish, and they will eat it together!

There is no fixed date though but usually, Batanes Day is held during the third or fourth week of June.

How to go to Batanes

The easiest way to travel to Batanes is by plane. However, flights are limited. Only three airlines offer flights to Batanes: Philippine Airlines, SkyJet, and Cebu Pacific. The airfare doesn’t come cheap as well. If you’re booking last-minute flights or a regular fare, it will cost about P10,000 per way! But if you’re lucky to score a seat sale, you can book a flight for P4,000 per way.

From Manila to Batanes

Many ask the question of how to get to Batanes from Manila as they think it’ll be a hassle trip when in fact, it’s not. The travel time of how to get to Batanes from Manila is around 70 to 110 minutes. 

From Clark, Pampanga to Batanes

If you’re coming from the north or just want to escape the metro traffic and all the long lines in Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), we suggest you fly from Clark, Pampanga instead. Usually, it’s cheaper when you fly there. Plus, you get to avoid traffic and long queues. 

From Cebu to Batanes 

If you’re from Cebu and don’t know how to go to Batanes, there are two airlines offering daily flights to Batanes. The first one is PAL that has two daily flights with one stopover in Clark, Pampanga for a total duration of 2 hours and 55 minutes while Cebgo has seven daily flights with one stopover in Manila for a total duration of 3 hours and 55 minutes.

From Davao to Batanes

If you’re coming from Davao in Mindanao, there are also two airlines offering daily flights to Batanes. Like from Cebu, PAL has two daily flights with one stopover in Clark, Pampanga for a total duration of 3 hours and 30 minutes while Cebgo has two daily flights with one stopover in Manila for a total duration of 4 hours and 10 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions About Batanes Tourist Spot

Q: Why is Batanes so expensive?

A: Tourists don’t flock to Batanes because flights are limited because it’s expensive to travel there. 

Q: What is famous in Batanes?

A: Batanes is famous for its breathtaking views of the vast rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean. It’s also known for its kind and honest locals which are referred to by most travelers as the kindest locals in the Philippines. 

Q: What month is the best time to visit Batanes?

A: Batanes is known to be a typhoon spot in the Philippines so many avoid visiting it in June when the rainy season starts. But it’s actually the best time to go to Batanes because Ivatans are celebrating Batanes Day, a yearly festival where locals perform street dances, beauty pageants, local bazaars, and the most exciting part, the community lunch! Every tourist must experience the community lunch on Batanes Day. During this event, everyone (including locals and tourists) will be served with free Vunung, a local Ivatan dish, and they will eat it together!

There is no fixed date though but usually, Batanes Day is held during the third or fourth week of June.

Q: How to go to Batanes?

A: The only way to go to Batanes is by plane as there are no buses and ferries that go there directly. From Manila, you can book a flight bound for Basco directly.

Q: What are the best Batanes tourist spots? 

A: There are so many beautiful tourist spots that Batanes offers. These include:

  1. Racuh A Payaman (Marlboro Country)
  2. Alapad Hill and Rock Formation
  3. Basco Lighthouse
  4. Tayid Lighthouse
  5. Honesty Coffee Shop
  6. Morong Beach
  7. Valugan Boulder Beach
  8. House of Dakay
  9. Savidug Stone Houses
  10. Mt. Carmel Chapel
  11. Vayang Rolling Hills
  12. Chawa View Deck

Batanes is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful and remarkable destinations in the Philippines. Traveling there is not just about seeing its breathtaking places for the scenery is just a small part of the island. The rest that will make your trip more memorable is meeting the people, see how accommodating, courteous, and honest they are. It’s true, they are the friendliest locals. To be able to understand Batanes, you have to grasp all of its pride—the places, food, people, and traditions.

Discover the most beautiful Batanes tourist spot for yourself. We hope this Batanes travel guide inspired you to plan your next adventure!

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If you’re an avid movie fan, then you must have known Sagada Philippines as the place where broken hearts go, thanks to the rom-com film That Thing Called Tadhana. Because why not?

From its sunny yet chilly weather, lush natural landscapes that sway to the breeze of the air, and the sea of clouds as your backdrop, Sagada is definitely a perfect setting for movie-like senti moments.

About Sagada Philippines

Sagada Mountain Province is home to the famous historical and mysterious hanging coffins, scenic and calming mountain valleys, rice terraces, limestone caves, stunning waterfalls, and friendly Igorots that let people discover its rich culture and traditions preserved over time.

Located in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in Northern Luzon, with a total travel time of 11 to 13 hours from Manila to Sagada, this place offers a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

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Places to visit

Be sure to tick off these places on your bucket list to make the most of your trip! 

1. Hanging Coffins of Echo Valley

hanging coffins of echo valley

Igorots in Sagada Mountain Province follow a unique burial ritual. Instead of being buried underground, the coffins are hung either inside the caves or on the face of the cliffs, near the hanging coffins of their ancestors. Igorots believe that the higher the dead were placed, the greater chance of their spirits reaching a higher nature in the afterlife.

This tradition has been practiced for over 2,000 years. When the coffins are too old, they fall from their precarious positions.

zen experiences paragliding adventure2. Sagada Rice Terraces

sagada rice terracesWhile Banaue and Batad in Ifugao are the most popular sites to see rice terraces in the Philippines, Sagada has its own share of magnificent landscapes. The difference is these particular rice terraces are smaller but still a fantastic sight. You can find this tourist spot in the towns of Suyo, Ankileng, Balugan, Bangaan (on the way to Bomod-ok Falls) and Kiltepan.

3. Bomod-ok Falls

 

bomod-ok falls There are many tourist spots that you can visit in this province, and among those are the three waterfalls in town: Pongas, Bokong, and Bomod-ok. Of the three, Bomod-ok Falls is the largest and tallest standing at 200 feet, that is why it’s dubbed as the “Big Falls.”

zen rooms property baguio4. Sumaguing Cave

sumaguing cave Of all the 60 caves found underneath this beautiful destination, Sumaguing Cave has the largest enclosure, that is why it’s known as “The Big Cave.” Once inside, you’ll discover countless stunning rock formations in the shapes of animals, food, and people.

5. Blue Soil Hills

blue soil hills Blue Soil Hills is one of the most beautiful places in this province. Once you catch sight of the amazing Blue Soil Hills and the towering trees surrounding it, you’ll feel like you’re in fantasy land. Make sure to wear appropriate trekking equipment to avoid injuries when going here.

6. Lake Danum 

lake danumThis beautiful tourist spot in Sagada is a small lake surrounded by pine trees. Its scent proliferates the area, making it a more relaxed atmosphere and one of the best places to unwind and camp. You need to walk for about a hundred meters to get to the campsite where you’ll see the most romantic sunset view. 

7. Mt Kiltepan Viewpoint 

mt kiltepan viewpointTo catch the famous Sagada sunrise, head to Mt Kiltepan Viewpoint. This place became famous because of the hit Filipino movie “That Thing Called Tadhana”

8. Sagada Brew

sagada brewIf you’re a fan of locally sourced coffee, Sagada Brew is a place you shouldn’t miss. Besides coffee, you can have some appetizing breakfast, lunch, and dessert at reasonable prices. 

9. Sagada Weaving and Souvenir Shop 

sagada weavingA first-timer in this province shouldn’t miss a trip to Sagada weaving. In case you didn’t know, this souvenir shop is known for weaving quality products such as bags, slippers, souvenirs, and apparel since 1968, making them a pioneer of the industry in the area. Witness workers create colorful fabrics using wooden weaving looms, and buy souvenir items while you’re at it. 

Best time to visit 

The weather in Sagada is similar to Baguio—cool in all seasons. The best time to go to here is during the wet season (November to February) where you can expect temperatures to be as low as 4°C.

The wet season is also the harvest period for fruits and produces, so when traveling here during those times, you can taste the best of Sagada and participate in festivals. The only downside would be places to visit in Sagada can get crowded due to the flocking tourists as this is also considered the peak season for travelers.

How to get to Sagada Philippines

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.

By bus

Taking the bus is the easiest way to visit Sagada due to the amount of operating companies available in Pasay and Cubao. It’s also the most budget-friendly way to travel. However, this can be a bit of a challenge because of the multiple stopovers you have to go through even from Sagada to Manila.

You can ride a bus bound for Baguio from Manila that will take about 4 to 6 hours of travel time. Upon arrival in Baguio, you will have to go to the bus terminal and ride the GL Trans Bus bound for Sagada. From there, it will take another 5 to 6 hours to reach Sagada.

Another option is you can take the bus in Sampaloc, Manila bound for Banaue that takes 9 hours of travel time. Upon arrival in Banaue, take the 3 to 4-hour jeepney ride to Sagada.

By bus directly to Sagada

Coda Lines offers direct daily trips from Quezon City to the Cordilleras if you want to skip all that multiple stopovers and transport woes. From Quezon City, the travel time will take about 15 hours going to Sagada, including the stopovers. This bus is also a great option when you’re traveling from Sagada to Manila.

By private car

If you’re in for a (very) long road trip and want to do-it-yourself, you can also drive your own car. It won’t be hard to get around Sagada because it is an internet-friendly place so you can Waze or Google Maps its tourist spots.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sagada Philippines

Q: How far is Sagada from Manila?

A: The distance is 226 miles (363 km). The flying distance is 174 miles (279 km). Travel time from Manila to Sagada takes around 12 hours one way.

Q: What is Sagada known for?

A: It is known for its scenic mountain valleys, rice fields, refreshing waterfalls, limestone caves, and sea of clouds.

Q: How many hours drive from Manila to Sagada?

A: The travel time will take 12 hours one way.

Q: Where to go in Sagada?

A: Some beautiful tourist spots include: 

  1. Echo Valley Hanging Coffins
  2. Lake Danum
  3. Bomod-ok Falls
  4. Bokong Falls
  5. Sumaguing Cave
  6. Lumiang Cave
  7. Marlboro Hills
  8. Mt. Kiltepan Viewpoint
  9. Blue Soil Hills
  10. Pongas Falls

Q: How many hours is Baguio to Sagada?

A: Travel time  takes around six (6) hours. 

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With interesting coastal towns named after saints and enticing islands near the West Philippine Sea, there’s no doubt that city dwellers love to go to Zambales. Unlike other tourist spots near Manila, the province doesn’t have many noisy bars, high-end resort amenities, and fine dining restaurants. But its stillness and quiet charm are enough to attract tourists who have come for a chill trip at the best beach in Zambales. 

And although the province offers stillness, Zambales beach also gives an adrenaline rush in the form of its towering waves perfect for surfing. Zambales is where #wanderlust posts on Instagram are made of.

Zambales Tourism Guidelines 2022

As of March 20, 2022, QR Coded Travelers Pass (QTP) from the Zambales Visitor Information and Travel Assistance (VisITA) System is no longer required when traveling to Zambales.

  • A vaccination card is a must for fully vaccinated travelers.
  • For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers: RT-PCR taken within 72 hours or a rapid antigen test taken within 24 hours or upon arrival
  • Booking confirmation from DOT Accredited Accommodations
  • Valid ID

10 Must-Visit Beaches in Zambales

  • Camara Island – It features rocky hills, huge chunks of rock formations, boulders of rock and a sand beach. 
  • Subic Beach – A gray-sand beach perfect for a quick getaway.
  • Potipot Island – A popular Zambales beach where you can kayak and snorkel.
  • Magalawa Island – Magalawa is a favorite of backpackers and those who are more into DIY adventures.
  • Talisayen Cove – An uncrowded cove with a white-sand beach perfect for relaxing.
  • Liwliwa Beach – A surfer’s haven.
  • Nagsasa Cove – It has a natural viewpoint on a hill and a postcard-worthy inlet.
  • Capones Island – This bone-shaped island is a traveler’s favorite because of its stunning white sand and water with different hues of blue as it gets deeper.
  • Anawangin Cove – The most famous in Zambales, a result of MT. Pinatubo eruption.
  • Bacala Sandbar – The main attraction of this Zambales beach is the old stilt house.

So, if you’re itching to have a quick beach fix, check out this list and find out which is the best beach in Zambales!

9. Camara Island

camara island zambales beach

If you want to go on a snorkeling trip, swimming, or just have a photoshoot, Camara Island is the perfect place for that! It features rocky hills, huge chunks of rock formations, boulders of rock and a sand beach. It also boasts a sandbar that only shows up every low tide or after the rainy season. Camara Island is just 10-15 minutes away from Capones Island.

8. Subic Beach

subic beach zambales

From Manila, it will only take about three hours to reach The Subic Bay, that’s why it is one of the most visited beaches in Zambales. Subic beach caters to all kinds of travelers as there’s a wide range of choices, from budget-friendly to high-end resorts. Some are even theme parks and an inflatable island.

7. Potipot Island

potipot island zambales beach

One of the most popular beaches in Zambales is Potipot Island. It may be a small island but you’d definitely have enough (and more) of what you asked for a quick beach getaway. Some activities are also allowed like beach volleyball and snorkeling. You can also rent kayak in Potipot. It’s a good swimming spot but not for snorkeling as there are not much corals to see on this island. 

6. Magalawa Island

magalawa island zambales beach

Magalawa is a 56-hectare island in Zambales. It is now a rising star on social media because of its fine white sand and pristine sandbar. Magalawa is a favorite of backpackers and those who are more into DIY adventures. One interesting fact you should know about Magalawa is that it is called the Island of the Stars because of the abundance of starfish in its waters, according to locals.

5. Talisayen Cove

talisayen cove zambales beach

If you’re looking for a crowd less spot to enjoy the beach on your own, consider visiting Talisayen Cove. It’s one of the coves in Zambales that Mt. Pinatubo eruption made like the Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves. When you get there, you’ll see no other structures aside from a viewing deck, nipa huts, and a private rest house. Nature lovers will enjoy its crystal-clear waters, rock formations, and a lush mountain. You can go trekking or hiking to the mountain. Every corner is perfect for your #feedgoals! 

4. Liwliwa Beach

liwliwa zambales beach

Liwliwa is a soul-searcher and a surfer’s favorite. Unlike other beaches, Liwliwa offers a combination of tranquility and fun vibe. It is also a surfer’s haven because of its great waves, only with lesser people. And if you’re a first-timer, this San Felipe Zambales beach is a great place to start learning to surf!

3. Nagsasa Cove

nagsasa cove zambales beach

Nagsasa Cove, like Anawangin, is the result of Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991. It has Agoho trees and volcanic ashes that line the beach. 

It has all the good things Anawangin is famous, like the natural viewpoint on a hill and a postcard-worthy inlet. What sets it apart from Anawangin is that Nagsasa offers a more laid back atmosphere. 

2. Capones Island

capones island zambales beach
Photo credits to Erick Dantoc / Behold Philippines

This bone-shaped island is a traveler’s favorite because of its stunning white sand and water with different hues of blue as it gets deeper. What’s great about this Zambales beach is that every corner is very Instagrammable, especially the different shapes of stones like from an old era. You can also find the famous old Spanish Lighthouse built in 1980.

One fun thing to do in Capones Island is that you can picnic and have the island all to yourselves if you’re lucky. And the best part? If you want to go island hopping, other beaches are just a boat ride away! So don’t miss this San Antonio Zambales beach!

1. Anawangin Cove

anawangin cove zambales beach

Many tourists consider Anawangin Cove as the best beach in Zambales. And we can obviously see why. Its crescent shape, fine white sand beach, and secluded island vibe capture its visitors’ hearts. But it’s not actually the original look of Anawangin Cove. Mt. Pinatubo is responsible for how the cove looks as it is today. When it erupted in 1991, Mt. Pinatubo dumped tons of ash to the shore of San Antonio. What used to be a rocky coast became a piece of paradise and became every beach-lover’s haven. 

There are no hotels here. You can only sleep in the cove in a tent or by renting a cottage. There’s also no electricity and a low signal, giving you the right camping vibe. This San Antonio Zambales beach is worth visiting!

Related article: Anawangin Cove: A Complete Travel Guide | 2022 Guidelines

BONUS!

Bacala Sandbar

Photo credits to Lawrence Craft / Flickr

Bacala Sandbar is located at San Salvador Island. The main attraction of this Zambales beach is the old stilt house. It stands on the water so you will have to walk through the water with some fish (yes, cool huh?) to reach the house.

Have you decided which is the best beach in Zambales to visit?

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Frequently Asked Questions About Beach in Zambales

Q: Is Zambales open for tourists 2022?

A: Yes, Zambales is open to all tourists 2022.

Q: What is the best beach in Zambales?

A: There are many beaches in Zambales you can visit. These are:

  1. Camara Island – It features rocky hills, huge chunks of rock formations, boulders of rock and a sand beach.
  2. Subic Beach – A gray-sand beach perfect for a quick getaway.
  3. Potipot Island – A popular Zambales beach where you can kayak and snorkel.
  4. Magalawa Island – Magalawa is a favorite of backpackers and those who are more into DIY adventures.
  5. Talisayen Cove – An uncrowded cove with a white-sand beach perfect for relaxing.
  6. Liwliwa Beach – A surfer’s haven.
  7. Nagsasa Cove – It has a natural viewpoint on a hill and a postcard-worthy inlet.
  8. Capones Island – This bone-shaped island is a traveler’s favorite because of its stunning white sand and water with different hues of blue as it gets deeper.
  9. Anawangin Cove – The most famous in Zambales, a result of MT. Pinatubo eruption.
  10. Bacala Sandbar – The main attraction of this Zambales beach is the old stilt house.

Q: How to get to Zambales from Manila?

A: From Cubao, Pasay, or Manila, ride a bus bound for Iba, Zambales via Subic–Clark–Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx). If you’re going to San Narciso, get off at San Sebastian Church.

Q: How long is Zambales from Manila?

A: The travel time to Zambales form Manila usually takes around 3 to 4 hours depending on the traffic.

Q: What are the best things to do in Zambales?

A: Zambales is every traveler’s favorite when it comes to beach getaways and weekend trips. Here are some of the most fun things to do in Zambales:

  1. Surfing
  2. Camping
  3. Island-hopping
  4. Glamping
  5. Hiking
  6. Stargazing
  7. ATV Riding

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