Family-friendly adventures in the Philippines
Journey along an underground river
Snaking along the northern coast of the island of Palawan, this cave-roofed waterway will amaze kids of all ages. Accessed from the town of Puerto Princesa, this subterranean stream is the world’s longest navigable underground river and its rock formations are home to a large flurry of atmospheric bats.
Meet a whale shark
The quiet village of Donsol, located in Sorsogon province, is home to a community of sleepy fishermen plying their trade in pristine waters brimming with the largest fish known in existence. These gentle giants cruise the waters from November through to June and boat tours take tourists out to meet them.
Drink in the chocolate hills
Who could resist the pull of a place with such a tantalising title? Consisting of over a thousand small hills, this renowned area lies on the island of Bohol. The grass-covered mounds turn brown in the dry season, lending the area its name.
See the stairway to heaven
Perhaps one of the most iconic images of the Philippines apart from its beaches are the beautiful stepped Banaue Rice Terraces which were shaped by hand about 2000 years ago and are still farmed to this day. The kids will love seeing this stairway to the heavens, as the locals sometimes call it.
Swim in crystal waters
TripAdvisor recently released its Travellers’ Choice Awards for Best Beaches in the World and unsurprisingly the Philippines were there. White Beach on Boracay Island took home the medal, known for its snow-white sand and crystal sea. In fact, the whole island is worth a visit and the kids will love the chilled vibe.