5 Must-Visit Destinations in the Philippines that aren’t Beach Resorts 

The Philippines is notable for its many beach resorts, all located in its 7,641 islands. Tourists from all over the world continue to flock to the tropical archipelago to relish in the fine sand, azure waters, and the Philippines’ overall heavenly scene.

But the Philippines also has popular destinations that aren’t beaches. The next time you visit the Philippines, take note of these five tourist havens for your next itinerary.

Corregidor Island

Polish up on Philippine history by examining the ruins of Corregidor Island, a former military base of World War II that is at the mouth of Manila Bay. You’ll be fascinated with the mostly-intact remnants and the island’s bloody past that continues to cloak the place in mystery and attract those who have never been to the area.

For around Php 2,500 per person, you can take a ferry from the Esplanade Seaside Terminal in Pasay City to access Corregidor Island’s historic rubble.

Sagada, Mountain Province

Relish in the chilly weather of Sagada in Mountain Province and the natural wonders it offers to newbies and regular visitors alike. Learn about local history and culture by admiring the Sugong hanging coffins and the Lumiang Burial Caves. These final resting places give a glimpse of how locals knew how to maximize vertical storage back then, a similar concept utilized by modern developments like Grass Residences in Quezon City.

While Sagada is known for its caverns and lofty destinations, you can swim in Bokong, Bomod-Ok, and Pongas Waterfalls. The rich greenery and sound of rushing water create the idyllic ambiance for you to relax, meditate, and rest from the hectic city.

Mt. Batulao and Mt. Pico de Loro, Batangas

If trekking the trails of Sagada isn’t enough for you, hike to the summit of Mt. Batulao. The paths of Mt. Batulao are known to be less tumultuous and lofty compared to other hiking spots, so beginner hikers won’t worry about getting weary or missing a step. 

If you want a more picturesque and gravity-defying scenery, take up the challenge to sit on the edge of the parrot beak-looking summit of Mt. Pico de Loro.


Don’t be scared of the witchcraft tales of Siquijor because this island province’s hidden gems are already magical themselves. Plan an excursion to Kawasan Falls, Cambugahay Falls, and the Cantabon Cave. These are just three of the destinations of Siquijor that will bewitch you and make you plan out another adventure on this mystical island.

Codcod Rice Terraces, Negros Occidental

Yes, there are rice terraces that exist outside the Ifugao province. Located at the foot of Mt. Kanlaon in San Carlos, Negros Occidental, the Codcod Rice Terraces are a product of Codcod locals’ artistic labor. Not only is it beautiful, but the stairways of rice fields are a sustainable source of food for many locals inhabiting Barangay Codcod. The Codcod Rice Terraces is accessible by bus bound to Bacolod City, and by habal-habal in Barangay Quezon.

Through these caverns, waterfalls, and historical sites, you will be captivated by the virginal beauty of the Philippines. Plan your next trip to these wonders as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.

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