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.

 

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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!

Disclaimer: ZEN Rooms claims no credit for images featured on our blog site unless otherwise noted. All visual content is copyrighted to its respectful owners. We try to link back to original sources whenever possible. If you own the rights to any of the images, and do not wish them to appear on ZEN Rooms, please contact us and they will be promptly removed. We believe in providing proper attribution to the original author, artist or photographer.