The Philippines is a very underrated travel location in Southeast Asia. Just a short flight away from Singapore, the Philippines has over seven thousand islands spread across three island groups - Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, which means that the country is rich with both natural and cultural diversity and it would take you more than just one trip to barely begin the Philippines experience.
From diving into the ocean in Moalboal to immersing in the culture at Iloilo, the Philippines has more to offer than its capital city Manila. Here are 7 destinations you need to book now.
1. Sky Cycle in Davao
Nothing says “I’m high on life” quite like sky cycling 60 feet above ground in Davao (yes, you read that right!). Those brave enough for the challenge will be rewarded with scenic views of the city while keeping balance on an exhilarating ride. With stunning landscapes as your backdrop, getting a photo with your besties while sky cycling will definitely be the ultimate #squadgoal.
Where: Eden Nature Park & Resort, Davao
Nearest Airport: Davao International Airport
How to get there: Cebu Pacific flies twice a week from Singapore to Davao International Airport.
2. Take a dive in Moalboal, Cebu
Whether it is swimming with whale sharks, doing a sardine run, or canyoneering in Badian to view the most magnificent waterfalls, Moalboal offers it all. Dubbed one of the best dive sites in the Philippines, a trip here will be sure to release you of all that stress. Feel weightless amidst the wonders of the underwater world as you experience a dive of a lifetime. If you do not have a diving license, don’t worry – you can still choose to experience these pristine clear waters while snorkelling!
P.S. We hear Moalboal is very famous for their mangoes too!
Where: Moalboal, Cebu
Nearest Airport: Mactan–Cebu International Airport
How to get there: Cebu Pacific flies daily from Singapore to Cebu International Airport.
3. Marvel at the Chocolate Hills in Bohol Island
The sight of the Chocolate Hills in Bohol Island will leave you gasping at the beauty of Mother Nature. Aptly named Chocolate Hills, the green grass turns brown during the dry season. This beautiful attraction stretches across more than 50 square kilometres, and includes more than 1,776 hills – that’s truly a sight to behold!
Where: Chocolate Hills, Bohol
Nearest Airport: Tagbilaran Airport
How to get there: Cebu Pacific flies three times a day from Singapore to Manila (Ninoy Aquino) International Airport. From here, travellers can connect directly to Tagbilaran Airport, with flights operating three times daily.
4. Immerse yourself in Iloilo’s Culture
Iloilo, also known as the City of Love, is a culturally rich province in the Visayas, and is one place that should definitely be on your itinerary. Even if you’re not a self-professed culture vulture, learning about a city’s culture and heritage will broaden your understanding of the world, keeping you #woke. This will be exceptionally handy when you go out into the working world. With old central business districts, magnificent century-old churches and ancestral houses, Iloilo will be the destination that ignites your love for a bygone era.
Where: Iloilo City
Nearest Airport: Iloilo International Airport
How to get there: Cebu Pacific flies twice a week from Singapore to Iloilo International Airport.
5. Take a dip in Lake Pinatubo
If climbing an actual mountain is not your thing, trek to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo to take a relaxing dip amidst clear, blue waters. Take a deep breath and embrace the awe-inspiring, picturesque surroundings. Tip: be sure to put on your best bathing suit, because this place is legit #instaworthy.
Where: Mount Pinatubo, Luzon
Nearest Airport: Clark International Airport
How to get there: Cebu Pacific flies daily from Singapore to Clark International Airport.
6. Surf in Siargao Island
For the uninitiated, Siargao is the surfing capital of the Philippines. With over 15 different surf breaks around the island, there are spots for everyone, from first-timers to seasoned surfers. Adrenaline junkies should definitely check out Cloud 9, where waves ranked amongst the world’s top ten come in from the Pacific Ocean. Celebrate being young by conquering the crystalline waves of Siargao!
Where: Siargao Island
Nearest Airport: Sayak Airport (also known as Siargao Airport)
How to get there: Cebu Pacific flies daily from Singapore to Cebu International Airport. From there, travellers can connect directly to Sayak Airport, with flights operating twice daily, the most out of every.
7. Get lost the ‘last frontier’: Coron
Located in the northernmost tip of the Palawan archipelago, Coron is blessed with lush forests, pristine beaches and colourful marine life. Overland and underwater, Coron is a gem. But its most valuable asset are dedicated locals who untiringly protect most of the islands against destructive tourism. Swim in the warm waters of one of the cleanest lakes in the region—Kayangan Lake, and marvel at the limestone rock formations under water; or check out World War II shipwrecks—some of which are accessible even to snorkelers—while exploring coral gardens teeming with colourful fish. Enjoy a seafood fiesta followed by a siesta at beautiful Banol beach, one of many white sand beaches in Coron.
Where: Coron, Palawan
Nearest Airport: Francisco B. Reyes Airport (also known as Busuanga Airport)
How to get there: Cebu Pacific flies three times a day from Singapore to Manila (Ninoy Aquino) International Airport. From here, travellers can connect directly to Francisco B. Reyes Airport (also known as Busuanga Airport) with flights operating three times daily.