5 Amazing Things to Do in Philippines: A Singaporean Couple's Experience
Daniel Bob | Sep 02, 2014
Blessed with beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, lush forests, and stunning natural landforms, there's really no reason why you shouldn't visit Philippines! Here are our top 5 things to do in the archipelago:
1) Trek to Mount Pinatubo (and enjoy a mud spa!)
We did a one-day trek to Mount Pinatubo, dipped in the crater lake, and ended the session with a relaxing mud spa!
A 4×4 jeep dropped off us off at the start of our trekking point, from where we had to hike for another 1.5 hours to the crater lake. (There's a shorter option actually, where they'll drop you further in, and you’ll only have to walk 30 minutes to the lake).
2) Go caving in Sagada
By far, this was one of the scariest things that we’ve ever done (besides doing the bungee in New Zealand)!
It was scary, maybe because there were very limited measures taken to ensure one’s safety. As it was a real cave with lots of bats living inside it, the ground was mostly moist and slippery. Plus we were only wearing flip flops!
But besides all that, it was really very exciting. It felt like an underwater theme park! There were times when we had to swing like Tarzan from rock to rock using a rope, wade through chest-deep waters (with no idea what funny creatures could be living in the water) and cliff-jumped. All these were done without any harnesses! One slip and that’s it...
3) Trek the rice terraces in Banaue
After visiting the rice terraces in Banaue, i came to realize why they've been referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”
They're so beautiful! It was a total of about 6 hours of trekking (3 hours going to and 3 hours back). You’ll also get to visit a waterfalls along the way.
4) Enjoy the sunset at Boracay (and dive there too!)
Boracay: one of the most drop-dead gorgeous beaches that we’ve ever been to in our lives. Soft, fine, white sand. Crystal clear waters. Amazing sunsets. It’s just indescribable!
We took our advanced diving certification in Boracay as well. Best decision ever made. We saw a wide variety of marine life and the corals were so colorful. A pity that we didn't have a underwater camera with us to capture those amazing creatures :(
5) Visit the Chocolate Hills at Bohol
They're called Chocolate Hills as these cute round hills are covered in green grass which turn brown during the dry season, hence the name. There are even legends explaining the existence of these hills! (Check out the related ChoosePHL article on the legends behind the Chocolate Hills.)