Studded with more than 7000 islands, Philippines is nothing short of a tropical utopia. From gorgeous beaches, soaring volcanoes and mysterious caves to underwater rivers and lush rice terraces, the country teems with diverse natural wonders. While covering all of this unspoilt country in a go may not seem practical, here are the tourist spots that find place in most of the itineraries.
This conical volcano is counted among the most picturesque volcanoes in the world and is an unbelievable place to discover. Located on Luzon Island, it is 2462 meters high and is one prime tourist destination in Philippines. You can have a unique adventurous experience hiking any of the several beautiful nature trails present around the volcano. These trails take you through dense forest; and you can also take ATV tours. A trek to the summit is also possible; however, it is a difficult one and requires a special permit.
Puerto Princesa Underground River, Palawan
Palawan Island is home to an intriguing natural wonder, the underground river that runs below the ground for around 8 km. A full day boat tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a breathtaking experience. As you make your way through this winding limestone karst cave system, you will be astounded by the beauty of the age old stalagmite and stalactite formations. The guides usually do a great job at providing information about the intricate details of the caves, especially the things you wouldn’t even notice.
Banaue Rice Terraces
The exceptional rice terraces in Banaue are beyond just visual treats. More than 2000 years old, these terraces were stacked and carved by locals without the help of any machinery. The jaw dropping views of the terraces are perfect for photographers, especially during sunrise and sunset. To catch a perfect view, you can stop at one of the viewpoints present along the road that takes you to the terraces.
The Batanes Islands
Batanes is a group of 10 northernmost islands known for their raw natural beauty. The dramatic landscapes of these islands include rolling hills, extinct volcanoes, velvety green meadows, white sand beaches fringed with crystal clear waters, turquoise lagoons, and more. Only 3 out of these islands are permanently inhabited. While here, exploring these quaint settlements and trying out the local cuisine are must dos. The best time to visit Batanes is from March to June.
Chocolate Hills, Bohol
A bizarre and popular tourist attraction in Philippines, it is just a wonderful spot to appreciate the unique and picturesque landscape dotted with endless conical hills. Located on the Bohol Island, these hills are spread over an area of 50 square kilometres and are covered in green grasses. The grasses turn brownish during the dry season which makes the hills look like they are giant chocolate hills. The best place to get a 360 degree panoramic view of the hills is atop a viewing deck present in a town named Carmen.