Top 5 Most Beautiful and Can’t Miss Places in the Philippines
By Claire Marie Algarme of First-time Travels
The Philippines is one country that is rich in natural resources. With 7,107 islands, you will find long stretches of beaches, great snorkeling and diving spots, breathtaking waterfalls, and diverse flora and fauna species. The archipelago has so many best kept secrets that continue to amaze travelers and tourists.
Not many may put the Philippines in their itinerary. But when you do, make sure that you never miss these five beautiful places:
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Photo By Storm Crypt
There is good reason why this spot on earth made it to the 7 Natural Wonders of the World finalists. The green water at the mouth of the cave is enough to entice you to explore what is hidden under those mountains. The rock formations inside the river never fail to wow every visitor. The underground river has a sense of mystery that attracts every adventurist into its bosom.
Banaue Rice Terraces
The cascading rice paddies were formed by tribal groups long ago. As our modern world give way to technology, the Banaue rice terraces stand as a living testament of the ingenuity of Filipinos. It’s not only the scenic landscape, but also the cool weather, the rich culture, and the interesting people that make a rewarding trek to Banaue.
Coron’s Kayangan Lake
Start out with some island hopping to the beautiful limestone formations at Coron Bay, then trek a hill to descend towards a refreshing view of the Kayangan Lake. Coron is just one of the many pieces of paradise in the Philippines. One will never resist a swim in the giant natural pool that Kayangan offers.
Because flights are infrequent to this northernmost province, not many has set foot in this typhoon stricken group of islands. The lush rolling hills and rugged cliffs provide a beautiful vista of the raging waves below. The fishing villages have somehow preserved its traditional architecture. And if you are out to locate a Honesty Café, you might just be lucky to find it in this corner of the earth.
Borne out of corals and mysterious earth formations, Bohol’s Chocolate Hills have always been a wonder to many. During the hot season, the hills turn brown like chocolate kisses. But when the weather is fine, the green mounds are a majestic sight to travelers. Such landscape could not be found anywhere else in the world, so be sure to make this part of your itinerary.
There is still a long list of beautiful must-visit places in the Philippines. Yet, you can go home content should you choose these five destinations. Of course, don’t forget to head to the beaches or visit the other smaller islands. You’ll never know what you’ll discover in your exploration of this tropical country.
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Claire Algarme loves to travel and capture her adventures through photos and writing. Her blog features places she has visited, particularly those in the Philippines.
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