Manila is the capital of the Philippines and it is the most densely populated city proper in the world. The city itself is breathtaking, but the Philippines has so much more to offer outside the city walls. With sites like Expedia you can book a stay in a beautiful Manila Hotel, and travel short distances to experience some of the greatest natural wonders that the world has to offer. Here’s four that should definitely be on your list during the trip.
1. Mt. Pinatubo
This unique wonder is an active stratovolcano that draws many adventurers to take a look. This volcano is most known for its 1991 eruption that turned the once green filled land into a giant crater. With a bus ride, jeep ride, and short hike, you can find yourself on a lake of rainwater, looking at the rim of the crater. If you’re looking for an extra level of adventure, you can travel across the lake and camp overnight. This sight is one that holds significant history not only for the immediate area, but for the world. With the eruption in 1991the entire world felt a difference as the dust created a depletion in the ozone layer and changed the temperatures everywhere. To see a natural sight that once caused so much damage now looking like something so beautiful is truly a one of a kind experience. This is a bit of a distance from Manila, but anyone who’s seen it would agree that it’s well worth the trip.
2. Taal Volcano
This is the second volcano on our list, but it couldn’t be more different. To reach this volcano you have to embark on a pretty harsh trek in the hot sun, but the view from the top makes it all worthwhile. If hiking isn’t your thing you can take a horse ride to the top for an extra charge, but the hike is truly part of the experience. If you want to travel for this natural wonder, be prepared for the hike. Knowing what materials you should bring before leaving is a good idea to ensure a successful trip. For any daredevil or nature lover, this is the perfect spot. This volcano is said to provide one of the most picturesque views of the Philippines. It’s indescribable until you see it for yourself, but those who make the journey say it’s one of the most beautiful sights they’ve ever seen. This volcano has erupted before and caused multiple fatalities, but it’s now under close surveillance. If and when the volcano erupts again, the Philippines government will evacuate all surrounding areas before tragedy strikes once more. This trip is going to take all of your energy out of you, so you’ll appreciate that nice Manila hotel even more once you return.
3. Freedom Islands
Unlike the last two natural wonders, this one is a bit closer to Manila. In fact, the Freedom Islands are in Manila. In metro Manila, this is the last mangrove forest and saltmarsh frontier that is around. This means that the islands play a huge part in the ecosystem around Manila, especially with all of the big city waste and pollution. More than 80 species of birds can be found among the Freedom Islands and marine life of all kinds can be found around them. This is an oasis of sorts in an area with little to no nature left. Although you aren’t allowed to swim to the islands, you can aide in cleanup efforts. The trash and other pollution from Manila constantly pollutes the shores of the islands, so cleanup efforts are regularly scheduled. There’s no better way to experience a natural wonder than to help preserve its beauty. You can also take part in birdwatching from the city of Manila. These islands are one of the last remaining untouched areas around the metro city so if you get the chance, experience them before they’re gone.
4. Puerto Galera
This getaway spot is a short bus ride and ferry trip away from the city, but it feels like a whole new world. The beaches here are home to some of the richest marine biodiversity in the world. The destination is also known for having great diving locations for the more adventurous travelers. If diving isn’t your thing, you can spend time relaxing on the beach or going for a swim in the beautiful blue waters. This is a location that often gets overlooked by residents and tourists to Manila, but you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to visit. Both the islands we talked about above and this beach are areas so close to Manila, that aren’t seen often enough. The city itself can seem impossible to tear yourself away from with endless amounts of activities, but while you’re on vacation in the Philippines you should take a day or two to reconnect with some of the natural wonders and beauties that the world has to offer.