It’s the Year of the Dog! And it’s a whole new year of adventure! So why don’t you visit some amazing destinations around the Philippines?
The first half of the year is an ideal time to travel as the sun perpetually shines during this time. But don’t leave out the other half—the non-peak season when destinations are less crowded. Check out these recommended road trips that you can do this 2018.
1. The Cordillera Administrative Region Trip
The mountains of Central Luzon are gorgeous! Explore them and meet the Ifgugao and Benguet people that call these mountains home. Be amazed at our ancestors’ ingenuity after visiting the massive Banaue Rice Terraces. Better yet, immerse yourself in their culture by spending a weekend at Batad Rice Terraces.
You can then head off to rustic Sagada to explore its valleys, rivers, cliffs, waterfalls, pine forests, and caves. Don’t forget to check out their famous Hanging Coffins, the remnants of an ancient burial practice. To cap off your Cordillera adventure, visit Baguio so you can try out their luscious strawberries, visit their parks, and more.
2. The Span of Ilocos
Revisit our nation’s pre-Spanish and Spanish colonial eras in the well-preserved heritage town of Vigan. If you love adventure, head farther north to the town of Laoag. Laoag’s coast is a sprawling beach made of expansive sand dunes which you can explore via a powerful 4X4 vehicle.
Even farther north are beautiful rock formations and gigantic windmills of Kapurpurawan. Finally, head off to the Pagudpud, the northernmost town of Luzon, where you can try out a variety of relaxing activities.
3. The Caraga Region Discovery
The scenic Caraga region is proof that Mindanao is truly the vaunted Land of Promise. Start your trip at the bustling city of Butuan. Then travel to Bislig and frolic in the basin of the impressive Tinuy-an Falls and explore the realm of fairies in the magical Enchanted River after.
If beaches are your thing, you can enjoy the soft sands of Cagwait Beach before hopping from one island to another at the Britania Group of Islands. Lastly, you can head north to Surigao City and enjoy the unique Mabua Pebble Beach that’s made up of large polished rocks! Be sure to also spare some time to visit the surfing Meccas of Cantilan and Lanuza before heading back to Surigao City.
4. The Bucas Grande and Siargao Sojourn
If seas and lagoons hype you up, then you’ll love Bucas Grande and Siargao. Sail in aquamarine waters, swim with gentle jellyfish, discover a secret lake, explore secret caves, and enjoy a picnic in one of the white-sand beaches of Sohoton Bay.
When the tide is low, you can go inside the otherworldly realm of Sohoton Cove which lies at the other side of a large cavern. In Sohoton Cove, you can explore snoring caves, watch chirping fruit bats, swim with schools of fish, and spot mushroom-shaped islets that are all similar in appearance.
After Bucas Grande, surf the huge waves at the world-class surfing destination of Cloud 9 in the neighboring island of Siargao. But Siargao is not just for surfing. You can visit the tropical paradise of Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island just off its coast. Before going home, stop by the aquamarine tide pools of Magpupungko.
5. The Iloilo and Guimaras Holiday
Iloilo and Guimaras are chock-full of wonders and adventure for everyone. Let’s start by eating, shopping, and touring your heart out at the ultramodern Iloilo Business Park. Tired of all that modernity? Head out to the old city center or enjoy a quiet moment at the popular Esplanade.
Feeling hungry? Gorge on the famous Iloilo batchoy, a dish that will surely tickle your taste buds. Love beaches and sandbars? Head north to the lovely sandbars of Conception or the eternally-sunlit paradise of Islas de Gigantes.
Across the port of Iloilo is the green island of Guimaras. Discover a myriad of interesting places such as lighthouse ruins, fine beaches, huge windmills, uninhabited islets, and more. Of course, when you’re in Guimaras, you have to try out their luscious mangoes; they’re known to be the sweetest in the world!
6. The Experience Antique Stretch
The quiet province of Antique has been overlooked in the tourism map. However, it has a massive collection of fantastic destinations and activities!
Here are just a few: enigmatic Maanghit Cave in Libertad, multi-tiered Igpasungaw Falls in Sebaste, clean Bugang River in Pandan, wild Tibiao River in Culasi, cultural immersion in the rice terraces in Valderama, and more! Don’t forget to immerse yourself in a hot kawa bath! Experience Antique’s beauty, culture, and adventure!
7. The Bohol Holiday
Bohol is one of the favorite summer destinations in the Philippines due to its variety of attractions and activities. Snorkel and dive in the fantastic underwater realms of Arco Point, Balicasag Island, Pamilacan Island, and Cantagay Marine Sanctuary. Visit the small islands surrounding Panglao.
Take a road trip and visit the rustic town of Jagna, the world-renowned Chocolate Hills, the adventure-filled Danao Adventure Park, the remote beaches of Anda, and more. And while you’re at it, enjoy the sweet and sticky calamay, the island’s most popular delicacy.
8. The Cagayan and Camiguin Jaunt
You’re going to a city of rivers and an island of fire! Have an adrenaline-filled adventure by riding the rapids of the Cagayan de Oro River, a world-class venue for whitewater rafting.
After that, head to Camiguin, a geologically active island filled with volcanoes. The soaring Katibawasan Falls, chilly Santo Niño Cold Spring, hot Ardent Spring, and tranquil Bura Soda Water Park are just some of the must-visit attractions that mix Mother Nature and man’s ingenuity.
Get in touch with your spiritual side at the sunken ruins, Old Vulcan Walkway, and the Sunken Cemetery. Visit sandy White Island off the coast of Mambajao, and witness an encompassing view of the lofty volcanoes of Camiguin.
9. The Palawan Mainland Tour
At the westernmost section of the country is Palawan, one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines. The Puerto Princesa Underground River, of course, is a must-see destination considering that it’s one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Other attractions that are also worth a visit are Mitra’s Ranch, Baker’s Hill, World War 2 Museum, the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, and more. The nearby islands of Honda Bay are also a great warm-up for a more spectacular island hopping experience.
After Puerto Princesa, endure a 5-hour land trip to picturesque Bacuit Bay at the northern karst-filled municipality of El Nido. You can then hire a boat to tour you around the magnificent islands, sandbars, caves, hidden coves, and cliffs around the bay.
10. The Waterfall Chase in Samboan, Cebu
There are other more remote, lesser-known waterfalls such as Calasa and Candayvic Falls hidden in the grooves. After your waterfalls tour, you can strap on your mask and snorkel to explore the Colase Marine Sanctuary, one of the most expansive marine sanctuaries in Cebu.
Make this year a memorable and exciting one. This 2018, it’s time to pack your bags, get yourself in travel mode, and set off to a great road trip around the Philippines!