The Best Things to See and Do in Northern Philippines

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Photo of Gelyka Dumaraos
1 September 2017

While the southern Philippines is brimming with white sand beaches and world-renowned islands such as Boracay, Coron, and El Nido, the northern part also has a lot to offer. For example, the northern Philippines boasts surfing, island hopping, historical tours, sand surfing, trekking, spelunking, and much more. Here’s what you can see and do in the north.

Island hop in Hundred Islands National Park

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Hundred Islands
Hundred Islands | © Bona Rae Villarta / Flickr
In Alaminos, Pangasinan, an over five-hour drive from Manila, you will find over 100 islands all scattered off the shore of the town. While day island-hopping tours are available, you can also make room reservations at the resorts on the major islands and spend a night there. You can also partake in activities such as snorkeling and zip-lining.

Explore Baguio City

The remnants of American colonization in the Philippines is most visible in the “City of Pines.” Baguio City makes for a perfect weekend getaway where you can take fun, laid-back tours; explore Mines View Park and Burnham Park (and take plenty of pictures); check out the BenCab Museum and the Wood Carving Village; and visit the night market at Harrison and Session Road. You can even make a side trip to La Trinidad, Benguet.

Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines

See the rice terraces

A UNESCO Heritage Site, the Banaue rice terraces should definitely be a must on your list of places to see in the northern Philippines. Ancestors of the Ifugao tribe carved by hand thousands of step-like terraces in the mountains, creating a beautiful sight that people often refer to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

Banaue Rice Terraces | © jojo nicdao / Flickr