The Philippines is, without a doubt, one of the underrated but most beautiful countries to travel to. It is brimming with palm-lined beaches, and breathtaking lagoons and rolling hills which make it a tropical paradise. There are also tons of fun things to do in the Philippines that’s why it’s now becoming one of the most frequented countries in Asia.
Here are the most exciting activities in the Philippines to try to make your trip more memorable!
1. Go island hopping
What’s a trip to the Philippines if you won’t go island hopping? The Philippines is known to have the best beaches in the world so don’t miss this or you’ll regret it later.
You can start with the world-famous beach of Boracay. Walk barefoot in the long stretch of Boracay’s fine white sand that doesn’t heat up.
Then, explore the different spectacular lagoons with clear blue-green waters and white sand beaches of El Nido, Palawan.
If you want more serenity, try visiting Bantayan Island in Cebu and you’ll be welcomed with cerulean blue waters, white sand beach, and oh-so-fresh air! You can also enjoy a lot of fun things to do in Cebu like diving. It’s also fun to island-hop in Siargao where you’d find the three famous beaches—Naked, Guyam, and Daku Island.
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2. See the Natural and Man-made Wonders
The world can’t help but notice the Philippines’ iconic beauty because it is rich with wonders of nature. The rolling hills in Batanes will leave you speechless as to how breathtaking it is while the Banaue Rice Terraces is like a spot straight out from a postcard. In Visayas, the Chocolate Hills—a famous Bohol tourist spot— form an amazing landscape. The smooth grassy mounds turn dry and brown in the summer, hence the name. And the Puerto Princesa Underground River carves its way through five miles of the limestone rock to emerge directly into the sea.
The country will leave you nothing but a full heart as you witness one of the world’s greatest views. For sure, at one point, you’ll think that Filipinos are so lucky to call this place home.
3. Join a local festival
When Filipinos say “It’s More Fun in the Philippines,” they really mean it. So it’s not a surprise to know that the Philippines’s appetite for festivals is desirous—there’s one for pretty much every month of the year.
Festivals in the Philippines, especially in small communities, can be a special experience for the tourists as you’re guaranteed to be a guest of honor. But if you prefer grandiose and extravagant events, the country’s biggest celebrations are the Sinulog festival in Cebu, Ati-Atihan in Kalibo and Dinagyang in Iloilo. These combine massive street parties with indigenous music and costumes, and extravagant props, with themes ranging from religious imagery to tribal culture, gigantic mangoes and flowers.
Another festival to enjoy is the annual Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. This year, it will be held at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. In the previous years, it has always been at the Clark Freeport Zone that’s why it has become a Pampanga tourist spot.
Look into which festivals are being celebrated during the time of your visit and join the locals for some lively Filipino fun.
4. Eat Filipino Food
You’re never in the Philippines if you haven’t tried at least one Filipino food. The famous local dishes you can try are the Sinigang na Baboy (Pork in tamarind soup), Adobo (Pork or chicken marinated in soy sauce and vinegar), Sisig (parts of pig head and chicken liver), and Lechon (roasted whole pig which Anthony Bourdain claimed as the best pig ever, by the way).
Food trip is one of the best things to do in the Philippines.
5. Go sandboarding and ride a 4×4 at the sand dunes
While Ilocos has a good Vigan tourist spot, a lot of historic sites and undeniably beautiful spots, you shouldn’t also miss the Sand Dunes. If you’re looking for a thrilling and exhilarating trip, the one-hour adventure entails sandboarding lessons and a bumpy ride to the sand dunes. But prepare for sore legs and arms after as you hold on tight. The breathtaking views of the area and the South China Sea are worth the pain, though.
6. Party till the sun rises
Filipinos are never boring so they know how to party, too! Don’t skip the drinks and nightlife when in the Philippines or you’ll miss the what-could-be-the-most fun night of your life. You can party at the beach, which is one of the most fun things to do in Boracay, or if you’re staying in the metro, the best party hubs are located in Poblacion in Makati, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and Tomas Morato in Quezon City.
7. Get a traditional tattoo in Kalinga
If you want a one-of-a-kind experience, head up north in Kalinga province and have yourself inked by the one and only Apo Whang-od, one of the most sought-after tattoo artists in the Philippines. Apo Whang-Od is the oldest living mambabatok (Kalinga tattoo artist) and was the only one remaining until she recently began training her grandnieces.
She uses bamboo hammers, thorns, and soot for tattoos and her craft takes place high up in the mountains of the Cordilleras. But unlike the modern tattoo artists, she’s a master of tattooing the traditional Kalinga way—hand-tapping. In spite of the long travel hours, tourists still make the long trip up to Buscalan to get their bodies marked by the legendary artist.
8. Surf the sensational Philippine waves
Many surfers across the world are frequenting the Philippines just to surf. The country has amazing spots specifically for surfing. In fact, some of the biggest international surfing contests are done in the Philippines. The best surfing spots in the Philippines are Siargao, Baler in Aurora Province, and La Union.
9. Dive and swim with millions of fishes
One of the best diving destinations in the world is the Philippines. If you’d ask scuba divers about it, they’ll confirm it. With 7,641 islands to explore, it’s no surprise that there are many great diving spots in the Philippines. You’ll see colorful reefs, turtles, sharks, barracuda, pygmy seahorses, rare critters, and millions of sardines that will gladly swim with you!
The best diving spots in the Philippines are the Tubbataha Reefs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anilao which is a great Batangas tourist spot, Coron in Palawan, and Moalboal in Cebu.
Diving definitely is one of the most fun things to do in the Philippines.
10. Ride the jeepney
Travel like a local! We mean it figuratively and literally. The Philippines has this iconic public transportation. It is long enough to accommodate around 20 passengers. It has no air-conditioning as the windows are open. Jeepneys are famously characterized by their vibrant, multicolored paint jobs with cartoons, animes, images of women, and flashy decor, so much so that through the years, they have become a symbol of the country and its culture.
Riding a jeepney is fun so just hop on and enjoy the ride! This is definitely one of the most exciting things to do in the Philippines.
11. Try Canyoneering in Badian Kawasan
if you are looking for some action and adventure, try Cebu's number one outdoor activity, Canyoneering. Its not just adventure but the series of beautiful waterfalls and the rich vegetations around it make it more awesome!
Lagum Adventure Tour organizes daily trip to this action packed day trip!
12. Relax in Natural Hot Springs
If you want to tweak your next holiday trip and skip the beach, why not try some of the country’s hot springs tours.
Ardent Hot Spring is located in Camiguin and is one of the main tourist attractions in the area. It is found at the foot of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, an active volcano, and a popular hiking destination.
Another top option in this category is Maquinit Hot springs in Coron. Take the Maquinit Hot Springs tour to explore one of the few saltwater hot springs in the world. Saltwater hot springs are said to be more beneficial than freshwater variants due to the presence of more minerals in the water.
The Puning Hot Springs tour in Pampanga is another local favorite. It has eight pools of 40 degrees and up water, a soothing way to spend your day after a 4x4 ride through Mt. Pinatubo's spectacular landscape.
Natural springs are known to be therapeutic. If you’re looking for a trip that’s equal parts adventure and rejuvenation, consider these options.
13. Immerse in Historical and Heritage Tours
What better way for tourists to appreciate the Philippines' rich culture than to get immersed in its history? From its indigenous roots to more than 300 years of colonial influence, the Philippines' has developed one of Asia's most unique cultures. Be transported back in time and discover the country's ethnic and colonial history by joining heritage excursions.
One of the top activities to do in Manila is to go on a trip to Corregidor. Here, you're brought to the site of the epic Battle of Corregidor, which was the culmination of the Philippines' Japanese conquest during the Second World War.
The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras in Ifugao, the historic town of Vigan, San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte, and Miag-ao Church in Iloilo will surely awaken your curiosity and fascination of the events that molded the country’s history.
14. Go Hiking in the Best Mountains
The Philippines is not just about islands and beaches. For nature lovers looking for a different type of adventure, a hiking or trekking tour allow you to explore the country's varied terrains and impressive mountain ranges.
Pack your bags, put on your hiking shoes, and escape the bustling city by hiking in the Philippines. The Philippines is famed for a long list of breathtaking hiking trails, catering to enthusiasts with various skill and experience levels.
Popular among amateur hikers is Mt. Batulao, which is just a few hours from Metro Manila. If you want to unwind amongst wonderful, easy-to-access scenery, then this is the perfect choice for you.
Hiking Tarak Ridge in Mariveles is a bit more challenging but will surely be worth it once you’re soaking up the great views of Bataan, Manila Bay, and its surrounding islands.
Last but not least is the famed Mt. Pulag, which is the highest peak in Luzon. Being at the summit of Mt. Pulag, standing above a sea of clouds, is another mind-blowing experience. If you’re lucky to see it during sunset, these clouds seem to catch fire in the afterglow – such an awe-inspiring view that’s marked in your mind forever.
15. Plunge into Majestic Waterfalls
More than the sun, sand, and sea - there are also many hidden gems in the form of waterfalls tucked in some of the country’s most famous tourist spots. Some may require a bit of hiking to reach, but their unique charm and beauty will truly make the journey worth your while.
Natural beauties such as Kawasan Falls in Cebu, Ditumabo Falls (also known as Mother Falls) in Baler, Cambugahay Falls in Siquijor, and Aliwagwag Falls in Davao Oriental top the list of most sought-after attractions included in waterfalls tours.
You will not just find yourself chasing them; you’ll surely fall for them too.
With more than 7000 islands within the archipelago, you will never run out of things to do!
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