It’s quite interesting to see different posts in the Philippines and see how popular this country has been for travelers and bloggers lately. I have been to this beautiful country 9 times and will be there again this winter. The Philippines is a beautiful country and perfect for the traveler who is on a budget. Most days you can buy food for as cheap at $2-3 per meal. There are about 7000 islands in the Philippines which can make your choices difficult when finding the best places to visit in the Philippines. Some of the top 10 places to visit in the Philippines are in the Northern and Central areas such as Manila, Cebu, Bohol, and El Nido which are more west and I wanted to write about some of my favorite places to visit in the Philippines. In addition, I wanted to write my post on my favorite places to visit in the Southern Philippines.
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The Philippines is great to visit any time of the year since it is usually hot and humid all year long, the only thing to consider would be Monsoon season. Additionally, if you find this post interesting check out top 10 places to visit in the Philippines for some of the best places to visit in the Philippines. If you are looking for other places to visit in the Philippines and a detailed Itinerary, be sure to check out Our 21st Century Odyssey’s The Ultimate 20-Day Philippines Itinerary.
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Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines
The Southern part of the Philippines is known to have a bad rap for being unsafe, it is typically the road less traveled and has less known tourist spot in the Philippines. It can be a dangerous location for tourists especially in the most southern tip of Mindanao, so please proceed with caution. Currently, in Mindanao the government has placed a Martial Law requiring everyone residing in Mindanao to be inside and at home by 8 pm.
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Mindanao hasn’t been a destination for many tourists but I still think it is a place to write about. I visit every year to see my family who resides in Mindanao and I have traveled all over this beautiful island. From Davao to Camiguin there are tons of great places to visit in including tourist spots in the Southern Philippines. Hopefully, this post can be helpful to those who are daring to try these places or people who live there locally that may want to visit and see other beautiful locations near them. These are my favorite places to visit in the Southern Philippines.
Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines | 1. Camiguin Island
Camiguin Island is probably one of the most popular places to visit in the Southern Philippines and one of the well-known spots to many Filipinos as a beautiful island. It is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Philippines. The island, however, is made up of broken white coral from the ocean so the sand isn’t very soft. You can take a boat out to this private little island to lay out, swim in the ocean and just relax. There are some vendors out there that can feed you out on the beach, but one of my recommendations, if you want to try it, is fresh Sea Urchin. Many of the men will go out into the ocean fetching fresh sea urchin and will cut them in front of you and drizzle it with a salty soy sauce and vinegar like sauce.
Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines | 2. Iligan City
Iligan City is known for all of their beautiful waterfalls. There is Tinago Falls, Maria Cristina Falls, Dodiongan Falls and more. They have a beautiful water park near Iligan as well with a high dive and 40-foot water deep pool. Iligan also a location that has a wooden carriage with a horse, pretty much a manual version of a tricycle/tuk-tuk. Iligan City has the most beautiful waterfalls which I find to be the most beautiful places in the Philippines to visit.
Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines | 3. Eriberta Cold Springs
Eribert Cold Springs is a beautiful place to visit. The water is ice cold and filled with fresh water. They have done a lot of improvements and additions to this cute little resort which they didn’t have in the past. They have about 4 large areas filled with water. Some have slides, others have waterfalls and steps. You can even rent a space to grill fish or food, have a picnic and sing karaoke.
Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines | 4. Tangub
Tangub is probably one of my favorite destinations to visit. Every year around Christmas time, they fill little town up with lights, beautiful structures and create a town filled with Christmas lights and decorations. They usually have a theme and my family usually visits every year. It is a little bit of our tradition during the holidays. Tangub is one of my favorite places to visit in the Philippines during the holidays.
Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines | 5. Pagadian
Pagadian is an interesting little place and you will notice that their Tricycles are different than most in the Philippines because of all of the hills. The Tricycles are slanted to sit parallel when they are climbing up the hills. One of my favorite places to visit and stay is at the Alindahaw Lake Resort in Lakewood. They have a gorgeous view and is fairly quiet and calm out on the lake. You can go kayaking, ride a zip line or just hang out by the pool.
Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines | 6. Siargao Island
Siargao Island has received a lot of attention lately on social media. This island has the sea of jellyfish that don’t sting. The jellyfish are located in the jellyfish lake and many videos have arisen with people swimming with these beautiful creatures. This island is one of the must-see places in the Philippines.
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Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines | 7. Dapitan
Dapitan has Gloria’s Fantasyland Tours which is a local amusement park in the Philippines. This amusement park is nothing more than carnival rides like the state fair or county fair in some states in the US. It is a lot smaller with more of a carnival feel. There is also the Jose Rizal Park which is a park and shrine to the Philippines most praised hero Jose P. Rizal. If you are interested, you can read more about Jose Rizal the National Hero of the Philippines.
Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines | 8. Davao
Davao is a large city located in the southern mainland of Mindinao. This city is one of the most popular places to visit in the Southern Philippines. This city has so much to offer and similar but less crowded than Bohol. Davao has many Philippine tourist attractions such as the butterfly house, bee farm, and Eden Nature Park. Be sure to check out this little gem.
Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines | 9. Dipolog
Dipolog is a popular place to visit in the Southern Philippines and known for Linabo Peak. There are some amazing beach views here that are worth checking out.
Top 10 Places to Visit in the Southern Philippines | 10. Dakak Park and Beach Resort
Just outside of Dapitan is the beautiful Dakak Park and Beach Resort. This resort has a gorgeous pool, beautiful land and modern looking rooms. Ultimately, this is definitely a place to check out. This area would be the perfect place to visit in the Philippines for couples because if it’s exclusivity.
Have you been to the Philippines? What is your favorite part about the Philippines? Which Places to visit in the Southern Philippines were you favorite? Leave your comments below.
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