5 Vacation Spots in the Philippines You Didn't Know About
Surfing in Siargao, living off the grid in Negros Oriental and more!
The Philippines has an immense wealth of natural wonders…In fact we have so many, we barely know some of them exist. But thanks to #SinoPinas, “a community of Filipinos in quest of discovering the Philippines; its beauty, culture and people,” we’ve uncovered some of these breathtaking sights. And we can’t wait to see these places for ourselves, too. It's true what they say, it's more fun in the Philippines.
The Boardwalk, Siargao, Surigao del Norte
What: The Boardwalk in Siargao sits at the famous Cloud 9 beach, where many locals and tourists alike come to surf. It’s touted as the country’s surf capital thanks to its perfect waves and laidback vibe. This piece of paradise a.k.a Cloud 9 Siargao truly lives up to its name.
Cagayan de Oro
What: Thrill seekers, Cagayan de Oro needs to be on your travel bucket list if you haven’t been. CDO offers a whitewater rafting experience like no other led by teams of professionals who will guide you throughout your adventure. Haven’t had enough? Go caving (cave exploring) while you’re at it.
Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
What: Lake Sebu, a natural lake, is one of the prime eco-tourism destinations in South Cotabato. It’s a place to relax and unwind, and just enjoy life’s simple joys, like the charming view of the lake, the cool breeze and the quiet.
Feel the rush: Tired of the quiet? Get your blood pumping and zipline through Seven Falls—it’s the highest zipline in Asia.
What: Want the ultimate escape from city life? Live off the grid for a few days in Naubo, Negros Oriental. There’s no electricity, no cell signal, just pure nature. “Days started at 4AM and ended by 7PM. [It’s] a simple provincial life,” said Anton Magno.
Enjoy it: The art of doing nothing.
Fortune Island, Nasugbu Batangas
What: Batangas has always been a favorite go-to for Metro Manila dwellers, what with its easy location and stunning beaches. And yet there are still places many of us don’t know about, like Fortune Island, which is 14km off shore of Brgy. Bucana in Nasugbu. It’s famous for its Greek-style structures located atop its mighty cliffs, powdery, white sand and turquoise-colored waters. It’s the perfect place to go cliff diving.
Rough it out: While this place is perfect for a day tour, Sino Pinas says you’re welcome to rough it out and sleep under the stars here
Vayang Rolling Hills, Batanes
What: Want to experience the hills come alive with the Sound of Music? Come on over to Vayang Rolling Hills—a Batanes tourist spot—and sing your heart out as you walk through lush, sprawling greens overlooking the twinkling sea.
Traveler tip: Walk down from the hills and find yourself a beautiful spot to watch the sunset
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