Millions of tourists flock the country every year because of its picturesque beaches, friendly locals, and incredible cuisine (just to name a few reasons!). For 2019, the Department of Tourism aims to increase the number to 8.2 million—and the first phase to its campaign was to revamp "It's More Fun In The Philippines" with a brand new logo that features a traditional weave and a typeface inspired by hand-painted street signs.
You definitely don't need to be a foreigner to enjoy the tourist spots the Philippines has to offer, and we're already counting our VLs and watching out for seat sales so we can explore our country. Below, we list locales that prove it’s definitely more fun in the Philippines:
Panglao Island, BoholWhile Bohol is mostly known for its Chocolate Hills, the province also has white sand beaches comparable to those found in Boracay. A bridge connects the island to the mainland, and since it's just a short drive away, it's the perfect place to take a day trip. You can relax at the beach or hire a boat to take you to the island's best snorkeling spots.Continue reading below ↓
Malapascua Island, Cebu
The tiny island off the northern shore of Cebu is best known for its gorgeous beaches and striking diving sites. If you're a thrill seeker, you can head to Lapus Lapus located in the northwest part of Malapascua and dive off its 15-meter cliff into the cool, blue sea.
Fort Santiago, IntramurosHistory buffs will appreciate the trip to this famed citadel. The Fort is one of the most important historical sites in the country—several lives were lost here during the Spanish Colonial Period and World War II, not to mention that the execution of our national hero Jose Rizal happened here as well. Now, you can choose to book an educational tour to learn more about our recent history or you can explore the colonial structure and take in the beautiful architecture on your own.Continue reading below ↓
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Sulu
The UNESCO World Heritage site covers over 130,000 hectares and is home to a variety of marine life, including whales, dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles. Its dive season is just three months long—from mid-March to mid-June, so if you find the opportunity to head to Sulu in those months, you'll be rewarded with the breathtaking sights that the atoll reefs have to offer.
Kalanggaman Island, LeyteThe island is famous for its stretches of long sandbars and the calm waves that surrounds them. While it’s easy to be a beach bum in this island paradise, the real sights to behold are just below the water’s surface. Coral reefs surround the island—and with them, beautiful and interesting sea creatures—so don’t forget your snorkels!Continue reading below ↓
Mt. Hibok Hibok, Camiguin
The mountain is actually the lone active volcano in Camiguin, but despite this, it's still a very popular hiking destination. Mountaineers will love the challenging trek—it takes around three to four hours to reach the summit, but once you do, you’ll be greeted by the sight of the mossy crater, and Bohol, Surigao, and Siquijor at the horizon.
Lake Sebu, South CotabatoThe highland town is host to seven stunning waterfalls, and what better way to see them all than by zip line? Lake Sebu is home to the tallest one in Asia, and it spans over 180 meters so you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of every waterfall as you zip through the greenery.Continue reading below ↓
Batanes Islands, Batanes
The archipelago province is the smallest in land area and in population, making it one of the more peaceful destinations in the country. Everywhere you look, you're surrounded by rolling hills, beautiful beaches, and unobstructed views of the horizon. The best part of the islands might be its cuisine—you'll be able to find their signature dishes of giant coconut crab and flying fish everywhere.
Mt. Banahaw, QuezonThe "sacred mountain" attracts all kinds of tourists—from veteran mountain climbers and casual trekkers to various religious groups and pilgrims. Its fame comes not only from its natural beauty but also from its cultural significance to the locals. Many legends started at this mountain, and one of the main reasons why people visit the mountain is to bathe and collect water from its special springs, which many believe to be a cure for illnesses or can help with their fortune.Continue reading below ↓
Monfort Bat Sanctuary, Davao
If you're an animal lover, you'll be happy to know that the world's largest population of fruit bats can be found on Samal Island in Davao. Make sure to visit during the day so you can watch the nocturnal creatures sleep in their open cave—just remember not to make any loud noises!