What Do Travelers Love About The Philippines?

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What do travelers love about the Philippines?

If I will be asked, "What do you love about the Philippines?" Of course, I would have awesome things to say but it might not be exciting for you. Many of us Filipinos are always proud (ika nga proud to be Pinoy) of what we have back home no matter what.

I asked 12 awesome world wanderers and travel experts I know both the travel bloggers and regular globe trotters who don't necessarily own blogs but had been to the Philippines. This aim to get general and personal feedback about what they really love about the Philippines. 

To my surprise, their answers really caught me off guard! I just can't wait to share them with you guys. I was having fun while I was browsing through their answers and I'm sure you'll do the same! So without much further ado, here's what they said! Enjoy!

Florine of World Adventure Divers

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"Scuba diving with the locals!"

The Philippines are unique in South East Asia. Their culture is so different from Thailand or Indonesia. Because of their history with Spain and United States, and as English is one of their official languages, the feeling is more westernised. Beyond the cultural background, there is in the Philippines, contrary to what many people might think, a real middle class who is able to afford travel and hobbies in its own country.

Filipinos do travel in their own country and some scuba dive. For the very first time in South East Asia, I was able to enjoy the world class diving spots of the Philippines with  local scuba divers. Needless to say, my experience was unforgettable with people sharing the best dive sites to go to, the cheapest scuba diving centres to dive with and the most delicious halo-halo ice cream to taste after a dive.

 Paige of For The Love of the Wanderlust 

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 "The two things I loved most about my time in the Philippines were the stunning natural sites I visited and the amazing culture and people I met."

I was always greeted with a smiling face, made extraordinary friends and embraced as much of this culture as possible.

Stefan and Sebastien, of  Nomadic Boys 

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Mermaids Stefan and Sebastien on Boracay island

"We visited the Philippines for a month earlier this year and fell in love with her. Why? Those incredible beaches and super friendly Filipinos aside, where else in the world can you dress up and learn to swim like a mermaid? Not many :)"

Lotte of Phenomenal Globe

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"I have been to several places in the Philippines, but what I loved most was hiking through the rice terraces of Batad because I had never seen something like it before!"

"The ingenious and narrow paths leading through the green rice fields and the irrigation canals were amazing, particularly because these are said to be over 2000 years old! It was a very special experience to be so removed from civilization without a phone signal or a shower. I really liked getting back to basic and only focus on the beautiful surroundings."

Samantha and  Yeison, of My Tan Feet

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"Although our time in the Philippines wasn't long enough, we fell in love with it from the get-go. "

The landscapes and scenery were stunning, it's hard to rightly describe it since the waters were some of the brightest blues I've ever seen and it was so green everywhere! Beaches were beautiful, with long stretches of soft sand and palm trees everywhere and sunsets were gorgeous. We spent all our time on Palawan but hope to visit the other islands.

Will of The Broke Backpacker

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"While my absolute love for the Philippines began immediately – from the ridiculously gorgeous landscapes to the equally wonderful people – what made it truly magnificent was my trek to meet Whang Od, the last Mamababatok – the tattoo master. I adventured with a newfound Filipino friend to reach the village in which she lived, and it was an unforgettable experience – one that shall be tattooed on me forever!"




Gerd from Austria

Philippine beach

"I love Bohol, there are a lot of nice things to do and see!"

 "I had a fantastic experience with the whale shark diving in Cebu.  Also, snorkeling in Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte it was awesome! I had my first experience with Fiesta in Leyte. It is a Spanish tradition wherein lots and lots of food are prepared and everybody is welcome to the feast! I was also driving with the motorcycle in a narrow and crooked road going up in the mountains, it was a really great adventure!! It was so relaxing! What I also love about the Philippines are the food and the people …” 

Arve from Norway

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"There is 100 million + 7102 reasons why I love the Philippines."

"The people and the paradise islands. Leyte is one of the islands that I love. From hiking to the mountain tops, to diving with the whale sharks, it is all safe in Leyte. You can visit the wild monkeys in Hindang caves or see MacArthur landing where the US crushed the Japanese.
With its location in the middle of the Philippines, Leyte gives you easy access to Samar through the famous San Juanico Bridge, Bohol, and Mindanao by ferry. Cebu and Manila is a short flight away."

Ronald from The Netherlands

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 " Coron, one of the most visited diving destinations in the Philippines."

"I was able to finish my open water course and it was a GREAT experience seeing various ship wrecks while my girlfriend having fun with her first scuba experience. We also enjoyed visiting breathtaking beaches, Islands, and nice restaurants. These are just some of the things that I love about the Philippines. I will definitely recommend these to everybody! "  

Mika from Finland

Sebu Lake 7 Falls- Traveler

"The food, people, and culture were amazing that I fell in love with about the Philippines!"

 "I had a 3 week holiday in the Philippines last January this year. I was able to explore  the seaside resorts up to the mountains. The food, people, and culture were amazing that I fell in love with about the Philippines! I’ll definitely be coming back there again and again. I visited the Lake Sebu and Seven Waterfalls in South Cotabato, it was breathtaking! I’ve been to Davao and Manila too!"

 

Hamid from Afghanistan

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“I love the fresh  air in Tagaytay, Philippines."

"It was my first to be in the Philippines with family. It was amazing to see the fruits that are for sale along the road on the way to Tagaytay. They are all fresh, soo nice!”  

Terje from Norway

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"I love the common Filipino people on how they tackle their lives with a big good smile."

"Nature is unquestionably great! But what I could not love about the Philippines is their corrupt government and the poor system.." -Terje

 

Jesper from Denmark

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Photo credit: Jaypee Photography

"There are so many things I love about the Philippines!"

The people, they always wear a beautiful genuine smile. They are very hospitable, very warm and they communicate well, they speak very good English! I also like the weather. The beaches look so fantastic with the white sand. 

The festival I've experienced, it's called "fiesta", it's a very festive way they celebrate it. The people are having their own karaoke at home "quite new for one though" but I enjoyed it a lot! And now I'm looking forward to visiting the Philippines again! 😉

 

It's always exciting to hear from our foreign visitors' perspective.  Whether the feedback would be positive or negative, it is still very interesting to know. Wouldn't you agree?!  

I hope you find their answers useful, especially for you guys who are planning to visit the Philippines in the future. As our country slogan says "It's more fun in the Philippines! So, what are you waiting for? Visit and experience the Philippines for yourself! 😉 

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  • Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog

    Great post Criz, thanks for including me:-) I would love to go back to the Philippines, it truly is an amazing country with so much to offer!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thanks Phenomenal Globe! Love your contribution too! Yes, there is so much more places and islands you must see and experience! 😉

      • Phenomenal Globe Travel Blog

        Haha, definitely! More than 7000 to choose from:-)

  • Love this post but overall love the vid commercial! 😀 Gotta get myself over there soon.

  • Learning to dive is on my to-do list and I’ve decided it has to be the Philippines, having heard so much about it this last year. Wouldn’t say no to a whale shark either!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Thank you for considering ‘my’ Philippines! If it’s diving you’re interested in, I’m sure you’ll love it there and that famous whale shark 😉

  • I’ve heard great things about the Philippines and can’t wait to go, plus I really want to be a mermaid!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Yes, definitely! Me too 😉

  • Eam Ayeltac Rekcelk

    this is such a great read! These travelers here seem to have a great time in the Philippines! 🙂

  • Jessica

    Lovely post. It’s More Fun in the Philippines! 🙂 Food, Mountains, Beaches, Heritage Sites, People. What else can you ask for? Visit Philippines again! #ProudPinay

  • Els Mahieu

    The Philippines become more and more popular and I can definitely see why now! Hopefully one of the next few years!

  • Robin Rue

    The Philippines sounds like such a fun place to visit. I would love to go someday.

  • Saving Common Cents

    It sounds like the natural landscape, welcoming people, and amazing food are really great reasons to visit the Philippines! It is one my bucket list!

  • I have so many friends from the Phillipines and it is truly beautiful. I must follow these travel bloggers.

  • tara pittman

    Those fruits look so amazing! I also love the water.

  • I would love to visit The Philippines, it’s on my list 🙂 Great photos!

  • Wow, it looks like there is a lot to love! Love the photos and the quotes from other travelers. Really makes me want to go there.

  • Acadiana’sThriftyMom

    These are beautiful photos! I would love to visit the Philippines 🙂

  • Wow looks amazing… Wood Arts Universe team is going there next week. I wish I could go ..

  • Now I am putting the Phillipines on my bucket list. I had heard it was cool…but did not know all of this.

  • Surely there are a lot of things to love about this country! I love the beaches the most and the culture too.

  • rika agustini

    I would love to visit Philippine. I have unused 5 stars hotel voucher 🙁 too bad

    • Crizzy Kiss

      You should use it! 😉

  • Michelle Mink

    these pictures are stunning! the one with the boys in the mermaid tails cracked me up. looks like there is a lot to enjoy in the philippines

  • I would love to visit some day. Need to keep this list handy so I know where to go.

  • It sounds like it’s a must visit for me now. I had no idea how wonderful it was!

  • Wow the Philippines looks beautiful! I’ve never been across the Atlantic ocean so it would be a great place to visit!

  • I love how you captured people from all over the world giving their point of view. The mermaid lesson and picture is Amazing!

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    I admit it, our country Philippines is one of the most beautiful place, I’m so thankful that you loved it.

    • Crizzy Kiss

      But of course! 😉

  • The Philippines is such a beautiful country. I’ve been to these places, but I want to explore it more.

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg the Philippines sound like a fabulous place to visit!!! Hopefully my travels take me there one day!

  • a wanderphile

    For me it’s the people. The Filipinos are stars!

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Absolutely! Thank you! 😉

  • just to let you know comments took nearly a minute to load? Great article and makes me want to add this to my bucket list – thanks

    • Crizzy Kiss

      Ohh sorry about that! Thanks for letting me know 😉

  • simdelish

    This makes me even more excited for TBEX next year! Thank you!

  • The Philippines has always been on my bucket list! So much beauty!

  • BuildYourOwnEmpire

    wow, that’s a super interesting article! I wanna go there myself at least once in my life.