10 New Local Destinations to Visit in 2014

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The New Year signifies a new beginning. People are ready to close an old chapter in their lives and start a new one; yesterday becomes a memory, and tomorrow promises new adventures.

The past years saw a boom in the Philippines’ travel industry. More and more local tourists started to flock the famous tourist destinations in the country, while foreigners began to notice that it is indeed More Fun In The Philippines by visiting some of beautiful travel spots. Boracay and Palawan became widely popular worldwide because of the numerous write-ups about their magnificence in print and online publications in 2013 alone.

Here are 10 of the new places that tourists should visit in 2014:

1. Narra, Palawan

What used to be a resettlement area for people who are homeless in the big cities of Central Luzon back in the 1950’s, Narra is slowly inching its way to become an alternative travel destination in Palawan.

This small municipality, two-hours away from Puerto Princesa City, boasts off a lot of beautiful natural attractions like waterfalls, hot springs, beaches, mountain peaks and lush, virgin forests.

To get to Narra, tourists have the option to ride a bus, jeepney or a shuttle van from the terminals located in Malvar Street in the new Brgy. San Jose Marketplace in Puerto Princesa City. There is also a route coming from Brooke’s Point.

2. Apo Island, Negros Oriental

Water buffs will have a new playground in this tiny island five kilometers away from the municipality of Dauin in Negros Oriental. Roughly 72-hectares big, this small island getaway is packed with natural beauty that entices tourists to stay for a while.

Underwater activities like snorkeling and scuba diving are perfect for this place since this small island is surrounded by clear waters and diverse marine wildlife. One will not be surprised to find manta rays, hammerhead sharks, as well as tuna fish swimming around the area. Apo Island is definitely the place to be if you want to swim alongside these fantastic sea residents.

To get to the island, tourists can take the 30-minute boat ride from the port of Dauin. They can also opt to take a longer route from Malatapay Port, which could take around 45-minutes by boat.

3. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Because of its three beautiful lakes and seven breathtaking waterfalls, South Cotabato’s newest gem is starting to get known worldwide. The unadulterated beauty of Lake Sebu is a must-see spot whenever one has the opportunity to visit the nearby General Santos of Koronadal cities.

To fully experience the beauty of Lake Sebu, tourists must try the famous Seven Falls Zipline and visit the museum that features the colorful culture of the T’boli tribe.

Reach Lake Sebu by taking a van at the General Santos Integrated Bus Terminal during the morning for the direct route, or take a bus at the terminal in Marbel or in Koronadal then ride a tricycle that will bring you to Lake Sebu.

4. Biri Island Rock Formation, Northern Samar

Want to be amazed? Head to the place where Pacific Ocean and San Bernardino Strait clash and see how the constant crashing of the waves produced a magnificent sight.

The Biri Island Rock Formation first got its spotlight during the 1990’s, where a film starring Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta featured it in the film “Iisa Pa Lamang.” Now, it is considered as one of the emerging sites in the country to visit in the coming year.

Getting to Biri Island is easy. From Catarman, ride a jeepney bound to the port of Lavezares then take the boat to Biri town. Motorcycles, locally known as habal-habal, can take the guests from the Biri jetty to their guesthouses.

5. Bucas Grande Island, Surigao del Norte

Surfers and beach lovers flock to Surigao province because of the lure of Siargao. But unknown to many, an island paradise lies just two hours away from the popular tourist destination.

Tourists are treated with stretches of fine, white sand beaches, mangroves, corals, fishing grounds, waterfalls, as well as a number of caves to explore. It has a very scenic lagoon, which can be a perfect place to unwind and be one with nature.

Tourists can visit Bucas Grande Island by hiring a boat from General Luna town.

6. Danjugan Islands, Negros Occidental

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