The Philippines has an overflowing grace of natural beauty which all of us would love to enjoy. Whether you are a foreign vacationist or a local traveler, you will surely be in awe if you get to discover the beauty that the Philippines has to offer, here’s a short list of the places where you get to enjoy the nature at its grandest.
1. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
This is a must-visit place among the country’s World Heritage Sites. It has natural 8.2 km traversable Underground River which is considered as the world’s longest. The river can be located under a beautiful karst mountain of limestone named St. Paul. The name St. Paul was taken from the dome of St. Paul Cathedral in Italy since its peak resembles it.
It is the Center for Biodiversity Conservation in Palawan. You can see monkeys and big monitor lizards welcoming you on your trail to the opening of the cave.
2. The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Known as the best diving spot in the country and could be the world too. It has a natural coral reef with a 100-meter straight wall, coral islands, and lagoons. The park comprises 130,028 hectares, counting the North and South Reefs. The North Islet serves as a nesting spot for birds and seagoing turtles.
They also offer snorkeling to people, but the diving is what is highly recommended to witness the incredible variation of the colorful underwater life.
3. The El Nido, Palawan
El Nido is a pride of the Philippines. Wild Asia acknowledged it with the Responsible Tourism Award in the year 2009, and it was noted as one of Travel + Leisure’s Pet Green Hotels in the year 2008. The environmental and sustainable tourism program of the area is very inspirational, and you can’t help but be inspired by it once you visit the place.
4. Donsol, Sorsogon
The “Whale Shark Capital of the World.” Donsol has the most number of reported sightings of whale sharks anyplace on earth from the month of December to May. Donsol is the feeding territory for these massive but gentle creatures because of the high collection of plankton in the place. Truly, the country has rich marine biodiversity.
5. The Banaue Rice Terraces
The Ifugaos discovered how to practice the contours of the mountains to grow rice paddies, applying the force of gravity for the natural water irrigation. This wisdom was passed down from the locals’ generation to generation for around 2,000 years. It is highly suggested to encounter this great symbol of harmony connecting man and nature.
The Banaue Rice Terraces are also listed in the book “1,000 Places to See before You Die,” which was penned and spread by Patricia Schultz.
We only have a short list of some of the most beautiful places to visit in the Philippines if you are a nature lover and there are still many many more waiting for you to be explored. So, when do you plan to visit the Philippines?