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Those who love to travel and explore new countries are always on the lookout for amazing, off-the-beaten-path spots to get the most out of their trip. Although most of us dream of exploring distant countries in Europe, America and Africa for example, there are just as amazing places to explore right here in Southeast Asia! Don’t have to go so far! 

Here are just some of the most breathtaking spots in the Philippines most Malaysians probably don’t know about. We definitely recommend checking out these spots on your next trip to make your vacation extra special!

 

1. Be one with nature at Apo-Talomo, Davao 

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Anyone venturing to Davao will probably hear about the famous Mount Apo, which was a once-active volcano, and the highest mountain in the Philippine archipelago.

However, we bet you didn’t know how cool the forest surrounding this mountain actually is! Apo-Talomo’s forest is one everyone needs to check out. What’s unique about this forest is that it has a variety of environments, showing just how much biodiversity there is in this area. Seriously, this looks like something straight out of the movie, Lord of the Rings!

Here’s what you can expect:

  1. The trek is intense and requires a minimum of 4 days (think 12 to 14 hours of trekking a day)
  2. Loads of different flora and fauna, cool weather and plenty of streams to dip your feet in!
  3. Beautiful, quiet corners that are perfect for snapping photos

Location: Roughly a 30-minute drive from Davao City.

 

2. Explore the many caves of Balay sa Agta, Cebu

This spot is definitely for those yearning for a little adventure while getting in touch with nature.

Balay sa Agta is an impressively huge network of caves. Locals believe that these caves are home to giants due to its immense size, and it’s also the largest cave system in the entire province of Cebu!

What you can expect:

  1. Jaw-droppingly huge cave entrances
  2. A natural skylight that replicates sun-rays (only happens around 11am)
  3. A nearby waterfall called Bugasok Falls (which is a 10-minute motorbike ride from the caves)

Location: Argao, Cebu (a 2-hour drive from Cebu City).

 

3. Get a bird’s eye view of the city from Tops Lookout, Cebu

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Want a beautiful view of the city while taking amazing Instagram-worthy #ootd shots? Then you should definitely check out Tops Lookout.

What you can expect:

  1. Unique semi-circular structure built from stones (a journey inside makes it look like you’re in an infinite tunnel!)
  2. Cool, breezy weather (bring a cardigan if you get cold easily!)
  3. A breathtaking view of the city

Location: Outskirts of Cebu City (a 20- to 30-minute drive from JY Square, Cebu City).

 

4. Experience the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao

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Composed of 7 islets, there are plenty of things to do in the Island Garden City of Samal. This collection of islands is just 2 kilometres away from Davao City, and is abundant in cooling, relaxing beaches. Plus, if you’re not too keen on exploring the beach, you can even take in the lush greenery of the rice fields in Barangay Aumbay – which is pretty reminiscent of Bali’s scenery.

Here’s what you can expect:

  1. You can follow local fishermen on a boat ride to help them with their catch of the day
  2. Lush, green rice fields (feels like you’re in Bali!)
  3. Check out the Monfort Bat Cave, home to thousands of local bats

Location: Davao City (it’s just a 10-minute ferry ride!).

 

5. Cool down at Hagimit Falls, Samal Island

Located in a lush forest in Samal, Hagimit falls is a must-visit for all who want to experience pristine clear water. You can choose to either sit and get a massage under the different waterfalls or you can even play around and explore the area too. Whether it’s relaxation or adventure you’re after, Hagimit falls is definitely a MUST for nature lovers.

What to expect:

  1. Hagimit falls with its cool and clear water has a range of different waterfalls that you can sit and bask in happily. Take your time though as it can get pretty cold!
  2. A 13-feet cliff jump for thrill seekers and a small hidden cave inside the falls too. Perfect for photos!
  3. You can stay in a cottage or even camp to get yourself more acquainted with the surroundings

Pro-tip: Bring cash for the entrance fee as well as food, as there may not be that many options around.

Location: Samal Island, Davao City.

 

6. Channel your floral feels at Sirao Flower Garden, Cebu 

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Known as Cebu’s “Mini Amsterdam”, this picturesque spot is bound to take your breath away (plus, every photo you take here is bound to look amazing on your Instagram feed!). Definitely give this garden a visit if you’re a fan of flowers or in desperate need for some fresh air!

What to expect:

  1. An abundance of celiosa flowers that come in pink, purple, red, orange, and yellow hues
  2. Loads of Insta-worthy photo ops around every corner!
  3. A calming, quiet atmosphere (which makes the perfect escape from the city’s hustle and bustle!)

Location: Outskirts of Cebu City (a 45-minute drive from Cebu City).

 

7. Get the best of both worlds at Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park

This is one spot perfect for those Instagram-worthy shots!

Located right in Davao City, the Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park is a wildlife haven in the midst of the concrete jungle. So, if you’re looking to stay in the city but want a small dose of nature, then this is definitely the place to be.

What to expect:

  1. Loads of lush greenery everywhere you turn
  2. Relax and swim in their many ponds
  3. You can even book a room or dormitory for a longer stay

Location: Davao City.

 

8. Bring out your inner explorer at Sleeping Dinosaur Island, Mati City

Along the way to Mati City, visitors will be welcomed by a beautiful view of an interesting looking island. As the name suggests, Sleeping Dinosaur Island resembles a dinosaur (plesiosaurus) sleeping on its belly and has a few cool stories surrounding its origin.

This makes a perfect stop for those who want to be left in awe, as Mati City has one of the longest and most stunning white coastlines in Mindanao!

 

What to expect: 

  1. Gorgeous breathtaking views of the Sleeping Dinosaur from multiple spots
  2. A fun adventure if you choose to hike the Sleeping Dinosaur Island. Pro-tip: Make sure you stay hydrated, as there’s not really much shade as you hike
  3. Depending on the trail you take, you may even encounter mangroves on the beach side of the island

Location: Mati City, Davao.

 

Well, all these amazing spots just gave us a bad case of wanderlust! Feeling the same way and want to book your next trip to the Philippines? Well, you can always check out our trusty local airline, AirAsia.

With flights from KL directly to Cebu and Davao from just RM179 (all-in, one-way), what’s stopping you?

Hurry and book your tickets now, so that you can check out all these cool sights! Best of all, you can travel from now up until 31 October 2018, so you can get there ASAP if you need to! 

Visit AirAsia’s website here to find out more!



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