Your Southeast Asia itinerary will not be complete if you skip to visit the astonishing over 7,000 islands of the Pearl of the Orient Seas – The Philippines. From its 13 Regions and 81 Provinces, a predominant Catholic country with accompanying wild and breathtaking colorful festivals all-year round, I’m sure you’ll be craving to hit the Philippines to have fun, adventure and experience.
Truly it’s more fun in the Philippines! The campaign slogan of the country that will impact to find yourself riding on the top of a splashed-graffiti Jeepneys, swim with the gentle giant whale sharks, topping your rice with the savory adobo at meals, dance to the beat of street dancing on festivals or pay yourself a place somewhere in those peaceful remote white sand beaches and islands . If you’re heading here soon, here are some 12 kicky provinces you must visit to boost up your travels in the Philippines.
If you want to see closer the awesome perfect cone Mayon Volcano, head to Albay Province in the Bicol region. This charming province in south Luzon is very appealing where you can ride an ATV to enjoy more closely the natural beauty of Mayon. If you don’t want to do the ATV and still wish to see Mayon, just visit the Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga.
Situated on the south tip most part of Luzon just the neighbor of Albay is the alluring Province of Sorsogon. The province is the Whale Shark capital of the country. If you want to see those kind enormous whale sharks swimming and playing in their natural habitat, go to Donsol. You can arrange a diving or snorkeling activity with those gentle giants in almost every resort.
Aside from gorgeous beaches, diving and snorkeling, do you know that one of the best things to do in Cebu is Canyoneering? This activity is a crazy one and it’s worth a try! The province is also the home of several crystal clear waterfalls and a top destination in the Visayas. Owhh! Want to see Whale Sharks for the second wave? Drop your pin in Oslob town. Hit the city for the popular Sinugol Festival every January.
Where the highest point of the country is! Temperature drops to the lowest degree so be sure to pack some thick clothes beforehand. Benguet is part of the Cordilleras and Baguio City is the capital. Get mesmerize with the colorful village of La Trinidad, visit a strawberry farm or climb the highest peak at Ulap. Baguio City celebrates the annual Panagbenga Festival in February.
This pear-shaped island province is a paradise not by its pristine beaches but to its natural wonders such as the world’s famous Chocolate Hills and the smallest primate – the Tarsier. Bilar’s 2 kilometer man-made forest is a must to visit too. At night you can do paddling along Loboc River and witness lovely glowing fireflies. For beach fans, Panglao island is your best destination in the province.
Never skip this province as the world’s popular Boracay Island is situated here. Boracay offers the most powdery white sand beaches anywhere in the Philippines. Party goes wild in Boracay almost every night so find yourself and dance to the beat of music at any locations around. Arrived in January and you’ll witness the country’s famous Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo.
Marine life is very abundant in this province that’s why it is one of the best diving spot in Asia especially in the town Puerto Galera. For adventure seeker enthusiast, you can visit tribe villages or hit some natural waterfalls and beaches. The two major beaches of Sabang and White Beach has a lot of foreign taste pizza restaurants, check on those.
From the name itself, expect to be in the mountainous part of the Philippines. Famous attractions rely mostly in the town of Bontoc – the capital and Sagada. In the province, Sagada is more in everyone’s bucket list where Caving connection, Orange picking, sunrise at the Kitlepan Peak and the Hanging Coffins are some of the place’s spotlight. For foodie lovers, try the Sagada Brew Pasta or the Lemon Pie.
Get ready to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Banaue Rice Terraces. The 2,000+ years old manually man-made rice terraces is located in the village of Batad. You can also do days trek from Poblacion Banuae to Batad. The best time to visit the place is at summer but still visit able all-year round. Don’t forget to taste the native Ifugao Coffee.
Searching for best place in Eastern Visayas other than Samar? Well, why not Leyte? The province is popularly known because of the 2 km San Juanico Bridge in the town of Cabalawan in Tacloban City that connects the provinces of Samar and Leyte. If you want a bit of history, head to McArthur landing monument in Palo.
Not so well-known for tourist but now I will let you know it in here that Camiguin is very beautiful and a must to visit and explore. This island province despite of its small size, it has a lot of volcanoes, natural waterfalls such as the Katibawasan Falls and beaches like the White Island that truly will make you feel amazing!
Never miss it! Give yourself a chance to visit the most beautiful island in the world and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature – The Puerto Princesa Underground River. On the limelight, head your way to either El Nido to see the majestic Bacuit Archipelago or Coron islands for a perfect adventure.
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Direct flights from Manila are widely available to the listed provinces except for Mountain Province and Ifugao Province where no airports available. For cheaper trips, Bus, Vans and Ferries have provincial schedules too. Don’t forget to check out Philippine Festivals all-year round, check out the news and local websites for the exact date of celebrations.