Made up of 7,107 islands, the Philippines guarantees to afford its guests with countless of places and activities worth exploring and experiencing.
Here are some of the fun you can have while in the Philippines:
FIND YOUR OWN DESERTED ISLAND
It’s no exaggeration. With thousands upon thousands of unspoiled tropical islands, lined with white sand beaches and coconut trees, you can find your island paradise even without a map.
Just book an island-hopping tour on an outrigger boat or “banca” and set sail wherever the wind takes you. And don’t forget to enjoy a meal of the freshest seafood straight from your own Robinson Crusoe fantasy.
INDULGE YOUR SIGHT WITH THE BEST OF THE WORLD’S WONDERS
From the Stairway to the Sky that is Banaue Rice Terraces to the Wonder of the World Underground River that is Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, you will definitely be captivated by these otherworldly sights and other sights and experience you will encounter in between.
Experience being brought back to the period of Spanish colonization in the well-preserved Spanish-style architecture of Vigan City in the north of Luzon, marvel at the magnificence of Taal Volcano, the smallest active volcano in the world situated in the world’s largest lake on an island in a lake on an island which can be found in Southeastern Luzon; and get charmed by the waters of Enchanted River in Mindanao.
ENGAGE IN YOUR FAVORITE OUTDOOR SPORTS
The Philippines offers a wide variety of sports adventures. Different places cater to a specific activity: play a few rounds of golf in the many world-class golf courses around the country designed by famous golf celebrities in the world; snorkel and interact with the “gentle giants” that are the whale sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon; surf the waves in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Baler and Catanduanes; climb the country’s highest peak at 9,689 feet, Mt. Apo in Davao City; or brave the current while white river rafting in Cagayan de Oro River.
REJUVINATE YOUR MIND AND BODY WITH TRADITIONAL THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
The traditional Filipino massage called “hilot” has healing properties that relaxes and relieves tired muscles and aching joints.
You can try this experience almost anywhere in the Philippines – from a busy mall to a deserted island. Nurture Spa in Tagaytay, Mandala Spa in Boracay, Sanctuario Spa in Manila, Chi Spa Village in Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu and The Farm at San Benito in Batangas are just few of the spas in the country that offer the best services in relaxation treatment.
SPOIL YOUR TASTE BUDS ON A FOOD ADVENTURE
It’s no secret Filipinos love their food. That is why you will find the cuisine as exotic and exciting as the people. So be ready to put on a few extra pounds as you satisfy your cravings by indulging in a Filipino feast.
Both local and international cuisines are available anywhere especially in the city to satisfy your varied cravings.
SHOP TIL YOU DROP
Shopping in the Philippines is an experience both in bargain and variety. Most shopping places in all cities virtually have everything that you will need – from designer western brands to items specifically designed for the tourist market.
Around the country, Tiangges or the Filipino version of flea markets abound offering quality items at bargain prices.
EXPERIENCE PARTYING THE FILIPINO WAY – AT A FIESTA!
If you want to soak up the culture, then you should definitely catch a Filipino fiesta. It is usually a crazy, intense celebration with tables and tables of food, singing and street dancing.
Filipinos love to celebrate, and there is no better way of doing it than by having festivals which number is as many as there are towns in the country and when you attend and enjoy a Filipino celebration, you come closer to understanding the culture of the people.
DISCOVER THE ULTIMATE TREASURES OF THE UNDERWATER
With nearly 500 unexplored dive sites, the Philippines eyes to be Asia’s Dive Capital. Its seas are some of the most bio-diverse and marine-rich waters in the world.
You don’t need to be a pro diver to plunge in this amazing experience because even a simple snorkeling activity can take you to discover the beauty of the underwater world.
BE INSPIRED BY THE PERFORMANCES AND WORKS OF WORLD-CLASS FILIPINO ARTISTS
The Cultural Center of the Philippines shows featured performances by the Ballet Philippines, the Philippine Madrigal Singers and the Bayanihan Dance Troupe which are just few of the many world-renowned artists of the country.
In the visual arts, works of world-class Filipino masters Juan Luna, Felix Resurrection Hidalgo and Fabian de la Rosa, National Artists Fernando Amorsolo, Carlos Francisco, Victor Edades, Vicente Manansala can be viewed at the Philippine National Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Ayala Museum and in some galleries and University Museums around Metro Manila.
Source: Department of Tourism
To know more about the places you can go and the fun you can do in the Philippines, please visit the following Philippine tourism websites:
IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES – the tourism promotion website created by the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) that features Philippine top destinations and tourism activities, and guides and tips in traveling in the country.
PHILIPPINE TOURISM INFORMATION PORTAL – a tourism webpage designed by the Department of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the DOT that aims to bridge relevant information and links on Philippine tourism in one website. It is conceived as a portal that provides practical tourism information about the Philippines, especially useful for interested travelers and travel agents.