25 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Featured Content by Guide to the Philippines

Lounge in the best beaches of the Philippines! If you’re looking for the most pristine beaches with unspoiled stretches of white sand, crystal clear waters, and postcard-worthy views, the Philippines has a ton of them! With so many beaches to choose from, where do you start? Find out the top beaches in the Philippines below.

It’s not surprising that choosing the best beach tours in the Philippines is one of the hardest things to do when planning your vacation to this Southeast Asian country.

After all, the Philippines is an archipelago with over 7000 islands and has the 5th largest coastline in the world. This means there are literally hundreds of tropical beaches to choose from!

We’ve come up with this list to help you find the best beaches in the Philippines. In general, the best time to plan your trip to these beaches is during the dry and summer months in the Philippines, from late November to May.

From popular beaches to secluded unspoiled ones, here are 25 of the best beaches in the Philippines that you should add to your travel itinerary.

25. Bakhaw Beach, Camotes Islands, Cebu

One of the most underrated places in Camotes Islands, located in Cebu province, is Bakhaw Beach. Even though it’s a public beach, it rarely gets crowded. This unspoiled beach has a picturesque stretch of white sand and crystal clear waters, making it the perfect place to go swimming and sunbathing.

It’s emerging as a must-visit tourist spot in the province and is also one of the top beaches in Cebu. Don’t forget to take photos of the sunset as it’s a breathtaking sight to see. Since you’ll be riding a boat to get here, avoid planning trips around the rainy/typhoon season usually from June to October. 

24. Antonia Beach, Gigantes Islands, Iloilo​

No wonder why Islas de Gigantes or Gigantes Island tours in Iloilo, Visayas have been gaining popularity — the crystal clear waters and powdery white sand of Antonia Beach is a sight to behold! It’s one of those remote beaches where you can laze around and swim all day without the big crowd. 

Just off the shoreline on the northern part of the beach you’ll find colorful fish, corals, seagrass, and other types of marine life that can be clearly seen even without snorkeling gear, although if you want a closer look you can always rent one out for a small fee. 

It’s usually rainy in Iloilo from June to August so best avoid those months since you need to ride a boat during your island hopping trip to Antonia Beach.

23. Lambug Beach, Badian, Cebu​​

Badian, Cebu got its reputation for being a popular canyoneering experience destination, but did you know there’s a hidden gem within the area called Lambug Beach? This public beach is a great place to spend a lazy day relaxing and enjoying the sun.

It’s a peaceful beach destination perfect for relaxing and just listening to the waves crashing into the shore. This attraction is relatively uncrowded but if you want to stay overnight, there are some rooms or cottages surrounding the beach area that you can stay in.

22. Morong Beach, Batanes​

Aside from its rolling hills, lighthouses, and stone houses, the small archipelagic province of Batanes in the northernmost part of the Philippines is also home to Morong Beach. Also called Nakabuang Beach, its most prominent feature is the massive rocky arch called Nakabuang Arch, making it one of the most photographed spots in Batanes.

The glass-like water in Morong Beach is calmer and friendlier despite the usual rough weather. The best way to enjoy Morong Beach is by joining a Sabtang Island day tour. You can even tour the island in a more rugged experience by joining a tricycle excursion of Sabtang Island.

21. Alegria Beach, Siargao

Siargao is often dubbed as the surfing capital of the Philippines. But did you know there are more things to do in Siargao aside from surfing? Make sure to visit the unspoiled Alegria Beach, a 5-kilometer long white sand beach that’s famous for its breathtaking views. 

There are no commercial hotels and establishments within the area, only a few picnic huts and cottages. It’s ideal for swimming, snorkeling, or simply sunbathing. Make sure to add this destination to the Siargao experiences you’ll be trying out while on the island.

20. Anguib Beach, Santa Ana, Cagayan Valley​

Anguib Beach is one of the best beaches in Santa, Ana Cagayan Valley. Located at the northeastern tip of Luzon and the Philippines, this beach with powdery fine sand and crystal blue waters is one of the main highlights of Cagayan Valley adventures such as the popular island-hopping day trip in Cagayan where you visit other major attractions in nearby Palaui Island such as Cape Engaño Lighthouse.

day trip to Palaui Island is a highly recommended side trip as you get to visit Anguib Beach, a majestic lighthouse, scenic terrains, and other white sandy beaches. Palaui Island attractions are best explored by boats so avoid the months of June to November since the currents can be rough because of the rain or typhoons.

19. Subic Beach, Sorsogon​

Another Philippine beach with pinkish-white sand, Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon of Bicol region is a must-add to your beach itinerary in the country. Its crystal blue waters and the unspoiled white sand beach offers a peaceful getaway for travelers.

The beach is divided into two, Subic Laki (Big Beach) where most accommodations are located, and Subic Liit (Small Beach) which is uninhibited but is perfect for taking a dip or a quiet stroll under the rows of trees.​

It’s a great destination to unwind and relax if you want to escape from the city and follow the sun. You will need to board a boat to go here so it’s best to avoid the rainy/typhoon months of July to December. 

18. Pink Beach, Zamboanga​​

If you’re looking for a unique beach to visit, travel to the Pink Beach in Zamboanga’s Sta. Cruz Island. The beach has a sandy pink color because of the white sand mixed with the pulverized red organ pipe corals. It might not be visible at first, until you take a closer look at the sand, or view it from a drone video or photo.​

Joining a Zamboanga Pink Beach escapade is worth it, not only because it was dubbed as one of the best beaches by National Geographic, you can also visit the mangrove forest on the island where you can ride a colorful vinta and encounter non-stinging jellyfish. You will need to board a boat going here from Zamboanga City so it’s best to avoid the rainy/typhoon months of May to October. 

17. Gumasa Beach, Sarangani​

Situated on the stunning shoreline of Sarangani in Mindanao and is often compared to Boracay’s White Beach, Gumasa Beach deserves its gaining popularity. It’s been called the “Boracay of the South” and “Small Boracay of Mindanao”. It offers 6-kilometers of white sand beach, sparkling aquamarine waters, and a scenic view worthy of a photoshoot.​

What sets this beach apart is it’s less crowded, but offers the same experience like other more popular beaches in the country. You can go swimming, kayaking, jet-skiing, snorkeling, and many more. You can join a Sarangani beach tour that includes Gumasa Beach during your trip to this part of the Philippines.

16. Bitaog Beach, Dinagat Islands​​

Bitaog Beach is one of the best places to visit in Dinagat Islands, a group of islands in the northern tip of Mindanao. It’s a sight to behold with its white sandy shores, crystal clear waters, and rows of coconut trees. With its pristine beauty, it’s no wonder why Bitaog Beach is emerging as a top destination in Mindanao.​

Bitaog Beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. There is also an abundant number of rock formations and calcareous peaks that serve as the backdrop of its white sandy shores and are reminiscent of other paradise-like destinations in Palawan.

You’ll have to ride a boat to get to the beach, so it’s better to refrain from visiting during its rainy months, which is from November to June.

15. Malamawi Beach, Basilan

Malamawi Beach is an unspoiled white sand beach in Isabela City of Basilan, Mindanao. This off-the-beaten-path tourist spot is worth checking out because of its turquoise waters, stunning white sand, and uninhibited beauty.

Go for a walk, swim, snorkel, have a picnic, watch the sunset and more. There are beachfront cottages and small stalls selling food and other kinds of souvenirs. You can even rent kayaks if you want to try that water sport activity while in the area.​

14. Puka Beach, Boracay​

Another gorgeous beach found on the island of Boracay is Puka Beach. It is one of those quieter beach spots in Boracay compared to White Beach, which makes it ideal for those who are looking for a more peaceful tropical getaway.

It got its name from the abundance of crushed “puka” shells mixed with the fine white sand. The beach is roughly 800 meters long and doesn’t have hotels, resorts, and clubs like White Beach. Puka Beach is usually included in a sightseeing trip in Boracay.

13. Bonbon Beach, Romblon

Bonbon Beach is an idyllic beach paradise located in the archipelagic province of Romblon, found in between Luzon and Visayas. It is well-known for its long stretch of white sandbar extending up to 2 kilometers and connects to another island, Bang-og. The sandbar is visible during low tide and you can walk to Bang-og Island too!​

If you want to have a great time at this beach and enjoy its crystal clear waters and stretch of white sand to its full extent, make sure to visit either early in the morning or in the late afternoon. It’s best to avoid going there from June to October because of the rain/typhoon season.

12. Banol Beach, Coron, Palawan

Banol Beach, also called Banul Beach, is a sight to behold with its powdery white sand, aquamarine waters, and a towering wall of karst cliffs. Aside from swimming, you can also ride a kayak or chill by the nipa huts that line the beach.

Joining an island-hopping tour in Coron that includes Banol Beach is a must-try. You can also do an overnight Coron camping excursion that includes this beach.​

​​Don’t forget to bring your camera as it’s one of the most photogenic tourist spots in Coron! You will need to board a boat for the island hopping tour so avoid the rainy/typhoon season, usually in July to September. 

11. Paliton Beach, Siquijor

Paliton Beach is the most popular beach on the western side of Siquijor, a small island province in Central Visayas. Dubbed as the province’s “Mini Boracay”, this beach is famous for its immaculate turquoise waters, white sand, and vast coconut trees. Visiting this beach is worth it, even during peak season.​

Join a Siquijor island adventure to visit Paliton Beach aside from top attractions in the province. The stunning sunset is a must-see in Paliton Beach! The most convenient way to go to Paliton Beach is by riding a scooter or a tricycle. Although the beach rarely gets crowded, it’s best to avoid the wet season, from January to May.

10. Saud Beach, Pagudpud

Pagudpud, a coastal town in Ilocos region and a popular holiday destination in North Luzon, is famous for its windmills and lighthouses. But it’s also a popular destination for travelers because of Saud Beach.

Known for its calm waters and stunning sunset views, this idyllic beach has 2-kilometers of powdery white sand. Take photos as you wade around its waters with the scenic view of Pagudpud as the backdrop!

Make sure to visit this beautiful beach during your sightseeing trip in Pagudpud. Avoid the rainy/typhoon season usually around late May to October since waves are quite rough.

9. Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan​​

True to its name, Long Beach is the longest beach in the Philippines with 14.7 kilometers of powdery white sand. Located in San Vicente, Palawan, it is composed of four towns namely San Isidro, New Agutaya, Alimanguan, and Poblacion. It’s one of the top tourist spots in San Vicente.​

This beach is ideal for those who seek peace and tranquility as it’s unspoiled and uncrowded. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing in this piece of tropical paradise. If you’re still craving for more adventure in San Vicente, make sure to join Port Barton tours as well which is just a boat ride away.

8. Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental

Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental is not like your typical white sand beach, it’s also a skimboarding and surfing spot. It has a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand perfect for lounging for non-surfers and non-skimboarders. The stretch of white sand beach is also a sanctuary for sea turtles.

This underrated beach in Mati is one of the best in Davao Oriental and worth the 4-hour land trip from Davao City. Make sure to stop by at this piece of paradise aside from top Davao trips and experiences.​

7. Mahabang Buhangin Beach, Calaguas

If you ever wanted to visit an unspoiled beach with gorgeous views and turquoise waters, Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Tinaga Island of Calaguas Group of Islands, Camarines Norte is a must-visit. It’s a famous destination for campers and beach lovers due to its remarkable 2.5 kilometer stretch of white sand.​

You can spend a weekend here or join a Calaguas Island escapade. One of the best ways to enjoy this beach is to rent a cottage or pitch a tent and rediscover the meaning of tropical paradise by wading around its turquoise waters.

Going to Calaguas will require you to board a boat so it’s highly advisable to avoid planning a trip here during the rainy/typhoon season usually from June to October. 

6. Hidden Beach, El Nido, Palawan

Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan is best known for its white sand, azure waters, and towering karst formations that conceals its, thus the name. From your boat, you can swim or ride a kayak to get to the beach. It’s one of the major highlights in El Nido island hopping tour C package.

Although it’s far from the other popular islands and beaches, most travelers prefer to unwind at Hidden Beach since it’s not crowded. This means you have more opportunities to take great photos (or selfies!) with the scenic view as the backdrop.

Hidden Beach is one of the best attractions in the list of El Nido island-hopping experiences that you have to visit during your trip to the Philippines. Since you’ll be boarding a boat for the tour, avoid planning trips here during the rainy/typhoon season in El Nido, Palawan, usually around July to September. 

5. Malcapuya Beach, Coron​​, Palawan

Coron, Palawan is a popular Philippine destination because of its beautiful islands and beaches. One of the must-visit tourist spots in Coron island hopping tours is Malcapuya Beach, that you can go to by joining an excursion at Culion Island. It has 1.5-kilometer stretch of pristine white sand that could rival Boracay’s White Beach. ​

Aside from being a great swimming spot, it’s one of the best places to snorkel and dive. It’s teeming with marine life and colorful corals. Drink straight from a coconut as you stroll around the beach lined with palm trees.

Make sure to take photos as well as it’s one of those picturesque beaches that deserve a spot on your photo album. Island hopping tours will require you to board a boat so avoid going here during the rainy/typhoon season, usually in July to September. 

4. Kota Beach, Bantayan Island​​, Cebu

Kota Beach is one of the most stunning beaches in Bantayan Island, Cebu and features crystal clear waters, powdery white sand, and a sandbar that appears during low tide. Bantayan Island is located on the Northwest Coast of Cebu and boasts fine white sand beaches without the big resorts and commercial establishments like Boracay’s White Beach. ​

Bantayan Island is a perfect destination among travelers who want a laid back atmosphere and are looking for new experiences in Cebu. Avoid the months of June to September, the wettest months in Bantayan Island, since you need to board a ferry to get here from the main island of Cebu. 

3. Alona Beach, Bohol

Along with its world-class diving sites, Panglao Island tours in Bohol are also famous for white-sand beaches. Alona Beach, which is named after a famous actress during the ‘70’s, is a 1.5 kilometer stretch of white sand is one of the most well-known tourist spots in Bohol aside from the Chocolate Hills.

Aside from lounging on the beach, you can try fun Alona Beach activities like the banana boat ride, UFO ride, parasailing activity, and join island-hopping tours to nearby islets and islands. Like Boracay’s White Beach, Alona Beach can get crowded during the summer season since it’s a popular destination. Go here during the lean months of January to March and June to July to avoid the crowd. 

2. Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan

Nacpan Beach is a 4-kilometer stretch of white sand in El NidoPalawan, about 45 minutes’ drive from the town center. It’s also part of the Twin Beaches along with Calitang Beach, adjacent to Nacpan Beach. Nacpan Beach is considered by many as the real hidden gem of El Nido due to being uncrowded and untouched by mass tourism. 

You can spend a lazy day here just swimming, sunbathing, or hiking to the hill where you can see the view of the Twin Beaches. This is why Nacpan beach tours are massively popular among local and international travelers. You must try a Nacpan Beach inland excursion in El Nido aside from island-hopping experiences. ​

There are also plenty of other beaches in El Nido worth exploring if you have more time. Going here during the rainy season in El Nido, usually June to November, can be tricky because of the muddy roads that you have to pass through to get to Nacpan Beach.

1. White Beach, Boracay

White Beach offers a 4-kilometer long stretch of powdery white sand and is the most popular beach and the main attraction in the famous island of Boracay. White Beach and other beaches in Boracay are not only considered as one of the best in the Philippines but are also hailed as the best in the world by several international travel publications.

The best way to experience the beach to the fullest is by trying out White Beach activities like the banana boat ride, parasailing tour, paraw sailing tour, paddleboarding tour, helmet diving tour, jet ski experience, wakeboarding activity, and speedboat riding. You can also just lounge by the white sand and watch the famous Boracay sunset or join a sunset yacht cruise tour.

You can join Boracay island-hopping tours to explore the islets and snorkeling spots around the island. If you want to avoid the crowds, go here during the lean season from January to March and June to July. Typhoons usually fall on August to October.

Best Restaurants in Manila: 26 Places To Eat & Drink

Featured Content by Travelling Foodie

October 9, 2019

Being the capital of the Philippines, Manila’s food scene is emerging as the hub for food lovers from around the world with over 22,000 restaurants. With this many options, it’s hard to decide where to eat in Manila. In this food guide, we’ve broken down some of the best restaurants in Manila!

One thing I love about being a travelling foodie is learning about a destination’s culture through its food. Besides being a city with rich heritage, Manila has a unique food culture that awes the foodies.

When you visit the Philippines, you’ll quickly realize that Filipinos love to eat! It’s just part of the culture, which is why Manila has a plethora of restaurants that offer diverse world cuisines…

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BRING HOME A FRIEND PROGRAM LAUNCHING IN CANADA

The Philippine Department of Tourism San Francisco, together with the Philippine Consulate General Vancouver, kicked off its Bring Home A Friend (BHAF) Program in Vancouver on November 4, 2017 at The Coast Coal Harbor Hotel in Vancouver. PDOT-San Francisco Tourism Attaché Purificacion Suanding-Molintas explained the mechanics on how to join the program to an audience … Continue reading “BRING HOME A FRIEND PROGRAM LAUNCHING IN CANADA”

The Philippine Department of Tourism San Francisco, together with the Philippine Consulate General Vancouver, kicked off its Bring Home A Friend (BHAF) Program in Vancouver on November 4, 2017 at The Coast Coal Harbor Hotel in Vancouver.

PDOT-San Francisco Tourism Attaché Purificacion Suanding-Molintas explained the mechanics on how to join the program to an audience of Filipino-Canadian community/association leaders, influencers, and members of the media.

During her message she also debuted the Bring Home a Friend Music Video by DOT’s newest Tourism Ambassador Piolo Pascual. Consul General Neil Frank R. Ferrer urged guests to invite their friends and spread the word of the Bring Home a Friend project.

BHAF is a referral incentive program that aims to encourage both Filipinos abroad and expatriates living in the Philippines to invite their international friends to come and visit the country. This program will run from October 15, 2017 to April 15, 2018.

To join, the sponsor can register online at bringhomeafriend.online and invite his/her friends through the website. A sponsor must be 18 years of age and above, a Filipino dual citizen living in the Philippines or abroad as residents or overseas contract workers, or a foreigner (expatriate) living in the Philippines permanently or temporarily for a minimum of six months prior to the program period. An invitee can be anyone holding a foreign passport or dual citizenship living abroad for a minimum of six months prior to the program period and has traveled to the Philippines during the specified program period.

Three (3) sponsors and their invitees will be selected to win through an electronic raffle draw in April 2018. Sponsors have a chance to win a Le Grand condominium unit in Eastwood, Philippines, or a brand-new Toyota Vios, Duty Free gift certificate worth 200,000 pesos (approx. 3,800-4000 USD). Invitees can win two roundtrip tickets 6-days/5-nights’ accommodation in Palawan, two roundtrip tickets 5-days/4-nights’ accommodation in Cebu, or two roundtrip tickets 5-days/4-nights’ accommodation in Davao.

To register as a sponsor, go to bringhomeafriend.online .

For more details, visit philippinetourismusa.com .

Like, follow, and support the official BHAF social media accounts:

Facebook: bringhomeafriendPH

Twitter: bringhomePH

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Email: bringhomeafriend@tourism.gov.ph

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(L-R) PDOT San Francisco’s Administrative Officer Alessa Lopez, PCG Vancouver’s Cultural Officer Jo Nacisvalencia and Consul Charmaine Guevara, together with Philippine Airlines Aileen Gabat and Country Manager Allan Coo.
Left photo: Consul General Neil Ferrer welcomes guests to the launch of Bring-Home-A-Friend Program at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver on November 4. Right photo: Guests await the launch of BHAF. (Photo by Vancouver PCG)
Left photo: Consul General Neil Ferrer welcomes guests to the launch of Bring-Home-A-Friend Program at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver on November 4. Right photo: Guests await the launch of BHAF. (Photo by Vancouver PCG)

BRING HOME A FRIEND PROGRAM LAUNCHING IN SAN FRANCISCO

The Philippine Department of Tourism, together with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, kicked off its Bring Home A Friend (BHAF) Program with two events in October 2017. The soft launching event held during the Undiscovered SF Creative Night Market on October 20, 2017 attracted a millennial audience along with travel and media partners. … Continue reading “BRING HOME A FRIEND PROGRAM LAUNCHING IN SAN FRANCISCO”

The Philippine Department of Tourism, together with the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco, kicked off its Bring Home A Friend (BHAF) Program with two events in October 2017.

The soft launching event held during the Undiscovered SF Creative Night Market on October 20, 2017 attracted a millennial audience along with travel and media partners. Night Market attendees at the SOMA Pilipinas cultural district enjoyed night of Filipino-inspired music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, and cuisines with a San Francisco twist.

The program was officially launched on October 27, 2017 at the Philippine Center Building in San Francisco, CA. PDOT-San Francisco Tourism Attaché Purificacion Suanding-Molintas enticed and explained the mechanics on how to join the program to an audience of Filipino-American community/association leaders and influencers, airline representatives, tour operators, and members of the media. PDOT Undersecretary Katherine De Castro shared a brief message urging them to invite their friends and debuted the Bring Home a Friend Music Video by DOT’s newest Tourism Ambassador Piolo Pascual.

BHAF is a referral incentive program that aims to encourage both Filipinos abroad and expatriates living in the Philippines to invite their international friends to come and visit the country. This program will run from October 15, 2017 to April 15, 2018.

To join, the sponsor can register online at bringhomeafriend.online and invite his/her friends through the website. A sponsor must be 18 years of age and above, a Filipino dual citizen living in the Philippines or abroad as residents or overseas contract workers, or a foreigner (expatriate) living in the Philippines permanently or temporarily for a minimum of six months prior to the program period. An invitee can be anyone holding a foreign passport or dual citizenship living abroad for a minimum of six months prior to the program period and has traveled to the Philippines during the specified program period.

Three (3) sponsors and their invitees will be selected to win through an electronic raffle draw in April 2018. Sponsors have a chance to win a Le Grand condominium unit in Eastwood, Philippines, or a brand-new Toyota Vios, Duty Free gift certificate worth 200,000 pesos (approx. 3,800-4000 USD). Invitees can win two roundtrip tickets 6-days/5-nights accommodation in Palawan, two roundtrip tickets 5-days/4-nights accommodation in Cebu, or two roundtrip tickets 5-days/4-nights accommodation in Davao.

To register as a sponsor, go to bringhomeafriend.online .

For more details, visit philippinetourismusa.com .

Like, follow, and support the official BHAF social media accounts:

Facebook: bringhomeafriendPH

Twitter: bringhomePH

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Email: bringhomeafriend@tourism.gov.ph

Hashtag: #BHAF2 #bringhomeafriend

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Travel partners enjoying a lively Filipino cultural performance at the BHAF Program Launch Event in San Francisco on October 27, 2017.

BHAF PROMOTION IN NaFFAA’S 2018 LEADERSHIP SUMMIT IN SAN FRANCISCO

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) promoted the Bring Home a Friend (BHAF) Program during The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) 2018 Leadership Summit at the Philippine Center Building in San Francisco, CA on January 26, 2018. PDOT-San Francisco Tourism Operations Officer Alessa Lopez explained the mechanics of the BHAF Program to more … Continue reading “BHAF PROMOTION IN NaFFAA’S 2018 LEADERSHIP SUMMIT IN SAN FRANCISCO”

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) promoted the Bring Home a Friend (BHAF) Program during The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) 2018 Leadership Summit at the Philippine Center Building in San Francisco, CA on January 26, 2018.

PDOT-San Francisco Tourism Operations Officer Alessa Lopez explained the mechanics of the BHAF Program to more than 100 Filipino American leaders who flew in from all over the United States to celebrate NaFFAA’s 20th anniversary and to showcase their vision of unity and empowerment for the younger generations.

BHAF is a referral incentive project that aims to encourage both Filipinos abroad and expatriates living in the Philippines to invite their international friends to come and visit. This program will run from October 15, 2017, to April 15, 2018.

To join, the sponsor can register online at bringhomeafriend.online and invite his/her friends through the website. A sponsor must be 18 years of age and above, a Filipino dual citizen living in the Philippines or abroad as residents or overseas contract workers, or a foreigner (expatriate) living in the Philippines permanently or temporarily for a minimum of six months prior to the program period. An invitee can be anyone holding a foreign passport or dual citizenship living abroad for a minimum of six months prior to the program period and has traveled to the Philippines during the specified program period.

Three (3) sponsors and their invitees will be selected to win through an electronic raffle draw in April 2018. Sponsors have a chance to win a Le Grand condominium unit in Eastwood, Philippines, or a brand-new Toyota Vios, Duty-Free gift certificate worth 200,000 pesos (approx. 3,800-4,000 USD). Invitees can win two roundtrip tickets 6-days/5-nights’ accommodations in Palawan, two roundtrip tickets 5-days/4-nights’ accommodation in Cebu, or two roundtrip tickets 5-days/4-nights’ accommodation in Davao.

To register as a sponsor, go to bringhomeafriend.online  
For more details, visit philippinetourismusa.com

Like, follow, and support the official BHAF social media accounts:
Facebook: BringHomeAFriendPH
Twitter: bringhomeph
Instagram: bringhomeafriendph
Email: bringhomeafriend@tourism.gov.ph
Hashtag: #BHAF2 #bringhomeafriend

Consul General Henry Bensurto Jr. expressing welcome remarks to Filipino American Leaders during the NaFFAA 2018 Leadership Summit at the Philippine Center Building in San Francisco on January 26, 2018.
PDOTSF Tourism Operations Officer Alessa Lopez enticing the crowd about the BHAF Program during the NaFFAA 2018 Leadership Summit at the Philippine Center Building in San Francisco on January 26, 2018.

Philippine Adult Chemistry Nightlife Event at the California Academy of Sciences

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) of San Francisco participated at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) Nightlife in San Francisco on February 22, 2018, where the Adult Chemistry theme featured a series of Philippine Lambanog drinks and Philippine cuisine attendees enjoyed all night long. PDOT-San Francisco’s resource speaker was Infanta Lambanog, a US distributor … Continue reading “Philippine Adult Chemistry Nightlife Event at the California Academy of Sciences”

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) of San Francisco participated at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) Nightlife in San Francisco on February 22, 2018, where the Adult Chemistry theme featured a series of Philippine Lambanog drinks and Philippine cuisine attendees enjoyed all night long.

PDOT-San Francisco’s resource speaker was Infanta Lambanog, a US distributor for Philippine Lambanog. Event goers enjoyed a Philippine Weng Weng and Mestizo cocktails as well as sampling them straight. Philippine cuisine such as Lechon (roasted pig), Garlic Noodles, Fried Green Beans, and Lumpia was also served.

Infanta Lambanog presented twice about Philippine Lambanog; the tourism destinations where they are produced (Quezon and Batangas), history, and the step by step process on how it is made (Harvesting, Fermentation, Distillation). They also touched on the sustainability of coconut plantations as well as what other products are produced through coconuts.

Located by the stairs leading down to the Philippine Coral Reef Tank, the Philippine Tourism Table distributed promotional giveaways through a prize wheel and information about Philippine destinations.

CAS researchers spoke about restoration and conservation efforts for Philippine coral reefs in the African Hall. Specimens collected from their trips were also displayed in the Project Lab and by the Swamp areas for event goers to observe up close.

CAS is a natural history museum that houses one of the world’s deepest living coral reef tanks; the 212,000 gallon Philippine Coral Reef Tank. CAS sends their research teams on expeditions to the Philippines to learn more about the center of the center of marine biodiversity and give efforts for restoration.

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PDOT-San Francisco Team Alessa Lopez, Nadine Tanjuakio and Renz Katigbak with Infanta Lambanog CEO Randy Ramiro and Joanne Boston from Filipino Food Movement at the California Academy of Sciences Nightlife Event on February 22, 2018.
Infanta Lambanog CEO Randy Ramiro during his Adult Chemistry Presentation at the California Academy of Sciences Nightlife Event on February 22, 2018
PDOT-San Francisco team Alessa Lopez and Nadine Tanjuakio engaging event goers to spin the wheel for promotional giveaways and answering inquiries about Philippine destinations.
Adult Chemistry Menu featured Philippine Lambanog cocktails and Philippine cuisine at the California Academy of Sciences Nightlife Event on February 22, 2018

Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show 2018

(Santa Clara, California) The Philippine Department of Tourism San Francisco sponsored a booth and participated in the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center on February 17 -18, 2018. A total of 21,312 people attended this year’s travel show.    Philippine Travel Suppliers and Experts such as Philippine Airlines, Rajah … Continue reading “Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show 2018”

(Santa Clara, California) The Philippine Department of Tourism San Francisco sponsored a booth and participated in the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center on February 17 -18, 2018. A total of 21,312 people attended this year’s travel show.   

Philippine Travel Suppliers and Experts such as Philippine Airlines, Rajah Tours, Mango Tours, NRT Tours Centre, and Pacific Air Leisure enjoined in promoting and selling the Philippines to the thousands of travelers and information seekers during the event.

The Philippine booth highlighted leisure and cultural tourism through the backdrop display of Panglao Island, Bohol, and Intramuros, Manila. To increase brand and destination awareness, brochures, flyers, and promotional giveaways were distributed to event attendees. The booth also promoted the ongoing Bring Home a Friend Campaign and the upcoming 12th Ambassadors Tour to the Philippines from July 9 to 15, 2018, featuring the famous destinations of Cebu and Bohol. The raffle-draw of a free Philippine Airline ticket also drew attention to the booth.

The Travel & Adventure Show is the longest-running series of travel shows conducted in the Top 8 Feeder Markets in the United States, namely: San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. These travel shows have become USA’s most noted travel events for marketers wishing to reach consumers and travel agents.

PDOT-San Francisco with the Philippine Travel Experts, from left to right: Ms. Esther Briones (Rajah Tours), Ms. Alejandra Clemente (Rajah Tours), Ms. Lyn Abad (Pacific Air Leisure), Mr. Paolo Gatmaitan (Philippine Airlines), Ms. Nadine Tanjuakio (PDOT-SF ), Ms Nonette, Roldan (NRT Tours Centre), Ms. Lina Jose (NRT Tours Centre), and Mr. Renz Katigbak (PDOT-SF)
Inquiries from the mainstream market during on the first day of the show
Non-stop inquiries, promo materials distribution and sign-ups at the Philippine tourism booth during the second day of the show

Plan Your Destination Wedding in the Philippines

After getting engaged, many brides get lost in a flurry of tasks: choosing colors, finding the dress, picking out decorations, and what seems like a thousand other things. One of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding is finding the right place for your nuptials. With the average ceremony and reception cost in the … Continue reading “Plan Your Destination Wedding in the Philippines”

After getting engaged, many brides get lost in a flurry of tasks: choosing colors, finding the dress, picking out decorations, and what seems like a thousand other things. One of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding is finding the right place for your nuptials. With the average ceremony and reception cost in the United States reaching $15,163, it is no wonder that the venue takes a toll on a couple trying to find the perfect setting at a reasonable cost.

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Although the money-savvy couple can find venues in the U.S. for a modest amount, they are often lacking extras – like seating, food, and decorations – which the couple must furnish themselves or pay extra for the venue to provide. This can leave many couples dreaming of a destination wedding instead. If this echoes your struggle and you’re wondering where in the world to get married, let us recommend some of our favorite places for Filipino nuptials. From the beachy keen couple to those who imagine heart-stopping heights, we have locations for every type of bride!

Eco-Conscious Bride

The Philippines is full of eco-conscious and eco-friendly spaces. Whether you want the whole experience in one of the many eco-friendly resorts or if you want a simple elopement on a breathtaking protected beach, you are sure to find a place that meets both your vision and environmental ethics. Here’s just a quick sample of the exquisite locations you can find.

Pangulasian Island – El Nido Resort (Palawan)

El Nido owns a group of sustainable resorts that focus on a variety of experiences. Their Pangulasian Island Resort offers the most services, including a coordinator on site who can assist you in planning the wedding of your dreams. In addition to promoting responsible tourism, their entire staff continually undergoes training on conservation, environmental ethics, and waste management.

Amorita Resort – Bohol

As a recipient of the ASEAN Green Hotel Award and Condé Nast Johansens’ 2017 “Best for Service” Award, Amorita strives to make sure every guest experiences world-class comforts without compromising sustainable practices. They work to protect and preserve the surrounding natural environment, which doubles as picturesque scenery for your destination union.

Fundacion Pacita – Batanes

Maybe the beach or exclusive resort isn’t your style. For those who prefer to get married in a more harmonious setting, with a dramatic volcano rising above you, Fundacion Pacita is waiting for you. Their staff will strive to make sure you cherish your day, from the farm-fresh food to the awe-inspiring views.

 

Beach Bride

If you prefer to get married with the sand between your toes and a rose gold sunset creating a magnificent backdrop for your vows, we have plentiful beaches for you. Let’s face it: nothing says romantic wedding like a sandy paradise.

Kandaya Resort – Cebu

Kandaya has a pristine white, sandy beach nestled beside a lush landscape. With luxury accommodations and exquisite sunsets, it is easy to see why so many couples choose Kandaya to exchange their vows.

Bellarocca Island Resort – Marinduque

Have you imagined getting married in a Grecian paradise, but want a non-traditional spin? Look no further than Bellarocca, situated on a tiny island off the coast of Buenavista. Book a breathtaking cliffside villa, with infinity pools that seemingly stretch into the space between sea and sky, and you have a perfect escape for both your ceremony and honeymoon.

Crimson Hotel – Cebu

If you want relaxed nuptials on the beach followed by a toast in the sea, the Crimson Hotel in Cebu is for you. This resort will help take care of everything, plus their stunning location will make the perfect backdrop for memories you will treasure for years to come.

Perfect cone Mount Mayon in the Philippines
Perfect cone Mount Mayon in the Philippines

Adventurous Bride

Maybe you want to find a scenic setting off the beaten path. These locales are not for the faint of heart or large groups. If your dream destination wedding involves a beautiful landscape that is out of this world, the next three places are calling you by name.

Mount Pulag – Kabayan, Benguet

Mount Pulag, the Philippines second highest peak, creates an unreal atmosphere above the clouds. You will have to work for the view as it requires a six-hour hike to the top. However, once you get there, the panorama of the Milky Way and the blanket of clouds below creates a backdrop of galactic proportions.

Daraga, Mount Mayon – Albay

This area was recently made famous by the incredible photos taken while Mount Mayon erupted in the background. With an array of venues for the ceremony, you are sure to find the perfect spot. Then you can capture the active volcano in your couple shots, showcasing how explosive your love is for each other. You will need to keep in mind that flexibility is key in this location; since the volcano is active, you may have to delay your wedding if evacuations are in place.

Sila Island – Northern Samar

Sila Island boasts one of the only pink sand beaches in the Philippines. As such, rose gold fanatics can find the perfect spot here, especially if they can catch the golden rays of the sunset hitting the dusty pink beaches. Traveling to Sila Island is not easy, however, as it takes almost every mode of transportation to arrive on its blushing shores. The long travel is worth it as the lack of accessibility means that it is one of the least crowded and tranquil islands the Philippines offers.

Foodie Bride

The Philippines is full of fantastic and cheap local cuisine. For very little money, you can feed your entire reception with a scrumptious feast. Below are some of our favorite regional treats and where you can find them!

Lechón – Cebu

Lechón is a whole pig slowly roasted and basted above a fire pit over the course of several hours. The result is beautifully tender meat with a crispy, flavorful skin that will delight your taste buds. Cebu is known for having the best lechón, but don’t just take our word for it! Even celebrities like Anthony Bourdain had said Cebu lechón is the “best pig ever.” Filipinos typically serve the dish on special occasions, so it is a perfect meal to accompany your reception. Check out favorites, like Rico’s and House of Lechón, or ask your venue to contact their favorite lechón maker.

Adobo – Manila

Many consider adobo the national dish of the Philippines, so you cannot miss it as you plan your nuptials! The best adobo is found in Manila, which is perfect for the bride who still wants the glamor of the city. Adobo refers to the vinegar based marinade and slow cooking method and can be made with pork, chicken, or vegetables. That means no matter what your guests’ tastes are, they can find a way to enjoy this traditional cuisine. Order some lumpias with the adobo and you have a perfect dinner for the occasion.

Traditional Desserts

Since you are planning a destination wedding, you can forgo the traditional wedding cake if you want. You might try out the heavenly local sweets and create a dessert table for your guests to enjoy. Add succulent seasonal fruit to the table and you will have a dazzling array of confections to satisfy everyone. Our favorites are halo-halo, palitaw, puto, leche flan, silvana, sans rival, turon, and maja blanca. If you are unsure of what you might want, spend a day checking out the neighborhood bakeries and pastry shops to find what you love. If you still want a traditional cake, don’t worry! There are plenty of amazing bakers who can create the stunning (and scrumptious) cake you desire.

Weddings…It’s More Fun in the Philippines

Now that you have a handful of places to choose from, we hope you have found the perfect location for your destination wedding. You will find that your wedding is more fun than you could have imagined if you choose to have it in the Philippines.

UP CULTURAL SUMMER CAMP STUDENTS VISIT SAN FRANCISCO PCG

26/07/2017: UP CULTURAL SUMMER CAMP STUDENTS VISIT SAN FRANCISCO PCG “Magandang hapon,” chorused 30 voices who have been undergoing the University of the Philippines Alumni Association’s Cultural Summer Camp, eager to show off the Filipino phrases they have learned from their teachers. As part of the Consulate’s movement to Spark*Connect*Empower* the Filipino-American Community, it organized … Continue reading “UP CULTURAL SUMMER CAMP STUDENTS VISIT SAN FRANCISCO PCG”

26/07/2017: UP CULTURAL SUMMER CAMP STUDENTS VISIT SAN FRANCISCO PCG

“Magandang hapon,” chorused 30 voices who have been undergoing the University of the Philippines Alumni Association’s Cultural Summer Camp, eager to show off the Filipino phrases they have learned from their teachers.

As part of the Consulate’s movement to Spark*Connect*Empower* the Filipino-American Community, it organized an event for the University of the Philippines Alumni Association’s Filipino Cultural Summer Camp students at the Philippine Center on Tuesday, 25 July 2017, to educate them about the Philippine Consulate’s and partner agencies’ functions as a government agency based abroad.

The campers, with ages ranging from as young as 6 to 14 years of age, and are third-generation Filipino-Americans and have been learning Philippine history, music, arts, dance, cuisine, literature, and basic Filipino.

Deputy Consul General Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon welcomed the campers to the Consulate, informing them that his son was in the first batch of of the Cultural Summer Camp.  He proceeded to entertain the children with a yoyo exhibition, saying that the yoyo was popularized in 1929 by Filipino immigrant to the United States Pedro Flores.

Consul Carlyn A. Monastrial gave a presentation on the functions of the Philippine Consulate General, explaining that it is guided by the three pillars of foreign policy, namely political security, economic security, and assistance to nationals.  She added that the Consulate aims to reach out to the Filipino-American Community by providing platforms where the latter may be immersed in Philippine culture and heritage.  She led them on a tour of the Center, passing through the 2nd floor which houses the information section of the Consulate and the attached agencies; the Philippine Folklife Museum on the 5th floor, and the consular section on the 6th floor.

Tourism Office’s Alessa Lopez made a presentation on the functions of the Tourism Office, leading them through an interactive presentation that allowed the kids to win prizes for answering trivia about the Philippines.

A lunch of Jollibee chicken and spaghetti were provided to the campers and teachers, to familiarize the third-generation Filipino-Americans with the Filipino palate.  Ms Ana Segovia, the head instructor of the Summer Camp, informed that Consulate that it was the grandparents of the children who enrolled them in the Camp in their desire to ensure that kids are familiar with their roots, culture and heritage.  This is the first time that the Camp has targeted Filipino-American youth in the South Bay, providing the much-needed connection to their Filipino heritage.

In appreciation for the Consulate’s hospitality, the kids sang “Pen Pen de Sarapen”, a Filipino folk song that they learned in their classes.  They also wrote notes of support for Filipino soldiers in the frontlines, after they were informed of the insurgency going on in Marawi City. The children were given Philippine flaglets and magnets as a souvenir from the Consulate.  END

UNWTO Guests Discover Paradise Islands

MEDIA RELEASE25 June 2017 UNWTO Guests Discover Paradise Islands HOST Philippines has showcased its sustainable and inclusive tourism program, treating a group of participants during the four-day United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference to a glimpse of some the country’s paradise-like island destinations. Following the spectacular opening of UNWTO’s 6th International Conference on Sustainable … Continue reading “UNWTO Guests Discover Paradise Islands”

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UNWTO Guests Discover Paradise Islands

HOST Philippines has showcased its sustainable and inclusive tourism program, treating a group of participants during the four-day United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference to a glimpse of some the country’s paradise-like island destinations.

Following the spectacular opening of UNWTO’s 6th International Conference on Sustainable Tourism for Development in Manila, the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) flew some 50 guests, including 12 diplomats and tourism ministers, to the Balesin Island in Quezon province.

A festive welcome at Balesin Island greeted the entourage headed by DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and special guests, including UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai, after a 20-minute flight from Manila Domestic Airport.

“On behalf of Alphaland and the people of Quezon province, I welcome you to paradise. Always remember that, with Filipinos, you are family,” said Teo.

Filipino singers and dancers performed while ushers donned the guests with exotic flower leis at the arrival area of the private airport that features a built-in rainwater-catchment and filtration system that sustains the island’s water supply.

Alphaland Corporation, developer and operator of Balesin Island’s exclusive membership resort club, treated the group to sumptuous meals of Filipino dishes made from the island’s farm produce, and day-long tour of the diversely-themed villas, vineyard, fish and crab farm, irrigation system, and then a yacht cruise around the scenic 500-hectare island’s coastline.

The authentic overall Filipiniana theme and the international motif of the villas were envisioned by business tycoon Roberto Ongpin, said Alphaland president Anna Bettina Ongpin.

“This indeed is paradise, a complete tourist experience for a lasting memory,” said Rifai, who surprised the crowd at one point of the tour when he got down on one knee and proposed to his wife, Nisrine, for a renewal of their marital vows. They have five children.

“There is no better place for me to do so than this authentically romantic island paradise which captures the Filipiness,” Rifai went on to say.

The UNWTO head, lauded Alphaland’s success as model of sustainable and inclusive tourism program, which provides hundreds of on and off island jobs to Filipinos, including members of the Ifugao tribe from Mountain Province employed to make handcrafted décor and furniture of the resort.The company operates another self-sustaining eco-agri park resort in Baguio City, Mountain Province.

As one of the sponsors of last week’s UNWTO conference, Alphaland Corporation handed to Rifai a donation of € 10,000 or PHP560,000 to UNWTO program for sustainable tourism.

After visiting Balesin Island’s ecological and agricultural engineering masterpiece, the entourage proceeded to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan for a glimpse of the Puerto Princesa Underground River.

The 8.2 kilometer-long subterrainean river, a protected national park accessible only a canoe ride, is listed among the World Heritage Sites and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The UNWTO delegates agreed that Palawan’s natural beauty, including its diversely-rich marine resources, must be preserved.

They visited the indigenous community of Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan and planted mangrove seedlings, where they engaged in a lively interaction with the community stakeholders, including native tour guides, souvenir makers, and boatmen.

At the alluring Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, Teo and Rifai were joined by DOT Undersecretary Rolando Cañizal, UNWTO director for Asia-Pacific Xu Jing, Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, and Puerto Princesa City councilor and chairman of tourism committee Matthew Mendoza at a media briefing.

Teo disclosed that DOT will earmark five million pesos for various training for tourism stakeholder in the Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan region.

“Every country in the world can say ‘we have beautiful beaches, mountains, sceneries’ but nobody can say ‘we have the Filipinos’, except you. The best thing about the Philippines is simply the Filipinos,” Rifai claimed.

The UNWTO delegation capped the day with the ribbon cutting ceremony of the World’s Best Island Travel Expo 2017 at Robinson’s Place Palawan, a three-day tourism expo riding the numerous accolades and recognition of the renowned island paradise.

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Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo (center), UNWTO Sec Gen Dr. Taleb Rifai lead the ceremonial planting of tourism ministers and members of the LGU held right outside the Puerto Princesa Underground River Park. Also in photo is DOT Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre (last row).
Clockwise: Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and UNWTO SecGen Dr. Taleb Rifai speak before other tourism ministers and members of the LGU at the Puerto Princesa Underground River Park.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo (center), UNWTO SecGen Dr Taleb Rifai (third from right) with other tourism ministers, member of the LGU, DOT Undersecretary Rolando Canizal (second from left), and Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre (extreme left).
Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo (center), UNWTO Sec Gen Dr Taleb Rifai with other tourism ministers, DOT Undersecretary Rolando Canizal (partly hidden, extreme left), Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre (partly hidden, second from left), Undersecretary Katherine de Castro (second from right, partly hidden), Director Czarina Loyola (extreme right) arrive at Balesin Resort

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Explore Islands Philippines Business and Tourism Expo

May 9-12, 2018 | Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal This expo will feature the best of the Philippines – from the beauty of its 7,641 islands to its dynamic, growing economy, the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage as a cornerstone of its development. The event will provide an ideal platform for direct networking and business in … Continue reading “Explore Islands Philippines Business and Tourism Expo”

May 9-12, 2018 | Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal

This expo will feature the best of the Philippines – from the beauty of its 7,641 islands to its dynamic, growing economy, the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage as a cornerstone of its development.

The event will provide an ideal platform for direct networking and business in the fields of banking, infrastructure, energy, manufacturing among others

Don’t Let Hurricanes Delay Your Vacation: Come to the Philippines

Your bags aren’t packed yet, but your boss already approved your vacation time, right? Even if Hurricane Irma didn’t care about your vacation destination, your much-needed vacation shouldn’t have to be postponed.

Hurricanes and tropical storms are devastating bringing destruction and grief to many island destinations. We are optimistic that the Caribbean Islands will rebuild better than ever. In the meantime, the Philippines can offer you all the amenities and similar exciting attractions for a vacation you’ll never forget.

Beautiful Diving Destinations

With new resorts and diving tours popping up across the islands, the Philippines is a perfect destination for both beginners and experienced divers. Filipinos have a history of helping divers experience the underwater beauty of the Philippines through Scuba Diving since 1966. Pick your favorite spot and get to diving today!

Shipwreck exploration in Coron

Below the surface, there are several sunken  Japanese warships leftover from World War II when the U.S. Navy attacked on September 24, 1944. The ships serve as a host to marine life and are a unique memorial from the war. You can visit the ocean floor to see the damage done to the ships by the 96 American planes, preserved by their home at the bottom of the sea and only available to SCUBA divers.

Hole in the Wall at Puerto Galera

At slack tide, this is a a perfect diving spot for inexperienced divers. Sitting at a depth of only 40 feet, thousands of divers have visited this big rock with a hole only large enough for one person to fit through. You’ll have a good chance of seeing snappers, scorpion fish, and turtles. Also, you’ll be hypnotized by the different soft corals, gorgonian fans, and sponges.

Apo Island Diving

There are dives sites circling Apo Island which offer beautiful seascapes and tons of marine life. The Apo Island Marine Sanctuary and Protected Seascape has been under rehabilitation and is currently prohibited from diving, however, you’ll still be blown away by diving at Coconut Point, Chapel’s Point, Rock Point, and Mamsa Point. Reef sharks, jacks, barracudas, Vlaming Unicornfish, tuna, snappers, eels and many more types of fish can be seen.

Sweet Surfing Spots

Peak surfing season happens in the Philippines September through March. However, in some areas, it is said to be possible to surf all year long.

Cloud 9 on Siargao Island
Often the first place Filipinos mention when asked where to go surfing, Cloud 9 landed in the No. 9 spot on the CNN Travel blog, “World’s 50 Best Surf Spots.” This is one spot surfers can catch a great wave all year long and is dubbed the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines”. Each year, surfers from around the globe meet in Siargao for the annual Siargao Cup, a surfing competition sponsored by the Surigao del Norte provincial government.

Charlie’s Point near Baler, Aurora

The movie Apocalypse Now changed life forever for the once-small fishing village of Baler. During filming in 1979, local Filipinos watched as the beach became scenes from the Vietnam war. They also watched the actors surfing, and when the actors left their boards, the locals taught themselves to surf. Each year, tourism grows at Charlie’s Point and the locals will gladly show you where the movie was filmed, teach you to surf, or join you in the waves.

Bagasbas Beach in Daet, Camarines Norte

Bagasbas Beach is known for being both long and wide with fine sand. The Pacific Ocean provides big waves that are known to become barrel waves between July and November. Waves break both to the right and left, providing a good learning spot for inexperienced surfers. The sandy bottom below the waves also helps beginners keep from scraping themselves up as they learn to surf.

Wildlife Swimming Companions

Have you ever wanted to swim with dolphins? Have you dreamed about a dive with sea lions and sea turtles? You can do it all in the Philippines!

Swim with the Sharks in Oslob

The largest fish in the world, the whale shark, can be seen in the water at Oslob, Cebu. Tourists gather along the beach and catch boats out into the water to get a closer view. Those who have paid to swim with the sharks must remove all sunscreen and agree to stay at least four feet from the sharks. There are fines for anyone who touches the beautifully-massive creatures. From 6 a.m. until noon, groups of people called “feeders” drop krill, small fish, and sea plants to keep the whale sharks in the area. You can set up tours and even combine the experience with a trip to the turquoise pools at Tumalog Falls.

Experience an Animal Encounter at Ocean Adventure
In just one place, you can swim with sea lions and dolphins or dive with sea turtles, blacktip reef sharks, and giant jackfish. At Ocean Adventure, you can even get a fish spa pedicure where live fish tickle your feet as they nibble away all the dead skin. You can tailor each part of your day to fulfill your every expectation. Spend the day as an animal trainer, see the shows, and even dine by the bay.

Unique Catches for Fisherman

With more than 2,000 species of fish living in or around the islands of the Philippines, there is no shortage of places to fish. You can hire guided tours and boats, which also have rental fishing equipment. Take your chance at fishing for a record in the Philippines.

Go sport fishing in Cagayan

Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes in Cagayan. While you can productive fishing all year, the best times to catch fish are from March to June. During that time you can find fishing tournaments, or arrange for your trip to avoid the tournaments if you don’t want to fish with a crowd.

Fish for Largemouth Bass

Both Lake Lumot and Caliraya Lake on the island of Luzon are known for their bass fishing. Even though the American Largemouth Bass is not native to these waters, they thrive there. You might even be able to find bass larger than 10 pounds!

See How It’s Made

Spend more time getting to know the people of the Philippines and how they live through tours of local farms. Experience a day in the life on a Filipino farm and you’ll find something delicious to take home with you.

La Huerta de Rosario – Baao, Camarines Sur

La Huerta de Rosario is a privately-owned farm and tourist stop where visitors can experience harvesting fresh, local produce. In addition, guests are then served food–freshly harvested and cooked in the local style. La Huerta de Rosario is also a haven for local artists and their work is displayed throughout the buildings on the farm.

The Coffee Farmhouse, Cavite

From coffee to bean, serious coffee connoisseurs can enjoy a stay at the Coffee Farmhouse. About two hours away from Manila on the outskirts of Tagatay, you can escape the bustle of the city and learn about how coffee is raised, processed, and served on a family farm in the Philippines. In addition to the tour, you can play games, enjoy a bonfire, or schedule a relaxing massage.

Malagos Chocolate Cacao Farm, Davao City
Known for their excellent quality, the Malagos Farms’ chocolate bars start from cacao beans grown, harvested, and processed on their farm in Davao City. Chocolate lovers can take a half-day tour of the farm to get an idea of how the chocolates are made. For serious chocoholics, a three-day cacao farming seminar is also an option.

Sneak a Peek at Nature

The list of flora and fauna you can only see in the Philippines is extensive, both on land and underwater. Even if you aren’t a hiker or a diver, the people of the Philippines have found ways to share their unique landscape with you.

Bird Watching at Olango Wildlife Sanctuary

The first preserved wetland of international importance for waterfowl, the Olango Wildlife Sanctuary offers trekking tours with knowledgeable guides. Vulnerable and threatened species like the Chinese Egret and the Asian Dowitcher are protected here and can be seen while taking the tour. The amenities of the sanctuary are minimal, but guides will help you see the natural aviary on this important migratory route as well as arrange for your group to have fresh coconut juice.

Watch Whales and Dolphins at Pamilacan Island

The Pamilacan Island Dolphin and Whale Watching Tours began with one man’s dream to provide an eco-tourism adventure for the people living on Pamilacan Island, as an alternative to hunting whales and dolphins. Now, you can create a tour to satisfy your need for adventure, see dolphins and whales at play, swim and snorkel on white sandy beaches, tour the Bohol countryside, or visit the village on Pamilacan Island.

Create the Vacation of Your Dreams in the Philippines

When you come to the Philippines, people will make you feel at home. You can enjoy adventures of all sorts, lay on white sand beaches, or get treated like royalty at the spas and resorts. Don’t let mother nature steal your vacation plans, let us help you craft the most memorable vacation of your life today.