The Philippines is one of the most diverse countries in the world when it comes to culture, and you can find many unique experiences throughout its 7,000 islands.
Whether you’re looking to witness an authentic tribal ritual or go on a Moalboal Sardine Run tour or are simply there to enjoy the best street food that the Philippines has to offer. There are many unique experiences in the Philippines that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world. Here are some of the best ones.
7 of the Most Unique Experiences You Can Only Have in the Philippines
1) Experience life like a local
Feel like you’re getting to see what it’s like to live as a Filipino. One way to do this is through the Pasalubong tradition, which is a term for when Filipinos bring their friends and family back souvenirs from their travels. Take some time and visit an area in Manila that features Pasalubong shops filled with snacks, handmade trinkets, household items, beauty products and more. Browse around and chat with locals who are proud to share information about their culture.
2) Try new and different cuisines
New and different cuisines are a must-try for anyone visiting the Philippines. Rice, pasta, doughnuts, and other common Western foods can be found here. But the best part is that you can enjoy your favourite cuisines from anywhere in the world. Filipino cuisine is quite diverse and known for being fiery hot and sour. One dish to try, especially if you’re into pork, is adobo; this dish consists of garlic, vinegar, soy sauce and peppercorns simmering with thinly sliced pork shoulder.
3) Go to some of the most pristine beaches in Asia
Considered as one of the best beaches in Asia, Siargao Island, is a paradise on earth with its powdery white sand and clear blue waters that offers complete serenity to those who visit this place. The nearest airport is Cebu. You can also go to Chocolate Hills. Do not be fooled by their name; these hills are not made of chocolate. A natural wonder and an iconic landmark of Bohol province, these hills offer great panoramic views overlooking lush greenery from atop each hill. Watch out for rare animals like the Palawan Bearded Pig.
4) Visit an eco-tourism haven
One such eco-tourism haven is Eden Nature Park. This 1,412-hectare park is perched high up on a mountainside, allowing guests to view all of Quezon Province from the highest point in this part of the country. One attraction within this impressive park is Nabalawag Falls, which is said to be as breathtaking as any in Southeast Asia.
5) Learn more about your Filipino culture
The Philippines is one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse countries on Earth. Filipinos have come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, as well as from different islands. When you visit this country, be prepared to experience a multitude of customs and traditions that differ from your own.
6) Experience nature first hand by going bird watching
The Philippines is one of the countries with high biodiversity, which means you can experience nature first hand by going bird watching. In Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, visitors can go to Mt. Pidlao or White Beach Bird Sanctuary and see various endemic bird species there. There are also other activities you can do during your visit to Puerto Princesa such as strolling on White Beach, hiking, and exploring beautiful waterfalls like those in Tinuy-an Falls and Lubang Falls.
7) Escape from Manila
Find an escape from the hectic day-to-day life by going to a sanctuary for a weekend. Drive past scenic mountains, along treacherous coastlines, and through charming villages and townships. Escape Manila to experience an ideal fusion of outdoor exploration, rural charm, bustling urban centres, and tranquil natural beauty.