Philippine Tourist Destinations
CALAGUAS ISLAND. The Calaguas Islands are located in the Municipality of Vinzons, in the Province of Camarines Norte. It is known for its pristine beaches—the most popular among these is the Mahabang Buhangin beach, which is made up of a long stretch of powdery white sand, there is an influx of tourists coming in the area despite the absence of nice accommodation.
LAKE SEBU. Lake Sebu is one of the Philippines’ most important watersheds and a major provider of irrigation to the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato. It is located in the ancestral domain of the T’boli and Ubo tribes. The DOT has promoted the lake as one of the prime eco-tourism destinations in Mindanao.
TUBBATAHA REEFS NATURAL PARK. Tubbataha Reef is a Natural Marine Park in Sulu Sea, Philippines. Tubbataha covers 97,030 hectares, while UNESCO measures the reefs at 130,028 hectares. In December 1993, the UNESCO declared the Tubbataha Reefs NAtional Pask as a World Heritage Site under protective management of the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) and technical supervision of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and the Department of Environment & Natural Resources (DENR). In 2008, the reef was nominated at the New 7 Wonders of the World. The national park considered to the global center of marine diversity, it contains no less than 600 fish species, 360 coral species, 11 shark species, 13 dolphin and whale species, and 100 bird species. It is serves the nesting ground for Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles.
CARAMOAN ISLANDS. The Caramoan islands stem from the rugged Caramoan Peninsula, which is located in the province of Camarines Sur. Camarines Sur is the largest among the six provinces in the Bicol Region both in terms of population and land area. Its territory encompasses two cities: Naga City, the lone chartered city. It is the province’s and the region’s commercial, educational, financial and cultural center, while Iriga City, a component city, is the center of the Rinconada area. The islands, however, are isolated from the main province. This makes it perfect for island hopping, hiking, diving, and even spelunking. The unexploited and uninhabited islands of Caramoan have been featured in several franchises of the hit TV show Survivor. Local and foreign travelers started to explore the beaches of the peninsula. Caramoan is one of the National Parks of the Philippines. Popular tourist destinations are the Caramoan National Park, the Centro, and Gota Beach.
BIRI ISLAND ROCK FORMATION. The Biri Island rock formation is composed of four small, rocky islands located in that perilous area where the San Bernardino Strait meets the Pacific Ocean. The incredible strength of these natural forces has caused the islands to take on distinct and interesting shapes. Geologists from the University of the Philippines state that the rocks date back from the Early Miocene Period, and their ages range from five to 23 million years old. Two huge beautifully carved rocks as tall as a 3 storey building stand separately on a wide flat rock on one of the islets called Magasang. A big rock formation can be found with a bat cave underneath. Biri is the 21st municipality of Northern Samar. During World War II, Biri was the site of the Japanese Garrison Signal Corps due to its strategic location from the Pacific Ocean. A bomb made lagoon still exists inside the Biri Elementary School.
MT. KANLAON. Mt. Kanlaon bisects the Negros Island, and it is also the highest peak in Central Visayas. This makes it popular among mountain climbers and hikers. The fact that it is an active volcano adds a certain kind of thrill. Mt. Kanlaon is truly only for the daring. Apart from trekking, it also has an art gallery, a zipline, and it also offers river trail adventures. The tallest peak in the central Philippines and offers a potentially dangerous challenge. One of the thirteen most active volcanoes in the country, there’s the real possibility of violent eruptions and climbers have died scaling it. The rim of the crater is a forbidding knife-edge overhanging an apparently bottomless chasm. The dense surrounding forest contains all manner of wonderful fauna, including pythons and tube-nosed bats and locals believe the mountain is home to many spirits. It also features in Philippine history being where President Manuel Quezon hid from invading Japanese forces during World War II.
DANJUGAN ISLANDS. Danjugan Island is a marine and wildlife reserve, located in Barangay Bulata, Cauayan, Negros Occidental. It is covered with a rainforest and has five lagoons, three of which are landlocked and two of which are flooded at high tide and colonized by coral and reef fish species. The island is fringed with beaches where turtles nest. It is also surrounded by diverse coral reefs. Danjugan Island’s coral reefs really are as diverse as the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Teeming with a rich marine life, Danjugan Island is a haven for skin and scuba divers to explore, enjoy and survey the protected reefs.
PANGLAO ISLAND. Panglao is found in the Municipalities of Dauis and Panglao, in the province of Bohol. It is known for its white sand beaches, several resorts, and over the years has emerged as one of the Philippines’ top beach destinations. It has been cited in CNN Travel as one of the Philippines’ best beaches and island destinations.; It is a pleasant alternative to the much more popular Boracay. From sun-kissed hills to underwater wonders to exotic wildlife, Feel its festive charm pulsating through Panglao Island Nature Resort. Here you can experience all the beauty that Bohol has to offer.
APO ISLAND. Apo Island is a small, pristine island surrounded by calm and clear waters. It is perfect for underwater activities such as snorkeling and diving; it has even been rated as one of the best dive sites in the world. Here, divers can encounter an incredible variety of marine life: among the species which can be found near Apo Island are big-eyed jacks, hump-head wrasses, hammerheads, manta rays and even tuna. The island has immaculate white sand, and it is also littered with unique rock formations. Apo Island is located just a few kilometers off the coast of Negros and is one of the world’s best known community organized marine sanctuaries.
BATANES. The Batanes group of islands is located at the northernmost tip of Philippine territory. It is known for its scenic waters and terrain and clean environment. Batanes is also recognized for the unique culture of the islands’ first settlers, the Ivatans. Batanes is open for swimming, snorkeling, diving, lighthouse visits, biking, and visits to century-old Ivatan houses.