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Where To Go in the Philippines in June

Written by Patrick

The Philippines conjures images of paradise: pristine beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and lush rainforests. But what about June, the beginning of the rainy season?  Where will you go in the Philippines in June?

The Philippines is a dream destination for travelers with varying interests.  It has pristine beaches and clear waters teeming with marine life, lush rainforests, unique landscapes, interesting gastronomic delights, and rich history.  But what about June, a month that is the beginning of the country’s rainy season?  Is it a good idea to travel to the Philippines in June?

Absolutely!  It’s still a great time to visit, especially if you can be flexible with your travel plans and don’t mind the occasional rain shower. Here are some of the best places where to go in the Philippines in June:

1 | Iligan City

Maria Cristina Falls

Caption: Maria Cristina Falls

Nestled in the province of Lanao del Norte in Mindanao, Iligan City beckons with its more than 20 waterfalls.  Even though it’s a rainy season, June is actually a good time to visit Iligan City as the occasional rain shower makes the mountains lush and more vibrant.  The mighty waterfalls, like the iconic Maria Cristina Falls and the beautiful Tinago Falls, might showcase a more powerful cascade as rainwater adds to their volume.  Plus, with fewer crowds compared to peak season, exploring Iligan’s natural, historical, and cultural attractions becomes an even more intimate experience.

READ MORE: Iligan City Visitors Guide

2 | Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls

Caption: Tinuy-an Falls

Facing the Philippine Sea to the east, Surigao del Sur is a province found in the eastern coast of Mindanao.  It offers stunning natural attractions such as the majestic Tinuy-an Falls, the widest waterfall in the Philippines and is known for its curtain-type appearance similar to Niagara Falls.  That is also how it got its nickname “Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines”.  It also has the mystical Hinatuan Enchanted River, the only river in the country with clear blue water.  The Hinatuan Bay, which is located at the mouth of the river, is inhabited by different species of fish and turtles.

Other attractions in Surigao del Sur you might be interested in exploring include Britania Group of Islands as well as surfing and skimboarding spots which include the municipalities of Cantilan and Lanuza.

READ MORE: Surigao del Sur Province

3 | Agusan del Sur

Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Caption: Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary

Agusan del Sur, located in the Caraga Region in Mindanao, is a vast province blessed with natural wonders such as waterfalls, springs, lakes, and caves.  It is also home to Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the largest and most ecologically significant wetlands in the Philippines.  Inhabited by the Manobo people, this sanctuary is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including migratory birds, crocodiles, and various fish species.

Every June, Naliyagan Festival is celebrated in Agusan del Sur, particularly in the town of Prosperidad, the capital of the province.  This festival celebrates the culture and traditions of the indigenous people of Agusan del Sur. It features street dancing, cultural presentations, and various local events.

READ MORE: Agusan del Sur Province

4 | Tawi-Tawi

Sangay Siapuh Resort in Tawi-Tawi

Caption: Sangay Siapuh Resort in Tawi-Tawi

Despite being sandwiched between Sulu Sea and Celebes Sea, Tawi-Tawi rarely gets battered by typhoons, making it ideal to grow seaweeds.  It is considered as the country’s main seaweed producer and is given the nickname “the seaweed capital of the Philippines”.

The southernmost province of the Philippines, Tawi-Tawi boasts of unspoilt natural attractions and interesting culture that will surely attract the most adventurous tourist.  Mount Bongao, popularly known as Bud Bongao, is a popular tourist spot in the province, offering stunning views of other parts of Tawi-Tawi and Malaysia.  The mountain is also home to a rich biodiversity where several species of animals are found including the long-tailed macaques which are endemic to Bud Bongao

Other attractions you may want to see in Tawi-Tawi include the old Chinese Pier, Badjao Villages in Bongao and Sitangkai, Sheik Karimol Makhdum Mosque, Sibutu Natural Wildlife Sanctuary, Gusong Reef, and of course, the beaches.

READ MORE: Tawi-Tawi Island Visitors Guide

5 | Tacloban

San Juanico Bridge

Caption: San Juanico Bridge

A city in Eastern Visayas and the capital of the province of Leyte, Tacloban is an interesting destination for tourists seeking both cultural enrichment and natural beauty.  In 2013, it suffered catastrophic destruction caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan), one of the most powerful tropical cyclones in history.  However, it has been rebuilt and restored with the combined efforts of the government, private sectors, and the whole Filipino community.

Tacloban offers a blend of historical landmarks, such as the iconic San Juanico Bridge, the longest sea-crossing bridge in the country until the completion of Cebu-Cordova Bridge in 2021.  For Catholic devotees, the Tacloban Church built in 1860 still stands up to this day.  Other attractions include the Sto. Niño Shrine and Museum, and Kanhuraw Hill and Madonna of Japan.

READ MORE: Tacloban City Visitors Guide

6 | Negros Island

Mag-aso Falls

Caption: Mag-aso Falls in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental Province

The fourth largest island in the Philippines, Negros Island is located in the Visayas Region.  Apart from being known as the “Sugar Bowl of the Philippines”, Negros Island is also home to several tourist attractions including beaches, mountains, heritage sites, and more.

In the northwestern side is the province of Negros Occidental with its capital Bacolod City while in southeastern side is Negros Oriental with its capital Dumaguete City.  Bacolod City is known for its MassKara Festival while Dumaguete City is a favorite retirement destination among expats and is home to the first American University in Asia, the Silliman University.

Other fascinating attractions on the island include Manjuyod Sandbar, Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park, Mount Kanlaon, the beaches in Sipalay, the Ruins in Talisay, Campuestohan Highland Resort, Casaroro Falls, Pulangbato Falls, Red Rock Hot Spring, and many others.

READ MORE: Negros Island Visitors Guide

Despite the onset of the rainy season, many parts of the country, particularly the southern part of the Philippines, remain accessible and stunning, with lush landscapes coming alive in brilliant greens. June also marks the celebration of various local festivals, including the Philippine Independence Day, providing travelers with the opportunity to witness and participate in colorful and lively cultural traditions. 

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

Have YOU been to any of these destinations?

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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