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Whether it’s by sea, land , or sky, the Philippines has an adventure waiting for you to discover it. With sprawling 7,641 islands, there’s something new to uncover in the Philippines every day. You’ll never be short of things to do in the Philippines – dive and relax in our crystal clear blue waters or go the extreme route by riding on the waves. Travel by foot to marvel at the natural wildlife up close, then hop onto an ATV and experience the jungle faster than ever. To get a picturesque one-of-a-kind view, try experiencing the Philippines via your own pirate chopper tour.

The seas of the Philippines are unlike any other. Take your aquatic sense of adventure to new depths at the Mindanao Trench, or discover why Condé Nast Traveler readers named Palawan the “Most Beautiful Island in the World.” Explore exotic sea life on a deep sea diving adventure and then see the view from the top of the waves on a surfboard on the set of Apocalypse Now.

If exploring by land is more your thing you’ll find the Philippines offers various modes of discovering its unique islands. Hike and explore one of the most unique (and sweetest) natural phenomena at the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. You can also have one of the hottest adventures going when you hike up Mount Pinatubo – a formerly active volcano in the north.

For breathtaking views and one-of-a-kind photo ops that’ll make everyone jealous, consider taking a tour in the sky. Check out the very peaks from the seat of a chopper. For thrillseekers, it doesn’t get much more extreme than ziplining through one of the largest mangrove forests in the world in Siargao.

Whether it’s way up high or deeper than low, there are things to do in the Philippines to fill everyone’s adventure itinerary. Don’t leave any stone unturned and meet all the incredible wildlife you can only dream about. The adventure of your life takes place in the Philippines. 

Water Adventure

Scuba Diving

If some of the most unique sea creatures are on your must-see travel list then a scuba tour in the Philippines has to be on your itinerary. Luckily there’s plenty to see and explore all over the “center of marine biodiversity in the world”. We’re not just saying that – Fiji’s reef has 250 species of coral and Australia has 350 in their Great Barrier reef. The Philippines has over 400! Meaning you’ll see some new and captivating marine life wherever you look. In recent years it’s become the center for divers around the globe because there’s so much to explore. From the Northern ports to the southern shores, you can enjoy the clearest waters, vibrant corals, intense drop-offs, and daily city-style rush-hour traffic of all kinds of aquatic life. Learn more about Scuba Diving in the Philippines here

Freediving with Whalesharks

Be the envy of everyone back home when you show them a selfie of you swimming with actual whale sharks. Don’t worry, they never have to know that ‘whale sharks’ are actually just big fish. Don’t let that deter you, though – they happen to be the biggest (and friendliest) in the world. Don’t forget your waterproof phone case because you’re definitely going to want to take a selfie or a video of you swimming with these incredible creatures. Luckily you can meet and greet these marine staples in the Northern Philippines at the Donsol Whale Shark Interaction or at a community-based ecotourism initiative in the central Philippines.

White Water Rafting

White water rafting is already a popular outdoor sport for many Canadians, but there’s always one thing that puts a damper on it – winter. Luckily the Philippines has your inner-adventurer covered because every season is white water rafting season. One of the most popular tours starts in the mountain province of southern Philippines where the white waters quickly rush into the great Cagayan de Oro River. Whether it’s your first time in a raft or you’re tired of touring all the ones in the Great White North, there’s a great white water rafting adventure waiting for everyone.


For some, just gazing at the bounty and hearing the rush of a natural waterfall makes for a serene and relaxing vacation. For others, jumping from the top of that waterfall and making a huge splash at the bottom makes for a thrilling adventure. Discover the azure canyons of the Philippines when you uncover the hidden paradises of the central Philippines or at the famous Kawasan Falls. Experience the Philippines as you gaze upon the jungle from the top of a waterfall, and experience our mystical canyons as you make your way down (from 30 meters high!).

Game Fishing

Not even a frozen lake can come between a Canadian and one of their favourite pastimes – game fishing. Take your game fishing hobby and supersize it when you visit the Philippines. Catch fish you won’t find anywhere else like giant tuna, tanguigue , king mackerel, great barracuda, and even swordfish. The best place to do so is in the Eastern Philippines on Conde Nast Travelers Best Island of 2019; Siargao.

Helmet Diving

Going on a raft or boat ride is one way to experience some of the best beaches in the world, but for many adventure-seeking tourists, the best way to see brilliant ocean life is at the very bottom of it. Live your Jules Verne fantasy by booking a guided helmet diving tour. Even if you aren’t an experienced swimmer, you can still walk along the ocean floor and greet an array of unique fish and dazzling coral structures. Plus, this is the only way you’ll be able to get a portrait with a school of tropical fish eating right out of your hand.


If you’re a wakeboarder, you already know how awesome skimming the waves at 25mph is a thrilling way to experience aquatic nature. Now imagine doing that alongside rich tropical jungles or glorious steep mountain ranges. There are tours for wakeboarders of every skill level, but you’re definitely going to want to check out the country’s first park dedicated to wakeboarding, the Lago de Oro Cable Ski Park in Manila.

Stand Up Paddling (SUP)

For a truly unique aquatic experience, try your hand or feet at stand-up paddleboarding. Whether you want to glide across the waters or even do floating yoga, find out in the Philippines why SUP has become one the most popular and unique ways to engage in nature. Learn more about SUP here.

Land Adventure


For some, a rice crop may not look like much – but when that rice is growing from a mountain terrace, it’s well worth the traipse. The Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras are a cultural feat that traps water from the mountain springs that make this staple crop grow in the highlands. This UNESCO World Heritage site is worth the hike – and the selfie.


When a country is an archipelago of 7,641 islands, you’re bound to encounter a mountain range or two, or in our case up to seven. To get the country’s best view, try reaching our highest peak at Mount Apo in the southern Philippines. If mountains aren’t your thing, turn up the heat on your Philippine vacation by trekking a volcano. In fact, when you head to the Camiguin in the southern Philippines, you can visit an island that has more volcanoes than towns waiting for you to discover them all.


To escape the ravages of WWII, many Filipinos hid in the numerous secluded caves on the islands. Today these feats of environmental architecture attract history buffs and ecotourists alike. Callao cave in the north is one of 300 limestone caves you can explore with some of the most awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites that make you feel like you’ve just stepped inside a gothic cathedral. To combine your caving adventure with watersports, be sure to check out a kayaking tour at the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the west-central Philippines – the world’s longest underground river and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bird Watching

If you’ve already discovered all 350 bird species in Canada, you’re in luck – because the Philippines has more than double that with over 760 species. As a stopover for migratory birds from the Asian mainland to the Asia-Pacific, you’ll spot some of the rarest species of birds, including the Philippine Eagle, Chinese egret, and Eurasian spoonbill. If that’s not enough, avid aviary aficionados can visit the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary in the central Philippines or continue further south to the Candaba Swamp to spot even more diverse wildlife.


Adventurers globally all have one thing in common: when they see a mountain, they immediately think about how they can bike on it. Luckily with hundreds of mountains there’s no shortage of mountain trails and terrains you can bike along. Whiz past lush jungles and incredible wildlife, or venture through gorgeous rice terraced mountainsides. If wilderness biking isn’t your thing, you can also discover many of the country’s architectural sites and bike through major cities and towns.


Pedaling on two-wheels just doesn’t cut it for some – some need to experience the great outdoors on four-wheels going 80mph. To experience the most rugged and natural terrain in the Philippines, take your adventure to the next level by exploring the country via ATV. Not only perfect for exploring more rugged jungles, but ATVs let you experience other Philippine environments like wetlands and even former active volcano sites.

Sandboarding/Sand Sledding

The dazzling beaches in the Philippines aren’t the only locale to experience glistening sand spots. The La Paz sand dunes in the northern Philippines are not only a protected sandy coastal desert, but it’s also a prime location to go sandboarding. Like skateboarding without the wheels, experience over 85km of sand dunes as you slide and swerve down some of the brightest and most breathtaking dunes you’ll only find in the Philippines.

Air Adventures

Custom Seaplane and Chopper Tour

There’s really only one way to get an aerial perspective of the Philippines’ islands, and that’s from the sky. Luckily you can see the many ecosystems of the Philippines from high above the clouds in a personalized chopper tour, from ornate gardens to gorgeous sapphire lakes. Or if you simply want to travel from island-to-island, you can do so when you book a private water taxi or seaplane. The easiest way to take in some of the most breathtaking views you won’t find anywhere else.

Ziplining and Bike-Ziplining

In the Philippines not only can you pedal your way through the jungle, but on top of it too. Live your wildest Tarzan dreams when you glide through the jungle on a zipline, or pedal over treetops on a bike-ziplining tour. Not for the faint of heart, bike ziplining is one of the newest and most adventurous things to do in the Philippines. At the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park in Bohol you can get a one-of-a-kind bird’s eye view of this incredible island and captivating surrounding area. Or a two-of-a-kind view when you try tandem bike-ziplining.

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