Mabuhay fellow travelers!
Get ready to dive into a world of enchantment because you’re landing in the Philippines – where you’ll find unexpected hospitality with a blend of luxury and comfort!
Picture this: Boundless stretches of white sandy beaches with crystal blue water, all yours for enjoyment! No need to go elbow to elbow with others because Philippines remains a hidden gem, unknown to most. With more than 7,000+ islands waiting to be explored, each flaunting their own unique character, this is should be on any bucket list of travelers’ winter sun destinations.
As the months roll on, you’re in for a treat as winter is when this tropical destination really shines. Starting in November when the dry season begins, you’ll begin to notice peak pricing, especially in the month of December when travel is at an all-time high. Everyone wants to travel during the prime especially the locals! Now here’s the insider scoop: the ‘BER’ months might sound a bit exaggerated but that’s when Filipinos begin preparing for Christmas. Trust me, it’s a big deal here with the lights, the lanterns, festivities galore!
There’s just way too much to see but here’s a quick list of trip possibilities when traveling to the Philippines in the winter.
Top Things to Do in the Winter
- You won’t want to miss Banaue or Sagada – Gaze upon the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banaue Rice Terraces, a natural cultural treasure which have been passed down from generations to generations for over 2,000 years.
- Go back into time in Vigan – the well-preserved architecture takes one back to the Spanish colonial era of the Philippines. Ride a kalesa (horse drawn carriage) through cobblestone streets of ancestral homes.
- Visit the Parian District of Cebu City – started as a Chinese merchant community set back in the late 1560s. Find historical bronze tableau depictions noting the countries’ history and even set foot inside ‘Casa Gorordo’, Cebu’s first Filipino bishop.
- Diving is the top thing to do in the Philippines during the winter months, you’ll find some of the most beautiful diving spots in the world. The reefs in the Philippines have the widest variety of fish, crabs, and corals in the world.
- River canyoneering and whitewater rafting – if you’re looking for action packed fun in the water, the Philippines have numerous places where you can swim and slide through canyons or fight through the rapid waves of Cagayan de Oro or Chico River.
- Discover tarsiers in Bohol -one of the world’s smallest primates, these nocturnal creatures attract foreign and domestic tourists with their magical lore and unique appearance.
- CEBU, Shang-ri-La’s Cebu Mactan Resort – where the sky meets the sea, you’ll be transported to another world as soon as you enter this magnificent resort. A popular favorite with lush, beautiful grounds, private beach area, and an assortment of themed restaurants and experiences throughout.
- BOHOL, Amorita – perched on a low cliff on the beloved Alona Beach, this cozy resort offers luxurious villas and jaw dropping views of the ocean.
- BATANGAS, The Farm in San Benito – a holistic wellness retreat set in a coconut plantation that focuses on healing and lifestyle changes incorporating a blend of traditional and non-traditional health methods.