8 Places You Would Never Have Imagined Were In The Philippines – Check this places out!
2. New Zealand?
Not New Zealand, but Batanes, the northernmost and smallest province in the Philippines. The lighthouse on the left photo is the Tayid Lighthouse, one of the three famous and fully-functioning lighthouses in Batanes that guide seafarers in the Pacific Ocean and West Philippine Sea. Naturally, they’re open to tourists.
This might look like something straight of a Japanese anime, but this is actually Bohol’s man-made Mahogany Forest. The dense mahogany trees line the stretch of a two-kilometer road on the border of Loboc and Bilar.
This piece of paradise might look like something you’d find at a Carribean, but this is actually in Gigantes Island, part of a remote group of islands in northeastern Iloilo. It’s one of those beaches that shies away from the ~urbanized~ aesthetic of more popular destinations like Boracay.
6. OMG, Greece?
It looks like the Acropolis, but no, this is not in Greece. This is actually in Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas. The island is an abandoned resort developed by the town’s former governor, Jose Antonio Leviste, in 1995. It was also near this island where the San Diego galleon sunk back in the 1600s. Passenger ferries MV Kimelody Cristy and MV Princess of the Orient also sunk around the ferocious waters of Fortune Island in 1995 and 1998, respectively. History, amirite? Suck it, Parthenon.
This pristine blue paradise is actually the famous El Nido, Palawan. Miniloc island, in particular, is known for its clear waters and several lagoons. Aside from island hopping, tourists may also enjoy diving, canoeing, and paddle boarding.
9. South Africa?
These clouds ain’t rolling on one of the mountains in Africa, but rather, on the Philippines’ third highest mountain, Mt. Pulag. On a lucky day, hikers can witness the majestic sea of clouds that make you feel like you’re literally in heaven. If you want to experience Mount Pulag at its coldest weather, it’s best to visit from December to February.
This extremely mountainous town may look like the Alps on a good summer day, but this is actually in Sagada, Mountain Province. The humble town is not only known for its cold climate, but for keeping old traditions like burying their dead in hanging coffins. The coffins can be seen on cliffs surrounding the area.
12. Papua New Guinea?
Yeah, no. The rich diversity of these coral reefs and underwater wildlife is actually found in Tubbataha Reef, a protected area located far off the coast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan and right in the middle of Sulu Sea. Though highly protected, the Tubbataha National Marine Park offers diving sessions from mid-March to mid-June, a season of calm waves, clear skies, and underwater visibility of up to about 150 feet.
Maldivian in beauty, but this gorgeous island of Pamalican is actually making a name for itself when it comes to unique and private beach experiences. The island has been turned into a high-end exclusive island-beach resort called Amanpulo—”Aman” meaning “peace,” and “pulo” meaning “island.”
These might look like snapshots of tea farms in China, but this is still in Benguet. Aside from gold, the province is also known for its huge production of highland vegetables like strawberries and lettuce. Benguet is in fact dubbed the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines”—a province a lot of millennials will love, for sure.
Almost. This is in Intramuros, the oldest district of Metro Manila. It’s also called the Walled City because it’s literally enclosed by stone walls built by the Spaniards to protect the city from foreign invasions. It was heavily damaged in World War II, but has since been rebuilt with parts of the walls and other historical units still preserved.
I have to apologize, but no; the winner is the Philippines! The Hinatuan Enchanted River, situated in Surigao del Sur, is a deep spring river believed to be a home for the ~supernatural~ beings that protect it. Much of the river’s depths still remain unexplored, though some attempts have led to the discovery of a hidden underground cave.
*The Mount Pinatubo lake is actually a caldera, not a crater as originally stated.
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