Philippines Things to Do

Things To Do as a Family

Boating in the Underground River of Palawan

One of the most popular attractions in the Philippines is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, also called the Underground River of Palawan. It's a cave with spectacular limestone karst formations and an underground river emerging directly into the sea. Families with kids will surely enjoy exploring the underground river on a boat and seeing the jaw-dropping cave formations.

Swim at Boracay's White Beach

Definitely one of the best things to do as a family in the Philippines is to visit the famous island of Boracay and swim at the White Beach. The stunning beach is the most popular strip on the island, lined with hotels, restaurants, and bars. It has shallow and calm water safe enough for the kids to swim. And while the little ones are playing in the water, the adults can relax on the beachside and perhaps get a good massage.

Island Hopping in Palawan

With its postcard-perfect islands and stunning beaches, Palawan is often the main reason many tourists come to the Philippines. These beautiful islands are some of the best in the world, and the best way to explore these islands is to go on an island-hopping tour.

You can book different tour packages for an island-hopping tour in Palawan. It's also possible to hire a private boat and explore on your own. Some islands may not be suitable for the little kids as it requires swimming into small hotels to get into the lagoons, so talk to the boat operator and plan your routes well.

Learn Surfing in Siargao

If your kids are interested to learn surfing, take them to Siargao, the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. The island is home to several surfing schools, including surf camps that offer "surf and stay" options. You can opt for the weekly surf packages or those that will last only a few days. If you have small kids, you'll find surfing schools that specialize in teaching kids under 15 years old. Run by professional surfers, you can guarantee the safety of your kids when taking surfing lessons.

Swim with Whale Sharks in Cebu

Swimming with whale sharks in Cebu is one of the fun things to do as a family in the Philippines. It's such a unique experience, something that your kids will surely remember for the rest of their lives. You will be riding a boat for this activity, and the boatmen will lure the whale sharks with food, allowing tourists to get a closer look at these amazing creatures and swim with them as well. The site for whale watching in Cebu is in the town of Oslob, a remote part of the island, about 3-4 hours away from the city centre.

Visit the Manila Ocean Park

Visiting the Manila Ocean Park is one of the best things to do as a family, especially if you've got curious little kids fond of marine life. This oceanarium is in the capital city, right next to the beautiful Manila Bay. Featuring fun dolphin shows and interesting shark encounters., the park is suitable for visitors of all ages. The park also features exhibits of various marine creatures, dining places, and hotels. But the highlight of the park is the glass observation tunnel offering great views of the creatures that live underwater.

Discover Historical Sites at Intramuros

If you want to learn more about the culture and history of the Philippines, head to the walled city of Intramuros. When strolling through its cobbled stone streets, you'll find historical sites dating hundreds of years ago, featuring Spanish influences. The Spanish ruled the Philippines for 300 years, and you will learn more about this in the Intramuros. The most popular sites you should check out within the walled city are Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, and the Museo de Intramuros.

Hike up the Chocolate Hills of Bohol

Hearing the word "chocolate hills" is enough to make your kids get excited about exploring Bohol, an island in the Central Visayas Region. The chocolate hills are unique, cone-shaped geological formations scattered all over the island and covered with green grasses that look "chocolatey" during the dry season. There are thousands of these hills all over the island. They look like giant chocolate kisses, making them truly interesting to see. The best way to admire these unique geological formations is through the viewing point of Sagbayan Peak, a mountain resort in the town of Sagbayan, which also has a small waterpark.

See the Tarsier in Bohol

Aside from the chocolate hills, another popular tourist attraction in Bohol is the tarsier. Tarsiers are very tiny primates that cling upright to trees. They move from one tree to another with the help of their elongated hind limbs. With their small body and large goggling eyes, these creatures are truly fascinating to watch up close. Endemic to the island of Bohol, they are one of the world's most endangered primates.

Experience Glamping in Baguio

Glamping is a more comfortable way of camping, and this trend is becoming more and more popular over the recent years, especially among families with kids. If you want to experience glamping in the Philippines, head to Baguio dubbed the "Summer Capital of the Philippines." Baguio is home to the Valleypoint Campsite, which offers tents of different sizes and fitted with comfortable beddings and some modern furniture. These tents are surrounded by gorgeous views of nature, allowing for a truly relaxing family bonding experience.

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