The Philippines has many beautiful places that have become world-famous but there are also offbeat places that are as beautiful as the famous ones which are Instagram-worthy by the way!

And if you are the kind of traveler who likes to go off-the-beaten-path and the traveler who is always on the lookout for new or unfrequented places where there are less to no tourists but worthy to be shared, then we’ve got you covered!

We’ve rounded up the offbeat but mind-blowingly stunning places in the Philippines!

1. Escolta

Escolta is another place to see and feel a blast from the past. It is one of the oldest streets in Manila that was created in 1594. After World War II, Escolta has been greatly damaged, hence losing its beauty. But in the past few years, youth organizations are trying to bring back the glory of what was once dubbed as the Queen of Manila Streets. Now, it is revived as it became a hub for people who want to experience food, arts, crafts, music festivals, and other events and activities.

Places to check out:

First United Building – it has artsy shops and establishments for local crafts, interesting artworks, limited edition merchandise, innovative food items, upcycled clothes and accessories, independent clothing labels, DIY wares, vintage goods and refurbished antiques that you may not see at malls.

Calvo Museum at Calvo Building, El Hogar – this place has been a famous shoot location for TV Commercials and Films. There’s also a ferry nearby that you can take for free until January 31, 2020!

2. Bataan 

Bataan is an overlooked destination in the Philippines but it’s a place where you can do many interesting activities. It is located in the Central Luzon region with historical and cultural sites, mountains, beaches, springs and waterfalls combined! It’s easy to get there by land (car or bus for about 3-4 hours) or 1 hour by ferry. Once you get there, you may burn some calories from biking as it has various mountain trails you can go to while you enjoy breathtaking views of Mariveles Valley, Corregidor Island, Manila Bay, and Mt. Mariveles (Tarak Ridge) or for the advanced trail passing the old WWII Guerilla roads and tracks which circles around Mt. Samat.

Places to check out:

Las Casas De Filipinas Acuzar, Balanga World War II Museum, Surrender Site Marker, Mt. Samat War Museum, Death March Marker, Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower for historical landmarks, Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, Morong Beach, Sisiman Bay to swim and watch the sunset, Kairukan Falls, Limutan Falls, Ambon-Ambon Falls and Dunsulan Falls, Tarak Ridge, Mt. Natib, and Mt. Malasimbo in Dinalupihan.

3. Batanes

Batanes is actually not an overlooked destination in the Philippines but it’s not frequented by Filipinos because the airfare is very expensive! It is in the northernmost province of the country and just 190 kilometers south of Taiwan. Batanes is a typhoon destination in the Philippines, so it’s best to visit it during the dry season from March to May. June is also a good travel date so you can experience the fun in Batanes Day! You will also find the famous Honesty Coffee Shop there. No one mans the store so the people who will buy goods there will have to pay and get their change on their own in the cashier.

For most Filipinos, Batanes is a dream destination. Its vast greenery, rolling hills, and clean environment catch everyone’s hearts. That’s why it’s called Breathtaking Batanes. And the Ivatans— Batanes’ locals— are, without a doubt, the kindest people you’ll ever meet!

Places to check out: Racuh A Payaman (Marlboro Hills), Sabtang Island (where most of the traditional Ivatan stone houses are located), Morong Beach, Mt. Iraya, Vayang Rolling Hills, Homoron Blue Lagoon, and Diura Village.

4. Siquijor

It is a small island province located in the Central Visayas region oozing with pristine beaches, beautiful diving spots, waterfalls, and a cave. It’s used to be known as an Island of Fire enveloped by mystic traditions such as witchcraft, healing, spiritual rituals. For centuries, people have been brewing concoct special potions to cure physical ailments, treat emotional scars, and to dispel evil spirits. There are love potions available, too! 

Places to check out:

400-year old enchanted Balete tree, Paliton beach, Kanheron Ranch, Kagusuan Beach, Cantabon Cave, Cambuhagay Falls, Lugnason Falls, Marelle’s Underwater World Museum.

5. Pink beaches

If you’re like Aerosmith that believes “pink is love at first sight and can get you high as a kite,” well these 5 pink beaches are perfect for you! Most of these pink beaches are located in the southern parts of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

1. Great Sta. Cruz Island (Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur)

2. Sila Island (San Vicente, Northern Samar)

3. Subic Beach (Matnog, Sorsogon)

4. Cape San Agustin (Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental)

5. Parola Island (Panganiban, Camarines Norte)

The pink sand beach is, in fact, a coloration effect from a crushed red organ-pipe coral that is fused with the white sand.

It’s always fun to visit the most famous tourist spots in a country but sometimes, the off-the-beaten spots offer more exciting experiences and stories that travelers will surely treasure.

For a value for money and a hassle-free stay,  book budget hotels in the Philippines and enjoy a high-quality service at an affordable price. Travel more, Pay less!

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