Philippines is an amazing country not just because of its splendid beaches but because of its warm hospitality. I visited the country in November 2013 and totally fell in love with Filipinos. It is unbelieving that such a small county has so much to offer, from pristine beaches to beautiful colonial towns and from natural wonders to irresistible shopping in big city. I am sure the internet is full of “must visit” list in Philippines. Here are five of the things that I believe will etch Philippines in your memory.
Scuba Dive to watch Balicasag Turtles
This is was my first dive too!! Do not worry just take a dip and enjoy the serene sea life, walk on the sea bed and feel the fishes around you and if you get lucky you may even spot a magnificent Balicasag turtle. This species of turtles are found only in Bohol which is the best place to experience sea life in Philippines. You can easily book your dive with any of the diving centers at Bohol beach. The rates are competitive but fair but you need to make your choice wisely. There are no scams as such and are quite safe too.
Get photographed at picturesque Virgin Island
Any ferry at Bohol beach will take you to this untouched, non-touristy white strip of sand in sea. Let your feet feel the warmth of soft white sand on this beautiful piece of land amidst the mammoth sized sea. This place is heaven for photographers. Since it is not so deep around this island, you can enjoy wading in the sea. You can get yourself clicked with star fish in quirky poses and be embarrassed for life.
Eat, Drink and Dance with midgets
The Hobbit House is one of its kind eating place located in Station 2 near D’mall in Boracay Island . Very easy to locate. The best thing about the place is that from furniture to its staff everything is dwarf, so eating there is quite a fun. The staff was super friendly and served great cocktails. Well I can only comment on the vegetarian Italian food which I found was pretty decent and priced on par with other restaurants in the vicinity.
Get drunk and famous in Boracay
Boracay is famous for it nightlife. Although there are umpteen places to get drunk on the island, one such place where you can try your hands to get famous is Cocomangas. Located in station 1, the club is famous for its upbeat music and gimmick “Still standing after 15”. If you are still standing after 15 shots of different liquor and spirit, you get a number for your country, you win a t-shirt with Cocomangas written on it and your name gets engraved on the club’s Hall of Fame!. The other cool places in Boracay where party never ends are – Summer Place, Juice Bar, Epic, Area 51 etc. You can never get tired of getting sloshed at Boracay.
Get dirty in Burgos street in Makati
P. Burgos street is the prime red light area of Makati city. The street is strategically located near all posh hotels. It is a long street with dazzling neon hoardings that say dirty names, expats, half naked girls and lady-boys. You can enjoy a drink at Cafe Cubana which is a decent pub with live band. The street has a very lively feeling.
There are a lot many things that I couldn’t do in Philippines which is definitely a reason to visit it again.