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Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Things to do in the Philippines

If you’re willing to explore beyond the Philippines' splendid beaches, you’ll discover a lush interior offering a diverse range of things to see and do.

Wander the cobbled streets of the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila, head north to Banaue to see the remarkable concentric rice terraces that cling to the mountainsides, or visit Palawan and Boracay for the clear waters and white-sand beaches that have given the islands their reputation. Meanwhile, on Bohol, you can spot the tarsier monkey and visit the 1,268 conical limestone mounds that have become known as the Chocolate Hills.

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Ideas for experiencing the Philippines

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the Philippines, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Heading in to the Pagsanjan Falls

    Spend a day at Pagsanjan Falls

    Southern Luzon

    This full day tour at the Pagsanjan Falls, includes the option to take a the option to take a bamboo raft ride to experience the falls up close. A buffet lunch is provided during the day.

  • Taoist temple in Cebu

    Half day Cebu city tour


    This tour visits places such as Magellan’s Cross, the nearby Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Fort San Pedro and some chocolate tasting at the Chocolate Chamber Factory. The tours ends with a visit to the Taoist temple.

  • View across the Taal Volcano crater and the surrounding lake, Luzon, Philippines

    Full day tour to Taal Lake & Taal Volcano


    Taal Volcano and Taal Lake lie approximately 70 kilometres south of Manila. Once you reach the shore of the lake you will board an outrigger boat for the 30 minute trip across the lake to Taal Volcano Island, from where you'll trek uphill through the hardened black lava to the crater rim.

  • Paoay Church, Ilocos Norte, Phlippines

    Spend a day exploring the Ilocos region


    This day long private guided tour takes in sites such as St William's Cathedral, the sinking bell tower, Malacañang of the North and St Paul's Cathedral.

  • Rare Tarsier Monkey, Bohol

    Full day tour of Bohol

    Bohol & Panglao Island

    This excursion sees you visit Bohol's famous Chocolate Hills, so called because they are perfectly rounded and change colour with the seasons - being deep brown in the summer months. You'll visit the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, home to the world's smallest primate, the endangered tarsier. Your tour ends at Bohol Bee Farm, where you'll have lunch.

  • Basilica of St Martin of Tours

    Morning visit to Taal

    Southern Luzon

    Taal is known as a heritage area because of its numerous ancestral homes, which date back to the Spanish and American periods in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • Diver with gorgonian fan coral, Boracay, Philippines

    Boracay Island tour


    The tour will visit Bulabog Beach, Puka Beach as well as the highest point on the island, Mount Luho. The tour lasts around three to four hours and includes transportation, a guide, entrance fees and lunch.

  • Intramuros, Manila

    Half day tour of Intramuros


    Intramuros, located along the southern bank of the Pasig River. The tour includes a wander through the cobbled streets, a visit to Casa Manila (a reproduction of a 19th century house) as well as the country's oldest stone church. There is also the option to ride in a horse-drawn carriage.

  • Rice and vegetable terraces near Bontoc, Mountain Province, Luzon

    Bontoc & Sagada


    Bontoc is the first mining town in this mountainous region of North Luzon and a must-see is the Museum of Mountain Culture which has the most complete collection of tribal memorabilia and historical data.

  • Woman making Christmas decorations out of rice stems, Hapao Village, Ifugao Province, Luzon

    Bangaan Village

    Banaue & Northern Luzon

    Visit the village of Bangaan, a typical village of the Ifugao tribe. See the typical Ifugao houses, their livelihood, their school and their method of farming the rice terraces.

  • One mile barracks, Corregidor

    Day trip to Corregidor


    This fascinating offshore island fortress, 40 kilometres west of Manila, is a treasure trove of information for history buffs.

  • Sunset, Boracay, Phlippines

    A day's sailing around Boracay


    On this one day tour you will cruise around the island of Boracay on board a luxury 13 metre catamaran. Cruise includes lunch on board, beer and soft drinks, swimming and snorkelling.

  • Modern buildings, Manila

    Manila City Tour


    Highlights of the tour include Rizal Park, named after the national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal and Intramuros (walled city) where you can see the remains of the Spanish conquistadores. You also go along the old cobbled streets to visit San Augustin Church, the oldest stone church in the country.

  • Horse grazing on Batan Island

    Introductory tour of Batan Island


    On this tour you'll visit Diura fishing village, before moving onto another small village, Itbud, where you'll see a number of traditional Ivatan houses. You'll also have coffee with the locals before finishing your tour at the Chawa view deck, where you'll enjoy impressive views of the island.

  • Bamboo bike, Intramuros

    Half day bamboo bike tour of Manila


    This is a unique way of getting to know about old Manila's history. You will ride through the streets on bamboo bikes, hand-made by village folk who make up Gawad Kalinga - a non-profit organisation whose mission is to end poverty in the Philippines.

  • Mena Crisologo, Vigan, Philippines

    Vigan heritage tour


    Explore the beautiful town of Vegan, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, with your private guide.

  • Baclayon Museum, Bohol, Phlippines

    Half day tour of Bohol

    Bohol & Panglao Island

    This excursion sees you visit the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella, home to the world's smallest primate, the endangered tarsier. Stop off at the charming Baclayon Church, once a UNESCO World Heritage nominee before it was badly damaged by an earthquake in 2013. Your tour ends at Bohol Bee Farm, where you'll have lunch.

  • Hill village in the rice terraces, Banaue

    Trek to Batad

    Banaue & Northern Luzon

    Batad is a village deep in the mountains that is known for its rice terraces which have been built in concentric circles down the mountain sides like an amphitheatre with the village right in the middle.