The world-famous powdery sands of Boracay are at home in the heart of our islands. But the Philippines has so much more in store for beach-hunting travelers. West of Boracay, on the pristine island of Palawan, the beaches of Nagtabon and Marufinas offer some of the best sunsets on the planet.
Once on Palawan, take a boat trip from Honda Bay to explore the neighboring islands. Find a haven all your own among the region's secluded coves and nature reserves. Just west of Albay — in the shadow of the majestic Mayon Volcano — travelers can enjoy breathtaking adventures and panoramas at the exhilarating Lignon Hill Nature Park on Luzon Island.
Discover a striking vista 2,000 years in the making. Don't miss your chance to trek to the Banaue Rice Terraces, hand-crafted by the indigenous people of the Cordillera mountain range. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this cultural landmark is truly a sight to behold.
The Puerto Princesa Underground River on the island of Palawan is another Philippine wonder famous the world over. This natural treasure winds its way through limestone caves, underneath a mountain range, and out to sea eight peaceful kilometers later.
If awe-inspiring scenery moves you, then journey to the Chocolate Hills on the island of Bohol. The nearly symmetrical hills turn brown during the dry season making them look like their sweet namesake. Remember to pack your inner adventurer—the best way to explore these 1,776 natural limestone domes is on a rowdy 4x4!
The Philippines is also the perfect destination for your next food trip. Adventurous types can head to the island of Palawan to sample the highly sought-after exotic tamilok (shipworm) and the freshest crocodile meat at Kinabuch Grill and Bar. Chinese food lovers, on the other hand, flock to the capital of fun — Manila. Proud home to the world's oldest Chinatown — established in the late 16th century — mouth-watering Cantonese and Fujian cuisine can be found on every corner of this foodie's paradise.
But it's the city of Cebu that really shines with culinary delights. One dish that must be tried by every hungry traveler is the lechon (roast pig) at Zubuchon. Café Laguna and the Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant are popular choices for traditional Filipino food, while more fun and inventive dishes are the specialty of Treff.
The peaceful Philippine days roar to life on its cool blue waters. Boracay Island's Bulabog Beach possesses the year-round waves and wind that kiteboarding and windsurfing aficionados live for. With parasailing, cliffs to dive from, and 25 beautiful sites to dive deep into, Boracay is truly an adrenaline-junkie's paradise.
Wild water adventures. Delicious food trips. Serene getaways. Tireless city nights. Whatever your definition of fun may be, you're sure to find more of it in the Philippines!