BEACHES AND DIVING
Much of the action in the Philippines naturally takes place in and around the water. Scuba diving is the big drawcard – this is one of the world’s best macro diving destinations. But the country is becoming equally renowned for surfi ng and kitesurfing, with windsurfing, rafting, kayaking and wakeboarding also on the menu.
Once you’re tired of lazing on the beach or gawking at fish underwater, there’s plenty to do on terra firma. Trekking through the wilderness of the mountainous interior, climbing volcanoes and wandering through rice paddies are big drawcards. There are also wildlife encounters and adventurous pursuits, from exploring expansive cave systems to ziplines and cycling.
Famed for its colourful corals and rich species diversity, there are good dive sites scattered around Balayan Bay and the Sombrero and Maricaban Islands. The most famous dive site here, and arguably in the country, is Cathedral Rock, a marine sanctuary just off shore.
You can’t miss our nightlife! Indoor – or more usually outdoor – spaces vie with independently owned bars and clubs, all competing for the attention of the younger rowdy crowd or the more sedate party goer.