Top 10 Most Visited Places in the Philippines

See the many wonderful places that are right in your own backyard!

By Mathew S. Chan
June 04, 2015

 The Philippines has amazing places that attract millions of domestic and international tourists all-year round. If you’re still planning your trips for the rest of the year, consider these locations. According to the Department of Tourism, the places listed below are the top 10 most visited places in the Philippines. How many of them have you seen?

1.    Camarines Sur 

Over the years, Camarines Sur has experienced a surge in tourism, making it the number one destination to go to for watersports like wakeboarding and game fishing. Other attractions include Mount Isarog and Mount Asog, which are great for trekking.

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2.    Cebu City  

Also known as the “Queen City of The South,” Cebu City is the capital of the Cebu province. It is the second largest city in the Philippines and the center of domestic shipping. Attractions include Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Fort San Pedro, and Magellan's Cross. People also flock to Cebu City for the Sinulog Festival.

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3.    Aklan 

It is no surprise that Aklan is one of the popular locations on this list as the province houses Boracay, a top beach destination which is considered one of the world’s best beaches. Aklan is also known for the Ati-Atihan Festival, which is a celebration dedicated to the Santo Niño held during the third week of January.

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4.    Zambales 
Zambales is a must-visit for any beach lover. Located in the area are Anawangin Cove, Capones Island, and Potipot Island, where you can enjoy some valuable downtime at the beach. The province is also where Mt. Pinatubo is. You can go diving in Zambales as well as it is dubbed the “wreck diving capital of the Philippines.”

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5.    Davao City 
Davao City is considered the safest and cleanest city in the Philippines. It is the capital of the Davao region and is also known as the “Durian Capital” of the Philippines. Davao City has Mount Apo, which is the highest mountain in the Philippines. Other attractions include Philippine Eagle Foundation and Nature Center, the Davao Crocodile Park, and Samal Island.

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6.    Puerto Princesa City 
Puerto Princesa City is located in Palawan. In terms of land mass, it is the second largest city in the country. If you’re looking for a place for a beach escape, this is where you should go. There are several things you can do here as well like a city tour and the Honda Bay tour. Most importantly, don’t forget to take the Underground River tour, where you get to explore the 8 km river, which is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

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7.    Laguna 

Laguna is a popular destination for city residents as it is just a 2-hour trip from Metro Manila, making it an ideal location for a quick day trip. You can go and experience the hotsprings in Pansol or have a nice family day at theme park Enchanted Kingdom. If you are looking for a more adventurous activity, you can even hike up Mount Makiling.

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8.    Baguio City 
People flock to Baguio during the summer so that they can cool off and during the holidays to enjoy the cold mountain air just in time for the festivities. Things to do here include going horseback riding, strawberry picking, exploring Burnham Park, and of course, food tripping.

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9.    Cagayan de Oro City 
Cagayan de Oro provides tourists an array of activities, be it in the form of guns, extreme sports, or shopping. The city is a thriving business hub for Northern Mindanao and is the capital of Misamis Oriental. The Night Cafe and Night Market are perfect for shoppers, but the main attraction of the city is white water rafting.

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10.    Iloilo City 
Iloilo City is an urbanized city in the Philippines located in the island of Panay. It is a port city that serves the greater part of the Western Visayas Region. Iloilo also has its own Santo Niño festival in the form of the Dinagyang Festival held every 4th weekend of January. Other tourist spots in the area include Fort San Pedro, Don Fernando Avancena Ancestral House (The Camina Balay na Bato), Iloilo Customs House, and the Sunburst Park.

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