The Philippine archipelago has a wide range of outdoor activities to offer to travellers due to its tropical weather and geographic- and marine diversity. With 7,107 islands and 17,500 kilometers of shoreline, it is a great place for watersport enthusiasts.
Kayaking around one the many of thousands island is especially good in remote areas like El Nido and Coron, where nature has created an awesome scenery. The Philippines is also a great place to learn and enjoy Surfing. Zambales is the location nearest to the capital with good surfing options. The best surfing area in the country is found in Siargao in the Mindanao region.
Underwater life can be considered as a heaven for divers as they can experience here a vast marine life like the pristine coral reefs in Bohol, shipwreck dives in Coron and Subic bay, and lots of macro life in Puerto Galera and Anilao which can be reached just hours by land from the capital of Manila. The holy grail of diving in The Philippines lays in the Sulu Sea on the reefs of Tubbataha Natural Park - a Unesco World Heritage Site with unspoiled reefs and a large diversity of macro and marine life.
Golfers have a wide range of courses to choose from. Baguio, situated In the cool highlands is home to the Camp John Hay Golf course, with stunning scenery and award-winning course design. Other places where you can find golf courses open to non members are Manila, Boracay and Cebu.
The mountainous interior formed by volcanic activities gives Hikers stunning views over ancient rice paddies and endless possibilities of exploring pristine jungle in one of the protected national parks. Caves are found throughout the country, with the easiest accessible caves in Sagada. The underground river in Palawan, another Unesco World heritage site, should also not be missed and can be visited on a day trip from Puerto Princesa. Most hotels within Puerto Princesa operate trips to the Underground River so it is better to ask the reception for the details the moment you check-in.
Development of facilities vary from non-existent in the more rural areas of for example Mindanao to world class in the 5-star hotels of Boracay. The equipments used can be pretty basic and worn out due to overusage, so it might be a good idea to bring your own set of equipments.
For the ladies, shopping options are vast and cannot be missed. In our Introduction section, a further explanation of Philippine shopping can be viewed. But just to give you an overview, major malls can be found everywhere even in cities outside of Manila. Top mall players are SM, Robinson's and Ayala Malls. If you don't mind the traffic and overcrowdedness, head for a bargain shopping in Divisoria or 168 Mall in Binondo, Manila and eat in one of the authentic chinese restaurants located in Chinatown and just a walking distance from the mall.