It’s official! The dry season—or “summer”, if you prefer—is finally here! The sun’s out, the sky is bluer than ever, and the warm breeze is inducing thoughts of fun beach trips and poolside parties.
Ah, if only we could pack our bags and hit the shores for a cooling dip in the sea ASAP…but most of us travel-loving folk are all cooped up in our houses as we do our part in complying with the imposed community quarantines and lockdowns—an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
So join us in daydreaming about top Philippine summer destinations we’d love to visit once this period of isolation is over:
Let’s start with the obvious: Boracay. After all, who hasn’t heard of this beautiful island off the northwest tip of Panay? A palm-fringed paradise with white sand beaches and crystalline waters, Boracay has long been a favorite summer destination among Filipinos and foreigners alike. And after a six-month period of rehabilitation in 2018, the island is back to treat visitors to a plethora of experiences—from adrenaline-pumping excursions such as parasailing and wakeboarding to relaxing experiences like spa treatments and kawa hot baths in nearby Antique. No wonder, it remains a favorite destination in the country.
Hailed as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Palawan slowly but surely secured its spot in the Philippines’ most sought-after holiday destinations, with its alluring lagoons in Coron and El Nido and the mystical subterranean river in Puerto Princesa. For curious eaters, Palawan is also known for its crocodile sisig—a savory minced meat dish, which makes use of crocodile meat instead of the usual pork.
Cebu enjoys the best of both worlds. Its capital, Cebu City, is an urban jungle that pulses with life, while its surrounding provinces and islets bring visitors a respite from all the hustles and bustles of the city. Thrill-seeking visitors will enjoy swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob or canyoneering to reach the refreshing Kawasan Falls. Avid foodies will never run out of delicious bites to try—from the famous Cebu lechon to the mouthwatering sutukil, which also refers to a traditional way of cooking or preparing seafood. And, of course, beach bums can soak in the sunshine on unspoiled islands like Malapascua and Bantayan. Before you leave Cebu, don’t forget to pick up local specialties such as dried mangoes, danggit (dried fish), and other food gifts for your folks back home.
Bohol joins the ranks of the country’s holiday heavyweights as it ticks off the boxes for sun, play, and fun! White sand beaches, cool blue waters, and natural wonders make this place another top-of-mind summer destination. Enjoy a vegetarian meal and some delicious ice cream at the Bohol Bee Farm. Check out the world’s smallest primates at the Tarsier Sanctuary then marvel at the jaw-dropping Chocolate Hills and try some outdoor activities at the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park. As the day slips into darkness, make your way to Loay or Abatan River and catch a boat ride to watch an enchanting show put on by fireflies.
Tagged as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio is a classic Pinoy destination during the dry months because of its cool climate and fantastic sights. For first-timers in the city, boat-riding at Burnham Park, taking that obligatory Baguio photo at Mines View Park, and bargain shopping at the night markets are definite musts. If you’re done with the usual touristy activities, why not embark on a culture trip to discover Baguio and its surrounding areas’ colorful art scene? Check out the BenCab Museum and visit the traditional Tam-Awan Village to get a glimpse of Cordilleran heritage and history. You can also try your hand at strawberry picking in La Trinidad.
The most Insta-perfect summer spot is right in Subic! Inflatable Island is a massive floating playground with ever-changing themes and it features slides, towers, bridges swings, and even human launchers! Need a break to catch your breath? On the beach, you can lounge on comfy beds or chairs under umbrellas while enjoying a drink or two. Cheers!
Hidden Valley Springs
For a change of scenery, how about soaking in thermal pools in the middle of a tropical rainforest? Hidden Valley Springs Resort in Calauan, Laguna is a picturesque retreat that’s just as inviting as its name suggests. Sure, the weather’s hotter these days, but bathing in hot springs has its own benefits, including ridding your body of pains and bringing back radiance to your skin for that perfect summer glow!
Which Philippine destination would you love to visit after the community quarantine? Share it with us and don’t forget to book your experiences on KKday!
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