Top 10 Vacation Spots in the Philippines

Top 10 Vacation Spots in the PhilippinesWhen planning a trip to the Philippines, you never run out of activities no matter where your travel. Outdoor enthusiasts should schedule time to head to Subic Bay for board sailing, skydive in Tanauan, Batangas, mountain biking on the Boracay Island or go rockclimbing in Wawa Gorge, Montalban. (Pictured: Siargao island, Philippines)

Boracay Island

Many flock to the Philippines' Boracay Island, a beautiful vacation spot with a white sandy beach and crystal blue waters. When you walk along the beach barefoot, the fine sand feels similar to baby powder. Boracay Island offers plethora of outdoor activities, such as boardsailing, windsurfing and sailboating. You can sample Filipino and international cuisine in most of the Island hotels and resorts where you can order marinated raw fish in spicy vinegar or charbroiled chicken, a common dish. After a day of your outdoor excursion, you can lounge on the beach or schedule a massage at Madala Spa.


Siquijor Island

Siquijor Island consist of numerous hills and mountains with 102 kilometers of white sandy beaches. Outdoor enthusiasts explore the Cantabog Cave, numerous springs and climb Mount Bandilaan. You can fish in the Siquijor Sea or Bohol Strait. Since the Siquijor island is a coral island, you can dive in the sea to explore the reefs and swim among the marine life. While visiting the island, take a trip to view St. Francis de Assisi Church and St. Isidore. This marine reserve island spoils its visitors with the hospitality of its people.


Another vacation spot is Batangas, best known for the Taal Volcano, the world's smallest volcano, and fabulous diving places. Batangas is located south of the capital Manila and has numerous activities for outdoor lovers, such as trekking Mt. Maculot, diving in the coral gardens of Sepok and snorkeling at Bonete. While exploring the island, you can schedule time to visit the skydiving capital of the Philippines, Tanauan, a Batangas' town.


Rizal is the nearest eastern neighbor to the Philippines of Manila. Rizal gained a reputation for being the "Cradle of Philippine Art," where numerous artists dwell. Rizal province is composed of 26 towns, including Pasig, Taytay, Paranaque and Cainta. You can swim in the flowing water of the Batlag Falls, view the Laguna Lake and trek the mountains of Susong Dulaga.


The "Queen City of the South," Cebu City is a thriving city which comes second to the bustling Manila metropolis. When you visit you can walk along the white sand underneath the swaying palm trees. The Malapascual Island in Cebu is ideal for a fun day of swimming. A place for divers to interact with vibrant reef fish is Pannagsama Beach. A place for bird watchers to travel is Olango Island in Cebu where you can see migrating birds en route to Australia. You can travel to Cebu through the year since there is no definite wet or dry season.

Siargao Island (pictured at top)

Siargao Island is noted for international surfing events annually. When you visit Siargao Island you can join hundreds in catching the powerful waves. You will notice the numerous caves and tunnels on the island for instance the half water-submerged Suhoton Cove, which is only accessible in low tide. Kayak enthusiasts can travel along the coast and view a variety of marine life.


Most visitors go to Pagudpud for the white sandy beach, strong winds and mighty water waves. Pagudpud is best known for wind and wave surfing. You can kayak in the Bulu River, near the town Adams, however you must bring your own equipment since there are no nearby rental businesses. As a visitor you can secure a permit from the Mayor's office to visit the Pasuquin Cave, which is 45 minutes from the town proper along a dirt road.

Oriental Mindoro

The Oriental Mindoro is home to Puerto Galera, one of the world's most beautiful natural harbors. Oriental Mindoro is renown for spectacular white beaches, beautiful coral reefs and fabulous dive sites. While walking along the beach you can view crabs, sea anemones, trumpet fish and moray in the shallow water. You are able to climb Mt. Halcon, the Philippines' highest peak. In addition, the Oriental Mindoro offers many night spots, which are popular for an exciting social night.


Palawan is a game reserve and a sanctuary for exotic African animals and the country's endangered animals. Visitors are amazed at the 98-nautical mile Tabbattaha Reefs, located near the Sula Sea where turkey fish, anemones, crabs, bat fish and cat sharks call home. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the coral reefs of Coron Bay in Northern Palawan, where explorations of a Japanese shipwreck and colorful marine life are available. When making plans, include Honda Bay, a diving spot for local residents and tourists, on you list.


Another vacation spot with clear blue water and sandy white beaches is Zambales. Zambales is home to the best diving along the coast, Subic Bay. Diving enthusiasts may visit the sunken freighter of El Capitan or the oldest shipwreck in Subic, the San Quentin. Zambales offers visitors the opportunity to travel to Mt. Pinatubo when exploring the land. Also, while you stay, taste the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines.

Article Written By Kyla Chele Cambrooke

Kyla Chele Cambrooke has written content and radio commercials since 1999. Her work appears on Real Beauty, Dexknows WEDDINGS and Bed & Breakfast Inns Online. She has been a part of "S.I. KIDS," "People en Espanol," "Association Meetings" and "Stitch." She covers beauty, footwear, weddings and accessories. Cambrooke attended the University of Maryland in the Bachelor of Arts program focusing on communication studies.

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