Although the Philippines doesn’t exactly fall on the globe’s equator, it’s still one of the hottest countries in the world. Countless natural, cultural, and historical beauties aside, the archipelago is also a top tourist destination due to its tropical weather. Sometimes, though, the heat can become almost unbearable, especially during the summer. So to help you cool things off, below are some spots in the Pearl of the Orient where you can beat the country’s white-hot summer sun.
Mount Pulag, Benguet
With its below-zero temperatures and 3- to 4-hour trails, Mount Pulag is definitely one of the most challenging mountains to scale in the Philippines. But don’t let that discourage you! Not only is it a terrific place to beat the country’s summer heat, but it’s also one of the most beautiful spots in the archipelago to visit. With its winding slopes of dwarf bamboos, distant peaks, and high clouds, it can give you some of the most breathtaking sights of your mountaineering career.
Located in the northernmost tip of the archipelago, Batanes can be tough (not to mention expensive) to visit. Still, because it’s the part of the Philippines that’s farthest away from the equator, the climate there is one of the coolest you’ll have from the country. And while more metropolitan areas may boast of having luxurious homes like the log cabins in Tagaytay Highlands, Batanes has its cozy and Ivatan stone houses.
Canlaon City, Negros Oriental
Locals and tourists know Canlaon City as the Little Baguio of Negros Oriental and for good reasons. Located on the northernmost tip of the province, the weather there is relatively more breezy than in other parts of Negros Island. And aside from its rice terraces, natural springs, waterfalls, and the majestic Mount Kanlaon, the city is also home to a 400-year-old tree believed to be standing long before Ferdinand Magellan set foot on the archipelago.
Bugang River, Pandan, Antique
If you’re planning to tour Panay but don’t want to spend time in Boracay Island, then you can check out Bugang River instead. Not only is it one of the cleanest rivers in the Philippines, but its waters are also among the coolest in the country. This makes Bugang River an ideal spot to cool off during the summer as well as a place where you can enjoy river rafting.
Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
Although it doesn’t have any beaches to boast of, Bukidnon’s capital city is still a remarkable place in the Philippines to get away from the summer heat. For one thing, there are loads of hiking trails there, which is perfect for thrill-seekers and adventurers. And the city is also home to Nasuli Spring.
Lake Agco, Ilomavis, Kidapawan, North Cotabato
Lake Agco’s sceneries may look like something taken off a scene in Dante’s Peak with its sulfuric mud lakes, but it’s far more than that. In fact, it’s so rich in flora and fauna that it’s dubbed as the Eden of Kidapawan City by locals and tourists alike. And despite the boiling mud lake, there are lots of refreshing water pools at its vicinity for people in desperate need of a getaway from the summer’s scorching heat.
Cool Yourself Off in One of These Spots
The Philippines has other summer destinations aside from the spots listed above, most notably Baguio City and Tagaytay City. So if you find yourself stifled by the country’s tropical weather this summer, best visit any of these places.
Author’s Bio: Angelo Castelda works as a contributor for a news magazine in Asia. He loves to learn and understand diverse cultures and aims to share through his writing his experiences around the world.