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The Top Things to Do When Visiting the Philippines

The best that the Philippines has to offer.


If you are planning a trip to the Philippines, then you will certainly love visiting this incredible country that is made up of over seven thousand islands. The Philippines has a fast-growing population and a wide array of natural elements to explore. There are currently twenty active volcanos on the islands, and it’s a stunning, unforgettable country to explore. Keep reading for some of the best things to do when you visit. 

Santo Nino Basilica

Driving is a popular way to explore Cebu. It’s very easy and convenient to rent a car in Cebu and head out to see the sights, such as the Minor Basilica of the Holy Child, which is the oldest Catholic church in the Philippines, built in 1965. It is located in Cebu and is also home to a museum where you can learn more about the history of Christianity in the area. It’s definitely worth visiting, once you’ve finished looking around the church itself. 

San Augustin Church

San Augustin Church is one of the most incredible architectural sites to visit on the island. Located in Manila, it was built during the Spanish Colonial Period, and is the third building erected in the space after the first and second were destroyed in fires. This amazing building has withstood seven major earthquakes and has an awe-inspiring history. 

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

If you want to make sure that you experience something special during your visit to the Philippines, then a visit to this National Park is definitely worth the journey. You will certainly leave feeling like you have just seen something incredible that you will remember forever. In a protected area, there is a very complex cave system that you can spend hours exploring. The river flows through the caves before going directly into the sea. The Underground River is one of the Seven Wonders of Nature, and you can explore in on a paddle boat. 

Philippines waterfall

Mayon Volcano

Head to the island of Luzon, where you can find an active volcano known as Mayon Volcano or Mount Mayon. The symmetrical cone shape of this volcano has given it the nickname ‘perfect cone’ among both locals and visitors. This volcano is not dormant; however, there are frequent eruptions with nearby towns being evacuated. The volcano and the surrounding areas are part of a national park that is well worth the visit. 

Chocolate Hills

Located in the Bohol Province of the Philippines, the Chocolate Hills are a rare, fascinating site. With over 1200 spread out across a 20 square mile area, they are covered in grass which turns to brown from green throughout the seasons and begins to look like chocolate. The hills vary in height from thirty to fifty meters tall and are one of the Philippines’ most iconic landmarks. 


Volcano Island

Located on Luzon, Taal Volcano is active and is worth the visit. Nobody is living on the island due to the risks of being around the volcano, but you can visit by boat to see the sights, as long as there is no active eruption occurring. 

The Philippines is a fascinating and diverse country made up of thousands of islands, packed with amazing and unforgettable things to do. 

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