5 Fun Philippine Holiday Destinations

by Martin Ita-as
originally published on Inquirer.net


New destinations can mean exciting adventures for the avid traveler. But while tropical journeys may be an invigorating idea, navigating the land itself may be difficult without the proper guides or suggestions on where to go and what to see. To help you make the most out of Philippine travels in these selected destinations below, we’ve prepared a special guide that will help lead you to some of the well-known and enjoyable tourist hotspots: 

Dumaguete
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Known as a university town and also as a cultivated provincial capital, Dumaguete boasts quite a large population of expatriates living there. Aside from touring the local universities or watching the sunset at Rizal Boulevard, you can ride a few kilometers away to Apo Island and enjoy some snorkeling and diving at a fee that will help preserve the reef and marine life under the waves.

Oslob, Cebu
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Aside from the usual swim with the whale sharks, which is the summer activity to try while there, you can also try exploring the Cuartel, an unfinished building made of thalassic coral rocks and left that way since 1898. There’s also the Baluarte Ruins that make for a fun little sightseeing trip.

Cagayan de Oro
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You can start cooling off from summer heat by exploring the cool atmosphere of the nature parks up in the mountains. Feel the wind on your face with a zip line ride. For something so memorable it will make your heart skip a beat, try some exciting water rafting with your friends and family.

Bohol
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Bohol is more of a sightseeing island than most of the Philippine islands because of its many natural attractions like the Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier Sanctuary or the many diving spots. You can also opt to try a stand up paddle tour around aquatic places like the Loboc River to explore on your own pace.

Bicol
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Known for its spicy dishes and enticing waters perfect for snorkeling or surfing, Bicol is another fun place to pick for your vacation. With all those delicious meals like Bicol Express waiting for you to try, a Kulinarya Tour is definitely a recommended activity. You can also try diving and swimming around a sunken Spanish Galleon 3 kilometers from Buhatan Beach. For some natural sightseeing, there’s the Mayon Volcano, which makes a beautiful backdrop for many photos.

These destinations and activities are just a small taste of what the 7,641 islands of this proud, tropical country have to offer. Grab a guidebook or search online to see what other amazing and fun adventures a trip to this exciting archipelago can give you.