HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaPhilippines 15 Places to Visit in The Philippines + Things To Do for First-Timers By Marcos Detourista. Updated on January 24, 2019. Where to go in The Philippines? Achieve your travel goals with this list of beautiful destinations, things to do, best places to visit, Philippines tourist spots, attractions & more. When I finished my university studies and the chance to achieve my travel goals started to become a reality, exploring as much of the Philippines was at the top of my bucketlist. I did that for a while and got to visit my home country’s top tourist spots and amazing off-the-beaten-path destinations. Then, I ventured farther to visit more places in Asia & beyond. After my trips abroad, I still traveled around the Philippines. Many 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 made my country stand out from the rest of Asia. Here are my top picks for first-time travelers who want to start discovering beautiful destinations in the Philippines. Most of these places are easy to reach from Manila, Cebu and other major airports. I also included a few remote, yet extraordinary spots for those seeking off-beat adventures. If you want to discover more spots, check out the best beaches in the Philippines and the Philippines’ most beautiful waterfalls as well. Follow me on Instagram 1. Palawan If you have the unfortunate dilemma of choosing only one place to visit in the Philippines, Palawan should be at 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! Where to stayTours + discounts Destinations + tourist spots Puerto Princesa Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan, Philippines Sabang Beach near Puerto Princesa Underground River Starfish Island, in Honda Bay Most travelers arrive in Palawan by way of Puerto Princesa. Known as the “City in a Forest,” Puerto Princesa is not only the island’s busiest gateway, it’s home to many remarkable attractions. Don’t miss the Puerto Princesa Underground River (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the longest navigable underground river in the World), island hopping trips to Honda Bay, and a tour around the city. How to go — Touchdown at Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS). Major airlines including Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines & AirAsia serve direct flights from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo & Clark. Travel time from Manila to Puerto Princesa is around 1h30m by plane. Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts PPS Airport to Puerto Princesa City, El Nido or Sabang Shared Shuttle Van 20% OFF Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour w/ Buffet Lunch 6% OFF Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour 22 Places To Visit in Puerto Princesa El Nido Secret Lagoon Beach in El Nido, Palawan Shimizu Island in El Nido, Palawan Sea view from Matinloc Island, El Nido This is one of my favorite places to go in the Philippines for dramatic “over the water” views. El Nido is blessed with gorgeous off-shore islands, soaring limestone cliffs, hidden beaches, and secret lagoons. The “SEAnery” here rivals popular destinations in Asia like Ha Long Bay and the Phi Phi islands. How to go — Most travelers arrive in El Nido by flying to Puerto Princesa Airport and traveling by land to El Nido. Travel time is around 5-6 hours. If you want to skip the long land journey, you can also fly directly to El Nido Airport. Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts PPS Airport to Puerto Princesa City, El Nido or Sabang Shared Shuttle Van 10% OFF El Nido Tour A – Lagoons and Beaches Island Hopping 6% OFF El Nido Tour C – Hidden Beaches and Shrines Island Hopping El Nido Travel Guide Coron Coron in Palawan, Philippines Located farther north of El Nido, Coron is also popular for pristine lagoons and white-sand beaches. The views underwater are just a beautiful too! Go here for shipwreck diving, sprawling coral gardens, and great snorkeling. How to go — Touchdown at Coron-Busuanga Airport, which serves direct flights from Cebu, Clark, and Manila. Where to stay Top discounts Coron Island and Lakes Tour More reasons to visit Palawan 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 (a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Cagayancillo), Linapacan, Cuyo, and Spratly’s Islands (Kalayaan Islands). Luxury island resorts including Amanpulo, El Nido Resorts, and Dos Palmas Resort. See more 22 Places To Visit in Puerto Princesa El Nido Travel Guide 12 Places To Visit in Palawan 2. Cebu Marcos at Osmeña Peak, Cebu Shangri-la Mactan Resort, Cebu Fort San Pedro, Cebu City Sirao Flower Garden, Cebu City Virgin Island in Bantayan, Cebu Kawasan-Badian Canyoneering in Cebu Cebu is the Philippines #1 most visited tourist destination thanks to its strategic location in Central Philippines, well-connected flight/ferry network and diverse set of attractions. When in Cebu, visit the old Spanish-colonial heritages sites, beaches and waterfalls scattered throughout the province and nearby islands. Don’t leave without getting a taste of the local cuisine, starting with the prized Cebu Lechon! How to go — Cebu-Mactan International Airport serves direct flights from all major cities in the Philippines as well as international flights from Asia and North America. Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts 7% OFF Cebu Airport Private Transfers – Cebu City or Mactan Island 3% OFF Bohol Sightsee Day Tour from Cebu Cebu-Bohol OceanJet Ferry Ticket Places to see + things to do Easy-to-reach luxury beach resorts in Mactan Island. Centuries-old churches and heritage sites. Among the Philippines’ best white-sand beaches and diving in Malapascua, Bantayan, Moalboal, and Camotes Islands. Waterfalls & hiking in Badian (Osmena Peak), Samboan, Ginatilan, Badian, Oslob, Barili, and Cebu City’s highlands. Badian-Kawasan Canyoneering See more Cebu Travel Guide 3. Bohol Sunrise at Bohol Chocolate Hills Dumaluan Beach in Panglao, Bohol Bilar Manmade Forest, Bohol Looking for a place to visit near Cebu? Bohol is one of the best destinations to add to your bucketlist! This island is famous for its heritage sites and natural attractions, including the iconic Chocolate Hills. Bohol is also where you can meet the cute Tarsiers, one of the World’s smallest primates. If that’s not enough, beautiful beaches, diving sites, and dolphin encounters await in Panglao Island. How to go — Bohol International Airport is 1 hour south of Manila by plane. You can also go by ferry from Cebu. Sea crossing takes around 1h30m hours. Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts 3% OFF Bohol Sightsee Day Tour from Cebu Cebu-Bohol OceanJet Ferry Ticket Anda Beach, Cabagnow Cave and Candijay Private Tour in Bohol See more 19 Places To Visit in Bohol 4. Dumaguete & Negros Oriental Siliman University, Dumaguete City Casaroro Falls in Valencia, Oriental Negros Dumaguete Boulevard at night Extremely chill Dumaguete is the jump-off point to Apo Island and Siquijor. It’s also a good base to explore the many waterfalls, lakes, and mountain resorts of Negros Oriental province. How to go — Dumaguete Airport is about an hour south of Manila by plane. You can also fly directly from Cebu. The flight only takes 30 minutes. Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts Manjuyod Sandbar and Twin Lakes Tour Bohol-Dumaguete OceanJet Ferry Ticket Places to go + things to do Apo Island Swimming with sea turtles at Apo Island Apo Island near Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental If swimming with sea turtles is on your bucketlist, the best places to go is Apo Island, a protected marine sanctuary with sprawling coral gardens. Tours + discounts Siquijor Salagdoong Beach in Siquijor Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor Lazi Church in Siquijor Hop on a ferry from Dumaguete & wander around Siquijor Island. Visit the stunning beach coves, waterfalls and experience the idyllic island lifestyle. Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts Bohol-Siquijor OceanJet Ferry Ticket See more 14 Places To Visit in Dumaguete 5. Surigao Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur Endless stretches of white-sand beaches, not your only image of a perfect island getaway? Surigao has many extraordinary sights for the off-beat traveler. See the bizarre Enchanted River. Enjoy the island hopping in Siargao, Dinagat Islands, and Britania Islands. Where to stay Destinations + attractions Siargao & Sohoton lagoons Cloud 9 in Siargao Island Rugged coast in General Luna, Siargao Sohoton Lagoons near Siargao Island Cloud 9 in Siargao Island considered as the Philippines’ best surf spot. When in Siargao, don’t miss a trip to the exotic Sohoton lagoons in Bucas Grande Island and see the rare non-sting jellyfish. Where to stay 8 Places To Visit in Siargao 6. Cordillera Region The Philippines isn’t just all about postcard-perfect beaches. It has cool highlands and rich mountain cultures too! Go here for scenic viewpoints, waterfalls, summit treks, and of course, the famous rice terraces. Where to go + what to do Banaue & Ifugao Banaue Rice Terraces viewpoint Batad Rice Terraces near Banaue, Ifugao Tappiya Falls near Batad Rice Terraces Igorot farmers at Kiangan Rice Terraces & Open Air Museum See the Banaue Rice Terraces, a top tourist spot in the Philippines featured on the P1,000 bill. Banaue village is an excellent base to explore the Ifugao Rice Terraces (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and immerse in the well-preserved culture of the Igorot mountain people. Where to stay 11 Places To Visit in Banaue Sagada Sumaguing Cave in Sagada Sagada hanging coffins The bizarre hanging coffins draw many travelers to Sagada. This popular backpacking hub is also popular for cave spelunking, beautiful waterfalls, village treks & sunrise viewpoints. Where to stay 10 Places To Visit in Sagada Baguio La Trinidad strawberry fields near Baguio Wright Park in Baguio City Burnham Park Lake in Baguio City This is the Philippines’ summer capital. Baguio City offers a cool climate, urban comforts and fun day trips beyond the city including La Trinidad strawberry fields. How to go — Land travel from Manila is approximately 5-6 hours to Baguio, 8 hours to Banaue, and 12 hours to Sagada. Cut the travel time by arriving at more relaxed Clark Airport. Where to stay 14 Places To Visit in Baguio 7. Ilocos Visit historical and relaxed Ilocos Region in Northern Philippines. Beautiful destinations + where to go Vigan Calle Crisologo in Vigan Vigan is the best-preserved Spanish-colonial town in Asia. If you’re a lover of old cities, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-visit. Where to stay 11 Places To Visit in Vigan Laoag & Ilocos Norte Paoay Church near Vigan Kapurpurawan White Rock in Burgos, Ilocos Norte Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte Bangui Windmills near Laoag, Ilocos Norte Ilocos Norte is one of the Philippines’ best heritage destinations as well. From Laoag, visit the Spanish-colonial churches of the province including Paoay Church (included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites). Go farther north to find the beautiful beaches, surfing, and coastal landscapes in Pagudpud and Burgos. How to go — Laoag Airport is an hour north of Manila by plane. You can also arrive at Clark Airport and travel to Laoag or Vigan by land. Where to stay 8. Bicol Interesting places + tourist spots Legazpi City Mayon Volcano sunrise view from Legazpi City Legazpi is the gateway to Bicol Region. This city is perhaps the most most picturesque in the Philippines! Here, you can enjoy majestic views of Mayon Volcano, recognized as the World’s “perfect” cone-shaped volcano. Where to stay 11 Places To Visit in Legazpi More reasons to visit Bicol Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte Swim with whale sharks at Donsol (Sorsogon). Go off-the-beaten-path to Calaguas Island and Caramoan. Get a taste of the Bicol Express and other local Bicolano cuisine. 9. Central Luzon Central Luzon is a new addition to this list thanks to easy access from Clark Airport, the fastest growing flight hub in the Philippines. In case you find yourself transiting via Clark, there are plenty of places in Central Luzon that’s worth a stopover. Where to go + things to do Clark & Pampanga Puning Hot Springs in Pampanga This former US air base, located in the greater metropolitan area of Angeles City, is developing as a major international and domestic flight hub, and will soon rise as the country’s first smart city. Clark and Angeles City is an excellent jump-off point to explore Pampanga province, a culinary and heritage destination in the Philippines, and other interesting spots nearby including Puning Hot Springs. Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts Clark Airport to Manila Private Transfers Subic Bay Subic Bay beachfront in Zambales An hour’s drive from Clark takes you to coastal Subic Bay, a popular destination for themed attractions and natural sites. Subic’s top tourist spots include the Pamulaklakin Nature Park, Boardwalk Park, Zoobic Safari, Ocean Adventure, Inflatable Island & Duty Free shopping malls. Where to stayTours + discounts More reasons to visit Central Luzon Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan Anawangin Cove in Zambales Mount Pinatubo crater lake Enjoy an off-road adventure and hike to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo Visit the scenic beaches and islands of Zambales Wander around the heritage sites in Bataan 10. Davao Philippine Eagle Center, Davao City Jack’s Ridge in Davao City Davao City view from Eden Nature Park Considering a trip to Southern Philippines? Start with Davao City, the largest urban center in Mindanao. Located at the foot of Mount Apo, the PH’s tallest mountain, this sprawling metropolis is where you can get a taste of Durian, meet the great Philippine Eagle, and enjoy day trips to refreshing natural sites like Eden Nature Park and Samal Island. Of course, it is also the gateway to beautiful spots in Davao Region and beyond. Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts Davao Sightseeing Private Car Charter – Eden/Malagos Davao City Private Car Charter Davao (DVO) Airport to Davao City Center Private Transfers Destinations + attractions Samal Island Talucud Island in Samal, near Davao Monfort Bat Colony in Samal Island Samal Island is easily reached by ferry from Davao City. Enjoy a luxury stay at Pearl Farm Beach Resort, famous for its waterfront stilt cottages, or wander to the peaceful beaches of Talikud Island. Where to stayTours + discounts See more 14 Places To Visit in Davao 11. Lake Sebu & South Cotabato Lake Sebu, South Cotabato Hikong Bente Falls in Lake Sebu General Santos Tuna Market Marcos at Lake Holon viewpoint, South Cotabato Another place worth visiting near Davao is Lake Sebu. This highland village offers cool mountain temperatures, beautiful waterfalls, and scenic lake views. Lake Sebu is the homeland of the peaceful T’boli people. How to go — General 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 to 3-hour land trip to General Santos. Where to stay 12. Northern Mindanao Places to see + things to do Iligan Tinago Falls in Iligan City Limunsudan Falls in Iligan City Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City One word… WATERFALLS! Iligan is home to many of the Philippines’ most beautiful waterfalls including Tinago Falls, Maria Cristina Falls, and remote Limunsudan Falls (the highest two-tiered in the Philippines). Where to stay Cagayan de Oro & beyond Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village in Cagayan de Oro City Cagayan de Oro, the largest city in Northern Mindanao, is a convenient hub for tourists visiting nearby Bukidnon and Camiguin Island. It’s also the adventure capital of the Philippines! This city is famous for its white water river rafting, river tubing, paragliding, nature parks. Where to stay More reasons to visit Northern Mindanao White Island in Camiguin Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin Monastery of Transfiguration in Bukidnon Malaybalay, Bukidnon White Island, hot springs and prisitine waterfalls in Camiguin Island. Cool pine forests in Bukidnon, Del Monte Pineapple Plantation and Dahilayan Adventure Park. 13. Boracay Island & Aklan Boracay White Beach Sunset view from Boracay Island Kalibo Ati-atihan Festival, in Aklan Boracay is an easy place to visit if you’re looking forward to hitting the beach. At 4 kilometers long, White Beach in Boracay has clear blue waters and very fine white sand, compelling enough to earn Boracay a spot on the list of the World’s best beaches & islands by many globally recognized publications. Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts 35% OFF Kalibo Airport – Boracay Transfers – Terminal Fee + Ferry Included 26% OFF Boracay-Caticlan Airport – Hotel Transfers – Terminal Fee + Ferry Included 6% OFF Boracay Paraw Sailing See more Boracay Travel Guide 14. Iloilo & Guimaras Calle Real in Iloilo City Alubihod Beach Cove in Guimaras Gigantes Islands in Iloilo Miagao Church near Iloilo City Don’t follow everything the guidebooks say, there’s more to Iloilo than a mere working city and a flight hub. 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. Where to stay Places to go + things to do Enchanting beaches and islands in Gigantes, Guimaras, and Concepcion. Eat cheap seafood and delicious Ilonggo native cuisine. Visit Miagao Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Calle Real, grand colonial houses, and heritage buildings. Enjoy 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. See more Iloilo Itinerary 15. Manila & beyond Intramuros Walled City in Manila Greenbelt 5 Mall in Makati, Metro Manila Corregidor Island near Manila Hulugan Falls in Laguna Taal Volcano near Manila The Philippines’ capital city offers many attractions for travelers. It’s also a good base to explore interesting places in nearby Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, and Laguna provinces. Where to stayTours + discounts Top discounts 13% OFF Manila City Tour 12% OFF Manila City Private Tour 10% OFF Dinner Buffet and Cultural Show at Barbara’s Destinations + attractions Historic Intramuros is a good place to start. This walled city is filled with Spanish-era architecture including the Manila Cathedral, Fort Santiago, and San Agustin Church (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Beat the tropical heat & shop at Manila’s massive malls. The Metro Manila is home to many of the World’s largest malls including the ever-expanding Mall of Asia, expected to grab the #1 spot by 2021. Exciting food and nightlife scene in cosmopolitan Makati and Bonifacio Global City (BGC). New entertainment districts in the Manila Bay area. Day trips to nearby Corregidor Island, waterfalls in Laguna, Tagaytay/Taal Volcano, Antipolo (view overlooking Metro Manila skyline) & more. See more 10 Places To Visit in Manila Places to visit in The Philippines Philippines tourist spots, things to do in The Philippines, where to go in The Philippines & more. 1. Palawan Puerto Princesa El Nido Coron 2. Cebu 3. Bohol 4. Dumaguete & Negros Oriental Apo Island Siquijor 5. Surigao Siargao & Sohoton lagoons 6. Cordillera Region Banaue & Ifugao Sagada Baguio 7. Ilocos Vigan Laoag & Ilocos Norte 8. Bicol Legazpi City 9. Central Luzon Clark & Pampanga Subic Bay 10. Davao Samal Island 11. Lake Sebu & South Cotabato 12. Northern Mindanao Iligan Cagayan de Oro & beyond 13. Boracay Island & Aklan 14. Iloilo & Guimaras 15. Manila & beyond Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank. 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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 says August 21, 2015 at 7:20 am Thank You for featuring Iloilo! The food. The ambiance. It’s a sanctuary! ? Reply Marcos Detourist says August 21, 2015 at 8:24 pm My pleasure Jae. More people should discover and explore Iloilo. Reply Chelly says August 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm Should include Batanes in your bucketlist.. ? Reply Marcos Detourist says August 21, 2015 at 8:22 pm It 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 says August 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm I definitely agree about Batanes! This may help do some convincing – http://theroadtoneverland.com/the-batanes-great-spaces-list/ :) Julie says February 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm I’ve been dreaming of going to Batanes too =) Grace says January 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm I agree. Batanes should be included. Its the most serene and lovely place to go that if you want a peaceful day away from all office tension this is the right place. Not much for food though but the place and people – I’m all thumbs up! Highly recommended! Reply Marilou says August 21, 2015 at 1:48 pm Thanks 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 says August 21, 2015 at 8:21 pm I 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 says August 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm Boracay Island? i know its not that much of a paradise anymore but i think it does deserve to be on this list Reply Marcos Detourist says August 21, 2015 at 8:19 pm I will be including Boracay on the next update. Boracay is a rare beauty not only in the PH, but across the globe. Reply Gamay says August 21, 2015 at 9:52 pm Thanks much for including my hometown SAGADA… Have you been to Bumod-ok Falls? ??? Good luck and God bless! Reply Marcos Detourist says August 21, 2015 at 10:49 pm Yes, Bumod-ok Falls and Pongas Falls. I <3 Sagada. Thanks Gamay! Reply kathy says August 22, 2015 at 12:45 am Hello, 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! :) -kathy Reply Gloria Goco says August 22, 2015 at 1:49 am Love 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 says August 22, 2015 at 4:53 am You 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 says March 1, 2017 at 11:49 am Nice place Antique.. Mauli gid ako sa Antique Ma’am Reply test says August 22, 2015 at 10:56 am yeah cool Reply Christine | The Backpacking Executive says August 22, 2015 at 12:33 pm Nice compilation and awesome pictures! ;) Reply Louis Roberts says August 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm I 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 says August 22, 2015 at 8:55 pm This 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 says August 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm thank you for bicol:) i think you should also visit calaguas islands in camarines norte its so beautiful. Reply Marcos Detourist says August 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm My pleasure Michelle. I’ve been to Calaguas and it’s way up my list of the Philippines’ most beautiful beaches :) Reply karla says September 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm I 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 says September 12, 2015 at 10:11 am Good Job, Marcos… nice one. i love it. Thanks… Reply Eman v. says September 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm How about syquijor marcos? Reply Elytending says September 14, 2015 at 5:01 am 5 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 says October 17, 2015 at 5:18 pm Hi 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 says November 21, 2015 at 10:05 am Hey 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, Gregg Reply Marcos Detourist says November 21, 2015 at 11:40 am Hey 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 says November 23, 2015 at 1:17 pm What 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 says November 30, 2015 at 7:24 am If you are near the Romblon Province… you are welcome on Sibuyan Island…the Galapagos of Asia Enjoy 100% pure nature… Cheers Tom Reply Mei says February 16, 2016 at 3:53 am Batanes 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 says February 16, 2016 at 11:49 am Pangasinan is also an easy to go for first timers. We have lots of beaches there and tourist spots including Hundred Islands. ? Reply Rhoody says February 25, 2016 at 2:23 am Very nice to see Dumaguete in the list :-) Kind Regards PS: I like your picture plug-in for the small images. would you mid sharing which one you use? Reply Marcos Detourist says February 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm Thanks Rhoody ^_^ It’s a premium plug-in called is “Justified Image Grid.’ Reply MariaCal says March 10, 2016 at 6:59 am Hey 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 City Have fun travelling! Maria Reply haezel remias says April 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm Thanks 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 also Reply Praveen Kumar says April 28, 2016 at 4:55 am Lovely 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 says May 1, 2016 at 4:02 am Please visit Aliwagwag Falls, Cateel, Davao Oriental. Reply Marcos Detourist says May 1, 2016 at 8:49 am I’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 says May 2, 2016 at 10:59 pm Can you suggest a 4 days tour in bangkok thailand beside visiting the temples,floating market.thanks Reply Marcos Detourist says May 4, 2016 at 12:54 pm Hey Jessica :) You can find my Thailand blogs, guides, and travel tips on this link: https://www.detourista.com/x/search/network/?q=thailand Reply Frankie Recabar says May 27, 2016 at 11:20 am Thanks 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 says June 26, 2016 at 7:54 pm Hello there, How long did you spend on each island and in the Phillipines in total? Reply Marcos Detourist says June 27, 2016 at 10:52 am I 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 says August 16, 2016 at 10:02 pm Been to awesome Palawan… next is Bicol… Good article man… Reply Marcos Detourist says August 17, 2016 at 6:47 am Thanks 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 says September 7, 2016 at 2:43 pm Great 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 says September 24, 2016 at 2:50 am Cool 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 says September 10, 2016 at 9:43 am Hi 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 Prem Reply Marcos Detourist says September 24, 2016 at 2:48 am Hello 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 says November 21, 2016 at 11:06 pm Thanks for sharing these places! Palawan looks beautiful. And Illocos looks very interesting! Ive written them down for when i go to the Philippines x Reply Marcos Detourist says November 29, 2016 at 2:32 pm Thanks for the comment Stephanie. Have fun on your future trips in PH! Reply Ana says January 7, 2017 at 1:52 pm I’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 says January 8, 2017 at 6:43 am Thanks 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 :D Reply Yu says May 20, 2017 at 8:25 am After 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 says May 29, 2017 at 11:31 am What about Borocay? How does it compare to the places listed above? Reply Marcos Detourist says May 29, 2017 at 10:59 pm Boracay 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 says June 8, 2017 at 2:11 am Why didn’t you include Batanes? Its so beautiful to miss it😊 Reply Marcos Detourist says June 8, 2017 at 2:52 am Check out this list! https://www.detourista.com/guide/philippines-best-beaches/ Reply Flight Tickets Offers says June 15, 2017 at 8:49 pm Love Philippines!! Reply Enayet Hossain says June 17, 2017 at 3:30 pm I like this side. I want to visit . Reply Sean says June 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm awesome blog! Just wanna ask what camera and lenses you used on those lovely photos. Reply Marcos Detourist says June 27, 2017 at 11:09 pm Glad 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 A6000 Many photos on my blog are also taken with a mobile phone: Huawei P9 Reply Vinay says November 6, 2017 at 3:19 am Wat would be the cost for solo trip for 5 days Reply Marcos Detourist says November 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm It 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 Blog Reply Blanne Acosta says November 13, 2017 at 11:58 pm Interesting 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 says November 17, 2017 at 10:03 pm Thank 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 says November 24, 2017 at 4:36 am How many days do you suggest to visit Philippines? Reply Marcos Detourist says November 24, 2017 at 7:18 am Depends 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 says May 1, 2018 at 5:37 pm Sir whats better to visit in Kalibo, cebu,davao or puerto princesa or legaspi?I went to corn boracay dumaguete and bohol already Reply Marcos Detourista says May 3, 2018 at 12:08 am Hi Sweet, I recommend that you go to Palawan! Reply Rosie says September 8, 2018 at 4:51 pm Hi… Can I asked what hotel in Baguio city and in palawan most expensive and worth it to stay..thank you Reply Marcos Detourista says September 19, 2018 at 1:53 am Hey 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 says September 11, 2018 at 11:59 pm Hi, when having to choose to add days somewhere to stay longer you would go with Cebu/Bohol are or Palawan? :) Reply Marcos Detourista says September 19, 2018 at 2:08 am It 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.) Reply John says December 15, 2018 at 8:23 am Totally agree with your list. Having Cebu and Bohol on your top 3 list is indeed the right thing. Palawan is the most popular to me in terms of local and foreign tourists that visits the place and Cebu as the second best places in your list is indeed correct, for me, and I also agree with your number 3. All in all, I agree with your list. These are indeed the best places in Philippines that every tourists shouldn’t miss Reply Amanda anthony says January 17, 2019 at 2:49 am Thank you for this information I’ve enjoyed reading all your advise . We are a couple in our 50’s hoping to spend 3 weeks in the Philippines soon thinking of port Barton, El I do , Bohol what do you think ? Than you Reply Marcos Detourista says January 18, 2019 at 4:44 pm Yes, those are good choices! From El Nido, you can take the ferry to Coron as well. From Bohol, you can continue your trip to Dumaguete & Siquijor Island. Reply Thu Phan says January 24, 2019 at 1:31 am If I have one week to visit the Philipines, what places do you recommend me to go? Reply Marcos Detourista says January 24, 2019 at 4:00 am You can maybe limit to one, two or three places on the list. A good combination would be, Cebu & Palawan. Reply Jodi says February 26, 2019 at 3:58 pm What a fantastic, informative post with beautiful pictures! I am considering an 8 day visit in April and am trying to figure out where to go so this is very helpful. I’d love to see beautiful beaches and the whale shark, maybe the Tarsiers too. Any suggestions on where I could go and the order to go in? Thank you!! Reply Marcos Detourista says March 1, 2019 at 2:37 pm Hi Jodi, With 8 days, I recommend that you limit the no. destinations to 2 or 3 spots. I suggest Palawan and Cebu. In Palawan, you can either go to Coron… or do the Puerto Princesa-El Nido route. From Cebu, you can base at Cebu City and visit Bohol / South Cebu on day trips. Enjoy the Philippines! Reply Jason Donnelly says April 25, 2019 at 7:26 pm Marcos, i just want to thank you for the awesome info you’ve provided through your pages. I’m heading to the Philippines in a few weeks for fourteen nights, i’m still quite confused regarding where to spend my time but i’m sure that once i look closer at all you have shared that i will be able to make my destination choices and thoroughly enjoy my time! Marcos Detourista says April 26, 2019 at 11:49 am Hi Jason, you can start planning by including Palawan (El Nido and/or Coron) and then add more places that pique your interest. Enjoy the Philippines!