The Ultimate Guide on What To Do In The Philippines

Out of 7641 islands of the Philippines, there will be no shortage on where to go and what to do while you’re in this country. From the beautiful tourist spots, to the vast mountain ranges, to to the UNESCO world heritage sites, to long coastlines, to remote empty islands that are yet to be discovered by tourists, to party places and exciting adventures and wide variety of activities  you can do all day.

The Philippines has everything for any type of traveler. 

But one of the things the Philippine travellers should put more effort into is planning and researching where to go and what to do to get the utmost travel experience in a short period of time. Me and Josh are here to help. I am excited to show you what we’ve come up with, our very own recommendations on what to do and where to find these activities that you fancy.

There are still some adventure activities not found in any popular blogs by foreign bloggers (you’re lucky you got yourself a local guide here, wink wink) who visited the country for a limited time only. Most of these organized small groups of extreme  activities don’t have websites yet, or are not maximizing advertisements and have limiting capacity of joiners. So most of the time only locals know of this not so secret fun stuff.

This is why we created this website in the first place, to showcase the Philippines in the best way we know possible while promoting responsible and sustainable tourism. 

So, before it gets pretty crazy busy in “Pilipinas” (the Philippines), let’s explore this country with a perfect combination of raw natural beauty, friendliest people and great outdoor experiences.

The Philippines is definitely a country worth discovering, read on.. 

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PHILIPPINE WATER SPORTS & ACTIVITIES

Corals, Clear blue water, turtles

Scuba Diving

One of the activities the Philippines is known for is scuba diving.

It is one of the world’s top diving destinations. With a variety of underwater landscape that includes extinct volcanoes, caves, remote reefs, impressive walls, and shipwrecks, and its marine biodiversity is just incomparable (the home to 76% of all known coral species in the world).

It is a part of the Coral Triangle, and has long been recognized as the world’s center of marine biodiversity.

Scuba Diving

One of the activities the Philippines is known for is scuba diving.

It is one of the world’s top diving destinations. With a variety of underwater landscape that includes extinct volcanoes, caves, remote reefs, impressive walls, and shipwrecks, and its marine biodiversity is just incomparable (the home to 76% of all known coral species in the world).

It is a part of the Coral Triangle, and has long been recognized as the world’s center of marine biodiversity.

I have a secret to tell, though I am from the Philippines, I just got certified in scuba diving last August 2019 in the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia together with Josh (my partner in crime).  

  • Tubbataha Reefs in El Nido
  • Apo Reefs in Occidental Mindoro
  • Padre Burgos, Quezon
  • Apo Island, Dauin
  • Camiguin 
    • Mantigue Island 
    • Jigdup Reef
  • Cebu
    • White Beach,  Moalboal 
    • Pescador Island, Moalboal
  • Samal Island  – Mushroom Rock
  • Tubbataha Reefs (white-tips, grey reef sharks, leopard sharks and hammerheads) 
  • Apo Reef and Malapascua (thresher sharks)
  • Boracay, Aklan
  • Alona Beach, Bohol
  • El Nido, Palawan
  • Anilao, Batangas
  • Siquijor, Siquijor
  • Sorsogon – Donsol’s snorkeling with whale sharks 
  • Puerto Galera – Coral Gardens 
  • Cebu 
    • Malapascua, Daanbantayan
    • Bantayan Island
  • Antique 
    • Caluya Island
    • Nogas Island
    • Mararison Island
  • Sipalay – Manjuyod Island
  • Romblon – Tablas Island
  • Bicol
Surfing, Clear blue sea, waves,

Surfing​

With the Philippines location in the Pacific, vast coastline and some ground swell resulted in loads of great surf spots in the country.

Cloud Nine made it to the top 9 of CNN travel’s “World’s 50 best surf spots” in 2013. They describe it as “This dramatic and powerful reef break, which crashes onto shallow razor-sharp coral, offers right and left death rides.

Fearless surfers will experience a slice of paradise or hallucinations as waves wrap over them like a liquid cocoon. Skin and sometimes bone are often ripped to shreds by the ocean bed.”

Sounds terrifying to me but for you crazy pros it could be for you. But it not only caters the surf pros but a large majority of our surf spots are catering beginner surfers too.

Surfing

With the Philippines location in the Pacific, vast coastline and some ground swell resulted in loads of great surf spots in the country.

Cloud Nine made it to the top 9 of CNN travel’s “World’s 50 best surf spots” in 2013. They describe it as “This dramatic and powerful reef break, which crashes onto shallow razor-sharp coral, offers right and left death rides.

Fearless surfers will experience a slice of paradise or hallucinations as waves wrap over them like a liquid cocoon. Skin and sometimes bone are often ripped to shreds by the ocean bed.”

Sounds terrifying to me but for you crazy pros it could be for you. But it not only caters the surf pros but a large majority of our surf spots are catering beginner surfers too.

The typhoon season in the Philippines occasionally sees giant waves lash the entire length of the eastern seaboard, while west-coast surf hot spot San Juan reigns supreme in the dry season.

  • Siargao – the infamous Cloud Nine
  • La Union, San Juan
  • Baler, Aurora 
  • Bagasbas Beach, Camarines Norte
  • Catanduanes
    • Puraran Surf Beach
    • Majestic
  • Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
  • Calicoan Island, Eastern Samar
Blue ocean, kite surfing

Kiteboarding, Windsurfing & Wakeboarding

Scuba is not only what the Philippines is known for, it is also home to a world-class kite-boarding scene along with other action-packed water sports, including wake-boarding and wind-surfing. 

According to Wake Magazine, it is the “best cable wakeboarding park in the world”, referring to “CamSur Watersports Complex” back in 2008 World Wakeboarding Championship.

Kiteboarding, Windsurfing & Wakeboarding

Scuba is not only what the Philippines is known for, it is also home to a world-class kite-boarding scene along with other action-packed water sports, including wake-boarding and wind-surfing. 

According to Wake Magazine, it is the “best cable wakeboarding park in the world”, referring to “CamSur Watersports Complex” back in 2008 World Wakeboarding Championship. 

May it be a shallow lagoon protected by the offshore reef or stiffest winds and sizable surf creates perfect conditions for kiteboarding and windsurfing. 

  • Boracay – Bulabog Beach
  • Pagudpud 
  • Daet – Camarines Norte (Bagasbas Beach) 
  • East coast of El Nido (San Fernando and Sibaltan)
  • CamSur Watersports Complex
Man kayaking, Lake, Sunset

Sea Kayaking

The Philippines is heaven for sea kayakers (especially in Palawan), with thousands of kilometres of pristine coastline to explore around.

Marvel the Philippines’ idyllic islands, brooding karst formations and secluded bays, and swim or snorkel in between.  

Sea Kayaking ​

The Philippines is heaven for sea kayakers (especially in Palawan), with thousands of kilometres of pristine coastline to explore around.

Marvel the Philippines’ idyllic islands, brooding karst formations and secluded bays, and swim or snorkel in between. 

  • Busuanga & the Calamian Island 
  • El Nido – Cadlao Island
  • Caramoan Peninsula 
  • Hundred Islands
Stand Up Paddling, sea,

Other Water Activity:

Kayaking, SUPing, White Water-rafting, Canoeing & Canyoneering​

Apart from the beaches, the Philippines is rich with other bodies of water (lagoons, waterfalls, rivers and lakes) seated in the interiors of larger islands. 

The perfect places to have fun during the wet season or in between surf sesh. If you own a kayak, there are remote, pretty much unexplored rivers all over the big islands like North Luzon and Mindanao.

There are plenty of mellow rivers to explore by kayak or stand-up paddle-board (SUP) as well. 

Other Water Activity: Kayaking, SUPing, White Water-rafting, Canoeing & Canyoneering

Apart from the beaches, the Philippines is rich with other bodies of water (lagoons, waterfalls, rivers and lakes) seated in the interiors of larger islands. 

The perfect places to have fun during the wet season or in between surf sesh. If you own a kayak, there are remote, pretty much unexplored rivers all over the big islands like North Luzon and Mindanao.

There are plenty of mellow rivers to explore by kayak or stand-up paddle-board (SUP) as well. 

Ready to go chasing waterfalls?

  • Sagada in North Luzon – Chico River in Sagada or Tabuk (white-water-rafting)
  • Cagayan De Oro – (white-water-rafting)
  • Tibiao River in Antique (white-water-rafting and SUP)
  • Pagsanjan (canoe)
  • Davao River (white-water-rafting)
  • Bohol
    • Loboc River in Bohol (SUP or kayak)
    • Abatan (SUP or kayak)
  • Badian in Cebu – canyoneering
  • Uwan-Uwan Falls – Libagon, Southern Leyte
  • Negros
    • Apo island 
    • Dumaguete
  • Siargao
  • Palawan
    • El Nido (kayak SUPs)
    • Coron

PHILIPPINE LAND ACTIVITIES

Sunrise, Blue sky, clouds, mountains, people hiking

Mountain Climbing or Hiking

VOLCANOES

Situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire (also known as Rim of Fire or the Circum-Pacific belt which means a large swath of the Pacific known for its earthquakes and active volcanoes), the Philippines has earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to be aware of.  

MOUNTAINS

The Philippine archipelago is mostly hilly or mountainous. Almost thirty mountains of the Filipinos are more than 2000 meters high. These mountains are home to a large number of endemic species of flora and fauna. It’s beauty and landscapes are truly nature’s miracle waiting to be explored.

Trekking and Hiking

VOLCANOES

Situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire (also known as Rim of Fire or the Circum-Pacific belt which means a large swath of the Pacific known for its earthquakes and active volcanoes), the Philippines has earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to be aware of.

MOUNTAINS

The Philippine archipelago is mostly hilly or mountainous. Almost thirty mountains of the Filipinos are more than 2000 meters high. These mountains are home to a large number of endemic species of flora and fauna. It’s beauty and landscapes are truly nature’s miracle waiting to be explored.  

One of my favourite things to do since my university years are hiking and mountain climbing. It feels so nice to be able to get away for the weekend from all the busy vehicle sirens to people chatting. To get into the heart of nature and bring only what you need, the basics, food, water, a tent to shelter you from the rain and clothes to keep you warm on cold nights.

There are about 300 volcanoes in the country (22 are active and rest is dormant as of the record). The majority of the active volcanoes are located in the island of Luzon. The six most active volcanoes are Mayon, Hibok-Hibok, Pinatubo, Taal, Kanlaon and Bulusan.

The Philippines have tons of pretty mountains and volcanoes to climb. I can boast that I have been to the highest peaks of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao (Mt. Pulag, Mt. Kanlaon and Mt, Apo).

Mountain

Difficulty Level

Mt Mayon (volcano)

7/9

Mt Pinatubo (volcano)

2/9

Mt Pulag

7/9

Taal (volcano)

2/9

Mt Apo

8/9

Mt Halcon

9/9

Mt Kanlaon (volcano)

7/9

Mt Guiting Guiting

9/9

Mt Talinis

6/9

Mt Dulang-dulang

8/9

  • Banaue Rice Terraces
  • Taal Volcano
  • Pico De Loro
Bamboo bike. Group of people, Bushes, Trees, historic manila

Biking

One of the best, healthiest and affordable ways to marvel around the Philippines is through bikes (given that you have an athletic type of body). Biking is becoming popular now in the Philippines and we also have competitions and tons of bike enthusiast groups all around the country. Many bike tours (some use eco friendly options, bamboo bikes, which we highly recommend) also lead past enticing lovely waterfalls, sand beaches and rice terraces for when one isn’t busy visiting interesting sights in the cities Manila, El Nido or Vigan. We also have organized bamboo bike tours.

Biking

One of the best, healthiest and affordable ways to marvel around the Philippines is through bikes (given that you have an athletic type of body). Biking is becoming popular now in the Philippines and we also have competitions and tons of bike enthusiast groups all around the country. 

Many bike tours (some use eco friendly options, bamboo bikes, which we highly recommend) also lead past enticing lovely waterfalls, sand beaches and rice terraces for when one isn’t busy visiting interesting sights in the cities Manila, El Nido or Vigan. We also have organized bamboo bike tours. 

I’ve tried biking to see places in other countries several times (to name a few, I did it when I went to see the City of London and to check on temples in Malaysia).

I personally don’t like it because I get tired very fast and I don’t like to be always the last when in the group but I only go if I am with a group and I don’t want to be a party pooper. 

  • The Chocolate Hills, Bohol
  • Boracay
  • Baguio
  • Vigan 
  • Batanes – Batan island loop
  • Ilo-ilo historic district 
  • Intramuros Manila 
Waterfalls, People watching the waterfalls, green bushes and trees

Chasing Waterfalls

The country is supremely gorgeous and brimming with natural wonders like waterfalls. Most waterfalls in the Philippines fall short (pun intended) on the list of World’s top waterfalls. But bigger may not only always be better.

The best waterfalls are sometimes ones where you can enjoy how beautiful the tiers, its gentle cascades, its gatorade like color, its deepness, its comfy cool temperature perfect for rejuvenating natural hydrotherapy sessions.

But chasing waterfalls is not only for pleasure, it is also a fun way of learning about the people and culture in the area. 

Ready to go chasing waterfalls?

Chasing Waterfalls

The country is supremely gorgeous and brimming with natural wonders like waterfalls. Most waterfalls in the Philippines fall short (pun intended) on the list of World’s top waterfalls. But bigger may not only always be better.

The best waterfalls are sometimes ones where you can enjoy how beautiful the tiers, its gentle cascades, its gatorade like color, its deepness, its comfy cool temperature perfect for rejuvenating natural hydrotherapy sessions.

But chasing waterfalls is not only for pleasure, it is also a fun way of learning about the people and culture in the area. 

Ready to go chasing waterfalls?

  • Limunsudan, Iligan
  • Tinago Falls, Iligan
  • Asik-Asik Falls, North Cotabato
  • Kaparkan or Mulawin Falls, Abra
  • Hulugan Falls, Laguna
  • Maria Christina Falls, Iligan 
  • Hikong Bente, South Cotabato
  • Aliwagwag, Davao
  • Tinuy-an, Surigao 
  • Kawasan Falls, Cebu
  • Tappiya Falls, Batad
  • Ulan-Ulan Falls, Biliran
  • Mimbalot Falls, Iligan
  • Abaga Falls, Iligan
  • Seven Falls, Lake Sebu
    • Hikong Alo
    • Hikong Bente 
    • Hikong B’Lebel
    • Hikong Lowig
    • Hikong Ukol
    • Hikong K’Fo-I
    • Hikong Tonok
  • Inambakan Falls, Cebu
  • Casaroro Falls, Dumaguete
  • Cambugahay Falls, Siquijor
  • Niludhan Falls, Bayawan
  • Nangoloan Falls or Anghalo Falls, San Felipe
  • Alalum Falls, Bukidnon
Underground river, boat ride

Caving & Spelunking

Spelunking or Caving is a popular outdoor adventure activity around the world. Some of the largest cave systems in Asia are found in the Philippines.

Caving & Spelunking are definitely not for the claustrophobic, the best spelunking adventures involve a combination of swimming through underground rivers, scrambling over ledges and squeezing through small cracks of the earth.

Levels range from easy movement through underground rivers to advanced caving with ropes and full spelunking special equipment. 

Caving & Spelunking

Spelunking or Caving is a popular outdoor adventure activity around the world. Some of the largest cave systems in Asia are found in the Philippines.

Caving & Spelunking are definitely not for the claustrophobic, the best spelunking adventures involve a combination of swimming through underground rivers, scrambling over ledges and squeezing through small cracks of the earth.

Levels range from easy movement through underground rivers to advanced caving with ropes and full spelunking special equipment.  

  • Langun-Gobingob, Catbalogan, Samar
  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Palawan
  • Tabon Caves, Quezon, Palawan
  • Sagada
    • Sumaguing or Sumaging Cave
    • Lumiang or Lomyang Cave
  • Tuguegarao
    • Callao Cave
    • Odessa-Tumbali Cave
  • Aglipay Caves, Quirino
  • Biak Na Bato, San Miguel, Bulacan
  • Hinagdanan Cave, Bohol
  • Odloman Cave, Mabinay
  • Peñablanca, Cagayan
    • Jackpot Cave
    • Callao Caves

Beach and Island Hopping

When you get to the Philippines, you will be awed by the first few islands and beaches you get to and then you’ll find yourself expecting it to be normal all over the country. I’ve mentioned it several times, we have 7,641 islands for you to choose from.

For sure, this will be one of your best tropical beach experiences, if not already. We also have the best beach sunrises and sunsets perfect for you to grab a beer and just kill the time doing nothing. No doubt, always a picture perfect image of a tropical holiday.

Beach and Island Hopping

When you get to the Philippines, you will be awed by the first few islands and beaches you get to and then you’ll find yourself expecting it to be normal all over the country. I’ve mentioned it several times, we have 7,641 islands for you to choose from.

For sure, this will be one of your best tropical beach experiences, if not already. We also have the best beach sunrises and sunsets perfect for you to grab a beer and just kill the time doing nothing. No doubt, always a picture perfect image of a tropical holiday.  

Listed below are the islands/beaches/sandbars that are not to miss when in the country. 

  • White Beach, Boracay
  • Diniwid Beach, Boracay
  • Ilig-Iligan Beach, Boracay
  • Puka Beach, Boracay
  • Hinugtan Beach, Buruanga Aklan
  • Port Barton, Palawan
  • El Nido, Palawan
  • Sipalay, Negros Occidental
  • Gumasa Beach, Sarangani
  • Subic Beach, Matnog
  • Pink Beach, Sta Cruz
  • Tambaron Green Beach, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro
  • Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental
  • Amihan Beach, Sta Fe, Cebu
  • Laki Beach, Mariveles, Bataan
  • Nacpan Beach, El Nido
  • Sta Ana, Cagayan
  • Blue Lagoon Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
  • Maira-ira, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
  • Malamawi Beach, Isabela, Basilan
  • Anawangin, Zambales
  • Boracay Island
  • Coron, Palawan
  • Calaguas, Camarines Norte
  • Siargao Island, Surigao
  • Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
  • Bantayan Island, Cebu
  • Islas de Gigantes or Gigantes Island, Iloilo
  • Siquijor, Siquijor
  • Danjugan Island, Neg Occ
  • German Island, Palawan
  • Flower Island, Palawan
  • Sambawan or Sambauan Island, Leyte
  • Apo Island, Dauin
  • Malapascua Island, Cebu
  • Cuatro Islas, Leyte
    • Digyo Island
    • Mahaba Island
    • Himokilan or Himuquitan Island
    • Apit or Apid Island
  • Gato Island, Cebu
  • Camiguin Island, Camiguin
  • Pescador Island, Cebu
  • Caramoan, Camarines Sur
  • Biri Island, Northern Samar
  • Pangalo, Bohol
  • Lakawon Island, Cadiz Viejo
  • Caluya Island, Antique
  • Guimaras Island, Guimaras
  • Balabac Island, Palawan
  • Borawan Island, Padre Burgos
  • Grande Santa Cruz Island or Sta Cruz Island, Zamboanga
  • Sarangani Island, Sarangani
  • Island Garden City of Samal or Samal Island or sometimes called IGaCOS, Davao Del Norte
  • Matinloc Island, El Nido
  • Carabao Island, Romblon
  • Potipot Island, Zambales
  • Daku Island Siargao
  • Malcapuya Island, Coron
  • Cabgan Island, Barobo, Surigao del Sur
  • Kalanggaman, Leyte
  • Manjuyod Sandbar, Neg Occ
  • Higatangan, Biliran
  • White Sand, Camiguin
  • Sumilon Island, Cebu
  • Snake Island, El Nido
  • Manlawi Island
  • Bulubadiangan, Ilo-ilo
  • Carbin Reef Cadiz
  • Panampangan, Tawi-tawi (longest sandbar 9,000)
  • Bulog Dos, Coron
  • Cotivas, Caramoan
  • Vanishing Island, Samar
  • Vanishing Island, Barobo, Surigao del Sur
  • Mararison or Malalison Island, Antique
  • Sandbar Island, Puerto Galera
  • Puting Balas, pagadian
  • Virgin Island, Bohol
  • Balabag Baras, Guimaras
  • Seco Island, Antique

OTHER EXTREME OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

Are you tired of the boring stuff? You can also find extreme outdoor adventures around the country. Let your heart raise and skip its beat, your palm drenched in sweat and get ready to blow your mind on these exciting adventures. 

Islands, Blue skies with clouds, blue oceans, tandem skydiving

Skydive

The classic Skydiving can be found in a few spots in the Philippines.

Both Josh and I had an amazing experience skydiving in different parts of the world. He did it in Argentina and I did skydive in Dubai.

The good news is, you can find it equally safe, professional and world-class instructors and more affordable in the Philippines. The amazing view is a big plus. 

Skydive

The classic Skydiving can be found in a few spots in the Philippines.

Both Josh and I had an amazing experience skydiving in different parts of the world. He did it in Argentina and I did skydive in Dubai.

The good news is, you can find it equally safe, professional and world-class instructors and more affordable in the Philippines. The amazing view is a big plus. 

  • Sta fe, Bantayan, Cebu 
  • Siquijor, Siquijor
  • San Vicente Airport, Palawan
  • Omni Aviation, Clark Special Economic Zone, Angeles, Pampanga
  • Mindoro Airport, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  • Mati City Airport, Davao Oriental
  • Iba, Zambales
Green luscious trees, Mountain, Rocks, 4 people doing vertical bivouac

Vertical Bivouac

Are you a fan of camping outdoors? Try this for a whole new level to that experience. You will be sleeping under the stars but on a two-meter wide cliff ledge 400 feet above the ground.

Vertical Bivouac is an extreme adventure in Bukidnon is one of the most bucket list-worthy camping experiences you can try in the Philippines.

The term bivouac refers to sleeping in the open with a bivouac sack or only your clothing on a small shelter located in the wild or mountains.

Vertical Bivouac

Are you a fan of camping outdoors? Try this for a whole new level to that experience. You will be sleeping under the stars but on a two-meter wide cliff ledge 400 feet above the ground.

Vertical Bivouac is an extreme adventure in Bukidnon is one of the most bucket list-worthy camping experiences you can try in the Philippines.

The term bivouac refers to sleeping in the open with a bivouac sack or only your clothing on a small shelter located in the wild or mountains.

  • Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
A girl canyon swinging in Bohol, Luscious green trees

Canyon or Edge Swing

If someone told you to go jump off a cliff…would you do it? The few minutes freefall is without equal and this will be a heart-pounding highlight of your life.

The world highest cliff jump is the canyon swing in Queenstown, NZ (adventure capital of the world). You swing in a 300-metre arc and freefall for 70 metres. But you can also find one in the Philippines. It is claimed to be the world’s highest canyon swing. With a 75-metre free fall and the launch deck is situated 200 meters above the canyon floor.

Also, Adventure Technology (AdTech) Outfitters are continually testing it down south, before it will be safe and available to the public. Subscribe to our website feeds for future updates.

Canyon or Edge Swing

If someone told you to go jump off a cliff…would you do it? The few minutes freefall is without equal and this will be a heart-pounding highlight of your life.

The world highest cliff jump is the canyon swing in Queenstown, NZ (adventure capital of the world). You swing in a 300-metre arc and freefall for 70 metres. But you can also find one in the Philippines. It is claimed to be the world’s highest canyon swing. With a 75-metre free fall and the launch deck is situated 200 meters above the canyon floor.

Also, Adventure Technology (AdTech) Outfitters are continually testing it down south, before it will be safe and available to the public. Subscribe to our website feeds for future updates.

  • Malaybalay City, Bukidnon
  • Danao, Bohol
Two man rappelling down a waterfalls

Rappelling or Abseiling

Rappelling is a controlled descent down a rock with the use of ropes. It is also known as abseiling in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.

You can rappel down waterfalls in a remote canyon  or high buildings, walls and sometimes caves.

I did a few in the Philippines but most of the time there’s no regular schedule and these are run by private operators. Most of them do mountain climbing activities and they tend to  bundle it with other activities. 

Rappelling or Abseiling

Rappelling is a controlled descent down a rock with the use of ropes. It is also known as abseiling in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.

You can rappel down waterfalls in a remote canyon  or high buildings, walls and sometimes caves.

I did a few in the Philippines but most of the time there’s no regular schedule and these are run by private operators. Most of them do mountain climbing activities and they tend to  bundle it with other activities. 

  • Cebu
    • Alegria or Kawasan
    • Moalboal
  • Pico de Loro, Cavite 
  • Daraitan, Rizal
  • Borawan, Padre Burgos, Quezon
  • Eel’s Tail, Laguna
  • Apulit Island, El Nido, palawan
  • Mt. San Miguel, Bataan
  • Kansuriyaw Falls in Borongan City, Eastern Samar
  • Layong Bato, Batangas
  • Nalalata Falls, Camarines Sur
  • Mapawa River Trail, Cagayan de Oro

MORE RELAXING ACTIVITIES

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in the Philippines that don’t involve spiking your blood pressure, risking your life and limb climbing mountains and volcanoes, throwing yourself down rapids or wiping out in crashing surf.

Sailing

For those who like to take it slow and stay (relatively) dry, sailing is a great option. You can arrange excursions on big boats out of the yacht clubs around the country or take a relaxing sunset cruise on a paraw (traditional outrigger) or a luxury catamaran on Boracay’s White Beach. 

  • Yacht Clubs in Puerto Galera
  • Yacht Clubs in Subic Bay
  • Yacht Clubs in Manila

Fishing

The Philippines’ waters are abundant with sailfish, tuna, trevally, wahoo, mahi-mahi and other sportfish. Siargao is one of the few places where you’ll find organised fishing operators. Elsewhere you’ll have to find fishermen to take you out in their bangkas.

Birdwatching

The Philippines is home to around 600 species of birds, 200 of which are endemic, it is a great country for twitchers. There’s overflowing birdlife across the archipelago, including a variety of species of hornbill, birds of prey and kingfisher. 

  • Northern Sierra Madre 
  • Mt. Kanlaon Natural Parks

Golf

Several world-class golf courses are present in the Philippines. Although many of them are private, you can usually talk your way onto them if you’re itching for this. 

  • Manila’s Club Intramuros Golf Course, within the old walled city
  • Ponderosa Golf Club, a scenic cut into the mountains of Puerto Galera
  • Maya Siargao Villa & Golf, a laid-back round in Siargao
  • Clark Sun Valley Golf Country Club, Angeles City, Pampanga 

Going to Festivals

It is celebrated all year round all around the Philippines and mostly are religious types. This is because we were once colonized by the Spaniards and were greatly influenced by Catholicism. There are more than 42,000 known major and minor festivals in the Philippines. I am Filipino and I am amazed to know this too. I’ve been to fewer than 30 festivals in my country. 

  • Ati-Atihan
  • Dinagyang
  • Sinulog
  • Masskara
  • Panagbenga
  • Pahiyas Festival
  • Giant Lantern Festival

Visit the 6 UNESCO Heritage Sites

The recognition by UNESCO is only 6 but certainly we have tons. I’ve read that because of confusions on documentations as per required by UNESCO, some of our hidden world class gems remained unrecognized but still adored. 

  • Baroque Churches in the PH (San Agustin, Sta Maria, Paoay, Miagao) in Iloilo
  • Historic City of Vigan, Ilocos Sur
  • Rice Terraces of the Philippine in the Cordilleras
  • Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, Palawan
  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (Underground River), Palawan
  • Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, ‎Davao Oriental

Other Experience Worth Activities

  • Meet local tribes in scenic Sagada
  • Get a tattoo from the oldest living mambabatok (100y/o) Apo Whang Od
  • Discover Old Manila
  • Meet the world’s smallest monkey and the chocolate hills in Bohol
  • Snorkel with whale sharks in Donsol
  • Explore the Bacuit Archipelago
  • Check the Masungi Georeserve (make a reservations beforehand )
  • Zipline over six waterfalls in Lake Sebu
  • Ride “top-load” on a jeepney
  • Visit the Batanes Islands

Tours Around the Philippines

If you prefer traveling with a group tour, we highly recommend G Adventures. They are a super reputable company and have been running tours around the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia for ages.

We particularly love this Island Hopping Tour as it covers all the highlights and more.

The reason why we love G Adventures is because they have loads of different tours that cater to different age groups. They have wellness tours, tours for 18-30 year old, and even tours that take you all over Southeast Asia, allowing you to explore a little bit of everything.

Pre-Book Your Adventures

Philippines at a Glance

Language: Tagalog (Filipino) & English

Currency: Peso 

Visas: Most nationalities do not require a visa for stays less than 30 days

Money: ATM’s are widely available. Credit/Debit cards are accepted in some places but money is still the king especially in the islands

Internet: Many hotels and cafes have free WIFI although the connections aren’t reliable. For guaranteed connectivity hire a 4G pocket WIFI device or 4G internet SIM card

Time: GMT/UTC +8 

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not a requirement but highly recommended if you’re planning on hiking, diving or surfing. *World Nomads offer first class insurance coverage for the Philippines

Further Reading: The Lonely Planet Philippines Travel Guide comes highly recommended

Manila
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Feels like: 93°F
Wind: 2mph WNW
Humidity: 76%
Pressure: 29.75"Hg
UV index: 0
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Final Thoughts

There are tons of things to do wherever you are in the country, the best part is not all about the amazing islands and pristine beaches because clearly the Philippines offers more.

From taming volcanoes and catching barrels on Cloud Nine to navigating cave systems in Samar, the Philippines can capably raise any adrenaline junkie’s pulse. But if you wanted a not so daredevil kind of adventures, you need not fret because the Philippines have got you covered too. You can also experience nature as much without risking your life.

The point is you get to enjoy the Philippines however you want.

I hope this guide will make your planning more easily. Watch out for more of our articles and remember to always enjoy the Philippines!

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Hazel Apuhin
Hazel Apuhin

If you can't find me in front of my laptop, I am out chasing for sunsets or having a little trek to the viewpoints. It is just nice to disconnect from online and reconnect to the nature. Nature never ceases to awe me. I started to work online (since 2015) to be able to travel farther and longer. And so I did.

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26 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide on What To Do In The Philippines”

  1. I didn’t know that there were so many waterfalls to see in Philippines. I like that there are so many outdoor things to do as well.

  2. Wow such a spectacular place. I will add it to my list if places to go once the pandemic ends. thanks again.

  3. Wow! It looks like so much fun! But I think I might need a few months vacation to see and do all those things! Hopefully one day soon we can resume vacationing to check this out! Thanks for the share!

  4. What a superb detailed post on the many great things to do in the Philippines. We traveled there for the first time last season from BC Canada and loved it. The Islands of Palawan and Coron were amazing! So much to see and do in the Country. Hope to return one day soon. Great post & have Pinned for future reference. 🙂

  5. This will definitely be my go-to list when I visit the Philippines! I don’t like to plan, a lot, but I know I won’t get bored in such a beautiful place!

  6. That’s a great compilation for the adventure lovers!! Interesting to see that there are programs for beginners as well. Adding this to my Philippines bucket list!

  7. There is significantly a package to learn about this. I think you ensured great factors in features also. Ronica Lammond Miett

  8. Okay, I definitely wouldn’t be able to sleep that high up – but rappelling sounds really cool or hang gliding! I feel like I would need a month in the Phillippines to really see everything it has to offer.

  9. OMG. That picture of the sandbar gave me goosebumps. It looks like a literal dream. Is it Coron? I must know. Also I loved the detail of this post. I will definitely add a LOT of these places to my itinerary for my next trip to the Philippines.

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