We are a top draw for sailing, wakeboarding, surfing and kitesurfing, as well as snorkelling with whale sharks.

For centuries the residents of Angeles took the nearby volcano of Mt Pinatubo (1450m) for granted. That changed suddenly on 15 June 1991, when Pinatubo erupted, sending a column of ash and rock 40km into the air. Today, a climb up to the summit beckons as one of the country’s most accessible adventures from Manila.

This fascinating limestone cave has a subterranean river passing through it, making one of the longest navigable river-traversed tunnels in the world. Located in a national park in Sabang, the river is over 8km in length, but tours only explore 1.5km of the river – beyond this point navigation becomes difficult.

About 33km north of Iloilo, this 854-hectare park is home to monkeys, endangered pythons and old-growth forest. Its particular attraction, though, is for climbers: some of the best rock climbing routes in the Philippines have been set up in the park by local enthusiasts.