Probably, you’ve travelled quite a bit around the United States, Europe and Asia and have met lots of beautiful people from different culture, explored many attractions and had unforgettable travel memories. For some, traveling around the world and exploring hidden gems is their dream. If you have such dreams, visit the Philippines. The Philippines is home to lovely sights and welcoming locals. And it will be hard to not fall in love with its sheer beauty.
When you visit the Philippines you will find countless number of undiscovered beaches, reefs, attractions and caves that will take days if not weeks to explore. There is more to the Philippines than the popular tourists spots including Boracay, Cebu, Sagada, and Palawan. It’s unbelievable to know that, even till this day, there are some undiscovered gems in the Philippines that local visitors and tourists often overlook. Still don’t believe? Check out a list of the recommended off the beaten path destination worth visiting in the Philippines before everyone catches on.
Gigantes Island, Iloilo
Despite the fact that it is slowly gaining prominence amongst visitors, Gigantes island is an epitome of beauty, and perfect for lazing around. What’s more, quench your taste bud with fresh seafood. Gigantes Island is a haven when compared to other popular tourists destinations such as Boracay. Additionally, the island boasts of a good number of white sand beaches and sandbars. Some of the top spots to visit include Gamay Island, Cabugao and the Tangke Salt Water Lagoon.
Next stop is Siquijor, locally known as Isla del Fuego (Island of Fire). The name originated from the unexplainable swarms of fireflies that hover around in the night skies. Rumor has it that this stunning island is home to mystical healers and sharmans. I hope that didn’t scare you. However, the only puzzling question that remained unanswered is, why only a few tourist come here annually. Come see the reason why Siquijor island remains one of the best kept secrets in the country till date. Things to do include exploring Cambugahay and Lugnason Waterfalls, visit the ancient Balete tree and take a tour of undiscovered white sand beaches. More so, Siquijor is home to several religious buildings including the St Francis of Assisi Church and the San Isidro Labrador Convent, both renowned for being among the largest and oldest churches in the Philippines.
Well known for being a part of Palawan, Cuyo features a massive sized fortress church and well preserved ancient houses dating back to the Spanish and American Era. This incredible spot is not only rich in history but also features enchanting cultural heritage. The Cuyo Fort is built in 1683 by the Recollects to protect residents from the More slave raids during the 17th and 18th century. Fresh fruits and cheap yet tasty local foods are in abundance.
Sheik Makdhum Mosque, Tawi-Tawi
Sheik Makdhum Mosque proud itself to be the first mosque in the Philippines built by Sheik Makdum Karim. The mosque dates back to 1380. Also, it earned world recognition for being one of the oldest mosques in the world today. Though it has undergone series of renovations, the original pillars are left untouched and can still be seen standing in the new building. The mosque is open to everyone regardless of religious background. Visit Sheik Makdum Mosque, the oldest mosque in the Philippines on your next trip.
Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte
There is no best time to visit this hidden gem than now. This is because the island is slowly gaining popularity. Enjoy beautiful sights of long stretch of white beaches and pristine ocean waters. Plenty of activities await you including swimming, snorkeling and island hopping. It is a perfect place to relax and unwind. Come experience serenity at its very best. Even more, Calaguas Island is ideal for camping. The nearby islands boast beautiful waterfalls and caves worth exploring.
With its crystal clear turquoise waters, beautiful sunsets, breathtaking beaches and spectacular mountains, the Philippines has it all. Explore these hidden gems and get a feel of what the Philippines is really like!