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Top places to travel in the Philippines? Planning for a future trip can be the best way to pass time in 2020 and let’s face it, it will be 2021 in no time! Do you have any travel plans and goals? If not yet, then you must consider the Philippines. It has over 7,000 majestic islands, pristine beaches, delicious Filipino dishes, and hospitable locals. It indeed lived up to its tagline, “It’s more fun in the Philippines!”

Top Places To Travel In The Philippines

Here are the Top Places to Travel in the Philippines:

  1. Coron

Coron is a must-see place in the Philippines and has to be number one on my list of the top places to travel in the Philippines. You will be awed with its breath-taking sights, especially when you visit the Kayangan Lake, one of the most-photographed sights that best represents Coron. The fastest way to get to this awesome island is to fly from Manila to Busuanga. 

  1. El Nido

Want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of your city? Social media detox? If you plan to take a break later this year, then El Nido is the perfect place of choice. This remote island offers amazing lagoons, beaches, hundreds of kinds of fishes species, and corals. Two things to keep in mind when planning a trip to El Nido are:

  • Bring enough cash because their ATMs run out of money quite rapidly.
  • The best time to visit this place is during summertime, around March to May so you could plan for 2021. To get to this island, take a plane from Manila to Puerto Princesa. From Puerto Princesa, catch a bus to El Nido. It will take about 4-6 hours to reach this beautiful destination. Alternatively you can also fly directly into a small airport in El Nido but it will be more expensive.
  1. Siargao

Siargao recently became famous and you’ll see why once you get there. It has amazing wonders most especially to surfers. Cloud 9 highly attracts not only Filipinos but also other people from different parts of the world. Cloud 9 in Siargao will surely wow you with its picturesque view and best waves. For you to arrive at this stunning island, you should book a trip from Manila to Cebu, then Cebu to Siargao. You can also find direct flights from Manila to Siargao but it’s about double the price compared to coming from Cebu.

  1. Cebu City

Renowned as “Queen City of the South”, Cebu has thousands of experiences prepared for its tourists. This is the true home of the best Lechon (roasted pork) and the best beaches in the country. A trip to Cebu won’t be complete without immersing yourself in its rich history. Magellan’s Cross, to name one. Excited to see Cebu? It takes only approximately 45 minutes to an hour to reach this glorious city. You could book a direct flight from Manila to Cebu. 

  1. Malapascua

Malapascua is one of the best remote islands in Cebu. It is well-known for its world-class diving spots and thresher sharks. It’s a 4-hour trip from Cebu, but the travel is all worth it. To arrive on this island, take a plane from Manila to Cebu, then a bus from Cebu to Maya Port. You can also hire a private driver like we did from a company called Klook for roughly 3000 PHP. From the port, take a boat to Malapascua.

  1. Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island was the setting of one Filipino movie entitled, Camp Sawi (Camp for the Broken-hearted). Since then, many tourists (even those who are happily taken) visit Bantayan Island. It’s famous for its serene beach and wide white sand. Just a perfect place to relax and spend quality time with yourself and loved ones. From Manila, take a plane to Cebu, then board a bus to Hagnaya Port. It will take about 4 hours. From Hagnaya Port, take a ferry to Santa Fe Port. 

  1. Oslob

Is it possible to swim with the whale sharks? It sounds terrifying, but yes, you can experience this in Oslob! This activity will cost you about $20 USD and is only good for 30 minutes. Book a plane from Manila to Cebu. From Cebu, take a 3-hour bus ride to Oslob.

  1. Batanes

Deemed “The New Zealand” of the Philippines, Batanes will take your breath away! This place is a dream destination of every Filipino (and foreigner, for sure). There is so much to see in Batanes that will make you want to stay. Thrilled? You can explore Batanes by booking a flight from Manila to Basco.

  1. Dumaguete

Dumaguete was named after a Cebuano word dagit which means “to snatch”. Surely, this place would capture your heart because of its people. Dumaguete is a bustling urban place that’s known as the City of Gentle People. Dumagueteños are extremely friendly and they have a sweet Visayan accent. If you want to see if it gently captures your heart, then the quickest way to get to this beautiful city is to fly directly from Manila to Dumaguete.

  1. Apo Island

You might want a different kind of adventure. Then try to visit Apo Island. The 12-hectare volcanic island is known to have some of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the Philippines, pristine white coral-sand beaches, and a friendly community. They also have a protected marine sanctuary where you can see 650 different species of fish. To get to this lovely island, fly from Manila to Dumaguete. From Dumaguete, take a bus going to Zamboanguita, then from there, ride a boat jetty to Apo Island. Alternatively you can book a day trip from Dumaguete and do a snorkeling trip which will take you to Apo island for the day.

  1. Balabac

If you want to enjoy peace and tranquility, then visit Balabac. This raw and secluded paradise will amaze you. Balabac is the home of the pinkest sand in the Philippines, Camiaran. This island is also a frequent nesting place of sea turtles and birds. To get to this paradise, fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa, then ride a tricycle going to San Jose Terminal. From the terminal, ride a shuttle (van) to Rio Tuba then take a passenger ferry to Balabac. I plan on visiting Balabac on my next Philippines trip as it’s known to be the the top (super) remote place to visit in the Philippines.

12. Caramoan

Caramoan is remote and its beauty speaks for itself. Since it’s so remote you will not see many other tourists and you’ll be able to experience the Philippines in the best way possible! We stayed at Tugawe Cove Resort when we went and felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. It was one of the most unique spots i’ve stayed since we had these huts on a lake that looked out onto the ocean. Doing day trips to the other islands is the main source of entertainment aside from relaxing in the sun. There are a few ways to get to Caramoan.We took a flight from Manila to Virac which runs 3 times a week. Then our resort organized transfer from there which was a 45 minute car ride to a port in Caramoan and a 20 minute boat ride across to Caramoan peninsul a where the resort was located. The other ways to get here are:

  • Metro bus takes 12.5 hours
  • Fly to Naga and then take a 2-hour boat
  • Drive from Legazpi and then take a 1.5-hour boat

13. Kalanggaman Island

This island is a must visit place when going to the Philippines. It is the most beautiful island I’ve personally every been to and you can get here from a day trip from Malapascua. We booked a day trip for 900 PHP with an additional 500 PHP entrance fee. It took us 2 hours to get to Kalanggaman from Malapascua and the fee also included lunch. If you are still hungry there is also a small snack stand on the island you could get additional food and drinks. The other way to get here is from Leyte and if you’re feeling adventurous you can even sleep overnight. There are huts that allows you to stay on Kalanggaman Island past sunset and wake up with the ocean at your feet.

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