Top 10 Things to do in the Philippines

The Philippines is known to be a great escape from everyday life.

It’s made up of 7,107 islands and has stunning features which make it the ideal destination for a vacation. From the diverse marine life to volcanoes and historic sites, the Philippines should definitely be on your list of must-see places.

Here are 10 things that every traveler needs to visit to have an extraordinary experience.

1. Discover Honda Bay’s Starfish

Honda Bay Starfish

One of Philippines’ most attracting activities is snorkeling in Honda Bay.

It is located on the eastern shore of the Palawan Island. Fishing is very common here due to its rich marine life. The island’s clear and blue water is full of starfish. Hence the name “Starfish Island”.

It is truly a breathtaking view as you dive under the water. In Palawan, you can also rent a boat for a day and go exploring to nearby Islands.

2. Experience the magic of Siquijor


Don’t we all love a little sorcery now and then?

Well, the Island of Siquijor is a mystical one for that exact reason.

It is famous for shamanism, sorcerers, and witchcraft. This island is also rumored to have healing potions, black magic, ancient rituals and much more.

Visitors have also been intrigued and terrified to visit the mountains and caves of the island since it has been said that there are spirits of the dead. What is truly unusual, is that there are many stories of curses, unexplained deaths, and injuries that still, happen today.

What a great adventure to experience.

3. Get away from the real world at Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Malapascua is an Island in the Philippines located in the Visayan Sea.

It is relatively small but it has recently become well-known as a dive destination. It has beautiful coral gardens and is an exciting place to spot thresher sharks and manta rays.

However, its beautiful scenery isn’t the only reason why it is a popular tourist attraction. Through the 7,107 islands in the Philippines, it can be hard to visit every single one. But Malapascua Island is definitely a location that should be on the list.

It offers a break from reality to simply relax for a few days. The life on the island is still a bit primitive, which will be all the more interesting. You will experience the loss of electricity and drink water from bottles. However, it makes the trip a get away from an everyday life.

4. Visit Boracay


Every vacation needs a beach.

Boracay is surrounded by breathtaking white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. Although the island is only 7km in length, it competes with some of the best beaches in the world. There are many activities offered such as sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving and more.

There are also many bars and restaurants which give life to the Filipino nights. The White Beach is the most crowded area in Boracay. You also have many hotels and diving shops around the beach. There is always something happening on the island, such as fire shows and live music. So you will always have some sort of entertainment on the island.

If you are a beach person, check out our article on top beach honeymoon destinations.

5. Take a trip to the National Park

Puerto Princesa Philippines

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The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a protected area located 80 kilometers north of the city center of Puerto Princesa.

You can access the river by hiking or a boat ride. It has a very complex cave system which is pretty fascinating.

The underground river has small waterfalls inside the cave. There is also a cave dome above it, rock formations, bats and many more marine creatures.

However, you can’t explore deeper areas of the river because there isn’t enough oxygen. Visiting this breathtaking site is truly amazing. There is no shortage of beauty.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River was also named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

6. Hike to the Volcanoes

Mount Mayon

The Philippines has 37 volcanoes and 18 of them which are active.

Sound exciting?

The most famous volcano is Mount Mayon.

It is shaped like a perfect cone and has had 47 eruptions since 1616. The last one was in 1993 which left many consequences. The hike to this glorious natural site you need 2 days to climb the mountain.

For those who love the daring adventure, Mount Mayon is the perfect opportunity. There are many other landscapes worth exploring, such as Mount Pinatubo or Taal Volcano. Tal Volcano has been named the smallest active volcano in the world, so it isn’t as dangerous as Mount Mayon.

7. Experience a Filipino Festival


Festivals are the place to have fun and the Philippines is the place for festivals.

You have colorful parades, loud music, amazing costumes and more. There are more than 100 festivals that take place during the year. So whenever you decide to visit the Philippines, you are most likely to experience at least one of them.

8. Relive history at the Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago Philippines

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Besides the many cultural aspects and beautiful nature of the Philippines, you must visit the Fort Santiago to learn a little bit about history.

The Fort Santiago is a citadel built by the Spanish in Manila. It’s a defense fortress part of the walls around the city. It is one of the most important historical sites in Manila.

So why would you want to visit it?

Well, it has a very interesting story. Many lives were lost in the fortress’s prisons, but the most memorable one is that of Jose Rizal. He was the Philippine national hero but was executed in 1896. You can see his last footsteps from his cell to the place where he was executed. The footsteps are embedded on the ground in bronze.

9. Surf in Siargao

Siargao Island

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Nothing says a great traveling experience quite like surfing.

Siargao Island in the Philippines has some of the most awe-inspiring waves. A group of travelers discovered the famous “Cloud 9” wave in the 1980’s and has since attracted many surfers to experience it.

A photographer made the island famous after featuring an image in a magazine in 1993. Today, the best time to experience these waves are from September to March. There is even a surf contest which takes place in the last week of September.

10. Take pleasure in the Unusual Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills

Visiting a rare and extraordinary site is always a great way to spend a day or two while traveling.

The Chocolate Hills are just the place to do that. They are situated in the Bohol province, and there are about 1,247 hills which cover about 20 square miles. These hills are covered in green grass.

What is fascinating about them is that during the dry season, the grass turns brown, like chocolate. That’s why the hills are called “Chocolate Hills”.  You can visit these marvelous hills from a government-owned resort called “Chocolate Hills Complex”.

With all of the exciting activities and things to do in the Philippines, be sure to know that a well-planned trip is a key for a successful one.

It’s always a good idea to know some potential travel risks that can happen. One thing that is possible is that flights can be delayed or even canceled. It would be a good idea to plan ahead how to deal with such situations. Travel insurance is a good way to manage this risk. Visit our interactive travel insurance platform for a quotation now!