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A major reason to visit the Philippines are its marvelous beaches. This one is on Malapascua.  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Philippines Sports & Activities

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Aerial Sports

An annual Hot Air Balloon festival is held in Clark, Angeles in Pampanga, other than Hot Air balloons on display, people gather in this event to do sky diving, many activities are also held other than sky diving and hot air balloons. The Festival is held between January and February.


Basketball is the most popular sport in the Philippines, don't miss the PBA and UAAP basketball tournaments.

Bentosa and Hilot

Bentosa and Hilot are Filipino alternative ways of healing, Bentosa is a method where a cup cover a tea light candle then it flames out and it drains out all the pain on the certain part of the body, Hilot is just the Filipino way of massaging.

Board Sailing

Waves and winds work together making the country a haven for board sailors. Boracay, Subic Bay and Anilao in Batangas are the main destinations


The Archipelago has osme unique cave systems. Sagada is one popular destination for spelunking.


A beach near Anda on Bohol.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Blue, tranquil waters and abundant reefs make for good diving. Compared to neighboring countries, diving in the country is cheaper.


Each municipality, town, city and province has their own festival, either religious or in honor of the city or a historical reason.


Almost every province has a golf course, it is a popular sport among the elite, rich and famous.

Medical Tourism

The Philippines supplies the world with many medical professionals with large numbers leaving the country every year for a better future abroad. This is indicative of the quality of medical education and medical tourism is on the rise too. Most come from America and Europe as compared to their home countries, healthcare here is much cheaper; as much as 80% less than the average price abroad. Most of the hospitals suggested for medical tourism are in Metro Manila. Alternative medicine is also popular with spas, faith healing and other fringe therapies widespread throughout the archipelago.

National Parks

Day trips bring you to different islands in Bacuit Bay.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

National parks number around 60-70, they include mountains and coral reefs.

Mountain Biking

The archipelago has dozens of mountains and is ideal for mountain bikers. Bikes are the best mode of transportation in getting around remote areas. Some options include Baguio, Davao, Iloilo, Banaue, Mt. Apo and Guimaras.

Rock Climbing

Apo Island, Atimonan, El Nido, Puting Bato, Wawa Gorge have the best sites in the archipelago for rock climbing.

Sea Kayaking

Caramoan Islands in Camarines Sur, Palawan, Samar and Siargao are popular.


Spas are popular, with many options, Spas are found near beaches, financial capitals etc. 


Mountain ranges and peaks offer cool weather for trekking and it might give you a sight of the beautiful exotic flora and fauna of the country. Mt. Kanlaon and Mt. Pulag are good trekking spots. 

Visita Iglesia

Boracay: Southeast Asia's best beach. We're sure.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

Visita Iglesia (Visita is Latin for Visit, Iglesia is Latin for Church; Visit Churches) is the practice done by mostly Filipino Roman Catholics to Churches, holy sites, shrines, basilicas etc. If you are religious try this, if you love art and architecture; churches are the best way to define what Filipino architecture. 

Whitewater Rafting

One of the best, if not the best, whitewater rafting experience can be had in Cagayan de Oro City, a city in the northern part of Mindanao. Also, Davao is emerging as the Whitewater rafting capital in Mindanao, if not in the Philippines.

Places for Sports & Activities in Philippines

Diving/Snorkeling Bicol Dive Center
Offers Dive course & day trips to San Miguel Island and Manta Bowl, the price is P4500 for 3 dives (minimum of 4 divers). Gear is in good condition, the boat is spacious and the people are really friendly. Accepts Cash... more
 1 Fans, in Donsol
Sport (Other) Whitewater Rafting
- One of the best, if not the best, whitewater rafting experience can be had in Cagayan de Oro City, a city in the northern part of Mindanao. Also, Davao is emerging as the Whitewater rafting capital in Mindanao, if not in the Philippines.
in Philippines
Golf Club Intramuros Golf Course
A few years after the Americans took over from the Spanish in 1898, the fetid, swamp-like moat around Intramuros was drained and filled in. The newly reclaimed land was later covered with grass, spiced with a few sand pits and sprinkled with water traps. Resul... more
in Intramuros
Spa/Wellness North Haven Spa
Pride of the north when it comes to a unique spa experience. Aside from the usual Thai, Swedish and combination massage, treat yourself to a Baguio Strawberry, Benguet Coffee or Cordillera Rice scrub. Guaranteed to give you that soft silky skin. All spa treatmen... more
P350-P1950, in Baguio
Horse Riding Horse back riding
at Wright Park and its surroundings. It costs 300 pesos per hour (150 pesos for half an hour), plus a guide fee if you want to ride beyond the park.
in Baguio
Hiking Mount Arayat Trek
is available November through May. Prices range: day trips (minimum of 3 persons, P800 per person) and overnight trips (minimum of 3 persons, P2500 per person). Phone: (63)(45) 892-6239.
in Angeles
Hiking Mount Pinatubo Trekking
is highly recommended for trekking or hiking enthusiasts who like to have the most memorable trip to this once deadly volcano. One would have the experience to board a 4x4 which will head to lahar country passing some rough terrain, gray, barren mountains inters... more
in Angeles
Adventure Sport Mount Pinatubo Aerial Tours
is for you if you want to have the best seat to view the volcano that once ravaged Central Luzon. Considered one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century, the eruption affected global weather patterns. Having been dormant for centuries, Mount Pinatubo erupte... more
in Angeles
Golf Luisita Golf and Country Club
designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. This 18-hole championship course has been recently renovated so you can enjoy it in any weather, all year round. There are water areas all around coupled with great landscapping which is breathtaking. It'... more
in Tarlac
Hiking Trek Mt. Pinatubo
visit the canyons, the Aeta Village, take a deep in the crater lake
in Tarlac
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