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101 Fun Things To Do — only in the Philippines! Edit

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When the Department of Tourism said “it’s more fun in the Philippines,” they meant it.


Made up of 7,641 islands, the Philippine archipelago is rich with rare virgin islands, diving sites teeming with colorful marine life, caves primed for spelunking adventures, and so much more. Set apart by the trademark warm hospitality of its people, the Philippines offers a variety of amusements and impromptu adventures.


Here, you can go from fine dining in restored heritage houses to food tripping exotic dishes on streetside eateries. You could be driving over golden sand dunes one day, and swimming over an underwater farm of clams the next. Or go from surfing monster waves to chilling on a quiet beach in a second.


The many diverse islands, islets, and cities of the Philippines offer something for everyone, and the locals make sure to bring everybody in on the fun.


Here are 101 Fun Things To Do—only in the Philippines!

1. Enjoy a long joyride with a breathtaking view across the San Juanico Bridge in Leyte.

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Photo by Nataniel Luperte.

2. Embrace the massive Dao Tree of Puerto Princesa.

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Photo by Tiffany de Leon 

3. Dare dive in the Depth Pool of Cabangaoan Beach in Pangasinan.

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Photo from All Events In.

4. Warm up in the most hipster way at Baguio Craft Brewery in Baguio.

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Photo from Baguio Craft Brewery.

5. Kayak in the quiet and forest-enclosed Sugba Lagoon in Siargao.

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Photo by Jackson Groves.

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Photo by Saab Magalona.

6. Enjoy a bamboo bike ride around the walled city of Intramuros. Book this experience here.

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Photo from Bambike Eco-Tours.

7. Traverse the magical aquamarine Blue Soil of Sagada. Book the Sagada Tour here

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Photo by Romulo Sotelo.

8. Experience eating the bamboo-cooked, spicy dishes of Apayao’s Isnag tribe.

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Photo by Butch Capoy.

9. Cruise and swim in the mystical, blue-green waters of Kayangan Lake in Coron. 

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Photo from Holiday to Palawan.

10. Visit the most spine-chilling landmarks and learn the city’s dark, twisted history in the Haunted Baguio Tours. Book this experience here.

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Photo by JR Felipe.

11. Test your balance by climbing Mt. Guiting-Guiting of Sibuyan Island, one of the most challenging mountains to climb in the country. Rest at Rancher's Place Bed and Breakfast after your hike!

12. Sail with these colorful vintas in Sulu Archipelago or Zamboanga Peninsula. 

13. Dance with countless colorful masks at MassKara festival in Bacolod (October).

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Photo by Jojie Alcantara.

14. Feel the fine, pinkish sand of Great Santa Cruz Island through your toes and visit the ancient Badjao cemetery in Zamboanga City. 

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Photo by JC Jane. 

15. Learn about the Philippines’ largest bird, with a wingspan of 7ft, at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City.

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Photo from Traveler Tips. 

16. Dive in Tubbataha Reef National Park and explore 332 square kilometers of atoll reefs. 

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Photo by David Boubilet. 

17. Join the Philippines’ wildest party at Cebu’s famed Sinulog Festival (January). 

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Photo from Cebu Tours

18. Trek through steep and slippery trails to the towering cascade of Hulugan Falls in Luisiana, Laguna

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Photo by Ken Cauguiran.

19. Adventure at dizzying new heights with Cebu's fun Sky Experience.

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Photo by Calvin Young.

20. Island-hop among fishermen’s boats through the captivating islands of Linapacan in Palawan.

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Photo by Dennis Silva.

21. Spend an enchanting day with the world-class rides in Enchanted Kingdom amusement park in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Book this experience here.

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Photo from Angono Rizal Tourism.

23. Watch almost 1,800 green hills turn chocolate-brown at the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. Book this experience here.

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Photo from Getty Images.

24. Trek to Mt. Pinatubo and get to know the indigenous Yangil tribe. Book this experience here

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Photo from VagabondPinas.com.

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Photo by Anna Faustino.

25. Take the plunge down one of the highest canyon swings in the world at Danao Adventure Park in Bohol.

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Photo by Jolie

26. Dine by the waterfalls at Villa Escudero’s Waterfall Restaurant in Tiaong, Quezon. Book this experience here.

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Photo by Harvey Perello.

27. Welcome a stunning view of the sunrise and sea of clouds at Mt. Pulag in Benguet. 

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Photo by The Road Trippers.

28. Sunbathe at the wishbone-shaped Bonbon Beach in Romblon, Romblon. Book this experience here.

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Photo by John Martin Villas. 

29. Eat a mouthful of this Philippine exotic delicacy, the boiled duck embryo balut.

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Photo by Malaika Aman.

30. Brave new heights on the rope bridges of Masungi Georeserve in Rizal. Book this experience here.

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Photo by Carlo Delantar. Book Masungi Discovery Trail here.

31. Live survivor-style among the mesmerizing islands of Caramoan Peninsula in Camarines Sur. Book this experience here.

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Photo from Way.PH. 

32. Climb the labyrinthine spiked fortress of Dupag Rock Formation in Apayao

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Photo by Jan Cayaba. 

33. Surf over the glassy waves of Cloud 9 in Siargao and stay at Lubihan Siargao

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Photo by Casey

34. Get membership to the luxury Balesin Island Club in Polillo Group of Islands, Quezon

35. Splash around in 38 epic water slides and attractions in Aqua Planet Water Park in Clark, Pampanga.

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Photo from Wander Twins

36. Try different flavors of lambanog or coconut vodka in the Philippines’ lambanog capital, Quezon province.

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Photo from Philippine Lambanog.

37. Be one with the fishes and dive among millions of sardines in Moalboal, Cebu. Book this experience here.

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Photo by Toby Kulot. Get a full day's worth of bucket-list-worthy activities as you swim with sea turtles and hundreds of fish. Book this experience

39. Scuba dive into the colorful marine life and barnacled wrecks in the Philippines' scuba diving capital, Puerto Galera

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Photo from Grayline.vn. Try out scuba diving in a safe and secure environment with only the most professional instructors in Manila. Book "Lalim"

40. Trek up the Philippines’ highest mountain Mt. Apo and check out its smoking, glowing sulfur vents.

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Photo by Paolo Duran

41. Kayak at night with the fireflies at Abatan River in Bohol

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Photo by Cara Durano

42. Eat your fill of Filipino-Chinese Cuisine with The Big Binondo Food Wok. Book this experience here.

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Photo by Eden Morales.

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Photo by Jay Ermitaño. 

43. Eat freshly caught sea urchins in Bohol.

44. Paddle along the vibrant, pink water lilies of Lake Sebu, meet indigenous tribes, and explore the three amazing waterfalls in the area.

45. Get on an ATV and tour the Mayon Volcano like a badass in Albay. Book this experience here. 

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Photo by Melo Villareal.

46. Savor the flavor of history with the heritage restaurants in The Ultimate Caviteño Food Tour with Ige Ramos. Book this experience here. 

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Photo by Stanley Ong. 

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Pochero. Photo by Stanley Ong. 

47. Enjoy the beaches of Boracay’s underrated twin sister, Carabao Island.

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Photo by Vera Venus.

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Photo by Jan Levent. 

48. Suck up the courage to eat adobong uok (beetle larvae) in Rizal.

49. Brave the dangerous, sharp limestone karsts of Taraw Peak for a bird’s eye view of El Nido.

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Photo by Christian LeBlanc.

50. See the world’s largest fruit bat colony at the Monfort Bat Sanctuary in Samal Island. 

51. Cliff Dive from the rock formations of Isla Gigantes Sur and swim in Tangke Saltwater Lagoon

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Photo by Elena Luellen.  

52. Dare eat the deep-fried, stuffed frogs or butete tugak in Pampanga. Book the Pampanga food trip here

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Photo from Pampanga Cuisine

53. Feast your eyes with the multicolored house decorations of Pahiyas Festival in Lucban, Quezon (May).

54. Travel back to the Spanish era at the heritage village of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan. Book this experience here

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Photo by Kris Anne Viray. 

55. Enjoy the most succulent bowl of Bulalo in Tagaytay, and then try the special Bulalo Ice Cream in Tanauan. Book this experience here

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Photo from Raymund

56. Explore the charming stone houses and immerse with the Ivatan people of Batanes. Book this experience here. 

57. Watch locals dance in abaca cloth woven by B’laan dreamweavers at Cotobato’s T’nalak Festival (July). 

58. Paddle-board along Loboc River of Bohol.

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Photo from Cebu Trip Tours. 

59. Surf and immerse with the indigenous tribe of Baler. Book this experience here. 

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Photo from Mad Travel. 

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Photo from Mad Travel. 

60. Treat yourself to a fishy foot spa treatment in the pond under the century-old balete tree in Lazi, Siquijor. 

61. See the cuteness of tarsiers, one of the smallest of primates, at the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary in Corella, Bohol. Book this experience here. 

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Photo from Bohol Tour Packages

62. Enjoy the party scene and fine white beaches of the world-renowned Boracay Island.

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Photo by JR Felipe.

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Photo from MadMonkeyHostels.com. 

63. Immerse with the animistic T’boli tribe in this cool homestay in South Cotabato. 

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Photo from SeafoodNet. 

64. Enjoy dipping in the emerald pools of the multi-tiered Kaparkan Falls in Abra.

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Photo by Jonah Chavez.

65. Dive into stories of sorcery and magic in the mysterious Siquijor Island

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Photo by Jake + Jaz

66. Experience Blaan’s living culture and tradition at the Lamlifew Village in Malungon, Sarangani. 

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Photo from Tubad Mindanao 

67. Make your way to Tinuy-an Falls between 9 and 11 a.m. and watch a rainbow appear through the cascading curtain of emerald waters. 

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Photo from Philippine PRIDE. 

68. Go on a five-day immersive expedition through the islands of northern Palawan with TAO Philippines.

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Photo from Tao Philippines.

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Photo from Tao Philippines.

69. Go waterfall jumping and canyoneering in Badian, Cebu

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Photo by Raj Belandres. 

70. Go sandboarding down the golden Sand Dunes of La Paz.

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Photo from Ro Delos Reyes

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Photo from Discover Philippines

71. Explore the cradle of Philippine civilization, the Tabon Caves of Palawan

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Photo from palawandays.com.

72. Swim with the whale sharks in Donsol. 

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Photo by Gavin Parsons

73. Ride the spectacular blue-green waves of Blue Lagoon Beach in Pagudpud. 

74. Follow more than 100 cascades at Aliwagwag Falls in Davao Oriental.

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Photo by Gemma Manligoy.

75. Wonder at the view of the Hanging Coffins at Echo Valley in Sagada. Book this experience here.

76. Go overnight camping and island-hopping on the white-sand beaches of Capones Island in Zambales

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Photo from Red Sheep Photo Cinema

77. Hike up the Banaue Rice Terraces in the Cordillera region. Book this experience here

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Photo from Culture Belly

78. Get up close and personal with the gentle, doe-eyed creatures of Ocampo Deer Farm in Camarines Sur

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Photo from Kim Atienza. 

79. Capture nostalgia along the cobbled Calle Crisologo of Vigan. Book this experience here.

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Photo from TravelVentours

80. Go Whitewater Rafting at Cagayan De Oro and experience adrenaline rush along the rapids. 

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Photo by Maye Legaspi 

81. Chill and unwind on the virgin White Island of Camiguin

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Photo by Cesar Sebusa. 

82. Go spearfishing with the Badjao of Tawi-tawi. 

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Photo from Guillaume Nery.  

83. Enjoy a relaxing dip in Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur. 

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Photo by keshawn.

84. Marvel at the relics left behind by war with Corregidor Historical Island Tour. Book this experience here

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Photo from Corregidor PH

85. Watch roasted pigs come in full costume at the Parada de Lechon Festival of Balayan, Batangas (June).

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Photo from Philippine Primer

86. Island-hop through the two-million-year-old islands of Hundred Islands National Park in Pangasinan. Book this experience here

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Photo from great_ome

87. Fly over crisp blue waters while parasailing in Boracay at sunset. 

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Photo by Alj's Sajonia Jain

88. Beach-bum on San Vicente’s Long Beach, the country’s longest beach spanning an incredible 14.7 kilometers. 

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Photo from myproperty.ph

89. Get tattooed by the living legend and tattoo master Whang Od in Buscalan, Kalinga. 

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Photo by Jorge Fernandez. 

90. Go sky-bound for dinner and dine mid-air with Dinner in The Sky in Parañaque. 

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Photo from Random Republika.

91. Kayak to one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Underground River in Palawan. Book this experience here.

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Photo from Puerto Princesa Tourism Office.

92. Rent a private yacht and get lost among the surreal islands and islets of Bacuit Bay in El Nido. Book this experience here

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Photo by El Nido Boutique and Art Cafe.

93. Surf like a pro with the wild waves of Pacifico in Siargao. 

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Photo from Emerlald House Village

94. Relive history with Carlos Celdran’s Intramuros performance tour. Book this experience here

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Photo by 

95. Go extreme and try the different watersports in the world-class facilities of CamSur Watersports Complex

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Photo from cwcwake.com.

96. Go diving in Apo Reef, the second largest contiguous reef in the world

97. Swim in an underwater farm of giant clams in Mambajao, Camiguin.

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Photo from LocationstoCamp.com

98. Listen to live bands Woodstock-style at the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival in Puerto Galera (March).

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Photo by Dazzle Ng.  

99. Watch the Lion Dance in Binondo during the Filipino-Chinese celebration of the Chinese New Year

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Photo by Ali Vicoy. 

100. Appreciate contemporary art from local artists at Pinto Museum, and explore the scenic garden in the property. 

101. Try this authentic Pampanga food trip at the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. Book this experience here.

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Graphic design by JR Felipe. Photos by Mangan Tamu

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