Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller. – Ibn Battuta.
7,107 islands – 81 provinces – and infinite places to see. I’ve been living back in the Philippines for around 7 years now and through the years I’ve explored so many beautiful places, but as time goes by my list of places to visit just keeps getting longer and longer, as should yours! Sooooooooooooo, today I have listed 3 places in the Philippines where I’ve been that should be on your 2016 travel bucket list plus 3 reasons why or what you should do there:
1. Baler, Aurora
* Try surfing
Everyone, young or old, male or female has to try surfing one day! Although it is a bit tiring from getting thrashed by the waves and drinking liters and liters of sea water, it’s a great experience! Don’t miss out hehe.
* See the 600 year Balete Tree
You’re all probably thinking, “So you want me to go here just to see a tree???”. Yeah, it doesn’t sound promising but it’s a SIX HUNDRED YEAR OLD TREE. It’s old and its huge and it’s pretty amazing. You can even walk through the roots!
* This place is chill
I don’t know if it’s the people or the beach vibe or the food but this place is just so CHILL. If you need a little breather away from the city, need a good old nature hug, you’ll feel at peace here.
Read more about my adventure in Baler here
2. Sagada, Mountain Province
* Perfect for soul-searching
Yeah, for all the Filipinos reading, you’ve probably watched That Thing Called Tadhana. And since then, Sagada has been flocked with tourists (leaving trash too, which is a big no no no) BUT the view is stunning. When my family and I went we didn’t get to see Mt. Kiltepan during sunrise (which is the best time to see it), still pretty awesome.
* It’s cold
I’m not really sure if this a reason to go but for those trying to escape the boiling, burning, butt-clenching (what? haha) heat then get yourself on a bus/in a car and go here NOW.
Uhm what? By definition: The hobby or practice of exploring caves. DO IT. I didn’t get to do it while I was visiting, but I’ll definitely have to come back soon because it looks like a lot of fun and a little dangerous (which is always exciting!).
Read more about my adventure in Sagada here
3. Coron, Palawan
The coral gardens = JUST WOW. All the colorful fish and beautiful corals, it’s just too beautiful for words. It was my favorite part of the whole trip and one day I hope be a PADI license scuba diver to explore more and more of the ocean! I mean 72% of the Earth is covered in water, there’s so much more to see!
* Island hopping
Coron has so many islands to see, each one unique and just as amazing as the other. Twin Lagoon, Barracuda Lake, Banul Beach, and the list goes on and on. But, if you’re not into Island Hopping or anything water related there’s still so much to do on land!
* It’s just beautiful
I can’t say this enough, or have a I said it too much already? Haha, I guess you’ll have to go and see this place for yourself to really get me. Book a ticket, pack a bag and go exploring, you won’t regret it!
Have you been to any or all of these places? Where’s your favourite place in the Philippines to visit? Where do you suggest my next Philippine adventure be? Leave your comments and suggestions below! I’d love to hear from you all 🙂