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

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

70 Most Beautiful Philippines Tourist Spots to See

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

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

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

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Luzon Tourist Spots

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

1. Kayangan Lake

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

Kayangan Lake is bordered by tall limestone formations and if you want a view of the entire place, you can just climb up a 300-step hill for a picture-perfect view. It might be a bit of a trek to reach this Coron Palawan tourist spot but the views are worth the effort. 

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

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

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

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

2. Banaue Rice Terraces

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon

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

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

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

Best time to visit: April-May

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

4. Racuh A Payaman

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Hidden Beach

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

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

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

Best time to visit: March-May

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

6. Intramuros

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

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

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

Best time to visit: All year round

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

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

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

7. Vigan

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

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

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

Best time to visit: December-April

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

8. Puerto Princesa Underground River

puerto princesa underground river palawan philippines tourist spots

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

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

Highlights: Unique formations of stalactites and stalagmites

Best time to visit: March-May

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

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

9. Picnic Grove

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

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

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

Best time to visit: All year round

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

10. Tinipak River

tinipak river tanay rizal philippines tourist spots

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

Highlights: Clean waters; near Mt. Daraitan

Best time to visit: March-June

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

11. Sagada

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

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

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

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

Best time to visit: November-February

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

12. Mines View Park

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

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

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

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

Best time to visit: February-May

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

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Visayas Tourist Spots

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

13. Boracay

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

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

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

Best time to visit: March-May

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

14. Bantayan Island

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

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

Highlights: Fine white sand beaches, stunning turquoise waters

Best time to visit: November-May

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

15. Chocolate Hills

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

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

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

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

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

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

16. Panglao Island

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

Highlights: White sand beaches

Best time to visit: March-May

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

17. Cambugahay Falls

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

Highlights: Turquoise waters, natural springs, giant swing

Best time to visit: November-April

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

18. Oslob

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

Read also: 7 Best Places for Cebu Island Hopping

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

Best time to visit: November-May

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

19. Kalanggaman Island

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

Highlights: Long white sandbar, not too crowded

Best time to visit: March-May

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

20. The Ruins

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

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

Highlights: An Instagrammable old mansion; stunning nature views

Best time to visit: All year round

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

21. Moalboal

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

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

Must-read: 7 Best Places for Cebu Island Hopping

Highlight: Sardine run

Best time to visit: November-May

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

22. Sirao Flower Farm

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

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

Best time to visit: All year round

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

23. Kawasan Falls

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

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

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

Highlights: Canyoneering adventure, turquoise waters, amazing views

Best time to visit: All year round

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

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

24. Loboc River

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

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

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

Best time to visit: All year round

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

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Mindanao Tourist Spots

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

25. Island Garden City of Samal

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

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

Highlights: Various pristine beaches

Best time to visit: March-May

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

26. Cloud 9

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

Must-read: A Complete Guide to Siargao Surfing

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

Best time to visit: August-November

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

27. Magpupungko Rock Pools

Magpupungko Rock Pools siargao tourist spots in mindanao

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

Highlights: Clear turquoise waters, various natural swimming pools

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

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

28. Hinatuan Enchanted River

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

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

Best time to visit: December-April

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

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

29. Naked Island

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

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

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

Best time to visit: March-May

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

30. Guyam Island

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If Naked Island is completely bare, Guyam Island offers a lush clump of vegetation for tourists. It is secluded and uninhabited, except by the island’s caretakers, with a sandy beach on one side and a rocky beach on the other. Guyam Island covered in palm trees is small enough to walk around in just a few minutes. There are few huts available on the beach so you can just chill out and enjoy your solitude. You’ll regret it if you don’t visit Guyam Island as it’s one of the most remarkable tourist spots in the Philippines.

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

Best time to visit: March-May

31. Daku Island 

Daku Island siargao tourist spots in mindanao

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

Highlights: Great beach, lots of water activities available

Best time to visit: March-May

32. Sugba Lagoon

Sugba Lagoon siargao tourist spots in mindanao

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

Highlights: Best for diving, kayaking, and picture taking

Best time to visit: March-May

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

33. Camiguin 

White Island Camiguin tourist spot

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

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

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

Best time to visit: April-November

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

34. Tinuy-an Falls

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

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

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

Highlights: Gorgeous natural pools perfect for swimming

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

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

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

35. Mt. Apo

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

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

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

Best time to visit: All year round

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

36. Tinago Falls

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

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

Read also: Discovering the Enchanting Hidden Beauty of Tinago Falls

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

Best time to visit: All year round

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

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

37. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Forest in Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (1)

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

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

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

Best time to visit: All year round

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

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

38. Aliwagwag Falls

Aliwagwag Falls tourist spots in mindanao

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

Highlights: Staircase-like boulders and clear waters

Best time to visit: All year round

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

39. Lake Sebu

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

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

Best time to visit: December-March

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

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Best Beaches in the Philippines

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

40. Boracay

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

41. Hidden Beach

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

42. Bantayan Island

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

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43. Nacpan Beach

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

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

44. Malapascua Island

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

45. Panglao Island

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

46. Anawangin Cove

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

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

47. Gigantes Island

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

48. Malcapuya Island

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

49. Masasa Beach

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

Related article: 10 Batangas Tourist Spots Perfect for Quick Getaways

Natural Attractions in the Philippines

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

50. Kayangan Lake

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

51. Big Lagoon

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

52. Small Lagoon

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

53. Siete Pecados

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Another site where you can see the best of Coron’s marine life is Siete Pecados Marine Park. You’ll be amazed at how glorious this place is because beyond its cool and clear waters, lies a diverse of corals and tropical fishes you can only discover through snorkeling. You shouldn’t also miss the 7 limestone formations where the place was named.

54. Mayon Volcano

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

Read also: Beyond the Beauty of Mayon Volcano Natural Park

55. Mt. Pinatubo

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

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

56. Taal Volcano

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

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

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

57. Hinagdanan Cave 

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

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

58. Hulugan Falls

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

Man-made Attractions in the Philippines

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

59. Banaue Rice Terraces

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

60. Sirao Flower Garden

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

61. Ayala Triangle Gardens

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

62. Bangui Windmills

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

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

63. Sky Ranch Tagaytay

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

64. San Agustin Church

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

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

65. Manila Ocean Park

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

66. Echo Valley Hanging Coffins

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

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Historical Places in the Philippines

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

67. Aguinaldo Shrine

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

68. Bagumbayan

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

69. Fort Santiago

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

70. Intramuros

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

71. Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte philippines tuorist spots

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

72. EDSA Shrine

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

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

73. Barasoain Church

Barasoain Church makasaysayang lugar sa pilipinas

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

74. Mactan Shrine

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

horse carriage at calle crisologo in vigan

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

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

76. Blood Compact Shrine

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

77. Shrine of Valor

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

78. University of Santo Tomas

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

79. Binondo

binondo manila historical places in philippines

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

80. Cagsawa Ruins

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

81. Daraga Church

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Philippines Tourist Spots

Q: What is the Philippines known for?

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

Q: Why is it more fun in the Philippines?

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

Q: Is the Philippines open for tourists? 

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

For more Philippine travel updates, read this blog: Latest Philippines Tourism News: PH Includes Austria in Travel Ban Due to Threat of New COVID-19 Variant

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Mindanao is home to many pristine islands with delicate shores and turquoise waters, otherworldly waterfalls, historic sites, and breathtaking wonders of nature. Whether easily accessible or remote, travelers make sure to visit the famous and hidden tourist spots in Mindanao.

With the beauty of Mindanao and its timeless allure, it’s easy to see why travelers find it hard to leave Mindanao.

Top 20 Must-Visit Places in Mindanao

From beaches and waterfalls to lush greenery, you’ll surely have a great time exploring the beautiful places in Mindanao. We’ve rounded up all the best places in Mindanao we think you shouldn’t miss. 

  1. Island Garden City of Samal – When it comes to beaches, this tourist spot in Mindanao comes first. Samal is famous for pristine beaches.
  2. Cloud 9 – A famous surfing spot in Siargao.
  3. Magpupungko Rock Pools – Natural rock pools perfect for cliff jumping and swimming.
  4. Hinatuan Enchanted River – A stunning tourist spot in Mindanao that is a clear blue saltwater river hidden in the jungle, and flawlessly flowing into the Pacific Ocean. 
  5. Naked Island – A famous beach in Siargao that doesn’t have any shade. 
  6. Guyam Island – One of the most beautiful Mindanao places to visit that’s a perfect island-hopping destination. 
  7. Daku Island – A beach in Siargao where there are a lot of coconut trees, and the usual lunch spot of tourists. 
  8. Sugba Lagoon – A popular diving spot in Siargao.
  9. Camiguin – Dubbed as the Island Born of Fire because of the many volcanoes in the province.
  10. Tinuy-an Falls –  Dubbed as the Crown Jewel of  Surigao del Sur.
  11. Mt. Apo – The highest mountain in the Philippines and among the highest in Southeast Asia standing at 10,311 feet.
  12. Tinago Falls – A hidden but majestic waterfall, and one of the most beautiful Lanao del Norte tourist spots.
  13. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary – It boasts of a beautiful pygmy forest, and hosts rich biodiversity and endemicity of flora and fauna.
  14. Aliwagwag Falls – This picturesque 84-tiered falls with more than 130 cascades stands at 1,110 feet making it the highest waterfall in the Philippines. 
  15. Maasin River – A famous river in Siargao where you can see a bent coconut tree perfect for swinging and falling on the water.
  16. Coconut Mountain View – A roadside tourist spot in Mindanao where you can see thousands of coconut trees along the road.
  17. Cape of San Agustin – Many divers frequent this place because of the diving experience at the famous diving site known as “the wall.”
  18. Lake Sebu – This South Cotabato tourist spot is one of the Philippines’ most important watersheds and a major provider of irrigation to the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato.
  19. Dahican Beach – Popular for surfers and skimboarders because of the thrilling waves there. 
  20. Philippine Eagle Center – It operates as a conservation breeding facility for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle and other birds of prey.

What’s inside this blog?

Read this Mindanao travel guide to find out all the beautiful spots to check out, from Davao de Oro tourist spots, Calinan tourist spots, Sulu tourist spots, and more.

Best Tourist Spots in Mindanao

Here are the best tourist spots in Mindanao with description and pictures tagalog that will let you see the jaw-dropping beauty of Mindanao.

1. Island Garden City of Samal

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

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

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

2. Cloud 9

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

Must-read: A Complete Guide to Siargao Surfing

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

3. Magpupungko Rock Pools

Magpupungko Rock Pools siargao tourist spots in mindanao

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

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

4. Hinatuan Enchanted River

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

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

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

5. Naked Island

Naked Island siargao tourist spots in mindanao

If you want to see a naked beach, literally, you’ll find one in Siargao. Naked island, as the name suggests, is completely bare. This tourist spot in Mindanao has nothing but white sand and azure waters surrounding it, no distractions for the 360° view of the island. 

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

6. Guyam Island

guyam island siargao

If Naked Island is completely bare, Guyam island offers a lush clump of vegetation for tourists. It is secluded and uninhabited, except by the island’s caretakers, with a sandy beach on one side and a rocky beach on the other. This island covered in palm trees is small enough to walk around in just a few minutes. There are few huts available on the beach so you can just chill out and enjoy your solitude. 

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

7. Daku Island

Daku Island siargao tourist spots in mindanao

Another stunning tourist attraction in Mindanao is Daku Island. It is mostly the place where tourists eat lunch during the three-island-hopping tour in Siargao. You can indulge yourself in a sumptuous meal that includes the freshest seafood and refreshing buko (coconut) juice. Your local Siargao guide will help you find the best cook on the island. You can ask locals to cook fresh seafood and enjoy it on a boodle fight! And unlike the other two beaches mentioned, there are a lot more things to do in Daku Island from kayaking to fishing.

8. Camiguin

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Camiguin was once an offbeat destination but now is among the most-visited places in the Philippines. With so many Instagrammable Camiguin tourist spots, this island-province has become so popular. From the pristine beaches and jaw-dropping waterfalls to glorious underwater world, Camiguin definitely makes up the ultimate feed goal that every ‘grammer aims for! It’s no doubt that Camiguin is among the favorite Northern Mindanao tourist spots of travelers.

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

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

9. Tinuy-an Falls

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Because of its breathtaking beauty, Tinuy-Falls is dubbed as the Crown Jewel of  Surigao del Sur. Unlike other waterfalls, Tinuy-an Falls has natural pools where you can swim. The natural pool of the second waterfall of the three layers⁠ is the biggest. It is wide enough to accommodate bamboo rafts to take guests closer to the falls where the waters drop.

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

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

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

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

10. Sugba Lagoon

Sugba Lagoon siargao tourist spots in mindanao

Another must-visit Caraga Region tourist spot is the Sugba Lagoon in Siargao. It is a famous diving spot because of its great view and turquoise waters. If you’re not fond of diving, you can also enjoy snorkeling, paddle boarding, or just picture-taking in the area. Whatever the case is, Sugba Lagoon is a great place to be!

How to get there: From General Luna, Sugba Lagoon is about an hour and a half boat ride; if from Del Carmen, it’s an hour boat ride.

11. Mt. Apo

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

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

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

12. Tinago Falls

Tinago Falls tourist spot in mindanao

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Tucked within a ravine in Iligan City in Lanao del Norte, this majestic waterfall is the main tourist attraction of the province and also serves as a water source for residents near the area. Its name—Tinago Falls in tagalog—means “hidden” that perfectly fits its location that one can only reach by descending some 500 steps.

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

Read also: Discovering the Enchanting Hidden Beauty of Tinago Falls

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

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

13. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

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Another Davao City tourist spot that will surprise you is the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary. It boasts of a beautiful pygmy forest, one of the very few all over the world, and hosts rich biodiversity and endemicity of flora and fauna, an embodiment of ecological balance, which in this age and time, we can seldom see and behold. 

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

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

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

14. Aliwagwag Falls

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

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

15. Maasin River

Maasin River siargao tourist spots in mindanao

Maasin River is most famous for its picturesque river, especially the spot with the bent coconut tree extending over the river that you’ll usually see on those Instagram photos. There’s a rope attached to the tree where you can swing and plunge into the 6-ft. deep river. If you want an extraordinary trip, make sure you wouldn’t miss Maasin River as it’s one of the most beautiful places in Mindanao. 

How to get there: This tourist destination sa Mindanao is easily accessible and is best reached by driving along the main road (Siargao Circumferential Road). There are no signs along the road directing you to the Maasin River. You’ll know you’re almost there when you see a red bridge around 25 minutes from General Luna.

16. Coconut Mountain View

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When you see a photo of a traveler on the roadside with thousands of coconut trees in the background, you know it’s in Siargao. You can also head to the famous street where you’ll see hundreds of coconut trees lined up on both sides of the road that make a perfect IG spot! Don’t miss this tourist destination in Mindanao if you want a feed-worthy photo. 

17. Cape of San Agustin

Cape of San Agustin tourist spots in mindanao

Facing the great Celebes Sea, Cape of San Agustin mixes remains of the Spanish colonial rule and the beauty of the Philippine beaches. It is one of the best places in Mindanao where you can see amazing marine life. Many divers frequent this place because of the diving experience at the famous diving site known as “the wall.” Cape of San Agustin houses three lighthouses which offer equally breathtaking views of the sea. You can also visit an amazing rock formation called “the altar.”

How to get there: From Davao City, you can rent a van to reach Cape of San Agustin. Travel time will take around 4-5 hours.

18. Lake Sebu

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

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

19. Dahican Beach

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Dahican Beach is one of the most-visited Davao tourist spots. It’s popular for surfers, skimboarders, and beach bums, that offers a simple, unspoiled slice of paradise with a stunning crescent-shaped coastline and thrilling waves for an adrenaline rush. It’s like a place that walked out straight from a travel brochure Mindanao. So in case you need inspiration for your beauty of Mindanao sketch, Dahican Beach is the perfect setting.

How to get there: Outside Davao City airport, or at the Ecoland Transport Terminal, ride the Bachelor Express bus to Mati. You can also ride a van at Gaisano Mall or Victoria Plaza. From Mati City Bus Terminal, hire a habal-habal or tricycle to take you to Dahican Beach.

20. Philippine Eagle Center

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Another great Davao City tourist spot for animal-lovers is the Philippine Eagle Center. It is an 8.4-hectare area located at the foothills of Mt. Apo. The Philippine Eagle Center primarily operates as a conservation breeding facility for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle and other birds of prey.

How to get there: You can either take a van from the terminal in Bangkerohan (location on Google Maps) to take you up to the town of Calinan, where you can transfer to a tricycle that will take you to the “Water District”; the Philippine Eagle Center is a short walk from this point on.

Where to stay in Mindanao

When you’re done exploring the tourist spots in South Cotabato or other historical places in Mindanao, isn’t it so much better when you’re ending your day somewhere that feels like home? Here we’ve listed all the best budget hotels in Mindanao you can book.

ZEN Rooms LH Bri Lodge Siargao 

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Address: Tourism Road, Brgy. 2, General Luna, Siargao

Amenities: Baggage Storage, Designated Smoking Area, No Parking, Air Conditioning, Hot Shower, Free WiFi

Price from PHP 1,200/night

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ZEN Rooms Basti Siargao 

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Address: Poblacion 5, General Luna, Siargao

Amenities: Baggage Storage, Designated Smoking Area, Spa (Massage), No Parking, Air Conditioning, Hot Shower, Free WiFi

Price from PHP 4,000/night

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ZEN Rooms Garden Beach Siargao 

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Address: Poblacion 3, General Luna, Siargao

Amenities: Parking, Hotel Restaurant, Hotel Bar, Airport Shuttle (Extra Cost), Ironing Facilities (Extra Cost), Baggage Storage, Shared Lounge / TV Area, Laundry (Extra Cost), Dry Cleaning (Extra Cost), Designated Smoking Area, 24h Security, SPA (Massage), Air Conditioning, Hot Shower

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ZEN Rooms Roxas Avenue

ZEN Rooms Roxas Avenue

Address: M. Roxas Ave. Corner Padre Faura St., Davao City

Amenities: 24h Front Desk, 24h Room Service, Parking, Hotel Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Meeting Room (Extra Cost), Elevator, Ironing Facilities (Extra Cost), Concierge, Tour Desk, Baggage Storage, Designated Smoking Area, 24h Security, Air Conditioning, Hot Shower, Free WiFi

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Frequently Asked Questions About Tourist Spots in Mindanao

Q: What are the beautiful spots in Mindanao?

A: From beaches and waterfalls to lush greenery, you’ll surely have a great time exploring the beautiful places in Mindanao. We’ve rounded up all the best places in Mindanao we think you shouldn’t miss. 

  1. Island Garden City of Samal
  2. Cloud 9
  3. Magpupungko Rock Pools
  4. Hinatuan Enchanted River
  5. Naked Island
  6. Guyam Island
  7. Daku Island
  8. Sugba Lagoon
  9. Camiguin 
  10. Tinuy-an Falls
  11. Mt. Apo
  12. Tinago Falls
  13. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
  14. Aliwagwag Falls
  15. Maasin River
  16. Coconut Mountain View
  17. Cape of San Agustin
  18. Lake Sebu
  19. Dahican Beach
  20. Philippine Eagle Center

Q: Is Mindanao safe for tourists?

A: While there are parts in Mindanao that are dangerous due to political conflicts, there are other tourist spots in Mindanao that are very safe for tourists. 

Q: What are the best Davao tourist spots?

A: Whether you’re looking for Davao de Oro tourist spots or Davao del Sur attractions, we got you covered. Here’s a list of the most beautiful Davao tourist spots to check out. 

  1. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Island Garden City of Samal
  3. Aliwagwag Falls
  4. Cape of San Agustin
  5. Lake Carolina
  6. Dahican Beach
  7. Crocodile Park
  8. Philippine Eagle Center
  9. Mt. Apo
  10. San Victor Island

Q: What are the different regions where you find the best tourist spots?

A: If you’re asking what are the different regions where you find the best tourist spots in the Philippines, the short answer is all the regions! From Batanes to Jolo, there’s something for everyone that will satisfy wanderlust.

Q: Where is Tinago Falls located?

A: Tinago Falls is located in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte. This tourist spot in region 12 is one of the most beautiful.

Q: Is Siargao open for tourists? 

A: Siargao Island is now open for domestic tourists. The reopening was also confirmed by Mayor Cecilia Ruson of the municipality of General Luna, Surigao del Norte through a local executive order. Flights to Siargao will resume on December 1, the DOT said, allowing travelers from outside the region to visit the teardrop-shaped island through Sayak Airport near the barangays of Del Carmen and General Luna.

Source: Department of Tourism

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When someone mentions the Philippines, one can’t help but think of pristine beaches. Because after being recognized as the world’s best island several times already, how can you not? But it’s not just about beaches. With over 7,000 islands, there’s a perfect tourist spot in the Philippines that will satisfy every traveler’s wanderlust.

20 Most Loved Philippine Attractions by Travelers

From Luzon and Visayas to Mindanao, we’ve rounded up all the most beautiful Philippine attractions that won’t fail to impress you.

Read this travel guide to help you find the perfect tourist spot in the Philippines for an unforgettable trip.

20. Bacolod

the ruins bacolod tourist spot in the philippines

The capital of Negros Occidental, also known as the City of Smiles, is famous for its MassKara Festival, the delicious cuisine, hospitable locals, and the scenic Bacolod tourist spots

This city offers a rich culture and history with a mix of urban life that never fails to amaze its visitors. 

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

Bacolod Tourist Spots: 

The Ruins

Negros Museum

Balay Negrense

Mambukal Mountain Resort

San Sebastian Cathedral

Bernardino Jalandoni Museum

Pulang Tubig Falls

Best time to visit: During March to May (dry season) and October for the MassKara Festival.

How to get there: From Manila, book a direct flight bound for Bacolod.

19. Siquijor

cambugahay falls siquijor tourist spots philippines

Magic and mystery come to mind when someone hears Siquijor. While some stories could be true, the only magic you should look forward to is the one brought by the enchanting Siquijor tourist spots that will make you want to walk straight into a beautiful trap. 

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

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

Siquijor Tourist Spots:

Cambugahay Falls

Paliton Beach

Cantabon Cave

Old Enchanted Balete Tree

Siquijor Butterfly Sanctuary

Salagdoong Beach

San Juan Beach

Cang-isok House 

Sandugan Beach

St. Francis of Assisi Church

Best time to visit: March to May (dry season)

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

18. Baler

baler tourist spot in the philippines

Believed to be the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines, Baler in Aurora Province is getting the attention not just of local travelers but also foreigners. While Baler is popular for its sensational waves, surfing isn’t the only thing you can do in this town. You’ll surely find the perfect Baler tourist spot that will charm you.

Related article: Top Baler Surfing Spots You Need to Check Out to Catch Some Waves

Baler Tourist Spots:

Sabang Beach

Dicasalarin Cove

Diguisit Beach

Museo de Baler

Balete Park and Millennium Tree

Ermita Hill

Baler Town Plaza

Baler Catholic Church

Ditumabo Falls

Doña Aurora’s House

Zabali Hanging Bridge

Best time to visit: What’s great about surfing in Baler is that waves are present all year but the best Baler surfing season is from September to February.

How to get there: From Manila, ride the Joy Bus that will take you directly to Baler. You can also ride the Victory Liner bound for Cabanatuan but you’ll have to transfer to another bus to reach Baler. Travel time to Baler is 5 to 6 hours.

17. Sagada

hanging coffins in sagada philippines

Sagada, home to spectacular views and breathtaking natural wonders, is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines, especially for backpackers.

It’s also a popular soul-searching destination as the place offers sunny but cool weather, lush natural landscapes, and a sea of clouds that will let you think whether you’re still on Earth. This is where you’ll see 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.

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

Sagada Tourist Spots:

Echo Valley Hanging Coffins

Sagada Rice Terraces

Bomod-ok Falls

Bokong Falls

Sumaguing Cave

Lumiang Cave

Marlboro Hills

Mt. Kiltepan Viewpoint

Blue Soil Hills

Pongas Falls

Best time to visit: During the wet season (November to February) where you can expect temperatures to be as low as 4°C.

How to get there: From Manila, you can ride a bus bound for Baguio 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 the Sagada tourist spot you’re visiting.

Overall, travel time can take around 11 to 13 hours.

16. Zamboanga

pink sand beach zamboanga tourist spot in the philippines

The Philippines is not just all white and cream-colored beaches. In case you don’t know, Zamboanga boasts of its pink sand beach that definitely makes a perfect spot for Instagram snaps. This offbeat tourist spot in Mindanao has a lot of beautiful places waiting to be discovered.

Zamboanga Tourist Spots:

Merloquet Falls

Paseo del Mar

Pink Beach Zamboanga

Yakan Weaving Village

Pasonanca Park

Great Santa Cruz Island

Bayangan Island

Tagbilat Falls

Rizal Shrine

Best time to visit: March to May (dry season)

How to get there: From Manila, you can book a flight or ride a ferry bound for Zamboanga City.

15. Laguna

laguna tourist spot in the philippines

Because of its proximity to Manila, Laguna has become one of the favorite go-to destinations for weekend travelers. Just two to three hours away from Manila, you can already have your much-deserved staycation in Laguna! This province is home to so many natural wonders from waterfalls to hot springs. With this, any Laguna tourist spot is a no-fail.

Read also: 12 Fun Things to Do in Laguna for an Epic Adventure

Laguna Tourist Spots:

Seven Lakes

Lake Pandin

Bato Springs

Dampalit falls

Mt. Makiling

Enchanted Kingdom

Nuvali Park

Rizal Shrine

Republic Wakepark

Pagsanjan Falls

Hidden Valley Springs

Hulugan Falls

Best time to visit: March to May (dry season)

How to get there: From Manila, you can take a bus from Pasay, Cubao, or Buendia bound for Calamba or Santa Cruz. The travel time from Manila to Laguna is around 2 to 3 hours.

14. Rizal 

rizal tourist spot in the philippines

When planning for a quick getaway, our usual go-to destinations are Tagaytay and Batangas. But Rizal Province has equally stunning places that are worth the visit, too. In fact, some of the Rizal tourist spots are historical and have been featured in many travel shows and magazines already! This tourist spot in Luzon will give you the adventure of a lifetime.

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

Rizal Tourist Spots:

Hinulugang Taktak

Pinto Art Museum

Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

Masungi Georeserve

Daranak Falls

Batlag Falls

Tinipak River

Cloud 9 Antipolo

Pililla Wind Farm

Treasure Mountain

Best time to visit: All year

How to get there: From EDSA Starmall or Megamall in Mandaluyong, ride a van or jeep bound for Tanay. It will pass through different towns of Rizal like Antipolo, Teresa, Morong, Baras, and Tanay. This is the easiest and cheapest way on how to go to Tanay Rizal. For vans, the fare is PHP 80 while PHP 56 for jeeps.

13. Batangas

masasa beach batangas tourist spot in the philippines

Batangas’ stunning land and seascapes have long been enticing travelers to experience its beauty firsthand. It is a default destination for short and spontaneous getaways because it’s just two hours away from Manila. With many Batangas tourist spots to check out—from beaches, coves, and mountains—travelers will never get bored in this province.

Known for its iconic dive spots and stunning beaches, there is more to Batangas than a dose of vitamin sea. From the relaxing activities to heart-pumping things to do in Batangas, the province surely has a lot to offer for all types of travelers.

What’s even better is that Batangas is just two hours away from Manila, perfect for city dwellers in need of a quick getaway.

Related article: 10 Batangas Tourist Spots Perfect for Quick Getaways

Batangas Tourist Spots

Fortune Island

Laiya Beach

Anilao

Masasa Beach

Matabungkay Beach

Sepoc Beach

Caleruega Chapel

Mt. Batulao

Malabrigo Lighthouse 

Cape Santiago Lighthouse

Best time to visit: All year

How to get there: From Manila, Pasay, or Cubao, you can ride a bus or van bound for Batangas. Make sure to choose the right bus or van depending on your destination.

12. Tagaytay

picnic grove pasyalan sa tagaytay

Whether you’re on for an adventure or just want a quick escape from the busy city life, Tagaytay never fails to satisfy the traveler in you. With many Tagaytay tourist spots to see, yummy dishes to try, and fun experiences not to miss out on while enjoying the cool weather, you will definitely have the vacation you’ve been looking for.

That’s why it’s no wonder that Tagaytay is a favorite tourist spot in Luzon.

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

Tagaytay Tourist Spots:

Taal Volcano and Lake

Picnic Grove

People’s Park in the Sky

Sky Ranch

Museo Orlina

Puzzle Mansion

Sonya’s Garden

Mahogany Beef Market

Paradizoo

Tierra de Maria

Nurture Wellness Village

Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe

Best time to visit: All year

How to get there: From Manila, Pasay, or Cubao, ride a bus bound for Nasugbu and tell the driver to drop you off in Tagaytay. There are also some buses that travel to Tagaytay directly. 

11. Pampanga

mt. pinatubo magagandang tanawin sa luzon

If there’s something that Pampanga is known for, it’s their heavenly Kapampangan dishes that never fails to satisfy foodies. While being the Culinary Capital of the Philippines is enough to convince us to go there, you must also discover the best Pampanga tourist spot.

What’s even better is that Pampanga to Manila is just two hours away so it’s very accessible especially if you’re craving for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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

Pampanga Tourist Spots:

Mt. Pinatubo

Sandbox

Mt. Arayat National Park

Sky Ranch

Aqua Planet

Nayong Pilipino

Clark Museum and 4D Theatre

Zoocobia Fun Zoo

Pradera Verde

Dinosaurs Island

Best time to visit: March to May (dry season)

How to get there: Ride a bus bound for Olongapo and tell the driver to drop you off at San Fernando, Pampanga. You can also ride a Point-to-Point (P2P) bus from NAIA, Makati, Ortigas, and SM North Edsa bound for Pampanga but this is more expensive than the regular buses.

10. Bohol

chocolate hills bohol

Home to the iconic Chocolate Hills and the world’s smallest primates, Bohol is one of the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines. With its stunning Bohol tourist spots, it’s no wonder that travelers and locals alike couldn’t help but be amazed.

From historic sites and pristine beaches to waterfalls and a majestic cave, Bohol never fails to stun its visitors.

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

Bohol Tourist Spots:

Panglao Island

Chocolate Hills

Hinagdanan Cave

Loboc River

Bamboo Hanging Bridge

Man-Made Forest

Anda Beach

Blood Compact Shrine 

Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary

Danao Adventure Park 

Balicasag Island 

Baclayon Church

Dimiao Twin Waterfalls

Alona Beach

The Mirror of the World

Best time to visit: March to May (dry season)

How to get there: From Manila, book a direct flight bound for Bohol. If you’re coming from Cebu, just take a ferry to Bohol.

9. Manila 

intramuros makasaysayang lugar sa pilipinas

The city of Manila is a place that is both old and modern. With its rich history, almost all areas have become great tourist spots in Manila that everyone wants to visit. From the preserved architecture brought by Spanish colonialism to outstanding Filipino culture, Manila has everything you’d ask for!

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

Manila Tourist Spots:

Intramuros

Escolta

National Museum of the Philippines

Rizal Park

Manila Baywalk

San Agustin Church

Manila Cathedral

Fort Santiago

Manila Ocean Park

Dessert Museum

Binondo 

Best time to visit: All year

How to get there: From NAIA or other parts of Metro Manila, you can ride a bus, van or jeep going to Cubao and other parts of Manila. If you want a hassle-free commute, just book a Grab Car or taxi.

8. Ilocos

vigan tourist spot in the philippines

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

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

Ilocos Tourist Spots:

Paoay Church

Calle Crisologo

Syquia Mansion Museum

RG Jar Factory

Bantay Church Bell Tower

Baluarte Resort

Vigan Cathedral

Crisologo Museum

Plaza Salcedo

Ilocos Sur Adventure Zone

Mindoro Beach of Vigan

Malacañang of the North

Tirad Pass

Pagudpud Beach

Best time to visit: March to May (dry season)

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

7. Camiguin

camiguin sandbar tourist spot in the philippines

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 a favorite travel destination.

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

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

Camiguin Tourist Spots:

White Island Camiguin

Mantigue Island Nature Park

Sunken Cemetery

Tuasan Falls

Katibawasan Falls

Guiob Church Ruins

Burias Shoal

Sto. Niño Cold Spring

Soda Water Swimming Pool

Mt. Hibok-Hibok

Ardent Hot Spring

Camiguin Aviation

Taguines Lagoon

Treasures Camiguin

Tungatok Viewdeck 

Best time to visit: March to May (dry season)

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

6. Ifugao

banaue rice terraces tourist spot in the philippines

One of the most famous Philippine attractions is Ifugao Province where you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage Site Banaue Rice Terraces. But it’s not just the Banaue Rice Terraces you should look forward to because there are many other places in Ifugao that will teach you the traditional way of life and culture.

Ifugao Tourist Spots:

Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Viewpoint

Batad Rice Terraces

Hungduan Rice Terraces

Bangaan Rice Terraces

Hapao Rice Terraces

Tappiya Falls

Hanging Bridge

Bogyah Hot Spring

Best time to visit: April to June

How to get there: From Manila, ride a bus bound for Banaue. Travel time takes around 9 hours

5. Siargao

cloud 9 siargao philippine tourism news

Other than Siargao surfing, you’ll likely fall for this teardrop-shaped island’s pristine white beaches, coconut woodlands, the clearest waters you’ve ever seen, and the sensational towering waves, as soon as you set your foot there. 

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

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

Siargao Tourist Spots:

Guyam Island

Naked Island

Daku Island

Magpupungko Rock Pools

Coconut Street

Cloud 9

Sugba Lagoon

Maasin River

Best time to visit: March to May; October to November

How to get there: From Manila, you can book a flight or board a ferry bound for Siargao.

4. Cebu

oslob cebu tourist spot in the philippines

Cebu is a melting pot for food, arts, culture, religion, and island life in the Philippines. The province does not disappoint its visitors with its amazingly beautiful Cebu tourist spots and fun activities to try.

Dubbed as the Queen City of the South, Cebu offers a unique travel experience as it is a place where city and paradise meet.

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

Cebu Tourist Spots:

Oslob

Bantayan Island

Malapascua Island

Kawasan Falls

Simala Shrine

Temple of Leah

Sirao Flower Garden

Pescador Island

Magellan’s Cross

Fort San Pedro

Best time to visit: January (for Sinulog Festival); March to May (dry season)

How to get there: From Manila, book a direct flight going to Cebu.

3. Boracay

white beach boracay tourist spot in the philippines

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

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

Boracay Tourist Spots:

White Beach

Crystal Cove Island

Bulabog Beach

Diniwid Beach

Puka Shell Beach

D’Mall

Ariel’s Point

Mount Luho

Ilig-Iligan Beach

Willy’s Rock

Best time to visit: March to May (dry season)

How to get there: From Manila, book a direct flight going to Caticlan or Kalibo, Aklan. Upon arrival at the airport, you must ride a ferry bound for Boracay.

2. Batanes

racuh a payaman batanes

Breathtaking views, fascinating and rich culture, and kind locals—these pretty much sums up why travelers dream of visiting Batanes. This province may be the smallest in the Philippines but it sure has a lot to offer when it comes to majestic scenery thanks to the jaw-dropping Batanes tourist spots.

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

Batanes Tourist Spots:

Racuh A Payaman (Marlboro Country)

Alapad Hill and Rock Formation

Basco Lighthouse

Tayid Lighthouse

Honesty Coffee Shop

Morong Beach

Valugan Boulder Beach

House of Dakay

Savidug Stone Houses

Mt. Carmel Chapel

Vayang Rolling Hills

Chawa View Deck

Best time to visit: March to May (dry season); June (for Batanes Day)

How to get there: 

1. Palawan

kayangan lake coron palawan

Topping our list of the most beautiful tourist spots in the Philippines is none other than Palawan. 

With the undeniable beauty of Palawan, it has already become a regular on the list of the world’s best islands of international travel magazines. Of course, this doesn’t come as a surprise. From the clear blue-green waters of lagoons and colorful reefs to pristine white beaches, what more can you ask for? The Palawan tourist spot has been the talk of the town, the world rather, because of its magnificent charm.

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

Puerto Princesa Tourist Spots:

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center

Baker’s Hill

Honda Bay

Cowrie Island

 

El Nido Beaches:

Hidden Beach

Nacpan Beach

Twin Beach

Marimegmeg Beach

Las Cabañas Beach

 

Coron Tourist Spots:

Kayangan Lake

Twin Lagoons

Barracuda Lake

Malcapuya Island

Siete Pecados Marine Park

Mt. Tapyas

Calauit Island Safari

Best time to visit: March to May (dry season)

How to get there: From Manila, there are flights that travel directly to all parts of Palawan but for El Nido, it’s more expensive.

Finding the best tourist spot in the Philippines is easy but leaving them is hard. With their unique features, interesting stories about them, and the friendly locals who take good care to preserve its beauty, a trip to the Philippines will surely be one for the books.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tourist Spot in the Philippines

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

A: From Luzon and Visayas to Mindanao, here are the most beautiful Philippines tourist attractions that won’t fail to impress you.

  1. Palawan
  2. Batanes
  3. Boracay
  4. Cebu
  5. Siargao
  6. Ifugao 
  7. Camiguin
  8. Ilocos
  9. Manila 
  10. Bohol
  11. Pampanga
  12. Tagaytay
  13. Batangas
  14. Rizal 
  15. Laguna
  16. Zamboanga
  17. Sagada
  18. Baler
  19. Siquijor
  20. Bacolod 

 

Q: What is the most beautiful tourist spot in Luzon?

A: Luzon is full of beautiful places to visit. Among these are:

  • Intramuros
  • Mt. Kiltepan Viewpoint
  • Anawangin Cove
  • Mayon Volcano
  • Taal Volcano
  • Tinipak River
  • Mt. Pinatubo
  • Puerto Princesa Underground River
  • Racuh A Payaman 
  • Big Lagoon
  • Small Lagoon
  • Kayangan Lake
  • Banaue Rice Terraces 

 

Q: Why is the Philippines the best tourist attraction destination?

A: The Philippines is a great place to travel to because of its pristine islands that have been recognized as the world’s best by international travel magazines; its historical sites; delicious cuisine; and of course, the hospitable locals.

 

Q: What is the famous food in the Philippines?

A: After exploring the Philippines tourist attractions, make sure to try some of the best and most popular Filipino food:

  1. Adobo
  2. Sinigang
  3. Kare-Kare
  4. Sisig
  5. Lechon
  6. Bulalo
  7. Kansi
  8. Chicken Inasal
  9. Halo-Halo
  10. Suman

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