Natural Attractions of the Philippines
By Carlton Leisure -
The Philippines, a country sitting atop an archipelago, is generously blessed with immaculate natural beauty. And those who have visited it before never stop raving about its natural draw cards. Be its rice terraces, chocolate hills or dormant volcano, the tourists are never far from natural wonders wherever they go. In addition, there are spectacular beaches and great diving sites to add colours to beautiful natural wonders. So if you are also someone taking flights to Manila then reserve sometime to sample this beautiful imagery of mother nature.
Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces are visual delights and common Filipinos don’t stop raving about it. Situated in the mountains of Ifugao, the terraces are ancient in origin. These terraces are still used for rice and vegetables. The popularity of these terraces has also been recognised by UNESCO which has declared it as World Heritage Site. The rice terraces are also a fine example of how delicate nature should be used for human gains.
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol
Scattered over an area of 50 square kilometres, the Chocolate hills are synonymous to identity of Bohol. More than 1000 small hills are situated in the region. A large number of people visit this region to see these interesting hills. This one of the major tourist sites has a huge following among nature lovers as it is well known for its scenic beauty.
Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Tubattaha Reefs Natural Park is delicately balanced marine ecosystem. The area boasts a high diversity with an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species. Apart from the nature lovers, the area is also highly frequented by diving enthusiasts. The park was also a nominee for the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2007. It didn’t get an entry but it was somewhat compensated with its inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
The country called Philippines even doesn’t disappoint wildlife enthusiasts who want to see its diverse wildlife in a natural setting. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary is one such place that combines nature and wildlife. Apart from its great flora, the place is also well known for its Nepenthes and Philippine eagles. Its unique plant and animal life has earned an entry into the UNESO World Heritage list.
Mayon Volcano Natural Park
Spread over an area of 130km and rising more than 2,462 metres, the park is shaped like a perfect cone that attracts a large number of nature lovers. Now it has been declared as a natural park or better natural monument. From its top you can get a panoramic view of its natural surroundings. There are several tour operators in vicinity that offers all terrain vehicles to explore this park.
Image Attribution:- Tomas Tam