6 Travel Destinations In The Philippines You’ve Never Heard Of

Your Instagram feed is filled with amazing photos of Boracay or even Caramoan Islands where reality TV show "Survivor" was shot (multiple times), but have you heard of these travel destinations?

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1. Mount Guiting-Guiting, also known as 'Saw-Tooth Mountain', is the highest point of Sibuyan island and is surrounded by lush, untouched forests

Mount Guiting-Guiting is located in the heart of Sibuyan island, one of seven islands of the Romblon Province in the Philippines.

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One of the most difficult climbs in the Philippines is a hike to Mt. Guiting-Guiting - this is because of the steep, jagged ridge called "Knife Edge" which one has the cross in order to reach the summit, not to mention the ensuing rock formations with colourful names such as "Kiss the Wall".

2. With half of it being hills and mountains, Batanes is the northernmost province of the Philippines rich in culture and history

Because of the terrain of the province, drainage is good and prolonged flooding is non-existent.

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In many ways, the Ivatan house is perhaps the one artefact that reveals the most about Ivatan culture, history and life. The limestone walls were a Spanish addition to strengthen native homes against earthquakes that often ravaged the land (Mt Iraya, the highest peak in Batanes, is an active volcano).

3. Batad is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a village of fewer than 1,500 people with rice terraces that date back as far as two thousand years

The Ifugao rice terraces were built about two thousand years ago by the indigenous people of Cordillera.

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The terraces of Batad are a stunning scene to behold, sculpted like giant staircases from the mountains of Ifugao. Considered a backpackers Mecca by many, the rice terraces are a worthwhile journey.

4. Cuatro Islas is a precious gem of Hindang, Leyte, and a marine sanctuary undiscovered by many

Cuatro Islas (Spanish, meaning 'Four Islands') is a group of islands belonging to the municipalities of Inopacan and Hindang, in the province of Leyte, Philippines.

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The island was so pretty. The sandbar had fine white-pink sand, and the water was crystal clear. No other tourists were around. One can walk around the island in 20 minutes.

5. Biri Rock Formation is composed of four small, rocky islands located where the San Bernardino Strait meets the Pacific Ocean and is estimated to have been formed over 5-23 million years

The Biri Rock Formations, one of the top tourist attractions of Eastern Visayas, lies along the northern coast of Biri Island, the largest of an archipelagic municipality of Biri, Northern Samar.

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Northern Samar is blessed just like other well-known Philippine destinations. Biri Rock Formations in the island municipality of Biri is one of the province’s prime attractions.

The three most commonly visited formations are Magasang, Magsapad, and Macadlao. From the shore, you have to walk on small (and mostly sharp) rocks before reaching them.

6. Only three islands out of the 124 (123 at high tide) that make up Hundred Islands have been developed for tourism

The Hundred Islands National Park is a national park in the Republic of the Philippines.

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Alaminos in Pangasinan is riddled with utterly captivating forest green coral islands hugged by cerulean waters, which for the most part, are blissfully deserted. Comprised of 123 sun-kissed islets that houses varied wildlife, the Hundred Islands is the poster boy of the province.

The lesser known Shell Island is hugged by cream sands and a shallow lagoon fringed by rock formations. Marcos Island is a favorite spot for cliff jumping because of its stunning underwater cave with emerald green waters. As their name suggests, Monkey Island is inhabited by monkeys while Bat Islands is inhabited by bats, but the Turtle Island however doesn’t have turtle residents but is shaped like this timid animal.

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