By: Karina Melissa Ibabao
If you want to see the other side of the Philippines, here’s a list of off the beaten path tourist destinations. With a total of 7,107 islands, there is no doubt that the Philippines have a lot to offer. Here’s some tips for history buffs, nature lovers and art critics!
A Daytrip to Corregidor for the History Buff
Corregidor is an island at the tip of Manila Bay. Because of its strategic location, the island was fortified with coastal weaponry and played an important role during the Second World War. Remnants of the war, including some artillery, ruined buildings and other structures, can still be seen on the island. Corregidor has now become a tourist and historic destination among Filipinos and travelers from around the world. When you’re there, remember to visit the Pacific War Memorial, Malinta Tunnel, Filipino Heroes Memorial, Japanese Garden of Peace and the Corregidor Lighthouse.
An Unforgettable Swim with Whale Sharks for the Nature Lover
Oslob is located in southern Cebu. At first glance, Oslob may seem like a rather dull place, but once you take a boat ride to a fishing village called Tan-awan, you will be greeted by some truly majestic creatures: whale sharks! What’s even more wonderful is that you can actually swim with them. All you need is your snorkeling or diving gear! Whale sharks are usually seen in the morning, so remember to get to Oslob early. If you are staying in Luzon, you can also get a close-encounter with the whale kind in Donsol.
A Tour of the National Museum of the Philippines for the Art Critic
Right off Rizal Park in Manila, you’ll find a big, gorgeous yellow-painted building. It is the National Museum of the Philippines and houses the oldest, most famous paintings of popular Filipino painters. Some parts of the building are still undergoing renovation, but it is still a wonderful, educational place to wander about. You will be amazed to see masterpieces from Hidalgo and Luna, as well as pieces from many past and present artists. You can also enter the former Philippine Senate and be amazed by its size and grandeur. With its many galleries and beautiful architecture, it is truly a place worth visiting.
These are just some tips that will make your stay in the Philippines even more special. Check out our Philippines travel guide for more information, essentials and insider tips!