It’s nearly 2017; have you completed your last-minute travel escapades yet? You’re probably taking some down time right now, hoping to spend the last five days of 2016 with your family. Then again, who are we kidding? We’re quite sure you’re itching to go somewhere else right now.
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In case you are now making travel plans (out of boredom over the holidays), here are the top destination picks for many travellers this 2016. We’ve got it all from the most visited places — to a few hidden gems that are sure to leave you in awe.
Of all destinations I’ve been, no one beats yet my trip to Mt. Pulag. Though we were not able to witness the famous sea of clouds, it was still one of the best!
– John of Four Eyed Laagan
With 0 degrees Celsius temperature, only the brave and the daring will survive!
There are still a lot of places for me to discover but Prony and the tarsiers were one of the unique tourist attractions in the island. Alona Beach has a mini Boracay-style look which really appealed to me and the beach water is really good.
– Jomar of Laagan Ko
Palawan had been on top of my bucketlist ever since I was young and I finally got to visit this paradise on earth last March 2014. Every single day was like waking up in heaven and how I wish I had started the blog sooner to share this wonderful experience with you guys. Here’s to hoping I could visit you again, El Nido! 🙂 #matinlocshrine #elnido #palawan #philippines #morefuninthephilippines #eulapanda
Nothing beats El Nido! Not too far behind is Siargao.
– Eula of Eula Panda
Coron. Because I saw that there is a beautiful world down there. And I can’t wait to jump in the water and explore all the islands.
– Badet of The Misis Chronicles
For me, Siquijor is a top travel destination! Don’t believe everything they say about this place because it is a perfect getaway from the bustling noise of the city, and the beaches are beautiful!
– Jullian of Utterly Random Techie
Bacolod, Negros Occidental
It is the sweetest place in the Philippines and where my happily ever after started.
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You can get lost and find yourself. The place has this power to connect with your inner self. Recommended to those who want to do some soul searching, recharging of mind and body and for the heartbroken.
– Kate of Red Maleta
Moalboal! Because I’m poor! But I really enjoyed snorkelling there! The sardine run experience was otherworldly.
– Jhanis of The Vanilla Housewife
Hundred Islands, Pangasinan
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If you’re looking for an epic island adventure, nothing beats Pangasinan! Its famed “Hundred Islands” is literally the place to beat. The rock formations are jaw-dropping. Every angle is worthy of a postcard shot. Island hopping is like no other because each island has something to boast about. There are those with high peaks that’ll give you a panoramic view, cliff-dive spots, snorkeling sites, caves, ziplines from one island to the other and my personal favourite: islets with their own white sand private beaches!
– Anne of Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles
Kalanggaman Island, Leyte
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This may be an understatement for some, but Kalanggaman Island didn’t fail me and even accommodated us beyond my expectations. If opportunity permits, I would still want to visit the island to destress and have fun with dear ones.
– Stella of Maristell
Hermit’s Cove, Cebu
Awesome Midweek adventure to close my 2016 adventures. It was rainy but I think it’s one of the hidden gems of Cebu. A bit far but worth the travel.
– Kris of Lakwatsa Pinas
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Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Caramoan! I didn’t expect this place would be very beautiful because it is a group of islands that is isolated from Camarines Sur. Just like Palawan, Cebu and Boracay, Caramoan also has pristine waters and fine white sands. It showcases an array of natural wonders that can make you feel that Philippines has one of the best islands in the world. It’s one of the few places in the country I want to visit again.
Danjugan Island, Negros Occidental
Being an ecotourism destination, Danjugan Island will bring you closer to nature while feeding your thirst of adrenaline-pumping activities. The experience will surely inspire you to participate in other ecological advocacy.
– Ian of Freedom Wall
Panigan Underground River, Sultan Kudarat
Panigan Underground River and Waterfalls, is a secluded destination that has been existed for a long time already, but haven’t been explored much of travelers and other adventure seekers. Only to know that it has been a Gem that keep a secret of many hidden treasures and has been distinguished as an unexplored jewel of Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat with a magical story to offer. #thelittlelai #TravelingWithHisTwoLittleItchyFeet #TravelBlog #PaniganUndergroundRiverAndWaterFalls #EsperanzaSultanKudarat More About this Gem at http://wp.me/p65jKQ-jR
Of all the places I’ve been to this year, my top one would be Panigan Underground River in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat. I like how serene this place is because it’s not yet visited by many travellers and only a few people have been there. You can really experience the innate beauty of Mother Nature. What I also love about this place is the stunning scenery you’ll get to discover along the way, it’s one of a kind adventure — something that you can be happy to share with other travellers.
– Lai of Jaunting and Musing
Cuatro Isla, Leyte
Cuatro Isla is love.
– Angel of Anjville
Tinago Falls, Iligan
I have no words for Tinago Falls in Iligan City, just pure appreciation.
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Here’s to more travels this 2017! See you on the road!