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3 Underrated Places To See When You Visit The Philippines

Updated: Mar 7, 2023

When we think of the Philippines, we think of the tropics. They might not have snow or skis, but boy do they have beaches, waterfalls, rivers, and mountains!

For years, the Philippines is one of the countries often visited by tourists because of how relatively cheap it is to travel to, and the number of sites there is to see.

As such, there are already tons of articles online about what to see, where to go, and what to do when visiting the Philippines. When reading those articles, chances are you are going to see the same spots again and again.

This time, I’d like to share the places that are less popular, unjustly so. They might not have the same foot traffic as Boracay or Palawan or Siargao, but that doesn’t mean they don’t shine!

Here are 3 underrated places that you need to add to your itinerary when visiting the Philippines:

Maligcong Rice Terraces
Maligcong Rice Terraces

1. Luzon

● Maligcong Rice Terraces

If you fancy taking a break from the popular Banaue Rice Terraces and the hanging coffins in Sagada, then Maligcong Rice Terraces will truly be a treat for you.

Located in Bontoc — the capital municipality of Mountain Province, Maligcong Rice Terraces is one of those places where it can be a pain to commute to (think long travel times) but is definitely rewarding.

Green rice fields, all lovingly nurtured by the hardworking hands of the Filipino farmers. And if you time your travel right, you’ll see the golden rows of rice ripe for harvest, humbly bowing down as if thanking the ground for letting them grow and fulfill their purpose of feeding hungry mouths.

Digyo Island, Leyte
Digyo Island, Leyte

2. Visayas

● Digyo Island, Leyte

Visayas is home to a lot of beautiful, breathtaking bodies of water.

  • Boracay Island

  • Bantayan Island

  • Oslob

  • Cambugahay Falls

Are all located in the Visayas region! And there’s still a lot more to offer.

One of them is Digyo Island in the province of Leyte. Some may even consider Digyo Island as one of the “secret islands” of the Philippines. Digyo Island is part of what is called the “Cuatro Islas” or Four Islands, and it is located off the coast of Inopacan, Leyte.

It really has all the elements of a wonderful beach getaway: a well-balanced mix of white sand and rocky shorelines, a sandbar, clear waters, and if you are lucky, stunning sunrise and sunset views.

Think of it as Boracay, with way less number of tourists. Ridiculously picture-perfect!

Pink Sand Beach
Pink Sand Beach

3. Mindanao

● Pink Sand Beach

Housed in Great Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga City, Pink Sand Beach is known for, well, its pink sand beach which formed due to the red corals that are abundant in the place.

Mindanao has an unfair reputation of being dangerous, which overlooks the fact that Mindanao has a lot to offer to the tourism industry.

Quick note: this beach beauty is only open for daytime use, due to security purposes.

Prepare your snorkeling gear and suntan lotion, and enjoy your time in the sun!

With that said, these are only three out of the abundant number of breathtaking spots that the Philippines has to offer.

Ready to start planning your trip to the Philippines? Schedule a consultation with me today.

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