The Philippines has become one of the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. In fact, from January to October 2019, the Philippines has recorded a 15.04% increase in tourist arrivals compared to the same period in 2018. The figure is based on the statistics released by the Department of Tourism earlier this month.
The Philippines welcomed 6.8 million visitors, mostly from South Korea, China, USA, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Canada, UK, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Incomparable hospitality, accessibility, pristine white sand beaches, and enchanting mountains and natural attractions are just some of the reasons why people from other countries visit the Philippines. It’s more than 7,000 islands is probably the biggest asset of the country why it has become a favorite destination for a lot of travelers.
The longer you stay in the Philippines, the more you find reasons to come back for another fun and adventure.
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Must-Visit Places in the Philippines in 2020
Whether you are looking for a nature trip or a thrilling adventure, our list of must-visit places below will provide you insights where are the best attractions to explore in the Philippines.
One of the must-visit places in the Philippines that you should never miss out is Coron. It is recognized worldwide as one of the top scuba diving site by Forbes Travel Magazine. Hike to Mount Tapyas, swim at the Twin Lagoon, and snorkel on the Japanese shipwreck are some of the countless activities you can do while in Coron.
Must visit tourist spots in Coron:
- Kayangan Lake
- Twin Lagoon
- Maquinit Hot Spring
- Malcapuya Island
- Calauit Safari Park
- Sunken Japanese Wrecks
Check out our CORON TRAVEL GUIDE to learn more about the island – how to get there, tourist attractions and sample itinerary and expenses.
Ranked as the 4th in “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler list, foreign and local tourists always love to visit El Nido. It features almost 50 white sand beaches you can never find in other nearby provinces, 5 different forests such as mangrove forest, evergreen and over limestones, and 100 different species of corals.
If you’re looking for gorgeous must-visit places in the Philippines ideal for island hopping and beach bumming, it should be El Nido.
Must visit tourist spots in El Nido:
- Shimizu Island
- Nacpan Beach
- Seven Commandos Beach
- Taraw Cliff
- Big and Small Lagoon
- Secret Beach
- Pinagbuyutan Island
- Corong Corong Beach
- Cadlao Island
Our EL NIDO TRAVEL GUIDE can help you plan your travel itinerary so you can maximize your time and experience the best things to do on the island.
Aside from the iconic landmark of this province, which is the Chocolate Hills, Bohol boasts of fishing villages, rice fields, diving spots, and waterfalls. For the first time travelers in Bohol, some of the adventure activities you can do are:
- Paddle Boarding in Loboc River
- Swim in the deep waters of Hinagdanan Cave
- Face your fear of heights in Bamboo Hanging Bridge
Travelers eyeing to visit places in the Philippines away from the busy metro life always include Bohol in their travel itinerary.
Must visit tourist spots in Bohol:
- Bohol Chocolate Hills
- Loboc River
- Cambuyo Rice Terraces
- Panglao Island
- Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary
- Danao Adventure Park
There are two main reasons why local travelers include Cebu as one of their must-visit places in the Philippines. It is dubbed as the “Lechon Capital of the World” where you can completely enjoy your gastronomic adventure with friends to try several sumptuous traditional dishes, and the existing historical sites that have been part and have helped to shape the past of the Philippines such as the following:
- Magellan’s Cross
- Fuerza de San Pedro
- The Ancestral Houses of Carcar
Foreign travelers flock to Cebu to experience its natural beauty. They usually would want to swim with the sardines in Moalboal, do canyoning in Kawasan, swim with the whale sharks in Oslob, and enjoy the beaches in Malapascua and Bantayan Islands.
Gone are the days where the only reason we know why people visit Sagada is when they are mending their broken hearts. In Sagada, there are activities you can do to maximize your holiday such as rappelling, nature hiking, and camping.
Sagada has become one of the must-visit places in the Philippines over the years, due to its natural attractions such as the following:
- Sumaguing Caves
- Marlboro Mountain
- Underground River
- Echo Valley
- Pongas Falls
- Bomod-ok Falls
At the foot of the majestic Mount Apo, the highest peak in the country lies Davao. It is the most progressive and urban city in Mindanao, which becomes successful in its efforts to preserve forests and farms. One of the popular places in Davao is Eden Nature Park and Resort. This place has a Flower Garden, Deer Park, a Butterfly Garden, a hiking trail, and a fresh lettuce greenhouse. The Malagos Garden Resort is another place to visit, with its butterfly sanctuary, bird feeding dome, Chocolate Museum, and a Chocolate Spa that uses tropical fruits, local oils, Citronella, and Cacao butter.
Must visit tourist spots in Davao:
- Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park
- Philippine Eagle Center
- Davao Crocodile Park
- People’s Park
- Eden Nature and Adventure Park
- Malagos Garden Resort
- Museo Dabawenyo
- Bankerohan Public Market
- Roxas Night Market
For a complete list of the places you can explore in Davao City, see our list of 14 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Davao City.
If you have more time, you can also explore the Island Garden of Samal which is just across the city and enjoy its white-sand beaches. Check out our list of the Gorgeous Beaches in Samal to know which one soothes your soul.
Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte is the paradise of surfers. It is known for huge waves throughout the year, proving its worth for the recognition as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines.” It has a number of surf breaks that beginners and professional surfers can enjoy. The most popular is Cloud 9 which offers spectacular viewing area and a boardwalk.
If you are not a surfer, don’t worry, because there are wonderful destinations that will satisfy your adventurous soul. For cliff jumping or exploring, head to Magpupungko Rock Pools, it boasts of coves, caves, and crystal blue water that displays amazing rocks during low tide. If you are into a one-of-a-kind experience, visit Tayangban Cave Pools to experience swimming and floating in darkness, with torches as the only source of illumination. As you swim, bats fly around and above, until you reach the open cave pool, which gives you an option to cliff jump into the 18-feet deep water below.
Must visit tourist spots in Siargao:
- Sugba Lagoon
- Cloud 9
- Magpupungko Tidal Pool
- Tayangban Cave Pool
- Guyam Island
- Daku Island
- Naked Island
- Taktak Falls
To learn more about Siargao Island – where to stay, how to get there, and more, check out our SIARGAO ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE. It will surely help you plan your next adventure in this emerging tourist spot in the Philippines.
The summer capital of the Philippines is a year-round favorite destination of local and foreign tourists who love the cool climate, sweet strawberries, and beautiful sights. For a bit of nostalgia and history, visit the Camp John Hay and check out its Bell House, Bell Amphitheater, Secret Garden, History Trail, Cemetery of Negativism, and the thrilling Treetop Adventure. Another historic landmark is the Burnham Park Reservation, which features an artificial lake for a relaxing ride.
Must visit tourist spots in Baguio:
- Mines View Park
- Amburayan Valley
- La Trinidad Strawberry Farm
- Tam-Awan Village
- Baguio Cathedral
- Baguio Night Market
If you only have a weekend to spend, don’t worry we’ll help you plan your travel better. Check out our suggested BAGUIO WEEKEND ITINERARY which includes things to do, places to eat and recommended place to stay.
For the ultimate beach experience, Boracay is the best place to be. This awesome island in Aklan boasts of world-class resorts, powdery white-sand beaches, dazzling blue waters, and magnificent sunsets. It is one of the Philippines’ top destinations, with numerous recognition from local and international publications.
The top destination is White Beach, a prime area with lots of private resorts and restaurants. For snorkeling and picnic, go to Puka Shell Beach or Diniwid Beach, while Bulabog Beach will satisfy kitesurfers and windsurfers. Thrill-seekers enjoy Ariel’s Point with its 15-meter high “diving boards”, which is also perfect for snorkeling and kayaking activities.
Must visit tourist spots in Boracay:
- Mount Luho
- Crystal Cove
- Willy’s Rock
- Ariel’s Point
- White Beach
- Puka Beach
- Diniwid Beach
- Bulabog Beach
Legazpi City is the home of the picturesque Mayon Volcano. It is the regional hub of the Bicol region and prides itself on being “The City of Fun and Adventure.”
For a closer view of the world-renowned volcano, go to the Mayon Volcano National Park. You can avail of a jeepney tour, ride an ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle), or hike at its base. Another perfect place where you can marvel at its magnificence is the Cagsawa Ruins Park, which has its own stories to tell because it is one of the ravaged areas during the volcanic eruptions.
Must visit tourist spots in Legazpi and Albay:
- Quitinday Underground River
- Vera Falls
- Lignon Hill Nature Park
- Albay Park & Wildlife
- Albay Capitol
- Hoyop-Hoyopan Cave
These 10 must-visit places in the Philippines in this list are just icing on the cake. Follow our blog and we’ll give more interesting places to explore and activities to experience in the Philippines.