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12 Hottest Destinations in the Philippines this 2019

With 7,641 islands, it’s definitely more fun in the Philippines when it comes to exploring famous tourist spots and hidden gems. There are numerous activities to do and places to explore for all types of travelers.

In fact, according to Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s leading online booking platform for hotels, flights as well as activities and attractions, the Philippines is becoming such a tourist hub that there’s been a 74% increase in tourist arrivals from 2018 to 2019 in 12 local destinations.

Check out and make sure to add these hot local destinations right now to your 2019 bucket list!

1. Basco, Batanes (+386% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Basco

More local airlines are offering flights to Batanes – making ticket prices more competitive, and even cheaper than before! If flying from Manila, it’ll take two hours to get to Basco, the provincial capital.

Known as the New Zealand of the Philippines because of all the greenery, Batanes is home to the Vayang Rolling Hills, Mount Iraya, and to Valugan Boulder Beach. Travelers are drawn to the overall relaxing feel the island gives.

  • Best Time to Go: December to February
  • Popular Batanes Hotels in Traveloka: Shanedel’s Inn, DDD Habitat Lodging House, Nathaniel’s Lodge

Discover 9 Batanes Tourist Spots to Include in Your Bucket List


2. Legazpi City (+197% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Legazpi City

Touted as the “City of Fun and Adventure,” Legazpi City is one of the best places for adrenaline junkies and history buffs. Some of the famous attractions include Albay Park And Wildlife, Cagsawa Ruins Park, and Daraga Church.

Meanwhile, the Legazpi City government announced its latest tourism ventures: a four-kilometer “Walk Meter” at the Legazpi Port District for joggers and visitors, and the Bay and Marine Park Information Center. The latter is for visitors who’d like to know more about the Albay Gulf and Polique Cove.

  • Best Time to Go: March to June
  • Popular Legazpi City Hotels in Traveloka: Mayon Backpackers Hostel, F2M Tower, The Oriental Legazpi


3. General Santos (+174% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_General Santos

When in General Santos, visitors can now enjoy a more refreshing time at the improved Plaza Heneral Santos. The place has been planted with more trees, making it ideal for joggers and nature-lovers. Don’t forget to try their famous tuna and to explore more of this city down south.

  • Best Time to Go: March to May
  • Popular General Santos Hotels in Traveloka: RSG Microhotel, Hotel Giorgio, Dayo Suites


4. Laoag City (+160% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Laoag

The local government of Laoag was recently dubbed top performer in the 2018 Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) for Infrastructure in Region 1. This means travelers can expect better roads, bridges, and buildings when they visit the city.

It’s time to try their drool-worthy empanadas and visit the famous Malacanang of the North.

  • Best Time to Go: May to June
  • Popular Laoag City Hotels in Traveloka: West Gate Hotel, Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel, UKL Ever Resort Hotel

5. Subic Bay (+95% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Subic Bay

Since it’s very accessible and has several attractions for travelers of all ages including Zoobic Safari, Ocean Adventure Park, and Inflatable Island, it’s no surprise that Subic Bay remains a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

If you want a thrilling overnight stay, then why not book a night at Zoobic Safari’s GlampZ.

Putting their own spin on “glamping”, Zoobic Safari has several container vans that have been converted into comfortable overnight stays with a full day’s meals, a day tour, train ride and a visit from the zoos smaller and friendlier animals.

  • Best Time to Go: November to May
  • Popular Subic Hotels in Traveloka: Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel, Best Western Plus Hotel Subic, Subic Bay Peninsular Hotel

Check out 15 Fun & Unique Things to Do in Subic


6. Siargao Islands (+90% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Siargao

Previously more associated with surfing, Siargao has made a name for itself as a great destination for beach and nature lovers because of its breathtaking scenery, beautiful sand, and crystal clear waters.

Thanks to more airline opening flights to Siargao, it’s now easier and faster to reach the island and its awesome landmarks including the Magpupungko tidal pools and lagoons as well as the Sohoton cave.

  • Best Time to Go: March to October; August to November
  • Popular Siargao Hotels in Traveloka: Patrick’s on the Beach Resort, Ocean 101 Beach Resort, Viento del Mar

Read 29 Gorgeous White Beaches in the Philippines You Have to Visit


7. Angeles, Pampanga (+53% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Angeles

With several attractions, such as Deca Wake Park and Zoocobia Fun Zoo, and new businesses opening up shop in San Fernando and its surrounding areas, it isn’t hard to see why Pampanga is quickly transitioning from a fairly sleepy province (albeit the infamous Walking Street) to the bustling metropolis it is becoming.

Moreover, going to Angeles City is now easier than ever! Take the new P2P bus from Robinsons Galleria to SM Clark Pampanga.

  • Best Time to Go: January to February
  • Popular Angeles Hotels in Traveloka: DM Residente Hotel, Eurotel Angeles, Red Planet Angeles City


8. Dumaguete City (+39% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Dumaguete

Named as the Best Place to Retire in the Philippines last August 2018 by the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA), Dumaguete City garnered an average of 87.48% and won over more popular cities such as Cebu, Davao, and Bacolod.

Factors that were taken into consideration include “cost of living, the warmth of the community, climate, health care provisions, as well as peace and unity”.

  • Best Time to Go: June to August
  • Popular Dumaguete Hotels in Traveloka: The Flying Fish Boutique Hostel, Gabby’s Bed and Breakfast, Go Hotels Dumaguete


9. Alaminos City (+38% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Alaminos

Newly constructed, the 56-foot statue of Christ the Savior on top of Pilgrimage Island in Alaminos City is definitely a sight to behold. Tourists have to climb up 263 steps from the beach to get to the top and to enjoy breathtaking views of the sea and the nearby islets.

Alaminos City is the gateway to the famed Hundred Islands National Park and is one of the main reasons why people flock to the area – after all, you can go camping, snorkeling, kayaking, or beach bumming.

  • Best Time to Go: November to April
  • Popular Alaminos City Hotels in Traveloka: Villa Antolin Hotel, Asia Novo Boutique Hotel – Alaminos, Islandia Hotel


10. Cagayan de Oro (+29% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Cagayan de Oro

Are you a night market lover? Visitors of CDO can now enjoy haggling various goods at the Divisoria Night Cafe and Night Market. Whether you’re there to snack on a variety of street food or to buy clothes at a steal, there’s something for everyone to buy!

  • Best Time to Go: March to June
  • Popular Batanes Hotels in Traveloka: Red Planet Cagayan De Oro, St Nicolas Inn, GV Hotel Cagayan de Oro


11. Naga (+17% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Naga

If you love thrill and adventure, make sure to visit Naga’s Adventure Park, Mount Isarog National Park, Caramoan Beach, and Malabsay Falls.

Don’t forget to skip Bicol’s newest culinary destination, Que Pasa. This Spanish restaurant in Naga has an attractive setting, making it IG-worthy as well. Of course, the food is heavenly with a capital H.

  • Best Time to Go: May to June
  • Popular Naga Hotels in Traveloka: Eurotel Naga, CBD Plaza Hotel, Villa Caceres Hotel


12. Tacloban City (+13% arrivals)

Philippines Hottest Destinations_Tacloban City

Tacloban has come a long way since it was devastated by Typhoon Yolanda – with life slowly going back to normal, one of the best ways to bring money back into the city is by supporting local tourism. And why not?

Often used as a jump off point for Samar and Leyte, guests can visit nearby Sohoton Caves and Natural Bridge Park, the MacArthur Landing Memorial National Park, and Tulaan Falls. Other things to try out is the local cuisine, specifically chocolate moron, binagol, and food at Ocho Seafood Grill.

  • Best Time to Go: February to March, May to July
  • Popular Tacloban Hotels in Traveloka: Zpad Residences, Go Hotels Tacloban, Hotel Estrella


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