9 Philippine Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List

Compiled by: Liana Lopez

Although the Philippines is mainly known for its magnificent, white-sand beaches, it is home to many secret paradises that boast its beauty, charm and biodiversity. So get your sunnies and sun screen out because Spring Break is approaching! Here are 9 places that prove that it is definitely “more fun in the Philippines”:

  1. Lake Cagayan, Coron

Coron Island is the best place to escape the fast pace of the city. The blue-green waters of Lake Kayangan provide visitors with great snorkeling opportunities while the vast waters of Coron hold the remnants of the Japanese war ships that are perfect for wreck diving.

Coron (Source: http://www.journeycaptures.com/2012/09/travel-destinations-philippines.html)  

2. Basco, Batanes

As Spring Break approaches, Manila’s blazing heat quickly intensifies. Situated in the northernmost part of the country, Basco is the perfect getaway for those who enjoy cool climates. Both the landscapes and seascapes in the area make you feel like you’re in another country!

Batanes(Source: http://www.journeycaptures.com/2012/09/travel-destinations-philippines.html)   3. Mt. Pinatubo, Batolan

Spend an afternoon riding a 4×4 vehicle across wide terrains of ashland and lahar canyons and trekking up the mountain with friends! After a two hour hike, you will be rewarded by the breathtaking view of the crater lake and its pristine blue-green waters.

Mt. Pinatubo(Sourcehttp://www.weekendhaven.com/2010/05/invitation-to-mt-pinatubo-day-trek-challenge/)   4. Donsol Bay, Sorsogon

Known as the Whale Shark capital of the Philippines, Donsol provides visitors with an up-close interaction with the whale sharks or butandings. Get ready to have the time of your life with these gentle and friendly giants!

Donsol(Source: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/diving-and-snorkelling/best-of-diving-and-snorkelling/content/travel-tips-and-articles/77788)   5. Calaguas, Camarines del Norte

This secret paradise, untouched and unspoiled, mimics the white sands of Boracay and resembles the serenity of Pagudpud. Getting to Calaguas may not be easy due to the strong currents and splashes of water, but the boat ride is an adventure in itself. Since there are no commercial establishments in the land, you will be able to fully appreciate the charm of the island through camping by the beach.

Calaguas (Source: http://biyaherongbarat.com/2012/06/06/three-days-two-nights-in-calaguas-islands-of-camarines-norte/)   6. Caramoan Peninsula

Known as the favorite site for shooting the reality television show, Survivor, Caramoan Peninsula possesses an array of natural wonders. Kayaking, rock climbing limestone cliffs and star gazing are great ways to appreciate and explore its rich marine wildlife.

Caramoan Peninsula(Source: http://www.rextouristinn.com/photos/index.php/hotel/Caramoan/caramoan_peninsula)   7. Tubbataha Reef, Sulu Sea

Tubbataha Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that flaunts the diverse marine wildlife in the Philippines. Experience the reef’s dramatic underwater terrain and swim alongside turtles, manta rays and other breathtaking animals!

Tubbataha (Source: https://lesolivagant.wordpress.com/tag/tubbataha-reef/)   8. Laoag, Ilocos Norte

Looking for an adventure? Laos is the place for you. One of the many attractions is La Paz, eighty hectares worth of sand dunes that you can ride alongside a breathtaking sunset and the Cordillera Mountain Range.

Laos (Source: http://www.journeycaptures.com/2012/09/travel-destinations-philippines.html)   9. Siargao Island

Who needs Hawaii when we have Siargao? With an average of waves 7 feet high and white-sand beaches, this surfing paradise is just miles within our reach.

Siargao (Source: http://surfingphilippines.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Secret-Spot-Siargao-Paolo-Soler.jpg)