Best Things to Do In Summer
You will never run out of things to do in the Philippines, especially in the summer. It’s hot and it’s humid, yes, but with more than 7,000 islands and a people addicted to “lakwatsa,” there is always something for all tastes and preferences. Here are the best things you can do for summer.
Make a heritage tour
It is ironic that many locals have yet to see the many UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Philippines. Why not plan a grand tour of them all Not all at once, of course, but even a few on your bucket list would be a good start.
- Banaue Rice Terraces
- Historic Town of Vigan
- Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental
- Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion Church in Santa Maria
- Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan
- San Agustin Church in Manila
- San Agustin Church in Paoay (Earthquake Baroque)
- Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Miag-ao
- Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the Sulu Sea
Other sites also being considered for the list are:
- Butuan Archeological Sites in Agusan del Norte
- Chocolate Hills Natural Monument in Bohol
- Coron Island Natural Biotic Area in Palawan
- Kabayan Mummy Burial Caves in Benguet
- Mayon Volcano Natural Park in Albay
- Mount Pulag National Park in Luzon
- Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary in Tawi-Tawi
Yes, there are a few churches on the list, but there are a lot of other things you can see and do while you’re there. You can go for a wild ride on the sand dunes of Paoay, for example. And of course, there’s the food. Make your heritage tour a gastronomic experience as well! You might even get a look at a tarsier while in Bohol or a Philippine Eagle in Mindanao.
Beach hopping is always going to be one of the best ways to spend summer in the Philippines. There are literally thousands of beaches, and a few hundred good ones scattered all over the Philippines. The best ones are in:
- El Nido, Palawan
- Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte
- Ternate, Cavite
- Lian, Batangas
- Camiguin Island
- Puerto Galera, Mindoro
- Boracay Island
If you want to do something more than splash around, find diving spots in Boracay, Anilao, and Puerto Galera. The Philippines is the Dive Capital of Asia with its dense coral reefs and diverse marine life. If you are up to the challenge, dive with professionals in Tubbataha Reef and Coron in Palawan, or the Apo Reef National Park in Mindoro Occidental. You might also want to go snorkeling with the whale sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon. You can also go surfing instead of diving if you head on out to Aurora, Daet, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Baler, Catanduanes province, and Camarines Sur.
On the other hand, if you hate the sand and afraid of the ocean, you can still enjoy inland water resources. There are hot springs and waterfalls in Quezon and Laguna you can visit quite easily. Consider Hulugan Falls in Laguna, or Nagkalit-kalit Falls in El Nido. for your non-salty water adventure.
It might seem a bad idea to gear up for a long trek in this heat, but once you get a little way up Mt. Dulang-Dulang and Mt. Kitanglad, or Mt. Guiting-Guiting in Romblon, it gets pretty cold pretty fast. Be sure to wear warm clothing and hiking shoes, though. These are some of the highest mountains in the Philippines and not for the faint-heated. If this is your first time, stick to Mt. Maculot in Batangas, or Mt. Balagbag in Rizal, and go with a group like the UP Mountaineers.
Summer is for breaking away from the routine, and for most people that means going back to nature. These suggested summer getaways can provide you with an experience you will never forget.