Summer is almost here, but you and your partner may not be over the love craze brought about by the past love month yet. As you look forward to brighter days under the hot, scorching sun, you can plan for a romantic getaway to any of these awesome local destinations, as recommended by the budget local carrier, Cebu Pacific Air.
Siargao and Cagayan de Oro: For adventure-packed getaways
If doing extreme activities comprises an ideal vacation for you and your partner, Siargao and/or Cagayan de Oro will be perfect for a getaway destination this summer.
Siargao in Surigao del Norte is becoming a top favorite for vacationers who prefer surfing in panoramic, crystal clear waters. There will be no dull moment for all couples. Challenge the barreling waves at Cloud 9 surf beach or go skimboarding through embarking in smaller waves along Pacifico in the town of San Isidro. Sign up for an island hopping tour to discover more about Siargao and its equally awesome neighboring isles—Naked Island beams with pristine waters and white sands, while Guyam and Daku Islands facilitate beautiful sunsets framed by coconut tree linings.
Cagayan de Oro is the adventure capital of the country for many reasons. The Opol Beach facilitates fun under the sun. Go whitewater rafting in the active rapids along Cagayan de Oro River. You may also create more romantic memories while hiking at the Macahumbus Adventure Park. Getting into a land trip to the neighboring Bukidnon will make your stay more action-packed.
Tablas, Tagbilaran, and Batanes: For nature lovers
Tablas Island in Romblon is an ideal place to reconnect with nature. The 48-hectare Looc Bay Marine Refuge and Sanctuary is home to various species of fish, turtle, giant clams, and corals. Go up the Odiongan Hill or check out Mainit Falls to enjoy swimming in lukewarm water to calm and relax your senses. The island hopping tours will take you to many undiscovered gems in the area like the interesting rock formations found in Paksi Cove, the secluded white sand beach of Lapus-Lapus, and the hidden salt lake of Tinagong Dagat.
Enjoy natural sights and visit historical landmarks in Tagbiliaran, the capital city of Bohol. The Botanical Garden welcomes day trippers who intend to check out its flora and fauna. And who would want to miss the famous tarsiers found at the Tarsier Sanctuary? Moreover, the popular Chocolate Hills await you and your partner. Do not forget to drop by the Baclayon Museum and the Bohol Museum before you go.
The majestic Batanes is a popular destination for people who are up for romance. Sit on the greenest grass along Vayang Rolling Hills or visit other scenic spots overlooking the vast ocean like the Tiñan Viewpoint and the Chamantad Cove. Then explore the dark caves of Torongan, where you could also eventually get breath-taking vantage of coastlines, cliffs, and boat-shaped burial markers of the locals.
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Dumaguete, Coron, and Masbate: For a quiet, romantic retreat
Dumaguete is proud to have a number of beach resorts, lush sanctuaries, and even historic sites. Manjuyod White Sandbar, ‘The Maldives of the Philippines,’ offers cottages that overlook the clear waters. Take time to walk along a 400-hectare Talabong Mangrive Park to enjoy nature at its best. You should also include in your itinerary dolphin watching at the Tañon Strait in Bais. To experience the simple, yet fulfilling life in the province, head on to the Quezon Park to explore the Cathedral Church and the Belfry Tower.
The pride of Palawan, Coron, has a tranquil and inviting environment. Try soaking in the therapeutic and relaxing hot water pools found in Maquinit Springs, or take a dip in the Twin Lagoon hidden pond. For history buffs, explore the World War II ruins (Skeleton Wreck, a Japanese ship) within a portion of Coron waters.
Lastly, Masbate is a province where you can enjoy the best of beaches, natural parks, and mountains. Check out Palani Beach and Porta Vega Beach for their pristine waters and stunning view of sunsets. The Halea Natural Park will take you to a tropical paradise where you and your partner could dive to further behold the rich underwater spectacle.