15+ Best Filipino Desserts You Must Try in the Philippines

Looking for typical Filipino desserts? This is your ultimate list for must-try traditional desserts in Filipino cuisine!

As a travelling foodie, I love trying the local cuisine and traditional desserts when visiting destinations.

Born and raised in Manila meant growing up and learning about many delicious Filipino foods, which I’m so grateful for because it’s one of the best Southeast Asian cuisines.

As I travel the world, I noticed that Filipino cuisine isn’t widely available compared to other Asian cuisines like Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai.

And when Filipino cuisine do get recognized, it’s usually for savoury dishes like Adobo and Lechon, and not so much for desserts except for halo-halo and ube.

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25 Best Places to Go Snorkeling in the World

For ocean lovers, there’s nothing more sublime than dipping your head underwater to explore the the best snorkeling in the world—the vast array of whimsical marine creatures and landscapes never ceases to amaze and delight. Factor in ocean immersion’s scientifically proven healing power, and there’s no question a snorkel session can bring instant relaxation and peace.

Whether you’re looking to travel for a weekend trip or an extended getaway, consider hitting the reset button with a snorkeling trip before returning to the hectic bustle of everyday life. Below, we cover the best places to snorkel worldwide, from overwater bungalow-dotted waters to swirling seas of tropical fish, dolphins, and manta rays. We’ve got a remote Asian island, Hawaiian beach resort, French Polynesian sparkling lagoon, and so much more.

All listings featured on Condé Nast Traveler are independently selected by our editors. If you book something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission. This article has been updated with new information.

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San Cristóbal, Galápagos

What’s truly special about the Galápagos is its endemic wildlife, which is extremely tame due to a lack of predators. You can easily grab snorkeling gear and jump in the waters of San Cristóbal beaches, but make time for a day trip or two, as some of the best snorkeling is only accessible by boat. Many of Galápagos’ iconic creatures live on Española Island—a two-hour boat ride away—like its marine iguana, blue-footed boobies, and many sea lions. However, to truly experience the best snorkeling, book a week-long cruise with Ecoventura—ranked by our readers as one of the best expedition ships in the world in 2022— for daily snorkel excursions off several far-flung islands.

Where to stay: Centrally located on the boardwalk, Hotel Miconia is steps away from a colony of sea lions lazing on the rocks.


Loreto, Mexico

Jacques Cousteau called the waters surrounding this sleepy Mexican town the “world’s aquarium” because of its rich biodiversity. Find some of the best snorkeling in the world at Loreto Bay National Marine Park, which is comprised of five islands. Dip underwater for blooming coral and an estimated 900 species of fish, and on lucky days meet mobula rays, bottlenose dolphins, friendly seals, turtles, and more. Danzante Island is a favorite snorkeling spot, where you can often hear the haunting calls of humpback whales underwater.

Where to stay: With its sprawling 39,000 square spa, Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is ideal for rejuvenating between lazy dips in the water.



Sister island to Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao is the largest of the ABC islands. There are over 30 beaches, but the calmest for snorkeling is in the west coast’s sheltered bays. Make sure to snorkel the Tugboat shipping wreck—it’s only 15 feet deep and covered with tube sponges and coral. To meet the island’s sea turtles, head north to Playa Lagun; for more shallow wrecks with over 30 species of hard coral, go to Curaçao Underwater Park.

Where to stay: Guided snorkeling excursions, equipment, and boat rides to Curaçao’s top spots are included in the price of your stay at Sandals Royal Curaçao.

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Bonaire is a pioneer in coral conservation as the world’s first Blue destination; as a result, snorkelers enjoy some of the most flourishing reefs in the world. All snorkelers must pay a yearly nature fee of $40 to access the Bonaire National Marine Park, spanning the entire coastline of the Caribbean island. Luckily, it’s just 70 limestone steps down to 1000 Steps beach, a popular snorkeling destination for abundant staghorn corals, silly parrot fish, and crystal clear waters. Don’t forget to swim the Alice in Wonderland dive spot filled with gorgonian corals, glittering tropical fish, and sea turtles.

Where to stay: Harbour Village Beach Club is an oceanfront boutique retreat with the best of Bonaire’s snorkeling sites just feet away.

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Hengchun, Taiwan

Come for the area’s warm waters and to snorkel at Kenting National Park—Taiwan’s first national park. Head west to Wanlitong, a quieter snorkeling spot with coral reef ditches, valleys, pinnacles, and tunnels. Once there, hide and seek with adorable anime-like nudibranchs and clouds of small wrasse and sergeant majors. Just a ten-minute drive away is Baishawan—one of the shoot locations for Life of Pi—where you’ll find white-sand beaches and clear waters with occasional dolphin sightings.

Where to stay: Conveniently close to many beaches, Chateau Beach Resort is just a five-minute walk from Dawan Beach and a quick drive away from several others.


Rangiroa, Tahiti

Drift with the famously friendly, wild bottlenose dolphins of Tiputa Pass and tornados of reef fish at the ‘Aquarium’—a very popular snorkeling spot. Make sure to take a day trip to the Blue Lagoon to enjoy a traditional Polynesian grilled meal with swarms of silvery fish at your feet, hoping to catch a crumb. You can snorkel right from your dining table into the warm waters of the baby shark nursery and swim with dozens of black-tip reef sharks.

Where to stay: Stay at one of Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa’s overwater bungalows and snorkel from your room into the crystal turquoise lagoon.



A great place to first discover the underwater treasures of this independent island nation east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean is Blue Bay Marine Park. Visibility is near-perfect and it’s great for beginners, as you can snorkel straight from the beach. The park is home to angelfish, damselfish, parrotfish, and clownfish—among other colorful exotics. Note: Don’t forget to look up once in a while, as you’ll spot airplanes landing and taking off from the architecturally impressive Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

Where to stay: Less than an hour’s drive northeast, Guests at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, have access to exclusive snorkeling at its private island—Ilot Mangénie.

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Mikura-jima, Japan

To reach the remote island of Mikura-jima, take the 7.5-hour overnight ferry—and trust us, it’s worth the trek. Located 124 miles south of Tokyo, it’s one of the few places in the world you can snorkel with wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. The waters are choppy off this far-flung island, so its best suited for advanced snorkelers only. Dolphin snorkeling season is from mid-April to October.

Where to stay: The Tamami HASHIMOTO homestay includes accommodations, meals, dolphin swimming tours (with videography), and a village tour.


Ilha Grande, Brazil

Ilha Grande, almost exactly midway between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, is heaven on earth—somewhat untouched, still, with deeply green jungle, turquoise water, and a totally laid-back vibe. Snorkeling here might include exploring colonial-era ship-wrecks, but take a dip in the Lagoa Azul first (think Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon) with delicious water temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s providing the perfect habitat for seahorses.

Where to stay: We like Asalem, set on the calm Bay of Abraäo, for its authentic simplicity (candles and gas lights at night).



Palau, a nation of 250 islands in the western Pacific, is home to dozens of unusual seawater marine lakes connected to the ocean by tunnels and channels. Only one, Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk, can be visited, and is filled with millions of—you guessed it—jellyfish. Floating through swarms of these gelatinous beings is definitely an out-of-body experience, but don’t worry—their non-poisonous stings can hardly be felt.

Where to stay: An overwater bungalow at the Palau Pacific Resort on Koror or hop on the Four Seasons Explorer, the brand’s liveaboard dive and snorkeling boat, setting sail for the first time in the region starting October 1st, 2023.


Cayman Islands

One of the more unusual highlights of a trip to Grand Cayman Island is the chance to snorkel at Stingray City, surrounded by a virtual fleet of 50 of one of the ocean’s most fascinating and friendly creatures. The water is shallow (less than five feet deep) and crystal clear, making it great for beginners. Visitors are given ray-appropriate treats, and snorkel gear is included in the price of admission.

Where to stay: The ultra-elegant Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman (its sushi restaurant, Taikun, is superb).



With water visibility of up to 100 feet, Anguilla is a paradise for snorkelers. There are so many spots to chose from for a dip, but we’re partial to exploring the monumental coral gardens (some more than eight feet tall) off Great Dog Island, which is inhabited only by feral goats. Here, you’ll find puffer fish aplenty and even a school or two of squid.

Where to stay: Though Anguilla has a famously flat terrain, rooms at Four Seasons Resort & Private Residences Anguilla sit atop small cliffs giving rare island views over sprawling bays.


Turks & Caicos

Directly off Grace Bay Beach and protected by Bight Reef a mile offshore, the White House Reef Snorkel Trail is well-marked and a delight for anyone looking for barracuda, spiny lobster, or a harmless nurse shark or two. Take a boat cruise out to the small island of Salt Cay from January to April to swim with migrating humpback whales.

Where to stay: Wymara Resort & Villas sits on Grace Bay Beach—widely considered one of the world’s best, with white-sand beaches and simple sophistication.


Kauai, Hawaii

It’s all about the chance to swim with elegant Green Sea Turtles in the waters off this unimaginably-lush Hawaiian island. Best months for snorkeling are October through April, especially from the south shore’s Lawai Beach. You’ll also find rainbow colored Wrasses and Convict Tangs—some of the more unusual fish in the Pacific Ocean.

Where to stay: Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach greets with authentic aloha spirit, ocean access to Coconut Beach’s golden sand, and an over $35 million pre-pandemic renovation.


Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Bait Reef has some of the most eye-popping coral formations in the world. Most famous are The Stepping Stones, made up of nearly 20 flat-topped pinnacles lined up like soldiers in formation on the southwest side of the reef. Each rises from a depth of 80 feet and stop only three feet from the surface. They are completely covered with coral. Be on the lookout for the small tropical fish that swarm around the tops of the stones.

Where to stay: Without a doubt, the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort is worth it for its sublime seclusion.


Moorea, French Polynesia

Often overlooked by neighboring Tahiti and Bora Bora, Moorea is a secret favorite of snorkel fans. For an up-close-and-personal encounter with black-tip reef sharks, the best place to find them is in the lagoon facing Motu Irioa. Join a full-day tour group or hire a private guide and boat if you want to really explore the area and it’s critters in depth.

Where to stay: The Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa, on the north shore, has direct access to snorkeling from two beaches.


The Seychelles

Comprised of 115 tiny islands, the Seychelles is one of the best spots in the Indian Ocean for snorkeling. We like La Digue, Félicité, and Coco the most, purely for their intense variety of sea life including surgeonfish, Bengal snappers, and green humphead parrotfish, as well as gentle hawksbill sea turtles.

Where to stay: For the ultimate private island escape, nothing beats North Island.


Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

Hire a long-tail boat from Tonsai Pier on Koh Phi Phi Don and high-tail it to Pi Leh Bay on Koh Phi Phi Leh. Here, you’ll snorkel in incredibly clear, green water surrounded on both sides by 330-foot-tall limestone cliffs (note that the sun only hits the water between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., so plan accordingly for the best photo ops).

Where to stay: The very stylish Zeavola resort on Koh Phi Phi Don.


Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Snorkeling here couldn’t be any easier with so many properties offering accommodations in overwater bungalows. Don’t miss the waters off the southern tip of the main island, filled with reef sharks, friendly stingrays, and colorful fish (and the manta ray cleaning station on the east side at Anau). Guests at the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, have unlimited access to the resort’s private section of the lagoon, winding through the middle of the resort. Sign up for the coral restoration activity with the resort’s Wise Ocean’s marine biologists to dive underwater and plant coral.

Where to stay: Our Readers’ Choice Awards favorite for six consecutive years and counting, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora’s overwater bungalows give direct snorkel access to Bora Bora’s famed lagoon.


Vieques, Puerto Rico

Cast just off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, Vieques is still an under-the-radar Caribbean destination. Most of the island was once a U.S. Navy training area and remains completely undeveloped. Green Beach has shallow, clear water, a great variety of marine life, and is rarely crowded.

Where to stay: Off the Esperanza coast, the ultra-modern, minimalist El Blok is one of the island’s best, within walking distance of top bars and restaurants.


Maui, Hawaii

Maui has many ideal snorkel spots, but for something completely different don your gear and sail on the luxury catamaran Kai Kanani to Molokini Crater—a tiny, volcanic crescent off the island’s southernmost shore. A State Marine Life & Bird Conservation District, it is home to dolphins, manta rays, turtles, and dozens of varieties of insanely colorful tropical fish.

Where to stay: You can’t go wrong at the chic, cheerful Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.


Sipadan, Malaysia

Sipadan is located in the Celebes Sea off the coast of Sabah (Malaysia’s easternmost state on the island of Borneo). Best known for world-class diving, and described as an “Untouched Piece of Art” by Jacques Cousteau himself, the snorkeling here is equally stunning with easy viewing of otherworldy coral formations, sea turtles, and Bumphead Parrotfish.

Where to stay: In one of the ethereal overwater villas at the Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort.


Palawan, Philippines

Palawan continues to impress, voted one of the top islands in Asia in our 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards. Day trips by boat from Puerto Princesa to Luli Island, Starfish Island, Panden Island, and Cowrie Island only take 45-minutes and will reward with sightings of Star Fish and sea snails, plus marine gastropod mollusca called “cowrie.”

Where to stay: Do anything, anything at all, to book a villa at the sybaritic El Nido Pangulasian Island resort, only an hour’s private flight from Manila.


Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Hard to get to, but well worth the effort, the Bazaruto Archipelago of Mozambique keeps us visiting and dreaming. Barely 22 miles off the east coast of Africa, this group of six islands (Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Bangue, Shell, and Santa Carolina) continue to top our “must-visit” list of places in the world. The entire area was declared a National Park in 1971 and hosts a plethora of snorkel and dive opportunities.

Where to stay: Stay at super-classy andBeyond Benguerra Island, featured in our Hot List and Gold List.


The Maldives

A chain of 26 atolls and over 1,000 islands in the Indian Ocean, it’s one the world’s most geographically dispersed countries and can’t be beaten for underwater exploration. As each island is barely the size of a small estate in the Hamptons, we’re hard-pressed to pick a top spot but consider the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa—winner of multiple Readers’ Choice Awards, as your first stop.

Where to stay: After Kuda Huraa, swoop over via a 35-minute seaplane ride to Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru.

Four Underrated Philippine Vacation Spots To Visit

From Palawan, Cebu to Siargao, the Philippines is rich with beautiful destinations. In fact, they are recognized for their beautiful beaches, historical sites and culture worldwide. However, there are destinations that may be heard from a few but still need more recognition. These spots shouldn’t be left unnoticed. 

Here are four of the Philippines’ best-kept secrets that are sure to leave you in awe. 

Apo Reef National Park in Occidental Mindoro 

This national park consists of three islands and is now considered the second-largest contiguous coral reef globally. Located just roughly 480 kilometers from Metro Manila, the coral reef offers you some of the best diving opportunities for thrill-loving adventurers. 

Experience world-class diving and snorkeling and discover over 400 different types of coral reefs and up to 500 species of marine creatures like sharks and dolphins. But the highlight of the trip would have to be the mantra ray sightings. You can also visit the lighthouse and get a scenic view of the mangrove forest and do camping at the beach. 

For the ride: The boat only accommodates 8 people due to the pandemic. Coordinate your trip with the tourism office so they can arrange a boat ride with you as the number of passengers and tourists allowed on the island is limited. Here are the round trip rates.

Day trip: Php. 10,000

Overnight- Php. 13,000

3D/2N trip: Php. 16,000

Here’s a travel tip: There are no resorts on the reef. But if you want nice accommodation, you can stay at the nearby North Pandan Island. But if camping is your thing, then you can pitch a tent at the Apo Reef Island and stay overnight. The island is safe as guards and marines are protecting the island. 

Covid reminder: The park currently doesn’t accept tourists outside the province. Hopefully, once the travel restrictions are lifted, then you may visit this paradise.

Naked Beach in Siargao 

Siargao isn’t just about surfing. It is no secret that this paradise features some of the most pristine beaches and islets in the world. And don’t miss a chance for a sweet escapade at the Naked Beach. 

If you avail for its tour, you’ll get a glimpse of the one of the three islands from the shores of General Luna. The other two are Daku Island and Guyam Island, just along the Naked Island. We recommend you to have an island hopping tour in Siargao where you’ll get to explore all the three islands. Here are other activities you can do in the island:

  • Sunbathing 
  • Swiming 
  • Lounging in the shallows 

There is no entrance fee when you enter the island as it is already part of your tour package. The island hopping tour rates ranges from P800 to P2000 per head depending on the travel agency. 

Responsible Travel Tip! The management is very strict in keeping the island clean. So when you bring your food and drinks, don’t forget to clean as you go. 

Updated Guidelines: Before your travel, you’ll need a negative swab-based or saliva-based RT-PCR test result, confirmed roundtip tickets, the Surigao del Norte e-Health Pass and Traze app. And please note to book your flight within 48 hours from the time you took your test.  

Mount Luho in Boracay

When people think about Boracay, it automatically means swimming at the beaches, snorkeling and its busy night club. Little did they know that it also features a mountain that can give you the best panoramic view of the island. 

Mount Luho stands around 370 ft. above sea level but don’t get intmidated by its height. This mountain is just a short climb then you can see its viewing deck. Trekkers will be excited to take the challenge of climbing. But for those who aren’t fond of the tiring trek, you can use the stairs made of concrete to climb comfortably and safe. 

Here are other activities you can expect once you are in the viewing deck:

  • Ride at the cable car
  • Ziplining 
  • Relax and unwind at their minibar and snack area
  • Head to the last view deck to have a 360 degree view of the island

Travel Tip: Bring water and snacks to enjoy during the walk and on the peak’s platform. Also, you can pay a small maintenance fee to a guard to access the viewing deck. 

Travel Restrictions: Foreigners arent allowed to enter the island unless if they are already in the Philippines. If they do, they are required to get a RT-PCR Covid Test and apply for a S-Pass. 

Secret Lagoon (Palawan)

The Secret Lagoon – like its name – is Palawan’s best-kept secret. Hidden by massive cliffs, you’ll still see the beauty of this paradise. Simply squeeze through a narrow hole in the limestone wall so you can discover a serene lagoon that features these pristine and crystal-clear waters. 


  • Swim on the beach beside the secret lagoon 
  • Photo sessions 
  • Climb to the summit of Taraw Cliff 

Via Puerto Princesa, you can ride a Roro bus to El Nido every two hours from 6 am to 10 pm. Fare is $8 or P380 and travel time is at 6-7 hours. 

You can also ride a shuttle service from Fort Wally that carries passengers to El Nido every day at 5 am, 7 am, 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Fare is at $14 or P700 and travel time is 5-6 hours. 

As for via Coron, there are ferry boats that take you to El Nido with a travel time of around 4 hours. Fare is $35 or P1760.  

Responsible travel tip!

Wear your life vest especially if you aren’t a seasoned swimmer. The water near the entrance is already shallow and the further you go, the deeper it gets. 

Keep the place clean. Always throw your trash responsibly and leave nothing but footprints. 

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Discover Philippine’s Cultural Experience Through Weaving Immersion + Brands to Follow

The Philippines has more than just stunning white-sand beaches and a culinary experience. The country also has a diverse culture where you can immerse yourself in an experience you’ll never forget. 

With a total of 7,641 islands (according to the latest data by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority), more than 111 dialects spoken, and yes, 110 ethnolinguistic groups, the Philippines is one diverse country to explore especially, if you are the type to dive into a cultural adventure.

In this article, we will explore Mindanao’s best cultural element that deserves its recognition, weaving. 

The weaving industry 

Weaving is more than just textile; it is an identity and a way of life, especially for the indigenous communities in the country. 

Each community has a different expression with distinct weaving traditions and techniques. In fact, that what makes it exciting and unique. 

Today, indigenous groups are slowly gaining traction for their traditional weaving practices. Some of them are selling their works in dresses, rugs, and more for tourists to purchase. There are even products worn by famous personalities like Queen Sofia of Spain. 

Some are offering an experience a visitor can never forget. Here, they showcase the intense Filipino artistry and unite the people as vital, resilient communities bound by living tradition and colorful textile patterns and motifs.

The Brands


ANTHILL or the Alternative Nest and Trading/Training Hub for  Indigenous/ Ingenious Little Livelihood seekers has always centered on helping the indigenous groups through their human and community-centered business model. Here, they intersect authentic weaving and contemporary applications to help weaving communities have a sustainable livelihood. Through this, they can preserve and promote what is known as a dying industry to the younger generation.

Once you support their product, you’ll help over 80% of the marginalized sector in the rural areas where a high percentage of poverty and unemployment exists among the indigenous people. 

AgSam Fern

The goal of AgSam Fern has always been to create authentic and heritage-rich accessories using weaving. This is to showcase the unique artistry of the indigenous people and cultural communities in Surigao del Sur. 

Its founder and social entrepreneur Gina Nebrida Ty has always been fascinated with the artistry shown by the Surigaonon weavers. Hence, this amusement was the root of the collaboration with them to create beautiful pieces that combine Agsam materials and other components found in other parts of the country. Today, Agsam is known for its commercial marketability in the local and global scene while providing sustainable livelihood to the community. 

Filip + Inna

Aim to revive the ancient traditions of the Philippines, this line creates pieces to showcase the handmade creations of Filipino artisans. Filip + Inna sells garments designed from the hands of the different indigenous people in the Philippines. Each garment exhibits ancient techniques of traditional weaving, embroidery, and beadwork that only these local artisans master.

Filip + Inna aims to showcase the work of the community and provide jobs to these groups. And through this brand, they aim to introduce Philippine weaving to the world. 

Community Immersion

T’Nalak of the T’Boli Community 

The late Lang Dulay is one of the best-known weavers coming from this community. Bestowed with the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan in 1998, she is known as the icon in the weaving industry in the Philippines. 

Traditionally, in black, red, and white, this cloth extracts the abaca fibers combed to remove the sap. Then they are connected and knotted from both ends then prepared for the ikat method, also known as resist-dyeing. 

The fibers are women using the backstrap loom, then the textile is washed in the river. It is then beaten with a wooden stick then burnished on the surface with a cowrie shell. 

T’nalak represents birth, life, marriage, and death. The traditional textile woven by the women in the community exudes the uniqueness of the indigenous group. The textile is often used as blankets and clothing. This is also used in royal wedding ceremonies. 

Mabal Tabih of B’laan 

Known for their accomplished embroiderers and the tabih, the Blaan practiced traditional weaving reserved for high-status women. The name itself came from the native tubular skirt (tabih) and to weave (mabal)

This weave uses abaca fibers and the back-strap loom to create its design. Then they used the threads and dyed them using a warp tie-dye resist ikat technique and natural dyes from native plants. 

It is believed that weaving has a solid spiritual context in the community. Tabih is believed to be a gift from the goddess of weaving named Furalo. The abaca textile used in making the garments is for men and is also used to cover materials like knives. 

The Sapatangan Tapestry Weave of Yakan 

The Yakan people are known for their impressive weaving. Hence, their technique is considered as one of the oldest and most traditional in producing woven textile. 

The sapatangan is a tapestry weave that is best known for its intricate design that creates depth in the patterns like an optical illusion. 

Yakan women wear this textile on different occasions, like for everyday wear or heading to the market. They also attend a wedding with this textile, wearing it like a veil. Hence, this textile is part of the Yakan identity. 

Immerse into a cultural experience like never before 

With the Philippines’ diverse culture, there is a lot to learn from. Like our destinations, weaving has become a part of the identity of the indigenous groups all over the country, especially in Mindanao. 

Experience weaving through the T’Boli, B’laan, and Yakan communities today!

5 Exotic Filipino Food You Must Try (From Best to the Most Shocking!)

Have you seen Netflix’s Street Food? News flash: Balut isn’t the only exotic street food in the Philippines. 

Well, it’s popular, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the most exotic one. The Philippines is known for its unique cuisine inspired by the ancient culture and its colonizers. It is one of those cuisines that can stand out, whether it’s fusion or something new. But what makes the Filipino food scene even more interesting is its exotic Filipino street food. 

Prepare your guts as we’ve laid out some of the Philippines’ most exotic street food, from the least to the most shocking ones.

Chicken Proven

Chicken Proven becomes Cebu’s favorite new street food delicacy. A fried-digestive system of a chicken called “proventriculus” that is marinated with spices and dipped in a cornstarch before deep-frying it.

Proven Chicken all started among students looking for a lunch or meal they can find for a tight budget. They love to eat it with a spicy or sweet sauce, or vinegar and a puso or a hanging rice wrapped with coconut leaves

In many ways, this is similar to a chicken gizzard. The tiny piece of proben is coated in flour or cornstarch before it is deep-fried until the exterior becomes a crispy golden brown. It is often served to the guest in plastic bags or skewered in bamboo sticks. If you want to spice it up, pair it with sour vinegar sauce or sweet chili sauce. 

You can find this exotic street food in numerous streets and traditional markets prepared by street vendors. This exotic food is usually served in mobile food stands near schools.

Where you can find Chicken Proven: You can find chicken proven proven where vendors are confined in small sections such as Divisoria and Colon or any marketplaces around the country.

Tuslob Buwa

If you’ve seen Netflix’s “Street Food Asia,” you’ll probably come across this exotic street food from Cebu. Directly translated as “dip in bubbles,” Tuslob Buwa is made from pork liver and brain sauteed with garlic, onions, shrimp paste or bagoong, and chilis. This dish is filled with oil or lard that gives its greasier consistency. There are times when soy sauce is added to spice up the flavor. 

Diners dip a puso or hanging rice into this thick and bubbly froth before this greasy piece enters your mouth. Accompany this dish with any soda and beer; you are good to go! 

Where to find Tuslob Buwa: The first places you’ll think of when it comes to these dishes are Barangays Suba and Pasil, Cebu City. 

There are also restaurants serving Tuslob Buwa like Azul Cebu, the first place to serve street food in the mainstream resto-bar. You can also find it in Street Food at Ayala Center Cebu. 

Lansiao or Soup No. 5

This is another exotic food that may come as a surprise to most tourists. If you are ready to explore a food escapade, then this dish is for you. 

This surprising street food is consumed as an appetizer along with your beer or any alcoholic beverages you can think of. Or, it can be your favorite hangover cure! Lansiao or Soup No. 5 comprises a bull’s sex organs, the penis, and the testes, prepared as a soup with different spices and broth. The dish is best served piping hot! 

Its name was adapted from Chinese descendants who speak Hokkien dialects which means male genitals. And it is said to increase intimacy amongst couples. Hence it is called an aphrodisiac. 
Where can you find Lansiao or Soup No.5? In Cebu, they are commonly found in Cebuano carinderia (small cafeteria) and restaurants in Cebu. In Manila, you can find it in some restaurants in Binondo.

Adobong Kamaru 

If you find these three previous dishes exotic, wait till you see the next one. And yes, it involves mole crickets! Don’t fret! The insect is scientifically proven edible. 

These mole crickets are found in the rice field in Pampanga. Since these are considered pests, farmers counter them by harvesting them and eating them to cook them like how Filipinos cook adobo. These crickets – when cooked right – are crispy on the outside and moist in the middle. Eat it with rice, soy sauce, and beer. You can enjoy this exotic dish as Kampangpangan’s favorite appetizer. 

Fun fact! According to a 2007 study, five ounces of mole crickets has 28% of the daily protein and 74% of calories a person needs daily. So when Kampangpangans tell you that this dish is healthy, they aren’t lying. 

Where to find Adobong Kamaru? On the streets of Pampanga

Butete Tugak or Stuffed Frog

Pampanga is no stranger to the exotic scene. Aside from Adobong Kamaru, the province also features another surprisingly edible dish. 

The word butete is a wordplay on butete , which in local dialect means “tadpole.” The dish is the entire frog stuffed with minced pork which looks like a very fat frog when it’s served to you. 

The preparation involves removing the skin, head of the frog and cutting its belly to remove the intestines. The ground pork is stuffed in the belly and marinated in a mixture that usually has salt, vinegar, ground pepper, and brown sugar. These stuffed frogs are deep-fried until golden brown and served with fried rice or steamed plain rice. For flavor, you can dip it into vinegar with minced onions and garlic. 

Where can you eat Betute Tugak? San Fernando, Pampanga is famous for this shocking Filipino dish. The dish is celebrated every year with the Annual Piestang Tugak or Frog Festival to promote numerous frog traditions like this dish. 

Visit the Philippines for a new culinary experience.

Aside from the usual barbeque, kwek-kwek, and isaw, the Philippines has a lot to offer when it comes to street food. In fact, some tourists call it a street food hub. That is why you don’t need to go to a fancy restaurant when planning to travel to the country. To have a unique culinary experience, try some of the most exotic street food for a low price. 

Start your exotic culinary journey to the Philippines through our packages.

Top 6 Activities to Do in Mindoro

f you are looking for a thrilling summer vacation in the Philippines, then Manila, Boracay, and Palawan aren’t the only destinations to spend your quality time away from your nest. If you are looking for an underrated paradise, it has to be Mindoro. 

Mindoro Island has a lot to offer from the exquisite beaches to the thrilling diving and snorkeling spots. You deserve a vacation you’ll always remember. 

Have fun at the southern tip of Luzon and do these activities to make up the perfect summer vacation you deserve! 

Snorkel at Apo Reef Natural Park 

Located at the western waters of Occidental Mindoro, this coral reef is considered the second-largest contiguous coral reef globally and the largest one in the Philippines. This 34-square km government-protected destination spot consists of three islands, Apo reef being the largest among them. 

The reef is heavily protected by the government. Therefore, no large ships can come in and out of the area that would potentially cause damage and disturbance to the corals. These collections include Giant Napoleon Wrasse fish, sea cucumbers, cushion sta, triggerfish, and more. 

With all of its beauty, Apo Reef attracted more than dozens of divers and snorkelers every year. 

Hiking at Mount Halcon

This mountain is for hikers and climbers looking for the most challenging climb of their lives. Towering exactly 2586 meters high and known as the 18th highest peak in the country, Mount Halcon will test your limits with its steep trails, rocky ridges, mossy forest, and its river crossing. 

Though challenging, its peak will reward you with a panoramic view of Mindoro. 

Note: You’ll need at least four days to hike in this mountain along with a permit and guide. 

Scuba Dive at Sabang  [#4 Verde Island Passage – dive site]

Sabang is the place to be when it comes to showcasing Philippine’s beautiful marine life. Hence, that is why it is one of the dive spots every tourist wants to visit. 

If you are a beginner, the Sabang Wreck is for you. The shipwreck found underwater turned into a perfect spot for a new reef to form since its structure is now covered in vegetation. It is also surrounded by different and eye-catching fishes. 

The Hill is also a dive site home to some of the oddest sea creatures you can find anywhere in the world. You have to see the Blue Ringed octopus, cuttlefish, and the Blue Mandarin right in the spot. If you went on a night dive, you might spot some shrimps. 

Tamaraw Waterfalls 

This waterfall that towers over 423 feet of rock and includes a couple of cool pools is situated in Barangay Villaflor, just near the San Teodoro City of Mindoro Island.

Hearing the strong sound coming from the falls is overpowering but calming. Aside from that, it can be a place where adventure strikes as you can go and swim with your friends and family. 

Getting it isn’t hard. You can take a jeepney or ride a tricycle. You can also rent a motorcycle or, if you like, rent a van going to the waterfalls. 

Crossing the Tukuran Hanging Bridge 

Crossing a hanging bridge may be a little scary. Still, this hanging bridge symbolizes the wild and free attitude Filipinos exude. So believe us, crossing the Tukuran Hanging Bridge is a must on your travel bucket list! 

The bridge is made to sway back and forth every time you take a step. But, this is the thrilling part of the adventure, so don’t be afraid as this bridge is made to be sturdy for people to cross. 

Also, after crossing, you’ll find some huts in the shallow water area where you can rest after taking that risk!

Relax at the Bikini Floating Bar 

Lastly, this “bar on the water” is a must-visit in Mindoro. Imagine just unwinding and drinking your favorite alcohol in a floating houseboat. At the same time, you enjoy the waves that gently rocks the boat. Isn’t that relaxing? 

Enjoy the view of the mainland with the most creative painted houses in the town while enjoying happy hour every 3-5 pm!

Come to Mindoro now!

From diving the reefs of Apo Island to relaxing at the floating houseboat, Mindoro is a place to have fun and unwind. 
Plan your trip to Mindoro today. Visit our page for more details!

DOT’s Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) returns to Manila in August 2022

23 June 2022
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MANILA — Time to gear up and get dive-ready as the Department of Tourism (DOT) stages the Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX), the country’s largest platform for the diving community, on August 19 to 21, 2022 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay, Manila.

PHIDEX’s third edition seeks to continue the narrative of conservation, community, and convergence within the diving community through the theme “Back into the Blue: One with the Sea”.
The expo will also showcase the Philippines’ readiness to welcome dive tourists from all over the globe, gathering local and international dive industry experts, dive tour operators, and partner dive businesses to share their ideas and experiences.
“The entry of international travelers is a welcome development that will lead to growth in the travel and tourism sector, restoration of jobs, and the generation of much-needed revenue for tourism-related enterprises and communities. We are optimistic that these economic benefits will also extend to dive destinations around the country. The country remains a leading dive destination, which tourists all over the world are eager to visit after a long wait of two years,” said Tourism Development Undersecretary Woodrow C. Maquiling, Jr.

“The DOT hopes to encourage divers to practice sustainability every time they dive to preserve the country’s seas. Sustainable diving practices are a huge part of the reason why the country’s dive destinations continue to operate despite challenges brought by the pandemic,” Undersecretary Maquiling added.

PHIDEX is the only dive show in the world that combines in one event a Dive Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), a business-to-business (B2B) meeting program for local and international dive operators, dive conference and seminars, and familiarization tours to top and emerging Philippine dive destinations. Exhibition booths will showcase dive resorts and centers in different destinations, as well as top-rated dive gear and equipment.

Through conferences, participants will also have a chance to learn about new dive destinations developed during the pandemic, product updates from key dive destinations, as well as up-todate underwater photography gear showcases. International dive operators will also get to inspect and assess top and emerging dive destinations such as Anilao, Bohol, Camiguin, Coron, Dumaguete, Malapascua, Moalboal, Puerto Galera, Southern Leyte, and Ticao Island through familiarization tours.
At least 100 local and international dive buyers and media from the Philippines, US, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Singapore, are expected to attend the
expo. Meanwhile, activities such as Dive TRAVEX and Dive Conference will be accessible online for participants unable to attend due to international border restrictions.

Registration as consumer and trade visitors and exhibition booth reservation will open on June 24, 2022 through https://register.phidex.asia/. For more information regarding the PHIDEX activities, follow Dive Philippines on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DOTdivephilippines) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/dotdivephilippines/) or email the PHIDEX Organizing Committee at phidex@tourism.gov.ph.

Travel Preparations are Underway: More Fun Awaits in the Philippines

As the world waits for international travel borders to reopen, the Philippines is preparing a warm welcome for tourists. The Philippines Department of Tourism has been continuously developing its destinations for local and international travellers. This September, it launched its ‘More Fun Awaits’ campaign with new tourism products and packages to try, each offering their own unique experiences. 

The Philippines will be ready for the world when it reopens with new attractions and more. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says, “Our preparations for travellers include newly-developed circuits with new exciting activities, destinations, and tourist attractions that have been developed in our regions. Our tourism workers are also being trained in enhanced health and hygiene protocols and tourism establishments have also implemented safeguards in their premises to protect their guests and employees.” As of the first week of September, 51 percent of tourism workers in the country have been vaccinated.  In the nation’s bustling capital of Metro Manila, 99% of tourism workers in DOT-accredited hotels and accommodation establishments, as well as 94% of tourism workers in accredited restaurants have had their anti-COVID jabs.

A new world-class airport awaits

The new terminal of the Clark International Airport has also been recently inaugurated in Pampanga. This marvel of modern Filipino architecture, which is inspired by the slopes of Mt. Arayat and the Filipino Christmas lantern, will offer fast, safe, and efficient air travel services such as contactless self-check-in and bag drop, advanced docking guidance system, and even contactless ordering for pre-flight dining. As the “gateway to the North”, it will help boost tourism recovery by expanding connectivity to various local destinations.

The DOT has been awarded a SafeTravels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in recognition of its adoption of “health and hygiene global standardized protocols” that will ensure safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. SafeTravels is the stamp of approval given by the international organization to certify compliance with its global health standards to allow for safe travels.

Eligible companies such as hotels, airlines, restaurants, tour operators, attractions, transportation and airports will use the stamp as a guarantee that they conform to health and safety protocols required by the WTTC, an international organization representing leaders of the global travel and tourism industry.

As such, the Department has also intensified the accreditation of establishments, continuing thorough inspection and assessment, to ensure that only those accredited with the Department of Tourism, are allowed to open and receive guests if they adhere to health, safety and hygiene global standardized protocols.

The Philippine government through its Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is constantly updating its protocols to safeguard Filipinos and foreign nationals who are traveling to the Philippines.

Fun and Exciting Adventures lie ahead

While international travel to the Philippines is still restricted, domestic travel has resumed since the second half of last year. With wide open spaces available for myriads of adventures and intensive training for members of the hospitality industry, the Philippines is geared towards offering a safe and fun experience for travellers. Tourists can enjoy a variety of escapades from the North to the South, now more accessible with new and improved infrastructures, such as regional airports and roadways linking the beautiful islands and their unique experiences. 

The Philippines has a variety of destinations that offer a distinct set of activities and tourism circuits that travellers can choose to experience and enjoy. The beautiful beaches lead to an underwater paradise, teeming with colors from a diverse marine life. On land, the mountain ranges beckon to explorers with lush forests and trails that lead to breathtaking waterfalls and rapids. All of these can be experienced with a hearty serving of local cuisines from hosts, home cooks, and chefs, who will be the first to ask the quintessential Filipino greeting, “Have you eaten?”  

Get ready to fill that travel bucket list with these destinations that await your next visit to the tropical paradise:

Get an adrenaline rush: Central Visayas is perfect for adventures, with its beautiful combination of mountains and beaches. Here, one can trek the trails at the Osmena Peak and be rewarded by a breathtaking vista, along with a refreshing dip at the Kawasan Falls. The world-famous Chocolate Hills can be seen via a viewdeck in Carmen, Bohol, or through a “surf zipline” at the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park that offers an aerial view of the hills from 230 feet high.

Tourism can also be done on two wheels, with the MoTOURismo Pilgrimage Caravan, developed to encourage motorbike enthusiasts to explore the open roads of the region, with a scenic route that traverses Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela and Cagayan and ending in the picturesque Pagudpud Aquaduct, Ilocos Norte. In Davao, one can even bike while suspended in mid-air or try the sky swing at the Eden Nature Park and Mountain Resort. 

Bask in the beaches: Head to the beaches of the Calaguas group of islands in Camarines Norte, with their powdery white sands, crystal-clear waters, and unspoiled natural resources. These pristine surroundings frame unforgettable sunsets and serene nights under the stars.

For more island-hopping adventures, this region also boasts of the Mercedes Group of Islands, with turquoise waters and a tranquillity that is far removed from the buzz of the city. The Caramoan Island is the region’s crowning glory, as it boasts of a 4,000- hectare limestone forest endowed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna aside from its perfect white sand beaches, serene lakes, deep caves, coves and rich marine life that make it a perfect diving spot for enthusiasts.

Boracay, one of the best beaches in the world, is also ready to open once again. Its beaches have undergone rehabilitation to preserve its natural beauty that includes powdery white sand and clear blue waters. 

Palawan, known as nature’s Last Ecological Frontier, offers coves and caves. For those who want to take a deep dive into underwater adventures, there’s Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site and sanctuary for more than 600 species of fish, as well as several species of sharks, whales, and dolphins; and Coron Bay which is the site for many shipwrecks from World War 2. There are so many beaches to choose from, with island hopping adventures from dreamy El Nido to picturesque Coron along with an exciting boat trip on the Puerto Princesa Undergroud River, which has been voted as one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature. 

For more water fun, tourists can visit Surigao del Sur, which sparkles with its attractions such as the multi-tiered Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig City, to the Hinatuan Enchanted River Underwater Cave Systems.  Siargao Island is also famous for its idyllic island life and its barrel waves that attract surfers from around the world.

The Province of Batangas is also a haven for beach enthusiasts, with the blue waters of Nasugbu, Calatagan, and San Juan towns only a short drive away from Manila. 

Take a food trip: The Philippines is home to diverse cuisines that have been passed down through the generations of home cooks who use the ingredients that are harvested in their area. There are restaurants that serve local food to gourmands, as the F&B industry of the country continues to develop world-class cuisine using local products.  

As the country is surrounded by water, seafood is always fresh, and because of the countryside farms, there is an abundance of tropical fruits all year round. Eco and agri tours are available, to bring travellers to the root of food production, from mangroves and fishing communities on the islands to farms that grow local produce that is suited to the climate.

Visitors need not travel far to sample the Philippines on a plate. Manila offers cosmopolitan culinary delights, with many of the regional dishes well-represented by local chefs in the many restaurant choices that are available. Foodies looking to experience authentic Filipino farm-to-table cuisine can look forward to the culinary experiences in Bohol, which include a visit to a bee farm, strawberry garden, mushroom house and floating lunch buffet on a Loboc River boat ride where guests are encouraged to eat with their hands, Filipino-style.

Get close to nature: Ecological wonders abound, with flora and fauna endemic to the Philippines on full display at sites such as the Turtle Project in La Union, the Barubaybay Mangrove Eco and Marine Conservation in Northern Samar, and Bird Watching tours in Ilocos Norte. With its cool mountain climate, Baguio beckons visitors to explore its walkable public parks or go strawberry-picking at nearby La Trinidad. Immerse in history and culture: The Philippines is a country with a rich history and tradition. And there are tourist destinations that can bring travellers closer to these traditions. Cebu City, which is the oldest city in the country, has several relics linking it to its storied heritage, including the 500-year-old figure of the Sto. Nino de Cebu, which was presented as a gift by the first Spanish explorers led by Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan to the local chief’s wife upon her baptism.

Up North, Baguio offers a glimpse of the indigenous life in the mountainous Cordilleras, at tourist sites such as the Tam-Awan Village, with its cultural performances highlighting the region’s rich traditions and beliefs.

There are many trails to trek, with paths that lead visitors to breathtaking vistas. The UNESCO-inscribed Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao and Sagada eco-tourism sites offer interactions with the locals who give a glimpse of their daily lives that are still based on centuries-old traditions.  The peaks of Mount Pulag and Mount Ulap in the Northern area of Luzon offers camping sites for visitors to experience the sunrise amongst a sea of clouds.    

Vigan is another charming city to visit, with its heritage houses on cobble-stoned streets that can be toured via a horse-drawn cart. Here, tourists can find traditional handicrafts such as woven blankets, carvings and pottery to take home as souvenirs.

For a sweet route, there’s a sugar trail that runs through Negros, Iloilo, Capiz, and Antique. This region in Western Visayas holds many historic sites that exhibit influences from the Spanish era such as its old churches, heirloom dishes, and heritage houses that bring travellers back in time.

Ready for the world

As the country waits for international borders to reopen for travel, find out how the Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) has been gearing up its initiatives and preparations through the #MoreFunAwaits campaign.

There is really more to discover in the Philippines, with world-class destinations that are thrilled to welcome tourists once international travel resumes. Browse the choices of activities and receive the latest updates and travel advisories about the Philippines by visiting http://www.morefunawaits.com/ or by downloading the Travel Philippines app at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Fun and unique adventures in the Philippines that you can experience in a day

The Philippines is home to lovely beaches and picturesque mountain vistas but the city life is another attraction the travellers can enjoy. The cities of the Philippines offer fun and unique activities that can be toured in a single day, with a cosmopolitan vibe that is complemented perfectly by the warmth of the Filipino hospitality.

As the world prepares to open up, The Philippines Department of Tourism is readying its urban destinations for a fun city tour that highlights interesting destinations to showcase modern Filipino culture that has historical influences. Aside from preparing new travel products through initiatives like food mapping, it is developing “green corridors.” These will link destinations through tourism clusters that will offer the best of the regions while maintaining biodiversity and improving environmental quality, protecting and promoting heritage and culture, and supporting the economic activities of the communities. Infrastructure gateways such as road linkages and direct flights to tourist destinations such as Cebu, Davao, Bohol, Puerto Princesa, and the new world-class Clark International Airport have also been readied for the reopening of borders.  

With more activities and more access to adventures in the different cities in the country, there are definitely more reasons to visit the Philippines. Here are some cities to visit for your next urban explorations.

Vibrant Manila

The capital city of the Philippines is alive with sights and sounds of urban life at its busiest. It is also a contrast of the old and the new, with a mix of skyscrapers and heritage houses, and cars share the road with colourful jeepneys and horse-drawn calesas.

One tourist stop should be the Walled City of Intramuros, built by the Spanish colonizers 500 years ago. Its stone ramparts are still intact, along with the other defences such as its moats and cannons that protected the fort from both natural disasters and invaders. Visit the Casa Manila Museum to get a feel of life during the Spanish era and take a walking tour tothe centuries-old churches Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church to appreciate their architecture. Fort Santiago holds historic significance as the prison where the Philippine National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal was held before his execution in Bagumbayan. 

Other structures to check out nearby are the Manila Central Post Office, a neoclassical building that has been declared as an Important Cultural Property by the National Museum, the Cultural Center of the Philippines which is home to world-class performances by Filipino artists. Immerse yourself in art at the National Museum of the Philippines that houses the country’s largest and perhaps most iconic painting, the Spoliarium by Juan Luna, the National Museum of Natural History that showcases Philippine flora and fauna, and the National Museum of Anthropology which houses artifacts from the ancient Filipino cultures.

To catch these sights from a different point of view, travelers can also take a boat ride along the rehabilitated Pasig River that takes its passengers through 12 stations with photo opportunities of the different bridges and roads along the way. For more water fun, a cruise on the Manila Bay to catch its beautiful sunset reflecting off the water should be on the itinerary.  

Souvenir shopping is fun in Manila, with several must-visit sites for handcrafted and unique items. The Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan is known for its stalls that sell a sundry of South Sea Pearl jewelry. For other native items, one can shop around at the Balikbayan Handicraft Center and Go Lokal Store in Makati City for textiles, food items, and other products made by artisans in the provinces and those looking for Filipino-style home furnishings can browse through the stalls of Tiendesitas in Pasig City.  

Adventurous Ilocos

Up North, Ilocandia is vibrant with local color and culture. Amid the modern developments of the city are agricultural and historical sites and natural attractions that will awaken any traveler’s spirit of adventure. The largest dragonfruit farm in Burgos Ilocos Norte is an agri-tourist attraction that showcases how farming is a viable a livelihood source in the province.

While the term Bahay na Bato or house made of stone is used in many places of the Philippines to denote the homes of the upper class during the Spanish times. The Bahay na Bato in the Ilocos region has a distinct architectural style, using bricks up to the second levels of the house. One such example is the Juan Luna Shrine in Badoc, the ancestral home of the Spoliarium painter and his brother, Antonio who is known for his exploits during the Philippine- American War.

For attractions that bring travellers closer to nature, there’s the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation that juts out magnificently against the sky with limestone that was carved through time by wind and waves. This wind is harnessed by the turbines at the Bangui Wind Farm, where a line of windmills pose an impressive sight as well as supply power to the province. The Paoay Sand Dunes are perfect for those looking for an adrenaline rush, with activities such as sandboarding and thrilling 4×4 rides. Another impressive site is the Poro Point Lighthouse in La Union, the original structure, no longer in use, was lit by a kerosene lamp. A modern lighthouse that uses solar energy now stands guard near a cliff that overlooks a beautiful coastline.

Cool Baguio City The cool mountain climate of Baguio and the warmth of the local communities make this destination an ideal place for relaxed sightseeing. Among the places to visit to get a feel for the local Cordilleran culture is the Tam-Awan Village, which showcases the art and life of the upland tribes through their dwellings and their traditional crafts and rituals. The Bencab Museum of National Artist Ben Cabrera in Tuba, Benguet combines modern art with traditional tribal pieces in its galleries.

While Baguio’s Burnham and Wright parks are perfect for a cool stroll, the Mines View Park offers a breathtaking view as it overlooks the mountainous area of Itogon and its abandoned mines. Here, tourists can also have photos taken with locals in their native attire, or shop for silver souvenir items. Benguet Province is also known for its fresh produce, and the Strawberry Farms in La Trinidad offer a pick-and pay experience, and the chance to try strawberry flavoured products such as wine andtaho or silken tofu flavoured with strawberry syrup. The Baguio Public Market is a delight for those looking to buy fresh produce and souvenirs to take back home. Among the items on sale are strawberry preserves, highland coffee, handwoven rugs and wood carvings.

Beautiful Bohol

Bohol beckons with its natural wonders and infinite adventures. The Danao Adventure Park is an eco-tourism escape that is a favorite tourist spot for its sea of clouds that greet each morning and the exciting activities such as rappelling, wall-climbing, bungee-jumping, ziplining, and riding on a sky bike. Take a ride through the Bilar Manmade forest and marvel at the tall mahogany trees that offer shade, sanctuary and serenity. For a sweet side trip, tour the Bohol Bee Farm and try out its homemade organic ice cream with flavors like coconut, nipa fruit and avocado.  Try a memorable meal that comes with music and scenic views: book a Loboc River Cruise, where travellers can eat with their hands while being serenaded by local musicians as you enjoy the natural scenery along the jade green waters.

Dynamic Cebu

Cebu Province is a cultural center with a rich heritage as the first landing point of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition and a focal point of the first circumnavigation of the world. There are new circuits being developed to highlight the Cebuano attractions such as the Kulinaryasa Norte Culinary Tour that runs through thetowns of Catmon-Tabogon- Bogo City-San Remegio and the Southern Cebu Jubilee Churches Tour which takes travelers on a historic pilgrimage that begins at the Sto. Niño Basilica where the image of the Child Jesus that was gifted by Magellan to Rajah Humabon’s wife Reyna Juana on the occasion of her baptism into the Christian faith. Other churches on the circuit are the centuries-old structures inthe towns of Argao, Dalaguete, Boljoon, and Barili.

Safe city travels

More fun awaits in the Philippines as the Department of Tourism (DOT) highlights these regional tourist sites that are accessible through city travel. The destinations serve to highlight the country’s rich culture among the abundance of nature. The Department is likewise strengthening its safety standards and protocols across different channels to ensure a safe visit to the country.

The DOT has been awarded a SafeTravels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in recognition of its adoption of “health and hygiene global standardized protocols” that will ensure safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, conducts thorough inspection and assessment, to ensure that only those who are accredited are allowed to open and receive guests.

The Philippine government through its Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is constantly updating its protocols to safeguard Filipinos and foreign nationals who are traveling to the Philippines.

To learn more about the Philippines’ new and exciting adventures, as well as safety and travel updates, visit www.morefunawaits.com, and https://wisatafilipina.com/ (for Indonesia), https://www.facebook.com/philippinetourismvietnam (for Vietnam), and https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineTourismThailand (for Thailand) or download the Travel Philippines app at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

When in the Philippines: Try these uniquely Filipino activities

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  • Try these 8 Unique Activities on Your Next Visit to the Philippines

As the Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) prepares to welcome visitors once more, it is constantly developing new activities for travellers to experience and enjoy while making sure that all international safety protocols are met at the different destinations.

These initiatives include promoting new attractions in the different regions. The department recently held its first hybrid edition of its Regional Travel Fair in the Eastern Visayas Region, linking stakeholders through a tourism webinar, a one-day business-to-business (B2B) session and business-to-consumer (B2C) live selling. More than 1,500 registrants were able to participate through a virtual business venue and onsite activities at Summit Hotel Tacloban.

“It is indeed more fun in the Philippines, with various activities being readied by the DOT to offer a new and unique experience for international tourists. At the same time, the Philippine government is also readying its welcome for travellers with infrastructure development such as the improvement of our domestic and international airports and new roadways that will offer faster access to our regional destinations,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

With more than 7,000 islands offering a unique experience to visitors, the Philippines is a destination unlike any other. Whether it’s relaxing in the beaches or the mountains, enjoying the vibrant urban life, or an immersion into indigenous culture, there are one-of-a-kind experiences that await in the Philippines for different types of travellers. Here are eight of the uniquely Filipino activities and experiences that one can try from different parts of the country:

Cycling around Intramuros on a Bamboo Bike

Cycling is an eco-friendly option to traveland, in the Philippines, it takes on an even more sustainable route with bamboo bikes. Bambike Ecotours offers a chance to explore the historic walled city of Intramuros in a different way. The handmade bamboo bikes come in many options for a safe and comfortable ride with Bambassadors acting as guides on Old Manila’s unique charms.

Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros (c_o Bien Bautista)
Bamboo Bike Tour in Intramuros (c_o Walter Eric Sy)

Zooming through Banaue’s Winding Roads on a Wooden Bike

Up in the mountains of Banaue, tourists can try out the Ifugao mode of transport – hand-carved wooden scooters that can reach up to speeds of 50 kilometers an hour. These bikes are a testament to the indigenous tribe’s wood carving skills and ingenuity, as they are made with scraps of wood and pieces from old rubber tires. This is an adrenaline-fueled way to enjoy a picturesque view of the centuries-old Banaue Rice Terraces, which their ancestors carved by hand on the mountainsides.

Wooden Bike in Banaue (c_o Jake Verzosa)
Wooden Bike in Banaue (c_o rweisswald)

Test Your Balance on Bamboo Stilts in Cebu

The Kadang-Kadang (Karang) or Bamboo stilts lets visitors see the Philippines from a slightly higher point of view. Tourists to Cebu can try out their skills on balance and speed by hopping on a pair of stilts and participating in a team race that runs (or wobbles) for 100 meters. While it is considered as a childhood game through generations, it has been recognized as a traditional sport under the Laro ng Lahi in 1969.  

Bamboo Stilts Race (c_o Gustianto)

Go Off-Road on a Lahar Adventure in Pampanga

The Mount Pinatubo eruption caused devastation to much of Central Luzon, but locals have found a way to utilize the lahar flow from the volcano and turn it into a destination for extreme sports enthusiasts. Travelers with a need for speed can book an off-road tour on a 4×4 or motorcycle that rides through the streams and the sandy terrain in what is one of the most unique landscapes that can be found in the Philippines.

Lahar Adventure (c_o Rommel Bundalian)_1
Lahar Adventure (c_o Rommel Bundalian)_2
Lahar Adventure (c_o posztos)

Relax in a Kawa bath at Antique

The Kawa or giant cauldron is usually used to cook fiesta fare in the Philippines, but in Antique province, it provides a rustic and relaxing experience. The mountainside resorts welcome visitors after a trek in the woods of Tibiao in Antique with a refreshing hot bath in a kawa, with water heated over a wood fire and scented with aromatic herbs and flowers. Those who want to experience another kind of therapy can visit the Tibiao Fish Spa where they can dip your feet in a pond for fish to nibble on and exfoliate.  

Kawa bath in Antique (c_o Ryan Carlo Enriquez)
Kawa bath in Antique (c_o Flord Nicson Calawag_Calawag Mountain Resort)_1
Kawa bath in Antique (c_o Flord Nicson Calawag_Calawag Mountain Resort)_2

Visit the Philippine Eagle in Davao

The Philippine Eagle is regarded as the Philippines National Bird. It is the largest of the extant eagles in the world in terms of length and wing surface, and it is now considered critically endangered. This is why it is protected in sanctuaries such as the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao. Mount Hamiguitan is a UNESCO Protected Highland Nature Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species. A rather challenging trek is rewarded by a treasure trove of biodiverse sightings including a chance to watch for the majestic Philippine Eagle in flight. Those who would rather study the biodiversity of the area indoors can visit the natural science museum that can be found on the premises. For a quick glimpse of the eagles, guests may also opt to visit Philippine Eagle Center, a private sector managed rainforest in Davao City that shelters and breeds Philippine Eagles in captivity.

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Learn the Indigenous Art of Weaving in the Cordillera fabric circuit

The upland tribes of the Cordillera Region have a rich culture that is woven into their fabrics. This circuit tour brings travellers to stunning interactive and informative displays of the fabrics that are produced in the region using cotton and other natural fibers that are woven and weft into their traditional designs on looms that have been passed down through generations. Tour stops include weaving villages and museums, with opportunities to go souvenir shopping for these handmade works of art that are sewn into stunning articles of clothing or incorporated into decorative pieces for the home.    

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Organic Green Tour (OGT) Circuit

This circuit traces the Philippine food roots through a combination of organic farm tours and traditional meals that use the freshly-harvested produce. The tour runs through the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) area with two farm tourism destinations, namely the Benguet Agro-Eco Farm in Sablan, and the UM-A Farm in Tuba. Among the activities are pick-and-pay and the opportunity to partake in a traditional community celebration hosted by the farmers held around a warm bonfire amid fresh mountain air.

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Standardized safety measures

These activities and more await your return to the Philippine shores where the warmth of the country is matched by the local hospitality. Enrich your traveling experiences by trying these new activities and more that are constantly being developed by the Department of Tourism, which is also ensuring a safe trip by standardizing the health and hygiene protocols in all its destinations. While the world awaits reopening, Philippine tourism workers are undergoing constant training and tourism establishments implementing standardized safeguards in their premises to protect their guests and employees.

The Philippines Department of Tourism has been awarded a SafeTravels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in recognition of its adoption of “health and hygiene global standardized protocols” that will ensure safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, conducts thorough inspection and assessment, to ensure that only those who are accredited are allowed to open and receive guests.

The Philippine government through its Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is constantly updating its protocols to safeguard Filipinos and foreign nationals who are traveling to the Philippines. To know the latest updates and travel advisories about the Philippines visithttps://www.facebook.com/philippinetourismvietnam (for Vietnam) and https://www.philippines.travel/safetrip (for Malaysia & Singapore) or download the Travel Philippines app at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

When in the Philippines: Escape to the most beautiful secluded beaches

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  • These 7 Destination Beaches Await Your Return to the Philippines

The Philippines is blessed with many pristine beaches, including Boracay Island and Palawan Island. The beauty of these islands has already captured the world. Palawan Island was named as one of the 30 Best Beaches in the World by Conde Nast Traveler in 2020. Meanwhile, Boracay has been recognized by international travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, as the Best Island in the World in 2012; and several times by Conde Nast Traveler, including Best Island in the World in 2014, Top 10 destinations to watch in 2016, and World’s Best Island Beaches in the 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Philippines Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says the country has been hard at work, developing tour packages and circuits together with the various local government units. “Once international travel resumes, we are ready to welcome visitors again to our famous beach destinations like Boracay, and showcase our undiscovered gems and other improved tourists attractions that are just as beautiful and relaxing.”

Included in the list of  undiscovered gems are new destinations, such as these secluded beaches that offer the ultimate escape from the feeling of confinement, with wide open spaces and friendly smiles from the locals.

With more than 7,000 islands in a beautiful archipelago, definitely more fun awaits visitors for their next beach escape to these pristine and quiet little pieces of paradise.

Bantayan Island, Cebu

Located at the northern most tip of Cebu, Bantayan Island boasts of stunning white sand beaches and eco-tourism sites. From the Mactan Cebu International Airport, the island is easily accessible by boarding a bus at the Cebu North Bus Terminal. The journey will take you on a scenic ride to the northern tip of Cebu including a short ferry to the island. Activities in Bantayan include swimming, cliff diving, island-hopping, kayaking, and even skydiving. One can soak in the local culture by approaching locals who engage in fishing and production of savory dried fish as their main source of livelihood.

Bantayan Island, Cebu

Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

Kalanggaman Island from Above – The Philippines

The waters surrounding this long stretch of beach are crystal clear, with a white powdery sandbar that is perfect for a long solitary stroll and for taking lots of photos.

Kalanggaman is derived from the word “langgam,” which means bird in the local dialect, as the two ends of the island seem to flap like bird’s wings when viewed from above. There are no big resorts on Kalanggaman Island and crowds are kept at bay with the Municipality of Palompon putting a cap on the number of tourists that can visit per day. Those who want to spend the night can stay at native cottages or set up camp along the strip of beach and watch the stars put on a show against a gorgeous velvet sky.

Kalanggaman Island, Leyte (c/o Laizananica Ormoc)

Secret Beach, El Nido, Palawan

Framed by towering cliffs and turquoise-hued waters, Secret Beach in El Nido is a hidden paradise waiting to be discovered by travelers who want to experience the thrill of finding a treasure from Mother Nature. The beach is accessible only by swimming through a crevice among the limestone rocks that’sjust above the water.

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Aerial view of Secret hidden lagoon beach with tourist banca boats on island hopping tour surrounded by karst cliffs scenery

Sugar Beach, Sipalay, Negros Occidental

Jungle covered limestone headland jutting into the sea and waves breaking on the sand marking the southern end of Sugar Beach-Nauhang barangay. Sipalay-Negros Occidental-Western Visayas-Philippines.

This aptly-named beach in the sweet province of Negros Occidental is a destination that is known mostly to locals as Langub Beach. Locals love to spend their lazy summer afternoons swimming in its azure waters. Here, one can catch a beautiful sunset while listening to the waves and relaxing on the warm brown sand. Among the activities to try are snorkeling and paddle boarding, or simply taking a refreshing dip in the cooling blue waters. 

Sugar Beach in Sipalay, Negros Occidental

Mantigue Island, Camiguin Province

Mantigue Island

A 20-minute scenic boat trip from the eastern side of the alluring Camiguin Island brings travelers to this gleaming white sand island framed by lush greenery. Mantigue Island is a four-hectare slice of tropical wonderland famous among divers because of the endangered hawksbill turtle frequently sighted in its clear waters. This island is indeed a diver’s dream because it is teeming with colorful and rare marine creatures such as colorful clownfish, nudibranchs, frog fish, sharks, and dense schools of fish with a backdrop of amazing gardens of corals and seascapes. To complete your experience, you can admire the local wildlife of its mini tropical jungle, frolic among the waves, laze on the powdery sand, or you can grab a bite of the sea urchin (uni) offered by the locals on the beach right out of the ocean! There are no big crowds on the island as it is only open for day tours and the number of visitors are limited to help preserve its natural beauty.

Mantigue Island

Guyam, Daku, and Naked Island, Surigao del Norte

Guyam Island
Daku Island
Naked Island

Siargao is fast becoming a favorite surfing destination for local and foreign enthusiasts, but for those who want to experience the more idyllic side of the province, they can book a boat tour that will take them island hopping for a whole day of enjoyment among small secluded sandbars. Guyam, Daku, and Naked Island are destinations for those who want to feel what it is like to live on a tiny remote island. Guyam is a small circular island with swaying coconut trees and beach huts, while Naked Island, as its name implies, is a bare beach with deep waters suited for scuba diving. Daku, which means ‘big’ in the local dialect, is large enough to be home to a small and friendly fishing community.    

Daku Island

Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte

Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte (c/o John Harvey Perez)

The white sand and blue seawater of Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte has become a popular destination among local beach lovers who want to experience a quick getaway from urban life. Among the activities available for travelers aside from swimming and catching unobstructed sunrise and sunset views are heading to the neighboring Tinaga island to trek on its rolling hills.

Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte

Travel safely to the Philippine shores

The Tourism Department, which has been awarded a SafeTravels Stamp by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in recognition of its adoption of “health and hygiene global standardized protocols” that will ensure safe travel during the COVID-19 pandemic, conducts thorough inspection and assessment to ensure that only those who are accredited are allowed to open and receive guests.

To ensure that travel to these beautiful beaches will be a safe, the Tourism Department is enhancing its health and hygiene protocols, with tourism workers undergoing constant training and tourism establishments implementing standardized safeguards in their premises to protect their guests and employees.

The Philippine government through its Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) is constantly updating its protocols to safeguard Filipinos and foreign nationals who are traveling to the Philippines. To knowthe latest updates and travel advisories about the Philippines visit https://www.philippines.travel/safetrip (for Switzerland), https://morefunphilippines.de/ (for Germany) or download the Travel Philippines app at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Twelve Beaches Near Manila

Looking for beaches to spend a summer vacation paradise? The Philippines is the perfect place to be in, especially if you are craving a beach getaway. But here’s the truth, once you land in Manila – the country’s capital city – you don’t have to go as far as Boracay or Cebu to get that beach experience you deserve. This archipelago is the home to some of the most fantastic and the finest sand-sea-and-sky combo you’ll see in your lifetime. 

Ask the city locals! There are pristine and fantastic beaches outside the metropolis, which are peaceful alternatives to notoriously crowded beaches. Lucky you, these beaches won’t take you too far from the city. Pack your bags and go on a road trip that would only take five hours at most! 

We listed 12 white sand beaches foreign tourists are dying to see in the Philippines. Now, let’s begin at the first stop! 

First Stop: Zambales

Anawangin Cove

Anawangin Cove is a beauty that resulted from a disaster. This famous Zambales paradise used to be a rocky coast until the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. Tons of ash were dumped into the shore of San Antonio, resulting in fine white sand. The secluded crescent-shaped island is every beach bum’s paradise. 

Activities: Swimming, stargazing, mountain climbing, and strolling along the inlet. 

Travel Time: Depending on traffic, the time spent traveling from Manila is about 5 hours or more. 

Nagsasa Cove

A sea haven located in the same province, Nagsasa Beach boasts amazing ash-gray sand beautifully peppered with Agoho trees. It is also home to picture-perfect mountainscapes filled with bamboo and grass, and since it’s not spoiled and commercialized just yet, it’s the best place to go if you want some peace and quiet.

Activities: Strolling along with the scenic islet near the southern end of the tip, trekking to the Nagasa waterfalls, mountain climbing to the viewpoint, fishing, and swimming. 

Travel Time: 6 hours (4-5 hours bus ride to Santa Cruz + 20 minutes tricycle ride to Pundaquit + 30-40 minutes boat ride to Nagsasa Cove)

Crystal Beach

When people say that Surigao is the only surfing spot for surfers, they might not have visited much of the Philippines. Crystal Beach of San Narcisco, Zambales, is one of the favorite surf spots, especially with all the new highways bringing you from the Metro to Zambales. You can choose to stay overnight whether you go camping by the beach or book a hotel, or just pay the entrance fee of P895 (P395 is refundable) to enjoy the facilities. 

Have fun exploring the beach with the Zambales mountain ranges as your backdrop! 

Activities: Camping, surfing, swimming, beach volleyball, and massage. 

Travel Time: 3-4 hours from Manila (bus ride for Iba or Sta. Cruz + tricycle ride to Crystal Beach Resort) 

Second Stop: Batangas

Masasa Beach

Tingloy’s hidden gem will impress you if you seek a fun and relaxing beach adventure this summer. Sure, its calming waves will leave you speechless, but it’s the crystal clear and shallow water that leaves tourists wanting some more! 

Activities: Island hopping, trekking, diving, snorkeling, sunset viewing, sunrise viewing, and camping

Travel Time: 4 hours (2-3 hour LRT Buendia ride + 40-minute jeepney ride to Anilao Port + boat ride to Masasa Beach) 

Laiya Batangas

One of the closest beaches in Manila lies in Batangas. It’s just a two and a half bus ride away from the city, so you won’t have to travel long to enjoy beach bumming in Laiya. The beach is a long stretch of breath-taking white sand lined up with palm trees and sparkling blue water that create a picturesque view. A favorite beach weekend getaway of the people from Manila or nearby cities.

Activities: Resorts along the coastline have different activities for guests like banana boats, jet skis, kayaks, and many more. Plus volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, diving, and snorkeling! 

Travel Time: 2-3 hours 

Third Stop: La Union

San Juan, La Union

This beach is home to the nearest surfing spots that are nearest to Manila. Urbiztondo and Bocnotan for beginners, Monaliza for intermediates, and Carrille Point for advanced surfers are the most popular surf spots in La Union. Beach lovers may not only enjoy the fine black sand of San Juan but its beachbreak also offers highly consistent waves for beginners or surf school students,   considering it as one of the main attractions. Prepare to ride along the waves in La Union! 

Activities: Surfing (for advanced and beginner surfers), enjoy the nightlife, staycation, sunset viewing, culinary tour, visit Bahay na Bato.

Travel Time: 4 hours

Fourth Stop: Puerto Galera

White Beach

It is a long stretch of white sandy shores dotted with bars, restaurants, and resorts. It offers a variety of watersports activities and a vibrant nightlife. About 5 miles away from the town proper is a Mangyan village, a community of indigenous tribes of Mindoro, where you can buy local arts and crafts and interact with the local community

Activities: scuba diving, parasailing, snorkeling, swimming, flyboarding, and jet-skiing

Travel Time: 3-4 hours

Fifth Stop: Pangasinan

Hundred Islands

Boasting 124 islands at low tide and 123 islands at high tide scattered along the Lingayen Gulf, Hundred Islands National Park has beaches where you can dip into its serene waters and see the fantastic natural spots. Every island’s vantage point is a picturesque panoramic, Instagramable shot. 

This destination from Alaminos, Pangasinan, is known for its great inland and underwater flora and fauna. Every step, you’ll feel the fine sand and greet every friendly local islander. Never miss the islands’ stunning sunset. Or perhaps do trekking at Governor’s Island that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Hundred Islands at its highest point. For adventure seekers, experience cliff diving, rappelling, wall climbing, and ziplining in Quezon and Marcos Islands. 

Activities:  Swimming, kayaking in Children’s islands, snorkeling, ziplining (Governor’s Island to Virgin Island), wall climbing and rappelling (Quezon Island), and trekking. 

Travel Time: 4 to 6 hours

Sixth Stop: Bataan

Laki Beach

Beachgoers everywhere will be in awe of this privately-owned beach nearby Five Fingers Cove. This virgin beach is ideal for those traveling on a budget because its cottage rental fee and camping fee are free. Their entrance fee is P300 (day trip) and P400 for those staying overnight. Expect to enjoy the beach’s tranquil atmosphere where you can have a breath of fresh air!

Activities: swimming, lazing around, and even cliff diving.

Travel Time: 3 hours away

Seventh Stop: Baler

Sabang Beach

This Baler wonder is known as the birthplace of surfing. Sabang Beach is a two-kilometer stretch of gray sand widely known among surfers and beach bums. This beach provides frequent waves, which makes it the best surfing spot in the country alongside Siargao. Experience the level of surfing like never before!

Activities: Surfing, swimming, sunset viewing (where you’ll see the sky become cotton pink and bubblegum blue), and of course, a food trip! 

Travel Time: 5.5 hours 

Eight Stop: Pagudpud

Saud Beach

Situated in Pagudpud is this stunner called Saud Beach. This long-stretch beach of creamy white sand and shore consists of teal waters, coconut trees, and thrilling waves. Plus, it is among the 25 Most Beautiful Beaches in the world listed by Travel+Leisure magazine.

Activities: Romantic walks during twilight, sunset watching, and water activities like sailing and snorkeling. Don’t forget your food trip to some of the finest local restaurants and canteens!

Travel Time: 10 hours

Last Stop: Sta. Ana in Cagayan

The last stop! One of the regions in the Philippines you’ll fall in love with due to the beauty of the breathtaking hills and mountains. With cool breeze, historical landmarks and electrifying festivals, Sta. Ana in Cagayan is a must-stop destination!

Palaui Island

White sands, blue-green waters, and rich marine life. These make Cagayan a tourist attraction worth your attention. This place exudes mystique itself. With the scenic terrain and the gigantic waves, you will notice its distinctive charm you can explore!

Check out the Siwangag Cove for fun nature sightseeing. Snorkel into the ocean, where you can see the beauty of the sea underneath. Experience the joy of the Viray Festival held every 26th-30th of May. Visit Anguib Beach, Nangaramoan Beach, Pozo Robo Beach, Jerolinda Beach, and Buacag Falls in mainland Sta. Ana

Activities: Trek to Cape Engaño Lighthouse in Cape Engaño Point, snorkeling and scuba diving, birdwatching, skimboarding (with your own board), exploring the nearby Crocodile, Mapurao, and Manidad Islands, and camping.

Travel time: 10 hours

Discover Philippine beaches!

So there you go, the top ten white sand beaches in the Philippines near Manila! See? You don’t have to go far from the city to see the beauty of the Philippines. What are you waiting for? Book early cheap flights to Manila, Philippines, and discover the Philippines’ 7,107 islands on your next spring vacation!