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5 Philippines Hidden Spots

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7,107 islands…

That’s what the Philippines can offer to a traveler such as yourself who is looking for a little bit of heaven. Come to think of it, if you hop from one island to another, it will take you 19 years just to explore this beautiful country! Wow, that is a pretty long time so instead, I can suggest 5 hidden spots that you can go to in the Philippines which basically summarize the word breathtakingly.

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5 Philippines Hidden Spots

TARAK RIDGE – MARIVELES, BATAAN

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 Why it’s one of the Philippines Hidden Spots?

Bataan is a peninsula and the South China Sea is kissing it’s grey and white sand coasts. There are many places to visit in the province but if you are looking for a mix of the hills and the sea, then, you can trek the Tarak Ridge and when you’re done, you can stay at the Westwind Beach Resort in Bataan.

 How to get here?

From Manila, you can ride a bus going to Bataan (this is the public way to travel and it is cheaper) or you can secure a rental car with a driver for private transportation.

What is Tarak Ridge?

Tarak is a peak in Bataan and is known for its steep slopes. They also call it Mt. Mariveles since the mountain is located in the town of Mariveles. It is a Class 3 trail and the level of difficulty is 4 out of 9. It will take you approximately 2 days to climb the peak but there is a river before reaching the top which tourists say is “worth the climb”.

PEARL FARM BEACH RESORT – ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL

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Why it’s one of the Philippines Hidden Spots?

They say that the bumpier the road, the more fulfilling it is when you reach your destination. This is so true when Pearl Farm is concerned. You have to ride a plane going to the Philippines via Manila, and then another smaller jet en route to Davao City, PH. You also have to ride a taxi cab or a rental for the Pearl Farm Marina in Lanang and lastly, a private boat before you can get to the resort. But once you are there, all the travelling and the exhaustion will surely be lifted away.

What to do in Pearl Farm?

Have you seen the white-sand beaches in Pearl Farm? The whole island is yours to enjoy and it has five beaches that you can relax in. The place is perfect for newlyweds (romance… romance!), for those who want some tranquil moments (you have to visit their Mandaya Spa and try the Filipino way of massage), and for family bonding time (aqua sports, island trekking and more!) Don’t forget to try Davao cuisine here in Pearl Farm – you won’t regret it!

Note: There are many other islands near Pearl Farm and you can arrange an island-hopping day tour or overnight tour from the resort and back.

SIARGAO, SURIGAO DEL NORTE

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Why it’s one of the Philippines Hidden Spots?

This is another southern spot in the Philippines and it is known to be the surfing capital of the country. Siargao Island is not just about beaches – the place boasts of waterfalls, caves, coral reefs and thick forests wherein tourists can explore with a tour guide.

How to get here?

Getting to Siargao, you can try via sea travel which is more exciting. There is a fast craft from Manila to Surigao and you will also experience riding the local transport called “habalhabal” (tricycle). There is also a direct flight from Manila to Surigao which is faster and much less tiring.

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FORTUNE ISLAND – BATAAN

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Why it’s one of the Philippines Hidden Spots?

The whole island is a replica of ancient Greece with its relics and ruins. It has Grecian pillars and some statues overlooking the sea. At the edge is a 100-foot cliff but diving is not allowed from the cliff. If you want to do some diving, you have to go to the “blue holes”. The island has a reef with two holes that are 5 feet in diameter. Once you enter the hole, it will take you to a cave which is an 80-foot dive.

Aside from diving and picture taking in its Greek-like structures, you can visit the MV San Diego Warship Museum. It was a sunken ship which was explored by French archaeologists led by Franck Goddio in 1992. You will be able to witness the treasures retrieved from the exploration in the museum.

 How to get to here?

You can take a bus in Manila going to Bataan and once you’re there, just ride a boat and tell them you’d want to be taken to Fortune Island. The person in charge may say a thing or two about the mysterious island which can add to the thrill and charm of your visit.

BATAD – BANAUE, IFUGAO, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE

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Why it’s one of the Philippines Hidden Spots?

This is not a beach or a mountain resort. The Banaue Rice Terraces is a Filipino pride because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an untouched and raw natural attraction. People here are Ifugao natives but they welcome tourists with open arms. Once you arrive, they will provide you with an authentic Ifugao meal made of organic rice from the terraces and some Filipino viand like fish sinigang or pork adobo. You also have to try their rice wine – it’s the best in the whole country! If you are looking for something exotic to experience, this is the vacation spot for you.

 

 

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Donna - 31/08/2017

Fortune Island is in Batangas not in Bataan. One hour boat ride is needed to get there not by tricycle. The island is breathtaking and the beach is inviting. Downside is that tourists tend to leave tons of their garbage. The area lacks sanitation due to the unavailability of tap water. Hence, flies are enjoying the place all over. The local tourism office must act on this before it turns to a stinky winky island.

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    Mary Charie - 01/09/2017

    Hey Donna, thanks for taking time in letting us know about the confusion! It has bee updated now. Unfortunately, it does happen when a destination gains massive attention from the public. It is important the visitors know how to act properly when travelling. And you are right, it’s also the job of the local government to look after these beautiful places.

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