5 Hidden Travel Destinations in the Philippines

Up for a halcyon getaway? Consider these underrated sights and destinations when you plan
your next adventure.

🖈 Binurong Point

Trek with the promise of a breathtaking sunrise. Located in Baras, Catanduanes, this recently opened cliffside, reminiscent of those in Batanes, has a picturesque view of blue skies and infinite seas.

 

🖈 Cabgan Islet

A 30-minute boat ride from Barobo, Surigao Del Sur will take you to an uninhabited, peaceful white sand beach. In the southern part you’ll find a small cove and a turtle shaped island that has its own secluded beach.
Tip: Do bring your own supplies because accomodations aren’t available in the area.

 

🖈 Niludhan Falls

Situated between the boundaries of Bawayan and Mabinay,Negros Oriental, hidden beneath a coconut and sugarcane plantation is a breathtaking waterfalls site. Put those photography skills to the test with how well you can capture those mesmerizing cascades of falling water.
Tip: We recommend visiting it during the rainy season because it dries up in summer.

 

Panguan Island

Or “Malamanok” as the locals call it, may be a former terrorist stronghold, but, this small island in Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi is one hidden beauty. With white sand beaches ,turquoise waters, and coral reefs. The Philippine flag proudly stands on the island to rest the fear of tourist when visiting the island.

 

🖈Tiamban Beach

Bonbon beach isn’t the only beach that gets people coming to Barangay Lonos, Romblon. This small strip of secluded white sand beach is ideal for families or for those looking for a quiet getaway.
Tip: Tiamban Beach is equipped with basic facilities, attractive for tourists who plan to spend the night.

Where to find the best pools in the Philippines

 

On the quest to search for the most Instagrammable pools in the Philippines? We’re here to help you!

📍 Pearl Farm, Samal Island, Davao del Norte

If you're looking for a stunning beach resort, Pearl Farm Beach Resort is one of the perfect places to go! Relax, unwind and take your time at the resort’s beautiful infinity pool that gives you a perfect view of Mindanao’s pristine waters.

📍 Perth Paradise, Sipalay, Negros Occidental

Looking for a perfect weekend escape? Enjoy a laid-back trip at Perth’s infinity pool and get a picturesque view of the unspoiled islets scattered to its blue-green waters of Sipalay.

 

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📍 Shangri-La Resort, Boracay Island, Aklan

Escape into paradise at Shangri- La Boracay and find peace and solitude at their pool while gazing at the spectacular view of the coast of Boracay.

 

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📍 Siama Hotel, Sitio Lorenzo, Sorsogon

Experience serenity and lounge into Siama Hotal in Sorsogon. Dip into their resort wide swimming pool in this beautiful oasis in the middle of the forest surrounded by greenies that makes a perfect and calming picturesque view.

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📍 The Oriental Hotel, Legazpi City, Albay

Fancy a dip? Plunge into The Oriental Legazpi’s infinity pool and enjoy a panoramic view of the Albay Gulf and Legazpi’s cityscape. Plus, the elusive beauty of the Majestic Mayon Volcano adds brownie points to your overall staycation.

 

 

Your Guide to Sustainable Travel

 

Because our travel plans and decisions can make the world of difference. These simple travel hacks can help you see the world without leaving a trace. 

 

look for eco-friendly accommodations

Sustainable travel doesn’t mean foregoing a bed – choose a hotel that incorporates eco-friendly measures into place. Look into the hotels sustainability initiatives such as environment-friendly products or energy-efficient and conservation procedures. 

We really like this eco-luxe glamping resort in Baler :

 

BYOB – Bring your own Bottle

Being a responsible traveller can be as simple as bringing your own bottle and keeping less waste along the way. Did you know that reusing or recycling bottles can save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for an entire day in 15 million households? So start opting for reusables rather than consecutively buying water bottles and plastic containers.

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Photo credit: @andibanez

walk or bike

Minimize your carbon footprints by sneaking in some exercise while traveling by walking or biking. Walking or biking are some of the most environment-friendly ways to explore a destination. Bonus: These can help you see and discover other details about your destination that you might not notice when traveling by car. 

Buy Locally

Support local artisans by buying souvenirs that are locally made. This way the money you pay will go directly to local artists, small business and communities. 

TIP: Bring your own reusable bags when buying presents for you and your friends.

Saturday flea market finds 💙

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Be a  traveller, not a tourist

Travelling is a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and explore different cultures. Respect the places you visit. Immerse yourself in the local culture and broaden your horizon by learning about local traditions and culture.

 

Girl We Love: Gem Muzones

 
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Fun fact about you: 

People know me as part of a traveling couple but I actually love traveling alone. I've been traveling by myself since I was in high school. My first international travel was a solo trip too!

What do you like most about traveling?

The sights, meeting amazing locals and experiencing different cultures are a given. What I really like the most when traveling is when plans change due to inevitable mishaps, that's when the adventure really begins! I'm a very detailed planner, I organize everything months prior our trips. So when faced with challenging situations, we're forced to quickly think of solutions and we end up exploring more of the destination, making the trip more unforgettable. Luckily for us, things always work out in the end. 

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What do you do when you're not traveling? 

I work at a fun digital marketing company that really gives importance to work-life balance so I get to travel to my heart's content, maximizing long weekends, holidays, vacation leave credits and the best perk, working remotely. Good thing there are plenty of destinations near Manila that we can just drive to every weekend if we're craving for another trip at the last minute. 

Travel must-haves? 

Staples in my luggage: microfiber towel, dry bag, packing cubes, GoPro and mirrorless camera, insect repellent, tanning oil, and sunscreen. 

First thing you do once you reach your travel destination? 

Ask the locals where they love to eat! Those are usually cheap but really good food. And I'm always hungry. 

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App you use most when you travel and what do you use it for? 

Traveloka for booking cheaper flights and hotels (I love their promo codes) and Evernote to keep track of our expenses and to take notes for our blog writing. 

What's your go-to traveling hack or tip? 

Stick to DIY. Most people believe they get a great deal when they book an all-in package tour, but what they don’t know is that they can get an even better deal when they do their own planning. Plus, you manage your own time and do whatever you want at your own pace.

What do you like most about Wink? 

Wink understands the needs of frequent travelers. With 7,641 islands in this country, we have so many beaches and islands to explore that we end up getting too much sun exposure. Wink gives your sun damaged skin the TLC it badly needs so you can go to as many beach trips as you want with bare but beautiful skin that's always camera ready. 

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How does Wink help you with your travels? 

After traveling for years, my skin got so much sun exposure, especially my face, the part of my body that I'm most insecure about! After my Revlite laser facials with Wink, I got an instant confidence boost because it's done wonders for my skin from treating my blemishes, fine lines, pore size, pigmentation, and dull skin. Now I show more of my face in photos and don't hide behind the camera as much as before. 

Favorite travel memory: 

The first trip Beep and I went to will always be my favorite. I had an extra ticket to Malasimbo back in 2012 because a friend backed out and out of desperation, I asked random colleagues if they would buy it from me and accompany me to the trip. I barely knew Beep back then but he was game even if it was last minute. We both didn't have money to splurge for the trip so we pitched a tent, got PHP20 showers, and hung out under a shade at the beach realizing how much interests we have in common. That's when our adventure started and we've been traveling together ever since. 

Something to check off your bucket list: 

Explore the entire Philippines - from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi! Already working on it.

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Romantic destinations in the Philippines

 

Spend your valentines date in an extraordinary way! Instead of having a typical Valentine’s dinner date in a fancy restaurant, why not spend a romantic getaway with your loved one while exploring the beauty of the Philippines.

 

BANTAYAN ISLAND

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Photo credit: @mcnifica

📍 Cebu City

Plan your next romantic trip at the splendid island of Bantayan Island in Cebu where you can breathe peace with its beautiful islands that’s surrounded with rich waters and white sand beaches. Unwind and escape away from the city while lying under the shade by the shore, reading a book or just enjoying sipping coconuts with someone special.

 

MT. PICO DE LORO

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Photo credit: @i_am_levonc

 

📍 Cavite

Put your love on top and traverse up this treacherous yet irresistible Mt. Pico de Loro in Maragondon, Cavite. Mt. Pico de loro (also known as Mt. Palay-Palay) is without a doubt one of the best places to see scenic views of vast waters and rugged mountains. It is also a must-climb hiking place for outdoorsy-lovers for an instagram-worthy romantic ovdate abe them all! (Literally!)

 

PAOAY SAND DUNES

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Photo credit: @cesarsellon

 

📍 Ilocos Norte

Break out from an ordinary and get lost in translation with Paoay’s Sand Dunes Stretches that encompasses the towns of Currimao through to Pasuquin in Ilocos Norte. Go sand boarding and hop into a 4×4 off-road truck to complete a memorable date you’ll surely remember.

 

VIGAN CITY

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Photo credit: @cristinedianelt

📍 Ilocos Sur

For a hopeless romantic adventure, travel back to colonial Philippines in Vigan, the capital city of Ilocos Sur and one of the very few remaining Hispanic towns in the country. Fill both your eyes and hearts with Vigan’s timeless and well preserved beauty that’s perfect for a romantic stroll back in time.

 

WHITE SAND ISLAND

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Photo credit: @thegaywanderlust

📍 Camiguin

Experience a romantic trip like no other at the naked temptress of Camiguin. Immerse in the moment in this inhabited island where you can relax and have the time of your life with someone you love.