The Philippines is a well-known area of islands that are located in the Pacific region. It has a population of about 107 million citizens that speak various languages. The regional language is Aklanon, Central Bikol, Cebuano, Chavacano, Hiligaynon, Ibanag, Ilocano, Ivatan, Kapampangan, Kinaray-a, Maguindanao, Maranao, Iranun, Pangasinan, Sambal, Surigaonon, Tagalog, Tausug, Waray, and Yakan.
You will also find other languages like Spanish, Mandarin, Tamil, Hokkien, Korean, Japanese, Arabic, and Punjabi. As you can see a trip to the Philippines means you need to brush up on your language skills or find a handy app to help you, plus you will find some English speaking residents as you travel.
However don’t let all that you have seen distract you, a trip to the many islands found in the region would compensate for any initial issues you may have with languages. The Philippines has 7,641 islands which are grouped into three main divisions, these are Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon.
The local currency is the Philippine peso which trades at 50.44 pesos to US$1 if its the Euro then that will give you 54.52. Just remember these numbers change and fluctuate often but that is the general amount one can expect. This is important as it will enable you to know your spending power once you have set out on your trip.
Now with all that has been said let now take a look at the best spots to visit one you have reached the Philippines. The region has many lovely areas to see but below you will just see a few of them, the ones considered the best by us.
This location is great for skydiving, bike riding and just enjoying the beach and the seawater. Traveling can be done by bus and depending on where you want to go by ferry. You will find places to eat and sleep so no need to worry as this location is close to Santa Fe. You can rest up at Stevrena Cottage and be close to what you want to do.
If you love whites sandy beaches and seeing other nearby islands. Connect with locals who will share knowledge about the islands as you enjoy nearby waterfalls and dive tours. Local guides are available to take you on an adventure around the island so if you like hiking then this is a great option. Just ask to see the Libtong Falls and you will be fine. Finding a place to stay is no problem as there are guest houses like Romblon Fun Divers close by.
This beach is considered a gem to visit as you will see pristine blue waters and sandy beaches scattered over the landscape. You will see coconut and palm trees along the stretch of beach so getting fresh coconut water is easily accessible. You can go swimming, snorkeling, and diving for fun things to do. The fun doesn’t end there as you can walk the entire beach that connects to another one. There is Mad Monkey Beach hostel in the area so if you need a place to stay no problem, just be sure to plan ahead just in case.
According to reports, this beach was once rated the best beach in the world and displays miles of white sandy beaches. Activities include traveling on ferries, water sports, and other water-related fun activities. It is a great place to watch the sunset after a long day of fun on the sand. This is a well-known spot for cliff jumping into the ocean. There is the nearby Hostel Avenue so no need to worry if you want to stay close by.
Kawasan Falls, Cebu
If you are a lover of the waterfall then you must visit Kawasan Falls, the area is just breathtaking. Make sure that you have a big heart if you plan on jumping off the waterfall as that is a practice for thrill-seekers. There are rafts for travel along the falls and trails for trekking the rugged scenery that surrounds the area. There is Cuestas Beach Resort nearby so if this is your thing then be sure to make plans early.
IF you want some of the best vantage points in the Philippines then try Mount Pulag. The mount is the highest peak in Luzon and offers fascinating views of the surrounding area. Transportation will take you up 2400 meters above sea level, but the journey now begins. The tour includes staying with locals the day before rising early to go hiking to the top of the mountain. To do this trek you must be an early riser as it begins at 2 AM. The village of Kabayan is the closet place you can find accommodations, look up Baban’s Homestay.
The Palawan Province offers some sweet places to see and none more so than the lovely beach Puerto Princesa. Plenty of sandy beaches and sandbars make up a part of the coastline that offers visitors the opportunity to walk along. You can see the underground river as you dive with dolphins and take in the lush vegetation that surrounds the river. You can also island hop to many other islands close by and settle down for the night in the Puerto Princesa Garden Resort when you return from a day of fun.
Bohol / Chocolate Hills
The hills aren’t made of chocolate but they do remind you of the delicacy as you gaze upon their beauty. There are over 1,260 of these hills scattered throughout the region of Bohol and are a spectacular sight to behold. It is during the dry season that the hills resemble the chocolate type look. It is a very unique place as nowhere else in the world has such a spectacle. You can go hiking and see caves scattered throughout the landscape and might even get lucky to see the tarsier, considered the smallest primate in the world. Close by are hostels like HM & B Backpackers Inn and other accommodations so just plan ahead.
Your journey to Sangat Island starts with an enjoyable boat trip from nearby Coron. This will take you to the wonderful island that is lush with mangroves and pristine clear water for enjoying water sports. You can jetski and do a tour around the island all in one to see cliffs and a wide range of greenery. You will encounter hot springs and bathing is not a problem. You will also be able to visit some old shipwrecks. There is a Sangat Island resort nearby so finding a place to stay shouldn’t be difficult.
Snake Island, El Nido
This place is a visitor’s paradise due to the number of people that come here every year. This island offers pristine beaches, with lagoons, caves, and beaches that are isolated. You can dine here and do a large number of activities that include island hopping and diving. If you want to see some of the more remote places you can kayak or do a boat tour. The island also offers a hiking trail that takes you to a high point to enjoy the view from above. Like all the other places you can visit a place to stay won’t be an issue.
Malapascua Island is a divers paradise and is known for its scuba diving expeditions and people from all over the world come to see it’s marine life. If diving isn’t your thing you can still enjoy its lovely beaches by taking a nice walk on the beach. There is a lighthouse nearby for a delightful adventure. Finding someplace to stay would be a breeze as Evolution Dive Resort will take care of your need for a place to stay.
You will just love a trip to Siargao Island. The water is breathtaking and crystal clear, making for great swimming and diving. You can ride waves, island-hop to Naked Island and enjoy beautiful rock pols full of fresh seawater. There are nearby caves piers and places to refresh yourself. You will be able to enjoy lovely sunsets, a long scenic drive, rope swing above a river, and much more. Nearby you will find Riad Masaya and other forms of accommodation for a place to stay.
I am sure that a trip to the Philippines should be less of a hassle now. Finding someplace to sleep, visit, or activities to do will certainly be a breeze. All that is required now is time to plan that trip and make it a reality.