Often overlooked thanks to stereotypes and its past unsavory deeds, Philippines is rich in natural wonders, history and culture so don’t judge it not until you’ve visited the place! It hurts to know that most people have this preconception that Philippines is a mere third-world country that’s only good at corruption, accumulating debt and producing outsource laborers.

You’ve gotta hand it to the stereotypes really for badmouthing this magnificent country! Situated in the Coral Triangle, it is a water paradise overall and the best thing about these excursions is that they are dirt cheap! But what locked my love for this country weren’t the dirt cheap price tags or its collection of natural wonders; it’s the people’s unabating hospitable nature especially to foreigners.

Destination: Boracay – This place no longer needs introduction. Located in Western Visayas, approximately 315km south of the capital and 2km off the northwest tip of Panay, Boracay has a reputation of starstrucking tourists with its white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and yes, for being cheap especially when your currency is USD!

The island paradise boasts its chain of five-star hotels, loads of water sports, and blazing hot men and women coming from different walks of life! Boracay is divided into stations just like Rio’s Ipanema and Copacabana. Do click here to see which station can give you what you want the most.

Destination: Palawan – Basically a long chunk of island where backpackers and intrepid travelers frequently take refuge to, Palawan is the Philippines’ answer to the Caribbean Islands. It has three times the allure of Boracay and five times less populous. So yes it’s the perfect excursion for those who are working like a dog.

Oh I almost forgot! Scuba Divers don’t talk much about Palawan especially Coron because they don’t want others to know that it’s an underwater jewel of a place! I’d likely do the same if I’m on their shoes.

Diving Hotspots: Palawan and Boracay’s shores are blessed with rich marine-life, which is not that so surprising considering this country’s location. So for divers, be sure to check out: Apo Island in Dauin, Negros Oriental, Monad Shoal in Malapascua, Cebu, Anilao in Batangas, WWII wrecks in Coron Bay, Ticao Pass in Masbate, Puerto Galera in Mindoro, Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Blue Hole in Romblon Island and UNESCO World Heritage Site Tubbataha Reef in Cagayancillo.