One of the things a couple looks forward to after their wedding day is the honeymoon. In fact, this is a pivotal part of the wedding planning process where part of the budget is allocated specifically for this reason. In a sense, this would be their first trip as a wedded couple together, so it should be something memorable and remarkable.
For locals, a honeymoon in the Philippines might not seem as blissful as they imagine it to be–especially when they have spent all of their life growing up in the archipelago. However, there is no absolute need to plan an exorbitant international trip just to commence and celebrate the first milestone of your marital bliss. Unbeknownst to most, the Philippines is one of the best romantic getaways for couples as the country plays hosts to innumerable destination places that are ideal for couples cozying up or celebrating their wedded bliss. So, if you are planning to tie the knot anytime soon, do not book those international plane tickets just yet as you may find the perfect honeymoon spot in this list.
1. Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
Couples with a penchant for sand and salt will love a visit to Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte. The island is filled with mystical lagoons, enchanting caves, many sand bars and beautiful white sand beaches—truly a place for a honeymoon delight. Apart from a day at the beach, couples can also immerse themselves in nature with the wide assortment of wildlife which a newly wedded couple can observe. The island is also considered as the country’s surfing capital which may lure couples who are surfing enthusiasts. Consider Siargao as a serene and quieter alternative to Boracay where you and your spouse can truly spend time relaxing together.
2. Mactan Island, Cebu
Cebu is one of the premier spots for honeymooners as the island is not only teeming with lively beaches; the city life is just a forty-five-minute drive away for those who would want toe experience both. The adjacent island, Mactan boasts of pristine beaches with beach-front property hotels with world-class amenities. If you are looking for the best place to spend your wedded bliss in the Philippines, choose Cebu as it has been awarded the Best Honeymoon Destination at the World Travel Fair in 2010. With a wide selection of resorts and beaches, it would be easy to choose one that would fit your budget.
Batanes was relatively unheard of as a honeymoon spot until it was propelled into fame from being featured in a local movie. However, there are a lot of things that would attract couples to spend their honeymoon in the place. For one, it is a place teeming with great opportunities for photo shoot sessions. The stunning landscapes and rugged seascapes are always Instagram-worthy, and the islands all have sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. Batanes is ideal for couples who wish to experience a secluded date with each other in a picturesque setting. The privacy you enjoy would allow you and your spouse to connect with each other better.
4. Bella Roca, Marinduque
Why spend excessive money just to get to Greece when the Philippines has its island inspired after Santorini? Appropriately shaped like a heart, couples can spend their honeymoon in Marinduque which is about eleven miles away from the main island of Luzon. Bella Roca is the number one tourist destination for innumerable reasons. Apart from its architecture which is fashioned after Santorini’s own, the rolling terrain of an island with the sky above and the water below is a place that is reminiscent of Greece and would wow travelers and couples alike. It is truly a magical getaway that would provide the necessary romantic backdrop for any newly wedded couple.
/// Written by Christine de Guzman, The Philippines
Christine de Guzman is a freelance writer and blogger for Hizon’s, one of the catering services in Marikina that caters to any type of events. Aside from writing, she also loves to travel with her love ones and try different kinds of food here in the Philippines.