What To Do In Philippines - 70+ Travel Bucketlist Ideas

What to do in Philippines is all about surprise, an archipelago of splendor stretching across the lesser-visited reaches of Southeast Asia. Majestic islands are fringed by continually white sand while tiny islets offer coral excursions and marine adventure. Friendly fun-loving locals provide the welcomes, their indelible smiles a constant on any journey here. Abundant wildlife is dappled throughout rainforests and atolls, wallowing in the temperate climate of the region's forgotten gem. There's so much to discover as you create an exclusive bucketlist of moments.

Coron, Palawan, Philippines, aerial view of beautiful lagoons and limestone cliffs.

Philippines Beach Bliss

The photo is taken from one restaurant in Tagaytay. Usually, people come to Tagaytay every weekend or holiday to have a coffee or bulalo while indulging in the scenic view of the inactive Volcano.

Taal Volcano Champagne Helicopter Tour

Amanpulo Private Cruise, Philippines

Amanpulo Private Cruise and Moonlight BBQ

Snorkeling with Whale Shark

Ethical Swimming with Whale Sharks via Helicopter

female diver getting ready for a dive in the Caribbean

Panglao Sunset Cruise by Private Yacht

Green Sea Turtle in Apo Island, Phillippines

Apo Island Scuba Diving via Private Aircraft

Drifting boat on a sunset. Coast of the Pacific ocean. Island Boracay

Overnight Catamaran Cruising

Taal Volcano and Lake presents one of the most picturesque and attractive views in the Philippines. Due to its devastating potential, it was declared one of the "Decade Volcanoes" and is today, one of the most closely monitored volcanoes in the region.

Helicopter Over Taal Volcano and Lunch at Sonya’s Secret Garden

Idyllic sunset in Malapascua island, Visayas, Philippines

Ethical Sighting of Thresher Sharks in Malapascua


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Island Hopping & Private Beaches

An archipelago with more than 7000 islands, what to do in Philippines is explore the ocean. Hop to private islands on catamarans and seaplanes. Charter yachts to cruise through paradise. Escape to white sand without footprints and find bliss where few others venture.

Seaplane, Philippines

Island Hopping by Seaplane

Sail boat moving in the open sea at sunset

Overnight Yacht Charter Around Palawan

El Nido Palawan

Speedboat Island Hopping Tour From El Nido


Active Adventures Across the Philippines

Adventure beckons on volcanic islands and exotic scenes emerge when you travel off the beaten path. The Philippines is where to come when you seek an adventure without the crowds. Kayak into solitude, abseil down waterfalls, trek on active volcanoes and scuba dive at sublime sites. Adventure really comes alive here, providing the counterpoint to languid days on the beach.

Scuba diver exploring WWII shipwreck in Coron area, Philippines

Wreck Diving in Coron by Speedboat

Young woman contemplating a beautiful waterfall on Siquijor Island in the Philippines. People travel nature loving concept. One person only enjoying outdoors and tranquillity in a peaceful environment, solo traveler concept

Skydive over Siquijor

Waterfall Descent By Specialist Canyoning Instructors, Philippines

Biliran Extreme Canyoning without the Crowds

Tourists walking hiking trekking tour trail to Taal volcano, Batangas, Philippines

Trek Taal Volcano

A cute tarsier climbing a rod in Bohol, The Philippines. Small monkey.

Nocturnal Kayaking Tour Bohol

White Island, Camiguin, Philippines

Hiking on Hibok Volcano in Camiguin

Detail of Enduro motorbike, Philippines

Long Distance Off-road Enduro Motorbike Riding

Rearview shot of a young woman kitesurfing at the beach

Stay on a Private Kitesurfing Island

Kayaking, Philippines

White Water Kayaking Tour in San Jose

Cajon del Maipo is a valley close to Santiago de Chile on an easy drive, is an amazing place for rafting, rock climbing or just have some relaxing hike. On this picture we can see a rock climber trying to reach the summit on a cliff at Central Andes.

Challenging Rock Climbing in Wawa

Entrance to The Great Desert with Tire Traces and Sand Mountain at Dubai

Dune Bashing and Sunrise Sandboarding in La Paz

mountain Osmeña Peak in Cebu, The Philippines

Osmena Peak Sunrise Hike

volcanic landscape around Mount Pinatubo, Zambales Mountains, Philippines

Mount Pinatubo Hike in an Open-Air 4WD

Hangglider in action

Hang Gliding in Carmona with Private 4WD


Philippines Accommodation Experiences

From hideaways on private islands to treehouses on volcanic islands, the Philippines serves up quirky and memorable places to stay. Beach resorts are quiet and boutique, ensuring lots of space to play on the sand. City hotels provide contemporary luxury, perfect for comfortable stopovers away from city bustle. Best of all are the islands, where you can wallow with very other people around.

Nay Palad Hideaway, Siargao, Philippines

Nay Palad Hideaway


Stay at Amanpulo, Palawan

The Peninsula Manila Fountain, Philippines

The Manila Peninsula

The Farm at San Benito, lagoon, Philippines

The Farm At San Benito

Lagen Island Private Dinner by the pool, Philippines

The Lagen Island Resort

Apulit Island, Loft Water Cottages, Philippines

Apulit Island Resort

Shangri-La Bocaray, Panoramic View from Treehouse Villa, Philippines

Shangri-La Boracay Treehouse Villa

Narra Hill Tagaytay B_B, View, Philippines

Narra Hill Tagaytay

Pangulasian Island, Beach and Canopy Villa, Philippines

Treetop Villa at Pangulasian Island

Club Paradise Palawan, Beach, Philippines

Island Stay at Club Paradise Palawan


A Unique Natural Heritage To Discover

Contrasting landscapes make for dazzling moments all across these islands. The famous Chocolate Hills dazzle from above, while World Heritage rice terraces contrast all those white-sand beaches. You can go underground, into caves with cultural memories, and along rivers that delight in their mystery. Helicopters can take you to some of Asia's most remote natural wonders while the experience beneath the ground is completely different.

World heritage Ifugao rice terraces in Batad, northern Luzon, Philippines.

Banaue Rice Terraces Helicopter Tour

Beautiful scenery of Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines

Helicopter Over Chocolate Hills

Purple clothed wooden cross-one of fourteen stations on the Via Crucis along Naang Kastila-Volcano Trail leading up to Crater Lake atop Volcano Island. Taal Lake-Talisay-Batangas province-Philippines.

Tagaytay Ridge Tour

Lugnason Falls in San Juan, Siquijor Island, near Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, Philippines

Waterfall Adventure by Traditional Filipino Tricycle in Siquijor

"Stonewalled rice terraces in northern Luzon, Philippines."

Tour of The Banaue Rice Terraces

Sumaguing Cave, Philippines

Spelunking in Sagada Caves by Helicopter

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. Applicant of the "New7Wonders".

Underground River Tour of Sabang

Hanging Coffins, Rock Mountain, Sagada

The Hanging Coffins of Sagada by Helicopter

Bagac, Bataan, Philippines - October 26, 2012: A young Filipino man dressed in traditional garb looks out of a balcony of one of the many restored Spanish colonial houses in the heritage park, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

Helicopter Tour to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar


More of What To Do in Philippines for Your Bucketlist

What to do in the Philippines is to not follow the crowds. With so many islands and so many possible moments, there is a piece of paradise to uncover, but maybe not from the guidebooks. New destinations are emerging all the time here and a travel designer can craft your dream itinerary, so you can connect the places and moments that few other people think exist.

Apartment buildings at sunset in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Sunset Helicopter Tour of Manila

Antonio_s pig for sharing, Philippines

Antonio’s Hillside French-Filipino cuisine

Traditional spanish jamon, prosciutto crudo, italian salami, parma ham. Antipasto plate and glass of wine

Wine and Jamon Tasting with Sommelier in Manila

Woman silhouette sitting on the sand at sunset holding the sun with her hands on White Beach, Boracay, Philippines

Yoga Retreat: Mandala Spa and Resort Villas Boracay

Fire warms the air in a balloon. Balloonists prepare the balloons for flight. Festival of aeronautics

Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride from Albuquerque

Color image of Vigan Cathedrial in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Luzon, Philippines

Historical Tour of Vigan

The beauty of the Palawan Islands, Coron Philippines

Coron Culion Island Historical Tour by Speedboat