The Philippines is composed of 7,500 islands and that’s quite a number. If you are planning to visit the country, you need to have at least an idea of its history and culture.
The archipelagic Philippines was discovered by Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, during the colonial era of 1521. Because of several invasions, the country has embraced various cultures from different countries. In the present time, the Philippines has greatly developed into a booming country with many tourist attractions such as fine beaches, historical sites, diving spots and vibrant festivals.
To make your Philippine trip the best travel of your life, here is the ultimate travel guide for all travellers.
You don’t have to worry about your stay in the Philippines because there are a lot of affordable accommodations in the country. Whether you are staying in the most remote island or in the central business district, there’s surely a place for you to stay and enjoy.
Since the country is composed of thousand islands, the rates could vary depending on the place you are staying. Normally, the rates ranges from $15 to $ 3000 USD. Especially for prime tourist destinations, the accommodation may be a bit pricey yet it provides exceptional lodging and amenities. The budget hostels are also convenient for travellers that are always on the go.
THINGS TO DO
Packed with captivating attractions and stimulating activities, you will never run out of things to explore in the Philippines. The friendly locals make every visitor’s stay in the country worthwhile. Check out some of the top-rated attractions, only in the Philippines.
Swim with the Whale Sharks
Swimming with these gentle giants has been one of the bucket lists of some travellers. Who wouldn’t, right? It’s a very special moment to spend some time with the whale sharks in the most unconventional way. And don’t worry, they don’t bite!
Conquer Asia’s Longest Dual Zipline
Pump up your adrenaline rush by conquering Asia’s longest dual zipline located in Dahilayan Adventure Park. And if you have a much braver heart, try all other rides like Skytower Base Jump, Dropzone 120 Ft. Freefall Ride and Python Roller Zipride. These are the best ways to unwind in a very stimulating manner. Not for the fainthearted though.
Climb the Mt. Apo
Standing at 2954 meters above sea level, Mt. Apo is the tallest mountain and volcano in the country. The mountain will always be part of every climber’s bucket list. The trek going to the peak will usually take two to three days. And before you reach the top, you will meet a lot of bird varieties along the way.
Tour around Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Listed as one of the New7Wonders of Nature, this unspoiled beauty of nature is a popular tourist destination, not just in the Philippines, but in the whole world. Aside from the breathtaking scenery, the park is rich with flora and fauna life. The cave is surrounded with great amount of stalactites and stalagmites. And because of its magnificence, biodiversity conservation has been implemented in the place to preserve its natural wonder.
Visit the Chocolate Hills
Have you ever heard of Chocolate hills? Yes, they are genuine, but for the eyes only! These geological formations are located in Bohol. The hills are covered in green grass, but eventually turn chocolate brown whenever the season is dry. Bohol is also the abode of the smallest monkeys in the world, the Tarsiers.
Dive at Tubbataha Reef
The Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park is the home for remarkable coral reefs and amazing marine life. Tourists all over the world are captivated by the pulsating marine life in Tubbataha Reef and this gem has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Witness the festive Maskara Festival
One of the most colorful festivals in the country, Maskara Festival is celebrated every third weekend of October in Bacolod. At this time of the year, the streets are decorated with colorful dancers with unique mascaras. Other notable festivals in the country are Sinulog, Ati-Atihan and Pahiyas.
The Philippines is also a great destination for shopping madness. Luxury brands, trendy fashion items and latest gadgets are well-displayed in shopping districts like SM Supermalls, Glorietta, Greenbelt, Ayala Malls and Robinsons Galleria. But if you want to experience an exciting shopping treat, head on to the street markets in Divisoria. Just a tip, don’t forget to haggle to save more money.
These are just some of the popular tourist attractions in the Philippines and there are still hundreds of exciting things you can explore in the Pearl of the Orient Seas, the Philippines. After a very stirring day, you can have a funky night out at some of the country’s top clubs like The Palace Pool Club, Club Paraw and Prive Luxury Club.