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 exploring and diving.

There are pristine jungle treks in the rainforests, including some fine walks in Subic Bay Nature Park, a vast tract of coastal forest south of the Cubi district. You can pick up an Aeta guide who can lead you into the forest and teach you fire-making and a few other handy jungle survival techniques.

The islands are home to at least 111 mammals that are found nowhere else in the world – even notorious animal haven Madagascar has fewer endemic species of mammal.