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Where To Go in the Philippines in April

Written by Patrick

Experience the Philippines in April, where tropical beaches and magnificent landscapes await your exploration.

April is typically warm and dry across the Philippines, hence a great month to explore and do various outdoor activities.  From the mountains in Luzon to the beaches in Visayas and Mindanao, travelers have endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation during this month.

Here are a few suggestions on where to go in the Philippines in April.

1 | Bataan

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan

Caption: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan

Located in the heart of Central Luzon, Bataan boasts of its natural beauty and pivotal role during World War II.  The province, along with the whole Philippines, celebrates Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) every 9th of April to commemorate the fall of Bataan to the Japanese forces and honor the soldiers whose lives perished during the Bataan Death March.  The event usually takes place in Mount Samat National Shrine, a shrine complex that features a large cross and a war museum.  Views of Bataan, Corregidor Island, and Manila can be viewed from the colonnade at the base of the cross.

And those are not the only things to look forward to in Bataan.  You can take a glimpse of the traditional Filipino lifestyle in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, see the turtles at the Pawikan Conservation Center or migratory birds at the Balanga Wetland and Nature Park, visit the museums and historical markers, or explore the Five Fingers coves with all its lagoons, cliffs, and rock formations.

READ MORE: Bataan Province

2 | Boracay

White Beach, Boracay

Caption: White Beach, Boracay

Boracay will always be on the list of places to visit in the Philippines.  In April, the Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the island.  Aside from dragon boats, the event also features beach tennis, beach volleyball, beach soccer, football, frisbee, and many others.

READ MORE: Boracay Island Visitors Guide | How To Get To Boracay

3 | Camiguin

Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin

Caption: Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin

Known as the “Island Born of Fire” due to its volcanic origins, Camiguin boasts a unique landscape shaped by volcanic activity over the centuries.  Its land area may be small and void of towering skyscrapers or bustling shopping centers, the island province has become a popular destination for travelers seeking tranquility and natural wonders.

The island boasts a myriad of attractions, from rejuvenating springs and cascading waterfalls to the haunting allure of a sunken cemetery, all set against the backdrop of lush protected areas and idyllic sandy beaches on smaller neighboring isles.  In addition to all those natural splendors, centuries-old churches, ancestral homes, and other heritage structures make the province even more attractive to travelers.

Don’t miss the White Island, Katibawasan Falls, Ardent Hibok-Hibok Hot Spring, Sto. Niño Cold Spring, and if you’re a hiker, Mount Hibok-Hibok.

READ MORE: Camiguin Island Visitors Guide | Camiguin Province

4 | Ifugao

Tappiyah Falls, Ifugao

Caption: Tappiyah Falls, Ifugao

The province of Ifugao is known for its stunning rice terraces, which has been dubbed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.  These ancient terraces, carved meticulously into the mountainside by the indigenous Ifugao people over 2,000 years ago, showcase remarkable engineering and agricultural ingenuity.  Aside from the most popular Banaue Rice Terraces, there are many other rice terraces in the province including Batad Rice Terraces, Bangaan Rice Terraces, Mayoyao Rice Terraces, Hungduan Rice Terraces, and Nagacadan Rice Terraces.  It is best to visit the terraces during the months of April to May and October to November to witness their greenest state.

In addition to the terraces, other natural attractions in Ifugao include Tappiyah Falls, Chapah Falls, and Tam-an Cultural Village where you will find carvers and weavers.

READ MORE: Ifugao Province

5 | Romblon

Bonbon Beach, Romblon

Caption: Bonbon Beach, Romblon

There’s Romblon province, Romblon Island, and then Romblon town.  It can be confusing but that’s how things are.  Romblon town is located on Romblon Island which is a part of Romblon province along with Sibuyan Island and Tablas Island, the largest in the province.

Romblon Island may be small but there is so much in store here for travelers, especially those who prefer less crowded and not overly commercialized destinations.  From the fine white sand and clear water of Bonbon Beach to the marble quarry in Lio Bay, Romblon has so much to offer to nature enthusiasts.

READ MORE: Romblon Island Visitors Guide | Romblon Province

6 | Siquijor

Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor

Caption: Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor

While it has a reputation for traditional healing rituals and other mystical experiences and activities, Siquijor continues to attract tourists with its stunning coastline with powdery white sand beaches and clear waters.  Salagdoong Beach, with its towering cliff diving platforms and vibrant marine life, is a favorite spot for thrill-seekers and snorkelers alike. Additionally, Paliton Beach entices visitors with its serene ambiance and picturesque sunset views.

Beyond its coastal wonders, Siquijor boasts lush inland landscapes dotted with cascading waterfalls and dense forests. Cambugahay Falls, with its multi-tiered pools and lush surroundings, provides an idyllic setting for swimming and relaxation. Meanwhile, adventurers can explore the mystical Balete Tree, believed to be inhabited by supernatural beings, and experience the eerie charm of its natural fish spa.  The island is dotted with centuries-old churches, such as the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church with its Baroque architecture, Church of St. Francis of Assisi which is mostly made of coral stones, and Lazi Church and Convent.

READ MORE: Siquijor Island Visitors Guide | Siquijor Province

7 | Sorsogon

Bulusan Lake in Bulusan Volcano Natural Park, Sorsogon

Caption: Bulusan Lake in Bulusan Volcano Natural Park, Sorsogon

The southernmost province in Luzon and is part of Bicol Region, Sorsogon has pristine beaches and vibrant marine life great for swimming and snorkeling.  Donsol, a town about 60 kilometers away from Sorsogon City, is even named the “Whale Shark Capital of the World” because of the presence of whale sharks and the opportunity to see them up close in their natural habitat.  The whale shark season typically runs from November to June.

Additionally, a marine sanctuary, eco parks, waterfalls, and historical landmarks add to the allure of Sorsogon.

READ MORE: Sorsogon City Visitors Guide | Sorsogon Province

April provides travelers with an ideal climate for outdoor activities, beach adventures, and historical immersion.  Whether you’re drawn to the unspoilt beaches of Sorsogon and Siquijor or the imposing rice terraces in Ifugao, there’s something to suit every traveler’s preferences.

READ MORE: When & Where to Visit the Philippines: A Month by Month Guide

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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