The Philippines is blessed with many beautiful places to explore and it is difficult to pick a favourite as each location has its own unique appeal. However, there are certain places that we do hear about from other travellers but they are not mentioned in travel itineraries as frequently as other places.
There are places around the country that only a few have gone to and they end up with wonderful memories from their trip. Here are 5 locations that are not in the popular list of travel destinations in the country but are worth a spot in your travel bucket list.
Bukidnon is in the northern part of Mindanao. It is a landlocked province nestled in a plateau and surrounded by hills and mountains. Bukidnon actually means “mountain dweller” or “highlander”. It is considered as the country’s food basket with plantations of sugarcane, pineapples and bananas, as well as rice and corn.
Aside from having weather similar to Baguio, Bukidnon has forest parks, mystic caves, spring resorts, mesmerising water falls, and great mountain views. Take your pick and create your own adventure in discovering Bukidnon’s hidden gems.
2. Camiguin Island
Camiguin is the “Island Born of Fire” and holds the world record for the island with the most number of volcanoes for every square kilometre. Mount Uhay, Mount Hibok-Hibok, Mount Ulan and Mount Mambajao are all volcanoes on this island but it’s not all that the island has to offer. The island is also the host of the Lanzones festival – one of the most popular festivals in the country.
The island is a secluded destination that also has refreshing waterfalls, cold and hot springs and an untouched sand bar. Other attractions that travelers have on their itinerary when visiting the island are the sunken cemetery, the well-preserved ancestral homes and churches that are centuries-old. If you’re going to Cebu, be sure to include Camiguin in your itinerary.
3. Camotes Islands
Another place to add to your Cebu itinerary is Camotes. It is a group of islands composed of four towns in Cebu: Port, Tudela, Pilar and San Francisco; located between the islands of Cebu and Leyte.
According to local folklore, when the Spaniards came and asked the locals the name of the places, the reply they got was “camote”. The locals were harvesting sweet potatoes (camote) and thought that the Spaniards were asking what they were digging. That was how the group of islands got its name.
The islands boasts of beautiful white beaches, amazing caves and a lake. You can enjoy scuba diving, free-diving or snorkeling and other beach sports like volleyball and frisbee. You can also immerse yourself in the beauty of nature by taking island tours of Lake Danao, Timabu Cave, Buho Rock, Bukilat Cave, and Busay Waterfalls to name a few.
If Batanes is on your bucket list but you can’t afford it yet, then the next best thing is to put Catanduanes on your itinerary. Nicknamed “land of the howling winds”, it is a province often visited by typhoons, so make sure your travel essentials are prepared for such weather.
Aside from the howling winds and strong ocean breeze, the beauty of Catanduanes will also sweep you away. Enjoy gazing in awe and don’t forget to take pictures of its serene mountain tops, scenic grasslands and towering cliffs. It also has historic sites like Batanes and rock formations that will look gorgeous on your Instagram feed.
Siquijor is popularly known as one of the most mysterious places to visit in the Philippines. It has a serene cove which is believed to be where witches, sorcerers and even mythical, supernatural creatures can be found. Although these rumours add to the mystery of the place, these are all untrue.
However, travellers who have visited the place are mesmerised by the beauty of its natural wonders which include waterfalls, parks and beaches like Kagusuan Beach, Paliton Beach and Salagdoong Beach. Pick a curious bunch of friends who are eager for an adventure and book a trip to this mystical location.
There are sure to be other places around the country that should be on this list. We would love to hear your recommendations.