Seven natural wonders of the Philippines
The Amazon rain forest, Iguazu Falls or the northern lights. These are only a few of the natural wonders of the World. Even though the Philippines have none in this highly competitive list, but here are seven places of the East Asian country that could have made it as well.
Any self-respecting nature loving traveler will have it on his bucket list. Visiting the seven natural wonders of the world. A list very carefully selected after a highly competitive selection of natural wonders. Only seven eventually make it tot the final list. No, the Philippines have no representative in the list but the country is one of the most beautiful places on the world, nature wise.
Banaue Rice Terraces
Commonly referred by the Filipinos as the ‘Eight Wonder of the World’, no one will blame is if we state that this could have been one of the natural wonders of the world. These 2000-years-old terraces were carved into the mountains of Ifugao, a province in the north of the island Luzon. It is largely believed that the terraces were built by hand, what makes them even more exceptional. Locals to this day still plant rice and vegetables on the terraces that is fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rain forests above the terraces. It’s definitely a natural wonders that combines the harmonious interaction between the local people and its environment. The result, a breathtaking landscape of great aesthetic beauty, is definitely a high contender for the official list of Natural Wonders of the world.
Puerta Princesa Underground River
This protected area in the country which features a spectacular limestone karst landscape and an underground River used to be one of the Seven natural wonders. The site represents a significant habitat for biodiversity conservation and boasts a full ‘mountain-to-sea’ ecosystem. Because of this unique ecosystem, it was declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site and so, later on, as a natural wonder. Located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range about 76 km north of the Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, it is one of the most astonishing and amazing cave systems in the world. The river is the second longest underground river in the World with an 8.2 km long traversable underground river that directly flows to the sea.
The Chocolate Hills of Bohol
This natural monument,located on the island of Bohol, consists at least 1260 hills rising over a nearly flat area of more than 50 square kilometers. It is the most famous and signature tourist attraction of Bohol and used to be the Philippines’ nominee for the the new 7 Wonders of Nature. This cone- or dome-shaped hills are covered in green grass that turns brown in the dry season. The brown color makes them look like big chocolate hills, hence the name.
The grassy hills were once coral reefs that erupted from the sea in a massive geologic shift. The effects of wind and water have put the finishing touches over hundred of thousands of years. This natural landscape can be viewed from the government-owned resort called ‘Chocolate Hills Complex’, located in Carmen, Bohol
Known for its perfect cone shape, Mayon Volcano is the most famous active volcano in the Philippines. Best admired from a distance, this volcano is as scary as it is breathtaking. This mountain is located at the northern boundary of Legazpi City in the Bicol region. Recent years, Mayon Volcano has shown some activity by spewing lava causing the local civilization to flee their houses. Despite this activity, it is possible to book tours to climb Mount Mayon, which is located on the ‘Ring of Fire’, a string of volcanoes and sites of seismic activity, or earthquakes, around the edges of the Pacific Ocean. Mayon Volcano is just one way to show that there is beauty within the destructive force of nature.
Tubbataha Reef is one of the best nature spots in the Philippines because it houses two atoll coral reef systems (north and south). The atolls are the sanctuary for more than 1000 species of coral, fish and shark and whale species. Unfortunately, many are considered as endangered. Located in the middle of the Sulu Sea, southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a World Heritage Site, considered as one top eight dive sites in the world for its biodiversity and breathtaking underwater sceneries. The north islet serves as a nesting site for birds and marine turtles, like the Green sea turtle.
Hundred Islands National Park
The Hundred Islands are in fact a group of 124 islands which feature white-sand beaches and forested inland. The islands are popular known for its magnificent natural geological formations. Some of them even have the peculiar “mushroom”-like shapes. The islands are scattered along the Lingayen Gulf located in the Alaminos City, Pangasinan and cover a surface of over 18 square kilometers. It is believed that the islands are more than 2 million years old and their ancient corals that extend well inland are a great reason to mark this destination on your to-do list. Despite being an ideal place for swimming, diving and snorkeling, only three of the islands are developed for tourism. The vast majority is still unspoiled and therefore these islands are truly a natural wonder.
Best known as a vacationer’s paradise, Boracay Island has twelve beaches, the most famous one being White Beach. The island is on the list of best beach destinations in Asia because of the 4km long powdered-like white sand beaches and turquoise water. But aside of its famous white sand, Boracay Island is claiming to have one the best sunsets in the world. One that will inspire you to enjoy your life to the fullest. It’s one of the main reasons why it is tagged as a vacationer’s paradise. Located only 315 kilometers south of capital Manila, this small island has rapidly become the Philippines top tourist draw. The postcard-perfect stretch of sand, fueled with the tsunami hype, voted it in 2013 as second-best island destination in the world, after Palawan.