Visiting the Philippines is big fun. Perfect beaches. Friendly locals. Beautiful nature. Plus, it’s a cheap country to travel, you’ll get a great value for your money.
Philippines is one of the greatest places for a vacation. The country is endowed with an incredible chain of tropical islands and many stretches of beaches that is hard to find anywhere else in the world. The Philippines also has some of the most beautiful and welcoming people in the world. All these make the country a great vacation spot for different caliber of people.
Maybe, You don’t know What you have to do during your vacation in Philippines. Because Philippines is quite big and have great attraction. So I made a list of things to do Philippines. ( travel tips for philippines )
1. You Must Visit Beautiful Islands in Philippines.
The Philippine archipelago comprises about 7,641 islands, of which only about 2,000 are inhabited. And each Islands have another attraction. I chose 5 wonderful Island that you can go easily and can enjoy.
Let’s explore the best islands to visit in the Philippines:
Everything you could ever want in a dream vacation is right here on Cebu Island.
Cebu is such a convenient spot for a holiday as you can fly into nearby Mactan-Cebu International Airport located close to beaches, restaurants, and accommodation.
You can get local by visiting family-owned watersport companies that will take you out parasailing, jet skiing, and banana boating. You can go on an island hopping tour to snorkel and even each raw sea urchin from the bottom of the ocean.
Down south you’ll find Tumalog Falls, a 5-story natural waterfall that has created a clear pool of water where the sun shines through the trees.
Best of all, off the coast of Oslob Beach on Cebu Island, you can go swimming with wild Whale Sharks.
The number one travel tip to get the most out of your Bohol experience is to find a local tour guide(s) to hire and befriend for your time spent on the island. This island is filled with hidden nature spots including secret waterfalls, fisherman-only rivers, off-the-beaten path piers with handicraft markets, local grilled seafood spots, and more that you won’t find on your own.
The local motorbike tour guides here draw a blurred line between tour guide and friend. They will open up to you, welcome you, and go the extra mile to make your time unforgettable. Get ready for a homegrown experience full of natural adventures on this surprisingly underrated island.
The mother of all things magical and mystical in the Philippines is Palawan. It is home to El Nido (which deserves a rank of its own on this list) and many more mysterious Disney-esque destinations that attract travelers from all over the world.
It’s capitol, Puerto Princesa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as if this island wasn’t already impressive enough.
Everyone knows that you can find El Nido and Coron in the North with breath taking cliffs that wind together to create crazy waterfalls, passageways and landscape, but what about further south?
Check out Brooke’s Point that is home to Bakbakan Falls and Mainit Hot Springs where you can bath in hot pools of medicinal water. Also check out Rizal which is home to some cool eco houses where you can kayak, surf, and snorkel.
Odds are, you’ve never even heard of Malapascua. It’s small, remote, and doesn’t offer much in terms of nightlife- but if you want a once-in-a-lifetime diving experience, this is where to get it.
Off the shores of Malapascua, you have the opportunity to swim with schools of Thresher Sharks. With its long, distinctive tail that cuts through the water as it gracefully hovers over the ocean floor, swimming with a Thresher Shark can be a thrilling experience.
After you dive, head back to the island of Malapascua for some of the most impressive scenery yet. Like I said, there isn’t much development here- just untouched, raw beauty.
Unlike Malupascua, everyone knows of El Nido. Yet, this stretch of island has managed to keep its pure beauty in tact. El Nido is considered to be a world of its own and has some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes and scenery in the Philippines- and perhaps, in the world.
Take the 4-island tour on a classic catamaran to gain the full perspective of how paradisiacal this place really is. Nothing like you’ve ever seen before, the islands here are comprised of jagged grey cliffs sporadically covered in lush green overgrowth next to bright white sand beaches and turquoise water. Genuinely breathtaking and awe-inspiring, your time spent in El Nido will feel like you’re been transported onto an Avatar-like planet which you’ll never want to leave.
2. Make Friends with the Filippinos .
Filipinos are the most kind and friendly people, extremely welcoming and curious, but also respectful. They always seem happy and smiling, and they love to sing and to dance whenever there is an occasion to celebrate. Being the 5th largest English speaking country, 90% of the populace understand English.
Prior to your travel, you could make friends with them via Facebook on “Travel Philippine” group or “Serentrip” app. Also, you can find a travel tips for philippines.
- Check this information > How to make local friends using smart phone
Establishing contact with locals is one of the strategies that could help you stay on budget while on a trip to Philippines. Aside helping reduce the cost of your vacation, having a Filipino friend could help enhance your vacation experience in a positive way. These locals could take you on tour of some of the best Nature spots in the Philippines.
3. Eat at the street and market food stalls
Well, I know, Filipino cuisine is not that famous around the globe, and I have to admit, I’ve never seen a Filipino restaurant outside of the country. BUT that doesn’t mean the food tastes bad, not at all!
Food is integral to culture in the Philippines. A report in USATODAY made the submission that an average person in the Philippines eats five meals a day.
According to Dalas, a Houston based consultant for those looking to find a travel companion, “Philippines exotic seafood is rated as one of the best in the travel business. It is easier to get an eclectic mix of food and beverages for a ridiculously low price in the Philippines. Imagine getting spit roast chickens, curries, whole fish, and marinated pork on a stick and other fried treats at really affordable price.”
For those that are on budget, plan to make the market food stalls your source of daily meal. At the market food stalls, you could get a plate of seafood cooked in various ways that will be enough for two people for around $10. These are the kinds of food that might be better than what you see on a typical red Lobster’s menu.
- Calamansi juice, made of a citrus fruit.
- Halo-Halo, a delicious dessert made of milk, kidney beans, fruits and ice cream.
- Be brave and try Balut, a boiled egg with an underdeveloped duck (embryo) inside!
- Pancit, noodles with veggies and meat.
- Sinigang, a tamarind based sour soup.
- Barbecue sticks of chicken/pork intestines.
4. Go shopping
Get lost in one of the biggest shopping malls in the world.
When I noticed all the giant shopping malls in Manila, I had a feeling that Filipinos must be crazy about shopping. Later I figured out that shopping is also a way of family gathering for them. Or as one of my Filipina friends says: “They come for the air conditioning.” It’s essential travel tips for philippines.
Anyway, shopping in the Philippines can be quite a worthwhile experience. The country is known by many as a great handicraft center. Manila has fantastic shopping opportunities. There are a lot of places to go and it all depends on what you intend to buy, and how much is your budget.
SM City North EDSA, located in Quezon City is the biggest mall in South East Asia, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay is the 2nd largest mall in the Philippines after SM City North EDSA, and the 4th largest shopping mall in the world.
Boutiques, supermarkets, fashion outlets, restaurants of all kinds, coffee shops, movie theaters and 3D cinemas, Internet cafes, Spas, you will find everything there to entertain yourself for a whole day.
If you look for something like a flea market, check out Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan, loads of stalls with DVDs, antiques, jewelry and pearls and of course cheap fake branded clothes.
5. MASSAGE, RELAX AND REJUVENATE
One of the greatest things to do in Philippines is pampering your body with a good massage. Massage places and spas are all over the country, from luxury spas to massage ladies on the beach, you will find them almost everywhere. I can highly recommend trying a Swedish massage, it’s a full body massage with oil.
You get a massage for 300Pesos on average 1hour at most of the places.