Philippines' Top 11 Places Out of its 7,107 Islands

Here are the top places to visit and things to do in The Philippines.

Boracay is an island of the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Boracay Island and its beaches have received awards numerous times. Tourism came to the island beginning in about the 1970s. The movie Too Late the Hero was filmed in 1970 on locations in Boracay and Caticlan. In the 1980s, the island became popular as a budget destination for backpackers, By the 1990s, Boracay's beaches were being acclaimed as the best in the world. In 2012, the Philippine Department of Tourism reported that Boracay had been named the world's second best beach after Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Pamalican is a small island of the Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea, between Palawan and Panay, in the north part of the Palawan Province of the Philippines. Diving activities are available, allowing for nice coral viewing and encounters with large turtles and rays. Several windsurf boards and sails are provided at the "Windsurf hut" on the north shore. The shallow protected lagoon there allows for easy windsurfing on a flat surface, and is especially favourable during the northern monsoon season (November to May), when the wind blows onshore.

Tubbataha Reef
Tubbataha Reef is in Sulu Sea it is an atoll coral reef located in the Sulu Sea of the Philippines. It is a marine sanctuary protected as Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. It is nominated at the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The Tubbataha National Marine Park is open to live-aboard diving excursions between the months of April to June. It is in this period where the waves are most calm. As of March 2011, the park entrance fee is pegged at USD $75.00 or PHP 3,000.00. Due to global warming, it is advised that divers book their trips towards the middle or end of April as the waves are still strong and may cause problems for dive excursions and underwater visibility.

Mactan Island   
Mactan Island is an island located a few kilometres from Cebu Island in the Philippines. The island is part of Cebu Province and it is divided into Lapu-Lapu City and the municipality of Cordova. The island was a Muslim settlement before it was colonized by Spain in the 16th century.  Being one of the major tourist Islands of Cebu, Mactan Island boasts of a diverse collection of tourist spots and attractions. Being a coral island, Mactan offers some of the best diving, snorkeling, island hopping, jet ski, sailing and cultural activities of any island in the Philippines.

Anawangin is in San Antonio is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Zambales in the Philippines. It is known for the Annawangin Cove, a crescent shaped cove with a pristine white sand beach. What makes the place unique is the unusual riddle of tall pine trees flourishing round its vicinity. There are no roads leading to Anawangin. It is only accessible by a 30 minute boat ride from Pundaquit, San Antonio, or by a six-hour trek through hot, open trails thru the Pundaquit range. The cove's relative isolation has kept it free from development, there are no resorts on this sparkling piece of natural beauty, save for a few huts and deep wells. Just behind the beach are the pine forest and a marsh, where one can find natural springs feeding to the sea. The area is home to a number of bird species.

Coron is in the province of Palawan, Philippines on Busuanga Island. The first inhabitants of Coron were the Tagbanuas who belong to the second wave of Indonesians who migrated to this area some 5,000 years ago.  It is popular to travellers because of the Island hopping, head down to the Market Pier and rent an authentic filipino bangka and captain (standardized rental costs vary by destination) Boats generally handle around 6 passengers. Grab a lunch before you head out. You can also buy meat, fish, and veggies from the wet market and request the boat captain to barbecue or cook them for you or your group. Coron Island, is a black limestone island with breathtaking cliffs cascading down to thirteen magnificent lakes (only two open to public) and powder white sand coral beaches. It is the home to local attractions Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, Banol Beach, Twin Lagoon, and numerous snorkeling areas. Bring mask, fins, and snorkel to observe underwater rock formations. There is a pronounced thermocline, as the island's geothermal energy heats up the water as you decend into the lakes and water around the island.

Banaue Rice Terraces    
Banaue Rice Terraces is in Banaue, a town on the Cordillera mountain range in the north of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. It is home to the Rice Terraces also called Payew, thease are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to by Filipinos as the "Eighth Wonder of the World". It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are a UNESCO World Heritage site, and while many are still in use today, the outer rims are showing signs of deterioration.   
Bohol is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region, consisting of Bohol Island and 75 minor surrounding islands. The earliest significant contact of the island with Spain occurred in 1565.  It is home to the Tarsiers and The Chocolate Hills, for the past 45 million years, tarsiers have inhabited rainforests around the world, but now they only exist on a few islands in the Philippines, Borneo and Indonesia. The Chocolate Hills are probably Bohol's most famous tourist attraction. The hills, which look like giant mole hill, are considered unusual geological formation that consists of at least 1,268 individual mounds that are scattered throughout the municipalities of Carmen, Batuan, and Sagbayan. The hills range from 30 to 50 meters high and are covered in green grass, which turns to brown during the dry season, making them look like chocolate mounds.

Taal Volcano      
Taal Volcano is a complex volcano located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Taal Volcano is located about 60 km (about 37 miles) south of Metro Manila. Last major eruption was reported back in 1965 that affected villages in the surrounding area.

Baguio is a city on the Cordillera Administrative Region in the middle of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. Burnham Park, is in the middle of the city, walking distance to the markets, SM Supermall, major universities and other schools, downtown hotels and public transportations. It is a place for relaxation, picnics, meeting place, boating, skating, even a game of soccer in front of the Melvin Jones Stadium. There is a children's park with rental bikes are available for kids. It is reasonably well maintained. Baquio also has a Bell Church, within its compound are intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. It has a pagoda, and landscaped gardens. There are some Buddhist artifacts to be found there, as well as some literature about the history of China.

Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila. The earliest written account of the city is the 10th-century Laguna Copperplate Inscription which describes an Indianized kingdom maintaining diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Medang and commercial exchanges with Ancient Japan and Song Dynasty China. Manila's economy is diverse and multifaceted. With its excellent protected harbor, Manila serves as the Chief Seaport of the Country, as the Port of Manila is one of the busiest in the world. Diverse manufacturers produce industrial-related products such as chemicals, textiles, clothing, and electronic goods. Food and beverages and tobacco products also produced. Local entrepreneurs continue to process primary commodities for export, including rope, plywood, refined sugar, copra, and coconut oil. The food-processing industry is one of the most stable major manufacturing sectors in the city. Manila is a major publishing center in the Philippines.


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