Scenic Places in Visayas to Visit This Summer
There is a reason why Visayas is the country’s top tourist destination for several years now. Whether it’s powdery white sand beaches, historical structures, or old churches, there is plenty of such places that can be found in this island. Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol are just some of the most beautiful places in Visayas where tourists from across the world flock throughout the year. Take a look at some other equally stunning places found in the country’s third-largest region.
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Exploring 8 of the Most Beautiful Places in Visayas
Boracay Island, Aklan
Let’s start our list with Boracay island, the world-famous tourist destination in the country located in Western Visayas. With its fine white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters, it’s easy to understand why people fell in love with this paradise. During the day, you can enjoy a lot of activities available on the island, including island hopping, scuba diving, parasailing, zip line, ATV riding, and even mermaid swimming if you like. Boracay beach also has a perfect view of the sunset. At night, the place comes alive with wild parties everywhere on the island, particularly in Station 2 area where most of the bars, the main mall, and seafood market are situated.
Where to eat: Kay Sarap Restaurant, D’Talipapa Seafood Market, Lazy Dog Bed and Breakfast, Bulabog Beach, Los Indios Bravos, Bulabog Beach
Where to stay: if you want luxury and privacy, Station 1 resorts are the best for you. If you want to be at the center of everything, better stay at Station 2. Station 3 is for budget travelers who love peaceful, quiet, and green surroundings.
The Ruins, Bacolod
Another one of the most beautiful places in Visayas to visit is The Ruins, also called the Philippines’s version of Taj Mahal. It is one of the famous heritage landmarks in the Philippines located in Talisay City in Negros Occidental. The magnificent old structure was built by a wealthy sugar magnate Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in the 1900s using only high-quality materials, in honor of his beloved wife, Maria Braga, who died in an accident while pregnant. The mansion was burned down by guerrillas during Word War 2 to for prevent Japanese military from occupying the place. Apparently, Don Mariano’s gardener was a spy for the Japanese. It was found out before the war broke out. Currently, The Ruins is frequented not only by curious visitors but also by couples for weddings and prenups photo shoot as the place still looks elegant despite being skeletal.
Where to eat: Aboy’s Restaurant, Calea Restaurant, Rau Ram Cafe Restaurant
Where to stay: Go Hotels Bacolod, MO2 Westown Hotel Mandalagan, Nature’s Village Resort
Chocolate Hills, Bohol
Tarsiers and fine beaches are not the only famous attractions in Bohol. There is also the Chocolate Hills, the dome-shaped limestone hills covered in green grass, which turns chocolate brown during the dry season. Out of the 1,700 plus hillswith heights that range from 100 to 200 ft, two of them were developed by the government for tourism purposes: the Chocolate Hills Complex and the Sagbayan Peak where you can climb to the top and have a view of the area.
Where to eat: Gerarda’s Restaurant, Mosia Cupcakes and Cookie Shop Restaurant, The Buzzz Cafe Restaurant
Where to stay: Chocolate Hills Complex, Nuts Huts Resort, The Peacock Garden
Leyte Landing Memorial Park, Palo, Leyte
“I shall return.”
That was the promise of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, a former commander or US-Filipino forces before he retreated to Australia when the Japanese forces seemed to be gaining grounds in the Philippines. He may be considered a failure by most of his American colleagues for the disastrous defeat suffered by the allies in the pacific area under his leadership, but in the Philippines, he was a hero. The Leyte Landing or MacArthur Landing Memorial National park is the site where MacArthur fulfilled his promise. Bronze statues of MacArthur, Pres. Sergio Osmeña, Gen. Carlos P. Romulo, Lt. Gen. George Kenney, Lt. Gen. Richard K. Sutherland, and others were built in commemoration of his return.
Where to eat: Dream Cafe Restaurant, Ocho Seafood Grill Restaurant, Patio Victoria Tacloban Restaurant
Where to stay: Basic Rooms Hotel, Go Hotels Tacloban, Zpad Residences
Malapascua Island, Cebu
Malapascua is one of the beautiful places in Visayas located in the northern part of Cebu. It has an awesome white sand beach and crystal clear waters, but it’s not what draws people to the island. The place is abundant in marine life, making it an excellent diving spot. The place has attracted countless foreign tourists. Visitors are treated to regular sightings of sharks and manta rays in the area. One activity you must try when in Malapascua is island hopping as the place is surrounded by rocky islets that serve as homes to many mammals, birds, and reptiles. It’s your chance to see the beauty of mother nature up close.
Where to eat: Amihan Restaurant, Guanna’s Place RestoBar and Snacks, Ristorante Angelina Restaurant
Where to stay: Buena Vida Resort & Spa, Tepanee Beach Resort, Ocean Vida Beach & Dive Resort
Pescador Island, Cebu
Moalboal is a town in South Cebu known for its glorious white sand beaches. Not far from the area (about 30 minutes of boat travel) is Pescador Island, a perfectly named island as sea corals, sea turtles, dolphins, a swarm of sardines, and over a hundred of other marine species occupy the island’s underwater. It is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Visayas every diver must visit.
Where to eat: Lantaw Restaurant, The Pleasure Principle Resto-Bar Restaurant, Ven’z Kitchen Restaurant
Kalanggaman Island, Leyte
We can’t talk about the beautiful places in Visayas without mentioning Kalanggaman Island, a small paradise located in Palompon, Leyte. The island is fast-becoming a top tourist destination in the country. However, its size, which is only 753 meters long, is preventing the local government from welcoming everyone who wants to experience similar magical moments that people who have been to the place are talking about. The island can accommodate only a limited number of tourists a day. Due to lack of comfortable accommodation and commercial establishment on the island, visitors are advised to bring their own supplies including sleeping tent, food, cleaning, and potable water.
Where to stay: Hutton Lodge, Pacci House, Whispering Beach Mini Hotel (all located on the mainland)
Sila Island, Samar
There are only two pink beaches in the country that we know of. One is located in Great Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga City, and the other one is on Sila Island in San Vicente, Samar, a four-hour travel away from Tacloban City. The best time to visit the place is during summer when the unspoiled beach’s sand is at its pinkest against the turquoise blue water. As if it’s not enough, the underwater view is just as spectacular, so don’t forget to bring goggles or snorkels to get the most out of your adventure in one of the most beautiful places in Visayas.
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