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Aug 24, 2015

5 Awesome Things to Do in the Philippines for your Holiday

Jan Paula Plamenco     8/24/2015  No comments

5 Things to Do in the Philippines for your Holiday: 

1. Attend a Fiesta (Festival)

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In the Philippines, each town, city, and province has its own fiesta (festival). A Fiesta is either a day to mark the passage of a season or a day to celebrate a saint (most Filipinos are Catholic – 80%). There will be parades, all kinds of Filipino food, market stalls and happy people. The Fiestas vary in size. Some are more grand than others. Some of the most popular Festivals (Fiesta) in Philippines for your vacation are: The Sinulog Festival of Cebu, Dinagyang Festival of Ilo-Ilo, Ati-Atihan Festival of Kalibo, Aklan, Buglasan Festival of Negros Oriental, Masskara Festival of Bacolod City, Panagbenga Festival of Baguio City, The Bangus Festival of Dagupan City, Moriones Festival of Marinduque, Baragatan Festival of Palawan and sooo many more.

Best Things to Do in the Philippines for your Holiday Vacation:

2. Scuba Diving


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The Philippines is well known as a top-class dive destination. Whether you’re a beginner or a diving enthusiast, you will enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Philippines’ gorgeous and colorful reefs with vast number of water species. The Philippines is regarded as one of the World’s Best Diving Destinations. Some of the most popular diving destinations in the Philippines are: Sabang Bay in Puerto Galera, Taiei Maru Wreck in Coron, Sombrero in Anilao, The Pier inDumaguete, Canyons in Puerta Galera, Mindoro, Monad Shoal in Malapascua, Coconut in Apo Island, Divers Heaven in Balicasag, Apo Reef in Negros Occidental, Crocodile Island in Boracay. 

Best Things to Do in the Philippines for your Holiday Vacation:

3. Snorkelling

 
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If Scuba Diving is too scary for you, Snorkelling can be just as fun. You don’t have to train, but you will still see a lot of underwater attractions. Some of the most popular holiday destinations for snorkelling in the Philippines are: Palawan, Mindoro (Puerto Galera), Siquijor, Boracay, Anilao, Moal Boal, Cebu, Bohol, Apo Island, Dumaguete, and Marinduque.

Best Things to Do in the Philippines for your Holiday Vacation:

4. Swim With the Whales

 
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This is definitely one thing you should try. What I suggest, go during peak months (Feb-May) to avoid disappointments.  They will let you watch a video for the briefing, about the do's and dont's and how to show respect to the whales.

Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines became a popular tourist destination for whale viewing after 1998 when a group of scuba divers discovered that the whale sharks were docile. By March 1998, Donsol became a world-class tourist destination and was known as the " Whale Shark Capital of the World". The whale sharks of Donsol are possibly the largest school in the world. Swimming with whale sharks was featured as the Best Animal Encounter in Asia by TIME MAGAZINE in 2014. Whale sharks can be seen between November and June, with presence peaking between February and May. The whale sharks in Donsol are protected. Only snorkeling is allowed in Donsol Bay, although it is possible to dive with them in nearby areas.

Best Things to Do in the Philippines for your Holiday Vacation:

5. Visit Popular Destinations in the Philippines


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There are so many popular travel destinations in the Philippines.

For example;
  • El Nido big lagoon
  • Gota Beach in Caramoan
  • tarsiers and the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, 
  • Marlboro Hills in Batanes
  • the perfect cone- shaped Mayon Volcano in Albay, 
  • the underground river and limestone cave plus the breathtaking white beaches in Palawan 
  • the party beaches in Boracay, 
  • the Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, 
  • the old Spanish colonial town and street of Vigan, 
  • and Camarines Sur – where “Survivor Philippines” was shot
  • Baguio Japanese tunnel
Whatever Coastal Area in the Philippines you end up in for your Holiday, look out for different kinds of adventure. You can talk to hotel workers or just about anyone and ask them what they can suggest:  Here are some more suggestions on what to do when you travel to the Philippines on your holiday. A lot of the following are available for rent at the popular beach destinations in the Philippines.

Beach Activities in the Philippines:
  •  Parasailing
  •  Island Hopping (with tourgides and boat rentals – they can even cook for you)
  •  Island Trekking (lakes, mountains, volcanoes, etc)
  •  Visit Waterfalls and other bodies of water ( hot springs, lakes, beaches, rivers)
  •  Paraw Sailing (different from parasailing)
  •  Diving and Scuba Diving
  •  Club hopping (there are a lot of bars with live bands in the Philippines)
  •  Wind Surfing
  •  Cliff Diving
  •  Banana Boat
  •  Fly Fish Ride
  •  Jet Skiing
  • Quad Biking
  • Henna Tattoo
  • ATV Ride
  • Helmet Diving
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Kite Boarding

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