In between work and family duties if there’s one thing I would like to do, that would be travelling. I always made it a point to visit the Philippines every 2 years to reconnect with my family and friends. I also want my boys to love the country where I grew up and embrace its culture. As of the moment, I’m travelling within America and Canada. While I still have to sort out the photos that I took from this trip I would like to share the best shots I had in the Philippines. It can serve as a guide in case you are thinking of including it in your travel bucket list. I promise, you will enjoy a little tour of the most visited spots, every photo here was taken from my camera so it’s all original and guaranteed recommended by me haha. So here are the 5 top most scenic places.
1) Coron, Palawan
Palawan is one of the most breathtaking destinations in the world and according to Condé Nast Traveler it’s the most beautiful island in the world. There are 2 most visited places in Palawan, Coron and El Nido. They are the dream destinations for scuba diving, island hopping, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and so much more. I’ve never been to El Nido but I’ve been to Coron twice and it’s because it has its own airport, it only takes half an hour to reach Coron town from the airport, talk about convenience. What I like the most about this place are the pristine lakes and lagoons, magnificent limestone cliffs and the therapeutic hot spring. For a more detailed post, see my previous blog post here. For the meantime, you can see these fascinating photographs.
Known as the Beach capital of the Philippines, this island is packed all the time. What I like about here even if it’s continuously busy is the wide range of activities you can do and the white powdery sand of course. My family had a blast the last time we visited, we did Helmet diving, Banana Boat, ATV and Dune Buggy. The beach is divided into 3 stations which simply classifies the type of atmosphere, crowd and hotels. We stayed in Station 2 which was the most crowded but we dined mostly in Station 1 that was more upscale. The next time we’ll come here, I promise to stay in Station 1 hotel no matter what 🙂 For a detailed description, you can see previous post here.
The island of Bohol offers so many sceneries for an active traveller. From Chocolate Hills, man made forest, floating restaurants, tarsier watching to the white sand beaches. What I noticed here is the breathtaking sunset. The hotels and resorts are located in Panglao, a small island connected to Bohol main island by a bridge. I don’t need to say more how fantastic it is, see the photos and judge for yourself.
Tagaytay is famous for its cooler climate in fact this is the only place hubby wants to stay longer. It is a popular holiday town south of Manila and it sits on a ridge above Taal Volcano island, world’s smallest active volcano surrounded by Taal Lake. The common activities to do here are zipline, picnicking in the Picnic Grove, horse back riding and trekking to the crater lake. To do the trekking you have to cross the lake by a boat. Promise, it was so fun right from the boat ride all the way to the top of the mountain to see the crater. No, we never hiked because of the kids but we rode a pony for a more hilarious adventure. With the presence of the lake, it gave a magnificent sunset shots.
Now, this place is so close to my heart and I will never skip it when I’m in the Philippines. Not only because of its slow paced urban setting which offers great shopping adventure and its world class resorts that are only an hour drive from the city but because I went to university here. The last time we came here, we visited the Temple of Leah which is a shrine built at a high elevation overlooking the city. It is a museum that also offers a panoramic view of the area. We also went to Crimson resort in Mactan island where the resorts are located. For a more detailed description, please see this previous post here and here.
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