7 Beautiful Tourist Spots in the Philippines
More Beauty Inside 7,107 Islands
Philippines is a country known for its beautiful tourist attractions. With its tropical climate, you can go and enjoy the sun beside the beach, in the sea, or even in the mountains. Among the famous spots are the Boracay Beach in Aklan, Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, Chocolate Hills in Bohol, and Underground River in Palawan.
But there are more exciting places to see inside the Pearl of the Orient Sea. For adventurers, check out these beautiful hidden attractions that will take your breath away, not for once, not for twice, but for many times!
1. The Pink Sand Beach of Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga
This beautiful pink beach sand is located at Basilan Strait, in Zamboanga City - in a small inhabited island called Santa Cruz Grande (Great Santa Cruz). If you are wondering what makes the sand color pink, it is because of the crushed red organ pipe corals mixed with the natural white sand, which makes it appear like pink on daylight.
The island is open to general public, however, tourists can call for reservation at Zamboanga City Tourist Office at Paseo del Mar. There is no accommodation and camping is prohibited, but you can still enjoy the place by swimming, diving, and riding the boat (round trip for P1,000.00/10pax). The entrance fee is P20.00 per head.
2. The Beauty of Tinipak River at Rizal Province
Looking for a quick getaway from the crowded city of Manila? Here it is. Feast your eyes with this incredible creation of nature in the Province of Rizal - a jewel called Tinipak River, situated at Barangay Daraitan, Tanay, Rizal. The beauty of these rock formations, with crystal-clear water flowing freely, is not far from the city capital of the country, which makes it more accessible for adventurers and travelers. For less than P3,000.00, you can explore through the Tinipak Cave, swim in the Tinipak River, go cliff jumping on the sides of the river, and make a stay by making an overnight camp.
You can also continue your journey by conquering Mount Daraitan, which is located very near the area. Have a memorable camp near the slopes of the mountains while feeling the chilly breeze atop!
3. Burot Beach Sandbar in Calatagan, Batangas
Located at Calatagan, Batangas, Burot beach is a place where you can relax and take out the stress away in your life. The clear skies, clean sands, and calm waters will bring you an inner peace while taking photos under the sun. You can also watch the dramatic sunset with the love of your life. True enough, this pure beauty must be included in your travel list!
You can rent some nipa huts, tent, or simply just table and chair for an affordable price. You can also request for an island hopping to make sure your eyes won't miss a single inch of this place.
4. Antique Rice Terraces, A Living Heritage Gem
Another beautiful gem was "rediscovered" through the use of google map in Panay Island in 2014. Found in the village of General Fullon with two incredible side-by-side falls, the Antique Rice Terraces, or ART, is the hometown to indigenous Iraynon Bukidnon people of Antique. The 600-hectare land is to be conquered through 5 mountains, which requires great level of energy and stamina. But the travel is so worth it because nothing beats the excitement of seeing this majestic land with your own naked eyes!
5. The Majestic Tinuy-An Falls in Surigao del Sur
Take a cool and refreshing shower from the white curtain of waters of Tinuy-An falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur. Dubbed as the Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines, its one-of-a-kind natural beauty is truly majestic. You can go to the cascades to feel the flowing waters from above and try to relax as it gently massages your body. Make sure to arrive there in the morning so you can catch the rainbow formation which shows from around 8 to 9 am.
6. Truly Enchanting - Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur
An hour away from the Tinuy-An falls is another jewel called the Enchanting River, located at Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It is a deep spring which is praised for its deep blue ocean color. The water from this place flows to the Philippine Sea and reaches the Pacific Ocean. Travelers, make sure to get your cameras ready because this place need not any filter to capture good photos, it is naturally wonderful and enchanting!
7. Get Lost in the Beauty of Nagsasa Cove at Zambales
Don't avert your eyes and be delighted in the beauty of Nagsasa Cove in San Antonio, Zambales. This paradise has also a great sunset scenery, so you can finally unleash your inner photography goddess by taking hundreds of photos. Make sure to come early so you can discover more hidden attractions such as the mini hidden waterfalls, and of course, the cove itself.