Top 10 Things to do in Philippines, Philippines

September 19, 2017 Jana Sager

Philippines from Asia region, is best know for Historic Walking Areas. Discover best things to do in Philippines with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!

1. Batad Rice Terraces

Batad Trail | Tappiya Falls Trail, Banaue, Luzon 3601, Philippines +63 926 365 1270
Excellent
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5 based on 541 reviews

Batad Rice Terraces

Reviewed By CzarEmmanuel - Manila, Philippines

This series of rice terraces may be less famous compared to Banaue Rice Terraces, but it is certainly not less spectacular! You'll pass by this place when you're trekking to Tappiya Falls. It's like hitting two birds with one stone. The terraces are less steep and thus more accessible. The place is located in a remote village with only around 1500 local inhabitants. The terraces are arranged in such a way that they form some sort of an Amphitheater. They are said to be the most preserved of all the terraces in the Cordillera region, and it's not hard to understand why they are considered as such. They really look great, especially when the rice is all ready for harvest ... that's between the months of August and November. Highly recommended!

2. Milea Bee Farm

Kurba Road, Lipa City, Luzon, Philippines +63 917 888 8438
Excellent
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5 based on 98 reviews

Milea Bee Farm

Milea Bee Farm is not not your typical, manicured farm. You will be visiting a small farm dedicated for the propagation and care of various species of honey producing bees. It is situated in a secluded area with no neighbours and without electricity, and it's a five minute walk from the parking area. Visitors will be having a guided tour to see the bees in their habitat. We have the Italian Bees, Philippine Native Honey Bees and different kinds of Philippine Native Stingless Bees. You can have a taste of honey, fresh from the bee hive; know and see the different honey producing bee species; know the sources of nectar and pollen as well as edible flowers; discover the relationship between bees & flowers; and how bees are closely related to the food chain. It will be an entirely new experience which gets you much closer to nature. Milea Bee Farm is only open to visitors every first Saturday of the month. Please note that this is not a resort and we do not have a restaurant though we serve food using farm produced ingredients with prior arrangement. Hope we could share to you why bees are important and how you can lend a hand in our campaign and the worldwide concern to help save the bees.

Reviewed By Kyla0605 - Lipa City, Philippines

We just planned to go to this bee farm without knowing something, and I just thought this is just a bee farm, wherein there is only bees, but when we start walking into the narrow way to farm the surrounding is wonderful it was full...MoreWe teach visitors our way of farming and beekeeping. Your visit gave us the same opportunity but also opened our eyes to other learnings that you shared. Thank you for dropping by and we hope to bee with you sometime soon.

3. Tubbataha Reef

92 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Puerto Princesa, Palawan Island, Philippines +63 905 493 5435
Excellent
85%
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5 based on 141 reviews

Tubbataha Reef

Reviewed By omrini - Tel Mond

Tubbataha Reef is magnificent. The corals are large and healthy, the fish variety and size of schools is large, the visibility is 20m+ (usually even 40m is no problem), and it offers the chance to see the "big boys" too if you're lucky. You are so spoilt for fish species that you generally don't write them all up in your log book - jacks, travelli, groupers, sweet lips, triggers (all kinds), barracuda etc. - the list is way too long to mention exhaustively here. Of course, you're likely to see reef sharks, white tips and black tips on probably every dive so, again, you get to take these majestic creatures for granted after a while.
In itself, Tubbataha Reef is magnificent and if you're lucky enough to see the big boys (as we were on our last trip) - whale sharks, mantas, tiger sharks, hammerheads - it makes the trip even more memorable.
Kudos are due to the rangers who, in spite of meager conditions in the ranger stations for months on end, look after the reef and control its tourism to ensure that it remains healthy year after year for future visitors.
The only "downside" to visiting Tubbataha is that, after you've seen it, everything else pales in comparison. After our first trip to Tubbataha, we went to the Similans in Thailand. On each dive, the other divers all surfaced saying "wow! greatest place I've ever seen" and my wife and I would look at each other and say "yeah, it was ok" - not because the Similans aren't great (they are), but because Tubbataha is just so much better! A friend of ours went to Coron after our recent trip to Tubbataha in spite of us advising him to do Coron first. Needless to say, he emailed to say we were right - he was very disappointed with Coron after Tubbataha.
I'm sure there are other world class sites too, but I have yet to see one that beats Tubbataha! Even people who have dived the Great Barrier Reef and were with us on our Tubbataha trip said that Tubbataha was better. If it isn't THE best site in the world, it's definitely among the very best.
Treat yourself to the privilege of one of, if not THE, best dive sites you'll ever visit and go see Tubbataha. I guarantee that, once you've seen it, you'll want to go back!
There are a limited number of boats that are allowed in the World Heritage marine reserve - the degree of luxury you want will determine which boat you go on. We've only ever been on M.Y Sakura (both trips) - they're way cheaper than everyone else and everyone on board has a FANTASTIC time! Since you're there for the diving and they provide a great experience and nice food too, I don't really understand people who take the fancier boats but, whichever you decide on, Tubbataha itself is guaranteed to please, whether you're looking for the macro or micro - from nudibranchs to whale sharks - you'll find enough to please you, even if not everything you came looking for.
If the underwater display were not enough on its own, God gets out his palette each afternoon and paints tremendous sunsets that change colors every few seconds. And if that too isn't enough, God ensures 24/7 amazement with a night sky that is truly incredible! You're far from city lights so the galaxies are out in all their splendor (as long as it isn't a cloudy night). For a 24/7 nature spectacular, Tubbataha is THE place!

4. Coron Bay

Coron, Busuanga Island, Philippines
Excellent
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5 based on 369 reviews

Coron Bay

Reviewed By Lizounne - nice

Absolutely beautiful. Be careful to choose well the touring company. I would suggest tours with small groups and a local guide.

5. Mayon Volcano

Albay, Legazpi, Luzon 666, Philippines 6085923853
Excellent
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4.5 based on 743 reviews

Mayon Volcano

Reviewed By Jose C - Toronto, Canada

the volcano is the main attration of the city and the province , it is a prefect cone, imponente, beutiful, serene, strong and volatile, i so the nature taking his course , it was absolutely marvelous, great place to see the forces of nature showing in vivant coulors the power of nature

6. Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

McKinley Road | Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Luzon 96515, Philippines 011-632-844-0212
Excellent
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4.5 based on 429 reviews

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial

Reviewed By Mika E - Tornio, Finland

I have visited few times in Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. There are many walls of drawings, where is possible to see and learn, what happened during the war. The walls are also full of soldiers names, who died in the war. Place is also very beautiful and worth of visit.

7. Mt. Pulag National Park

Baguio, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
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4.5 based on 173 reviews

Mt. Pulag National Park

Reviewed By Eva A - Philippines

MT. Pulag is the third highest peak in the Philippines located in Benguet, Mountain Province. Unlike other trekkers, I decided to go ‘solo’ so it’s just me and my trekking guide Daniel Bugnay a licensed freelance guide who lives a few meters away from the Ranger Station. During the planning stage which was through text messages as I am about 1000KM away down south, he would reply though not always promptly because of bad telco signal.
He’s been a very helpful guide. He even arranged for me a decent and strategically located homestay because the weather was unpredictable and it might be difficult for me, a fifty year old, in a small tent at a makeshift camping site near the base (Pitching tents at the campsite near Camp 2 is prohibited on weekends but is allowed on weekdays). He’s experienced and very professional who had a sense of ‘perfect timing’. He would time each rest in each campsite so that we would make it to the summit by sunrise and see what I came for ~ sunrise at the summit and the sea of clouds! When all these unfolded before me, there’s not much to say except ‘Wow!’ ‘Just Wow’. And ‘Thank you God’.

8. Matukad Island

Caramoan, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
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4.5 based on 169 reviews

Matukad Island

Reviewed By jblaza - Marikina, Philippines

Matukad was the second island I visited during my first trip to Caramoan. Its beach has pristine shallow waters and ivory powdery sand. Trees line the shoreline, providing shade.
Matukad island will take your breath away—figuratively and literally. Behind a vast limestone wall hides a lagoon where the two so-called “Enchanted Bangus (milkfish)” are found. To reach the lagoon, visitors have to climb the limestone wall. There are no safety harnesses, ropes, pulleys provided. Once you start climbing, hold on; any misstep will not be pretty. It is about forty feet high.
The rock surface on the usual path taken by tourists are less jagged and less sharp, but will only be passable to one or two people. During my first visit there, there was only a handful of tourists; when I returned two months later, the place was packed and there was a queue of people climbing. More adventurous guests may try the sharper but less crowded parts of the wall to avoid the queue. At the top of the rock ledge is a stunning view of the Islands. At the bottom of the other side of the rock ledge is the lagoon where the two milkfish are. Visitors can get close to the lagoon but rocks at this side of the rock ledge are sharper and looser.
I do not recommend wearing rubber shoes for the climb as the bulky shoes may be difficult to fit in small crevices. Slippers would do fine. When I climbed the rock wall, I used aqua shoes and it worked great; it had good traction and the jagged edges of the rocks were not troublesome. The compactness of the aqua shoes enabled me to anchor my foot inside smaller holes and crevices.
The lake was clear and tranquil; despite numerous trees surrounding the area, the lagoon’s surface was unobstructed by fallen leaves, etc. My guide told me the story of how there were two milkfish that lived in the lake until a local caught one and fed it to his family; the enchanted milkfish allegedly cursed the fisherman causing his son to fall ill and die. Enchanted or not, the lagoon and the entire island deserves our respect. (It is sad to note that I had to pick up rubbish thrown along the rock ledge by previous guests; some of the rocks had vandalism, too.)

9. Tinago Falls

Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
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4.5 based on 154 reviews

Tinago Falls

Reviewed By CzarEmmanuel - Manila, Philippines

They say that there are 23 Waterfalls in Iligan City alone (or in the vicinity). This is one of the places you can visit in Lanao del Norte in Mindanao. Of such 23 watefalls, I was very lucky to have visited at least of them, which perhaps were the most famous and scenic of all ... the Maria Cristina Falls and the Tinago Falls.
Like the Maria Cristina Falls, the waters of Tinago Falls also come from the Agus River. It is called "tinago" (meaning "hidden') because it is located in a deep ravine not readily visible to people. In fact to reach the place, you'll have to take the some 500 steps from the road level ... not advisable for those who have some problem climbing or coming down stairs! However, for those who manage to reach the place, the view is truly rewarding!
Tinago is a series of water falls, the highest of which is about 73 meters high. The waters are then collected in a basin below, which has an amazing blue color. Behind the water curtains there is a small cave accessible to the public. It feels good to just stay there and listen to the sound of the waters dropping from the river above down to the basin below. Aside from this, you can also swim in the basin and enjoy its cold waters.

10. Basco Lighthouse

Basco, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
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4.5 based on 171 reviews

Basco Lighthouse

Reviewed By tommomelbourne - Melbourne, Australia

We visited Basco Lighthouse during our North Batan Tour. The lighthouse is located in Naidi Hills and is a great backdrop to the lush green hills and sea.
The lighthouse was completed in 2003.
We walked up the circular stairs to the viewing platform which gave us great 360o views including that of the town of Basco.
Great spot to get some good photos.

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