Astounding Places in Philippines that Resemble Foreign Destinations

What about visiting the whole world in one place? Yes! It is not a joke. Who would not like to save the money, resources and time to travel to various tourist attractions around the world when it is possible to visit all those hyped destinations at one place.

There is a whole world that awaits you in the Philippines with a wide array of cuisines to taste and many different people to meet. Ahead of striking beaches, magnificent mountains, exotic islands and bustling arenas, Philippines has much more to offer from its unfathomable treasure house. Here, we will acquaint you with the striking similarity that exists between various places within the Philippines and the other countries in the world.

1- Calauit, Coron Palawn = Africa

CALAUIT, CORON PALAWN

Calauit Safari park is a wildlife sanctuary that is stretched in a 3700-hectare island in Calamian Islands. It is a dwelling place to an extensive population of African animals such as giraffes, zebras, antelopes, elephants etc and hence this place has amply earned the name of “Little Africa”. You can even dress up in a safari theme with a cowboy hat and khakis and post a picture in a wildlife backdrop.

2- Coron Bay, Palawan = Halong Bay, Vietnam

CORON BAY, PALAWAN

Would you like a touch of history to your beach destination? If yes, Coron Bay is your place in the Philippines. Owing to the wrecks that sunk near the bay, when the US army launched a massive airstrike, this bay has been a favourite spot for the divers and is located in between Busuanga and Culion Islands. Besides the underneath wrecks, there are gorgeous cliffs that are so breathtakingly beautiful that the whole scenario will remind you of the Halong Bay in Vietnam.

3. Fortune Island, Batangas = Greece

FORTUNE ISLAND, BATANGAS

The Fortune Island boasts of its iconic pillars and stupendous sculptures of mythical creatures and symbolic Gods to be inspired by ancient Greek architectural style. On the shore one can witness an overwhelming replica of sunken San Diego and Spanish Galleon. Here people can engage in any activity of their interest like snorekelling, swimming, hiking or cliff jumping. Click a perfect profile photo in a blue or white flowery dress with amazing Grecian columns contributing to the perfect backdrop. 

4. Candijay, Bohol = Sapa Valley, Vietnam

CANDIJAY, BOHOL

The Cadapdapan Rice Terraces in Barangay Candijay in Bohol might not be as splendid as those in other remarkable places like Batad or Banaue in the Cordillera region, but still, it has own captivating aura that will make your visit to Philippines worthwhile.

5. Batanes = New Zealand

BATANES

Batanes is the dream destination in the Philippines. Its awe-inspiring views and gushing waves banging against the cliffs is a striking sight to behold. The whole scenario seems as if it comes alive straight from Lord of Rings like it is another world out there. If you wish to visit the places around Batanes, the area predominated by the Ivantans, you have to perhaps come struggling through the angry waves.

6. Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi

Taguig has its own thing to give a competition to Venice. Sitangkai is an island in Tawi Tawi that is largely known as the “Venice of the South”. This sword-shaped island serves as a main gateway to the municipality. While cruising along the canal, one can observe footbridges that link the communities from both the sides of the canal. Boats solely are the chief medium of transportation on the island. This place will surely give you a glimpse of Bangkok’s floating market.

7. Siargao, Bantayn Island or Boracay = The Bahamas

SIARGAO, BANTAYN ISLAND OR BORACAY

The archipelago of the Philippines is dabbed with amazing islands with white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. When you will saunter through the Siargo, Bantayan Island, Samal Island, Boracay etc you will feel as if you are in the Bahamas though you would be on one of the famous Philippines’ attractions.

8. Binondo, Manila = China

BINONDO, MANILA

The Chinese who have settled in the Philippines had a great influence on the trade and culture of the country. Binondo is the conventional centre of community life for the Filipino – Chinese. No wonder this place became the world’s oldest Chinatown. You will agree on this when you will book cheap flights to Manila and see the place yourself.

9. Venice Piazza Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig = Venice or Macau

VENICE PIAZZA GRAND CANAL MALL

This could be a mixed experience when you are visiting the famous places in Philippines. Not only in Venice, a Gondola ride is possible in Manila also. McKinley Hill in Taguig started the Gandola rides in Manila owing to its picturesque canal at the Venice Piazza Grand Canal Mall. It has more of an influence of Macau than Venice. You can set your focus in any direction to click a picture in Macau or Venice, whichever you prefer. 

10. Sirao Flower Farm, Cebu = Amsterdam, Netherlands

SIRAO FLOWER FARM, CEBU

Your flights to Cebu will take you to the Busay community in Lahug which holds a long history of growing flowers. It was not much famous till the last few years but slowly the place gains popularity when people started visiting the place and shared pictures of red and yellow blooming flowers. Since then, the flower farm has been the most frequently visited destination in the Philippines. The bright flowers of Celosia were brought by the delegates of Cebuano who visited the Netherlands.

11. Vigan IIocos, Sur = Spain

VIGAN ILOCOS, SUR

When you are looking for places to visit in Philippines, don’t forget Vigan, Llocos Sur. Here you will find some ancient treasures of Spanish-influenced heritage sites like the Heritage Village of Vigan which will take you back in time.

12. Bilar Man-Made Forest, Bohol = Sagano Bamboo Forest, Kyoto, Japan

BILAR MAN-MADE FOREST, BOHOL

In Bilar, Bohol, there is a Mahogany forest that stretches to around two kilometers.  It is a man-made forest that is so unique and perfect in shape that it inspired many filmmakers to shoot some movie scenes in the area. These forests definitely resemble the Sagano bamboo forest in Japan.

So, we have equipped you with many destinations in the Philippines that would suffice your needs to travel to different tourist destinations across the globe. What you have to do is, just book your flights to Philippines and gear up for the excitement!

10 Most Amazing Waterfalls in Philippines

Are you fanatic about waterfalls? Or love to explore nature at its best? If yes, then your search ends here. The Philippines will suffice your need to the fullest and will leave you craving for more. It is indeed true that nature has bestowed us with so much that we can never payback. The least we can do is to just go to the wilderness of nature and admire its raw beauty while losing ourselves in its embrace.

One of nature’s marvels is in the form of waterfalls and the Philippines has those in abundance. So, what keeps you waiting? Just book your flights to Philippines and gear up for some waterfall hopping.

To mention a few from the long-long list these famous waterfalls in the Philippines will definitely drive you crazy!

1. TAMARAW WATERFALLS

TAMARAW WATERFALLS

To reach here, book cheap flights to Manila and go to Puerto Galera, which is known for its pristine beaches. Tamaraw means “buffalo” in English. Tamaraw Falls is a beautiful 423-foot spectacular sight. Few mini-falls traverse each other and join into one majestic waterfall. These falls are easily accessible down the road from Puerto Galera’s beach resorts. The Tamaraw Falls has located 13km from Puerto Galera which is 40 min. drive via a jeepney, a private van, a motorbike or a tricycle.

2. ALALUM FALLS

Alalum Falls is 128 feet high. They are located in Kisolon, Sumilao, Bukidnon and their enchanting sight could be viewed by the passersby on Sarje National Highway. Visiting Alalum Falls is equivalent to visiting a paradise. The magnetic 45 meters of cascading water is flanked by lush green trees, shrubs and wild flowers. Alalum falls is easily accessible from Sumilao, an area surrounding the waterfalls.

3. MIMBALOT FALLS

MIMBALOT FALLS

Mimbalot falls is one of the famous and unique waterfalls in LLigan City, Mintanao. These falls are mostly visited for a superb backdrop for pictures. The scenario of these waterfalls is truly breathtaking. As the cascading water splits into various streams of downpours, it creates an amazing sight to behold in the eyes. The beauty of this waterfall will tempt you to jump and swim under the falls but don’t try this as it could be dangerous. Instead, enjoy the cool splashes of water in the pool basins. You can even go for trekking and zip-lining here. Being a part of Lligan Paradise Resort and Eco Park, these waterfalls also offer ample adventure opportunities like Kayaking, Tubing, Horse-back riding, Cliff-Swinging, riding the cable car etc.

4. LIMUNSUDAN FALLS

Limunsudan Falls is another gem from Lligan City’s treasure. These falls are the second largest in the Philippines. It cascades in two steps and the scenic backdrop of waterfalls is so astounding that visitors actually feel like they are stepping into the set of an adventure movie. Limunsudan Falls lie along Bayong River, 55 km away from the proper city. Reaching these falls situated in a remote village of Limunsudan is indeed a mystical adventure in itself. You will reach here by trekking for 2-3 days on foot from Barangay Rongongon. Arriving at Limsudan, you will be greeted by the tribal group of the village where rituals will be performed for your safety to visit this waterfall as this waterfall is worshipped and considered sacred by them. The not so easy accessibility of these falls gives ample opportunities to the visitors to explore this nature’s masterpiece in tranquillity.

5. TINAGO FALLS

TINAGO FALLS

The Tinago Falls are 73 meters and to reach them one has to climb a 500 step staircase. These falls gives you the liberty of jumping right into the blue waters as it is completely safe to do so. People also enjoy a picnic by these falls. You can even ride a raft along the flowing water for a small fee and enjoy the falling water on your skin.

6. TANGADAN FALLS

TANGADAN FALLS

La Union is the place which is popular among surfers because of its exotic beaches and absorbing waves. Tangadan Falls lies in Amontoc, San Gabriel, La Union which is just a 20 min drive from San Juan. It is basically a mountainous region. It will require a one or two hours trekking to reach these falls but the whole path is scenic and you may also need a guide. These falls are 50 ft high and look very impressive against a backdrop of semi-white formations of limestone. The waters of the fall are cold and refreshing and many people relish swimming to relax the muscles that got tensed from trekking to the destination of these falls.

7. ALIGWAGWAG FALLS

Aligwagwag Falls are the highest waterfalls in the Philippines. The one over another series of more than a hundred falls makes up a height of 340 meters. This enormous waterfall is regarded as the most amazing in Mindano as they resemble a staircase that goes to heaven. Aliwagwag Falls is located in a secured landscape in Barangay Aliwagwag, Cateel, in the east coast province of Davao. These are the most visited natural wonder in devour and also the home to the Sawaganum fish. You can even opt to hike down the river to get a clearer and closer experience with the falls.

8. KAWASAN FALLS

KAWASAN FALLS

The mesmerizing Kawasan Falls is the most far-famed waterfall in Cebu. You can book your flights to Cebu and can reach the place by hiking for 30 minutes through the mountains of Badian. Kawasan Falls is a three-step waterfall that flows down into a crystal clear pool of turquoise water. One can easily swim here or just float on a bamboo raft to experience the magic of these falls as they are situated deep in the rainforest. The tallest of the three tiers of waterfalls is 40 meters high. This place is most densely populated by the tourists and the falls also have a surrounding commercialized area with numerous shops, stores and restaurants.

9. MARIA CRISTINA FALLS

MARIA CRISTINA FALLS

Maria Cristina Falls is popularly known as one of the most imposing waterfalls. It is famous among others and also mentioned in the children’s books. These falls are found in highlands of Mindano. This 98-meter tall waterfall is the main source of electric power of Lligan city. Maria Christina actually twins as the waterfalls split into two identical falls by a rock. One can visit Maria Christina only on Sundays and holidays when the hydroelectric plant remains closed for an hour. NAPOCOR has recently developed National Power Nature Park in the surroundings of this park. The Park offers opportunities for fun and thrill like zip-lining, bridge-jumping, canyoneering, rock climbing etc

10. SEVEN FALLS, LAKE SEBU

SEVEN FALLS, LAKE SEBU

While visiting the amazing waterfalls in the Philippines, do not forget, the Seven Falls, Lake Sebu. The Seven Falls has a beauty so majestic that one would be lured to visit again and again. The two of the seven falls are most easily accessible with Hikong Alo, being the earliest to reach. Falls 3, 4, 5 could be viewed from highest zip lines in Southeast Asia. As you will be 180 meters up in the air you will get an enthralling view of paradise below. At the entrance of the falls, you will find souvenir shops that sell local items of the place. Visit seven falls for the best zipline experience of your life.

Experience the Beauty of Manila in Three Amazing Days

What images of Manila lures you to book flights to Manila? Most visitors are drawn towards the powdery beaches with azure seas. Some are drawn towards the culture, colour and chaos that ultimately brings out the best Manila can ever offer.

Manila is a city of contrasts. You can find swaying palm trees rubbing shoulders with dusky buildings and a gang of taxis. Until now, Manila has not been ignored as a chaotic city. There are treasures and wonders that are second to none. There is much more than the eye can see! That is the beauty of Manila.

If you are on a 3-day tour of the Philippine capital city, let your Day-1 begin from the Intramuros – the oldest walled city with an interesting historical significance. This place is a mind-break from all other infrastructures that have developed. Get on a horse-drawn-carriage for an easy tour of the Intramuros. Start from Fort Santiago and head towards San Agustin Church. Admire the sunset from Manila Bay. Other things to see include:

San Agustin Church
San Agustin Church

  • Plaza Roma
  • Casa Manila Museum
  • Silahis Center
  • San Agustin Church and Museum
  • Baluarte de San Diego

Guess, that is enough for one day. By the time you get to know the Intramuros, you are friendly with Manila already. A helicopter ride can also be arranged
So, Day-2 at Binondo. Sounds good? Binondo is the world’s oldest Chinatown. Visit this place with a good appetite. Let not the crumbling buildings and dusty lanes depress you. You are about to savour some amazing food. Places that you can explore in Binondo include:

Binondo Church
Binondo Church

  • Binondo Church (Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz)
  • Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz
  • Eng Bee Tin
  • Café Mezzanine
  • Dong Bei Dumplings
  • Ho-land Hopia and Bakery

What does Day-3 hold? Well, let it be out of Manila. Go beyond Manila!

Makati
Makati

If you are looking for a modern setup and an electrifying vibe, head to Makati. A business hub and a city for juveniles, Makati is crammed with high-end shopping arcades, stylish bars and gigantic malls. Check out Legazpi Village and the market and walk towards Dela Rosa Street to visit a museum.

Explore the Greenbelt Mall Complex and get a hand on some amazing items at budget prices. To enjoy a peaceful dinner, visit Ayala Triangle Gardens or any Tapas Bar at Tambai Yakitori.

This is the perfect time to visit Manila, from November to April. Several tourists might be busy looking up at cheap flights to Manila. Get the best discounts on Manila flights. The region is fully accessible, including the surrounding captivating islands.