Is it really more fun in the Philippines? Let me this list answers that question.
Being a tropical country and an archipelago, Philippines has become world's favorite destination in Southeast Asia because of many things.
Who doesn't love the warm weather here? Who doesn't want to soak and swim to the beach? Who doesn't like to be treated nicely and accommodated with hospitality? These, and more are the reasons why people - not only Filipinos - but foreigners love to travel the Philippines.
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Here are 20 things you must do when you visit the Philippines:
- Feel The Cold Weather In Baguio
- Count The Hundred Islands In Pangasinan
- Explore The Wonders Of Batanes
- Chill Out For A Few Days In Boracay
- Marvel At The Perfect Cone-shape Mayon Volcano
- Walk The Living Museum In Vigan
- Bring Back The History At Fort Santiago In Manila
- See The Beauty Of Mount Pinatubo
- Visit Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
- A Day With The Family At Manila Ocean Park
- Take Stroll In Rizal Park In Manila
- Explore The Mystic Island Of Siquijor
- Enjoy The Chocolate Hills In Bohol
- Take A Trip To Volcano Island In Batangas
- See The lakes At Coron Island In Palawan
- Appreciate The Beauty Of The Banaue Rice Terraces
- Explore The Historical Island Of Corregidor
- Learn Surfing In Baler
- Don't Miss The Spectacular View From Mines View Park
- Climb The Tallest Mountain In The Philippines
Feel The Cold Weather In Baguio
READ: Top 10 Best Places to Stay in Baguio City, Philippines
Count The Hundred Islands In Pangasinan
You can rent a boat for a ride and go from one island to the next, there are some with caves or hills, some can be camped on, Governor’s Island even has houses you can rent. Some of the islands have stand out names such as Kissing Island or Devil’s Island but the best thing to do is get out there and explore whatever you come across.
READ: Hundred Islands Travel Guide
Explore The Wonders Of Batanes
Batanes in the Philippines has a little bit of everything for different types of travelers: the mountains, the sea, the rolling hills, and the food. But above all, Batanes offers a unique type of refuge — peace and quiet, and the taste of a back-to-basics lifestyle. Get a 3-Day North Batan, South Batan, and Sabtang Island Tour
Chill Out For A Few Days In Boracay
Only 7 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide, it won’t take long to get the lay of the land on this dog bone-shaped island. There are 13 beaches on Boracay, each one more beautiful than the next. The two main beaches- White Beach and Bulabog Beach- are separated by a 1-kilometer path with shopping, restaurants, and hotels. Get a Boracay Island Half Day Tour
READ: Boracay Travel Guide
Marvel At The Perfect Cone-shape Mayon Volcano
The most serious eruption recorded was in 1814, this led to over 1200 people losing their lives. Get a Mayon Skyline Tour in Albay
ALSO READ: The Legend of Magayon
Walk The Living Museum In Vigan
READ: Vigan Travel Guide
Bring Back The History At Fort Santiago In Manila
Whilst you are exploring the fort you can take a look at the bronze footprints that have been embedded into the ground to mark out the prisoners final steps before execution. Get an Intramuros Interactive Walk
READ: What's inside Fort Santiago's Dungeon?
See The Beauty Of Mount Pinatubo
30,000 people lived on the slopes of the volcano before its eruption, luckily however scientists were able to predict when the volcano would erupt and so thousands of lives were saved. Trekking up the side of the volcano has now become very popular and is a great way to experience the awesome power of nature. Get a Mt. Pinatubo Hiking Day Tour from Manila
Visit Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Get a Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour
A Day With The Family At Manila Ocean Park
The park has more than 8,000 square meters of space to be explored. Some highlights of the park include a 25 metre acrylic tunnel that you can walk through and see the marine life from another angle. There is a penguin exhibit that has plenty of swimming penguins as well as a long slide that can be ridden using sleighs.
Get a DISCOUNTED PASS at Manila Ocean Park
Take Stroll In Rizal Park In ManilaNamed after Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. This 60 hectare park in Manila has many ponds, walking areas and ornamental gardens. The park of course has a monument to Jose Rizal, the monument has a 46 meter flagpole at its front and is guarded by sentries. There is a lagoon in the center of the park that has the heads of many Filipino hero’s on its bottom.
You can stay here, relax for a while and enjoy the view. Get an Old Manila - Heritage Full Day Tour
READ: MANILA - Tourist Attractions, How to Get There, Where to Stay and More
Explore The Mystic Island Of Siquijor
Discover the secrets of the mystical island of Siquijor! Swim and snorkel in the amazing Tubod Marine sanctuary. Observe the colourfulness of the tropical coral reef, be amazed by the abundance of underwater life and look carefully, as you might see turtles!
Visit the old Balete tree, where local shamans used to perform rituals not long ago. Dip your feet in the fish spa and relax. Visit the most beautiful waterfalls on the island, Cambugahay Falls. Swim in the turquoise waters under the water. Get a Siquijor Guided Day Trip
Enjoy The Chocolate Hills In Bohol
The small hills are covered in grass and as the dry season advances the grass turns from green to brown and starts to look like chocolate. The hills vary from 30 to 50 meters high and really are an iconic landmark of the country. Get a Bohol Countryside Tour
Take A Trip To Volcano Island In Batangas
Now it is not possible to live on Volcano Island as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology have declared the entire island as a Permanent Danger Zone. A trip here is well worthwhile especially as the Crater lake on the island is the largest island on a lake on an island in the world.
ALSO READ: 10 Most Dangerous Active Volcanoes on Earth
Dip Into The Coron's Cleanest Lakes In Palawan
To access the first lake you need to be prepared for a ten minute climb up steep terrain that is sure to leave you a little out of breath.
You will have arrived at Lake Kayangan which has crystal clear water and is nestled in the walls of the mountain. You can go swimming in the lake and there is also a small wooden platform where you can leave your belongings.
The second lake is called Lake Barracuda, here the water can reach temperatures of 38 degrees centigrade and can be seen by climbing over some jagged rocks that will take you straight into the water. Get a Coron Ultimate Day Tour
READ: 4 Things to do in Coron
Appreciate The Beauty Of The Banaue Rice Terraces
The terraces are still used today by the locals who plant their vegetables and rice there, as they are naturally irrigated by the surrounding rainforests.
Explore The Historical Island Of Corregidor
Learn Surfing In Baler
There are other attractions besides surfing, as the town is progressively getting to be mainstream. Not just for surfing devotees. Essentially on account of its normal magnificence, verifiable essentials, and different attractions.
Don't Miss The Spectacular View From Mines View ParkMines View Park in Baguio is home to one of the best views in the Philippines. There is an observation deck here that offers panoramic views of the gold and copper mines below you, and the mountains ahead of you.
To get to the viewing platform you will need to climb up some winding steps, these steps can unfortunately get quite slippery after it rains so it is always advisable to watch your step. When you reach the top you can rent some binoculars or have your photo take by one of the many camera men around.
The best time to go is early in the day to make sure there is no fog that could disrupt your view. Get a DISCOUNTED Baguio Day Trip!
READ: Things to do in Baguio
Climb The Tallest Mountain In The PhilippinesMount Apo stands at 2954 meters above sea level and is the highest volcano and mountain in the country. To climb the mountain you will need a permit as well as a guide but that is easy to obtain and the costs are very low.
A complete trek to the top will take between one and three days depending on weather and your pace. Temperatures at night can drop to around zero degrees so some warm clothing is needed.
The visa policy of the Philippines is governed by Commonwealth Act No. 613, also known as the Philippine Immigration Act, and by subsequent legislation amending it. The Act is jointly enforced by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI).
Generally, foreign nationals who wish to enter the Philippines require a visa unless:
- He/she is a citizen of a member state of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
- He/she is a citizen of a non-ASEAN member state whose nationals are allowed to enter the Philippines visa-free
- He/she is a balikbayan and is only returning to the Philippines temporarily
Most foreign nationals are visa-free for 14 days, 30 days, or 59 days. Of more than 200 countries and territories, 39 need visas to enter the Philippines.
Check your the visa requirements from your country here:
HOW TO GET TO THE PHILIPPINES
Since the Philippines is an archipelago country, the only way to visit is via air or the sea. But most foreign visitors fly to go to the country.
Currently, there are eleven airports classified by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines as International Airports. There are also hundreds of principal domestic airports and community airports throughout the country. The eleven international airports include:
- Clark International Airport in Mabalacat, Pampanga
- Mactan–Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
- Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City
- General Santos International Airport in General Santos City
- Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo
- Kalibo International Airport in Kalibo, Aklan
- Laoag International Airport in Laoag, Ilocos Norte
- Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay / Parañaque
- Puerto Princesa International Airport in Puerto Princesa
- Subic Bay International Airport in Morong, Bataan
- Zamboanga International Airport in Zamboanga City
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GETTING AROUND THE PHILIPPINES
Land transportation in the Philippines is administered through various means such as trains, jeepneys, tricycles, taxis, buses, and many others. Various Philippine expressway network have been established throughout the country to hasten land transportation.
Rail transport in the Philippines is mostly administered by the Philippine National Railways, while the Philippine expressway network and the Philippine highway network are mostly administered by the Department of Public Works and Highways.
However, the easiest way to find a transport for your tour is by booking online tickets here:
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- Manila → Baguio
- Baguio → Manila
- Manila → Boracay
- Boracay → Manila
- Manila → Coron
- Coron → Puerto Princesa
- Manila → Cebu
- Manila → Sagada
- Manila → Vigan
- Puerto Princesa → El Nido
- Cebu → Bohol
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