Metro Manila · Travel & Countryside
Travelling in the Philippines is a delight since you will find tourist hotspots such as Boracay as well as many places rarely visited by tourists. With 7,107 islands in the tropical destination, there are lots of places to see, from the windy Batanes Islands in the very north to popular Palawan and Bohol to parts of Mindanao in the south. We compiled the most marvellous islands, exciting hiking trails, fascinating natural wonders, and cultural heritage sites of the Philippines for you.
It is easy and cheap to travel from one place to the other when in the Philippines, with several domestic airlines competing with special promos, provincial buses serving all major islands, and jeepneys, boats and tricycles bringing you to even the remotest places.
Often overlooked by travellers because of its location on the 'wrong' side of the South China Sea, the Philippines rewards those who go the extra distance to reach it. And because it is still off the beaten path, the Philippines is a great place to escape the hordes which roam other parts of Southeast Asia.
First and foremost, the Philippines is a place of natural wonders – a string of coral-fringed islands strewn across a vast expanse of the western Pacific. Below sea level, the Philippines boasts some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling sites, including wreck diving around Coron and swimming with the whale sharks of Oslob or Donsol. Above sea level, it has a fantastic landscape with wonders enough to stagger even the most jaded traveller: the Chocolate Hills of Bohol, the Rice Terraces of Banaue, and fascinating reminders of the islands’ colonial history in places such as Vigan. And if you are after palm-fringed, white-sand beaches, try laidback Sipalay or flat-out party town Boracay.
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Globetrotters love to tell stories of how they survived a bus trip in a developing country, crammed not only with people but also with chickens and piglets, with passengers sitting on the rooftop, and with a reckless driver who never slows down, no matter how sharply the road bends. In reality, bus tripping in the Philippines is more comfortable and secure than that, but it can be an adventure nevertheless.
Tagaytay, a popular weekend destination for Megacitizens is located two hours away from the metro. Its relatively cooler weather, themed restaurants and novelty shops, and the Taal Volcano are a few of Tagaytay's attractions.
In the concrete jungle of Manila, one easily forgets that the city lies right by the sea. A cruise on the Manila Bay lets you experience the tranquility and find your equilibrium.
Itching to go swimming or attend a beach party? There is no need to hop on a plane because you can have some outdoor fun in Mindoro - an island paradise near the Megacity.
The Philippines has over 20 active volcanoes sprinkled around the islands, making it the perfect place for those who love adventurous climbs. Below are the top Philippine volcanoes to climb - and how to prepare to stay safe.
The Rice Terraces of Banaue are breathtaking. Located in the North of Luzon, these 2000-year old masterpieces of agriculture are a must-see.
Chocolate Hills, cute Tarsiers, colonial Spanish churches, white sandy beaches and a prime diving spot in one destination. Is this impossible? No. You can find all of that in Bohol.
Boracay offers you some of the prime beaches of Asia, combined with its famous nightlife, delicious cuisine, luxurious resorts and a lot of adventure.
Palawan Island was voted as the most beautiful island in the world by Conde Nast readers. Would you like to go to the island while you are in the country? Take a look at this guide.
If you want to experience pure nature but don't want to miss out on the comfort of nice hotels and resorts, El Nido is a great place to go to.
Thanks to its cool climes and beautiful natural landscapes, the city of Baguio is one of the favorite weekend getaways among Manileños. Tourism in the area is usually at its peak during the summer months and the holidays.
124 little islands, beautiful beaches, snorkeling, and just a few hours away from Metro Manila. Hundred Islands may just be the perfect weekend destination for Megacitizens!
Laoag, a city in the northern part of the Philippines, is a great jump off point to a number of tourist attractions in the province of Ilocos Norte and nearby towns of Ilocos Sur. Find out more about this weekend destination.
The historic town of Vigan is one of the best examples of a well-preserved Spanish colonial town in the Philippines, established in the 16th century. It is famous for its authentic Spanish-era homes lining the restored cobblestone streets. In December 2014, it was named as one of the New7Wonders Cities of the World.
Get off the couch, climb a mountain, breathe fresh air, enjoy the panorama of Southern Luzon, swim in the sea, relax in a cozy ressort, be back in Manila in the early evening – the Megacities team conquered Mount Gulugod Baboy and found out that the province of Batangas is the perfect destination for a day trip.
Leading through ash-covered wastelands, rocky valleys, over creeks in spate and through lush forests, the trip to Mount Pinatubo is an epic, adventurous journey – but one that can be done in just one day, starting and ending in Manila.
Batanes is the northernmost province of the Philippines. With its very unique landscape, it is hard to believe that Batanes is still part of the archipelago. The group of ten islands between Luzon and Taiwan looks like a tropical version of Ireland, with steep cliffs and grassy hills forming a breathtaking scenery.
Located approximately 48 kilometers west of the Philippine capital Manila, the island fortress of Corregidor serves as reminder of the courage and valor of Filipino and American soldiers who bravely defended the country from invading Japanese forces during the Second World War.
Welcome to the Jungle! When visiting the Pagsanjan Waterfalls (official name is 'Magdapio Falls') in the province of Laguna, the journey leading there is just as exciting as the cascade itself.
Between December and May each year you will be seeing the world's highest concentration of whale sharks in Donsol. Find out more so you could schedule your next holiday to this part of the islands.
Located in Clark, Pampanga, Nayong Pilipino offers cultural and historic tours of the Philippines in one venue. If it's your first time in the Philippines and can't really go around the country in one visit, this is a good first stop.
The island province of Cebu is composed of 167 islands and islets surrounding a larger land mass where the capital Cebu City is located. If you are planning to visit Cebu this summer, take a look at this Megacitizen guide.
The Sinulog Festival is a cultural event that is celebrated every 3rd week of January in Cebu City, Visayas.