HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaPhilippines11 Best Places to Visit in the Philippines By Marcos Detourista. Updated on March 7, 2018.Where to go in Philippines? Check out these top tourist spots, best places to visit, must-see attractions, beautiful sights & more.Sponsored Cheap Flights Compare ALL Airlines Cheap Manila Fares Promo Hotel Rates Tours + Discounts Cheap Cebu FaresWhen I finished my university studies and the chance to make my travel dreams started to become a reality, exploring as much of the Philippines at the top of my bucketlist. I did that for a while and I got to visit a lot of my home country’s top tourist spots and amazing off-beat destinations. Then, I ventured farther to visit nearly all countries in Southeast Asia (East Timor is still on my list!) and a bit beyond the region.After my trips abroad, I still traveled around the Philippines. A lot of my later trips was a re-visit of places that inspired wanderlust the most in my early years of travel. In the process, I gained a wider perspective on places that truly make my country stand out from the rest of Asia.This list includes my top picks for first-time travelers who want to start discovering beautiful places in the Philippines, and those looking to inspire their next adventure.1. Palawan Secret Lagoon Beach in Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Matinloc Island in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Shimizu Island in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Puerto Princesa Underground River, in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, PhilippinesWhy go — If you have the unfortunate dilemma of choosing only one place to visit in the Philippines, Palawan should be on the top of your list. You came to the country to see spectacular beaches and islands. You are going to experience the best in Palawan. Show moreHow to goPuerto Princesa is the most popular gateway to El Nido, Central, and South Palawan. It’s around 1.5 hours southwest of Manila by plane. Fly with Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines or AirAsia. You can also book direct flights from Cebu, Davao, Clark and Iloilo to Puerto Princesa Airport. Or, fly via Coron Airport, which serves Coron and remote island groups in North Palawan.Top Palawan tourist spots & things to doAmazing underwater and “over water” views in El Nido (Bacuit Bay) and Coron (Calamanianes Islands).Off-beat island hopping in Balabac, San Vicente (Port Barton), Taytay, and Quezon (Tabon Caves). Remote island chains and great diving unchartered by tourist crowds in Tubattaha reefs — UNESCO World Heritage Site (Cagayancillo), Linapacan, Cuyo, and Spratly’s (Kalayaan).Convenient city tours in Puerto Princesa, island hopping in Honda Bay & excursions to Puerto Princesa Underground River — UNESCO World Heritage Site and longest navigable underground river in the world.Backpacker budget friendly and great for solo travelers.Luxury resorts.Where to stayTours & discountsFlights to Puerto PrincesaTop discounts10% OFF El Nido Tour A Island Hopping – Lagoons and Beaches Day Trip20% OFF Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour w/ Buffet LunchCoron Island and Lakes Tour6% OFF Honda Bay Island Hopping TourSee morePalawan Tourist SpotsBalabac Travel GuideEl Nido Travel GuidePalawan travel tipsEl NidoPuerto Princesa2. Cebu Sugar Beach, in Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Boljoon Church in Cebu, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Shangri-la Mactan Resort in Lapu-Lapu, Mactan Island, Cebu, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist.Why go — Cebu is an awesome jump-off point and base to explore the Philippines. It’s also a worthy destination in itself. Show moreHow to goCebu Airport is 1 hour south of Manila by plane. A better option is to fly directly to Cebu from Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul-Incheon, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Nagoya, Taipei or Los Angeles. Cebu also hosts direct flights to major cities in Central and Southern Philippines.Top Cebu tourist spots & things to doBustling and historic Metro Cebu — Home to many of the country’s most important historical and sites and the Philippines top tourist destination.Easily reached and top class resorts in Mactan Island.Among the Philippines’ best white-sand beaches and diving in Malapascua, Bantayan, Camotes, and Moalboal. More beautiful beaches and islands in Alcoy, Dalaguete, Aloguinsan, Badian, Barili, Cordova, Santander, San Remigio, Argao, Daanbantayan, and Lapu-Lapu.Beautiful waterfalls & hiking in Osmena Peak, Samboan, Ginatilan, Badian, Oslob, and Barili.Where to stayTours & discountsFlights to CebuTop discounts21% OFF Kawasan Canyoneering Adventure Private TourCebu Kawasan Waterfalls & Osmena Peak Day Tour24% OFF Mactan Island Hopping Tour2% OFF Pescador Island Snorkeling Private TourSee moreCebu Travel GuideCebu travel tips3. Bohol Chocolate Hills sunrise view in Carmen, Bohol, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Dumaluan Beach in Bolod, Panglao Island, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Tarsier in Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary, Corella, Bohol, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist.Why go — Bohol is an all-in-one travel destination complete with beaches, heritage sites, natural attractions, and convenient accessibility. Show moreHow to goTagbilaran Airport is 1 hour south of Manila by plane. You may also take a fastcraft ferry from Cebu, which takes around 1.5 hours.Top tourist spots & things to doFamous Bohol Chocolate Hills.Tarsier sanctuary — among the World’s smallest primates.Beautiful beaches and diving sites in Panglao.Many remarkable Spanish-colonial churches and historical sites.Loboc River cruise and decent waterfalls.Where to stayTours & discountsFlights to BoholTop discountsCebu-Bohol OceanJet Ferry TicketBohol Countryside Tour w/ Buffet LunchPanglao-Bohol Island Hopping to Balicasag and Virgin IslandSee moreBohol travel tips4. Dumaguete & Negros Oriental Boulevard in Dumaguete City, Oriental Negros, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Swimming with Sea Turtles in Apo Island, Dauin, Oriental Negros, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist.Why go — If swimming with sea turtles is on your bucket list, you can do it in Apo Island Marine Sanctuary. Extremely chill Dumaguete is the jump-off point to Apo Island, Siquijor, and the highlands of Negros Oriental. Show moreHow to goDumaguete Airport is about an hour south of Manila by plane. You may also fly directly from Cebu. The flight takes 30 minutes only.Top tourist spots & things to doSwim with sea turtles, snorkeling, and diving in Apo Island.Many excellent waterfalls and mountain resorts.Low-key yet accommodating Dumaguete City.Jump-off point to Siquijor Island.Siquijor Where to stayTours & discountsDumagueteWhere to stayTours & discountsFlights to DumagueteTop discountsManjuyod Sandbar and Twin Lakes TourDumaguete to Siquijor Cambugahay Falls and Heritage Day TripManjuyod Sandbar and Twin Lakes TourSee moreDumaguete travel tipsSiquijor5. Cordilleras Banaue Rice Terraces Viewpoint, in Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Sumaguing Cave, in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist.Why go — The Philippines isn’t just all about postcard-perfect beaches. It has cool highland landscapes and rich mountain culture too! The Cordilleras has many of the country’s most scenic natural landscapes, waterfalls, and mountain summits. Its famous tourist places include Banaue, Sagada, and Baguio. Show moreHow to goTraveling by land from Manila takes around 8 hours to Banaue and 12 hours to Sagada. Cut the travel time by arriving at more relaxed Clark Airport, which caters to direct international flights from Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Seoul-Incheon, and Doha. The nearest airport with commercial flights is Tuguegarao Airport, which serves direct flights from/to Manila.Top tourist spots & things to doBanaue Rice Terraces — UNESCO World Heritage Site.Unique and well-preserved culture of Igorot people and other mountain tribes.Sagada caves and walking trails.Baguio City — The Philippines’ summer capital.Baguio Where to stayBanaue Where to staySagada Where to staySee moreBaguio travel tipsSagadaBanaue6. Ilocos Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Saud Beach in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Luzon, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Paoay Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, PhilippinesWhy go — Step into historical and relaxed Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. Both provinces are famous for their heritage sites, captivating beaches, and Ilokano food. Show moreHow to goLaoag Airport is an hour north of Manila by plane. You may also arrive at Clark Airport and travel to Ilocos by land.Top tourist spots & things to doHistoric Vigan — Best-preserved Spanish-colonial town in Asia and UNESCO World Heritage Site.Among the best heritage centers in the country. Home to the churches of Paoay and Santa Maria, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and notable heritages sites in Laoag, San Nicolas, Batac, Burgos, and Sarrat.Decent beaches, surfing, and coastal landscapes in Pagudpud and Burgos.Unique Ilokano native cuisine.Laoag Where to stayFlights to LaoagVigan Where to staySee moreLaoag travel tipsVigan7. Bicol Mayon Volcano sunrise view from Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Caramoan Islands view from Matukad Island Group, in Camarines Sur, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Calaguas Island in Vinzons, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist.Why go — Want to add extraordinary photo souvenirs of nature to your collection of beach holiday selfies? In Bicol, You can find the World’s most perfect cone-shaped volcano and swim with whale sharks in addition to some of the country’s most scenic islands. Show moreHow to goLegazpi Airport and Naga Airport are the main gateways to Bicol. Both are around 1 hour southeast of Manila by plane. Legazpi Airport also services direct flights from Cebu Airport.Top tourist spots & things to doScenic Mayon Volcano — The World’s most perfect cone-shaped volcano.Swim with whale sharks in Donsol.Among the Philippines best beaches and island hopping in Caramoan and Calaguas.Major heritage center with many remarkable Spanish-colonial churches and heritage sites.Decent surfing in Daet.Legazpi Where to stayFlights to LegazpiNaga Where to stayFlights to NagaCaramoan Where to staySee moreLegazpi travel tipsNagaCaramoan8. Surigao Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Cloud 9 in General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Cloud 9 Surfing View Deck in General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist.Why go — Endless stretches of white-sand beaches and party places, not your only image of an island getaway? Surigao has many beautifully bizarre sights for the off-beat traveler. It has a cool surf scene too!. Show moreHow to goSurigao Airport is the busiest airport. It is located approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes southeast of Manila by plane. From Cebu Airport, you may also take a flight to Surigao City or fly directly to Siargao or Tandag, Surigao del Sur.Top tourist spots & things to doCloud 9 in Siargao — the Philippines’ best surf spot.Exotic Sohoton lagoons and non-sting jellyfish in Bucas Grande Island.Island hopping & rugged beaches in Siargao, Bucas Grande, Dinagat, and Britania.Bizzare Enchanted RiverSurigao Where to stayFlights to SurigaoSiargao Where to staySee moreSurigao travel tipsSiargao9. Lake Sebu & South Cotabato Hikong Bente Falls in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Marcos at Lake Holon viewpoint, in T'Boli, South Cotabato, Philippines Lotus Fields, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist.Why go — Watch the 15th and 37th-second of this quick video of Lake Sebu’s zipline. It’ll make it extremely hard to resist visiting Lake Sebu. Show moreHow to goGeneral Santos Airport is around two hours by plane from Manila or around 1 hour from Cebu or Iloilo. Land travel from General Santos to Lake Sebu takes 2 to 3 hours. Alternatively, you may arrive at Davao Airport and take a 2-3 land trip to General Santos.Top tourist spots & things to doScenic lakes and waterfalls in Lake Sebu town.The well-preserved and unique culture of T’boli people and other mountain tribes.Cheap seafood and yellow-fun tuna in General Santos — Tuna capital of the Philippines.Lake Sebu Where to stayGeneral Santos Where to stayFlights to General SantosDavao Where to stayFlights to DavaoSee moreLake Sebu travel tipsGeneral SantosDavao10. Iligan & Northern Mindanao Overlooking Limunsudan Falls from the forest viewpoint in Brgy. Limunsudan, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Tinago Falls in Iligan City, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist.Why go — One word… Waterfalls! Iligan and the rest of Northern Mindanao is home to many of the country’s most breathtaking cascades. Show moreHow to goLaguindingan-Cagayan de Oro Airport is the primary gateway to Iligan and Northern Mindanao. It is 1.5 hours south of Manila by plane. From the airport, travel time to Iligan City Center takes around 1 hour.Top tourist spots & things to doAmong the Philippines’ most beautiful waterfalls including Tinago, Maria Cristina, and Limunsudan. Loads more waterfalls to explore and mountain views to enjoy in Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Camiguin.One of the Philippines’ best white water river rafting in Cagayan de Oro.Decent beaches, diving, and hiking trails in Camiguin.Iligan Where to stayCagayan de Oro Where to stayFlights to Cagayan de OroCamiguin Where to staySee moreIligan travel tipsCagayan de OroCamiguinSee also16 Places To Visit in Vietnam20 Places To Visit in Hong Kong20 Places To Visit in Malaysia11. Iloilo Calle Real in Iloilo City, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Antonia Beach in Gigantes, Carles, Iloilo, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist. Tangke Lagoon in Gigantes Sur Island, Carles, Iloilo, Philippines. Photo by Marcos Detourist.Why go — Iloilo province is a mishmash of the best things about traveling in the Philippines. Don’t follow everything the guidebooks say, there’s more to Iloilo than a mere working city and a tourist gateway. It has its own set of worthwhile places to visit that are still largely untouristic. From here, you can easily go on a trip to Guimaras, Boracay, Antique and Capiz. Show moreHow to goIloilo Airport is an hour south of Manila by plane. You may fly directly from Singapore and Hong Kong. The airport also serves direct flights from/to Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and Puerto Princesa. Guimaras is just 15-minutes away by ferry from the city center. Meanwhile, Boracay-Caticlan is 5 hours away by bus.Top tourist spots & things to doEnchanting beaches and islands in Gigantes, Guimaras, and Concepcion.Cheap seafood and delicious Ilonggo native cuisine.Major cultural and heritage center famed for Miagao Church — UNESCO World Heritage Site, Calle Real, grand colonial houses, and heritage buildings.Bustling yet relaxed Iloilo City — Alternative gateway to Central and Southern Philippines and one of the most livable cities in the country keen on preserving its cultural and natural heritage.Where to stayFlights to IloiloSee moreIloilo travel tipsNote: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank.Got places in mind that should be on this list? Share your photos and videos and tag #detourista on Instagram and Facebook.Don’t stop hereWith over 7,000 islands, there’s a ton of worthy places to go to in the Philippines. There are certainly a lot more destinations that I should have included but did not because I could only feature a limited number of places on this list.See more Philippines blog tips & travel guides:Philippines BeachesPhilippines WaterfallsManila Tourist SpotsBoracay Travel GuideCheck out these pages for more inspiration on places to go in Asia:Asian Countries To VisitDon’t leave yet. There’s more!26 Most Beautiful Islands & Beaches in the PhilippinesIndochina Itinerary – Thailand, Cambodia…Balabac Trip Guide for First-Timers11 Best Countries to Visit in Asia for First-TimersDiscover more blogs and travel tips in:IloiloCebuBaguioPuerto PrincesaNagaGigantes IslandsEl NidoLegazpiIgbarasDumagueteIloilo CityBoholGeneral SantosIliganCoronSoutheast AsiaAsia See all placesFind more posts about:FeaturedBest TravelBest PlacesBest Things To DoLeave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Comments Rain | Words and Wanderlust saysAugust 20, 2015 at 7:12 pmThank you for Iligan :) will share!Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 20, 2015 at 10:03 pmWaterfalls are my weakness. Plus points for the likes of Tinago, where you can enjoy the swimming in the natural pool, and not just appreciate them from a distance. Thanks for dropping by Rain!Reply Jae saysAugust 21, 2015 at 7:20 amThank You for featuring Iloilo! The food. The ambiance. It’s a sanctuary! ?Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 21, 2015 at 8:24 pmMy pleasure Jae. More people should discover and explore Iloilo.Reply Chelly saysAugust 21, 2015 at 12:01 pmShould include Batanes in your bucketlist.. ?Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 21, 2015 at 8:22 pmIt already is! I would have included Batanes on this list if I had gone there already. For the next update, I think I’ll be needing help from my travel buddies to convince people why Batanes is worth a go.Reply Diane saysAugust 22, 2015 at 1:02 pmI definitely agree about Batanes! This may help do some convincing – http://theroadtoneverland.com/the-batanes-great-spaces-list/ :) Julie saysFebruary 4, 2016 at 5:27 pmI’ve been dreaming of going to Batanes too =) Marilou saysAugust 21, 2015 at 1:48 pmThanks for featuring Surigao ? You have to visit Turtle Island too in Barobo, Surigao del Sur, with its white beaches, clear sea water, cave, smaller islets around it and its beautiful scenery at the top of it. Brittania beach is so cool too .Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 21, 2015 at 8:21 pmI love Surigao. Can’t get enough of surfing in Siargao and the lagoons of Sohoton. Thanks for the suggestions. I really want to visit more places in the eastern coast of mainland Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.Reply mike saysAugust 21, 2015 at 5:17 pmBoracay Island? i know its not that much of a paradise anymore but i think it does deserve to be on this listReply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 21, 2015 at 8:19 pmI will be including Boracay on the next update. Boracay is a rare beauty not only in the PH, but across the globe.Reply Gamay saysAugust 21, 2015 at 9:52 pmThanks much for including my hometown SAGADA… Have you been to Bumod-ok Falls? ??? Good luck and God bless!Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 21, 2015 at 10:49 pmYes, Bumod-ok Falls and Pongas Falls. I <3 Sagada. Thanks Gamay!Reply kathy saysAugust 22, 2015 at 12:45 amHello, Best post I have read from browsing FB today! Have gone visited half, obviously there are still more! Keep on traveling and sharing! It really is more fun in the Phils! :) -kathyReply Gloria Goco saysAugust 22, 2015 at 1:49 amLove your article. Grew up in Baguio City. Was hoping to see Baguio as one of the list. I guess the City had lost its charm.Reply Josephine saysAugust 22, 2015 at 4:53 amYou haven’t been to Antique(san jose, antique. In there we have beaches such as malalison beach. We call the virgin island. Malumpati beach, sira an spring in anini-y antique and many more.Reply RTPJR saysMarch 1, 2017 at 11:49 amNice place Antique.. Mauli gid ako sa Antique Ma’amReply test saysAugust 22, 2015 at 10:56 amyeah coolReply Christine | The Backpacking Executive saysAugust 22, 2015 at 12:33 pmNice compilation and awesome pictures! ;)Reply Louis Roberts saysAugust 22, 2015 at 6:00 pmI had an opportunity to visit the Philippines and I only had a week to stay. I chose Boracay. I had the most wonderful and transformative experience there. Not only was it beyond beautiful with countless experiences to be had, the people were some of the friendliest I’ve experienced in my world travels. I have befriended some and keep contact even now. I’d like to thank Marcos for this glimpse at some of what the country has to offer and beautiful photos. I personally now consider the Philippines to be a home away from home and thank the people there for embracing me. Everything is better in the Philippines. ^_^Reply Wilfredo Mejia saysAugust 22, 2015 at 8:55 pmThis is a beautifully presented blog. I have traveled the Philippines quite extensively back in the day but obviously, there’s a whole lot more to see, pick up souvenirs and create memories.Reply michelle cabanela saysAugust 28, 2015 at 7:30 pmthank you for bicol:) i think you should also visit calaguas islands in camarines norte its so beautiful.Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 28, 2015 at 9:39 pmMy pleasure Michelle. I’ve been to Calaguas and it’s way up my list of the Philippines’ most beautiful beaches :)Reply karla saysSeptember 3, 2015 at 12:19 pmI have been to CDO a lot but didn’t make time for Ma. Cristina falls and Tinago falls. Regret! Should make time next time :)Reply dan delacruz saysSeptember 12, 2015 at 10:11 amGood Job, Marcos… nice one. i love it. Thanks…Reply Eman v. saysSeptember 12, 2015 at 5:50 pmHow about syquijor marcos?Reply Elytending saysSeptember 14, 2015 at 5:01 am5 down 6 more to go! Gigantes sur Island is sexy!!! Im gonna share this to all of my friends around the world, it’s more fun in the Philippines indeed!! Thanks for the great post sir!Reply Evelyn Tagudin saysOctober 17, 2015 at 5:18 pmHi Marcos,So fascinated with the places you’ve pinned on your blog. Visited four places out of eleven.Please visit Cagayan Valley,too.We have plenty of waterfalls, lagoon and jaw-dropping cave esp the Bluewater Cave.Reply Gregg saysNovember 21, 2015 at 10:05 amHey Marcos,Greetings from the USA. I am a solo traveler going back into the Philippines February 2k16 for a couple of months. I will be visiting: Cebu, Camotes, Bantanyan, Apo, Palawan and then I will head into Thailand (4 my 4th time there).Do you have any information on the conditions in Camotes and Bantanyan? I have been scouring the blogs but cannot find out current conditions of these islands. Have they recuperated from the typhoons?Happy trails, GreggReply Marcos Detourist saysNovember 21, 2015 at 11:40 amHey Gregg,I actually visited Bantayan in Cebu earlier this year. The island is a good place as any to visit. The resorts have recovered from any (recent) typhoons. I haven’t gone to Camotes yet, but I’d go out on a limb and say that the resorts there are operating normally, too.Reply Chia saysNovember 23, 2015 at 1:17 pmWhat was the Overall Cost of all trips? Or separately cost of each destination? I just want to see what an estimate of the cost would be for all 11. Thank you!Reply Tom saysNovember 30, 2015 at 7:24 amIf you are near the Romblon Province… you are welcome on Sibuyan Island…the Galapagos of Asia Enjoy 100% pure nature…Cheers TomReply Mei saysFebruary 16, 2016 at 3:53 amBatanes should be on this list! Much more so than the other places in this list! It’s so weird that it was not included. I had to re-read the list to make sure I just didn’t miss it.Reply Art saysFebruary 16, 2016 at 11:49 amPangasinan is also an easy to go for first timers. We have lots of beaches there and tourist spots including Hundred Islands. ?Reply Rhoody saysFebruary 25, 2016 at 2:23 amVery nice to see Dumaguete in the list :-) Kind RegardsPS: I like your picture plug-in for the small images. would you mid sharing which one you use?Reply Marcos Detourist saysFebruary 25, 2016 at 3:41 pmThanks Rhoody ^_^It’s a premium plug-in called is “Justified Image Grid.’Reply MariaCal saysMarch 10, 2016 at 6:59 amHey Marcos,Awesome and really helpful article you wrote. Came across your article while searching for Gigantes island. You basically gave me so many ideas on where to take my family when we get there in the next few months! P.S. You should check out Sipalay, Negros Occidental out too and try and head over to Danugan Island Sanctuary – http://www.danjuganisland.ph/ – yes it’s not waterfalls but on the way to Sipalay, you can make a stop over at Mag-aso Falls somewhere in Kabankalan CityHave fun travelling! MariaReply haezel remias saysApril 19, 2016 at 2:44 pmThanks for sharing this ideas, last yr we visited Calaguas..3 days are not enough to explore all the breathtaking scenery from that place. love it and its really a good place to hideaway and relax. thank u my khush alsoReply Praveen Kumar saysApril 28, 2016 at 4:55 amLovely places.. thanks for listing them. i’m going to visit the Philippines by the end of this year with my better half. i think this is perfect guide.Reply Villa C. Salanio saysMay 1, 2016 at 4:02 amPlease visit Aliwagwag Falls, Cateel, Davao Oriental.Reply Marcos Detourist saysMay 1, 2016 at 8:49 amI’ve already been to Aliwagwag! It was very beautiful. I’ve included it on my list of must-visit waterfalls in the Philippines.Reply Jessica saysMay 2, 2016 at 10:59 pmCan you suggest a 4 days tour in bangkok thailand beside visiting the temples,floating market.thanksReply Marcos Detourist saysMay 4, 2016 at 12:54 pmHey Jessica :) You can find my Thailand blogs, guides, and travel tips on this link: https://www.detourista.com/x/search/network/?q=thailandReply Frankie Recabar saysMay 27, 2016 at 11:20 amThanks for spending your time traveling around our country and giving people ideas what we can offer here it will helps our tourism industry and most of all thanks for featuring my home city Iloilo.Reply Joe green saysJune 26, 2016 at 7:54 pmHello there,How long did you spend on each island and in the Phillipines in total?Reply Marcos Detourist saysJune 27, 2016 at 10:52 amI live in the Philippines and I visited these places on different trips. Visiting the highlights on each stop on the list should take 3-5 days. Many of these places are located in the same (big) islands like Luzon and Mindanao :)Reply Armando saysAugust 16, 2016 at 10:02 pmBeen to awesome Palawan… next is Bicol… Good article man…Reply Marcos Detourist saysAugust 17, 2016 at 6:47 amThanks Armando! Bicol is beautiful, make sure to visit Calaguas or Caramoan Islands if you want to visit beaches. Of course, don’t miss the view of Mayon Volcano and enjoy the delicious food in Bicol.Reply Theresa saysSeptember 7, 2016 at 2:43 pmGreat tips. Traveling in June 2017 with 4 adult kids. A lot of the activities esp in Palawan and Cebu are for divers. We aren’t divers but my adult kids are active and me not so much due to aches and pains. Will we find a happy medium in going to Coron, El Nido, Bohol? We enjoy good food and wouldn’t mind some time for pampering.Reply Marcos Detourist saysSeptember 24, 2016 at 2:50 amCool Theresa! You can enjoy a lot in those places even if you are not divers. In Coron, for example, you can already see the rich marine life just on a snorkeling/island hopping tour. There are also a lot of amazing places to see & experience above water.Reply Prem saysSeptember 10, 2016 at 9:43 amHi there i am in cebu now. What would be the best circuit to go for flow here to see some of these cool place ? I wanna surf to buy at present no swell so thought if start a citcuit for a couple of weeks then hit the surf island Should i start with palawan? Or would there be an easy flow direction from cebu? Cheers PremReply Marcos Detourist saysSeptember 24, 2016 at 2:48 amHello Prim! If you want the best surfing, go to Siargao. There’s a direct Cebu-Siargao flight by Cebu Pacific. To go to Palawan, you need to go back to Cebu by plane & take another flight to Puerto Princesa. If it were me, I would visit Siargao first & then do a more chill trip in Palawan.Reply stephanie saysNovember 21, 2016 at 11:06 pmThanks for sharing these places! Palawan looks beautiful. And Illocos looks very interesting! Ive written them down for when i go to the Philippines xReply Marcos Detourist saysNovember 29, 2016 at 2:32 pmThanks for the comment Stephanie. Have fun on your future trips in PH!Reply Ana saysJanuary 7, 2017 at 1:52 pmI’m glad South Cotabato and Northern Mindanao are featured in your list. As someone who’s living here in Mindanao, we’re proud of our tourist spots and beautiful natural resources.Reply Marcos Detourist saysJanuary 8, 2017 at 6:43 amThanks for the comment Ana. I love visiting these places :) I had gone to more places in South Cotabato and North Mindanao recently. There are a lot more places to visit in the area :DReply Yu saysMay 20, 2017 at 8:25 amAfter our tour in iloilo city and Boracay , other towns in Panay island would be another bests. See a real MUMMY in Casanayan for the first time, swim in Dayhagan beach, see the biggest bell in Asia, be amazed of the tallest Marian image in Asia found in Pilar, the very high statue of sacred heart and seafood in Roxas city, the Kawa bath in Antique, the caves and super big acacia trees and waterfalls in Pilar, Sicogon island and Gigantes island . all of these are in Panay island ,3 hour bus ride from iloilo city..Reply Holly saysMay 29, 2017 at 11:31 amWhat about Borocay? How does it compare to the places listed above?Reply Marcos Detourist saysMay 29, 2017 at 10:59 pmBoracay is beautiful & one of the top spots in the Philippines. It’s one of the best places to visit for vacationers. You might want to check out this list of the best beaches in the Philippines to compare with other island destinations in the country.Reply Julie Cantos saysJune 8, 2017 at 2:11 amWhy didn’t you include Batanes? Its so beautiful to miss it😊Reply Marcos Detourist saysJune 8, 2017 at 2:52 amCheck out this list! https://www.detourista.com/guide/philippines-best-beaches/Reply Flight Tickets Offers saysJune 15, 2017 at 8:49 pmLove Philippines!!Reply Enayet Hossain saysJune 17, 2017 at 3:30 pmI like this side. I want to visit .Reply Sean saysJune 27, 2017 at 8:39 pmawesome blog! Just wanna ask what camera and lenses you used on those lovely photos.Reply Marcos Detourist saysJune 27, 2017 at 11:09 pmGlad you like my photo Sean :)They were taken on different trips over the last decade or so, haha. I’ve used different cameras (& lenses) but mainly these: Nikon D5000 Panasonic Lumix DSLM Sony A6000Many photos on my blog are also taken with a mobile phone: Huawei P9Reply Vinay saysNovember 6, 2017 at 3:19 amWat would be the cost for solo trip for 5 daysReply Marcos Detourist saysNovember 17, 2017 at 10:19 pmIt depends on what places you want to visit, activities & hotel rates. Generally, a backpacker-friendly budget in the Philippines is around USD 20-50 or PHP 1000-2500 per day.Check out these posts to get an idea of the costs of traveling in the Philippines: El Nido Travel Guide Blog Boracay Travel Guide BlogReply Blanne Acosta saysNovember 13, 2017 at 11:58 pmInteresting list but I would have to say that my first reaction when I was browsing through the places on the list was to disagree. However upon reading the article thats when I noticed that the list would Be for first time travelers who would like to start discovering beautiful places in the Philippines. I guess A more descriptive title would be better for this article. But interesting list.Reply Marcos Detourist saysNovember 17, 2017 at 10:03 pmThank you Blanne. The Philippines has so many beautiful spots to offer beyond these places listed. They are definitely worth seeking.You’re right, I wrote this article keeping the ease of traveling to & around these spots in mind.If you have destinations that you think should be on the article, I and my readers would appreciate including them on your next comment :)Reply Alex saysNovember 24, 2017 at 4:36 amHow many days do you suggest to visit Philippines?Reply Marcos Detourist saysNovember 24, 2017 at 7:18 amDepends on how many places you want to visit. Two to four week will be enough to visit the highlights. Or, at least 2 to 5 days per destination.Reply Sweet saysMay 1, 2018 at 5:37 pmSir whats better to visit in Kalibo, cebu,davao or puerto princesa or legaspi?I went to corn boracay dumaguete and bohol alreadyReply Marcos Detourista saysMay 3, 2018 at 12:08 amHi Sweet, I recommend that you go to Palawan!Reply Rosie saysSeptember 8, 2018 at 4:51 pmHi… Can I asked what hotel in Baguio city and in palawan most expensive and worth it to stay..thank youReply Marcos Detourista saysSeptember 19, 2018 at 1:53 amHey Rosie. You can check the list of hotels here. Just enter your travel dates, sort the results by the highest guest reviews, and use the price/star rating filter.Reply Joanna saysSeptember 11, 2018 at 11:59 pmHi, when having to choose to add days somewhere to stay longer you would go with Cebu/Bohol are or Palawan? :)Reply Marcos Detourista saysSeptember 19, 2018 at 2:08 amIt depends on what kind of places you want to visit. For the best beaches & islands, go for Palawan (esp. El Nido and Coron). Explore more of Palawan if you want to visit more off-beat beaches and islands. If you want to have a more diverse experience, extend your trip in Cebu/Bohol (food, waterfalls, heritage sites, urban comforts etc.)ReplyStart A TripSee travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.