5 Adventure Breaks in the Philippines

When it comes to adventure breaks, the Philippines might not be your first choice. But this beautiful collection of islands is one of the best possible locations for an adventure break.

We’ve pulled together some of the best places to go for an adrenaline-filled break, so book your flights, get your insurance as your EHIC won’t count here, and get ready for an adventure.

The Cordillera

The only landlocked regions of the Philippines, this mountainous location stands out for one simple reason: its unique geography and cultural traditions. Of all the places to visit in the Philippines for an adventure holiday, a trek through these mountains to immerse yourself in the unique mystery of the place.

Visit the famous Banaue Rice Terraces or take a trek to the stunning waterfalls to take a dip into their lagoons. For an extra sparkle to your trip, explore the limestone cave system for your fill of beautiful quartz. For a more chilling sight, be sure to visit the hanging coffins of Sagada - and yes, they are quite literally coffins hanging down a Cliffside!

Ifugao Villages

Within The Cordillera are the Ifugao villages, a sight that holds its own as a destination for you adventure break. Trek your way beyond the Banaue rice terraces and through the mountains and forests, stopping at native communities as you pass. You can get an in depth insight into their culture and way of life, and may even be able to make each village your home for the night to get that extra level of authenticity.

Tubbataha Reefs

The Tubbataha Reefs are some of the most stunning in the entire world, not just in the Philippines. The clear waters are extremely so, to the point where you could be 30 metres down and still be able to see your boat above you, as well as the stunning, bright colours that surround you. This healthy reef is a vibrant ecosystem of so many species of fish, as well as having one of the highest volumes of white-tip reef sharks in the world.

There are plenty of other species of sharks too, including hammerhead, tiger and whale sharks. Dolphins are also a common sight, and with plenty of sea turtles and sea birds as well, there’s plenty to see out of the water as well as within it.


Batangas isn’t far from Manila, but holds some of the Philippines’ best destinations. The Taal volcano is a volcano within a volcano, and you can hike all the way to the rim on some guided tours, or simply enjoy the view from Tagaytay ridge. Taal heritage town is another sight to behold, with Asia’s biggest Catholic Church, as well as a collection of old houses that showcase the traditional Filipino-Spanish architecture.

The Anilao Marine Reserve is a popular snorkelling and diving destination within Batangas. It’s located in Balayan Bay and is protected from any natural of human damage, making Anilao’s marine life some of the best in the world.


With even residents of the Philippines considering Palawan the epitome of tropical paradise, you can be sure that it is exactly that. The rich flora and fauna is in abundance, adding to the natural beauty of the place. You can go snorkelling in the coral reefs of Ulugan Bay, or take a boat through the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.

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Take in the breathtaking landscapes and Kayak to El Nido’s limestone formations before skin diving to get the true experience of this stunning destination.

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