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The Most Beautiful Natural Places in the Philippines

The Most Beautiful Natural Places in the Philippines

Imagine a country composed of over 7000 islands that offer natural beauty, local culture, and exciting adventures. From verdant rice terraces to idyllic beaches, Southeast Asian nations provide a sensory feast.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Siquijor are among the Philippines’ most striking natural landmarks.

1. Tubbataha Reefs

Tubbataha Reefs is one of the Philippines’ most breathtaking natural landscapes – an MPA home to an abundance of biodiversity and marine life. As part of the Coral Triangle, Tubbataha Reefs houses over 360 species of coral, 600 fish species and sea turtle species as well as 11 shark species; plus it serves as nesting grounds for endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles!

Tubbataha Reef Philippines

The national park features two uninhabited atolls and a coral reef – North and South Tubbataha Atolls and Jessie Bezley Reef – situated above a series of extinct volcanoes that form Cagayan Ridge. Tubbataha takes its name from Sama-Bajau language, meaning “long reef exposed at low tide”, so this is exactly what divers will witness here when they dive here.

Before the 1980s, Tubbataha waters remained virtually untouched by humans due to being located 93 miles off-shore from land and too far out to be reached by traditional fishing vessels. This allowed its reefs to flourish naturally as no fresh water replenished them allowing natural predators such as sharks and turtles to dominate over them.

Philippine government and conservation organizations took steps in 1988 to preserve this area by designating it a marine park for the first time ever in their country. Since then, Tubbataha has become a favorite diving and scuba diving spot due to its incredible underwater scenery on display there; even being featured as an image on one thousand peso bills! However, even with protected status intact reefs are still at risk; hence ongoing conservation efforts should continue being implemented immediately.

2. Sugba Lagoon

This idyllic natural phenomenon can be found in the northern Philippines near Batanes Island. The lake boasts abundant wildlife and clear, turquoise waters perfect for swimming or snorkeling, making it an excellent spot for relaxation or exploration. Nature enthusiasts will also appreciate being close to its cliffs, forests and mangroves – making this destination truly remarkable!

Sugba Lagoon can best be experienced from its beauty on board a boat from Del Carmen Harbor. Once there, board one of several small vessels bound for Sugba Lagoon; once at its shores you can jump off and swim or snorkel in its crystal clear waters – an area popular among photographers due to the photo opportunities offered by such beautiful waterscapes.

Banaue Rice Terraces are one of the Philippines’ greatest natural attractions, located in Ifugao’s mountainous region and dating back 2,000 years. Constructed out of rocks carved into mountainsides by local people for use as farmland today.

Philippines boasts breathtaking natural attractions, but what really sets it apart is its vibrant culture. Offering everything from peaceful retreats to adrenaline-fuelled adventures, this country has something to offer everyone – not to mention welcoming locals who welcome tourists with open arms – no wonder so many say “It’s more fun in the Philippines!”

Have you experienced one or more of these beautiful natural spots? Tell us in the comments section!

3. Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue rice terraces are one of the Philippines’ most stunning natural attractions. Dubbed as one of the Eighth Wonders of the World, these magnificent mud and stone steps ascend river gorges and mountains like green amphitheaters; created over two millennia ago by indigenous Ifugao people themselves and known for over 2,000 years as being constructed as part of an “antique tradition”.

Banaue Rice Terraces should be visited between April and May and October/November when they are at their lushest. You will witness farmers working the fields while seeing full-bloom terraces. However, for viewing golden harvest and planting season participation then June through September should be visited upon.

After Banaue Rice Terraces, other terraces can be found throughout Ifugao and Northern Luzon. One of the most stunning is Nagacadan; as a UNESCO World Heritage Site it has received immense acclaim from travelers for its breathtaking landscape views and pristine environment – offering nature lovers the perfect chance to soak in nature’s beauty while witnessing local tribesmen continue living as they have for centuries.

Tappiya Falls are another highlight in the area and can be reached after a two-hour trek from Ramon’s Native Homestay, where guests sleep the Ifugao way in traditional huts. Or enjoy refreshing swim in Nagacadan River; its crystal clear waters make it a must visit spot for nature enthusiasts; but be warned: its terraces may soon succumb to erosion due to increasing tourism demand and demand for higher wages in agriculture.

4. Taal Lake

Taal Lake provides an incredible scene and is the ideal destination for nature enthusiasts. Surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, its tranquil waters create an incredible scene – ideal for boat tours and activities! Home to wildlife such as birds and plants alike – its pristine waters also make this an idyllic setting.

Taal Lake has long been celebrated for the two unique fish species found only here: giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis) and overharvested tawilis (Sardinella tawilis), both found exclusively here, alongside rare Garman’s sea snake (Hydrophis semperi). Due to the desalinated water content in Taal Lake, both species thrive here despite typically inhabiting saltwater environments.

As well as its breathtaking natural beauty, Lake Toba plays an important cultural and religious role for local residents, serving as a sacred site and the focus of numerous ceremonies throughout the year.

Taal Volcano and Lake are one of the Philippines’ most iconic natural landmarks, located in Batangas and drawing millions of visitors every year – even earning international recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Contrasting other volcanic sites in the country, this volcanic site stands out with a distinctively unique feature: it boasts a lake within its caldera – making it one of the only lakes of its kind anywhere on the globe! As an act to preserve this natural marvel, proclamations was issued on October 16, 1996 declaring this protected area under National Integrated Protected Area System.

5. Donsol

Philippines is one of the world’s most picturesque travel destinations, boasting thrilling adventures as well as peaceful retreats into nature. You’ll find everything from stunning limestone cliffs and crystal clear waters to amazing marine life and stunning limestone formations here – there is something special waiting for every traveler here!

Bohol Island in the Philippines is home to some truly remarkable natural sights, none more so than its iconic Chocolate Hills – an extraordinary geological phenomenon composed of perfectly conical hills covered with deep brown vegetation during dry season – earning their name and making for a breathtaking sight unlike anywhere else on Earth. Any traveler visiting Philippines must see this breathtaking site!

Banaue Rice Terraces are considered National Cultural Treasures by the Filipino government, while some sections are also listed on UNESCO World Heritage sites. Constructed over 1,000 years ago by indigenous tribes of Cordillera region, their beauty can best be experienced between April-May or October-November when fields bloom with vibrant greenery. For an even better view, head up Batad village within Banaue to the viewpoint for breathtaking sweeping views of amphitheater-like terraces.

Other must-see sights in Tagbilaran include Taal Lake and Volcano, Coron Island and Twin Lagoon in Palawan and Eden Nature Park in Misamis Occidental which boasts exotic wildlife such as Philippine Durian. You’ll also be treated to spectacular Mount Apo’s lush vegetation and wildlife such as exotic orchids and mangosteens as well as its captivating Philippine Eagle!

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