Our list of top attractions in the Philippines puts to the test the adage, “They say it’s more fun in the Philippines.” Therefore, we hope our carefully chosen destinations, from Luzon, Visayas, to Mindanao, will not only help make your mind up but also encourage you to experience the beauty of the Philippines for yourself.
|Banaue Rice Terraces||1|
|Batanes: Basco Lighthouse & Vayang Rolling Hills||2|
|Ilocos Norte: Paoay Sand Dunes||3|
|Subic: Zoobic Safari||4|
|Palawan: Calauit Safari Park||5|
|Intramuros: Bambike Tour||6|
|Manila Ocean Park||7|
|Cebu: Kawasan Falls Canyoneering||8|
|Siargao: Cloud 9||9|
|Tarlac: Mt. Pinatubo Day Tour||10|
|Cagayan De Oro: White Water Rafting||11|
|Bohol: Loboc River Cruise||12|
|Camarines Norte: Calaguas Islands Tour||13|
|Cagayan De Oro: Dahilayan Adventure Park 14||14|
|Cagayan De Oro: Paragliding at Sierra del Oro||15|
|Surigao Del Sur: Hinatuan Enchanted River ||16|
|Surigao Del Norte: Sohoton Cove||18|
1. Batanes: Basco Lighthouse & Vayang Rolling Hills
Batanes is an archipelagic province in the northernmost part of the Philippines. If you want to view the West Philippine Sea, all you have to do is climb the observation deck of the Basco Lighthouse. As a bonus, you also get to see the whole of Batan Island including Mount Iraya.
If the magnificent views from the lighthouse leave you wanting more, then we suggest hiking through Vayang Rolling Hills. Here you will be treated to unobstructed views of the beautiful Mount Iraya, and the islands of Batan, Sabtang, and Itbayat.
2. Banaue Rice Terraces
Number 2 in our Top Attractions in the Philippines is the rice terraces in the mountainous regions of Ifugao, hand-built over 2,000 years ago. Their purpose back then was to solve the problem of growing rice on the sloops of mountains. This ingenious way of cultivating mountainous land has resulted in Banaue Rice Terraces becoming a top attraction.
3. Ilocos Norte: Paoay Sand Dunes
Are you interested in sandboarding? Or maybe you have always fancied driving a dune buggy? Well, if your answer is a resounding, yes! Then a visit to Paoay Sand dunes is a must! But don’t worry if it is your first time rallying around the dunes, because there are plenty of instructors to make sure your experience is fun and safe. And, if the pace is a bit too furious, you can always just chill and admire the spectacular arid landscape.
4. Subic: Zoobic Safari
Zoobic Safari is the only Tiger Safari in the Philippines. Located in the forest of Subic Bay. Zoobic allows you to meet wonderful animals up close while also promoting awareness of their species. For the thrill-seeker, you can also have a close encounter with the biggest members of the cat family.
5. Palawan: Calauit Safari Park
Declared as a wildlife sanctuary and game preserve in 1977 Calauit Safari Park is home to various species of exotic African and endemic Palawan flora and fauna. On this island, you will see hundreds of giraffes, elans, waterbucks, Calamian deers, monkeys, freshwater crocodiles, zebras, bearcats, bushbuck, and a variety of birds that roam freely.
6. Manila Ocean Park
The Manila Ocean Park is an oceanarium located behind the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park. Home to over 14,000 marine creatures from 277 species, all of which must be noted is indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Its sheer size and diversity make it one of the world’s most eclectic public aquariums. Need we say more? Come visit the Manila Ocean Park when you get to Manila.
7. Intramuros: Bambike Tour
Have you ever wanted to cycle around Intramuros’ historical neighborhoods and famed walled areas? Well if you have then you will have to cycle like a local on traditional bamboo bikes. BambikeEcotours offers a wide variety to rent, everything from Bambikes, Ligtasin Cove beach cruisers, and Victoria city bikes.
8. Siargao: Cloud 9
Number 8 in our list of Top Attractions in the Philippines is a visit to Cloud 9, a magnificent and very apt destination and the Philippines’ most famous surfing spot! Located on the beautiful island of Siargao, the best time to hit the surf is between April and November. And don’t worry if you still need to learn how to surf because the beach is jammed packed with teachers and instructors.
9. Cebu: Kawasan Falls Canyoneering
Are you an adrenaline junkie? If yes, try the Canyoneering from Alegria to Kawasan Falls in Cebu. For those who do not know what canyoneering is, canyoneering refers to traveling down a canyon through a mix of activities like climbing, hiking, cliff diving, swimming, and other similar fun activities. And for more inspiration check out our blog, which looks at the 4 Unmissable Philippine Festivals In 2022 & 2023
10. Tarlac: Mt. Pinatubo Day Tour
Enjoy the sublime views of the largest lahar canyon in the world by joining the Mt. Pinatubo Tour. During the tour will have the chance to see the pristine blue-green waters and the big smiles of the Aetas. However, be aware, that one must be physically ready for the challenge that lays ahead! Starting with a 4×4 off-road adventure to then hiking to Pinatubo’s Crater Lake is no mean feat! Are you up for it?
11. Cagayan De Oro: White Water Rafting
White-water Rafting in the Philippines originally started out as a humble hobby by a group of outdoor sports enthusiasts. The Cagayan de Oro White-water Rafting Adventure (CDOWRRA) then began to organize it. Its popularity soon grew and eventually turned into a thriving business serving local and foreign clients. You can also find out more about CDO in our blog Best Places to Visit in the Philippines. There will be amazing instructors who will teach and guide you all the way.
12. Cagayan De Oro: Dahilayan Adventure Park
Fancy standing at 4,700 feet above sea level to then throw yourself down Asia’s Longest Dual Zipline? With speeds of up to 90kph, you will fly through the lush greenery and breathe taking views of the mountains of Dahilayan while your perfect your best superman impression! But, don’t you worry; it is guaranteed safe fun for every age group. Zipzone’s 840m zipline has become the ultimate adventure destination for young and old alike. You should try it too. Click Dahilayan Adventure Park for more details.
13. Camarines Norte: Calaguas Islands Tour
Calaguas is a group of islands located in the Philippine province of Camarines Norte. Generally, travel tours in Calaguas will entertain you whether you travel in groups or alone. You can join multiple public tours, so this is a great way to meet new friends or just relax in your own company.
14. Bohol: Loboc River Cruise
One of Bohol’s top attractions is the Loboc River Cruise; imagine embarking on a river cruise while enjoying a sumptuous Filipino buffet lunch! We have included this in our top 20 attractions in the Philippines for the foodies out there. Furthemore, if you looking for direct flight from the US or Canada, check out our blog, Philippine Airlines Premium Economy.
15. Cagayan De Oro: Paragliding at Sierra del Oro
Besides land and water adventure, there is also air adventure. Experience the first and currently only paragliding adventure in Cagayan de Oro at Sierra del Oro.
16.Surigao Del Norte: Sohoton Cove
Sohoton Cove is known for its emerald waters and stingless jellyfish also its natural wonders such as caves, lagoons, and cliff jumping. These fun activities will make your trip to Siargao a must. As a result, Sohoton Cove will always be one of the top destinations for nature lovers.
17. Surigao Del Sur: Hinatuan Enchanted River
The Hinatuan Enchanted River is a deep spring river, that flows into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean at Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur.
18. Kalanggaman Island
Kalanggaman Island is a beautiful beach destination in the municipality of Palompon in Leyte. The local government regulates access to the island’s picture-perfect setting. With its white sands and turquoise, clear waters. Contact the Palompon Tourism Office for bookings.
19. Corregidor Island
Corregidor Island is one of the most historic islands in the Philippines. In the past, Corregidor was fortified with coastal artillery to defend the entrance of Manila from enemy attacks. Today, it is known as a historic monument and a must-visit tourist destination. In addition, many travel companies offer day tours on the island.
20. Apo Reef
Apo Reef is a coral reef system in the Philippines located in the western waters of Occidental Mindoro. It is the world’s second-largest coral reef system, and one of the best dive spots in the world. Thus, the top 20 attractions in the Philippines will never be complete without Apo Reef.
The Philippines is a stunning and diverse tropical destination that offers travelers a wide range of attractions and experiences. And we hope our blog has inspired you to start planning your Philippine adventure!
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