21 Incredible Things to Do in the Philippines

The Philippines is a vast archipelago of well over 7000 islands, so there’s no doubt that there are a lot of great things to do across this underrated Southeast Asian nation.

Known for its white-sand beaches, beautiful lagoons and excellent dive sites, this is a destination where you can simultaneously relax and adventure every day of your trip.

1. Wander the Intramuros in Manila


Walk along the ramparts, visit Manila Cathedral, ride around the cobbled streets in a rickshaw, and soak up the heritage of Manila’s most historic area.

2. Go to Coron

There are hot springs, shipwrecks, coral reefs and much, much more waiting to be discovered in Coron.

3. Discover Palawan Island

Journey north and you’ll find the party beaches of Nacpan or island-hopping adventures around El Nido.

4. Climb Volcanoes

Just south of Manila, you can find the epic Taal Volcano, where you’ll see the curious natural phenomenon of a crater lake in a volcano, which is inside another lake.

5. Go Snorkeling and Diving

Head to Coron to snorkel or dive shipwrecks, or travel to Moalboal where you can snorkel with huge shoals of sardines just a few meters off the beach.

6. Swim with Whale Sharks

The ethics here are dubious, as the locals have been feeding the whale sharks for years to attract them to the coast.

7. See the Chocolate Hills

Enjoy a full-day tour of Bohol Island from Tagbilaran, traveling with an informative guide around the stunning island.

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