Just a mention of the Philippines brings to mind virginal sandy beaches and lush surroundings. True, but there’s more to this island country than just popular beaches. Here are the top 15 lesser-known but amazing tourist attractions in the Philippines you must visit.


El Nido

El Nido, in Palawan, has some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches, lagoons, and azure waters. You can swim, snorkel, kayak, or go on island hopping tours.

Zamboanga City

Zamboanga city is home to many interesting attractions such as the Pink Sand Beach of Sta. Cruz Islands, Zamboanga City Hall, Plaza Pershing, Fort Pilar, and Pasonanca Park.

National Museum of the Philippines

Located in Manila, the museum contains cultural and historical artefacts, paintings, prehistoric artefacts, and sculptures that can be seen only in textbooks.    

Calaguas Island

Visit the island to relax by the beachside. The indigenous nipa huts, super fine sands, and crystal clear waters are truly enchanting. Or else try volleyball, Frisbee, trekking, beach-combing, island-hopping, and bird-watching.


Intramuros is a 400-year old historical and educational attraction, housing the San Agustin Church, Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago, and antique canyons and ruins.

Batanes Islands

A visit to Banates Islands will leave you awe-struck with sights of serene rolling hills, tall lighthouses, picture-perfect coastlines, hidden coves, and a pleasant weather to boot.


Have a unique experience exploring the well-preserved Spanish colonial mansions and architecture at the historic city of Vigan. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Malapascua Island

A popular destination in Cebu, Malapascua Island has beautiful beaches and offers the memorable experience of diving alongside thresher sharks.


If you don’t mind visiting isolated spots to enjoy tourist attractions in their raw state, then Tawi-Tawi is the place to be. This collection of 107 islands and islets is blessed with picturesque scenery, pristine beaches, and untapped diving sites.

Nagsasa Cove

Hike to the Nagsasa Cove to view vibrant sunrise and sunset against the backdrop of the sea as well as hills.

Hinatuan Enchanted River

Surigao Del Sur is famous for the Enchanted River in Hinatuan. The river is popular because of its mysterious origins and the clear blue waters have a depth of 80 feet at places.

Mayon Volcano

Mount Mayon is an active volcano that looks like a perfect cone-shaped hill, earning it a rank in the world’s most photogenic volcanoes by CNN Travel.

Chocolate Hills

Get enchanted by the sight of over a thousand hills spread across Bohol, which turn chocolatey brown during the dry season.

Taal Volcano

The Taal Volcano Island is surrounded by the picturesque Taal Lake offering. It is also a popular spot for picnics, horse riding, and zip lining.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Located in Palawan, the park is another designated World Heritage Site. It is home to the world’s longest navigable underground river, with cave systems and underground waterfalls.

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