15 Beautiful Places In The Philippines To Feed Your Wanderlust
The Philippines is unquestionably one of the most stunning countries in the world.
There are over 7000 islands in this tropical paradise, and the amount beautiful places in the Philippines is simply too many to count.
With it’s jaw-dropping scenery, unbelievably clear waters, countless adventurous activities, and low cost of living, The Philippines is a true backpackers haven.
It’s still fairly undeveloped making it the perfect getaway if you’re someone searching for an adventure, or even if you’re someone who wants to lay on the beach all day and relax, The Philippines has some of the best beaches in the world for you to do just that.
If you miss out on these places, you miss out on seeing the raw beauty that The Philippines is so well known for.
It was difficult to shortlist, but here are 15 Beautiful Places In The Philippines To Feed Your Wanderlust (in no particular order).
Big Lagoon | El Nido, Palawan
Big Lagoon is undeniably one of The Philippines’ best-kept secrets.
Walk, swim or kayak along a pathway of shallow water that’s walled by two limestone cliffs that open up to reveal a 30-metre deep, emerald coloured lagoon that looks like it came straight out of a movie.
Big lagoon is literally a pathway to paradise.
Beware of the reef sharks once you reach the deeper waters. Even though they are not a threat to humans you still don’t want to get in their way!
Big Lagoon is a destination on El Nido Boat Tour A. To find out more, read our El Nido Tour Guide 101 | Island Hopping In Paradise.
Snake Island | El Nido, Palawan
What makes this Island so special is the beautiful sandbar that connects Snake Island to mainland Palawan, making it like a dream come true!
Despite the name, there is nothing snake-related about this island (thank God!), however it refers to the ‘S’ shape the incredible sandbar makes.
The tropical sandbar is what made Snake Island one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.
Don’t forget to climb to the top of the mountain to see the sandbar-the view is nothing short of amazing! Snake Island is part of El Nido Boat Tour A.
To find out more, read our El Nido Tour Guide 101 | Island Hopping In Paradise.
Kayangan Lake | Coron, Palawan
Kayangan Lake is definitely a strong contestant for some of the most stunning scenery we’ve ever seen, and one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines… And probably the entire world.
Once you enter the concealed sanctuary your jaw will drop.
No, seriously. And don’t even bother picking it up yet. Because it’ll keep dropping every time you look in a different direction. Don’t forget to check out The Ultimate Coron Palawan Backpackers Guide!
Kawasan Falls | Badian, Cebu
Kawasan Falls is a three-tiered waterfall that is essentially picture-perfect, if you get there before the rest of the tourists, that is.
The water is brilliantly blue, and the falls are affluent making this destination a paradise in the jungle.
Even the photos of Kawasan Falls illustrate why this is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.
Be sure to avoid coming here on weekends and get here early in the morning because it gets VERY busy with tourists, which kills the magic of this amazing place!
Kawasan Falls also features some of the best canyoneering in The Philippines leading you through a labyrinth of waterfalls, caves and natural lagoons.
If El Nido isn’t on your list of places to see in the Philippines, you’re doing it wrong.
El Nido has the perfect mix of everything a backpacker wants.
Chilled vibes, beach bars, cheap food, hostels, boat parties and jaw-dropping scenery. It may not be known for a wild party scene, however El Nido’s lawless demeanour ensures that each night is a senseless one (in the best way possible).
El Nido’s boat tours are simply unmissable. You will visit some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Period. Some of these places include Big Lagoon and Snake Island.
Read our El Nido Tour Guide 101 | Island Hopping In Paradise to find out more.
Seriously, if there’s one place you can’t miss in the Philippines, it’s El Nido. Believe us when we say it’s one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.
We’d go as far to say it’s one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. Check out our full El Nido Destination Guide Here.
7 Commando Beach | El Nido, Palawan
The closer the boat gets to the secluded beach, the more you feel your inner child eagerly coming out to run free.
There’s just something about this place that brings you back to your youth where you had no worries, doubts, hurries, or problems.
What you will feel here is a sense of pure, unadulterated peace of mind. Consider 7 Commando Beach, one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines a temporary vacation from adulthood.
Nacpan Beach | El Nido, Palawan
Of all the beaches we’ve seen around the globe, this is one of the most scenic and impressive we’ve laid our eyes on.
Nacpan Beach has rightfully earned its spot as one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. Lined with endless palm trees and coconuts, this is nothing short of a fantasy!
What we love about Nacpan Beach is that it comes out to form a cape where it meets its twin, Calitang Beach.
This dreamy location is quite popular among tourists but never even slightly crowded as the stretch of beach is 4km long!
Las Cabanas Beach | El Nido, Palawan
I bet you’ve never zip-lined from one island to another!
Well, now you can. At one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines!
If you hike to the top of this mountain in El Nido, you can be rewarded for your efforts by zip-lining down to a spectacular island where you can walk across a sandbar to Las Cabanas Beach to relax and sip on coconuts for the remainder of the day.
To find out more about zip-lining in El Nido, read our full destination guide here.
Chocolate Hills | Bohol
If you visit Bohol during your Philippines backpacking trip, you’d be foolish to miss out on the Chocolate Hills.
If you’ve seen photos, you don’t even need us to tell you that this is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.
These hills are completely and utterly picture-perfect and so very different than any other mountainous fields, it looks like Bohol’s Chocolate Hills is make believe.
Fun Fact: During the dry season, the hills actually turn into a light brown color, however for the remainder of the year they are the greenest green hue you ever will see.
As The Philippines most commercialized island, chances are you’ve probably heard a thing or two about this crowd favorited destination.
Although very westernized, Boracay still makes the cut as one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.
If you’re into any of the following:
- Binge Drinking
- Skinny Dipping
- Booze Cruising
- One Night Stands
- And A Vivacious Backpacking Community…
Then look no further!
Although Boracay’s hedonistic reputation precedes itself, there is so much more to this island than just its wild nightlife antics.
Banaue Rice Terraces | Banaue, Ifugao
While you’re in Manila, it’s worth it to give up the city life for a couple of days to visit the incredible rice terraces of Banaue.
Here you’ll find endless mountains of 2000-year-old rice terraces so if you’re looking for somewhere that is off the beaten path, this is where you want to go.
These rice terraces are so spectacular that the Filipinos consider it an ‘8th wonder of the world’.
Banaue truly is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.
Fact: Banuae Rice Terraces is one of the largest in the world, and if you were to put all the steps of the rice terraces in a straight line, it would encompass half the world.
Twin Lagoon | Coron, Palawan
There is no other place that better exemplifies the beauty and tranquillity the Philippines is known for.
Twin lagoon is hands down one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines and has some of the clearest water we’ve ever seen.
We simply can’t fault this mystical place!
The cool part is that to get to the actual lagoon, you have to swim from your boat, then under a small cave-like opening to the other side where you’ll end up at the hidden paradise that is twin lagoon.
Every Labor Day weekend hordes of eager partygoers flood the Boracay beaches for undoubtedly the wildest party event The Philippines has to offer.
Well if you’re thinking of The Full Moon Party then you are 100% correct!
Often times drawing comparisons to Thailand’s legendary Full Moon Party, this up and coming world-renowned festival is an event you will not want to miss.
Featuring a 5-day music celebration that spans the length of 3 total beach fronts, the only way I know how to describe the La Boracay festival is complete and utter MAYHEM!
You won’t want to miss it!
Yes, this is on our list of most beautiful places in the Philippines because the raw party atmosphere is a wonderful and beautiful thing.
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Underground River | Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Experience one of the Philippines’ most unique discoveries at the Underground River in Puerto Princesa.
It truly is a historical and eye-opening experience during the journey through one of the world’s most complex cave systems.
There’s no doubt you’ll be in a deep admiration over the stalactite lined mystical caves that characteristically make up Underground River.
Underground River is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature so be sure not to miss it.
WHALE SHARKS | OSLOB, CEBU
There’s no doubt that Cebu is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. But have you swam with a whale shark?
While Cebu has some amazing waterfalls to see, swimming with whale sharks in Oslob is something you simply can’t miss.
‘Surreal’ might be the best word to describe what it feels like to swim beside the world’s largest fish.
Be sure to wake up super early and get on one of the first boats out to avoid all the tourists.
The guarantee of swimming with whale sharks at Oslob does come with its fair share of controversy. The whale sharks are man fed which leads many to believe this negatively impacts their natural behavior and causes safety concerns.
To read more about this topic you can continue reading here.
Although you are not guaranteed to swim with whale sharks here, Donsol is an alternative option to Oslob where the whale sharks are not man fed.
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