10 Best Backpacking Destinations in the Philippines

There is no better place to go on an adventure than the Philippines. With its 7,107 islands, the country offers rich experiences that are unique to every location – making it the backpacker’s and adventure seeker’s ultimate destination.

 Here are the 10 best backpacking destinations in the Philippines.
10. Ilocos, Northern Luzon. Ilocos is a great place to backpack since there are several places that tell stories about the rich history and culture of the Philippines. Visitors can also visit the beautiful beaches in Pagudpud and visit the historical sites that spawned during the Spanish era. A huge part of this place’s architecture is very well preserved. Food and inns are relatively cheap.
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9. Baguio, Northern Luzon. People who like the smell of pine and enjoy cool weather even with the sun out should go north into Baguio. Backpackers should bring extra coats, blankets and bonnets to keep warm. The Mansion, the Philippine president’s summer house and the Philippine Military Academy are among the attractions found in Baguio. Accommodations are affordable if you’re staying for a few days.

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8. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Mindanao. The waterfalls and huge lake are the main attractions in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Backpackers will enjoy the longest zipline in the Philippines and trying a variety of native dishes at very affordable prices.
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7. Hinatuan, Surigao, Mindanao. Visit the Tinuy-an Falls and Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur and experience the beauty of nature in the southern part of the Philippines. There are many cheap places to dine and accommodations are also very affordable.
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6. Bohol, Central Visayas. Some of the attractions in Bohol include the Chocolate Hills, beautiful beaches and exotic rainforests. You can go for a river ride or witness the rare tarsier. Entrance to parks and dining in restaurants are generally affordable.

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5. Samal Island, Davao, Mindanao. The island in Davao del Sur features several beach resorts. There is a long trail that backpackers can go through to visit the various resorts offering comfortable rooms and good food. Some resorts range from affordable to expensive, depending on the type and quality.

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4. Boracay Island. Backpackers almost never miss the world-renowned island of Boracay in Kalibo. Enjoy great seafood and drinks in bars and cafes lined up along the shoreline. There are three stations featuring establishments that cost anywhere from affordable to very pricey.
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3. Camarines Sur. Visit the province of Camarines and witness the rare whale shark. Try a number of watersports like wakeboarding and scuba diving. Hotel accommodations and food are average in terms of price.
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2. Siargao. Go up north from Surigao City to visit Siargao, which features pristine white sand beaches and huge waves during most months of the year. Enjoy raw beaches and try surfing the blue waters – Siargao is one of the most celebrated surfing spots in the country. Food and accommodations are quite affordable in Siargao.
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1. Palawan. Palawan is truly a gem that backpackers must never miss. Visit the famous Underground River, swim with the fishes and other exotic aquatic animals and lay under the tropical sun in the many white sand beaches in the area. Hotel accommodations and food are generally average but the multiple-star ones can be very expensive.

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These places offer backpackers a fulfilling and one-of-a-kind experience at prices they can afford.