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10 best Philippine destinations according to travel bloggers

Thank god for Philippine travel bloggers! Although their mind-blowing escapes often make us jealous, they are truly a godsend for Filipino travel junkies like us. With their dazzling IG snaps and creative write-ups, these travel bloggers have been inspiring us to explore our motherland beyond the quintessential tourist spots. And more importantly, these adventurers have a ton of suggestions and information on some of finest and most underrated places to visit in the Philippines.

Planning to travel soon, but don’t have a clue on where to go in the Philippines? With a little help from local travel bloggers, Skyscanner has listed down some of the top destinations in the Philippines. Check them out, folks!

1.Onuk Island, Balabac, Palawan

Travel bloggers don’t call Onuk Island as one of the country’s best kept secrets for nothing. Located perfectly in the extreme southern part of Palawan, this remote island is the epitome of a tropical paradise in the Philippines. Not only is it remarkably serene, but it will also wow you with its red corals, glowing white sands and mesmerizing sandbars. As an added bonus, it is home to a bunch of fascinating sea creatures, including witty dolphins, sea turtles and whale sharks. Whether you’re itching for a peaceful retreat or an exciting beach escape, you’ll find your bliss on this one-of-a-kind destination in Palawan.

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2. Batanes

Who doesn’t love Batanes? For years, travel bloggers have been raving and encouraging us to visit this otherworldly destination in the Philippines. And, luckily for us, prices for flights to Batanes have taken a slight plunge recently, making this travel destination a little affordable for Pinoy travelers. As a matter of fact, there have been quite a lot of Pinoys who have experienced the charm of Batanes in the past couple of months.   

And, there’s no shortage of splendid sights and things to do in Batanes. From admiring the picturesque Marlboro hills to knowing the Ivatan history and culture, Batanes brims with so many unforgettable experiences.

3. Bohol

Sounds like a cliché? There’s more to Bohol than its iconic Chocolate Hills and quirky tarsiers. Once you venture the island outside its main attractions, you’ll find a wondrously diverse destination full of surprises. If you want to see Bohol like most adventurous travel bloggers, head to Alicia, and see the picture-perfect natural beauty of Binabaje Hills. Afterwards, complete your offbeat Bohol escapade by hitting the nearby towns like Anda, Ubay, Candijay and Pilar. Alternatively, you may also check out Danao, Bohol, and be enthralled by its surreal sea of clouds and adrenaline-pumping adventure park.

4. Cebu

Travel bloggers absolutely love Cebu, and with good reason. For starters, the world’s 6th best island is home to a plethora of striking natural wonders, including Kawasan Falls, Casino Peak, Lantawan Cliff and a whole lot more. Drenched in culture and history, the island is also dotted with historic treasures, from colonial houses to old churches. To top it all off, there’s a new attraction in Cebu that’s luring travelers from all over the world – Cebu Safari and Adventure Park. And, did we mention that the island has tons of mouthwatering dishes as well, like the Cebu lechon?

5. Masbate

Looking for an offbeat destination? Why not book a flight to Masbate? According to Philippine travel bloggers, Masbate is primed to become one of the most sought-after destinations in the country. Nicknamed aptly as the “Rodeo Capital of the Philippines”, Masbate will sweep you away with its laid-back haciendero culture, rolling hills and cowboys. But, make no mistake about it – the province isn’t just a place for those who are fond of rodeo festivals and sprawling farmlands. As you explore the province, you’ll see a mishmash of intriguing sights and attractions, like the Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary and Catandayagan Falls.  

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6. Surigao del Sur

Surfing, diving, swimming and gorgeous lagoons – these are just some of the numerous things you’ll experience in Surigao del Sur. For an unforgettable trip, travel bloggers suggest that you visit the Britania Islands, Hinatuan Enchanted River and Tinuy-an Falls. And, make sure to visit Brenda – the friendly, giant stingray in Sibadan Fish Cage.

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7. Coron, Palawan

No list of the best destinations in the Philippines is complete without the inclusion of Coron. From local adventure connoisseurs to famous international influencers, there have been plenty of travel bloggers who have fallen in love with Coron. Famed for its spectacular scenery, Coron will appease your wanderlust with Instagram-worthy and postcard-worthy sights, like Mount Tapyas, Kayangan Lake, and Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary. What’s more, Coron has a bevy of adventures for the active traveler, such as diving and hiking up Mount Dalara.

8. Ormoc, Leyte

The truth is, Ormoc isn’t as popular as most of the places mentioned by travel bloggers in this list. But, the thing is, Ormoc is becoming a favorite playground for nature lovers and adventure seekers. For a heavy dose of adventure in Ormoc, scale one of the toughest mountains in the whole archipelago – Alto Peak. Likewise, you can check out some of the beautiful natural spectacles within Ormoc, including Lake Janagdan, Tres Aguas, and Lake Danao. And, if that’s still not enough for you, travel bloggers suggest that you head to the pristine and powdery Kalanggaman Island, which is dubbed as the next Boracay.

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9. Siargao

What’s the first thing that comes into mind, when you hear the word, Siargao? Surfing, right? But as travel bloggers have said, Siargao isn’t just a haven for surfing aficionados. With its impressive backdrop and string of natural wonders, there’s so much to do in Siargao, even for non-surfers. Here, you can fill your vacation days hitting remarkable spots, such as Taktak Falls, Magupungko Beach, and Pacifico Beach. In addition, you can go on an island hopping excursion, exploring magnificent islets and coves, including Daku Island and Naked Island.

10. Biliran

Biliran, with its outstanding raw beauty, will unleash your inner shutterbug. As you travel around Biliran, you’ll get to enjoy an awe-inspiring sight at almost every turn. On one side, you’ll see lush and towering mountains. On the other side, you’ll get a lovely view of sea and surrounding islands. Blessed with nature’s glorious masterpieces, Biliran also has a multitude of untouched waterfalls and islands like Higatangan Island.

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Inspired and pumped up to see these awesome places in person? Don’t forget to book your trip with Skyscanner, to score affordable accommodations and cheap flights to these Philippine travel destinations!