Top 5 Outdoor Activities that You Can Do in the Philippines

Zipline in Papa Kits, Cebu

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A lot of foreign people visit the Philippines. Most of them are here to put up a business while others are here to look for a partner in life. There are also missionaries who are here to give assistance to those who are in need. But aside from the ones mentioned above, what are the other things that you can do in the Philippines?

With 7107 islands, Philippines has a lot to offer. Here is a list of the top 5 outdoor activities that you can do in the Philippines whether you’re a foreign tourist or a local resident:


Philippines is a tropical country and we have a warm weather here. So yeah, it’s one of the main reasons why swimming in the country is good. But aside from that, Philippines is also blessed with beautiful white sand beaches. The most famous among the beaches here is Boracay. The island is known for its powdery white sand and pristine water.

Palawan island is another choice for beach swimming. Most people say that Palawan can compete with Boracay. Also, Palawan island is not as populated as Boracay so it’s a good choice if you want a peaceful vacation.

Island Hopping

As an archipelagic country, Philippines is a good place for island hopping. Some of the islands here are equal to one province just like Siquijor and Camiguin. Stay in an island for three to four days so that you’ll have enough time to see and experience each of the unique surroundings.

The best place that I can suggest for island hopping is the Hundred Islands of Pangasinan. Overall, there are 124 islands at low tide and 123 islands at high tide. The islands are believed to be around 2,000,000 years old. Several species of animals are also found in the place including Fraser’s dolphins.

Another place in the Philippines that can compare with the Hundred Islands of Pangasinan is the Britannia Group of Islands in Surigao del Sur. The place is composed of 24 islands and islets. The islands are not yet developed for tourism and I hope it would stay that way so that the natural beauty of the islands would be preserved. There are no cottages nor entrance fees. You can bring your own blanket and food and then eat on the ground. Just be careful with your garbage and make sure you bring it with you when you leave.

Whale Shark & Dolphin Watching

In Oslob, Cebu, you can experience to swim with the gentle giants or the whale sharks. You will need to ride a boat with a guide who will help you find the whale sharks. About 14 or 15 of the sharks have grown to be the fishermen’s pets because they feed the giant sharks.

The waters of Panglao in Bohol is known for dolphin watching. The dolphins leap on the surface of the water and make distinguishing sounds.


Surigao del Norte is the surfing capital of the Philippines. The place was once quiet but over the years, it has gained the attention of local and foreign surfers. The place is also blessed with beautiful white sand beaches, mangrove trees, rock formations, and mysterious caves.


The Dahilayan Adventure Park’s 840 meter dual ziplines with a drop of 100 meters is the longest in Asia. If you’re adventurous or if you have some fears that you want to conquer, trying the Asia’s lonest zipline is great.

There are also other adventure parks in the Philippines that have ziplines. Even some beach resorts do. I have only tried it once and I’m thinking if I should do it again.

Philippines has a lot more to offer but the ones listed above are the most exciting activities. Try one of those the next time you have a vacation.

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