Finally, destinations are slowly opening up. What better way to enjoy a relaxing vacation than by starting with local destinations in the Philippines? Here are some of the destinations that are open to tourists and don’t require RT-PCR of Antigen tests:
With preserved beaches, historic landmarks, and fun activities, Albay is a destination to visit for those travelers who like exploring new things. To make your trip more memorable, take an ATV tour around Mt. Mayon so you get a glimpse of stunning backdrops of nature and the famous mountain’s perfect cone. And don’t forget to eat their famous spicy dish – Bicol Express!
Want to relax and unwind in a cozy setting? Baguio is the palace to be! Go camping at Camp John Hay and see the picturesque mountain view amidst the cold breeze. If you’re traveling with kids, take them to Burnham Park and enjoy boat riding and biking.
Bataan is a destination to visit since it’s just near Metro Manila. If you want a cultural experience, visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and try heritage-themed activities like riding a kalesa or checking out the different ancestral homes in the area.
Take a road trip down to Batangas and experience nature. If you’re a newbie mountaineer you can try checking out Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Mt. Batulao, and Mt. Maculot. But if you want to have fun by the beach, beaches like Laiya, Anilao, Calatagan, or Nasugbu are the usual spots to visit with loved ones.
With its white-sand beaches, majestic coral reefs, and world-class diving spots, Bohol remains a top favorite for ocean lovers and divers! Aside from checking out Panglao beach and Alona beach, don’t forget to visit the famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol. Even if the view to see Bohol is 250 steps, we promise you it’s worth it!
The popular beach of both local and international tourists, Boracay still has its own charm. If you want to relax by the beautiful white sands and watch one of the best sunsets in the world, book your flight here. The island has endless activities that you can enjoy as well, so whether you like parasailing or simply want to swim in the ocean, this destination is still worth visiting.
Located in Northern Mindanao, Bukidnon is a place where most adventurous travelers dream of going. If it’s your first time visiting, be sure to check out the grandiose Mindamora Falls/Limunsudan Falls, which measures more than 870 feet high. It is one of the highest waterfalls in the city. If you want to spend quality time with your family and have a picnic or just cook a bbq, pay a visit to Lake Apo. This place is great for team buildings and company outings, too!
Just near Manila, Bulacan is great for travelers who love to move. Check out Biak-na-Bato National park for some trekking and swimming. And after those fun activities, don’t forget to try their delicacies such as Pancit Marilao topped with Bulacan okoy and kamias or Kilawing bangus in kesong puti and Lapu-lapu de Reyna.
Although a small province, Camiguin is known for its nature-filled tourist spots like White Island, Mantigue Island, Mount Hibok-Hibok. If you like learning about history, they also have heritage sites; the Bonbon Church Ruins, and the Sunken Cemetery.
Known for its beaches, Camarines Norte is a place to add to your bucket list. Calaguas Island, their popular beach features a long stretch of white sand and crystal clear blue water. If you want to surf and enjoy some fun, Bagasbas Beach in Daet is a great spot to ride the waves.
Camarines Sur (except Naga)
Camarines Sur is ideal for a fun adventure with adrenaline junkie friends. Visit Caramoan islands and go spelunking on the hidden caves, swim in remote lagoons, or witness the beautiful limestone rock formations.
The Queen City of the South is a great tourist spot for those who love to eat and enjoy nature. Head to Moalboal and swim with the fishes, go canyoneering in Kawasan Falls, and buy dried fish at Taiban Public Market. Last but not least, eat delicious Lechon from their local restaurants.
If you’re looking for a less crowded destination with an authentic local experience, Davao should be on your list. First, check out the Philippine Eagle Center to get to see our national eagle up close. Then, try the world-famous Civet coffee (even just a sip!) And complete the trip by island hopping from Dahican Beach.
Sea turtles or “pawikans” are popular in Apo Island, Negros Oriental as this island features a massive marine reserve and is also recognized as one of the top 100 diving spots in the world.
With just a few hours’ drive away from Metro Manila, Pampanga makes a great destination for food and relaxation. Since Pampanga is known as a culinary destination, first on the list is visiting the world-famous restaurant Aling Lucing’s Sisig. This restaurant is great for those foodies who want to try the authentic style of sisig. Next, visit the wide array of new coffee shops that are great for unwinding, visit shops like Moon Cafe, Kalidad Coffee, and Amand Coffee Bar.
Pangasinan’s name came from “panag-asinan,” which means “where salt is made.” The province is known for salt as it is one of the main livelihoods for Filipinos there. Aside from that, they are also known for unspoiled beaches such as Patar Beach and Hundred Islands.
With its proximity to Metro Manila, this province is a great getaway option since it’s very accessible. This island features budget-friendly resorts and is great for friends who want some quality time eating and drinking together.
If you’re looking for a spontaneous destination, Subic is a great spot to check out since it’s just 2 hours away from the metro. Formerly a U.S. naval base, it is now a destination to visit for unwinding, and going on a food trip. When you’re there check out these food spots: Rali’s Restaurant, Meat Plus Cafe, and Xtremely Cspresso.
Want to ride the waves with your barkada? Visit the towns of Liwliwa and San Felipe to practice your surfing trips. If you feel like just relaxing with your significant other, while enjoying the scenery, check out Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves.