The Philippines, primarily popular for its beaches, is one of the most sought-after destinations in Asia. Divided into three main island groups of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, this archipelagic country boasts a whopping number of 7,641 islands! There’s so much to see and do in the Philippines, and the list of tourist attractions seems endless – Boracay beaches, Palawan’s exquisite islands, Manila’s nightlife, Intramuros tour, Cebu’s shopping malls, Vigan’s cobblestoned streets, Bohol’s Chocolate Hills, Siargao’s world-class surfing spots, Batad and Banaue Rice Terraces, El Nido’s island hopping, etc. It is natural that every first-time traveler to the Philippines gets confused while planning the travel itinerary. So, here we are with our list of the top five places to visit in the Philippines. For a hassle-free online flight booking experience as well as for the best deals on air tickets, book flights with iEagle[D1] !
Boracay is probably the most popular place to visit in the Philippines thanks to its beautiful beaches, excellent dining options, upscale resorts, and lively nightlife. The 4-kilometer-long White Beach, known for its fine and powdery white sand, crystal-clear waters, and majestic sunset views, is undoubtedly the prime attraction of this Beach Capital of the Philippines. Enjoy a plethora of adventure activities like banana boat riding, paddle boarding, paraw sailing, cliff-jumping, windsurfing, parasailing, ziplining, scuba diving, freediving, zorbing, etc.
Boracay’s best attractions: Puka Shell Beach, Ilig-Iligan Beach, Cagban Beach, Diniwid Beach, Ariel’s Point, Mount Luho, Crocodile Island.
Exploring this capital city of the Philippines situated on Luzon island promises you diverse experiences. Manila, nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient, enthralls the visitors with its colonial buildings, towering skyscrapers, unique museums, massive malls, and vibrant nightlife. Tour the walled city of Intramuros to get a glimpse of the rich history of the Philippines! Shop ’til you drop at the world-class malls of Manila and experience the amazing nightlife of this multicultural, metropolitan city.
Manila’s Best attractions: Intramuros, Rizal Park, Divisoria Market, Casa Manila, Manila Bay, Money Museum, Paco Park.
Bohol is loved by tourists for its laid-back vibe, iconic Chocolate Hills, and rare Philippine Tarsiers. A trip to the Philippines is considered incomplete without seeing the Chocolate Hills — a group of 1,260 cone-shaped hills with a height ranging from 30 meters to 120 meters spread in an area of 50 square kilometers. The dry season is ideal for catching the beauty of the Chocolate Hills that wow the onlookers with their chocolate-brown color resulting from the drying of green grass covering these hills! Besides these hills, the pristine beaches, rice fields, caves, and Tarsier sanctuaries in Bohol are some of the top tourist places to visit in the Philippines.
Bohol’s Best attractions: Panglao Island, Hinagdanan Cave, Bohol Hanging Bridge, Alona Beach, Bohol Forest, Can-umantad Falls.
Siargao, a small tear-shaped island, is famous as ‘The Surfing Capital of the Philippines’. That being said, it is also famous for its white sand beaches, waterfalls, rock pools, caves, lagoons, etc., and hence is one of the best places to visit in the Philippines. Surfers derive immense pleasure by riding the big waves as Cloud 9! Besides surfing, island-hopping to Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island is also a popular tourist activity in Siargao.
Siargao’s best attractions: Sohoton Cove and Blue lagoon, Taktak Falls, Magpupungko Rock Pool, Tayangban Cave, Alegria Beach.
This archipelagic province of Palawan is a treasure trove of natural wonders. It is an extraordinarily beautiful place to visit in the Philippines — a must-visit for nature lovers. Known as the ‘Last ecological frontier’ in the Philippines, Palawan is rich in biodiversity and boasts several attractions like white sand beaches, coral gardens, diving spots, hidden lagoons, rock islands, caves, and natural parks. Cruise the five-mile-long Underground River in Puerto Princesa, discover the hidden beauty of the underwater world at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, go island-hopping in El Nido, and don’t miss out on ship-wreck diving in Coron!
Palawan’s best attractions: Kayangan Lake, Calauit Safari Park, Barracuda Lake, Mt. Tapyas, Long Beach, Port Barton, Calaguas Island.