Enjoy this guest post by Kate.
If you’re looking for a place to visit, with plenty of adventurous opportunities, go no further than the Philippines. With thousands of islands and an immense array of natural landscapes, the Philippines is an ideal destination for your next vacation. Island hopping has become a simpler process, with a number of airlines and airports at your disposal. The top 5 must see cities are listed below:
Puerto Princesa is the first place to go on Palawan. Interact with crocodiles and lazily watch butterflies fly by as you buy any needed supplies for your trip. Most importantly, Puerto Princesa is the best place to load up on cash before venturing elsewhere. Once you’ve had your fill of Puerto Princesa, check out Sabang for incredible beaches and reefs. Float down the Subterranean River, a natural wonder that showcases monkeys and monitor lizards. El Nido also offers sandy white beaches, top-notch restaurants, and clear-water diving. Take a ferry to Coron to check out underwater wrecks.
Malapascua is a small island off the coast of Cebu, and is well known for its beaches and resorts. If your personal tastes are for luxury, head to the outskirts of the island and find excellent hospitality at a number of five-star resorts. If you prefer an immersive experience, go inland to the bungalows and restaurants attended by locals. The number one thing to do in Malapascua is to book a dive to view the incredible thresher sharks.
3. Northern Luzon
Baguio is the place to begin. Known for its medical facilities, stock up on any necessary supplies before exploring the rest of the island. If you’re in the mood for sightseeing, head to Bontoc by bus and check out the famous rice terraces of northern Luzon.
A quiet place, Donsol is best known for the underwater whale sharks, which wow visitors to the island. Have the adventure of a lifetime and snorkel with these immense organisms. An unduly thrilling experience, you won’t be able to see more than four feet in front of you. You’ll also have the chance to dive with manta rays, six-meter long creatures that show up out of absolutely nowhere.
For the best beaches in the Philippines, go to Bohol. While you’re there, make sure to view the Chocolate Hills, a world-famous landmark, and visit the cute, little tarsiers at the Philippine Tarsier Foundation. Other activities include dolphin watching, spelunking, waterfall watching, and church visiting. Bohol is known for it’s immense Roman Catholic churches, a testament to its strong religious history.