Philippines is made up of 7000+ islands largely untouched with perfect white sand beaches, amazing coral reefs, friendly locals and incredible nightlife that calls out for adventure. Choosing from different islands and planning a trip to Philippines is not easy. Here are some of the top explorations that you should definitely not miss out while planning your trip to this tropical paradise.
1. EXPERIENCE EXTREME ADVENTURE | CANYONEERING
What is adventure to you? Swimming? Cliff Jumping? Hiking? Canyoneering in Badian, Cebu is by far the most adventurous activity I have ever done. We had to cliff dive, slide, jump, swing like Tarzan, walk in the river and climb rocks. We were easily jumping 35ft to 50ft from height into the water without any fear. The trail ends at a beautiful Kawasan Falls with turquoise colour water something you would see just off the shore of a white sand beach.
Take a look at our post for pictures and videos of this freaking crazy adventure. CLICK HERE
2. GET COOKED ALIVE OVER OPEN FIRE | KAWA BATH
Hot Kawa Bath is an out-of-the-box experience that you can indulge in Fantasy Lodge, Cebu. The kawa is a large kettle used as big hot tubs. Wood is burnt below the Kawa to heat up the water mixed with virgin coconut oil and essential oils (Jasmine, Lemongrass, Vanilla, Orange or Lavender) in it.
All you have to do is simply immerse yourself in scented water, inhale the aromatic steam to unwind, ease tensions and heal pains in your body.
Take a break from the tourist trail, and spend a day or a few nights in Fantasy Lodge. CLICK HERE to read more.
3. SWIM WITH GIANT WHALE SHARKS
Whale shark is a slow moving, filter-feeding gentle fish. They reach incredible lengths of up to 40 feet, and can weigh up to 20 metric tons. Imagine coming face to face with them or even swimming along with them. It’s guaranteed to see whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu and it’s round the year activity. CLICK HERE for more details and a video teaser.
Note: There are a number of places you can swim with whale sharks in the Philippines. Two of the popular spots are Oslob where whale sharks are fed to attract them to the shore for tourist and Donsol where they are not fed. I recommend you to go to Donsol as the whale sharks here are in their natural habitat.
4. DIVE OR SNORKEL WITH MILLIONS OF SARDINES
While there’s a lot to do in Cebu one attraction which stands out as the most unique is undoubtedly Moalboal’s sardine run. Moalboal is a small town that can be your base as you explore the south-western to southern tip of Cebu.
Just 20 meters away from the shore of Panagsama beach in Moalboal is where you can see the unimaginable. Rent snorkel and life vest from any of the dive centers and swim till the reef drops. What next? Simply get ready to watch the huge school of sardines creating different shapes and forms. This experience is best enjoyed by free divers and scuba divers.
Tip: If the sea is rough or you are not confident about snorkelling ask any of the dive centres to arrange a guide. In this way you can thoroughly enjoy the experience without any fear. Guide price: 200 Php pp (approx. 250 inr).
5. ISLAND HOPPING TOURS EL NIDO, PALAWAN
El Nido will wow you in a lot of different ways. It’s perhaps Philippines most famous destination for backpackers with incredible night life, cheap sea food and iconic lagoons. While you’re there, don’t miss the island hopping tours. The most popular of the tours is Tour A. This town comes alive in the night.
6. ISLAND HOPPING TOURS CORON, PALAWAN
Stunning turquoise waters of Palawan, towering limestone cliffs, World War II shipwrecks and coral gardens await travellers in Coron. Hop on to tour boats or get a private boat to discover as many untouched beaches and islands as possible. We went for Ultimate Coron Island Tour which is a must-do. Some of the other tours are Island Escapade Tour, Calauit Safari and Coron Town tour.
In the evening treat yourself to a dip in Maquinit Hot Springs before calling it a day.
7. CHASE WATERFALLS IN CEBU
Did you know that there are more than 100 known waterfalls in Cebu? If you fancy venturing further from the beaten track then lookout for some amazing waterfalls in south Cebu. Rent a two wheeler or habal-habal and discover the hidden waterfalls that’s rarely visited by tourists. You can notice milestones and boards pointing to the way of waterfalls or simple ask the locals for directions.
Waterfalls I recommend you to visit: Inambakan Falls, Dau Falls, Binalayan Hidden Fall, Aguinid Falls, Tumalog Falls & Kawasan Falls.
So that you know : If you think I am a good swimmer, you are absolutely wrong. You don’t have to know swimming to do any of the above activities. Just don’t panic and trust the life vest. Life vests are given during all the activities and there is no way you will drown. If you have any questions feel free to comment.
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