For those looking for new ways to experience the country’s best beach destinations, it’s time to hunt for unique marine treasures and watery thrills. After all, the country’s rich islands can offer a lot of diving and adventurous spots to every Juan. The trick, as they say, is in knowing where to look.
Cebu Pacific (CEB) offers the lowest year-round fares for its domestic destinations including the country’s most exceptional summer locations like Cagayan de Oro, Palawan, San Jose and (Boracay) Caticlan.
Puerto Princesa in Palawan offers a lot of magnificent dive sites that not too many visitors have had the chance to explore. These include the White Beach and the Red Cliff that is home to the most diverse marine life including manta rays, sharks, dugong, and the rare whaleshark.
San Jose in Mindoro Occidental is also home to Apo Reef, the world’s largest atoll reef, next to the Great Barrier Reef. Sightings of turtles, sharks and colorful fish are plenty in Apo Reef. Those who want to help preserve this marine landmark can also volunteer for the World Wide Fund for Nature-Philippines’ (WWF) cleanup drives. These efforts seek to minimize the outbreak of Crown of Thorns Starfish destroying the corals in the area.
Meanwhile, everyone can’t seem to get enough of Boracay’s world-famous beach with hundreds of thousands of tourists flocking to the island year-in and year-out. But aside from its crystal-clear waters and the exhilarating party scene, there’s a lot more to experience in this top beach destination.
Diving enthusiasts can explore the dive spots around Boracay, like the Kamia II wreckage site that offers stunning marine encounters. Crocodile Island also has one of the best coral sites in the island. And for the most intrepid adventurer, there’s always outrigger sailing, kite surfing, and whitewater rafting on the Tibiao River, just two hours away from Boracay.
While most prefer strolling on the white sandy beaches along the coastline of Camiguin Island near Cagayan de Oro, dipping in the waters of its hot springs is an experience in itself. Camiguin’s sulfur-rich pools and swimming holes are believed to have healing qualities, and can treat tired travelers to the most soothing and rejuvenating dip.