Exploring the Philippines can be quite an adventure. With more than 7,000 island destinations, a lot of places in the country are still waiting to be discovered. Visayas, for example, might be the country’s smallest archipelago but it’s packed with untouched gems that should be on every traveler’s bucket list.

Visayas is not only home to diverse cultures of different regions, it’s also filled with scenic views, beautiful sites, and exhilarating spots that will make your jaws drop in awe. Even if Boracay is still on its rehabilitation period you can still go to other beaches in Visayas, or better yet, explore these hidden destinations.

Here are 10 underrated spots in Visayas perfect for explorers:

1. Bojo River

It might look like it’s from the Amazon River or those rivers in Vietnam, but actually, it’s just Bojo, River in Cebu. It’s a ride away from the port city of Toledo, which is also the jump-off point for those going to San Carlos in Negros Occidental. Enjoy the walking tour of the natural museum along the riverbanks, before you enter the actual site. You need to register for a cruise tour, the entire cruise package comes with buffet lunch.

Bojo means “river ceiling” in Spanish, while in Visayan language, it means an inlet where the river exits to the sea. Check out the mixing of Bojo River and Tañon Strait, where the turquoise and cerulean waters meet.

2. Tibiao, Antique

Antique is one of the four provinces in the Panay Island. It takes an hour to go to the province by plane, and when you arrive, expect to be detached from all the stress and worries. Have a much on their famous Teren-Teren bread in the local bakery, Tibiao Bakery. The bakery is established in 1953 and it’s the famous bakery throughout Panay Island. Their bread even reached the shores of New Zealand. Dip your feet and play with the Therafin fishes at Fish Spa for less than P200. Check out the gigantic pearls at their 52-year old local museum. It’s just minutes away from the famous bakery.

Don’t miss out on the Tibiao trip highlight: Kawa hot baths. Relax and chill out while you dip yourself in warm water. You can choose the natural ingredients like beer, milk, salt, coffee, and wine.

3. Limasawa Island

Limasawa Island might be the smallest municipality in Southern Leyte, but it has a lot of history. It is believed to be the site of the first mass in the Philippine soil. If you’re looking for an exhilarating activity, you can enjoy cliff diving at Limasawa Island. You can tour Dakdak Beach and stroll along the shore, or have fun playing beach volleyball with your family and friends. You can also climb to the lighthouse and explore the island lagoon resort where you can do snorkeling.

4. Danjugan Island

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Danjugan Island is a small 43-hectare island strip covered with dense forests and surrounded by a vast marine biodiversity. The island may be relatively small, but it houses five lagoons, three are landlocked, while the other vanishes when it’s high tide. The area is protected by the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Foundation since the 90s, and fishing is prohibited in the area for the marine life growth.

It’s also a great diving site since the coral reefs are healthy and striving, so you’ll see various marine life forms such as small sharks, turtles, and giant clams. The island is solar powered, but there’s no running water on the island so you should bring your own. Walk-ins are not allowed, the management should be contacted first to help visitors on boat transfers.  

5. Paradise Beach

A small portion of Bantayan Island is a privately owned beach, Paradise Beach. It’s a place for sea meditation, ideal for snorkeling, swimming, and other beach sports. You can drop by during weekdays to have the beach to yourself. You should bring your own food and drinks though since there are no available stores in the beach.

6. Carnaza Island

Check out the interesting rock formations in this island’s cove located in Cebu. Carnaza Island is a  174-hectare turtle-shaped island in the Northern Cebu. This undisturbed island in Cebu is a hidden spot from the crowd. After all, most tourists prefer Malapascua island (which is relatively nearer and easier to go to) than Carnaza. But once you got to the island, you won’t regret the hassle. The stunning waters and untapped wonder are perfect for an eye-catching Instagram feed. Then, drive up the north and catch a boat ride at Tapilon Port. There’s also a hill where you can see an overlooking view of the coastline and other parts of the island.

7. Ulan-Ulan Falls

This hidden falls in Biliran displays a rain-like flow. Thus, it’s named Ulan-Ulan Falls. This 25-meter falls is surrounded by lush tropical forest, with cascading waters that will make you feel as if it’s raining. This is a 30-minute walk from the main town in Almeria, but it’s worth the effort. The water in the basin is enough for a cool swimming session with you and your barkada. However, there are no cottages or tents near the stream, so overnights are not recommended.

8. Kansulakan Enchanted River

If you know the Enchanted River in Surigao, you may know about Kansulakan River too. Tourists labeled it as another enchanted river because of its similarities with the one in Surigao. Kansulakan Enchanted River is located at Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental. The river originates from a spring, where you can see yourself in a reflection in a mirror. The flow leads you to the spring green waters that pulls you in to take a dip.

9. Pinipisakan Falls & Sulpan Cave

Fall in love with the beautiful cascading waters flowing almost infinitely at Pinipisakan Falls in Samar. The view is so beautiful you might mistake this hidden gem as something you just see in computer wallpapers. Be prepared for a long ride, since the falls take a lot of rides, including a canoe ride. It will take an hour to hike from the drop off point to reach Pinipisakan Falls.

If you climb your way to the top where the falls originate, you’ll find the secret of Sulpan Cave. The cave has pool-like cerulean waters with abundant bushes serving like a curtain in the place. A lot of people can fit inside the cave. It has a cathedral-like ceiling, so there’s plenty of headroom for everyone.

10. Niludhan Falls

You can’t help but notice the similarities between Skogafoss Falls in Iceland and Niludhan Falls in the city of Bayawan, Negros Occidental. The 25-meter wide waterfalls is a hidden spot found conveniently right beside the main road along Brgy. Dawis and Mabinay town. There is a stairway leading you to the falls which is totally free, just drop by and adore the majestic beauty of the falls.

Visayas has a lot of untapped gems waiting to be discovered. Get your backpacks ready, and let’s explore more wonders in the country!

 

Which is your favorite hidden spot in Visayas? Let us know in the comments!

 
 
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