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Summer in the Philippines: The Famous, Quaint, and Classic Destinations

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The brief nippy February mornings have lifted. It’s once again time to shed the windbreakers (and admittedly, post-holiday pounds) and get into the skimpiest swimsuits. March is here. Summer in the Philippines has come!

The Philippines indeed is enchanting during cool months, especially during Christmas time. But every local traveler knows that nothing beats the summer in the archipelago. The golden season is the perfect companion to the glistening, pristine beaches, and even the wild water activities that are widely popular this time around.

So start planning your summer as early as now, and take cues from some of the “Hall of Famers” in the travel industry. Some of these are classics that never gets old, some are renowned around the world, and some are just quaint places to spend the sunny months in. Here’s your adventure guide in spending summer in the Philippines:

DARE TO BARE The trip to El Nino takes about six hours from Puerto Princesa, but once you’re there, you’ll never look at other beaches with the same way again.

DARE TO BARE The trip to El Nino takes about six hours from Puerto Princesa, but once you’re there, you’ll never look at other beaches with the same way again.

Summer in the Philippines: El Nido, Palawan

The world has spoken: El Nido has been crowned twice for being the most beautiful island on the planet. If you ever wonder why, just a step inside Hidden Beach or a dive into the entrance of the Secret Lagoon will make you forget you even asked.

El Nido is every backpacker’s paradise because of its raw beauty that no tourist traffic can wipe away. No wonder many Caucasian travelers flock to the small town to get a glimpse of its wonders. Here you can find the limestone formations towering over beige sands and clear waters. This endorsement should come with a warning, though: Once you visit El Nido, you’ll never look at other beaches the same way again.

Summer’s best-kept secret: As there are no direct flights to the town, the entry-point to El Nido is Puerto Princesa City, which is six hours away by land. To make the temporary stay during the summer in the Philippines worth your time, try staying at Aziza Paradise Hotel. It’s one of the most luxurious choices for a hotel in Puerto Princesa, what with its swimming pools, KTV bars, and fancy restaurants.

TOP OF THE WORLD Mt. Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon, allows you to gaze at a sea of clouds at certain vantage points.

TOP OF THE WORLD Mt. Pulag, the highest peak in Luzon, allows you to gaze at a sea of clouds at certain vantage points.

Summer in the Philippines: Mt. Pulag

Gone are the days when Baguio City  was the go-to place in Northern Luzon for summer. The new generation of travelers is now packing heavier bags for the cold of the third highest mountain in the Philippines. Mt. Pulag boasts not only of the frosty weather at the summit that gets as cold as below zero. It also offers a magnificent view of a sea of clouds at certain vantage points. This makes Mt. Pulag the perfect escape from the sweltering heat in the polluted city.

What to do: But first, make sure to weatherproof your hiking gear. Summer in the Philippines can be tricky. While you’re still in a tropical country, rains have become quite unpredictable because of climate changes.

LUSH The southern part of Cebu province offers regular travelers to the city plenty of new water attractions to discover and delight in

LUSH The southern part of Cebu province offers regular travelers to the city plenty of new water attractions to discover and delight in.

Summer in the Philippines: Cebu

Filipinos might know Cebu only because of its historical significance, being the island where Spanish colonizers first erected the symbol of Christianity. But once you go out of the cosmopolitan city to Southern Cebu, you’ll find that it also teems with natural beauty that’s also worth noting.

Canyoneering is a unique experience to try in Cebu. It’s the jam-packed combination of waterfall- jumping, trekking, and diving into the curves and edges of Southern Cebu. This ultimate adrenaline-inducing adventure climaxes until you reach the most daunting task: plunging from a 20-feet waterfall into the deep, cold water!

What to try: Cebu City is also known for its metro lifestyle that could rival Manila. You can find nightlife and shopping districts at Cebu IT Park, SM Seaside City, and Ayala Center.

JUST SWELL Catch the waves in the waters facing Baler, Aurora, an ideal place for newbie surfers.

JUST SWELL Catch the waves in the waters facing Baler, Aurora, an ideal place for newbie surfers.

Summer in the Philippines – Baler

For locals, summer in the Philippines is the official start of the so-called swell. No, it’s not a form of disease, although once you see it hit, you’re bound to get a natural high! The swell means big barrels of waves from the ocean washing over the shore, making it perfect for surfers to do tricks or to simply ride it.

Baler, which faces the Pacific Ocean, is undoubtedly one of the most poetic places for beginners to enjoy surfing. Aside from getting soaked and stoked, there’s plenty of history surrounding the place. Other places to dive are La Union, Catanduanes, and Zambales.

Surprises in store: You’ll discover the love story of former President Manuel L. Quezon and his wife Aurora, whom the province was named after, right in their hometown. After a day of city touring and beach bumming, you can cap the day off with a cold beer in hand and some live music.

OASIS OF PLEASURE The Aziza Paradise Hotel in Puerto Princesa is one luxurious hotel and watering hole in the city you should try on your way to other parts of Palawan.

OASIS OF PLEASURE The Aziza Paradise Hotel in Puerto Princesa is one luxurious hotel and watering hole in the city you should try on your way to other parts of Palawan.

Summer in the Philippines – Davao

Davao is the home of the Philippine Eagle, Mt. Apo, the tallest peak in the country, the durian fruit, and, of course, Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte.

Davao City offers nature and wildlife attractions as much as urban ones. Just visit Philippine Eagle Center, which is the home of the monkey-eating eagle. For a summer filled with extreme sports, try Outland Adventure Camp for zipline rides, wakeboarding at Deca Wake Park, and water rafting along Davao River. Finally, while in Davao, a trip to Samal Island to soak up in the sun is also a great idea.

What to taste: Don’t forget to look past durian’s, well, interesting smell and bite into the sweet fruit. You could also try kinilaw, a popular seafood dish made from fresh, raw tuna or swordfish marinated in vinegar or citrus fruits and topped with red peppers.

This article was earlier published at the The Panorama, Manila Bulletin’s Sunday Magazine on March 12

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Joanna
    March 30, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    I like that you ave included in your post not only beach destinations but also mountains. You are lucky to live in a country wish so many natural beauties! I am a summer person myself and I would love to visit El Nido in Palawan. I have heard so many stories about how stunning the scenery is there and how blue and clear the water is.

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      March 31, 2017 at 7:34 AM

      Thanks Joanna. I honestly love the mountains more than beaches. El Nido is definitely a place to visit. You’ll never see beaches the same way again. 🙂

  • Reply
    Cat
    March 22, 2017 at 12:24 AM

    You make me want to go back to the Philippines! I’ve only been to El Nido, but would love to check out other places as well!! It is such a beautiful country!

  • Reply
    Kareen Liez Datoy
    March 17, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    All these places are lovely and are definitely nice to visit this summer. In your list, I’d love to go to Baler! It is such a beautiful place.

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      March 19, 2017 at 2:09 PM

      Baler is one of my favorites too. La Union is also a good alternative for surfing 🙂

  • Reply
    SofarsoSabine
    March 17, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Absolutely marvelous places! I think around Christmas is cool, however it seems that in summer there are many great options too. I really wish to visit the Philippines once in my life. Your country is wonderful.

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      March 19, 2017 at 2:08 PM

      Thanks Sabine! Summer for me is the best season to visit especially if you’re not from a tropical country. The humidity and sweltering heat is a new sensation. Plus, the waters are clearer. 🙂

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    Amila Wickramarachchi
    March 17, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    It seems there are so many things to do in Philippines during summer!I love the view of this mountain.And it seems Cebu is an interesting place to visit.I’ve heard of beautiful beaches and sunsets of Philippines.Would love to visit one day!

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      March 19, 2017 at 2:06 PM

      Hope you’ll find yourself on our shores someday Amila 🙂

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    Dreamer Achiever
    March 17, 2017 at 1:53 AM

    Looks super beautiful! I’d love to visit Philippines and all those beautiful places. However I’m a bit suspicious if I would survive. I only know Finnish and English and I’m not sure if everyone in those beautiful places know English. Do they?

    • Reply
      Sam Coronado
      March 19, 2017 at 2:05 PM

      You’ll be surprised, most of us are very fluent in English. We learn it from a young age and most of our public signages are in English. Kids, elderly, rich or poor Filipinos know how to speak in English.

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