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What to Do in the Philippines When on Vacation

Updated on June 21, 2018

Seeing so many foreigners in our city made me realize that summer for other countries is almost here. The Philippines has always been a beautiful country. Talk about places, beaches, mountains and most especially the people, and anyone can say that Philippines is literally a paradise of all these. And so it’s not surprising to see more and more people from other countries enjoying the sun, sea, and scenery of our beautiful island.

The Philippine tourism has really thrived, it is now fastly becoming known for it’s beach resorts like Boracay, world heritage sites like Tubbataha Reef, swimming with the whale sharks in Donsol, diving in the underground river of Palawan, and so many more. The only problem with traveling to the Philippines seems to be the fear of kidnapping by the extremists. Other than that, the Philippines is bucket list worthy. Just take a look at some pictures, and you'll know you just want to be there.

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Mayon Volcano, Albay Camiguin IslandVera FallsTalipanan BeachPinamuntugan Island, AlbayBulusan Lake, SorsogonCalaguas IslandMisibis Bay, Cagraray Island, AlbayPangulasian IslandBantayan IslandSunflower Farm, Ligao City, PhilippinesTinalisayan Island, PhilippinesDinagyang Festival, Iloilo Photograph by Zernan Golez, My ShotStonehouse Gardens, Naga, PhilippinesBusdac Beach, Pinamuntugan Island in Bacacay, Albay | Photo by Ryan BalizaViray Festival in Santa Ana, Cagayan  Photograph by Nicky Sering, My ShotSinulog Festival, Photograph by Harel Gur, My ShotRice TerracesMount Pulag, Photograph by Zean Villongco, My ShotMaskara Festival- Bacolod City, Philippines
Mayon Volcano, Albay
Mayon Volcano, Albay
Camiguin Island
Camiguin Island
Vera Falls
Vera Falls
Talipanan Beach
Talipanan Beach
Pinamuntugan Island, Albay
Pinamuntugan Island, Albay
Bulusan Lake, Sorsogon
Bulusan Lake, Sorsogon
Calaguas Island
Calaguas Island
Misibis Bay, Cagraray Island, Albay
Misibis Bay, Cagraray Island, Albay
Pangulasian Island
Pangulasian Island
Bantayan Island
Bantayan Island
Sunflower Farm, Ligao City, Philippines
Sunflower Farm, Ligao City, Philippines
Tinalisayan Island, Philippines
Tinalisayan Island, Philippines
Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo Photograph by Zernan Golez, My Shot
Dinagyang Festival, Iloilo Photograph by Zernan Golez, My Shot | Source
Stonehouse Gardens, Naga, Philippines
Stonehouse Gardens, Naga, Philippines
Busdac Beach, Pinamuntugan Island in Bacacay, Albay | Photo by Ryan Baliza
Busdac Beach, Pinamuntugan Island in Bacacay, Albay | Photo by Ryan Baliza
Viray Festival in Santa Ana, Cagayan  Photograph by Nicky Sering, My Shot
Viray Festival in Santa Ana, Cagayan Photograph by Nicky Sering, My Shot | Source
Sinulog Festival, Photograph by Harel Gur, My Shot
Sinulog Festival, Photograph by Harel Gur, My Shot | Source
Rice Terraces
Rice Terraces | Source
Mount Pulag, Photograph by Zean Villongco, My Shot
Mount Pulag, Photograph by Zean Villongco, My Shot | Source
Maskara Festival- Bacolod City, Philippines
Maskara Festival- Bacolod City, Philippines

Interestingly enough, there is more to the Philippines than Boracay Island, which is considered to be the most popular place to be in the Philippines. For the 3rd time in a row, Boracay Island topped the list of TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2013 - Best Beaches in Asia 2013 and is rated as one of the Top 10 popular destinations in Asia by travel mag Lonely Planet. Not discounting the beauty of Boracay, still there are so many undiscovered places to go, as beautiful as Boracay but more pristine and serene because it's not as developed and as over-populated as Boracay. And aside from the places to go are the festivals that the Philippines and Filipinos have become known for.

More than the beautiful and natural resources we have, the most important reason why the Philippines is bucket list worthy is because of the Filipinos, who are among the most gracious and hospitable people you will ever meet.

What other people may not know is that you can also experience activities and adventures in the Philippines some of which you may think are not available in our little island. Some are adventures that we only see in popular tourist spots in the Philippines, while some are not even known here, like Flyboard.

Flyboarding

Gone are the days when excitement was simply being able to play a sport. Extreme sports have gained a lot of popularity and it seems to keep getting crazier or more exciting, depends on the POV. If you are into it, then I guess it will be more exciting. Flyboarding is one of the newest extreme water sports. It does not entail falling from extreme heights or throwing yourself down a slope in a giant ball (Zorbing) or bungee jumping into a body of water containing live crocodiles. Flyboarding allows the athlete to frolic and perform crazy stunts in the water using the Flyboard. This board was invented by French Jet Ski Racing champion Frank Zapata and has resonated to all fans that in fact they have already held the first World Championships in Doha last year.

This extreme water sports is now being offered in the Philippines, specifically in Tablas Xtreme Fun Resort in Looc, Tablas, Romblon. And according to their website, one hour of experiencing Zapata Flyboard ride is available for 7,500 pesos.

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding is said to be the fastest-growing extreme sports, it is extreme but safe according to the experts.

Unlike surfing and windsurfing which are both driven by seasonal winds and waves, wakeboarding’s cable system requires little or no natural occurrences to play the sport. Riding wakes don’t require a year-long wait before your next thrill-inducing experience.

Find out more about wakeboarding and the most popular wakeboarding spots in the Philippines, including:

CamSur Watersports Complex - world-renowned and host to several international wateboard championships, CWC, which is located in Pili, Camarines Sur, Bicol, has also become popular as haven of celebrities who want to go wakeboarding or wakeskating. Accommodation and other facilities available on site and nearby. You can also try knee boarding, wake skating, and water-skiing.

Lago de Oro Cable Ski Park & Resort - in Calatagan, Batangas is Philippines' first cable wakeboard park. For some who wants it a little nearer than Cam Sur.

Deca Wakeboard Park brand-new wakeboard park in Davao and Clark.

REPUBL1C Wakepark in Calamba, Laguna, the latest extreme sports hub in the Philippines, is probably the nearest wakeboard park to Manila.


Wakeboarding at CWC
Wakeboarding at CWC

Whitewater Rafting

Wikipedia defines white water rafting as a challenging recreational outdoor activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or bodies of water. Reading that definition may let you think it's a timid water activity but boy will you be wrong on that. White water rafting is considered an extreme water sports, and can be dangerous, as this is usually done on different degrees of rough water, to give raft passengers different degree of excitement. White water rafting in the Philippines is definitely a heart-stopping adrenaline-pumping adventure that has grown in popularity. In fact in Cagayan de Oro alone, there at least seven guided river rafting tours each with their unique specialty and caters to different levels of experience or skill.

whitewater rafting in Chico River
whitewater rafting in Chico River | Source

Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines the elements or disciplines of surfing and sailing. With a 2 to 4.7 meter board, called the sail board, one travels over water while the single sail connected to the board is powered by the wind. The windsurfer stands upright on the board, controls the sail on a boom to catch the wind, which then helps maneuver the direction of the travel. It certainly looks exciting but experts have said that you though it is easy to learn the basics but mastering the sport is very difficult and becomes a lifelong journey for many who loves the sport.

Philippine Windsurfing Championship, Puerto Galera Image courtesy John Smart
Philippine Windsurfing Championship, Puerto Galera Image courtesy John Smart

Parasailing

Parasailing is one of the fastest growing sports or recreational activity in the Philippines. Although it has been around for years, it has become more popular with the rise of other water sports and increase in the number of boat owners as well as developed beach resorts. In parasailing, one or two passengers are securely harnessed/attached to a parachute-like canopy called parasail and fastened to a towrope, which is then pulled along or towed by a motorboat. As the motorboat glides the water and exceeds the stalling speed, this causes the parasail to rise and the passenger is the cruising above the water. Once aloft, the passenger can sit on the harness comfortably and steer right or left by pulling on the left or right rear risers. Exciting but there are safety measures that need to be checked as always to ensure safe and enjoyable parasailing adventure.


Parasailing
Parasailing

Mermaid Swimming

Who has not dreamed of becoming a mermaid? Especially when a mermaid gets a prince like Ariel did. Now, being a mermaid can become a reality, even for a short while. And you get to swim like one, too. It is fast becoming popular especially since it has been said to help since it is a total core workout where you don't actually sweat. You get to play while getting toned and tight is an definitely one anyone would consider a perk.

Bicol Adventure ATV

Most people who visit the Bicol Region consider seeing Mt Mayon up close and watching or swimming with the "butandings" (whale sharks) as must-dos. Caramoan in Cam Sur is fast becoming popular for wake boarding as well as being host to several editions of the reality TV show, Survivor.

Legazpi City is a different matter, altogether. For quite sometime, there really wasn't much to do here. Most of the residents would either leave for Manila for their studies and come back home for vacation OR they study here and go to Manila for vacation. And for more than 10 years there was no big change. We have lots and lots of beautiful places to go to...not much activity, except sightseeing and swimming, as we have lots of resorts.

These days we can invite friends for adventures like hiking to Lignon Hill and experiencing different activities like zip lining, rappelling, paintball and airsoft. The luxurious Misibis Bay Resort is fast becoming a tourist haven of celebrities, foreigners and those who can afford. Here, one can experience wakeboarding, jet ski, hobie cat sailing, wind surfing, kayaking, ATV at a price. Some would say, a hefty price, so much so that only celebrities can really indulge.

My nephew's first ride on Bicol Adventure ATV
My nephew's first ride on Bicol Adventure ATV

If one is really interested in to ride an ATV, there is a more interesting and exciting solution. Bicol Adventure ATV offers riding an All Terrain Vehicle or ATV up to the the Lava Wall. There are 3 packages/trail sites to choose from. One can easily choose from the different trail sites available with one lasting up to a total of 3.5 hours ride with "lots of turns, uphill and downhill slopes, river crossings and beautiful scenery." For anyone interested, I would recommend Bicol Adventure, with packages for tours to Caramoan and whale watching, and Bicol Adventure ATV. Video clearly shows how fun it can be and so does the picture of my sister and nephew. They have a website and a Facebook page or you can contact taikee@bicoladventureatv.com

Ramon obviously enjoyed his first ATV adventure
Ramon obviously enjoyed his first ATV adventure

Bicol Adventure ATV

The Philippines

Which of these adventures would you want to try out?

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Unless otherwise stated, all photos here are borrowed from the board: http://pinterest.com/foxydeltan/it-s-more-fun-in-the-philippines/

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful ideas in a beautiful setting.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful photos and a great place to be on a vacation, lots to do and enjoy oneself.

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee 

      5 years ago

      @Firoz...thanks for reading my hub, certainly hope it helps tourists as well as balikbayan, for them to know that there are so many not-so-developed places to see and new adventures to experience. Thanks for the vote up.

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee 

      5 years ago

      @georgescifo, that's too bad that the trail is so short...the Bicol ATV adventure has actually several trails and rates to choose from but they each last more than an hour...it's really worth it because you also get to see the beautiful Mayon Volcano...if the ATV ride is not enough then you can finish it off with a zipline adventure.

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee 

      5 years ago

      @Thelma, our country is really a beautiful place and we can all be proud of it. I am glad you enjoyed reading my hub...did a lot of research since I did not want to put the wrong information and your nice comments make it all worthwhile. Thanks and have a great week.

    • georgescifo profile image

      georgescifo 

      5 years ago from India

      Welcome Marie. Your nephew looks cute and smart in that quad bike. We also had an offroad quad bike experience few months back in Kerala, India. You can see the videos at http://munnarhillskerala.blogspot.in/2013/03/adven...

      But it was hardly a 10 minutes drive and do not feel worth the money we spend on it.

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee 

      5 years ago

      @georgescifo, thanks for taking the time to read my hub...there are still so many places, not as popular as Boracay but also as beautiful. I think you would enjoy the quad bike adventure...my nephew sure did, as you can see in the photo.

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR

      Renee 

      5 years ago

      @CrisSp, yes definitely its getting more exciting here in our country...thank you for your comments, for the votes and for sharing. I was so excited about writing this hub because I really want to show everyone how beautiful our country is.

    • jabelufiroz profile image

      Firoz 

      5 years ago from India

      Useful travel guide MARIE-RENEE. Voted up.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful places to see. Great photos. Indeed, the Philippines is worth a visit. This is a very well written hub. I enjoy reading it. Thanks for sharing. I love Philippines. Have a great week!

    • georgescifo profile image

      georgescifo 

      5 years ago from India

      really amazing hub and very well explained about the tourism potential of Philippines. Really loves to take a quad bike adventure trip mentioned in the last images.

    • CrisSp profile image

      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Wow! This is exciting and more fun in the Philippines. Good job in writing about it. I am so game to try all these adventures. Soon...soon, I hope.

      Voting up, pinning and sharing the fun!

      Thank you.

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