10 Undiscovered Philippine Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List
Most Philippine travel magazines only feature top tourist destinations such as the white sands of Boracay, Chocolate Hills in Bohol and the cone-shaped Mayon Volcano in Albay. There’s nothing wrong with that since those places are truly magnificent. But people must know that the country has more than 7 thousand islands; therefore, there are still many undiscovered Philippine tourist destinations just as spectacular as those usually featured in travel magazines.
We are going to share our list of 10 stunning but unfortunately undiscovered Philippine tourist destinations that are worthy to be on your bucket list.
10 Undiscovered Philippine Tourist Destinations
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Cagnipa Rolling Hills in Pandan, Catanduanes
The Catanduanes Island, being at the easternmost part of the Bicol region facing the open sea, is frequently hit by typhoons. That’s where it got its moniker the Land of the Howling Wind. But if you’re brave enough to cross the island, you will know why it’s worth visiting. It has its own share of amazing white sand beaches, hidden coves, and splendid falls. The island also has its version of Batanes, the majestic green land they called Cagnipa Rolling Hills.
How to get there: via airplane from Manila to Virac or via bus from Manila to Tabaco, Albay, then hop on a ferry from Tabaco seaport to Virac seaport. From there, you can ride a jeepney or a bus to Pandan.
Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte
It was the German luxury cruise ship MS Europa that put the Kalanggaman Island on the map after it made a stop over on the island. All of its 400 passengers stayed in the beach for a couple of hours. The beauty of the place can be compared to the white beaches of the British Virgin Islands. Though there are no private resorts in the area, overnight camping is permitted. But only 500 guests a day are allowed by the government to preserve the place.
How to get there: via airplane from Manila to Tacloban. From Tacloban, it’s a three-hour van ride to Palompon. Then another 1 hour pump boat ride to Kalanggaman Island.
Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, La Union
La Union is a perfect getaway place for adrenaline junkies. It’s dubbed as the Surfing Capital of the North because of its playful waves and fine beaches. One of the recently discovered undiscovered Philippine tourist destinations is the Tangadan Falls. Tourists can enjoy trekking and cliff diving there.
How to get there: via bus from Manila to San Fernando or San Juan, La Union. From either of these towns, you can take a jeepney to San Gabriel, then hire a tricycle to Barangay Dagup; and from there, you can go to the Tangadan Falls.
Isla de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo
Isla de Gigantes or Islands of Giants is a group of islands in the northeastern Iloilo. Though underdeveloped, its pristine white beaches, abundant fresh seafood, and ragged rock formations, which are often the subject of local mystical tales, are enough to land them on our list of undiscovered Philippine tourist destinations.
How to get there: via airplane from Manila to Iloilo City. From the mainland, take a bus ride to Estancia, then a pumpboat to Gigantes Norte.
Cambugahay Falls in Lazi, Siquijor
Cambuhagay is a three-layer waterfalls located in Siquijor. The body of water is clear and inviting. If you wish to jump from the topmost level, make sure to ask a tour guide to help you get to a good diving spot, they are well aware of the best and the safest ones. Its water comes from the natural spring that flows into the Lazi Bay.
How to get there: via airplane from Manila to Dumaguete. From there, ride a ferry to Siquijor, then ride a jeep going to Lazi, and from Lazi, hire a motorcycle to Cambugahay.
Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin
Camiguin is an island located in Mindanao. It was shaped through a series of volcanic eruptions by Mt. Vulcan Daan in 1871. The lava from the explosions buried the town cemetery until only the huge cross is visible from above the sea. Tourists can dive or snorkel near the spot to have a look at the submerged graveyard or stand on the structure to get a better view of Mount Hibok-Hibok.
How to get there: via ferry boat or fast craft (from Cebu City in Pier 8, from Balingoan or Macabalan Port in Cagayan, or from Jagna in Bohol)
Quitinday Green Hills in Camalig, Albay
Quitinday Green Hills is another emerging undiscovered Philippine tourist destination. It’s similar to Bohol’s Chocolate Hills but looks greener because of the grassy field and coconut trees spread throughout the hills. What makes this tourist spot perfect is having the beautiful Mayon Volcano in the background. The area was made available to the public in 2014 by the province’s Tourism Department.
How to get there: via airplane from Manila to Legazpi City, Albay. From the mainland, just ride a jeepney or a tricycle to the van terminal; and from the terminal, there are vans that can drop you off at the place near Quitinday Green Hills.
Bucas Grande Island in Siargao, Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Norte is known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. But unknown to many is a concealed labyrinthine paradise of several amazing small rounded hilly mountain called Bucas Grande. The Tojoman Lagoon, a green-colored lagoon you will find in this one of the top undiscovered Philippine tourist destinations, serves as home to Mastigas papuas, a stingless jellyfish species.
How to get there: via airplane/bus/ship from Manila to Surigao. From the airport or bus terminal, you can ride a multicab or tricycle to Hayanggabon Port. From the port, take a two-hour boat ride to Bucas Grande Island.
Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas
It’s not recognizable anymore but Fortune Island was once an exclusive luxury resort club in the 1990s. After getting hit by a number of typhoons, what was left of the then-grand resort is the Acropolis of Athens–like structure, which is now the island’s main attraction. It’s so unfortunate that this particular island in Nasugbu, Batangas, which is famous for its powdery white sands shore and aquamarine-colored waters, offers no accommodation, no electricity, nor any toilet. However, day tour and overnight camping is available for a fee as long as you bring your own camping materials and drinking water, because surely, you won’t find clean water source in the island.
How to get there: via bus to Nasugbu, Batangas, and from there, take a tricycle to Barangay Wawa, then ride a boat to Fortune Island
Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur
Tinuy-an Falls is a 95 meters wide, 55 meters high waterfalls located at Brgy. Borboanan in Bislig City. The area around this body of water is covered with thick vegetation and tall trees which make the place look wonderful.
How to get there: via airplane from Manila to Butuan, Agusan del Norte. From the mainland, ride a van or bus to Mangagoy, Bislig. After that, hire a motorcycle that will take you to Tinuy-an Falls.