The second-largest archipelago in the world, with 7101 tropical islands, the Philippines is one of the great treasures of Southeast Asia. The Philippines is known for its natural wonders. Below sea level, the Philippines has one of the best diving and snorkeling places in the world, one of which is the astonishing Palawan. Above sea level, it has a marvelous landscape with wonders enough to stagger even the most jaded travelers like the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol, and the Banaue & the Rice Terraces in Cordellera Mountains. It also has an enthralling reminders of the islands’ history in places such as Samar, Leyte and Vigan. And if you’re after white-sand beaches, visit the island of Boracay, Camiguin, and Panglao. For travelers who wants to discover geographically interesting landscapes or meet people with colorful cultures, the Philippines has it all!
Philippines Travel Packages
Baguio is hailed as the summer capital of the Philippines and known as one of the industrialized cities in the Northern part of the Philippines. Because of its many pine trees it is also called the City of Pines.
Many people visit this city every summer because of its cold weather and attractive tourist spots. Based on the history of the city, it is the Americans, which recognized Baguio as one of the Philippine cities on June 1, 1903 at Kafagway.
Tourism is one of Baguio’s main industries due to its weather and history. During the year end holidays some people from the lowlands prefer spending their vacation in Baguio, to experience cold temperatures they rarely have in their home provinces. Also, during summer, especially during Holy Week, tourists from all over the country flock to the city. During this time, the total number of people in the city doubles. To accommodate all these people there are more than 80 hotels and inns available. Local festivities such as the Panagbenga Festival also attract both local and foreign tourists. <source: en.wikipedia.org>
Baguio Tour Packages
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Batanes is known as the Virgin Islands of the Northern Philippines. Batanes Islands, is an island province comprising ten islands that are located in the Luzon Strait between the islands of Luzon and Taiwan. It is the northernmost part of the Philippines and is also the smallest province, both in terms of population and land area.
Almost one-half of Batanes are hills and mountains. Sabtang on the other hand, has its small flat areas spread sporadically on its coasts, while its interior is dominated by steep mountains and deep canyons. Batan Island and Sabtang have intermittent stretches of sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. It is rich with marine resources, including the rarest sea corals in the world
Batanes has four seasons, the best ones being summer (April–June) and winter (December–February), when the temperature dips as low as 7 °C. Mid-March to June is a favorite time for tourists to visit due the relatively lower chance of rain. However, the rest of the year can still offer a pleasant experience <source: en.wikipedia.org>
Batanes Tour Packages
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Banaue sits at the foot of a truly mesmerising display. Its mud-walled rice terraces, North Luzon’s most famous sight, have a pleasing, organic quality that differentiates them from the stone-walled terraces in most of the Cordillera. World Heritage-listed, they are impressive not only for their chiselled beauty but because they were created around 2000 years ago.
The rice terraces were built by the Ifugao. Along with being the most feared head-hunters in the Cordillera, they were skilled engineers who invented a sophisticated irrigation system of bamboo tubes and elaborate mud channels to bring water to the terraces. <source:lonelyplanet.com>
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The Bicol Region is a peninsula at the southeastern end of Luzon, the islands of Catanduanes and Masbate and several small outlying islands.
Camarines Norte is blessed with a dense rainforest, habitat of numberless variety of wildlife. It used to be the home of a big group of Agtas (Negritos), the country’s early aborigines.
The Spanish colonization of Luzon in 1571 drive this peace-loving little people to move to higher levels of the woodland. Drawn by the rumor of immense deposit of gold found in Camarines Norte at the towns of Mambulao and Paracale, the Spaniards mastered in exploring the gold mining potential. Today, is stayed as a signature industry of the province.
More magical in Camarines Norte is the large unshaken pineapple plantation. Capitalizing on this viable product, the people formed an enchanting yearly celebration called Pineapple Festival every May to express their gratitude to this God-given bounty, making a powerful show of unity towards the prosperous industry. Travelers can easily purchase these sweet pineapple on stalls brightly arrayed along the Pan-Philippine Highway before entering the capital town of Daet.
Camarines Sur is the Philippines’ newest and fast rising tourism star with coasts and islands that greet the traveler with gorgeous limestone formations, secluded white sand beaches as well as a throbbing adventure sports scene that makes the rest of Asia stand up and take notice.
Camarines Sur, formerly known as Tierra de Camarines – a Spanish-founded settlement. Whilst Camarines Sur was traditionally known for the Our Lady of Peñafrancia (celebrated every third Sunday of September) – it is also known for other religious devotions – in Barangay Sta. Salud in Calabanga town – thousands of pilgrims do the “pagsongko” or a promise of walking a twelve-kilometer road (if the devotee is from Naga) during late night Maundy Thursday or the early morning of Good Friday to visit another miraculous image of Jesus in repose in his tomb known as Amang Hinulid.
Aside from the deep religiosity and fervor of the people of Camarines Sur, the province has successfully established itself as one of the major centres of adventure sports, not only in the Philippines but within the Asia-Pacific region, with the opening of the largest wakeboarding centre in Asia – the CamSur Watersports Complex
Bicol Tour Packages
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Bohol is a little island paradise in the southern Philippines. The most notable among the tourist attractions in Bohol is Chocolate Hills. However, there are more reasons why one should visit Bohol. The many activities and places to see is enough to make visitors see the place as a sanctuary for a lot of nature’s beauty.
This province is home to many of the most famous and attractive tourist destinations in the Philippines.
Panglao Island is famous for its white sand beaches. Along in these beaches are beautiful hotels and resorts where travelers and foreigners can stay and enjoy the sceneries. Travelers can also visit the Mag-aso falls, which is located at Antequera.
The most visited spot in Carmen is the famous formation of limestone called the Chocolate Hills . The Chocolate hills are green most of the year but they turn brown during the hottest summer months which is why they are named Chocolate Hills.
You may also visit the popular Loboc River. The main attraction is to ride in their river cruises and floating restaurants. A small band will serenade you while you eat and enjoy the beautiful view of the river.
Festivals and Events
Travelers are encouraged to experience and have a glance at the festivals that are held in this attractive province.
The Sandugo Festival, the Tagbilaran City Fiesta, the Bolibong Kingking Festival and Festival of Lights or SidlaKasilak are the renowned festivals in Bohol, Tourists who would witness these festivals will surely bring home fond memories which will help them remember their stay and vacation here for the rest of their lives. <source: www.boholboard.com>
Bohol Tour Packages
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Bohol Daily Boat Schedule (Travel time: 1 ½ hours)
Oceanjet Fast Ferry
Route: Tagbilaran – Cebu
Weesam Fast Ferry
Route: Tagbilaran – Cebu
Boracay is a tropical island located approximately 2 km off the northwest tip of the island of Panay in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Its long white sand beaches rival the best beaches of more popular destinations such as the Caribbean. Facilities are available to suit different levels of activity. For those wanting to just lounge around and take in some rays, beach-front hotels usually have lounge chairs set up just a few steps away from the hotel entrances. Facilities for the usual water sports activities such as sailing, wind surfing, snorkeling, diving and jet skiing are also widely available for those in search of more active pursuits.
The fun in Boracay also doesn’t end when the sun sets. Boracay nightlife is pulsating with many bars and restaurants serving food, drink and fun until the very late evening. (source from http://wikitravel.org/)
Boracay Tour Packages
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The island-province of Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao. Camiguin is well-known as a fabulous getaway island of steep volcanoes, lush jungle and white beaches. In this pristine setting, you’ll find not only hot springs To soothe your body but also the clear pool and cold spring. The stunning Katibawasan Falls and hiking trails will undoubtedly thrill your senses. This is also the favorite jump-off point for trekkers and mountaineers in search of adventure in the slopes of Mt. Hibok-Hibok. In the heart of the island bubbles the flowing mineral pools of Ardent Hot Springs. Mists rise from the heated waters running down from the vents of Hibok-Hibok Volcano, the only active one among the seven on the island.
By day, take a side trip to some of Camiguin Island’s attractions: the clear pools of Sto. Nino Cold Spring, the slender beauty of Katibawasan Falls, and the isolated white-sand bar called simply White Island. (source from http://www.camiguinisland.net)
Camiguin Tour Packages
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Often called the “ Queen City of the South” and the Seat of Christianity in the Philippines, Cebu is the country’s oldest city. Exploring Cebu City , one encounters a rich historic past.
There are a lot of places to see in Cebu City. Much of the sites and key attractions are religious as well as historical. You’ll find that a large part of the Cebu City’s culture is shaped by its religious and colonial heritage. Some of places to see here are Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Lapu-Lapu Monument, Magellan Marker, and the Taoist Temple.
Other places to see in Cebu that are not of religious or cultural nature include Tops Skyline Garden, Mount Maninglaw, Santa Rosa Falls, Kawasan Falls, Liloan Lighthouse, Olango Wildlife Sanctuary, and an array of fine beaches. <sources: www.cebuboard.com and www.cebucitytourism.com>
Cebu Tour Packages
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Endowed with a variety of picturesque landscapes, Davao’s topography dazzles: Fruit plantations and orchid farms mantle volcano-fed hills and valleys. Virgin forests nurture rare wildlife. Coral islands lie on mirror flat water. And the country’s highest peak magnificently lords over the hinterland.
Just as enchanting is its brilliant tapestry of harmony, woven from the diverse cultural threads of its people. In Davao, the contemporary fuses with the traditional as migrant settlers from all over the country co-exist in peace with a fairly large expatriate community and numerous ethnic tribes who continue to live as they did centuries ago.
Davao is an anchor tourist destination and one of the 7,000 times more islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. It is a natural haven for both sedate and daring pursuits. <source: http://www.dotpcvc.gov.ph>
Davao Tour Packages
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One of the cities in Ilocos Norte Province that should be on anyone’s list is Laoag. It is classified as one of the first class cities in the Philippines and is the capital of its province. It also stands as the industrial and commercial hub of the area. Its coastline to the west is bound by the South China Sea while other borders to east are bound by the Cordillera mountain range.
Laoag City in Ilocos Norte has well preserved colorful traditions expressed in festivals and town celebrations that are definitely worth seeing. Here are some annual festivals in Laoag tourists should watch out for.
“Pamulinawen’ has been a popular Ilocano term even folks in the Visayas and Mindanao regions readily recognize and ascribe to Ilocanos. In Ilocos Norte, however, it’s not just a vernacular term but one of the popular festivals in Laoag known for its rich religious and cultural significance. The term “Pamulinawen” is a kind of legendary bird popular in Ilocos in the early years. This festival is held every February 4 to 10 each year. On the 10th day of the month a special tribute is given to Saint William, Laoag’s patron saint. This patron is believed responsible for the times Laoag has been spared from disasters and calamities. Prior to the Feast Day of St. William, Laoag would be seen busy with different fiesta activities, drama presentations, dances, food festivals, and other street activities. The feisty occasion actually serves as an extension of the Yuletide Season.
Dulang Food Festival
Laoag, to many people, is almost synonymous with good tasting native cuisines uniquely cooked according to old traditional Ilocano culinary procedures. Tourists and guests can have good samplings of these during the Dulang (dinner) Food Festival. These special food are prepared and cooked with strange looking utensils with names as strangely sounding—banag, silyasi, and dalikan, among others. In earlier times, all households in town would cook their unique specialties and guests could just go from house to house and eat all they wanted. With the cheer that goes with all festivals in Laoag Dulang makes every home celebrate mini-fiestas.
Special Laoag dishes featured in Dulang are Bagnet (Ilocano deep-fried super crunchy pork), Longganisa Ilocos (preserved with all-natural spices and sugarcane vinegar), Dinakdakan (pig’s brain delicacy), Ilocano Dinuguan (pork stewed in pork-blood), Diningding (native veggies in fish preserve and grilled fish), and of course, Pinakbet—a ubiquitous native dish in festivals in Laoag.
Pinakbet is a popular Ilocano dish specialty. It is a spicy concoction of all fresh vegetables abundant in the region, plus a kilo or so of liempo pork, ginger, and about a spoon or two of the famous “bagoong” or fish preserve originally made in Ilocos Norte. Laoag native cooks are so careful not to overcook the vegetables. During Pinakbet Festivals in Laoag guests may also visit from house to house, like in Dulang, and taste different styles of Pinakbet cooking—stewed, dry, in oil, using fish or shrimp preserves. Nowadays, Pinakbet Festival is sometimes incorporated into the Dulang. <source: www.laoagboard.com
Laoag Tour Packages
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Pagudpud is an enormous place to visit if you’re looking for the comparatively perfect charms of the Philippines. From fine, white sandy beaches to remarkable cliffs and hidden waterfalls, Pagudpud remains to be a vivid example of true tropical paradise of Northern Philippines.
It is considered the largest island in the Philippines. The hills and mountains are luxuriant, the valleys productive. Creeks, streams and waterfalls splash the landscape and spill into the South China Sea. All around, the ocean and sky are awash in varying shades of blue.
Every April, Pagudpud celebrates the Kangayedan Festival. Summer time is the best time to go to Pagudpud to head out to the calmest waters, and bluest skies hands down.
Pagudpud Tour Packages
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About 400 kilometers from Manila is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan. It is the capital city of Ilocos Sur located on the west coast of northern Luzon. One can see precious remnants of old Spanish architecture throughout the center of the city. Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia with a unique European atmosphere. Several museums exist for the many national heroes that were born here. Vigan is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the Philippines. The name Vigan was derived from “Biga”, a giant taro plant that grows abundantly along the banks of the Mestizo River. <source: www.philsite.net>
Vigan Tour Packages
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Palawan is paradise, sanctuary to an amazing variety of fauna and flora found nowhere else in the world. It is blessed with incredibly awesome landscapes that astound even the most indifferent of visitors. It is the country’s biggest province and composed of 1,768 islands and islets surrounded by a coral shelf with an exceptionally rich marine life. Ecology awareness is at a high level throughout the province. Puerto Princesa prides itself as the cleanest city in the Philippines. To protect its megadiversity, only eco-friendly programs are adhered to by tourist establishments. And there are strict ordinances against dynamite fishing, with only net and line fishing allowed.
The most beautiful place in Palawan is the isolated island of El Nido with its incredibly astonishing seascapes. The town of El Nido in itself exudes a quaint charm with well-tended homes and clean streets. Many of the islands have hidden lagoons sheltered by limestone crags. Schools of fish swarm in the coral reefs, many of which are visible to the naked eye. When in season, divers often encounter the rare sea cow, or dugong. source <http://www.dotpcvc.gov.ph/>
Palawan Tour Packages
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Puerto Galera Philippines
This coastal town is well known among tourists for its numerous pocket beaches and many snorkeling and Scuba diving spots. The area was designated a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in 1973 and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia. The marine environment has benefited in recent years from the influx of tourist dollars. This has seen a huge reduction in the number of fishermen in the area, as they gain higher revenue from tourists.
Puerto Galera is a listed by the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World, and is the only bay in the Philippines to be listed there.
Among the famous beaches in Puerto Galera are Sabang Beach and White Beach, which have an active nightlife with numerous bars and restaurants. Both beaches also have an array of first-class and economy-class accommodations.
Sabang beach is the main destination for foreign tourists, while White Beach remains popular with local travelers.Big La Laguna Beach and Small La Laguna Beach are considered part of Sabang with resorts lining the beaches. Big La Laguna Beach is popular for local swimmers and snorkelers. Since 2001 White beach has seen uncontrolled development. New restaurants and places to stay are rapidly encroaching on the beach itself and little remains of the once charming beach. Puerto Galera town is a pleasant but sleepy Philippine town with few attractions. It has a large central catholic church and a Pier area, with a selection of bistros and cafes.
Behind the beaches are the huge and generally unexplored mountain ranges of central Mindoro. A particular local attraction is the nine hole golf course perched on the hillside above White Beach which commands spectacular views over Puerto Galera’s natural harbor and the Verde Island Passage.
Puerto Galera is among the top diving destination in the Philippines. Excellent diving is found less than 5 minutes from Sabang Beach. The diving generally focuses around the areas either side of Escarceo Point, which is famous for its current rips. Strong currents are a feature of the diving in Puerto Galera and it is good advice to employ the services of an experienced local guide or dive centre. There are more than thirty dive sites all within a 5-10 minute banca ride from Sabang Beach. Marine life is highly diverse. 180+ species of nudibranchs are found in the area and many species of fish can be seen. A variety of wrecks have been sunk over the years in addition to the one wreck of an engine of a WWII Japanese patrol boat.
Puerto Galera is also one of the main technical diving destinations in Asia. Technical Diving International – [TDI] has many dive centers in the area, offering the full range of TDI courses from Basic nitrox to advanced trimix. <source: http://en.wikipedia.org>
Puerto Galera Tour Packages
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Siargao is well known as “The Surfing Capital of the Philippines” with a reputation among surfers within the Philippines and the International scene. Siargao Island is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 800 kilometers southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao del Norte.
One of the best known surfing waves on Siargao and the Philippines, with a worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes is “Cloud 9″. This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte. Siargao has excellent surfing conditions, particularly during the southwest “habagat” monsoon from August to November, when the prevailing wind is offshore.
In the past, going to Siargao is by domestic flights from Manila to Surigao, and then by boat to Siargao Island. The island is now also served by Cebu Pacific flying direct to Siargao Island via Cebu. <source: http://en.wikipedia.org>
Siargao Tour Packages
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Subic, Zambales, Philippines
Dubbed as Philippines number one destination for extreme adventures and sports, Subic bay stands out as one of the recommended destinations in the country. It is well known for its diversity in both cuisine and culture. Some have described the panoramic views and leisure activities here as experiences of a lifetime. Others have depicted the place as one of the spots in the world that you can label as Paradise.
Subic bay is noted for extreme adventures and sports. Visitors go parasailing, yachting, seaplane trips, jungle survival training, camping, kayaking and canoeing, scuba diving, jetskiing, trekking, horseback riding, car and go-kart racing, paintball action, safari, and crazy stunts at the Xtreme Adventure Park. You’ll find these activities as both exciting and a bit hazardous at the same time. You can say that you are living great adventures when you visit Subic. <source: http://www.subicboard.com>
Subic Bay Tour Packages
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Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines
Tagaytay is as close to paradise as one can find. Tagaytay is a city of scenic contrasts .Wildflowers line paved winding roads, panoramic views of the Taal Volcano nestled in Taal Lake, and orchards of fresh home grown fruits, all amidst modern convenient facilities and amenities including the Casino Filipino Tagaytay.
Tagaytay is home to Taal Volcano, which is reputed to be the world’s smallest and yet most active. It stands on its own island amid a landscape of ash and cinder. The breathtaking views of Taal volcano and Lake is a MUST SEE for everyone visiting Asia. It is truly a once in a life time experience and we recommend a visit in the strongest possible way.
Tagaytay, considered as the country’s second summer capital because of its crisp and cool climate all year around, is a treasure box of pleasure points in by itself. At nightfall, one sees the lake sparkle with the pinpoint lights of fishing boats. It is a perfect picnic spot.
Tagaytay, however, is more than a picnic haunt. The place has given rise to many congregational houses and retreat centers. It is also conductive to spiritual meditation, that is earned yet another title for being the “Center of Spiritual Retreat.”
Thus, the masterpiece of nature that is Tagaytay is a not to be missed item in a tourist itinerary. It should always include a visit to the Volcano Island, and its enumerable side spots. <source: www.tagaytay.com>
Tagaytay Tour Packages
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