Hey traveller! Are you looking for new destinations that can give you the perfect Instagram snap? Don’t worry – you don’t have to travel very far for amazing views and landscapes. Right here in the Philippines, there’s a ton of places to visit with scenery that will make the perfect background for your Instagram shots. Endless islands, paradisiac beaches, cultural sites full of history, ruins, unique art and unexpected architecture in every city, the Philippines has it all. All you have to do is to choose and go! Read on to discover all the most beautiful places to visit in the Philippines.

1. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bagac

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Taking a trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar will feel like taking a trip out of the country – it’s a wildly different place to experience from what you usually see here in the Philippines. There’s an interactive heritage tour too that will take you around Jose Acuzar’s collection of restored Spanish-Filipino houses!

  • Operating hours: Open 24 hours
  • Location: Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, 2107 Bataan
  • Budget: Heritage tour rates start at PHP2,000. Room rates start at PHP 7,150 for a standard deluxe room for a one-night stay.
  • How to get there from Manila: From Manila continue to A. Bonifacio Ave/R-8. Continue on R-8. Drive from Jose Abad Santos Ave and Bataan Provincial Hwy/Roman Superhighway to Bagac. Turn left and the destination will be on the right.

2. Inflatable Island, Olongapo

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It’s exactly as it sounds: an island filled with inflatables. It’s as big as 8 basketball courts put together, and every corner has an inflatable slide, tower, bridge, launcher or swing, so it looks like one giant, colorful playground for adults. This is definitely a fun place to spend a day on. Just imagine that hilarious photos you can take from such a trip!

  • Operating hours: 8:00 AM- 6:00 PM (Monday-Sunday)
  • Location: On Subic Bay Waters, Olongapo, Zambales
  • Budget: Book online to save up to 10%. 699 pesos for a 2 hr pass, 999 pesos for half a day, and 1,399 pesos for a whole day. Different rates for walk-in!
  • How to get there from Manila: From Manila continue to A. Bonifacio Ave/R-8. Follow R-8 and N Luzon W Expressway to Rizal Hwy in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Take the exit toward Olongapo City from N Luzon W Expressway. Follow Rizal Highway, Canal Rd and Olongapo – Bugallon Rd/RH5 National Highway to your destination in Olongapo.

3. La Trinidad, Benguet

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We know murals to be painted on walls, but have you ever seen a mural so big, it’s made out of houses? La Trinidad, Benguet has that – this area is a collection of rows upon rows of colorful houses so pretty, you’re sure to take your camera out to take some snaps.

  • Operating hours: N/A
  • Location: Houses on the hillside community of Stonehill, Botiwtiw and Sadjap (STOBOSA) in Barangay Balili, La Trinidad, Benguet
  • Budget: N/A
  • How to get there from Manila: From Manila continue to A. Bonifacio Ave/R-8. Follow R-8 and N Luzon W Expy to Laoac. Take MacArthur Hwy/Manila N Rd/R-8/R-9 and Kennon Rd to Cruz – Samoyao – Alno Road in La Trinidad.

4. Calle Crisologo, Vigan City

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Calle Crisologo is where you go if you want to go back in time and see Spanish-era Philippines with your own eyes. With cobblestone roads, colonial architecture and a calesa (horse-drawn carriage) to match, Calle Crisologo looks like it was lifted out of a Spanish-era fairy tale.

  • Operating hours: Open 24 hours
  • Location: Crisologo St., Meztizo District, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
  • Budget: No Entrace Fee. A Calesa Tour costs 150.00 pesos per hour!
  • How to get there from Manila: From Manila continue to A. Bonifacio Ave/R-8. Follow R-8, N Luzon W Expy and MacArthur Hwy/Manila N Rd to Quirino Boulevard in Bantay. Continue on Quirino Boulevard. Drive to Crisologo in Vigan City

5. Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan

Kayangan Lake, one of the many islands. Coron, Palawan is one of the most beautiful places
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The cleanest lake in the Philippines isn’t just the cleanest – it’s the most beautiful, too. Its waters sparkle under the gleam of the Philippine sun, and the lake itself is surrounded by a breath-taking scenery of limestone cliffs, all perfect for picture-taking.

  • Operating hours: N/A
  • Location: Coron, Busuanga Island, Palawan
  • Budget: N/A
  • How to get there from Manila: By Ferry: From Manila take Metro Manila Skyway, S Luzon Expy/Pan-Philippine Hwy/R-3, Santa Rosa – Tagaytay Rd, Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy and Calatagan – Lian Hwy to W Talisay Rd in Calatagan. Turn right onto W Talisay Rd. Take the ferry. Take the ferry to Coron. Continue straight onto Coron – Busuanga Rd. 2.9 km until your destination. By Air: PAL and CebuPac fly between Manila and Coron, Palawant. From Coron Airport, take a van bound for Coron Town.

6. Bonifacio Global City

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Sleek and modern buildings coupled with wide roads, fresh-air parks and artsy murals are what make Bonifacio Global City such a curious sight to see. Aside from boasting some of the most Instagram-worthy wall murals you’d want to take your next selfie with, BGC is also known for its relaxed atmosphere on the weekends.

  • Operating hours: Open 24 hours
  • Location: Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, Metro Manila
  • Budget: N/A
  • How to get there from Manila: Head south on Quezon Blvd/R-8 toward FR Hidalgo St. Continue to follow R-8. Continue on Taft Ave. Take R-2, S Luzon Expy/Osmeña Hwy/R-3 and EDSA/Epifanio de los Santos Ave/Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26/C-4 to McKinley Rd in Makati. Take the exit toward Ayala from EDSA/Epifanio de los Santos Ave/Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26/C-4. Continue on McKinley Rd to your destination in Taguig.

7. Basco Lighthouse, Batanes

Naide lighthouse at night against the most beautiful starry sky
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This six-storey building houses the Basco Lighthouse, which sits atop a tranquil hill overlooking cliffs and the sea. There’s a viewing deck too where you can see the whole of Batan Island, so landscape photographers, you better be ready with your cameras when you’re here!

  • Operating hours: Open 24 hours
  • Location: Perched on a hill called “Naidi” in Basco, Batanes
  • Budget: N/A
  • How to get there from Manila: The capital Basco located in the island of Batan is reachable by Philippine Air Lines (PAL), SkyJet from Manila, Tuguegarao, and through chartered flights on the Ivatan-run airline Wakay Air in partnership with AirSWIFT.

8. The Ruins, Negros Occidental

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The Ruins bears a somber name, but there’s nothing about it that will ruin your day. This mansion as constructed in the early 1900’s with influence from Italian architecture, but was burnt down by the Americans during World War II to use as a military office. But The Ruins has stood the test of time, and is ready to stand the test of your camera.

  • Operating hours: 8:00 AM- 8:00 PM (Monday-Sunday)
  • Location: Talisay City, Negros Occidental
  • Budget: Rates start at 100 pesos for Adults, 50 pesos for Students, and 20 pesos for Children.
  • How to get there from Manila: From Manila, take a flight to Iloilo. From Iloilo, ride a ferry to. 9 minute ride until you reach Talisay, Negros Occidental.

9. Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo

building and gardens at the Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo in the Philippines
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interior of the Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo
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Pinto Art Museum has been gaining popularity among the younger crowds in Manila – and with good reason. It’s only a short drive away from the city, but being at Pinto makes you feel like you’ve been whisked away to Mediterranean-inspired art galleries and lush green landscapes.

  • Operating hours: 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM (Tuesday- Sunday) Closed on Mondays.
  • Location: Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
  • Budget: Rate for Adults is 200 pesos, for Students with a valid school ID it’s 100 pesos, for Senior Citizen and PWDs it’s 180 pesos, and Children 3 years old and below are free!
  • How to get there from Manila:From Manila take R-6 and Ortigas Ave to Grand Heights Rd in Antipolo. Turn right onto Grand Heights Rd.

10. San Juanico Bridge, Santa Rita, Leyte

Driving to the San Juanico Bridge on a sunny day
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The longest bridge in the Philippines has been featured in many postcards, so you can be sure that it deserves a spot on your Instagram feed as well. It’s surrounded by whirlpools and islets, and spans across the jaw-dropping distance between Tacloban City and Santa Rita, Samar.

  • Operating hours: N/A
  • Location: Pan-Philippine Highway, Santa Rita, Leyte
  • Budget: N/A
  • How to get there from Manila: From Manila head south on Quezon Blvd/R-8 toward FR Hidalgo St. Continue to follow R-8. Drive from R-3, Calabarzon Expy/STAR Tollway, Rosario – San Juan – Candelaria Rd, Quezon Eco Tourism Rd, … and Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26 to Matnog. Take the ferry to San Isidro. Slight left toward Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26. Drive to Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26.

11. Kawa Hot Bath, Tibiao, Antique

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Couple having at Kawa Hot Bath at Kawa Inn, Tibiao, Antique
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Ever wanted to take a hot spring bath surrounded by beautiful views? You can at Kawa Hot Bath – well, sort of. The kawa was previously used at sugar mill factories, but they’ve been turned into giant hot tubs you can relax in to melt your troubles away.

  • Operating hours: Open 24 hours
  • Location: Tibiao, Antique
  • Budget: Rates per Inn vary. At Kayak Inn it costs 250/ head for 30 minutes.
  • How to get there from Manila: From Manila head south on Quezon Blvd/R-8 toward FR Hidalgo St. Continue to follow R-8. Take Metro Manila Skyway, R-3 and Calabarzon Expy/STAR Tollway to Batangas – Sabang/Western Nautical Hwy in Batangas. Take the Batangas – Sabang/Western Nautical Hwy ferry to Puerto Galera. Toll road. Continue on Western Nautical Hwy. Drive from San Jose – Magsaysay Provincial Rd to Bulalacao. Turn left. Take the Bulalacao-Caticlan ferry to Malay. Follow Aklan West Road/Western Nautical Hwy and PC Barracks Rd to Amar Rd in Tibiao. 6-minute drive until you reach your destination.

12. Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila

Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila
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If you’re a fan of history and stronghold architecture, Fort Santiago should be on your to-see list. It’s the oldest stone fortress in the Philippines, and it still maintains its charm centuries after it was created what with its old dungeons, kalesas, gardens and theaters.

  • Operating hours: 8:00 AM- 9:00 PM (Monday-Sunday)
  • Location: Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila
  • Budget: 75 pesos entrance fee
  • How to get there from Manila: From Manila head south on Quezon Blvd/R-8 toward FR Hidalgo St. Continue to follow R-8. Turn right onto Riverside Dr. Turn right to stay on Riverside Dr. Riverside Dr turns left and becomes Soriano Ave. Turn right to stay on Soriano Ave. Turn right onto General Luna St. General Luna St turns left and becomes Sta. Clara St.

13. National Museum of the Philippines

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The National Museum is another fixture the Philippine landscape is no stranger to – it’s been around for a hundred years. It houses some of the most important treasures the Philippines has, retelling the history of the country and its people in a way that’s both creative and Instagram-worthy.

  • Operating hours: 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM (Tuesday- Sunday) Closed on Mondays.
  • Location: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila
  • Budget: Free *
  • How to get there from Manila: From Manila head south on Quezon Blvd/R-8 toward FR Hidalgo St. R-8 turns slightly left and becomes Taft Ave. Keep right to continue on Padre Burgos Ave. Make a U-turn.

14. Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte

Sea shore at Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
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Siargao has been gaining popularity because of its namesake movie, but don’t let the crowds discourage you from coming to the surf capital of the Philippines. It has isolated (read: quiet) beaches too where you can lounge around and appreciate the tranquility of the place.

  • Operating hours: N/A
  • Location: Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
  • Budget: N/A
  • How to get there from Manila: Siargao Island has an airport (Sayak Airport) that serves commercial but currently, only Skyjet and Cebu Pacific fly there direct from Manila. Check out their website for the latest flight schedule and fare. Sayak Airport is located in Barangay Del Carmen, approximately 45 minutes from General Luna, where most tourist facilities and attractions are located. There are vans parked outside the terminal to transport passengers going to General Luna.

15. Sohoton National Park, Samar

Sohoton green landscape of the Cove National Park, Siargao
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Textbooks can tell you what caves look like, but they don’t hold a candle to what Sohoton National Park offers. Its walls are filled with beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations that you’d definitely want to capture for safe-keeping.

  • Operating hours: N/A
  • Location: Basey, Samar
  • Budget: For a group of five, you will be paying approximately 750 pesos each.
  • How to get there from Manila: Take Palanca St and San Marcelino St to Quirino Ave/C-2 in Malate. Drive from R-3, Calabarzon Expy/STAR Tollway, Rosario – San Juan – Candelaria Rd, Quezon Eco Tourism Rd, … and Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26 to Matnog. Take the ferry to San Isidro. Slight left toward Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26. Continue on Pan-Philippine Hwy/AH26 to Basey. Continue on Sohoton Rd to your destination.

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