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Travel Bucketlist: The Philippines

November 29, 2017

Travel Bucketlist: The Philippines

November 29, 2017

Is it just me that the more I travel, the longer my list of places I want to go gets.

The more people I meet, the more stories I hear - the more I want to travel. It’s both a curse and a blessing, but I certainly wouldn’t have it any other way as I love that I’m constantly finding new places to discover.

One place that wasn’t really on my list until I started travelling more was The Philippines, but after hearing so many people share incredible stories of their trips there it made it’s way onto my bucketlist. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that look like an absolute dream to explore. 

So, if I were to visit the Philippines, where would I want to go?


With over 7,000 islands in the Philippines, there is definitely a lot to explore. One Island I hear over and over is Boracay, best known for it’s beaches and resorts. With shipwrecks, coral reefs and more to explore, I couldn’t not include it on my list of places to visit.  After looking at some Boracay travel packages I’m 100% convinced I need to visit ASAP…

Siargao Island

Apparently Siargao Island is the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, which if that isn’t enough reason for me to want to visit, there’s also white sand beaches and lots of mystical caves to explore.

Mayon Volcano

This is one of The Philippines most active volcanos that erupts regularly, so having never seen a volcano before I thought there would be no better place to start, right? Apparently you can climb the ascent, but I am not sure I am brave enough for that, just yet… I’ll stick to admiring from a distance.

The Chocolate Hills

The Chocolate Hills are certainly not something you see everyday and with at least 1,260 hills in a geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines. The thousands of hills look like the kind I used to draw as a kid, and are covered in green grass that turns brown (like chocolate) during the dry seasons.

Nacpan Beach

Nacpan Beach is said to be the most beautiful beach around El Nido town and as a lover of beaches, I couldn’t resist adding this to my list. To get there you have to take a 45 minute - hour bike ride, but judging by the stunning pictures I have seen it is 100% worth it.

Volcano Island (Taal Volcano)

Taal Volcano is the second most active volcano in the Philippines, with 33 recorded eruptions. The view from Tagaytay Ridge is supposed to be one of the most picturesque and attractive views in the Philippines, so of course it’s going on my Instagram list.

Coron Island

Coron is the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands in northern Palawan in the Philippines, and one of the most picturesque. It’s known for several Japanese shipwrecks, which means there are a lot of opportunities to go diving. I’ve never gone diving before and I think it would be fascinating to do it around shipwrecks.

Pagsanjan Falls

Located in the province of Laguna, Pagsanjan falls are one of the major tourist attractions of the region. The three-drop waterfalls can be reached by canoe or a short hike if you don’t fancy the rapids (I don’t).

Palawan Underground River

One of the newest natural wonders of the World, the Palawan Underground River looks stunning. You can take a boat through the river system, walk around the jungle and check out the nearby mangrove if you’ve got enough time.

Batad Rice Terraces

The stunning terraces are dubbed the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ and I can see why! Near the city of Manila, these terraces look like a giant staircases to the mountain of Ifaguo. According to the blogs I’ve read on the Batad Rice Terraces it’s not an easy journey there, but definitely one that is worth it for a once in a lifetime view.


Although this list doesn’t include many cities, Manila was one I couldn’t miss off. With sights such as Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Rizal Park, Fort Santiago, Star City, the Manila Ocean Park and Café Juanita, Manila seems like the perfect place to visit while travelling the Philippines.

I think this is one of the LONGEST bucketlists I have written, but it was so so worth it. There is so much to explore in the Philippines that it was hard not to go overboard - I may or may not have started planning a future trip there at the same time. With the beautiful Boracay beaches, the buzz of Manila and stunning views like the Batad Rice Terraces, PagsanJan Falls and the Palawan Underground River, it’s hard not to book a trip RIGHT NOW.

Have you been to the Philippines before? Is there anywhere I’ve missed off my list?

Kirsty Leanne



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