What most people don’t know about the Philippines is, except for the world-famous Boracay Island, the country has much more to offer. These places are just as stunning but lesser-known, such as bay-side volcanic city, islands that are famous for mysterious witchcrafts, sweet jelly-like hills or historical monuments with more than 2000 years of history.

Here are our top 5 picks for your alternative travel destinations to the Philippines.

 

1. Siquijor Island

Siquijor Island is in the southern part of the Philippines, close to Cebu City and Bohol areas. The island is kept in the way it was for the past centuries. The untouched beautiful nature with waterfalls and rain forests, and small churches here and there are simply amazing. The long-lasting witchcraft history of the island makes it more attracting and mysterious.

 

2. Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills in the Philippines is another beautiful place you should never miss. The unique landscape is the result of the limestone terrain plus rain, river erosion, and the tidal effects. The special chocolate color of the hills is the result of the grass being long exposed under the strong sunshine and finally dried out. This amazing landscape is on Bohol Island, very close from Cebu. Our Bohol Highlights Tour will take you to explore the conical shaped hills.

 

3. Legazpi

Situated in the Luzon area, Legazpi is a city famous for the spectacular Mayon Volcano. The volcano is known as the "perfect cone" because of its symmetric conical shape. It is also a part of the nature park along with its surrounding landscape. Legazpi is rather developed city with its own airport, which makes it very easy to access!  

 

4. Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces was originally used for growing rice by Ifugao people from 2000 years ago. It is now one of the most important and famous cultural heritages in the Philippines, listed in the UNESCO world heritage list. It is rarely visited by international tourists. But once you do, you will surely come back again! Our Banaue and Sagada 3 Days Tour from Manila will take you to the great man-made site and will wow you.

 

5. Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano is located in Luzon Island. It is known as the smallest volcano in the world, with only 200 meters high. The charming and elegant lake and mountain one inside another is yet another miracle only God can create. Our Taal Volcano Trekking Tour from Manila will bring you to an unforgettable journey with horseback riding along the lava of volcano and lunch picnic by the lake side. Enjoying the fantastic volcanic landscapes, we guarantee nothing but perfect!

 

Reference: Iconnect Language School of Philippines, Philippines Department of Tourism, Banaue Rice Terraces Site