The Philippines is an exotic island destination with over 7,000 tropical islands. This country is paradise for those who want to explore crystal blue waters and white sand beaches. But there are things to do for more than the beach bums in the Philippines. Every traveler can find something to do here, from mountain biking to scuba diving. The climate is tropical and subtropical year round, with a wet season during October. Below are some of the most exciting places to visit in the month of October for a monsoon retreat. The temperatures are typically around 77 to 80 during September and October, making it a beautiful time of year to visit.
Chocolate Hills, Bohol
These delicious hills have the appearance of chocolate but they are not made of it. Here you can indulge in plenty of adventures, such as camping, mountain biking, vine walking, Burma looping and tree top rope challenges. Head over to the Loboc river for a river cruise and look for some of th smallest monkeys in the world, known as Tarsiers, at the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella.
This is the second smallest inhabited island located in the Philippines and it has the most diverse topography, with waterfalls, seven volcanoes, pristine beaches and even a quaint historic town that features Spanish-era churches. There are also several old town ruins from the Spanish-American periods. The white beaches, majestic waterfalls and volcanic eruptions create a beautiful scene of nature and is worth seeing during your visit. Be sure to see the Hibok Hibok Volcano and Sunken Cemetery while here.
Vigan Ilocos Sur
This little vintage European-style town is a fun place to visit, where you will be teleported back in time to old-world 16th century charm. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a few heritage museums as well as an array of places to try out delicious Ilocano food!
This city is not only the second largest in the Philippines, but it is also filled with history, bringing forth plenty of artistic collections and historic monuments that represent Philippine culture. See monuments like Fort San Pedro, Casa Gorordo, Lapu Lapu Monument and Magellan’s Cross, to name a few. There are numerous places to eat amazing food here too. If you visit here, you should surely make time to see the Cebu Taoist Temple, which is a serene and peaceful place located atop a mountain that offers a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city.
Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
This island is a paradise for all water lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Here you can enjoy diving, swimming and surfing as well as exploring the lagoon rivers. Have you ever taken a dive in a plunge pool? Don’t miss out on this experience! You can also go on an island hopping adventure down the Enchanted river here!
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