Beautiful Places In The Philippines

Beautiful Places In Philippines
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The Philippines is an archipelagic state located in Southeast Asia. Because it has over 7,000 islands and 81 provinces, visitors to the country may find it difficult to see the main tourist destinations in the country. Proper planning is needed in order to see the top spots in the country. Below is a list to help you plan out what beautiful places in the Philippines — from the highlands to the islands — to include in your itinerary when you visit this Southeast Asian state.

1. Mount Apo — Mindanao

The Ring of Mt. Apo
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Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines, with an elevation of 3,144 meters (9,692 ft) above sea level. Bordering Davao City, it has a number of entry points, the most popular probably the Kidapawan Trail. Make sure to pay the necessary fees and get the permits before hitting the trails. Along the day, hikers can see a variety of beautiful spots, including but not limited to waterfalls, lakes, and rich flora and fauna. If they’re lucky, they may even spot wild boars or even the magnificent Philippine eagle while traversing the trails on the way to the top. About three days are needed to get from the base to the summit, which features seven peaks.

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2. Batanes Island — Cagayan Valley Region

Batanes Protected Landscapes and Seascapes Sabtang Island Cove
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Beautiful natural attractions, unspoiled islands, and a rich culture. All three can be found in Batanes, an island group that makes up the northernmost province in the Philippines. Because of its relative isolation, the isles are relatively unspoiled. The larger islands feature verdant rolling hills and cliffs that provide people with fantastic views of the ocean and the white sand beaches. Lovers of culture and history will appreciate learning more about the Ivatans, the islands’ natives.

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The northernmost group of islands in the Philippines has breathtaking landscapes in every corner. Every landscape should be on a nature photographer's bucket list. Best time to visit is from March to May when not much rain is expected so you can enjoy a tour around the island.
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3. Calaguas Islands — Camarines Norte

Calaguas Island
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Calaguas, an island group in the province of Camarines Norte, is about a two-hour boat ride away from the mainland. The relatively long trip is worth it, as travelers will be treated to unspoiled beaches and crystal-clear waters. Unlike before where the isles are stripped bare, there are now resorts where guests can stay. Camping, however, remains an option for those who want to rough it. Make sure to check the weather reports before heading to the islands, because waves can get rough, especially starting August.

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4. Mahogany Forest — Bohol

Man-made Forest, Bilar, Bohol
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The road actually traverses the man-made mahogany forest of Bohol, so accessing it is easy. In fact, it’s usually along the route of tour companies that take guests to the famous Chocolate Hills. The 2-kilometer (1.24-mile) stretch of road features mahogany trees that are roughly the same size, their verdant canopy providing welcome shade from the hot sun of Bohol.

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Photos of the Mahogany Forest in Bohol, also known as Bilar Man-Made Forest, shared by content creator from the Philippines, Johnny.

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5. Tubbataha Reef — Cagayancillo

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Considered as one of the best dive sites in the world, the coral reefs of Tubbataha Reef serve as the home of a variety of aquatic life. Besides different types of fish, each one more colorful than the last, this area also serves as the home of sea turtles, sharks, and manta rays. If you want to explore the depths of Tubbataha Reef, make sure to head to the marine sanctuary between April and June, because this period is when the waters are calmest.

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6. Batad Rice Terraces — Batad

Batad Rice Terraces
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Dubbed by Filipinos as the “eighth wonder of the world”, the rice terraces were carved from the mountains 2,000 years ago by the local tribes without the aid of modern implements. Resembling giant stairs, this area continues to be used as rice fields by the residents. The highest part of the terraces is about 1,500 meters (4,920 ft). While here, be sure to learn more about the history and culture of the residents of the Ifugao province, the natives in the area.

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7. Bantayan Island — Northwest of Cebu

Sugar Beach Bantayan
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Bantayan Island is a good alternative if you want to enjoy spending time on a white sand beach but also want to veer away from the crowds. While the isle has become more popular over the years, it still draws fewer crowds compared to Boracay, making this a good choice for those who prefer peace and quiet over parties. The crystalline waters are child-friendly, as they are relatively shallow and don’t suddenly plunge into unknown depths.

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8. Merloquet Falls — Zamboanga City

The Majestic Merloquet Falls, Zamboanga City
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Out of all the attractions in this list, Merloquet Falls is probably the least known, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not worth a look. The road trip to get here may be a bit long — it is located 78 km (48 mi) away from Zamboanga City — but travelers will be rewarded with magnificent views of the pristine falls. It features two tiers, each of which has its own kind of charm. Do note that food and drinks are not allowed here to help keep the surrounding area clean. Getting here entails traversing a steep path, so this may not be an ideal destination for those who have mobility issues.

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9. Palaui Island — Cagayan

Palaui Island Cape Engano Lighthouse
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Lying on the northeastern part of the Luzon group of islands, Palaui is proof that something beautiful can still emerge from tragic circumstances. Made mainly from volcanic debris, the small island was shaped by the wind and the waves, which continue to batter the area. Nonetheless, it remains a tropical paradise, featuring white sand beaches, a waterfall, and even a lighthouse. Currently, there are no hotels or resorts on the island, but there are various homestays where you can spend the night if you want to go camping while in Palaui.

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10. Mayon Volcano - Luzon

Mayon Volcano
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Considered by many as the crowning glory of the Bicol region, the Mayon volcano is known for its perfect cone shape. Rising 2,400 meters(8,000 feet) above sea level, it is also one of the most active and destructive volcanoes in the country, having erupted roughly 50 times in the past 500 years. There are a variety of activities that travelers can enjoy doing when the Mayon Volcano is calm, including but not limited to hiking, camping, and bird watching. Make sure to consult with the local tourism office prior to climbing it.

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Beauty in the isles

These picturesque beaches and islands, rich aquatic life, and awe-inspiring agriculture wonders barely scratch the tip of the beautiful attractions — both natural and man-made — that the Philippines has to offer. Before heading to the country, make sure to plan your itinerary so you can plot the top sites to visit in your list so you don’t miss out on seeing the beauty that this small yet beautiful archipelago has to offer.

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