5 Philippines Top Tourist Attractions
With over 7,000 islands in the Philippines you want to easily know where to go to find the white sandy beaches, tasty seafood dishes, and gorgeous glowing rivers. Luckily with that many islands to choose from, a visit to the Philippines ensures you will leave with many great memories. Here are the 5 Top Tourist Attractions and Must Visit Spots in the Philippines where you can experience how great life could be and enjoy some authentic and cultural Filipino experiences.
Bohol is a small island in the Visayas and it is very popular amongst foreign and even local tourists. There are four attractions in Bohol that every visitor to the Philippines must see: the Chocolate Hills, the Tarsier, the floating Restaurants, and Panglao with its pristine white beaches with powdery sands. The Chocolate Hills are 1,200 small hills that are covered with green vegetation such as grass and shrubs during the rainy season. During the dry season, the grass and shrubs dry out and turns brown, and people go look at the hills become little mounds of chocolate covering an area of a little more than 20 square miles. Feel free to bring some chocolate to eat on the Chocolate Hills.
#2 Surigao Del Sur
In Surigao Del Sur there is a beautiful place called Enchanted River. One part of the river has a blue hole which is said to be more than 200 feet deep! What makes the river a must-see is that it literally glows especially when the sun is high in the sky. Another great place to visit in Surigao del Sur is the Britannia Islands. The Britannia Islands is a group of 24 islands of absolutely beautiful sandy beaches and pristine blue waters. Tourists and guests can do island hopping and enjoy the bountiful fresh sea foods and beaches throughout the area.
#3 Ifugao Province
In the Ifugao Province you will find the famous Banaue Rice Terraces which is believed to be over 2000 years old. These are rice terraces you can see that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao by the indigenous people of the area. It is also called the 8th Wonder of the World by many Filipinos. According to local beliefs, the terraces were built using only the hands of the Ifugaos. Located approximately 5000 ft above sea level, the Rice Terraces is said to cover about 4000 square miles of mountainside. Water in the rice terraces come from an ancient irrigation system built centuries ago originating from the rainforests above the terraces.
Palawan is an island province in the Philippines with a scattered set of islets, rocky coves, and white sandy beaches described by most as sugar-like. The Tabon Caves id where you can visit over 200 caves, with just 29 of them currently explored. Visitors and guests will love not only the caves and beaches in Palawan but also the fresh sea food abundant in the place. Giant crabs anyone?
Boracay is an island in the Visayas and is very popular among tourists because of its beautiful beaches. Earlier this year, Boracay has been named as the 2012 Best Island in the World by the magazine Travel + Leisure. Things like scuba diving, windsurfing, and cliff diving are just a few of the reasons for this amazing recognition. There are over 350 resorts for you to choose from so if you want a 5 star occasion or a budget vacation you will be find what you need. Since Boracay is separated from the Island of Panay, travelers, guests, and visitors have to ride on boats from the boats from the jetty port in Caticlan.
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