Child Friendly Travel Destinations in Philippines for Family Travel

Child Friendly Travel Destinations in Philippines for Family Travel

Any parents planning a Philippines tour with children will be thrilled at all the great kid-friendly destinations throughout the country.

Since the Philippines is an archipelago with over 7,000 islands to explore, you’ll find so many beautiful beaches and islands where kids and adults can spend days frolicking under the sun and having a good old time.

You’re also never too far from a quaint provincial town or historical Philippines attractions, where the people are known around the world to be some of the friendliest, you’ll ever encounter.

Philippine beach holidays ensure memorable vacations with your kids, with the best time to visit being during the months of February to May, when the sun it out. Although with hot climates a regular occurrence, Philippine holidays is good all year round.

Whether you’re into historical or beach destinations, here are some of the best child friendly travel destinations in Philippines for family travel.

 

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Child Friendly Travel Destinations in Philippines for Family Travel.

 

 

Child-Friendly Travel Destinations in Philippines for family travel

 

Below are a few suggestions of wonderful child-friendly destinations in the Southeast Asian Country you may want to add to your Philippines Itinerary, you’re sure to find family friendly locations in paradise.

 

Tagaytay

Famous for the breathtaking sight of the Taal Volcano, Tagaytay is a great place for the best family holidays. Come to enjoy cool weather while taking respite from the city life.

There are tons of kid-friendly attractions here such as the Sky Ranch and Puzzle Mansion, where the entire family can gather for hours of fun during your Philippines vacation. Several family-friendly resorts can be found here too, with cosy rooms and relaxing amenities for everyone to enjoy.

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Fun on the ferris wheel for great views of Tagaytay.

 

 

Bohol

Bohol has long been a top destination for Philippines beach holidays. It boasts of stunning white sand beaches, incredible wildlife, and an array of natural attractions.

From the world-famous Chocolate Hills, tarsier sanctuary, Loboc river cruise, and the bamboo forest, you won’t run out of things to do in Bohol with kids.

You might even get lucky and see a dolphin when you head out for an island-hopping Philippines tour! If you’re looking for a combination of beach and nature, Bohol has something to offer everyone from the little ones, to the big ones.

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Relax on the sands of the beach in Bohol

 

Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa in Palawan is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Subterranean River National Park (also known as the Underground River) making it the ideal spot for holidays in the Philippines.

Let the kids marvel at this natural attraction which features jaw-dropping limestone karsts and a unique mountain-to-sea ecosystem home to important forests and marine biodiversity.

A day tour to the Underground River promises hours of inspiring moments. A Honda Bay day trip is also great fun; this is where you can visit many of the nearby islands and beaches, and the kids can go snorkelling for a peek at their sea friends in the water.

 

Boracay

Although it has gained a reputation for being the Ibiza of the Philippines for its nightlife, that doesn’t mean that Boracay is strictly fun for adults. In fact, it is the number-1 beach destination for Philippines family holiday packages.

Kids can spend their days doing a plethora of water sports right at your doorstep: paddle boarding, helmet diving, banana boat rides, island hopping, parasailing, and skim boarding to name a few.

Athletic older kids might want to take their first diving or kiteboarding lessons during their time in Boracay too, giving all kids of all age’s fun during their Philippines islands holiday.

Meanwhile, parents can sit back and relax at one of the many chic tropical resorts found all over this gorgeous island of Boracay.

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Subic Bay

Subic Bay Freeport Zone, also known as the Philippines’ first free port and once a naval base for the US military, is a well-loved beach getaway. If you’ve already booked a holiday in Manila, Subic is just a scenic three to four-hour drive away.

There are picturesque commercial areas are right next door to gorgeous beaches, adventure parks, duty-free shopping, and lush forests for all to enjoy.

Subic Bay is also where you’ll find Ocean Adventure, the only open-sea marine park in the Philippines. Ocean Adventure invites kids to come up close to dolphins for an unforgettable time.

Other kid-friendly activities in Subic include the Pamulaklakin Forest Eco-Trail, Zoobic Safari, and the ever-exciting Subic Treetop Adventure.

 

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Cebu

The Queen City of the South boasts of an incredibly diverse range of activities and attractions for the perfect trip to Philippines. There are several ways you can enjoy a trip to Cebu – you can base yourself in the city, visit one of the nearby white sand islands, or do both!

Cebu is renowned for spectacular diving, so if your kids love spending time in the water, this destination is perfect. Mactan is just a few minutes away from the city centre; perfect for a day beach and/or diving trip.

Further out, you’ve got Malapascua, Pescador, and Kansantik for ideal diving spots. Otherwise, if tranquil beach holidays are preferred, you can take a bus or ferry from the city to excellent tropical islands around Cebu such as Bantayan, Moalboal, Malapascua, Badian, Alcoy, and the Camotes Islands and really enjoy your holidays to the Philippines Islands.

Cebu City itself also has dozens of kid-friendly sites to visit and is rich in culture and history! Drop by the Taoist Temple, University of San Carlos Museum, and Magellan’s Cross to enhance your Philippines family holiday.

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Enjoy the white sands of Cebu and escape city life.

 

Zambales

Just a few hours away from Manila is Zambales, ideal for fun and cheap family holidays by the sea.

Zambales is known for excellent camping spots, particularly those in Nagsasa Cove, Anawangin Beach and the Capones Island.

If you’d like to teach your kids the basics and enjoyment of camping, Zambales is the perfect Philippine destination vacation to do so. Camping by the beach, bonfire, rustic fun, and gorgeous surroundings will make this a memorable trip for the entire family.

 

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Zambales is a must to visit and quite close to Manila.

 

Baguio

The City of Pines is situated over 1,500 meters above sea level in northern Luzon. All year round, Baguio promises cool weather, and most of its terrain is blanketed in pine trees.

When locals need to get away from the heat during the summer months in the Philippines, everyone heads up to Baguio for cosy temperatures and jacket weather.

From December to February, temperatures can drop as low as below 10 degrees Celsius and with those ideal conditions, you can be assured that the kids will enjoy the outdoors even more during their Philippines travel.

Families can explore the charming mountain culture, Indigenous tribe heritage sites, and a thriving art scene. For the young ones, there’s strawberry picking, horseback riding, and several wonderful museums to make your trip to Philippines one of education and adventure.

These Child Friendly Travel Destinations in Philippines are the cream of the crop for travelling with kids. Best of all, they’re also really affordable, but luxury hotels can also be found in all these places.

So go on, get out there and make your vacation trip in Philippines, the best family trip you ever have.

 

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Advice on Preparing your Boracay Itinerary Today – After it’s 2018 Closure

Advice on Preparing your Boracay Itinerary Today – After it’s 2018 Closure

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Advice on Preparing your Boracay Itinerary Today – After it’s 2018 Closure

 

Boracay is a tiny island in the Visayas region of the Philippines and is the country’s number one tourist destination. Its seven-kilometre stretch of powdery white sand, golden sunsets, coconut tree-fringed coastline, and crystal-clear waters that have won the hearts of many a traveller seeking that postcard-perfect paradise.

It’s not long ago, in the year 2018, when the famous island had a 6-month shutdown to fix a range of problems stemming from the island, that unfortunately, was getting quite unhealthy because of these issues (more on that later).

Since the reopening, changes have been made, laws have been set and in this brief Boracay travel guide, we’ll go over a few of these changes that is important to all travellers entering the island, which in turn, will help you set up your Boracay itinerary for future travel purposes on the Southeast Asian country.

 

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Sunsets will still go on during your Boracay holiday.

 

Boracay – An Island for Every type of traveller

What makes Boracay such an appealing destination for every type of traveller around the world, aside from the fact that it has all the trimmings of a tropical paradise, is that it offers something for everyone to do with a range of Boracay activities packages.

Thanks to its natural beauty, the island is a renowned destination wedding location of choice; couples can choose from an excellent range of five-star beachfront hotels for the biggest day of their lives. Though the island tends to be busy, those in search of romance will find many secluded spots in Boracay resorts and around the island – or maybe even find love in Boracay.

Families with kids will find many outdoor activities to enjoy: there is Boracay island hopping, ATV tours, snorkelling and diving, water sports and good old playing in the sand by the beach. Solo travellers can indulge in sun baking while reading a good book with a cocktail in hand. Yoga studios offer a pocket of zen in the midst of an otherwise hectic island during your Boracay solo trip.

Party animals will love the thriving nightlife – Boracay is known as a place where happy hour is every hour and parties can go on until dawn. Best of all, the island doesn’t discriminate. One does not need to be a millionaire in order to enjoy the island with a Boracay package to suit any traveller. There is food, drink, and accommodation to cater to literally every budget.

Its beauty and charm have not gone unnoticed: Boracay Island has earned several accolades over the last few years, including making it to the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller’s list of Best Islands in the Worlds list more than once.

 

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Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Boracay.

 

The Boracay Island Travel Shutdown

Too much of anything is never a good thing. Unfortunately, the popularity of Boracay island has also led to its very own downfall. Mass tourism, unregulated tourist developments, greed and corruption became the norm in what is meant to be paradise.

Add to that the fact that foreign and local tourist arrivals continued to increase year after year, reaching a peak of 2.1 million visitors in 2017 alone, and with those numbers, you’ve got the perfect storm brewing.

Everyone wanted a piece of the tourism dollar and it reached a point that the island was no longer pristine: the entire Boracay island had become extremely crowded with accommodations of all sizes being constructed in every single plot of available land, massive Spring Break-style parties were being held in its famous White Beach only to lead to a cigarette-infested coastline the day after, trash was everywhere, peddlers without permits were harassing tourists trying to sell sunglasses and boat tours, and perhaps most disgusting of all, a faulty sewage system leaking human excrement into the beach.

For anyone looking for a relaxing beach getaway, Boracay was completely the opposite, especially during peak season. Before they knew it, Boracay was no longer paradise. The cost of a holiday continued to go up, but the island was about to pay the biggest price it wasn’t prepared for: a total shutdown.

Trouble in paradise was brewing and this heavy problem had reached the government, who should have nipped the problem in the bud long before it erupted. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte learned that only 25 out of 150 establishments inspected were found to be linked to the sewage line. He called the island “a cesspool”, and accused numerous local businesses including hotels and restaurants of unloading their sewage into the island’s once-pristine waters. In early April 2018, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. made the announcement that the entire island will be closed for a necessary rehabilitation beginning April 26, for a 6-month period.

The news caused widespread panic and led to unemployment for some 36,000 workers in the tourism industry. This also caused a serious dent in tourism dollars, as Boracay alone contributed to PhP 56 billion (AUD $1,488,111,385), which accounts for 20% of revenues from the entire tourism industry. Most importantly, not a single tourist would be able to set foot on the island during those entire six months.

Boracay desperately needed the clean-up. During those silent (and painful, for the locals) six months, the government sent task force groups in charge of cleaning up behind the scenes, both of the island itself and of businesses. The residents were given their own set of rules to follow, even if some of them were completely ridiculous.

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Enjoy cleaner Boracay beaches after the shutdown.

 

 

Boracay Travel Today

Fast forward to October 26th, 2018: Boracay Philippines officially reopens its doors to the public.

I was able to pay a visit in early December, as I was in dire need of a short holiday, but I also wanted to see the new changes for myself and this is what I found during my brief Boracay tour.

 

Getting to Boracay Island

The arrival process is still pretty much the same, save for one more step. Travellers can still arrive by plane via the Kalibo and Caticlan airports. Visitors are still required to pay the terminal fee, environmental fee, and a boat fee for the short ride from the mainland of Caticlan.

However, the authorities added one more step for arrivals, which is the inspection and recording of identification (passport, in my case) and hotel voucher, booked from a licensed accommodation provider. This is due to the new “no booking, no entry” policy, so be sure that you’ve made arrangements prior to your flight.

It’s fairly quick and hassle-free, in my opinion. Airlines flying to Boracay Airport also have to comply with the government’s new carrying capacity for Boracay which is a maximum of 6,405 tourists entering the island each day (as per the Philippine Information Agency), while the carrying capacity is set at a limit of 19,215 travellers at any given time.

Once you’ve made the payments and have passed through screening, you’re off to your Boracay island tour.

 

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Betting to Boracay.

 

New Rules to know about your Boracay Trip

I must say that the Boracay beach itself is much more beautiful than I’ve seen in recent years. It’s cleaner; tourists are no longer allowed to smoke and drink on the beach and even in the sea itself. which is fantastic if I say so myself.

In the past, travellers have been guilty of bringing beer bottles into the sea as foolish tourist took a dip in the cool waters, bringing harm to marine life. The coastline is also clearer, as there are no longer any obstructions caused by dozens of peddlers, masseuses, souvenir stalls, lounge chairs and tables.

Hawkers have been banned from the beachfront, so anyone who wants to purchase souvenirs should do so in designated areas. Bad news for smokers: the establishments that do allow smoking, now have designated smoking areas that, well, make you feel like a pariah. Not that I am complaining about any of this.

Kerosene is prohibited, too. In the past, fire dancers were among Boracay’s most popular sights during the evenings on the beach. Now, they have to find other, more environmentally-friendly ways to light up their lamps. Evenings on the beach also feel like you’re in the Boracay of many years ago; locals used to decorate the coconut trees with electrical lights for a festive ambiance, but these are now banned.

The good news is that visitors can enjoy the moon-lit sea and starry skies! Sandcastle-making, another well-loved attraction for families, is also regulated. Getting around the island is a little more challenging since motorcycles are prohibited in most parts of the main road due to the air pollution they caused. Motorcycle drivers were also notorious for charging ridiculously high fees.

Nightlife has calmed down a great deal. While there are no longer clubs that play loud music until the wee hours of the morning, this doesn’t mean that Boracay has turned dull from sunset onwards. There are still lots of places to drink your favourite cocktails, and even get yourself drunk if you wish. Everything is just much more discreet now.

Water sports and activities are limited and highly regulated. These contributed to marine ecosystem damage and pollution in the past, and the island still needs more time for rehabilitating corals and cleaning up marine life. However, windsurfing and kitesurfing are still very much alive in the Bulabog side of Boracay. This is a good time to take up lessons if you haven’t yet!

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Boracay island.

 

Accommodations and Restaurants Advice on Boracay

As of December 2018, several establishments along the famous White Beach, as well as in the main road, are still in a flurry of construction and demolition, particularly those that are found to be in violation of the 25+5 easement rule. The main road itself is also being widened. It’s unsightly, but you’ve been warned – this is all for the best of the island.

Due to these new regulations, not all Boracay hotels and restaurants are open yet, while a few hotels have been permanently closed. Be sure to check for the updated list of authorized, accredited hotels that are open before you make your booking.

That being said, Boracay’s beaches are quieter, less busy, much better and there is still hot Boracay deals to be found to be found on the island.

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Be A Responsible Tourist when you visit Boracay Island Philippines

 

If you get to visit Boracay, do your part in being a responsible tourist. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when you travel to Boracay as well as in other destinations in the Philippines:

  • Eliminate single use plastic (it’s banned, anyway). Bring your own reusable shopping bags which you can use for souvenirs, groceries, fruit, and produce.
  • Walk to your destination whenever possible. Boracay’s main beach is now wider and cleaner than ever, which only makes walking more enjoyable than riding a motorcycle or tricycle.
  • Do not bring home shells or pieces of coral that you see. When snorkelling, never touch marine life including corals. It may not seem like it, but in doing so you are disrupting the already fragile marine ecosystem. If you see hawkers selling souvenirs made with animal parts, don’t support it. Don’t eat endangered animal meat even if it’s considered a delicacy.
  • Support the local community and artisans by purchasing handmade goods which are ethical.
  • Don’t waste water. When not in use, close faucets and only use as much water as you need when washing or showering in your Boracay Beach Resort.
  • Don’t pick plants or flowers. Leave things in their natural environment as you see them.
  • Save electricity by shutting down all the lights and air-conditioning in your hotel.
  • Do your research and stay in sustainable accommodations whenever possible. Look for hotels that employ locals, use solar energy, recycle water, collect rain water, and have other conservation strategies in place.
  • Try to use environmentally friendly products, such as natural sunscreens, especially if you intend on spending lots of time in the water. Many sun creams use harsh chemicals that pollute the waters when they wash off as you enter the sea.
  • Bring your own non-plastic water bottle or jug. Boracay can get hot and humid; hydration is a must. Avoid buying drinking water in plastic containers and refill your own tumblers instead.

This may have nothing to do with the environment, but it has all to with being a responsible human being and respecting the laws of the land: don’t treat the locals like animals in a zoo. If you want to take photos with locals, do ask their permission, even if it’s the humble peddlers selling wares in various parts of Boracay.

Last but not least, this should be common sense but: please don’t litter. Boracay has trash cans, and if you don’t see one, just ask the nearest establishment if you can properly dispose of your trash. If you are caught littering, you can be charged a fine or even be imprisoned for 10 up to 30 days, even if it is a first offense. It’s for everyone’s best interest to stop littering, and if you see trash, pick it up yourself.

 

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Help keep Boracay clean and beautiful.

 

In Conclusion

Boracay has had her time of rest and it’s up to us, the tourist, to ensure that she stays healthy. Every single tourist counts and so does every moment of your time on the island. Tourism can be a friend or foe to an island and let’s make sure that we do our part to avoid making the same mistakes we did in the past.

It’s all these things that can help you prepare your Boracay Island Itinerary with the tourist island’s best intentions in mind. Beautiful destinations, indeed, need to remain beautiful and everyone can play a part in doing the right thing.

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The Best Beaches near Manila When Visiting the Philippines Capital

The Best Beaches near Manila When Visiting the Philippines Capital

Authored by Diane Wuthrich (Contributor) 

When you’re heading the Philippines Capital, it makes for a great opportunity to go exploring the best Beaches near Manila for your slice of paradise.

The Philippines is an incredibly stunning archipelago where hundreds of beautiful tropical islands take centre stage. From the north to south, you’ll never run out of coastlines to explore in this vastly beautiful country.

While the most popular destinations are often a quiet plane ride away, you can’t discount the Philippines Capital with so many beautiful beaches near Manila offering plenty for the visiting tourist in the South East Asia country.

Usually, a stunning Manila beach is no further than three or four hours away by car, bus, or ferry, with a few great choices of beach resorts close to Manila that are worth visiting for an extended stay. There are luxury resorts to divulge in, as well as mid-range and budget accommodations that cater to travellers of varying tastes and preferences.

Whether you require a romantic beach getaway, quality time with family and friends, or some solo R&R which we all appreciate at times, you can check out these places to visit near Manila Philippines.

 

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The Best Beaches near Manila to visit when visiting the Philippines Capital.

 

 

 

The Best Beaches near Manila to visit when visiting the Philippines Capital

 

Batangas

Easily the most popular and accessible beach area when it comes to the beaches close to Manila, Batangas is a massive province peppered with several different beaches to explore. There are areas populated by privately-owned houses, although Batangas has a wide range of hotels to choose from too.

The beaches here have something to offer for everyone: Anilao is known for world-class diving, while Laiya and Calatagan have many affordable white sand beach resorts in Batangas. Vacation rentals are a great alternative to hotels here, especially if you’re looking for a private, intimate getaway.

Aside from fabulous beaches, Batangas’s rugged terrain promises exciting, thrilling activities. The many nearby mountains make this a popular destination for day hikes: Mt. Talamitam, Mt. Batulao, and Pico de Loro all have smooth and moderate trails.

Alternatively, there are lots of charming towns in and around that are worth exploring and many mom-and-pop style restaurants that serve up delicious local food. When it’s time to relax and unwind, a cheap massage is never far away.

This is the Philippines, after all!

 

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Paradise lives in Batangas – Philippines.

 

 

Zambales

Zambales is home to lots of unspoiled beaches near Manila. Located north of Manila, Zambales’ biggest draw is the terrific surf breaks primarily found in and around Pundaquit beach.

This area has many affordable hotel and hostel options, and camping is excellent too if that is your preference. If you’re willing to travel deeper into the province, a gorgeous white-sand island by the name of Potipot is the closest slice of paradise possible near Manila.

With only 7.5 hectares large, there are no tourist facilities in Potipot, but for many, that’s what’s so great about it. This is the perfect island getaway if you want some real R&R without any distractions except a white sand beach that you have all to yourself.

Subic in Zambales is much closer beach near Manila, and it has got everything you need with beautiful beaches, shopping, food, and a wide range of hotel accommodations.

Subic is a full-fledged city with a residential area, but the beaches are just a stone’s throw away.

 

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Zambales is a must to visit and quite close to Manila.

 

Puerto Galera

Located in Oriental Mindoro, Puerto Galera’s stunning coastlines have long attracted tourists who want to get away from Manila.

To get Peurto Galera, you’ll need to take a drive to the Batangas pier and take a 2-hour boat trip which will drop you off at various points along the island.

Hiking, waterfalls, relaxation, nightlife, beaches, islands, and much more is going on here: Puerto Galera has it all! This hidden paradise near Manila is big on the experience factor, with most of the activities and accommodations along with this incredible location affordable too.

The aptly-named White Beach is the #1 beach in Puerto Galera. The coast is dotted with restaurants and hotels, and at night, it turns into one big beach party with fire dancers and music blasting.

Puerto Galera is the best beach to go for booking water sports including banana boats, snorkelling, jet skis, parasailing, and island hopping tours. If you prefer an off-the-beaten-track experience, check out Aninuan Beach, Tamaraw Beach, and Talipanan Beach. Puerto Galera also has many luxury and high-end resorts tucked into many of their beaches.

It may not be a beach near Manila, but it won’t take too long to get to Peurto Galera is staying in the Philippines Capital. 

 

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Puerto Galera will mesmerise you in many ways.

 

Bataan

Bataan is best known for its rich history and cultural attractions, but it’s an excellent choice if you’re looking for an uncrowded beaches near Manila.

Historically speaking, this is where the famous Battle of Bataan took place, and it also served as one of the last stops of Filipino and American soldiers before they were taken by the Japanese during World War II. Bataan is highly recommended for travellers looking to integrate some sightseeing and history into a beach trip.

You’ll find beautiful beach resorts near Manila in this stunning location with lots of opportunities for adventure, and it’s also home to Mt. Mariveles and Mt. Natib, two renowned destinations for hiking and mountain biking.

In Bataan, there are also turtle sanctuaries, waterfalls, and bird-watching sites to keep you occupied here. You won’t run out of beach and nature experiences while you’re holidaying in Bataan.

 

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Bataan is home to some incredible beaches and epic scenery.

 

Hundred Islands

The Hundred Islands National Park is a protected area in Alaminos, Pangasinan; around 4-5 hours north of Manila. The district covers about 123 islets and islands scattered throughout the stunning Lingayen Gulf, which is believed to have formed over 2 million years ago.

Travellers can opt to camp or book a hotel on Governor’s Island, Quezon Island, Children’s Island, and Marcos Islands: the only islands with any tourist infrastructure is located in the Hundred Islands.

This destination is ideal for sun seekers looking to immerse in the pristine, natural beauty of Pangasinan. The beaches feature majestic limestone cliffs and rocks, vibrant marine life, and white sand beaches: it essentially has all the trimmings of the perfect beach escape not too far from Manila.

If you get lucky, you might even get to spot one of the giant clams while snorkelling in the Hundred Islands. Travellers on a budget will be pleased to know that your money will go a long way here. Banana boating, kayaking, island hopping, snorkelling, jet skiing, and parasailing can all be enjoyed on the cheap in Hundred Islands of Philippines.

Since these destinations are so near to Manila, they make great choices for relaxing weekend trips for those who are hard pressed for time. However, keep in mind, these exotic destinations are best explored over several days to truly get a feel for the local area and immense culture.

No matter how you choose to enjoy it, you can’t go wrong by booking a long-anticipated getaway near to the best beach near Manila.

 

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20 Magnificent Philippines Destinations for all tourists to visit

20 Magnificent Philippines Destinations for all tourists to visit

Authored by Diane Wuthrich (Contributor) 

The Philippines is known for some of the most captivating white sand beaches in Asia. But that’s not all there is to this stunning archipelago; the country is blessed with dozens of destinations scattered throughout 7,000 islands that will take your breath away, and you’ll be instantly falling in love with the Philippines.

There is plenty to get about with the popular tourist destination of Asia, from gorgeous seascapes to lush mountains, and there is a holiday for everyone, from couples looking for fun ideas in the Philippines, solo travellers seeking an adventure or families seeking a getaway in the tropics.

These 20 magnificent Philippines destinations are the ideal location where you’ll find the perfect holiday in this incredible Southeast Asian destination. 

 

 

 

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20 Magnificent Philippines Destinations for all tourists to visit

 

1. Batanes

The northernmost tip of the Philippines, close to Taiwan, is where you’ll find an enchanting island known as the Batanes. The rolling hills and verdant mountains here have earned it the moniker of “Marlboro Country”. 

Here, you’ll get to experience a dramatically different side of the Philippines since Batanes is untouched by development. It’s composed of 10 islands spread throughout the Luzon Strait, all of which are volcanic in origin and mostly mountainous. It’s also the only place in the Philippines that experiences four seasons.

 

2. El Nido

Once you visit El Nido in Palawan, you’ll realise that it’s the postcard-perfect definition of a tropical paradise. There are crystal clear waters, majestic limestone formations, coconut-tree fringed coastlines, and secret lagoons; it’s no secret that El Nido possesses one of the most stunning seascapes in the country.

El Nido is surrounded by several jaw-dropping tropical islands which can be explored by taking one of the several island-hopping tours available.

 

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Stunning El Nido in the Philippines.

 

3. Cebu

The second-largest city in the Philippines is a great place to start exploring the country. It has a little of everything: a bustling metropolis, rich history, world-class diving, and white sand beaches. Cebu is also home to the legendary “lechon”, or suckling pig, which has earned a reputation among foodies worldwide.

Cebu alone has numerous destinations to discover, enough for several weeks’ worth of exploration. Start with Cebu City, then head over to the beaches of Bantayan, Moalboal, Malapascua, and the Camotes Islands, to name a few.

 

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Enjoy the white sands of Cebu.

 

4. Vigan

No place in the Philippines will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time more than Vigan. A UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Vigan’s cobblestone streets and colourful history tell many stories of a life gone past. Spanish colonial homes dot the alleys, and its old-world charm is just hard to resist.

A must-visit for history buffs. The cuisine in Vigan is also worth a try; it’s known for its longganisa, empanadas, and kankanen which can be found in stalls and restaurants in the town centre. However, pinakbet, a vegetarian dish, is perhaps Vigan’s most crucial contribution to Filipino cuisine.

 

5. Bohol

Bohol is filled with tons of beautiful natural attractions. The most famous of these is the Chocolate Hills, a surreal landscape aptly named because the uniform hilly mounds turn a shade of chocolate brown in the dry season while they are green during the rest of the year.

The Chocolate Hills is one of the most iconic landmarks of the country and should not be missed while in Bohol. This beautiful island is also home to pristine white sand beaches, emerald green rivers, diverse wildlife, and excellent diving.

 

Bohol

Check out the sights of Bohol.

 

6. Legazpi City

Legazpi is well-known for the legendary Mayon Volcano, a photographer’s delight and geographical wonder. Mayon Volcano is a perfectly-shaped cone that makes a terrific backdrop to your photos. When you visit the volcano, make a side trip to see the historic Daraga and St. Raphael churches.

From here, take a day trip to Sorsogon where you can swim with majestic whale sharks in their natural habitat. Don’t leave without trying the famous fiery cuisine that this province is known for if you have the guts.

 

Legazpi City

Legazpi City.

 

7. Camiguin

Known as the “Island Born of Fire”, Camiguin is a tiny island in Mindanao famed for its several volcanoes. This island has the most number of volcanoes found in every square kilometre. The lush areas around the volcanoes are teeming with diverse flora and fauna which you may encounter during a trek.

Aside from the volcanoes, Camiguin is home to several spectacular natural attractions including cold and hot springs, majestic waterfalls, a sunken cemetery, and a powdery white sand bar that disappears with the high tide. Try to visit during the famous Lanzones festival and join in the fun with the locals.

 

8. Coron

Another gem in Palawan, Coron is a unique tropical paradise with lots of islands and beaches to explore. Just like El Nido, Coron also has its fair share of towering limestone karsts and pristine isles; as well as a natural hot spring, sunken shipwrecks fantastic diving, and freshwater lakes.

It attracts divers from all over the world who come to dive with not just the shipwrecks but the precious, colourful marine life. Even if you don’t dive, you’ll love tropical beaches, Coron has lots to offer on that front too.

 

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Paddleboarding in Coron, Philippines.

 

9. Boracay

No “best destinations in the Philippines” list would ever be complete without mentioning Boracay, the number 1 tourist destination in the country for many years now. The island has received accolades for being the most beautiful beach in the world, by tourism authority’s worldwide.

We can’t blame them: you will be hard-pressed to find a beach with the same quality and characteristics of Boracay. There’s the fine ivory-white sand, mesmerising turquoise waters, friendly locals, exciting water sports, and nightlife that can put Ibiza to shame.

 

Boracay

You’ll fall in love with Boracay.

 

10. Baguio

The summer capital of the Philippines has cool weather all year round, no matter how sweltering the heat gets in other parts of the country. This is what makes Baguio such a popular holiday destination for locals, but it has so much more to offer than pine-scented fresh air. Baguio’s rich history is still very much alive today, evident in the many historical attractions that have been well-preserved such as Camp John Hay, Wright Park, Mines View Park, and so much more.

There are also dozens of places to visit for art enthusiasts, foodies, or anyone who wants to take in spectacular mountain views. It’s an excellent destination for the whole family, and no matter when you go or how many times you’ve been, there will always be something new and worthwhile to enjoy.

 

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View the street art of Baguio.

 

11. Banaue Rice Terraces

There’s something mystical and magical about the Cordillera region. Perhaps it’s the fact that ancient Filipino tribal culture is still very much alive. Maybe it’s the enigma of the vast mountains. Perhaps it’s because, as some feel, there are lots of spirits around. Who knows? But one thing’s for sure: a visit to the Banaue Rice Terraces is life-changing.

These dramatic landscapes, hailed as one of the world’s wonders, were built by hand eons ago but the talented tribes that still reside there. While you’re in Banaue, stop by the equally enigmatic town of Sagada for a few nights. 

 

12. Dumaguete

Up until a few years ago, Dumaguete was still off the tourist radar. It was reserved for foreign and local retirees who came to spend their golden years in a peaceful place known for its excellent quality of life, or serious divers who only wanted the best in Philippine diving. Now, the land of gentle people is, for many, one of the best destinations in the country.

It’s home to the “Maldives of Asia”; the Manjuyod sandbar off Bais, a spellbinding natural beauty on its own. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see dolphins! Dumaguete is also where you’ll find beautiful lakes, majestic waterfalls, and several stunning beaches. There’s no traffic here, and the pace is so laid-back: it’s no surprise many ends up never leaving Dumaguete!

 

Dumaguete

Dumaguete beaches are spectacular.

 

13. Siargao

A world-famous surf destination, Siargao has recently seen a dramatic boom in tourist infrastructure and amenities. Aside from magnificent barrel waves, Siargao also has amazingly white-sand beaches and islands nearby.

It’s also famous for the mind-boggling Sohoton Cove National Park, where you can swim with hundreds of stingless jellyfish in emerald green waters. Siargao is also known for miles of lush coconut tree plantations and terrific seafood.

 

14. Tubbataha Reefs National Park

Only a few people get to visit the Tubbataha Reefs National Park each year, a 130,028-hectare large portion of the sea recognised as one of the world’s best dive sites. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is distinct as a dive destination because of its unique structure as an atoll reef possessing an extremely high density of marine life.

Located right in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the diving season here only lasts three months long. There are no hotels here due to its isolated and remote nature; to dive here, you’ll have to make prior arrangements with licensed dive shops or tour operators and spend a few nights on a live-aboard. It is the ultimate destination for diving in the Philippines, without a doubt.

 

15. Siquijor

This tiny island in the Visayas region may only be for the brave. A land of mystique, Siquijor has long had a reputation for being the land of witchcraft and black magic, which has been part of the culture and tradition since ancient times. Siquijor is home to various kinds of sorcerers and shamans, whom locals even from neighbouring islands are said to go to ask for help; frequently to inflict pain and seek revenge because of adultery, land disputes, theft, and other wrongdoings.

Although that may scare off some travellers, those who are courageous enough to visit will not only discover a mysterious tropical island ruled by magic but one that is also rich in amazing natural attractions. Some of the noteworthy sites here include the Cambuhagay Falls, a 400-year-old Balete Tree which is said to be enchanted, and a handful of pristine beaches. If you’re brave enough to look past the magical aspects of it, one trip here will tell you that it only adds to the charm and colourful culture of this island.

  

16. Tagaytay

Locals, especially those who reside in and near Manila, always frequent Tagaytay. This picturesque town just an hour and a half away from Manila provide the perfect weekend destination: there’s the cool Tagaytay air, lots of fresh and delicious food, and of course, the iconic view of Taal Lake.

Many Filipinos have grown up with fond memories of excursions to Tagaytay for the weekend with family, and no matter how much it’s changed, it will always be one that is close to our hearts. For anyone visiting the Philippines for the first time, a visit to Tagaytay is highly recommended so you can see why it’s one of the most well-loved places in the country.

 

Tagaytay

Tagaytay.

 

17. Kalanggaman

Located in Leyte, this strip of white sand is undoubtedly one of the most spellbinding sandbars in the country. Surrounded by crystal-clear azure waters, this sandbar is only accessible from a few nearby destinations by boat such as Leyte and Malapascua Island in Cebu.

There are no hotels here: pure, unadulterated tropical wonder. Don’t expect any tourist facilities either, but that’s what makes Kalanggaman island so unique. If you do stay overnight, you can only do so camping for a small fee.

 

18. Hinatuan Enchanted River

Surigao del Norte may be famous for the legendary waves in Siargao, but Surigao del Sur is known for the magical Hinatuan Enchanted River. The river comes in varying shades of blue with a maximum depth of just 80 feet. Local legend has it that the river is so clean, thanks to the fairies, spirits, and mermaids that frolic in the area to maintain its pristine quality.

                                 

19. Romblon

It seems that compared to other destinations, Romblon will stay off the beaten path for a long time. That’s because it’s so challenging to get around from one island to another. The small towns of Romblon remain untouched by commercial development, and the local economy still largely relies on its rich marble deposits; hence its nickname of being the “Marble Capital of the Philippines.”

Travellers who are willing to brave six-hour journeys aboard ferries and days at sea on rickety outrigger boats will be significantly rewarded. Several versions of remote tropical paradises are waiting to be discovered, particularly Cresta del Gallo island and Bonbon beach.

 

Romblon

Romblon is incredible and another magnificent Philippines destination.

 

20. Manila

Last but not least, the capital of the Philippines is worth spending a few days in. Although it suffers from a bad reputation due to its notorious traffic jams, pollution, and poverty; you’ll have to be creative to discover the excellent side of Manila. The city isn’t perfect, but there’s a reason why it’s a top residential area for expats, has a thriving economy, vibrant nightlife and entertainment, and a new flourishing identity.

Check out great ideas for a day trip out of Manilla with this helpful article. 

There’s just so much to see in the Philippines! Where one trip won’t be enough. Have you visited any of these magnificent Philippines destinations yet? Let us know what your favourite place was on the popular Southeast Asian country!

 

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Handy Tips for Safe Transportation In Manila

Handy Tips for Safe Transportation In Manila

Authored by Diane Wuthrich (Contributor)

Getting around with transportation in Manila requires patience, to say the very least.

The Philippines’ capital is notorious for its traffic and congestion, and is on par with other cities infamous for traffic, such as, Bangkok, Jakarta, and Los Angeles. The public transportation infrastructure leaves much to be desired, although there are sufficient options for getting around Manila safely and efficiently.

Here is everything you need to know about safe transportation in Manila.

 

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A train is an option for safe transportation in Manila.

 

 

Safe transportation in Manila, Philippines

Avoid Rush Hour – At All Costs!

Commuting during rush hours in Manila is never a good idea. From 7am to 10pm, and 6pm to 8pm on weekdays, Manila’s traffic is at its absolute worst. It can easily take you an hour just to get to a destination that’s less than 10km away, especially if the route requires passing through a major thoroughfare such as EDSA and Makati’s central business district. Plan your trip so that you have flexibility getting around before and after the rush hours – especially if you have a flight to catch.

 

Flooding and Rain

In Manila, locals know very well that the slightest bit of rain can cause the cars on the road to multiply faster than the Gremlins. It’s not uncommon for vehicles to reach a standstill, and for major thoroughfares to become a parking lot when it’s raining. Even if citizens have adapted to this, it can be extremely frustrating for tourists especially if you don’t have the luxury of time.

No one wants to sit through hours of traffic. Plus, heavy rains will mean that the streets will be inches high in floodwater. So if you’re travelling and it rains, keep in mind that it may not be a good idea to hit the road. The worst possible combination? Rains during rush hour. You’ve been warned.

Grab, is your Best Friend

The Grab app is more popular and reliable than Uber in Manila. The app is free to download and offers several options for getting around the metro: GrabCar (private car and driver, like a taxi but safer and better-quality cars), GrabShare (sharing your ride with other passengers going the same route), GrabTaxi (taxi car service), GrabCar (a 6-seater), and GrabCar Premium (SUV). Grab offers trustworthy and inexpensive transportation services that are generally always comfortable, and the drivers are friendly!

 

Travel by Train

Manila’s train system is far from anything you’ve experienced in a first-world city. You’ll need to brace yourself; the railway transit systems can be brutal especially if you travel during rush hour. However, they do provide an affordable and quick way of skipping the traffic to get to certain points around Manila.

The MRT (Metro Railway Transit) travels around key areas in Manila: Makati, Pasay, San Juan, Mandaluyong, and Quezon City. On the other hand, the LRT (Light Railway Transit) passes through 4 areas: Manila, Pasay, Caloocan, and Quezon City.

Learn more about the Manila Train System

 

Buses and Jeepneys

I personally think that if you’re after comfort and safety, buses and jeepneys should be your absolute last resort. If you’re courageous enough though, they’re an efficient transportation in taking you from one point to another. Do beware of pick pocketers and other modus operandi, especially in crammed jeepneys during rush hour.

 

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Jeepneys are a unique type of transportation in Manila.

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