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Travel Guide to the Top Tourist Spots in the Philippines

If you’re looking for great and grand travel destinations, you do not need to look far. The Philippines is a treasure trove of majestic sights, providing experiences worth remembering for the rest of your life. If you love traveling and seeing natural beauty, going around local Philippine areas is one of the best decisions you’ll make. After all, the Philippines is called the Pearl of the Orient for a reason.

Located in South East Asia, the Philippines is one of the world’s most known travel destinations. Known for its white beaches and bountiful forests, tourists from all over the world flock to the country to experience a world that’s far from ordinary. As a Filipino, you should try to explore what you have in your country first before venturing to faraway countries.

Things You Need to Know When Travelling to the Philippines

Just like traveling in foreign countries, you have to familiarize yourself with the basics of the Philippines before deciding to travel around the country. Even if you are a native Filipino, it does not automatically make you an expert in all the local landscapes.

To help you get started, we have prepared some of the things you need to know when traveling to the Philippines.

Weather

Typically, the Philippines experiences warm tropical weather all year round. However, as large bodies of water surround it, it’s not a stranger to tropical storms and wet weather conditions. The rainy season often starts around July or August. If you want a hassle-free trip around the country, it would be strategic to plan your trip around November to May.

Time zone

The Philippines has one time zone: the Philippine Standard Time (GMT+8).

Budget

Make sure that you have enough money when planning your travels, even if you’re going around the sights in your country. Thankfully, you have a lot of options in terms of food and accommodations when traveling around the Philippines. If you want a luxurious trip, you can book grand hotels near prime beach destinations in the Philippines or master suites in 5-star resorts. Alternatively, you can also opt for a more budget-friendly hostel or a bed space option.

To make sure that you have enough budget, it would be wise to set a travel itinerary and see the potential expenses that you will have. Include accommodations, food, and transportation allowances. You’ll be able to find the costs of activities online, so it would be good to research before you start traveling. You can also try to get tour packages so that you’d get to see the main sights before you travel off the beaten path.

Sort your priorities and see which you can and can’t do without. That way, you’ll be able to approximate your budget and maximize what you can afford without breaking the bank.

Packing Essentials

The items you will need to pack will vary depending on your destination. You would not wear trekking outfits in beaches, and swimming wear is not recommended on hiking trips. However, some essentials are sure must-haves when packing for your trip. These include appropriate outfits, underwear, footwear, accessories, jackets (if needed), hats, and basic toiletries if ever your accommodation doesn’t offer complimentary ones.

It would also be advisable to dress according to the rules of the place you’re going to. It wouldn’t be respectful to wear revealing outfits in churches, and wearing formal clothes in regular eateries would be awkward. As much as possible, pack smart. Only bring the things you need, and do away with the items that may not be necessary.

Why You Need Domestic Travel Insurance

Another one of the top things you should include in your budget is travel insurance. You may think that this is not necessary, especially if you’re only traveling domestically. But you’ll come to know that traveling locally almost has the same risks as when you are traveling abroad.

You never know when your luck may run out, and unfortunate travel circumstances like accidents may happen to you. To address the nagging feeling of “what-ifs,” it would be better to protect yourself financially with the help of domestic travel insurance.

Travel insurance comes in many forms, and you can customize your package depending on what type of coverage you need. The most common benefits that come with travel insurance are personal accident coverage, flight cancellation and delay coverage, theft and loss items coverage, and more.

Travelling will definitely cost you money, but unforeseen circumstances will cost you more and set you back financially if you’re not careful enough. Avoid the possibility of encountering economic shock by getting your own domestic travel insurance policy. That way, you’ll get to enjoy the beauty of Philippine travel destinations without worrying about the “what-ifs” and “should-have-been.”

Best Places to Visit in the Philippines

As mentioned, you’ll get to see numerous sights when you travel to the Philippines. This country has some of the best beaches and countryside in the world, and you’ll be hard-pressed to see a person who will not take the chance to visit them all.

To give you an idea of where you should go, here are some Philippine travel destinations you should go to when you have the time:

Manila

Considered as the capital of the Philippines, Manila is the most known destination in the country. When people talk of Manila, it’s either they’re talking of the actual city (Manila City) or the metropolitan area consisting of several cities (also called National Capital Region or Metro Manila). Manila is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Although it isn’t the prettiest city you’ll get to see in the Philippine Islands, there’s much to love and appreciate in this diverse and historical area.

How to Pay
Manila is one of the most advanced places in the Philippines. You have various options when paying for the products and services in this city. Of course, establishments always accept cash. Apart from cash, you can likewise use your credit cards and debit cards in select establishments in Manila. There’s also the option of using applications and cashless transactions like PayMaya and GCash.

Try to see which option is most convenient for you, and check the vendor or establishment if they accept that option. That way, you’ll get to pay using the option you prefer and experience less hassle during your travel.

Medical Services
There’s an abundance of hospitals and medical services available in Manila, both public and private. Since Manila is extremely dense, however, most public hospitals might be too crowded for travelers. If you need to seek medical assistance in Manila, it might be better to go to private practices and hospitals if you have the budget to spare. It is especially recommended if you have travel insurance that covers medical services anyway.

Connectivity
Compared to the connectivity in other parts of the country, connectivity in Manila is relatively faster. Of course, accessing the internet through a hotel or restaurant Wi-Fi is recommended. That’s because of the mobile data limit of local telecommunications companies. It would be ideal to have your own pocket Wi-Fi as well if you’re traveling in Manila. Overall, you should have no problems accessing online websites in the Philippines, although the speed of access is a different matter altogether.

Main Attractions
There are numerous attractions that you can visit in Manila in a day if you have the convenience of having a vehicle at your beck and call. Some of the most common places people visit are Intramuros, the National Museum, the Mind Museum, and food crawls in areas like Maginhawa, BF Aguirre, Lilac Street, and Kapitolyo. The sunset and sunrise are also breathtaking in Manila. You should plan on heading to Manila Bay or in the seaside area in Mall of Asia if you want to see such sights.

Accommodations
Picking the best accommodations for you really depends on what you want to experience in Manila. If you want to be close to the classic Manila tourist spots like the National Museum and Intramuros, then you should probably book nearby hotels like The Manila Hotel, Bayleaf, Hotel Jen, Century Park Hotel, and Diamond Hotel. Alternatively, you can also book rooms through Airbnb. If you want to be closer to the best urban spaces in Metro Manila, then booking rooms near Makati or BGC would be ideal.

Getting Around
You have various transportation options in Manila. The first thing you will probably see in Manila’s busy streets are jeepneys. You can get around using jeepneys if you know their routes. You can also try to ride the Metropolitan Rail Transportation or MRT if you are curious about it. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be convenient to travel through the MRT. To get around easily, you should try riding taxis or using commuter apps like Grab or Angkas, which is a motorcycle ride-sharing app. Note that there is no Uber in Manila.

Food
Unlike provinces, Manila doesn’t have a prime food specialty. Instead, it’s filled with various versions of food specialties from all over the country. You can go as far as to say that Manila provides a sampler of what you will find in provinces with specialties. If you want to go around and find a variety of food options, you should try the Poblacion food crawl at least once. There are numerous restaurants around the Poblacion neighborhood in Makati, and you’ll have plenty of options to choose from depending on your mood and craving for the day. As mentioned above, there are a number of food craws around the Metro that have also become tourist attractions.

Some other places to go if you want good, local food are the Seaside Market (Dampa), Manam, Gerry’s Grill, and Mesa Filipino Moderne.

Language
In Manila, the most used language is Filipino and English. If you want to get around quickly, it would be ideal to use these languages.

Cordillera Region

The Cordillera Region is one of the most known destinations when it comes to majestic mountains and caves. It mainly consists of areas like Apayao, Abra, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Benguet, and Baguio City.

How to Pay
Depending on which establishment you go to, you probably have the option to go cashless with debit and credit cards in select places in the Cordillera Region. However, the primary mode of payment in the area, especially for smaller establishments and places away from the main cities is always going to be cash.

Medical Services
As the Cordillera Region is not as developed as Manila, there are fewer hospitals in each area. Some of the places you can go to when you encounter health ailments in the middle of your trip are Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital in Mountain Province, Benguet General Hospital in Benguet, and Almora General Hospital in Kalinga.

Connectivity
There are areas in the Cordillera Region with good connectivity, but the farther from the city centers you get, the weaker the signal becomes. It is recommended that you do everything connectivity-related in city centers and focus on exploring the sights once you reach the more far-flung areas in Cordillera Region.

Main Attractions
With an area as large as the Cordillera Region, you’ll certainly never run out of places to discover. But among the amazing sights, some of the most popular attractions in the area are Baguio City’s Burnham Park, Benguet’s Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves, Mountain Province’s Sagada, and Kalinga’s pride—Apo Whang-od.

Accommodations
Accommodations in Cordillera vary depending on where you’re going. If you’re in Baguio, there are numerous hotels and hostels that you can choose from depending on your budget. But if you’re staying in places like Kalinga, expect only to see Homestays and small inns, especially if you’re traveling to visit Apo Whang-Od. Some of the only commercial accommodations in Kalinga are Lulupa Riverside Inn and Sleeping Beauty Inn. The rates are around Php 200 – Php 250 per head a night.

Getting Around
Again, your mode of transportation varies depending on where you are. If you are in the city, expect to see taxis and ride-hailing apps. However, if you are traveling to more far-flung areas, you’d need to get around using a private vehicle, a van, or a bus.

Food
Some of the famous dishes that you should to taste while you’re in Cordillera Region are Pinikpikan (battered chicken), Etag (salted, cured, aged meat), and Tapuey (native rice wine). You should also try the different types of coffee available in the Cordillera Region.

Language
If you’re in the Cordillera Region, knowing Ilocano would be incredibly useful. But if you do not understand Ilocano, you can try to communicate with the people using Filipino or English.

Batanes

Batanes is a remote province located in the northernmost part of the Philippines. It is divided into four zones: North Batan, South Batan, Sabtang Island, and Itbayat Island.

How to Pay
When doing any financial transaction in a remote area like Batanes, it’s preferable to use cash.

Medical Services
Since Batanes is a rural area, there are limited options when you want to seek medical assistance. Your best options for medical aid in Batanes would probably have to be Batanes General Hospital in Basco and Itbayat District Hospital in Itbayat.

Connectivity
Expect little-to-no access to the internet while you’re in Batanes. It’s a remote area with limited signal towers, so accessing the internet there will be near-impossible.

Main Attractions
Once you’re in Batanes, you should take the Basco tour. It is a short tour that takes just half a day, and you’ll get to see loads of beautiful sights located in Batanes. Alternatively, you can also try to visit Batan Island, Sabtang Island, and Itbayat Island.

Accommodations
There’s limited accommodations in Batanes. Most of these are concentrated in the poblacion area where the airport is located. If you want cheap and affordable accommodations, try Troy’s Lodge and Mafel’s Lodge. Staying in those areas cost Php 1,000 per room.

Getting Around
If you want to travel around Batanes, it would be ideal to have access to a bike or a motorcycle.

Food
Batanes technically has no food specialty, but since it is close to the coasts, the locals are always good with cooking shellfish and seafood. Try to have a taste of the Dibang (flying fish) and lobsters (which are incredibly cheap) when in Batanes.

Language
Ivsayen, Isamurongen, and Itbayen are the local languages in Batanes. However, most people understand Filipino, Ilocano and English.

Ilocos

Ilocos is known as one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the Philippines. Here are some things you should know if you want to visit the area:

How to Pay
You can use both cash and card (debit or credit) when paying for goods and services in Ilocos. The preferred payment method, however, is still cash.

Medical Services
If you ever encounter medical issues in Ilocos, some of the hospitals you should try visiting are the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center, the MMMH and MC Outpatient Department, and Bacarra Medical Center.

Connectivity
Signal and connectivity are generally good in Ilocos, especially near the Poblacion areas. However, there are certain spots in more remote locations that are not as accessible when it comes to connectivity.

Main Attractions
Ilocos provides a wide variety of attractions that make tourists excited and enthralled. These include the Paoay Sand Dunes, the Bangui Wind Mills, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Kabigan Falls, and Bantay Church and Bell Tower.

Accommodations
There are numerous hotels and resorts available if ever you choose to visit Ilocos. Here are some of our top picks: AA Travellers Pad Hotel, Gertes Resort Hotel and Restaurant, Balay de Blas Pensionne, and Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel.

Getting Around
To enjoy Ilocos, you need to find a mode of transportation that will readily bring you from one point to the next. Of course, the most convenient option is using a private van or car. There are also buses and utility vehicles available in Ilocos. But for shorter travels, you should try going around via tricycles.

Food
Ilocos has several food specialties that you shouldn’t miss! Some of the food items you must try once you’re in Ilocos are Bagnet, Pinakbet, Empanada, Tinubong, and Dinadaran.

Language
People in Ilocos generally speak Ilocano, however, most of them are also fluent in Filipino and English.

Palawan

If you want to experience the best beaches and sunsets in the Philippines, Palawan is one of the places you should visit.

How to Pay
Palawan is a famous tourist destination, so establishments are often used to receiving payments either through cash or card. However, most vendors, especially smaller street vendors, still only accept cash as a mode of payment.

Medical Services
If you ever encounter accidents in Palawan, some medical establishments to visit are the Palawan Medical City, the El Nido Health Center, and Ace Medical Center.

Connectivity
Palawan has relatively good connectivity. However, the more remote your location becomes, the less signal there is for phones and mobile data. Since most beaches are located in remote areas, you should try to do everything related to the internet in the main city, and try to focus on the sights once you reach Palawan’s main attractions.

Main Attractions
When in Palawan, there are certain places that you should definitely visit if given the opportunity to do so. Some of the main tourist destinations in Palawan are Coron, Balabac, San Vicente and El Nido.

Accommodations
You have the pick when it comes to accommodations in Palawan. There are some hotels and resorts around the area, but most places (especially in El Nido and San Vicente) may experience power outages due to its remote location. More upscale resorts are available in these places, especially in El Nido, if you need power all day.

Getting Around
You’ll be able to go around Palawan via boats and other modes of transportation in bodies of water. Other options include the use of private vehicles, vans, and long-distance buses that take you from Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s main entry point, to other destinations in the island via Roro.

Food
When in Palawan, always try to make sure that you try their specialty dishes, especially their Chicken Inasal, Crocodile Sisig, Cha Long Noodles, and Halo-halo. If you are the adventurous type, you should also try their Tamilok and Nido Soup.

Language
The primary languages used in Palawan are Filipino, Ilonggo and English.

Cebu

Considered as one of the main tourist hubs in the country, there is no shortage of attractions and activities in Cebu. Here are some details to get you started if you are planning on visiting Cebu:

How to Pay
Just like Manila, there are various payment method options in Cebu. Of course, cash is still king in all establishments. However, if you prefer to use cashless transactions, there are many establishments accepting cards and payments through apps like PayMaya and GCash.

Medical Services
If you ever encounter medical emergencies in Cebu, some of the hospitals you can visit are the Cebu City Medical Center, the University of Cebu Medical Center, and the Center for Health Center Services Inc.

Connectivity
There’s good connectivity in Cebu, especially if you are staying in the city. It would be ideal to have your own pocket Wi-Fi if you want faster internet speed.

Main Attractions
Once you step foot in Cebu City, there are must-see attractions that you definitely shouldn’t miss! Some of these include Magellan’s Cross, Plaza Independencia, Cathedral Museum of Cebu, Sirao Peak, Taoist Temple, and Temple of Leah.

Accommodations
From affordable to high-end hotels, you have a wide range of accommodations depending on your budget. For a more affordable option, you can try to book the ABC Hotel Cebu or the Cebu R Hotel – Capital. For Midrange accommodations, there’s Hotel Elizabeth Cebu and Quest Hotel & Conference Center. For higher-end options, try to look up Best Western Plus Lex Cebu and Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu.

Getting Around
The most convenient way to go around Cebu is through the use of taxis and private vehicles. But if you want to explore and other places, you can try using public transport systems like jeeps and motorcycles.

Food
If there’s one food synonymous to Cebu nowadays, there’s no doubt that it’s Lechon. This is one of the most iconic must-haves in Cebu, especially in the city. But apart from Lechon, Cebu has other food must-haves as well. These include Pochero, Puso Rice, Mango Pizza, and SuTuKil.

Language
Locals use Cebuano or Bisaya in daily conversations. However, they’re eloquent in English when talking to travelers lost in their city.

Boracay

White sand beaches and azure blue waters, Boracay is perhaps one of the top travel destinations not just in the Philippines, but in the whole world. Before its rehabilitation, Boracay was a hot destination for people who want to experience amazing parties in beaches together with friends and strangers alike. Post-rehabilitation, Boracay remains as one of the premier travel destinations in Asia, less the all-night partying by the beach.

How to Pay
In Boracay, you can opt to pay via card or cash. This travel destination is very used to the tourist influx especially during summers, so they have no problem entertaining multiple modes of payments. But of course, there’s no denying that while cashless transactions are acceptable in Boracay, cash is still the preferred method.

Medical Services
Should you encounter medical issues in Boracay, medical establishments like Scandi Medical Clinic, Metropolitan Doctors Medical Clinic, and Saint Gabriel Medical Center are available and open for patients in Boracay.

Connectivity
You can expect to be well-connected to the internet when in Boracay, especially since this is a tourist hub used to entertaining numerous guests.

Main Attractions
In Boracay, there are heaps of activities that you can try. You can try to go helmet diving, Jet skiing, Paraw sailing, point cliff diving, and scuba diving in various places, among other watersport activities.

Accommodations
There are numerous accommodation options in Boracay, from more affordable rooms to luxury resorts. In Station 1, the luxurious accommodations in White Beach Villas and the Lind Boracay can cost up to PHP 21,450 a night. In Station 2, the midrange hotels, you can try to book The District Boracay for around PHP 9,000 a night or Boracay Uptown Hotel for PHP 7,000 a night. The more affordable Station 3 hotels like Mandala Spa & Resort Villas and Paradise Garden Resort Hotel & Convention Center can cost around Php 5,000 a night.

Getting Around
If you want to get around Boracay, you can choose to ride tricycles, rent a bicycle, or walk by the beach or main road.

Food
If you visit Boracay, there are local favorites that you should must try. These include the Calamansi Muffin, Jonah’s Fruit Shake, and the fresh seafood caught in the sea, ready for cooking and eating at a local restaurant.

Language
Since this is a tourist hub, most locals know how to speak in English. However, the preferred languages in the area are Tagalog and Aklanon.

Camiguin

Camiguin is also one of the best places to visit if you want to see breathtaking sunsets that serve as a backdrop to beautiful beaches and waters. It has seven volcanoes, and its landscape continues to be influenced by the volcanic activities in the area.

How to Pay
In Camiguin, it’s preferable to always use cash, especially since there’s not a lot of big establishments in the area.

Medical Services
Some of your medical service options in Camiguin include the Camiguin General Hospital and Lumbay Doctor’s Clinic.

Connectivity
There are spots in Camiguin with good internet speed, especially in Mambajao where you can find 4G connection. However, for more far-flung and remote areas, the connection can be a little bit spotty.

Main Attractions
Some of the best tourist attractions in Camiguin include the White Island, Old Catarman Church Ruins, The Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery, Soda Cold Spring Resort, Ardent Hot Spring, Hibok-Hibok, Katibawasan Falls and Mantigue Island.

Accommodations
Accommodations in Camiguin are relatively affordable. The Bahay Bakasyunin resort and Bintana sa Paraiso Binunsaran both cost around HP 2,000 per night, while Algen’s Dive and D&A Seaside Cottages both cost around PHP 1,300 per night.

Getting Around
You can conveniently get around Camiguin by renting multicabs and motorcycles. You have the option to rent these for the whole day, either with a driver (PHP 2000 – PHP 2500) or without a driver (PHP 500 – PHP 800).

Food
When in Camiguin, you should try local restaurants like Kurma, Guerrera, and Bahay Bakasyunan sa Camiguin. They offer Filipino and Asian dishes that will definitely suit your taste.

Language
The main dialects spoken in Camiguin are Cebuano and Hiligaynon. Of course, in places with tourists, locals try to speak Filipino and English as well.

Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro, the City of Golden Friendship, is perhaps one of the safest places in the country. From its natural seascapes to thrilling activities, there’s a lot that you can do when you visit Cagayan De Oro or CDO, for short.

How to Pay
If you’re planning to visit CDO, it’s better to withdraw just enough money from nearby ATMs and use cash for your transactions. Although there are establishments that accept cards, most activities in the beaches and waterfalls (where tourists flock) only accept cash payments.

Medical Services
If you encounter health and medical issues while traveling in CDO, you can visit medical establishments like Cagayan de Oro Medical Center, Polymedic Medical Plaza, and Capitol University Medical Center.

Connectivity
Cagayan de Oro has a relatively good internet connection speed. It’s recommended that you bring your own portable Wi-Fi when traveling around CDO to avoid over-using your mobile data.

Main Attractions
Some of the main attractions in Cagayan de Oro include the watersports adventures in Cagayan de Oro River, the Canopy Walk and zip line in Macahambus Cave and Gorge, natural falls in Catanico, Mingtugsok, and Manlumot, and man-made marvels like Plaza del Heroes, Gaston Park, and Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral.

Accommodations
You can choose among many budget to top-rated hotels in Cagayan de Oro. For budget hotels, the Urban Pod and St. Nicolas Inn can be good choices. For mid-range hotels, there’s Red Planet Hotel and New Dawn Pensionne. For top-rated hotels, you can try booking Seda Centrio or Limketkai Luxe Hotel.

Getting Around
To get around CDO, it’s better to use tricycles, jeeps, or taxis for short distance travels. Riding buses or renting private vehicles are more practical when traveling long distances, like going to ports or the airport.

Food
If you ever visit CDO, you should try its top delicacies and bring some home to your loved ones. Some of the most famous delicacies in CDO are Pastel, Jamon de Cagayan, Chicharon, Cashew Nuts, and Turones de Mani.

Language
The main languages used in CDO are Cebuano and Ilonggo. However, you’ll also find people who fluently speak English and Filipino in the area.

Bohol

Bohol is a beautiful province that’s a must-visit place for people who haven’t traveled much in the Philippines. Some things you should know before traveling to Bohol are the following:

How to Pay
Although some establishments in Bohol accept credit cards, the preferred mode of payment here is cash.

Medical Services
Should you encounter medical issues while traveling in Bohol, there are some hospitals that will be more than willing to take you in. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, Englewood Hospital, and the Don Emilio Del Valle Memorial Hospital are some institutions that can assist.

Connectivity
In general, internet speed in Bohol is relatively fast. Depending on your carrier, you can have 12.4 MBPS speed on your internet connection when traveling in Bohol.

Main Attractions
Some of Bohol’s main attractions include the Tarsier Conservation Center, the Loboc Eco-Tourism Adventure Park, Chocolate Hills, Panglao Beach, Bilar Man-made Forest, and the Baclayon Church.

Accommodations
Some of the famous accommodations in Bohol are the Bohol Dauis Hotels and Resorts Pension Houses, Panglao Island Hotels, and the Cabilao Beach Resort.

Getting Around
Getting around Bohol is easy as you can rent motorcycles or private cars. There are also jeepneys and tricycles in the main areas. For island hopping, traveling by boat is the only way to go.

Food
Some of the best places you need to visit while you’re in Bohol are Payag Restaurant, Gererda’s, Oriental Garden, and Tarsier Paprika. Some local must-tastes include the Bohol Honey, Malunggay Ice Cream, and Kalamay.

Language
The main language used in Bohol is Cebuano, but locals also speak Filipino and English fluently.

Bicol

The Bicol region is considered as one of the up and coming destinations in the Philippines. With places like Legazpi, Naga, and Caramoan, there’s certainly a lot to be proud of when it comes to Bicol’s attractions.

How to Pay
It’s better to pay via cash in Bicol since most vendors are unable to accept credit card payments.

Medical Services
Some trusted medical establishments in Bicol are Bicol Medical Center and Eastern Bicol Medical Center. If you ever encounter health issues in Bicol, these are some of the establishments you should visit.

Connectivity
There is internet connection in Bicol, but more far-flung places (which are the main tourist attractions) often have limited signal.

Main Attractions
Some of the best attractions in the Bicol region include the Sumlang Lake, Cagsawa Ruins, Lignon Hill Nature Park, Bicolandia ATV Experience, Camsur Watersports Complex, and Caramoan Islands. Other popular places to visit are Calaguas Island (for crystal clear waters and white sands) and Donsol (for whale sharks spotting).

Accommodations
If you’re traveling to the Bicol region, some of the best accommodations you can get are The Avenue Plaza, Third and Sean’s Place, Tugawe Cove Resort, and Villa Caceres Hotel.

Getting Around
To get around Bicol, you’ll need a private vehicle, or you can rent a taxi to maximize your tour. Of course, buses are always good options as well. But nothing beats the convenience of directly going where you need to be with the help of private vehicles and taxis.

Food
Some of the most famous Bicol dishes that you should definitely try are Bicol Express, Laing, Kinunot, and Linubak. Pili nuts are also tasty as snacks or desserts.

Language
Most people in Bicol speak Bikol, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon. However, they can also speak Filipino and English when speaking to tourists.

Dumaguete and Negros Oriental

If you want a chill and relaxing place to travel to, Dumaguete & Negros Oriental is the place to be. Dubbed as a University town because of its student population, Dumaguete & Negros Oriental are some of the top spots that expats choose when retiring in the Philippines.

Some things you should know when traveling to Dumaguete & Negros Oriental:

How to Pay
Cash and cards are both accepted in Dumaguete & Negros Oriental. While cash is still the main payment method that people prefer, cards are almost as accepted in Dumaguete & Negros Oriental, especially since many establishments can facilitate payment through cards.

Medical Services
Some of the most known medical establishments in Dumaguete & Negros Oriental are Silliman University Medical Center, Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital, and Dumaguete City Regional Hospital.

Connectivity
The internet speed in Dumaguete & Negros Oriental is relatively fast, especially since this area is widely populated by university students.

Main Attractions
If you want to travel to Dumaguete & Negros Oriental, some of the main attractions that you should definitely visit are the Manjuyod Sandbar and Twin Lakes, Oslob Tour, Apo Island, Pulang Bato Falls, and Red Rock Hot Spring.

Accommodations
There are many accommodation options in Dumaguete & Negros Oriental. Some of the most known are The Flying Fish Hostel, Island Leisure Boutique Hotel & Spa, Aqua Dive Resort, and Antulang Beach Resort.

Getting Around
When getting around Dumaguete & Negros Oriental, it’s preferable to have your own borrowed or rented private vehicle. For shorter distances, you can travel by motorcycle or mini cabs.

Food
The most notable food options in Dumaguete & Negros Oriental are local street food in the Painitan Public Market, Sansrival Cakes, Café Antonio, and Sansrival Bistro.

Language
People in Dumaguete & Negros Oriental speak Bisaya, but most of them also know how to speak in Filipino and English.

Surigao

When it comes to diversity of attractions and sights, Surigao is one of the top travel destinations in the Philippines. If you’re interested in traveling to Surigao, here are some of the things you should take into mind:

How to Pay
It would be ideal to withdraw cash before going to Surigao, as most vendors in the area only accept cash. Although there are heaps of ATM machines in the area, it would be a hassle to constantly find one once you run out of cash to use. Credit and debit cards should only be used for back-up in case you go to stores that accept such payments.

Medical Services
Some of the medical establishments you can go to if you have medical issues in Surigao are the Caraga Regional Hospital, Surigao Medical Center, and Saint Paul Surigao University Hospital.

Connectivity
In general, there’s good internet speed in Surigao, especially in city centers. But when it comes to more remote areas, you may experience slower to non-existent internet access.

Main Attractions
If it’s your first time traveling to Surigao, there’s a lot of places you can go to. Some of the things you can do are island hopping in Britania, swimming in the Enchanted River, and witnessing the majesty of the Philippines’ own version of the Niagara Falls: the Tinuy-an Falls.

Accommodations
Some of the top accommodation options in Surigao include Daluyong Beach Resort, Siargao Island Villas, Hygge Bungalows, and Sunlit Hostel. These are all relatively affordable and has good reviews from past visitors.

Getting Around
There are shuttle services and open-air tour vans in Surigao for tourists, especially if you have planned a group tour with a tour company. In short distances, motorcycles are recommended. But for over-the-sea travels, everyone is advised to travel by ferry.

Food
You definitely have to try the unique food options present only in Surigao. Some of these are the Sayongsong, special Kinilaw, Poot-poot Ginamos, and Dried Pijanga.

Language
Most people in Surigao speak Surigaonon. However, like other prime destinations, most locals also know Filipino and English to cater to tourists.

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If you’re planning on traveling to any of these local destinations, getting domestic travel insurance is surely the way to go. You never know when accidents may occur, so it is practical and helpful to be prepared financially should you ever come across accidents, delays, or other unfortunate circumstances during your trip.

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