The Philippine summer season is just around the corner. That means that you should start thinking and planning where your epic summer adventure will be. You’ll find a variety of activities in the Philippines to enjoy. Why not consider the Philippines?
It is no secret that the Philippines is a paradise. Every year, thousands of tourists—both locally and internationally, choose various Philippine destinations as either their summer or holiday travel goals. Beautiful nature, perfect beaches, and even friendly locals are some of the reason why you should travel to the Philippines. Read on and let us explore the ten activities in the Philippines that you can try out the when you get to visit this country.
Being an archipelago, Philippines is known for its crystal clear water, powder-fine white sand, and rich marine biodiversity. Making the beaches themselves one of the activities in the Philippines you can’t miss. And among its 7,107 islands, there is this one island that has a postcard-perfect stretch of sand interlined from one end to the other, which has an array of luxury hotels and fine restaurants—Boracay.
Boracay has been one of the favorite tourist destinations of many travelers, both local and international. In fact, in 2013, the readers of the travel magazine, Travel + Leisure, voted Boracay as one of the world’s best islands. The island provides complete vacation experience from delectable dishes, luxury lodge to exciting nightlife.
On the other hand, if you want to explore a less crowded island, opt for unspoiled beaches. One of the underrated island resorts in the country is the Tablas Point, which is located on the largest island of Romblon province—Tablas.
The place provides various activities, such as free diving, island tour, mermaid swimming, and snorkeling, among others. Tablas Point is also popular for its unique experience of glamping in the Philippines. This luxury camping fad is slowly gaining its popularity since many people adore going into the wilderness. One of the activities in the Philippines you should consider giving a try.
Blast from the Past
Apart from pristine beaches, the Philippines also has its fair share of historical sites. One of the historical sites in the country is Corregidor: a tadpole-shaped island situated at the entrance of Manila Bay.
During the World War II, Corregidor played an essential role in the liberation of the Filipinos from the Japanese forces. Today, Corregidor Island serves as one of the popular day trip destinations near Metro Manila. You can get to the island by riding a ferry service that can be found near the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
The Spanish colonization, which started in 1521 and ends in 1898, contributed to the creation of the “walled city” or popularly known as the Intramuros.
Intramuros is situated in the heart of Manila and has a nearly three-mile-long circuit of massive stone walls, which entirely surrounds the whole district. The walled city consists of European buildings and churches, plazas, and monuments. Two of the major attractions of Intramuros are San Agustin Church and Manila Cathedral. Apart from these attractions, the walled city also offers different restaurants that sell scrumptious dishes and delicacies.
The Filipino Feast
Getting around in the Philippines is not complete without tasting the different delectable dishes from different parts of the country. One of the most sought-after dishes is the Lechon.Lechon or roast pig is a popular dish that is present in every Filipino occasion—may it be family reunions, birthdays or town fiestas. In fact, Lechon has its own festival, Parada ng Lechon, which is annually celebrated every 24th of June in the city of Balayan in Batangas. Moreover, Lechon was declared by the Time magazine as the “best pig” on its Best of Asia 2009 list.
However, if you are into an adventurous-kind-of-eater, you might want to try an authentic Filipino delicacy called Balut.
Balut is a boiled duck egg that contains a partially formed embryo. This unique goody is best consumed while it is still warm and locals typically add salt or vinegar to enhance its taste.
Apart from the different gastronomical delights, one of the activities in the Philippines that is also offered are the picturesque views of various tourist destinations situated in different provinces. Feast your eyes with one of the iconic sceneries in the country—Taal Volcano.
Taal Volcano is located in the city of Tagaytay that has an array of finest restaurants that offers a wide variety of cuisines and various dining destinations that will definitely satisfy your cravings while you enjoy the overlooking of the Taal Lake. Taal Volcano is also famous for being a lake located inside a lake. The formerly active volcano has now transformed into a scenic trekking destination wherein people can actually go to the crater-turned-lake.
Of course, the northern part of the country also has its fair share of picturesque view that attracts flocked of tourist. One pride of the northern region is the Banaue Rice Terraces.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a 2,000-year-old terrace that was carved into the mountains by the Ifugaos. One of the reasons why tourists travel to this destination is to witness a spectacular sunrise that is definitely worth waking up to.
The Filipino Nightlife
The Philippines also offer an abundance of places to enjoy nightlife for every party goer. Different cities in the country offer various bars, cafes, and clubs that provide both fun and entertainment. Two of the best places that you can enjoy a night out is Valkyrie in Bonifacio Global City and the district of Makati.
Experience Filipino Culture
The Philippines is best experienced with its people. The hospitality of Filipinos is definitely incomparable to the rest of the world. The locals are friendly, kind, helpful, and respectful to both local and international travelers. Moreover, Filipinos love to celebrate. In fact, their passion for celebrating has brought various festivals that are held in different cities all over the country. Ati-atihan in Kalibo, Aklan and Kadayawan Festival in Davao are some of the biggest festivals that are celebrated every year.
Surely, there’s a lot of food to eat, see, experience, and explore in the Philippines. These are some of the activities in the Philippines that you can try once you visit the country. Start planning your adventure now and discover why it’s more fun in the Philippines.
About the Author
Larisse is a full-time foodie, blogger, and professional cakemaker. She blogs to relax and express her thoughts and wanderlust in her website: Larisse Gastronomique. She’s also known for her love of cheese and weird appreciation of odd humor.