With over 7,000 islands, there are a thousand adventurous things to do in the Philippines. Take on the heat of sand surfing in Ilocos Norte, or dive into the cool Whale Shark waters of Sorsogon; see the beauty of Mayon Volcano on an ATV, or the majesty of Coron from way up in the air via sea plane. Adventure is calling. Will you answer?
Sandboarding in Ilocos Norte
From Laoag all the way to Paoay in Ilocos Norte, you will find the famous, endless sand dunes of the north. Here you can explore your wild side and go sandboarding, 4×4 driving, or ATV-ing. Totally out of this world are the sand dunes of the north, it served as the main shooting location for the Hollywood sci-fi film Mad Max.
Boracay and Coron via Air Juan Sea Planes
Getting to Boracay and Coron can’t get any more luxurious than flying via private sea plane. Imagine skipping long airport lines and going straight into all the majesty of island paradise where you can kick off your work shoes, put on your best beachwear, and leave your troubles away.
Dolphin watching in Bohol and Puerto Princesa
The Philippines is blessed with some of the world’s most diverse and beautiful marine life — and what more beautiful sea creature is there than the dolphin? While the rest of the world can only dream about swimming with dolphins outside of a lonely aquarium, doing so in the Philippines is as simple as hopping on a boat in Pamilacan Island, Bohol, Puerto Princesa Bay, Palawan, and Bais, Negros Occidental.
Whale Sharks of Oslob and Donsol
To actually be able to swim and get up-close with the giant whale sharks of Oslob in Cebu and Donsol in Sorsogon is an experience of a lifetime. Snorkeling in open seas is one of the most amazing things you can do in the Philippines, but the whale sharks make it all the more grander. Guided whale shark tours are done in small groups and only during good weather, so be sure to check your local guide for best tour times and weather updates.
Island and lagoon hopping in El Nido
There are many different islands and lagoons in beautiful El Nido, Palawan, and each of them boast of their own charm and allure. And to those who want to experience the islands in their full majesty and just get lost in adventure have to get off the beaten track and try out El Nido Paradise’s Ultimate Adventure Tour. It is a 3 to 5 day tour that starts off in El Nido and ends north in Coron — nothing but you, sun, sand, skies, and the sea.
Dugong encounters in Coron
Called the Mermaids of the Sea, these friendly elusive creatures are a sight to behold. They feed in the seagrass beds of Busuanga, Coron, and the only way to be able to see them up close is by booking a tour with the Dugong Dive Center — an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of this gentle species. This is a popular tourist attraction, so be sure to book your dives early!
An African Safari in the Pacific
Coron, Palawan isn’t just known for its beaches and lagoons. Did you know that Coron is also home to the famous Calauit Safari? It is a 3,700 hectare island where hundreds of safari animals like giraffe, zebra, eland, bushbuck, and waterbuck roam free! And just like in an African safari, visitors can board a truck and go near the animals to see them in their habitat. Options to feed the animals by hand are also available. There are tropical animals in the mix as well like deer, crocodiles, monkeys and bearcats to visit.
White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro is known as the Adventure Capital of the Philippines and Rio Grande de Cagayan is the go-to spot for white water rafting in the Philippines. It is the longest and widest white water river in the Philippines, and just the sight of it is enough to get your adrenalin flowing.
Volcanic ATV-ing in Mayon and Pinatubo
There’s nothing like riding an all-terrain vehicle across the volcanic deserts of Mount Mayon and Mount Pinatubo. There simply is no experience like it. The wind in your hair, dust flying everywhere, and your heart racing as you traverse volcanic terrain. ATVs and 4×4 jeeps are rented out to tourists looking for adventure.
Canyoneering in Cebu
A popular tourist attraction in Badian, Cebu is canyoneering down the 3 drops of Kawasan Falls. The Philippines has many waterfalls, but one that stands out is Kawasan — known for its cool, milky blue waters, it has become one of Cebu’s icons. The falls were once featured in Travel + Leisure magazine’s photo collection of beautiful waterfalls around the world.
Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, Palawan
Imagine miles and miles of pristine atoll coral reefs that serve as home to 379 different species of fish, as well as turtles, sharks, and stingray. This is the Tubbataha Reef of Palawan, a UNESCO world heritage site, hailed by CNN as the world’s 8th best dive spot, and the Philippines’ first national marine park. A dive into its crystal clear waters will take your breath away.