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My Favorite Holiday Destinations…in the Philippines

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Holidays are always times for celebrations and the much – long awaited for vacations. It is the time for us to let go of ourselves, sit back, relax and enjoy ourselves. It is also the time for us to see the beautiful and wonderful places here on Earth.

The Philippines is full of wonderful places to see and to visit. There are over 7,000 islands to choose from. Some of these are untouched by the modern trappings of life, still showcasing their natural sites the way God made them. Others have been expressly developed to entice tourists, local or foreign alike. Still others combine the first two. It is safe to say that none will ever get tired from visiting the Philippines.

I am no exception to the conclusion above. I have only traveled once outside of my country but I have managed to visit quite a number of places in my country. Suffice it to say that I have seen quite a few places where I would love to go on a holiday over and over again. In this hub, I wrote about some of these places that are my favorite holiday destinations in the Philippines.

A Resort in Guimaras Island

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Guimaras Tour

Davao City

Yes, you got it right. The whole city of Davao is my first preferred holiday destination. You won’t lack for any activity in this city. If you want to go nature – tripping, you can go to The Philippine Eagle Center in the Malagos Watershed. Here you will find our world – famous Philippine Eagle (formerly, monkey – eating eagle), as well as other birds of prey and other animals, too. There’s also the Eden Mountain Resort, a beautiful resort set on top of a mountain. You can even stay for one or a couple of nights in this cool mountain resort.

If you want to go to a place nearer the city proper, you can just go to the Crocodile Park, which features, what else, crocodiles of various ages and sizes. It also features different breeds of birds, tigers, ostriches, etc.

Don’t forget to indulge your huge appetite by eating in the various restaurants found within the city. If you want to cool yourself during a hot day, you can always head for the beach. Davao’s beaches may not feature white sands, but they exude a quiet charm of their own.

Guimaras Island

Philippines’ land of mangoes, Guimaras Island is located in the Visayas group of islands, about 30 minutes away from Iloilo City. The island showcases hectares upon hectares of mango trees. It features the sweetest mangoes that can be found in the country (and call me biased, in the rest of the world as well). The mango farms are also open to tourists who want to view them (you can even buy mango seedlings from these farms).

Other than the mangoes, it also features numerous resorts. More than 20 resorts can be found in this one single island. The sand is not as white as other resorts in the country, but there’s a quietness and peacefulness about them that will make you feel relax and really on a holiday mood.

What else? Guimaras Island also features caves and springs. And don’t worry about where to stay when you’re in this island. You will definitely find affordable hotels, inns, pension houses and cottages where you can stay in relative comfort.

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Amanpulo Resort

The cream of the crop as far as Philippine resorts are concerned, Amanpulo Resort is the resort you will want to go to when you want to have a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Amanpulo Resort is one of the islands in the Palawan region. It showcases some of the whitest, finest beach sands in the country. It has its own landing field for its very own airplane plus it has its own port for big boats and the like.

What to do in Amanpulo? Plenty. You can swim in its blue, pristine waters. You can go scuba diving or snorkeling (the corals here are simply beautiful). Fishing is another activity you may want to engage in. Island hopping is a favorite past time in this place, you will get to see other pristine beaches and wonderful places. Or you can just swim in the resort’s very own swimming pool.

If you don’t want to go into the water, you can stay in the island itself. Try their spa services or play tennis in their tennis court. Or lounge in their library or buy souvenirs in their souvenir shop. Or eat their delicious food prepared by the resort's world - class chef.

Or if you are just feeling lazy for the day, just relax on the beach or in your own casita (small house). The casita itself is something, with its queen (or is it king) size bed, a comfortable sofa, a Jacuzzi and your very own walk – in closet.

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Camiguin Island

Camiguin Island was acclaimed as one of the top 25 tourist destinations in the country. The trip there is not as easy as going to other tourist attractions but it’s definitely an interesting experience. Camiguin Island is two to two and a half hours (plus a ferry boat ride) away from Cagayan de Oro City or Butuan City. Once you get there, don’t forget to relax, breathe in or even rest before starting your visits, you will definitely not stop until you see each one of them.

Camiguin Island has a lot of tourist attractions to choose from. You can go and view its famous volcanoes, or even climb some of them. You can visit its beautiful waterfalls, where you will take scenic hikes before you can actually see them. Or you can swim in its hot or cold springs. Don’t swim too long in hot springs though or you will get burned! Or you can visit its various ruins, which include churches, cemeteries (there’s a sunken one!) and other edifices damaged by volcanic eruptions in previous years. Want to be adventurous? Then go for the various dive spots found around the island. When’s the best time to visit? During its famous Lanzones Festival, which is held on the 3rd week of October.

And those are my favorite holiday destinations in my country. I know there are only four of them but these are enough to satisfy my need for vacation and relaxation. Thank you very much for reading my hub and I hope you will have a wonderful holiday!

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Comments

HALLO LOVE on January 07, 2012:

HAPPY HOLIDAY I AM WRITING TO TELL YOU THIS WEB THIS AMAZING WOW

salaminaa on January 07, 2012:

it was amazing and funny trip i like to thanks for Philippines thank you helo every one ..........fun and relaxin get here every time

kaka on January 07, 2012:

i all love you that people using this web ........haha

anaa asbar on January 07, 2012:

thank you for your amazing trip ..........hi everybody i hope you enjoy

villasandhomes on January 04, 2012:

Very interesting information about PHILIPPINES.. thanks for sharing it..

munchwaffle from Philippines on December 05, 2011:

lucky you, Amanpulo! a dream destination indeed :D

iwanzz from Tasikmalaya on October 18, 2011:

amazing

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on October 01, 2011:

I love our country! :D Thanks for featuring it!

Prisana Nuechterlein from Thailand and Colorado on September 15, 2011:

I can't wait to write a hub titled: My Return to the Philippines! Thanks for giving me a great description of all the best destinations. I loved Camiguin and Palawan...not so much Manila. Looking forward to reading more about Amanpulo.

therussianlad on December 15, 2010:

wow great places. Philippines is on my list. your hub will be useful. Thanks

thesis writing on November 18, 2010:

Thanks for the info! All the places you mentioned are great! Hope to visit them sometimes too..

jeralph on November 11, 2010:

I love Philippines! I love Estanza,Bolinao,Pangasinan.

julie fe on November 11, 2010:

wow!PHILIPPINES!I love the beautiful sceneries in this country.It is so wonderful.I hope I can visit again here.Thank you!

binky on November 11, 2010:

wonderful! let's go to Ifugao and sing the "blem blem umblek umblek um blem blem"

Cagayan de Oro on November 05, 2010:

They are also my Holiday destinations!^_^ I had spent my Davao vacation 2 Christmases ago. Hope I can visit Guimaras soon.http://www.cdokay.com

ACD on September 14, 2010:

Have you tried going to Hundred Islands in Alaminos Pangasinan? or the unpopulated resorts in Camarines Sur?

How About in Puerto Galera in Mindoro? There are lots of beautiful destinations that you're missing.

emievil (author) from Philippines on August 23, 2010:

I hope you get to go to Amanpulo someday. I don't think any place in the country can compare to it. You can tell I have a big bias here :).

OddyDahBody on August 23, 2010:

Amanpullo they said is like heaven itself. heard arnold schwarzeneger went there himself..coron island too is a beauty,the underground river,dos palmas, quezon(tabon cave). my family owned a resto there so i get to know more about the place. just dont get bitten by mosquitoes though!

kingkhan78 on August 22, 2010:

great hub and very useful information in hub page community

emievil (author) from Philippines on August 17, 2010:

Thanks RedElf. Feel free to come over here anytime :).

RedElf from Canada on August 17, 2010:

Thanks for sharing these beautiful places - I have added visiting the Philippines to my bucket list ;)

lahoriamplifier from Lahore on July 26, 2010:

Philippines is a good holiday destination for every one

custom essay writer on July 26, 2010:

Hi, I've been in Malasia. It's very nice place to visit. Philippines should be very nice as well. Thank you for this post!

Gener Geminiano from Land of Salt, Philippines on July 26, 2010:

Great Hub emie... thanks for highlighting these wonderful pride of our country... How is it going my friend... I suppose you are waxing hot these days...

magazine subscription on July 26, 2010:

Thanks for sharing this article with us.I like it.I must make it one of these days and see the places. Hope so. Thanks for the hub. Thanks...

mohan08 on July 24, 2010:

hi i am mohan.i belongs in india.india is beautiful. Thank you. My brother is married to a Philipina and he visits there often, he's told me about how beautiful it is but your Nub and videos made it come aliv

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kandrawe from Tropical Country on July 24, 2010:

so beautiful place..

visit Indonesia for great holiday..

happylady from China on July 24, 2010:

how much about the budget if i spend one week in there?

Benalmadena Accommodation on July 23, 2010:

What a fantastic place.Really love traveling to the Philippines. Thanks for sharing this article.

Shawn Scarborough from The Lone Star State on July 23, 2010:

This is a great hub with some nice pictures too. I'm ready to vacation in the Philippines now.

Gaurav on July 23, 2010:

nice pictures .... which camera do you use ?

robert hoagland on July 21, 2010:

good article

bd160900 from San Diego on July 21, 2010:

This was fantastic! I greatly enjoyed it!

DaniS74 on July 21, 2010:

Thanks for some great ideas! We've been talking about taking a Christmas vacation and you've given us some ideas we never thought of.

TechnicallyADream on July 18, 2010:

Love the sites, excellent publication, and very informative for those who want to visit this wonderful place. Keep up the good writing.

katrinasui on July 18, 2010:

WOW.. What a fantastic place.

Locker from 127.0.0.1 on July 18, 2010:

Those places sure look beautiful! I have some friends that live in the Philippines, maybe I should visit them.

emievil (author) from Philippines on July 18, 2010:

@Auntysa, thank you. I've never been to Boracay. However, I know somebody who has been to both Boracay and Amanpulo and she said she liked Amanpulo better (though it's a lot more expensive than Boracay).

@rugsforall, thank you for the wonderful words you wrote about my country. It is indeed beautiful.

@MisCook, come on over to those places I mentioned :). I'm sure you will love them.

MisCook on July 17, 2010:

Never been to any of the places mentioned, but have been to Palawan on quite a few occasions. Really love traveling to the Philippines.

It is extremely cheap compared to other countries and if you do a bit of research you will find excellent service and facilities.

rugsforall on July 17, 2010:

Have to agree with AuntySa, Borocay is a fantastic place to go although I did really enjoy my time in Camiguin.

Philippines has a real wealth of natural beauty especially the marine life.

AuntySa from Austalia on July 17, 2010:

Great hub about the Philippines. Been on holiday to Davao and Camiguin although my favorite spot is Borocay-a must see especially if you love to dive.

emievil (author) from Philippines on July 16, 2010:

Ramkkatsuri, thanks. Additional details are in the links to the individual hubs. If you can't find what you want, you can always send me a message or Google it.

ramkkasturi from India on July 16, 2010:

An interesting hub with some nice pictures. Little more detail would have helped. I must make it one of these days and see the places. Hope so. Thanks for the hub.

emievil (author) from Philippines on July 16, 2010:

Thank you for those nice words Terri.

Terri Bruner on July 15, 2010:

Well, now, I am ready to start packing. You make me want to visit there...for the rest of my life!

emievil (author) from Philippines on July 11, 2010:

Thanks Red Elf. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

Ian, your brother has good taste in women :D. Thanks for the visit and your comment.

Peter Freeman from Pen-Bre, Cymru/Wales on July 11, 2010:

This is beautiful. Thank you. My brother is married to a Philipina and he visits there often, he's told me about how beautiful it is but your Nub and videos made it come alive for me.

RedElf from Canada on July 10, 2010:

This is a gem, Emie! I popped in to a couple of your other hubs, as well. Thanks for the collection of great spots to see.

emievil (author) from Philippines on July 08, 2010:

You're welcome Hello. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a wonderful comment.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on July 08, 2010:

Thank you for this wonderful trip round a country which is legendary.