Getting out and about is one of the best ways to unwind and relax. With all the pressure from work and stress of life in general, taking a trip is the answer for a fun, enjoyable time with family and friends. When it comes to travel, few places beat Asia, and even fewer come close to the magic that is the Philippines.
From ancient times, the Philippines has held a sort of special attraction for tourists and visitors from all over the world. There is something truly magical about the sandy beaches, clear blue waters, and picturesque islands. Above all of that however, is the very core ingredient that makes the Philippines one of the top tourist spots in the world: the people.
The people of the Philippines are known across the globe for their genuine warmth, hospitality, and kindness.
Top 5 Places to Visit in the Philippines:
If you are headed over to the Philippines for a family holiday, here are our top 5 picks that we feel will make your journey more enjoyable and pleasant:
The top spot for tourists in the Philippines is the stunning Boracay area. Pristing white beaches, clear blue skies, and deep blue ocean greet you the moment you set foot in this tropical paradise. Visitors can enjoy a large number of activities including snorkeling, paddle boarding, cliff jumping, kayaking, and boat rides. They can also partake in activiites like horse riding along the stunning white beach, kite surfing, scuba diving, and parasailing. An abundance of caves and lagoons in the area also makes it perfect for excursions and exploration.
2. Small Lagoon:
Described as the finest manifestation of nature at its best, Small Lagoon is the name given to the El Nido Palawan island in the Philippines. In sharp contrast to the popular tourist spot Boracay, Small Lagoon is somewhat a hidden secret and as such, remains free from thronging crowds of visitors. Living up to its reputation, the area is resplendent with clear green blue waters towered by grand cliffs and mountains. Once visitors have taken in the breathtaking views, they can head out on to the calm waters for kayaking, snorkeling, or swimming.
3. Banaue Rice Terraces:
One of the most spectacular manmade sights on the planet, the Banaue Rice Terraces date back to over 2000 years. As their name indicates, they were carved out to cultivate rice. From a distance, the terraces appear like a giant staircase leading up to the mountaintops. The view is breathtaking at every angle, and this is your chance to get close to the rural community. Despite being a top destination for tourists, you wont feel crowded or overwhelmed with the presence of too many people. Perfect for a full day’s hike or exploration, these terraces are a testament to man’s willpower to overcome great forces in the pursuit of happiness.
4. Chocolate Hills:
Another highlight on your tour of the Philippines should be the Chocolate Hills, a series of over 1000 hills on the island of Bohol. Almost symmetrical, the Chocolate Hills are named for the brown appearance they take on when the grass dries up. For those who love a hike, this series of hills presents all kinds of challenges, ranging from the mundane to highly challenging.
5. Puerto Princesa:
One of the new 7 wonders of nature, Puerto Princesa National Park is located on the island of Palawan. The main highlight is a 5 mile (8.2 kilometer) river that flows directly into the sea. The area is full of unspoiled landscapes including caves and massive rock formations.