An archipelago of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is a country to behold. It’s truly a haven for travelers. Here are the amazing things you can do in the Philippines:
Dive like no other
The country is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Located at the island of Palawan, this site is like heaven for divers. It has a diverse and rich marine biodiversity, and is home to hundreds of species of fish and corals, including whales and dolphins.
From going up a really tall mountain to hiking a small volcano nestled within another volcano, the Philippines offers you a lot of hiking options. It might take you hours to reach the top, but trust us, the picturesque views are totally worth it. Plus, don’t you want to see the clouds?
Visit architectural wonders
The country was colonized by the Spaniards for centuries, so architectural marvels built during that period are all over the country. From towering churches to well-kept ancestral homes, the Philippines will surely wake up your love for architecture. You can even ride horse-drawn carriages while exploring historical places such as Intramuros (located in the capital, Manila) or Vigan (around 8 hours from Manila).
Eat local food
From mouth-watering appetizers to mind-blowing desserts, the Philippines boasts a wide selection of local food that will surely tickle your taste buds. Among the most recommended Filipino dishes are the infamous adobo and the spicy sisig. If you have an adventurous side, you can try the balut, which is an egg with an almost formed duck embryo inside.
Attend a local festival
There are more than 42,000 festivals in the Philippines. Attending at least one is a must. These festivals can last from a few days to a few weeks, and usually consist of parades and colorful costumes. Some people would even welcome you into their dining table for free during these festivals.
Go island hopping
As mentioned earlier, the Philippines has thousands of islands so you should definitely try island hopping. From permanent islands to small ones that only appear during low tide, you will surely be delighted. Plus, taking a boat usually costs from 10 to 20 dollars only.
See the caves
Enormous limestones and rock formations await you in the Philippines. Many caves have historical significance (e.g. being used as a hiding place during World War II), and underground rivers (though you cannot usually swim in them). Caving is one thing you don’t wanna miss.
Interact with amazing animals
From swimming with whale sharks that are as big as buses to touching tarsiers that are as small as your palm, the Philippines is home to many species that you must meet during your visit. Plus, specific species of flying foxes, flying lemurs, and warty pigs can only be found in the Philippines.
Get a tan
The Philippines is a tropical country so getting a tan is easier here than in non-tropical countries. Finding a beach with white sand isn’t so hard, too. The pristine beaches in Cebu, Boracay, or Palawan will surely make your sunbathing experience better. Just don’t forget to put on sunscreen.
It’s never too late to join the traveling bandwagon, and the Philippines should definitely be on your bucket list.