Things To Do in the Philippines

Here are the top things to do in the Philippines

Philippines is a tropical group of islands, called archipelago. It has numerous tourist spots that want to keep you wanting to see more of the islands. There’s so much to offer on these islands. These are just the highlights of the Philippines. Just read on, to know more of the islands.

1. Visit Mayon

Mayon Volcano credits to wikipedia

It is famed as the most perfect-coned volcano in the world.

1. Visit Palawan

Visit the underground river in Palawan, Philippines.

2. Visit the Chocolate Hills

Sightseeing with the famous Chocolate Hills. The view of the hills are beautifully formed like the chocolate kisses. It’s non-edible though. You can find a restaurant also if you get hungry, eating on top of the hill, with your company of family and friends.

3. Visit Vigan

A historical landmark of the Philippines, showing Spanish themed structures of houses.

4. Batanes

It is famous because of its a natural wonder and picturesque motifs it can give to visitors. It is has  a lighthouse, beautiful hills like you are in wonderland, Batanes cuisine, lime-stoned wall houses, friendly natives, and beautiful seas.

Things To Do in Dumaguete

Dumaguete, the capital of the province of Negros Oriental, yet another tourist attraction for top things to do:

1. Get to see Apo Island

Finally, get to explore and swim at Apo Island, in Dumaguete. Truly rich in aquatic and marine life, it is nice to dive or snorkel with your favorite friends – the tortoise, dory, nemo, and many others.

2. Visit Kanlaon

Kanlaon (Canlaon) is a volcano that is located just north in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. It is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines.

3. Visit Dumaguete Cathedral

Dumaguete Cathedral or Saint Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral is one of the beautiful churches in Dumaguete. It is one of the oldest churches in Negros Oriental.  The Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of Dumaguete. Say a prayer and your prayers will be answered. It’s a good place for worship.

4. Rizal Boulevard

A place for hanging out with your friends and your loved ones and enjoy the breeze. It is good to spend time here. It was named after the great Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. It has become a popular landmark in Dumaguete where you can see commercial and dining businesses like Shakey’s Pizza, Le Chalet, Mamia’s, Chin Long, Don Atilano, Coco Amigo.

5. Visit Casaroro Falls and Pulangbato Waterfalls

Both are located in Valencia, Dumaguete. You get to get through bulldozers of rocks before you get to Casaroro Falls. Casaroro falls is stunning and absolutely peaceful and beautiful. Pulangbato waterfall is also a nice waterfall you can feel the soothing and relaxing dip in the water.

6. Belfry Tower

Nice architecture and old historical place. It one of the oldest structures in Dumaguete.

7. Hiking in Mount Talinis

Take time to exercise and hike at Mount Talinis. Sometimes it can get foggy at times of this natural rainforest, and a very cool place.  After you reach to the top, you’ll get to view the overlooking Tanon Strait. Experience the trails. Trekking in Dumaguete can be fun and exhilirating exercise.

 

 

Things to do in Thailand

 Thailand, the land of smiles. We get to feature Thailand because of its finest beaches…

1. Picture taking

Phuket, Thailand
Phuket, Thailand; Photo by Leckre

Because of the lovely sceneries and landscapes, one can afford to take a beautiful picture in this beautiful place. Strike many poses as much as you like.

2. Swim at the beach

The waters are clear just like Palawan in the Philippines. With picturesque sceneries, you don’t wanna miss swimming at the beach.

3. Explore the Islands

Maya Beach, Photo by Feano
Maya Beach, Photo by Leckre

Maya Island, situated in the island of Phi Phi, it’s stunning and beautiful. This bay was actually shot in the movie “The Beach” starred by the actor Leonardo Di Caprio.

4. Try the authentic Tom Yum Soup and their dishes

Natural and sweet flavours of tom yum, you can find the best cuisines and dishes in Thailand. It is one of the best soups in the world. It is combined with fresh lemon grass, galangus, kaffir leaves, Thai chillies, shrimps, coconut milk, and fish sauce. Definitely, a nice recipe of Tom yum soup that leaves a spicy flavour in your mouth.

Things to do in Mactan, Cebu

Mactan is located east of Cebu offers a wide variety of beach resorts and fine beaches.

1. Island hopping

Olanggo Island –  It is located east Cordova of Mactan. It is known for having migrating birds settle here at Olango Island during winter season. It has herons, egrets, waterfowls, and many birds from Siberia, Northern China, and Japan. Olango Island  is a sanctuary for birds, and marine life. It is rich in mangrove trees, coral reefs, sandy beach, and rocky shorelines. It has six islets namely Sulpa, Gilutongan (also spelled Hilutungan), Nalusuan, Caohagan, Pangan-an, and Camungi. The famous one is Hilutungan and Nalusuan.

Nalusuan –  It is a marine sanctuary and has a famous beach resort – Nalusuan Resort, which covers the whole island. It has white sand beach. You can do recreational activities in Nalusuan like:

  • Pingpong
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Jetski
  • Banana Boat
  • Kayak
  • Paddle Boat
  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling

Hilutungan Island is also a marine sanctuary. It is the best place for beginners in diving and snorkeling.

Getting here:

Take a pumpboat or banka (outrigger boats). You can find them at resorts like Maribago, Shangri-la Resort, and one beside in Movenpick Resort. Travel time in going to Olanggo, Nalusuan, or Hilutungan is mostly an hour each. You can travel in groups, or going solo.

2. Swimming at beaches

Maribago Bluewaters – It is a three star hotel and resort in Lapu-lapu, Mactan. It has fancy restaurant and the food offers native and foreign dishes. It has a shuttle service, dry cleaning, fitness center, game room, gift shop, jacuzzi, and spa.

Movenpick hotel and Resort – It is five star hotel that caters condominiums, hotel, and resort. It offers spa and massages, swimming pool, parasailing activities, jetski, and white sand beach.

Imperial Palace Water Park

Imperial Palace Water Park or Jpark Island
Imperial Palace Water Park or Jpark Island

Imperial Palace Water park offers longest swimming pool in Cebu. A water park for children and adults, restaurants, accommodations, and white sand beach.

Be Resort offers accommodations, white sand beach, Jacuzzi, an infinity pool, and restaurant.

Shangri-La Mactan is a luxury hotel that is no other. It offers hotel accommodations, swimming pool, restaurant, and white sand beach. They also cater events, activities, spa treatments, sports and recreation. The ambiance is perfect and relaxing. Everything is pleasant in Shangri-La Mactan.

Plantation Bay Resort And Spa It has numerous pools that form like lagoons, and cottages. It is located in Marigondon, Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu, Cebu. It offers spa and massages, swimming in pools, and lagoons. They offer the best pools, biking, tennis court, beach, and sports facilities. A nice getaway for family and kids. They also have a restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Getting here:

It is just near Mactan airport in Cebu, so no worries. You can take a cab, or van-for-hire and they will take you there.

Top Things to do in Palawan

One of the best beaches in the world. We feature Palawan.

1. Island Hopping

El Nido 
It is considered one of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world. It is located in northernmost tip of mainland Palawan. The waters are very clear, rock formations, and the landscapes very nice. You can find islands resorts in El Nido, namely:

  • Apulit Island, a tropical island resort with amazing beach huts, great for snorkeling and swimming,
  • Miniloc Island, perfect for young people and lovey-doveys,
  • Lagen Island, is a resort lagoon, peaceful and relaxing,
  • Pangulasian Island, a luxury island with amenities and villas.

 

Coron – Visit lagoon, lakes, and scuba dive in Coron Palawan. It is a diving destination where you can find old age sunken Japanese warships, fishes, and rich in marine life. It is one of the best scuba diving sites in the world.

2. Visit an underground river at Puerto Princessa

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A protected area of the Philippines, it has been a forefront of tourism in the Philippines, as one of the new seven wonders of Nature by UNESCO. It features spectacular formations of stalactites and stalagmites and bats! In 2010, a group of environmentalists and geologists discovered that the underground river that there could be small waterfalls inside the cave. The underground river claims to be the world’s longest underground river.

Getting here:

You have to travel by air (Cebu Pacific or Airasia) via Puerto Princessa.

Zubuchon

The famous Zubuchon in Cebu.  Zubuchon’s Lechon is the main crunchy delicacy in Cebu, Philippines. It is a roasted pig blended with ingredients of spices and other herbs. It’s a native Filipino food popular in Cebu City. They offer spicy lechon, and other flavours. Founded by Market Manila, a well-traveled management consultant who loves buying, cooking and eating good food. Zubuchon also offers Filipino foods and native dishes.

You can find Zubuchon branches at SM Seaside, Mactan, Lapu-lapu, IT Park, and Capitol Site in Cebu City.

Things to do in Bantayan Island

1. Have fun swimming at the beach in Anika beach resort Resort in Bantayan Island

One of the finest beach resort in Bantayan – is Anika beach Resort. Enjoy pristine white sand beaches here at Anika beach Resort.

2. Snorkeling

Bantayan is an outstanding place for snorkeling. The water is clear and the corals very abundant. The fishes very diverse, and corals, too. Bantayan Island is famous beach in the Philippines next to Palawan. You can see fish swimming even as you stand with your head above the water. Truly a white sand beach and pristine.

3. Beach Hopping

Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu
Sta. Fe, Bantayan Island, Cebu
A beach in Bantayan
A beach in Bantayan

You can find some fine beaches:

Anika Beach Resort
Amihan Beach Cabanas

Beach Placid
Coral Blue Oriental beach Resort
Hagnaya Beach Resort
Sta. Fe beach Resort
Tristan’s Resort & Restaurant
Sugar Beach
Every beach is worth it. You don’t wanna miss the inviting sand and water.

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Ogtong Cave

4. Explore Ogtong Cave Resort

Enjoy crystal clear cool waters at Ogtong cave. Take a dip for hours, available at 6AM – 4PM daily. The resort also has a swimming pool available for kids and adults.

5. Go diving at Malapascua Island

6. Island Hopping: Malapascua Island, and Virgin Island

Famous in Bantayan Island, perfect to enjoy it with friends and family. Famous for being a fantastic beach paradise. You can enjoy the picturesque and scenic beauty of the Islands.

Virgin Island, Bantayan
Virgin Island, Bantayan

7. Witness a sand bar at Kota beach Resort

Sand bars are famous nowadays. We also have it in Bantayan, Cebu. It is fun and interesting beach.

Sand bar in Bantayan
Sand bar in Bantayan

 

8. Visit Madridejos

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Madridejos, Photo credit by Leckre

Take a peek at the stunning Madridejos. Amazingly beautiful.

How to get to Bantayan Island:

When you’re in Cebu, take a bus ride going to Bantayan at North bus Terminal in Mandaue near SM City, Cebu. It’s  2 hours and 30 minute ride. When you reach Hagnaya port, take the boat and you pay for a fare of Php 170.

 

Things to do in Legazpi, Albay

1. Lignon Hills Park

Take a walk or jogging at Lignon hills Park. No entrance fee. You can also take the zipline adventure.

2. Embarcadero

It is a shopping mall where you can find good food from burgers, shakes, snacks, and dinner.

3. ATV-at Cagsawa, near Mayon

Have fun and get some adventure doing ATV at Mayon. You’ll experience, riding along rivers, and trails with its perfect and great Mayon Background experience! It costs Php 1,500 for an hour ride.

4. Cagsawa Ruins

Cagsawa Ruins is the most favorite place to go in Legazpi. Most tourist come here and take a picture of Mt. Mayon’s beauty. It’s seeing Mayon at another angle. You can have a tourist guide to help you know more about the place for a fee of Php 100.

5. Photography

Take some time taking pictures of the picturesque Mt. Mayon. So many angles to shoot from, with natural scenic landscapes. Best time to take a picture are early mornings til 9AM on a sunny day, and afternoons. Position yourself at Lignon hills park, the boulevard, or Kapuntukan hill.

6. Visit historic churches: St. Gregory the Great Cathedral and Daraga Church

St Gregory is located in the middle of Legazpi City. Have some time and visit these historic and memorable place. Daraga Church has magnificent landscape and displays of religious relics.

7. Legazpi Boulevard

Legazpi Boulevard
Legazpi Boulevard

Awesome Boulevard, you can jog or take some walks, and when you reach at the end of the boulevard, you can buy some Filipino foods like, puto, budbud, chicken adobo, pork adobo, and many more.

8. Chili ice cream at Colonial Grill

Tasteful chili ice cream you can buy for less than Php 100. It’s a great experience and the taste interesting!

9. Kapuntukan Hills

Two hills that forms a body of a woman. It is interesting to see the forms. It’s a best place for taking a picture of Mt. Mayon and enjoy the scenery sitting rightly at the pavement of the boulevard looking at the sea or the Mayon.