The Philippines are an awe-inspiring archipelago of more than 7,000 unique and beautiful islands, tropical rainforests, shoppers’ paradise, pristine beaches, rice terraces, UNESCO World Heritage sites, vibrant festivals, Spanish colonial architecture, friendly locals, and some of the best diving spots in the world.

Philippines is a fun place to visit. Here is’s list of the top 10 things to do in the Philippines that you should not miss out on your next trip to the beautiful land!

  1. Explore one of the most beautiful destinations in Philippines – Boracay Island

Boracay Island in the Philippines
Boracay Island in the Philippines

If you are looking for white sandy beaches and turquoise clear waters, then you are in the right place. A beach with a postcard picture of perfection – Boracay Island is one of the most beautiful destinations in Philippines. You can still find some quite spot for sunbathing, incredible sunset avenues or if you looking to simply relax on the beach, this is the place to be. Among all 7,000 islands, it’s not hard to find your dream destination over there and having it all for yourself.

  1. Satisfy your craving by indulging in Filipino food

Shrimp Gambas is popular Filipino shrimp dish.
Shrimp Gambas is popular Filipino shrimp dish.

Even though, Filipino cuisine is not that famous around the globe, but there are a lot of things worth trying. Filipino cuisine is a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Spanish and American cuisines. Lechon, chicken, Sinigang – vegetables and meat cooked in peanut sauce, and sea-food grilled to perfection are some of the mouth-watering local dishes. And, if all that doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry, you will find Indian food to Thai food, and almost all kinds of food here.

  1. Soak up the amazing local culture

The culture of Philippines is best experienced in the festivals and events that showcase everything that locals are passionate about. A great blend of the East and the West has resulted in the traditions and culture of this nation. There is no better way to experience the diverse culture here than participating in some of the most famous festivals and events like Ati-atihan in Kalibo, Aklan, the Annual Harvest Festival and much more.

  1. Get ready for a bumpy ride in a Jeepney

A Jeepney is the most popular mode of transportation in Philippines
A Jeepney is the most popular mode of transportation in Philippines (Photo by EQRoy /

Explore this beautiful country like a local in a Jeepney – the most popular mode of transportation in Philippines. These multi-coloured jeepneys are the kings of the roads here and riding it is the most interesting thing to do in Philippines.

  1. Engage yourself in some unique outdoor activities

For those looking for adventure and are always craving for the wild adrenaline rush, Philippines tourism will not disappoint you. The Philippines offers several adventure activities for both lazy beach bums and trekkers that will surely pump up your adrenaline. Trekking up to the active Mayon Volcano – is a fun adventure activity to indulge in. Once you reach the top, you get to marvel at the Filipino – Spanish architecture, it is amongst most fun things to do in Philippines. Be it on ground or underwater or all the way up, Philippines is truly an adventure destination.

  1. Climb the stairs of Banaue Rice Terraces

Banaue Rice Terraces

An alluring mix of beauty, remoteness, cultural treasure and Filipino pride – the rice terraces in Banaue are an outstanding example of living cultural landscapes. Local folks refer to them as the “Stairs to Heaven” and was also listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Trekking over the rice terraces in Banaue is one of the best things to do in Philippines.

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  1. A shoppers paradise – Manila

Get lost in one of the biggest shopping centers in the world in Manila, the capital city. A country known for its great handicrafts, boutiques, fashion outlets, antique jewelery and fantastic shopping opportunities; there are plenty of places to go for an authentic Filipino shopping. Shopping in Philippines will also give you an experience of bargaining in a flea-market. Shopping in Manila is one of the best experiences in Philippines as you get massive discounts at these flea markets.

  1. Relax in a traditional Filipino spa

If you are looking for some ‘Me’ time, you are at the right place. There is nothing more relaxing than rejuvenating yourself at a traditional Filipino spa. One of the top 10 things to do in Philippines is a unique ‘touch therapy’ called Hilot – an ancient art of traditional Filipino spa. You will be pampered by soothing touch of this massage that relaxes your body and heals tired muscles.

  1. Experience the buzzing nightlife in Philippines

Manila, Philippines
Manila, Philippines

A nice relaxing evening in roof top bars or looking for some wild time spent in the clubs listening to live bands or watching live performances, the major cities of Philippine have much to offer to suite all tastes. A happy mix of foreigners and locals at these place showcase the fun side of Filipinos. Nightlife in Manila is one of the most interesting and exciting things to do in Philippines.

  1. Watch performances by world-class Filipino artists

Watching a live performance by world class Filipino artists will be an unforgettable experience while you are holidaying in Philippines. Philippines serves a wide range of entertainment and performances that are simply mind-blowing. Manila, the cultural center of the Philippines, hosts many performances by the Philippine ballet, singers and other world renowned dance troops.

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As you can see, there are many great things to do in the Philippines. It is a hot destination for 2016. What are your favorite things to do in the Philippines? Share them with us in the comments section!

19 thoughts on “Top 10 Things to Do in the Philippines

  1. Trisha Velarmino says:

    Been seeing a lot of posts about the Philippines and I am really happy that more and more people are visiting my country! I have yet to experience it but one day, I will do it, too! This post will really help as I don’t know anything about my area. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kim-Ling says:

    I’ve never seen a jeepney before, but it looks so cool! That would definitely be one thing I’d have to do when we visit! I’d also love to visit Boracay

  3. mark says:

    The Philippines looks amazing and is fastly climbing to the top of our bucket list with every article i read on it. The islands the beaches the food it all looks amazing. Living in Australia we are close to it so it will definitely be happening some time in the future. cheers great article

  4. Jackie says:

    Looking at those rice terraces never gets old. I can only imagine how beautiful it would be to talk within them. The local culture, too, would be so fascinating. There’s such passion for traditions and festivals! A visit is certainly in the plans! 🙂

  5. Heather Widmer says:

    I traveled to the Philippines last year and had an amazing time. The landscape is truly awe-inspiring and the people are among the friendliest I’ve ever met! Your post has inspired my to make a return visit, as I didn’t get an opportunity to experience the beautiful beaches of Boracay or the Banaue Rice Terraces. Thank you for the recommendations 🙂

  6. Anda says:

    Thank you for this ideas of things to do in the Philippines. I’ve never been in Asia and surely Philippines is on my list. The islands with their beautiful beaches are a great attraction for me and so is the food.

  7. Carolann says:

    This is a great list!!! We didn’t get the chance to ride in a Jeepney… so we’ll have to save that for next time! You’ve listed some of our favourite things to do – especially eat the food – we also loved snorkeling and island hopping! There’s just so much to see and do 🙂

  8. Dariece says:

    Ah, we love the Philippines (especially the food there, hahah)!! When we were there we did more outdoor activities rather than the shopping, but that sounds pretty incredible as well. Beautiful article, guys. 😀

  9. Duke Stewart says:

    I absolutely LOVE the Philippines and want to go back as soon as possible! I never visited Boracay but will vouch for Palawan and Bohol as being pretty awesome as well! Thanks for sharing this wonderful roundup, Laura. It definitely reminds me that there are many more places to see in that beautiful archipelago!

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