SUMMER IS OVER but you feel like you haven’t had enough of it.
Don’t fret! You can still tour the country even the weather is getting colder. Yeah! It’s rainy season. You can save those sipping-coffee-in-a-café-while-listening-to-jazz-music moments for the ber months. Meaning, you still have the luxury of time to visit as many attraction sites and travel destinations as you can.
To help you out, we’ve listed down 10 destinations that you can visit even during rainy days:
1. Batanes Island
Weird suggestion? Nope. Aside from the fact that you can enjoy a cheaper airfare and accomodation during rainy months, going to Batanes during lean months will give the chance to enjoy this island province all for yourself. We just did July last year, and it was one hell of a experience. Getting stranded or getting your flights canceled especially when there is a low pressure area or a coming storm could be stressful but it depends on how you view it. As long as you have a travel insurance, you should be okay. When we got stranded in the island last year, the insurance company paid for all our expenses for our extended stay. Personally, I don’t have any problem with getting stranded because it means more time to explore and discover the paradise-like province of Batanes. Seeing and learning about the Ivatan houses, mingling with the locals, viewing the ocean from a lighthouse, and buying some sweets at the “honest store” are just some of the things that will enrich you as a person. I honestly wanna stay in Batanes for a month or so.
2. Vigan Heritage Village
Go up north and enjoy your solitary moments along the historical Calle Crisologo at nighttime. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vigan Heritage Village is one of the Philippine destinations that can bring you back to the Spanish colonial past. The houses and their architectural design are a feast to the eyes. There are also stalls along the famous street where you can buy must-have souvenir items. Ilocos beaches are awesome during summer but its beauty doesn’t subside even after the hot months.
While in Vigan, you can drop by Chavit Singson’s Baluarte where you can interact and take unlimited selfies with different animals such as ostrich, deer, tiger, python, miniature horses, koala, parrots and colorful butterflies. You can bring out the kid in you and have a fun time with these animals. We once went to the area during summer and it’s too freaking hot. Better visit Baluarte from June to February.
Do you know that it’s best to experience Boracay during rainy months? Yes, no one will ever get tired of going to Boracay but our favorite months to go to Boracay are July to September when it’s not crowded and the waters have no unwanted green moss. The white sands, clear turquoise waters, colorful vintas, fresh young coconut, and picturesque views are just some of the reasons why you should highly consider visiting the island. If you’re on a tight budget, the rainy season is the best time to book a flight because of the cheaper rates. And if you’re trying to move on from a recent break up, or just want to spend some time alone, the coming weeks are the perfect schedules to visit Boracay.
5. Gapuz Grapes Farm
Go down La Union, and experience a California or other American state’s vibe in the middle of Gapuz Grapes Farm. The Philippines maybe is a tropical country but grapes are grown here, and the vines can produce a lot. The farm has become an accidental tourist spot after it gone viral on social media. Started with only a few seeds planted in a small area, the farm has become a favorite tourist destination for “pick and pay” activity where people are allowed to pick ripe grapes, and pay P300 for every kilo. How’s that for an experience?
6. Minalungao National Park
You may also visit Nueva Ecija, wherein you can enjoy the view of the greenish river between huge rock formations at Minalungao National Park. It’s only a few hours travel from Metro Manila so a whole day stay will be enough to satisfy you.
7. Tagaytay Sky Eye
If you work in the metro and can’t afford to spend a few days somewhere far, you can go road tripping to nearby provinces that are also home to numerous attraction sites. You can enjoy the cold weather in Tagaytay while having a stunning view of the Taal Lake and volcano. You can have the best view while riding Sky Eye – the tallest and one of the country’s biggest ferris wheels at Sky Ranch. For P150, you can ride one of Sky Eye’s air-conditioned gondolas. After enjoying the breathtaking view of the place, you can warm up your taste buds with the famous and savory bulalo.
8. Panquil River Eco-Park
If you’re into nature, several hours of travel from the capital region is the province of Laguna that is home to Panquil River Eco-Park. For less than P1,000, you can enjoy the food and the eco-park’s different activities such as going to the Ambon-Ambon Falls via the eco-trail and water tubing. You’ll definitely love doing these especially when there is rain.
9. Cagbalete Island
The Philippines is never getting short of new beach islands to discover. One of the relatively recently-discovered beach islands in the country is Cagbalete Island that also boasts of white shorelines and clear emerald waters. This island is just around six hours trip from Manila. On your way, you can stop by Lucena City or Mauban and try the famous and delicious pancit habhab.
10. Kwebang Lampas and Puting Buhangin Beach
Four hours away from Manila is another Quezon province destination that has been gaining popularity in recent years. Known as Kwebang Lampas and Puting Buhangin Beach in Pagbilao, this could be enjoyed even in just one whole day. Just like when Calaguas in Bicol was just discovered, this place doesn’t have any expensive resorts and huts yet. So, whenever you have time this rainy season, grab the chance to visit Pagbilao and frolic on its inviting white beach.
Photos from: expressmilestravel.com, iamaileen.com, tourylocos.com, facebook.com/ryerozu, airaaah.weebly.com, twistedlifeadventure.wordpress.com, stylewithinbyarey.tumblr.com, and mjmonteagudo.wordpress.com. Featured image is that of Boracay from the lens of Grant Orbeta.