10 Reasons why you SHOULDN’T visit the Philippines

I spent one month in the Philippines, traveling around Palawan, Coron, Bohol, Siquijor, and Siargao. I visited many beaches, waterfalls, and natural wonders.

During my one and a half years in Asia, the Philippines was high on my bucket list. After backpacking through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and some other 9 countries, I had high expectations from the Philippines.

However, I realized that there are a bunch of reasons why you shouldn’t visit the Philippines. Here they are!

1. There are too many gorgeous beaches to choose from

Best beaches El Nido
Las Cabanas Beach, El Nido

Who wants to travel to a place with thousands of quiet and serene beaches with crystal-clear water? Do you know anybody because I sure don’t! 

The beaches of El Nido are endless paradises of white sand, coconut trees, and jaw-dropping views towards other islands. Drinking a cocktail at one of the beach bars here while admiring the views sounds like a nightmare, doesn’t it?

Also, if you don’t like secluded beaches with no tourists in sight, definitely don’t visit Siquijor. The beaches in Siquijor are not only untouched by mass tourism but they’re also perfect for snorkeling!

2. Island hopping is super-tiring

7 Commandos Beach El Nido
El Nido Island Hopping

Can you imagine taking the boat and venturing in the unknown for a whole day? You’ll have to explore several islands, eat traditional food, and take lots of photos. It sounds super-tiring, doesn’t it?

After a day of island-hopping in El Nido, I was exhausted but I had some pretty incredible memories. Island-hopping is a challenging activity but I loved it! In Bohol I explored three beautiful islands. One of them, called the Virgin Island, was just a stretch of sand with no vegetation or buildings. 

3. The waterfalls are super-boring

couple on a bamboo raft at Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor
Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor

Floating on a bamboo raft in the middle of the jungle, cliff jumping, or hanging on swing ropes sounds super-boring. Let me tell you this, I was so bored floating on this bamboo raft at Cambugahay Falls that I almost fell asleep. No joke.

At Dimiao Twin Falls in Bohol, I had the entire waterfall to myself. No tourists, no group tours, no noise. I almost forgot about my daily worries. How crazy is that?

4. The views are to die for

The Twin Bamboo Hanging Bridge in Bohol, Philippines
Bamboo Hanging Bridge, Bohol

Can you imagine walking on a long, bamboo bridge hanging over a river surrounded by dense jungle? You can see this view at Bamboo Hanging Bridge in Bohol. But you can also see this view on your TV screen, right? 

You can also watch a YouTube video about Coron and it will feel exactly the same as watching the views by yourself from the famous Mount Tapyas. You won’t feel the wind, you won’t have a 360 degree-view but these things are overrated.

5. Snorkeling can take your breath away

Boy snorkeling alongside a giant turtle at Apo Island, Philippines
Dan snorkeling with a turtle at Apo Island

Who on earth would like to snorkel while being surrounded by colorful fish of all sizes? What if a turtle comes close to you and steals your selfie stick? Apo Island in the Philippines is known for being one of the best snorkeling places in the world.

Also, in the Philippines you can find snorkeling places like Tubod Beach in Siquijor where there are no tourists in sight. It’s pretty intense to snorkel without having to bump into hundreds of tourists.

6. You’ll fall in love with Tarsiers

10 reasons why you shouldn't visit the Philippines

The cute Tarsiers are the smallest primates in the world. What if you accidentally fall in love with one of them? Tarsiers are one of the main tourist attractions in Bohol and hundreds of people visit them daily.

Keep in mind that they are nocturnal animals they don’t like sharp noises!

7. There are no natural wonders to see

Swimming at Shimizu Island, El Nido
Shimizu Island, El Nido

Walking through a mangrove forest in Siquijor, exploring a man-made forest in Bohol, eating lunch on an island with tall, black limestone wallsor walking between the twin beaches of El Nido is boring.

Why would anyone want to see such majestic, breathtaking places totally baffles me! 

8. The sunsets all look the same

El Nido Twin Beach Sunset

Have I mentioned that sunsets in the Philippines all look the same? You know, they look like an average sunset – pink and orange sky reflecting into the water, Banca boats sitting at the horizon, and palm trees casting their shadow on the sand.

There’s nothing special about these sunsets and yet some people never miss them. You’ll see people sitting on the beach, with a beer in their hand, gazing at the views. Weird.

9. The hills here are nothing like you’ve seen before

10 reasons why you shouldn't visit the Philippines

Have you ever heard about the Chocolate Hills? Wait, did anyone say chocolate? Well, I’m sorry to break this news to you – the Chocolate Hills aren’t made out of chocolate but they do look like chocolate.

They have a unique shape, resembling a pyramid-shaped chocolate praline. While the exact number of hills is not known yet, it is estimated that about 1800 dome-shaped hills can be admired in Bohol.

10. You’ll never want to leave this place!

Girl in front of Dimiao Twin Falls in Bohol

All jokes aside, the Philippines is one of my favorite countries! The views are nothing like I’ve seen before, the beaches are pristine and untouched, and the food is simply delicious.

Here are some of my favorite places. Make sure to add them to your itinerary!

May the travel bug bite you!

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Aurelia Teslaru
Aurelia Teslaru

Aurelia Teslaru is a professional travel blogger and the writer behind Daily Travel Pill. With a 4-year experience as a travel writer and photographer, Aurelia only shares travel guides about destinations that she visited.

She has been to more than 40 countries during the past 10 years and aims to explore 50 countries before turning 30 years old. Aurelia is a digital nomad who transformed her passion for travel into a lifestyle. Read more about her here.

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15 Comments

  1. Erin
    April 11, 2020 / 1:26 pm

    Love this post! Planning on a trip to the Phillipines in 2021 so I am super excited!

    • Aurelia Teslaru
      Author
      May 13, 2020 / 8:52 am

      I’m sure you’ll love the Philippines! There are so many places to discover!

  2. Andrew
    April 11, 2020 / 7:48 pm

    Hi! Aura,

    Good day! From the Philippines. I just read your blog with a title Why you Shouldn’t visit the Philippines. I really did enjoy it. Just like you, I also love to explore and show to the world what wonderful place we have here.
    I hope you will bring me with you on your next travel herein to our country. 😊 Thank you and more power.

    P.s I hope you read this comment. 😅

    Regards,
    Drew Berry

    • dailytravelpill
      April 12, 2020 / 7:53 am

      I’m so glad you liked this posts! Thanks for your kind words!

      • anton anunciado
        April 15, 2020 / 3:39 am

        i like your blog mam aura but there are still lots of beautiful places in Bohol that you dont found, we have lots of sand bars ,hidden historical caves we have also Danao adventure park and also lots of falls and spring.im glad i can guide you if you wiil be back here in Bohol.Phils. more power!!!

        • dailytravelpill
          April 20, 2020 / 10:11 am

          I will definitely be back to explore more of Bohol and the Philippines! Thanks for your recommendations!

  3. April 11, 2020 / 8:46 pm

    Wow, the Philipinnes is stunning! I’d love to visit there soon.

  4. April 13, 2020 / 1:59 am

    I can’t wait to eventually get to the Philippines. Your photos are absolutely beautiful! This is amazing!

  5. April 18, 2020 / 3:20 pm

    This is seriously AMAZING – gorgeous and your post made me want to go right now! Saved it to my bucket list!

    • dailytravelpill
      April 20, 2020 / 10:12 am

      The Philippines is such a beautiful country! I’m sure you’re going to love it!

  6. April 19, 2020 / 9:01 am

    Your title got my attention! The Philippines look so good, and I would love to visit it as soon as we can travel again 🙂 I’m saving this guide for later.

  7. Katja | placesandnotes
    May 2, 2020 / 10:46 am

    great post hehe, I agree, especially with the last one 🙂 I had a blast in the Philippines, it was my first trip with my 5 yo as a single mom 🙂 This brings back memories, thanks for sharing x

    • Aurelia Teslaru
      Author
      May 13, 2020 / 8:58 am

      Maybe sometime you’ll have the chance to go back! I’m so happy that you like this post. Safe travels!

  8. Ophelie
    May 11, 2020 / 1:06 pm

    I love the way you wrote this article! Definitely gave me a LOT of reasons why I should travel there!

    • Aurelia Teslaru
      Author
      May 13, 2020 / 8:53 am

      I’m sure you’d love the Philippines! Thanks!

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