Philippines is truly a peaceful country with hospitable and loving people in general. Going on a trip alone, especially if you’re a lady, has got to be one of the most exciting and liberating experiences you will ever have in your life. Some folks, especially your close friends and parents, may not approve or like the idea of you traveling solo in an unfamiliar territory because they probably fear that you’ll be a possible target for scams, or that you won’t be able to even read a map.
But the truth is, there is nothing a guy can do that we, females, can’t. As a matter of fact, the number of female solo travelers across the number is fast increasing. From the US to the Philippines, more and more women are now starting to notice the immense benefits of traveling solo.
Looking for the ultimate destination in Southeast Asia for a solo female travel adventure? You might want to book a trip to the Philippines. If you’re planning to explore the Philippines on your own, you might want to take a quick look at this list.
Here are the 15 places you wouldn’t want to miss when you set foot in the Philippines:
A lot of Filipinos have Batanes at the top of their dream destination list in the Philippines. Why? Anyone wanting to travel there will have no choice but to spend a little bit more than usual on airfare due to its inaccessible location. However, the view from the topmost province in the country is worth every penny spent — friendly Ivatans, stone houses, boulder beaches, gentle rolling hills and so much more! Trust me, it’s not like any Philippine destination you’ve ever visited!
Home to the most conservatives people in the Philippines, Bohol has a non-existent nightlife, which makes it extra safe and ultra appealing to weary solo female travelers who just wish to relax and perhaps do some soul searching.
A tour around most of the island can be done in just a day and that will allow you to see various historic sites (unfortunately many of the old Churches there crumbled to dust after the strong earthquake in 2013) and some adventure destinations. Panglao Island is also a must-see destination but the place doesn’t get as lively as the beaches in the neighboring islands.
Puerto Princesa seems like a haven for many wild party animals and tourists with all the clubs and party places just along the streets. But, hey, don’t worry — it’s perfectly safe there even if you decide to walk along the highway at midnight by yourself. I can personally attest to the honesty and friendliness in the people of Puerto Princesa and would like to go there again. A plus if you visit there: a 2-hour ride from the city will get you to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A 5 to 6 hour drive to the north from Puerto Princesa City will bring you to El Nido — or you could also take a plane ride from Metro Manila. El Nido attracts tourists who love the beach and it is a great place to do a few water activities such as island hopping, kayaking, snorkeling and diving. If the combination of sun, sand and sea is too much for you, it is also possible to go upland for mountain biking, rock climbing or motor biking.
Sagada is mostly known for its Hanging Coffins, but it also has other appeals including views of the countryside and rice terraces that are to die for. The province’s tourism boomed after the release of a local indie film, That Thing Called Tadhana, which showed the characters making a trip to the mountains and shouting their heartaches to the top of their lungs. How about casting all your worries to those beautiful sea of clouds?
Davao City is considered as the safest city in the Philippines mostly due to its very strict mayor. The discipline does pay off and you can walk around the city without fear. Crime rate here is considerably low compared to other cities, curfews are being implemented and they also have a strict no smoking policy.
Just 15 minutes away from Davao City is a quite island called Samal. Transportation around the place is through motorbikes and motor taxis and while it’s generally safe to come here, you may have to sharpen your haggling skills quite a bit. Tourist attractions around the island are a little far from each other and DIY commute by yourself may not be as cheap as the others.
Talicud Island is a little gem that we discovered during our trip to Davao city, Philippines. The island, however, is already part of Davao Del Norte. While there are a lot of resorts circling the island, we found one particularly unspoiled place that made us want to stay longer. It’s a very safe, quite haven perfect for when you are on a soul-searching or family bonding trip.
Bantayan Island may be known for a lot of beach parties but if you go there during off-peak months, the place is generally calmer and more peaceful. It’s possible to rent a bike so you could cruise around town by yourself or you could just lounge by the beach and have a great time just thinking about life in general.
Many tourists, foreign and local alike, flock Siargao for many reasons. Let’s just say going there will let you experience the epitome of island life. You can surf and laze by the beach all you want or you can hire a motorcycle and go for a road trip around the island. Perfectly safe!
Moalboal is perhaps the most popular beach destination in the Southeastern portion of Cebu, Philippines. You can simply take a 4-hour bus ride from Cebu City to this beautiful town — and you will feel right at home with so many foreigners flocking the place. Many of them have gotten used to the laid-back life there: renting motorcycles and rooms for a long stay, lounging by the beach or doing other water activities like snorkeling and diving.
Pagudpud is best visited during a road trip in the Philippines, as it allows one to drop by as many places as possible without staying too long. Among the beautiful spots to include in the itinerary include a trip to the Bangui Windmills and the Kapurpurawan Rock. Don’t forget to ask the driver to stop by the coastal bridge that connects the Maharlika Highway from Ilocos Norte to the Cagayan Valley Region — it’s beautiful!
CDO, as it is otherwise known, is not quite as busy and populated as the other major cities in the Philippines, making it a rather safe place to visit for solo travelers. Perhaps the most popular foreign personality there is Kulas (or Kyle) of Becoming Filipino, a 26-year-old Canadian who have found his new home in the city.
Biri Island may have been severely affected during the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t well on its way to progress again. This underrated destination is less popular to tourists (the reason why you should go there now) which should allow for some quiet time and relaxation. It’s also the perfect time to see this place while everything else is still unspoiled.
Yet another quiet destination to make it on the list, Camiguin is home to Mt. Hibok-Hibok, the Sunken Cemetery and various falls and beaches that you will drool over. The island life in the Philippines is basically quite and laid back, making it perfect for solo travelers.
A word of advice for anyone headed to the Philippines, invest in an Overland backpack. From its unique features to its wondrous compartments, this backpack will surely make your trip even more exciting and comfortable. Now Inspired to travel to these places in the Philippines? Make sure to plan your trip with Trekeffect!
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