The Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan clinched a spot in 2012’s New7Wonders of Nature. It enjoyed international fame since then as it ranked with other natural wonders in the world including the Amazon Rainforest and River, Halong Bay, Jeju Island, Iguazu Falls, Komodo Island, and Table Mountain. While the subterranean river in Palawan is truly a sight to behold, the Philippines has a lot more to offer. The country is gifted with natural attractions that deserve international recognition too.
To guide you through some of the most exquisite natural attractions in the Philippines, this infographic features a list of 7 wonders of the Philippines that also deserve international acclaim.
The Most Breathtaking Natural Wonders of the Philippines
There are more than 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines and almost every local destination has an attraction to feature. However, some stand out from the rest to be regarded as among the most breathtaking natural wonders of the Philippines.
1. Banaue Rice Terraces
The Banaue rice terraces are also known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Known for their terraces that can cover half of the world when built from end to end, these natural wonders in the Philippines have been declared a National Culture Treasure.
Did you know:
These terraces in Central Luzon have been carved by the Ifugaos for the last 3,000 years.
2. Batanes Rolling Hills
For many, Batanes is a dream destination. This northernmost province of the Philippines may have a small land area but it brims with awe-amazing sights! The verdant rolling hills, unmatched views of the sunrise, and picturesque attractions make it worth the travel. It is also often compared to New Zealand because of its iconic hills and free-roaming animals.
Real Estate Fact:
If you are not an Ivatan or not married to one, you can’t buy land or property in Batanes as the law declares it as a protected area. It is also covered by the Indigenous People’s Rights Act, which recognizes Bataan as the ancestral domain of the Ivatans.
3. Mount Mayon
If you have long been amazed by the beauty of Mount Fuji, the Philippines has its version of this famed summit. Mount Mayon bears a symmetrical cone summit similar to that of Mt. Fuji. It stands at 2,462 metres and is regarded as the most active volcano in the Philippines. Some people find it mysterious as it will take some patience to view it in its full glory without the clouds covering its tip.
Did you know:
Mayon Volcano was included in the search for New 7 Wonders of Nature in October 2008. However, it failed to make it to the final list.
Aklan, Western Visayas
Boracay is a popular year-round destination that has gained worldwide acclaim. It is known for its powder-like white sand, crystal azure waters, breathtaking sunset, flora and fauna, and diverse marine life. Aside from Palawan, it is also recognized as one of the best islands in the world.
Real estate fact:
Foreigners married to a Filipino citizen can buy real estate property in Boracay provided that the title will bear the spouse’s name.
5. Taal Volcano
Talisay and San Nicolas, Batangas
Another attraction that deserves a spot on the list of 7 wonders of the Philippines is the Taal volcano. Its lake within a lake nature gives it a unique distinction in the world. It is a very active volcano and also serves as a home to endemic species of freshwater fish.
Real estate fact:
Interested buyers in search of real estate investment in Tagaytay should reach out to trusted firms to discuss the benefits and risks of buying properties within the area, as well as to know the best real estate investment opportunities in Tagaytay.
CitiGlobal has two master planned communities that are near the spots where you can get the most amazing views of the Taal volcano. Check out the Tagaytay Clifton Resort Suites and the Tagaytay Fontaine Villas which can be the site of your new home near Taal.
6. Apo Reef Natural Park
Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
Want to explore a large and beautiful coral reef system? The Apo Reef Natural Park is the second-largest coral reef system in the world and the largest atoll-like reef in the Philippines. It serves as home to sea turtles, various types of sharks, manta rays, triggerfish, and corals which make it one of the best diving spots in the Philippines. In 2006, it was also included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Did you know:
Apo Reef is hailed as ‘the centre of Earth’s marine diversity.’ It is located at the northern tip of the Coral triangles which is home to 2,228 types of reef fish and has approximately 605 reef-building corals
7. Hinatuan Enchanted River
Surigao del Sur, Mindanao
Also known as the Hinatuan Sacred River, it is one of the natural wonders of the Philippines that leave you under its spell. Famous for its unusually clear blue waters and recognized as one of the most beautiful rivers in the country, this river remains largely unexplored.
Did you know:
A lot of professional divers, including foreigners, have already tried to explore the brackish waters and the underwater compartments in the river but until today, no one succeeded in reaching it.
Palawan – the home of the most amazing wonders of the Philippines
The list of the most amazing wonders of the Philippines won’t be complete without the world-famous islands of Palawan. There are just too many breathtaking natural attractions in this province that it deserves its own space.
- Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the dream destination of every diver. It has clear waters and diverse marine life. It features incredibly beautiful dive sites where you can find healthy corals, manta rays, whale sharks, barracuda, and more. You can also find endemic and migratory birds in Tubattaha.
- Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
This natural attraction in Palawan already made it to the list of New7Wonders of Nature in 2012. It is an 8.2km long river that features remarkable landscapes, amazing rock formations, lush forest, and a majestic subterranean cave system that flows directly into the South China Sea.
- Big Lagoon
El Nido, Palawan
Tucked between magnificent limestone cliffs and with abundant marine life in its turquoise green water, there’s no question that the Big Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan is an enchanting natural wonder of the Philippines.
- Siete Pecados
If you want to explore diverse marine life, Siete Pecados in Coron, Palawan won’t disappoint. It boasts cool and clear waters where an abundance of corals and tropical fishes can be found through snorkeling. In addition to that are the 7 limestone formations in the place that are also not to be missed.
Palawan Real Estate Facts
1. The prices of real estate housing properties in Palawan ranges from as low as Php 800,00.00 to as high as Php 40,000,000.00
2. Palawan’s housing unit occupancy rate increased by 4.31 percentage points as 149,465 out of the 149,500 housing units in Palawan were occupied. Single houses were most preferred
3. 95.83% of occupied housing units were single homes.
4. Foreigners who want to invest in real estate in Palawan cannot own property directly under his/her name.
5. The Philippine Condominium act allows foreign ownership of condo units in Palawan provided that 60% of the building is owned by Filipinos.
CitiGlobal’s Current and Future Developments in Palawan
CitiGlobal is the real estate developer behind the Diamond Beach Residences which is a leisure property and a world-class beachfront development in Palawan.
The company has also lined up future developments in Palawan. Soon, there will be master planned communities and luxurious real estate properties in some of its key cities including Coron, Culion, Linapacan, El Nido, Taytay, San Vicente, Port Barton, Puerto Princesa, Quezon, Narra, Sofronia Espanola, and Irarat.
If you are interested in real estate investment in Palawan, don’t miss the sites of upcoming developments. Find out more about the locations of CitiGlobal’s real estate development projects in Palawan and other parts of the Philippines through this video.