4 Underrated Destinations in the Philippines You Should Visit

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Finally, lenient travel restrictions make it possible for you to go on your dream vacation in the Philippines. Now’s the time to step out of your boarding house for rent and indulge your wanderlust.

True, the Philippines is no doubt one of the most beautiful countries in the world worth visiting. When it comes to traveling around the Philippines, destinations such as Baguio, Boracay, El Nido, Coron, Puerto Princesa, Siargao, Bohol, and Cebu.

If you are a certified traveler like me, I’m sure you’re keen to know what places in the country you can visit that tourists have not yet frequented. In this article, I will share some of the underrated but beautiful destinations in the Philippines.

Culion, Palawan

Photo from Culion Municipality Facebook Page 

Then known as the former leper colony in the Philippines, Culion in the Calamian Group of Islands is now emerging as a tourist destination. The island, just an hour and a half boat ride away from Coron, is a great place to do different activities, including diving, snorkeling, trekking, and rock or cliff climbing. The island also offers tours around the city and a museum showing what life was like here when it was still a leper colony.

In Culion, you’ll get a picturesque view of the turquoise blue waters, rich greenery, and neighboring islands in every angle. Culion is beautiful and a comfortable island to live in. No wonder numerous tourists are so attracted to its spellbinding beauty. Some have even decided to purchase residential properties here, some of which are foreclosed properties, to serve as their vacation homes and rental property from which they can earn passive income.

Camiguin Norte, Babuyan Group of Islands

Photo from Camiguin Norte Philippines Facebook Page

If you have been captivated by the beauty of Batanes and seek thrill in your life, why not visit Camiguin Norte, one of the islands comprising the Babuyan Group of Islands below Batanes?

This island, not to be confused with the Camiguin Island in Mindanao, is under the municipality of Calayan in Cagayan.

It will take you around four to five hours of a small boat ride to reach Camiguin Norte. The waves may be daunting as you pass by the open sea, but the sight of dolphins near your boat and whale sightings en route to the island will definitely make up for it! 

Camiguin Norte is an ideal place to visit if you want to witness the unspoiled beauty of the Philippines and feast your eyes and stomach with its abundant seafood. Aside from feasting on seafood, diving, swimming, snorkeling, and hiking are some activities you can do here.



Located off the coast of the Bicol Region, Catanduanes faces the Pacific Ocean, earning the reputation as the “Land of the Howling Winds” because it is the first place in the country often battered by typhoons.

But don’t let the rain dampen your spirits! Virac and other towns in Catanduanes offer tourists exciting activities and attractions, including waterfalls, caves, beaches, fishing villages, and cathedrals.

There are also plenty of elevated points on the island, offering the perfect view of its beaches and other mountains. If you love to feast on lobsters, you’ll undoubtedly love Catanduanes because lobsters here are cheap!


salagdoong beach

Although not as popular as its neighbors, Cebu and Bohol, Siquijor is one of the must-visit destinations in the country. If you love to soak in the beauty of nature, you will surely get your fill in Siquijor. Activities such as cliff diving, swimming, snorkeling, joy riding, and sunset watching are enjoyable on this island. Despite its reputation as an island of sorcery and mystical traditions, its natural wonders are enough reasons for you to visit here.

These are just four of the underrated yet emerging destinations in the Philippines. I hope you visit these places and share your photos and stories during your stay there!

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