Explore the lesser-known hidden treasures in the Philippines and prepare to be blown away. This tropical paradise is a classic example of a place that has more than meets the eye. It is no wonder why the country experienced an increase of around 7.7% in foreign visitors in 2018, compared to the previous year. Aside from famous places like Palawan , Boracay, Panglao Island or Siargao, hidden treasures waiting to be explored. What are some of these?
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1. Explore Limestone Caves at Kaparkan Falls
If Baguio is known for its rice terraces, then Abra is known for its nature-formed terraced waterfall. The spectacular spring terraces will never cease to amaze you. It reminds you of a fiction novel that describes a waterfall in an unknown paradise, except that it is right there before your eyes. Standing 175 meters tall with a width of 30 meters, the stunning Kaparkan Falls is a sight to behold. The pools situated with each layer of white limestone are perfect for soaking your tired bodies. No words can simply capture the loveliness and allure of Kaparkan Falls.
2. Food Trip Through Guimaras Island
Did you know that in 1995, the Guinness Book of World Records listed Guimaras mango as the sweetest in the world? More than the delicious fruit that is grown and exported across the country, the island-province offers an array of awesome features. From white sand beaches and islets with diving areas perfect for snorkeling to wind farms, as well as exquisite flora and fauna, you’ll never get enough of Guimaras.
The waters surrounding the group of islands and islets are teeming with fish and have been known to be frequented by various species of dolphins and whales. Remember to get yourself travel insurance first before going to these areas as some resorts require you to have them in case you go snorkeling or diving.
3. Discover the Mystery of Siquijor Island
To the east of Guimaras, right after the landmass of Negros Island, is the island-province of Siquijor. The place has long been known as a haven of mysticism, with residents believing in the supernatural.
In recent years, officials of the island-province opened its doors to local visitors and travelers from across the globe. Needless to say, what they saw completely captivated them. The white sand beaches and pristine waters are nothing like you have ever seen before. The island also boasts of many attractions like the Cambugahay Falls and the Capilay and Guiwanon Spring Parks.
Many of these attractions are not featured in international tourist magazines so you can expect to enjoy these places along with few tourists and locals. However, visiting one, if not all of these destinations will surely make the trip worthwhile when you travel by motor.
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