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Catch The Incredible Milky Way In The Philippines At These Spots

Want to see the Milky Way in the Philippines? It’s possible! Simply put, Milky Way is our home. It’s the spiral-shaped galaxy where we live in. About 200 billion stars are found here, and it’s approximately 10,000 light-years thick and 100,000 light-years across. Many people want to see a night sky full of stars, and it’s possible to do that!

Seeing the Milky Way through the naked eye has a peak season. It’s best to shoot during new moon phase, so the brightness of the moon won’t disrupt the photo. If you’re in a less polluted area or at a certain place that has a very dark night sky, then the Milky Way is more visible. We’ve listed down the best places to spot the Milky Way in the Philippines, so check them out!

1Cagbalete Island

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Spending your much-awaited vacation at Cagbalete Island with family or friends is a perfect idea. It’s one of the top Quezon province beaches that you can easily access since it’s just near Metro Manila. Catch the Milky Way in this beautiful island while strolling down the shore at night. Certainly, a beautiful sight to see!

READ: 11 Quezon Province Beaches You Should Know About

2Siargao

Capture the Milky Way during night time at Cloud 9 boardwalk, and let its magnificence take your breath away. Known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, Siargao is definitely a traveler’s haven. It has gained the attention of a lot of people, both locals and foreigners, these days because of its natural beauty. So, it’s just about time to book a ticket and unwind in this paradise.

3Batangas

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Undoubtedly, one of the most frequented places for a beach getaway is Batangas. More or less three hours from Manila, you can get to the awesome beaches of this province. Have a view of the stunning Milky Way at any of these beaches in Batangas and make the most out of your time.

READ: Best Batangas Beaches For Your Next Group Vacation

4Zambales

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Venturing the province of Zambales over the weekend with your loved ones is an ideal way to relax and have a good time. There are numerous things to do in Zambales that you can choose from, so be sure to try out new activities. You can chase the magical Milky Way view here, and have a wonderful night to remember, too!

5Baler

Hike up to the lighthouse or go to Sabang beach to have a clearer and more beautiful view of the Milky Way. More than just a surfing spot, Baler charms you with its countless exciting activities. No wonder it’s a favorite beach spot that locals don’t mind coming back to, time and time again!

6Calaguas Islands

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Sail around the spectacular Calaguas Islands, and appreciate every moment you’re at it. It’s another best place to spot the Milky Way in the Philippines. Get yourself ready, for you’ll surely be in awe with what you’re going to see under the sky!

7Rizal

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Shoot the Milky Way during the exceptionally clear night sky in Rizal and be surprised with what you’ll see! Rizal has a lot of exhilarating outdoor activities to offer to all travelers out there. Traveling here is very convenient for those coming from Manila, as it only takes you a few hours to get to this province. There are many other things to do in Rizal while you wait for the night sky to unfold. That being so, be sure to plan the perfect day as you wait for the stars and the perfect view of the Milky Way in the Philippines!

8Camiguin Island

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See the breathtaking march of the Milky Way across the glittering night sky at Camiguin Island. Though regarded as the second smallest province in the country, there are tons of things to see and do in Camiguin. There’s more to its volcanoes and beaches, so it’s totally a must-visit destination for your summer vacation.

9Palawan

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Up for an adventure-packed getaway? Head to Palawan to experience an ultimate vacation of a lifetime! Named as the best island in the world by Travel + Leisure, this Philippine province is absolutely a travel destination you shouldn’t miss. Whether you want to rent your own private island or experience it the way locals do, Palawan is a favorite for many beach aficionados. It’s also the perfect spot to see the Milky Way in the Philippines, and take a gorgeous photo of it.

10Sombrero Island

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Camping is the way to enjoy your stay at Sombrero Island in Masbate. With lots of activities offered in this fantastic island, you’ll definitely have a great time. Be sure to witness the awe-inspiring Milky Way while you gaze at the night sky!

11Mt. Pulag

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Get up close with the striking Milky Way at the highest peak in Luzon! Climb your way up to Mt. Pulag to see a sea of clouds, experience the coldest weather in the country, and capture the best nature moments. Oh, what a time to be alive!

12Mayon Volcano

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How amazing is it to spot the Milky Way, specifically near the perfectly cone-shaped Mayon Volcano in Albay? This experience is truly unbelievable! Looking up the sky and seeing our home galaxy with your own two eyes is extraordinary.

13Mt. Ulap

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A budding hiking destination in Benguet, Mt. Ulap is another excellent place to sight the glorious Milky Way in the Philippines. Trek all the way to the summit and stay overnight at the campsite for an unforgettable experience. It’s worth a try, for sure!

14Batanes

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For a cinematic scenery of the Milky Way, visit Batanes. Believe it or not, this peaceful and charming beauty exists in our country. It’s definitely a place you’ll fall in love over and over again!

READ: Your Complete Batanes Itinerary: Explore The North In 4 Days

To help you navigate the night sky and locate the dreamy Milky Way in the Philippines, you can use various apps, such as Stellarium, Star Walk 2, and Sky Guide. These useful apps will help you determine where to find the galaxy and when’s the perfect time to capture it.

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