On my post How to Travel Cheap, I urged wanderlusts especially those who are physically, financially, and realistically impossible for them to travel the world at the moment to explore their own country instead. So in honor of that post I created my own Philippine Bucket List, the 10 things that I want to do and you can do also!
The Philippines is the country where I was born and currently based. This post is for my fellow Filipinos and travelers from another countries who wants to explore this beautiful island nation.
1. Go Canyoneering in Badian, Cebu
For those of you who aren’t familiar with “canyoneering” it is a sport of exploring a canyon by engaging in such activities as rappelling, rafting, and waterfall jumping. In the case in Badian, Cebu you will trek then jump, jump and jump for approximately four hours. Yeah, way too simple.. right?
2. Free Fall in Danao Adventure Park, Bohol
Here’s another extreme thing to do in the Philippines. I’m not really an athletic person, I rather watch TV than exercise, but ironically I love doing extreme sports that involves jumping. So “The Plunge” in Danao Adventure Park, Bohol is definitely something I will put on my bucket list.
3. Tour a Historic City on a Kalesa
One of the oldest modes of transportation in the Philippines is the kalesa, a horse drawn calash introduced by the Spaniards in the 18th century. You can ride one in historic spots like Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Intramuros in Manila and other old towns in the country.
4. Explore Batanes From Day to Night
Batanes is located in the northernmost island of the Philippines and is also the smallest province. Despite that there are so many things to do in the island even though the weather is quite unpredictable. Actually it is the only place in the Philippines that has four seasons. You can ride a bike through the hills, live in a traditional Ivatan house, try-on some Chavayan-crafted goods, and my favorite, stargazing in the night. Because there’s no light pollution in the island, the stars are AMAZING at night. This place is perfect for Instagram!
5. Swim With The Whale Sharks in Oslob, Cebu
Despite being called “whale sharks” they are actually known as gentle giants. Maybe swimming with them will make you feel like Dory from Finding Nemo, just look how happy my friend Kristine. And don’t forget to take an underwater selfie! Just keep swimming…
6. Dive Into The Hinatuan Enchated River
This majestic sapphire coloured river looks enchanting by itself. Ever wondered why it’s called the Enchanted River? Dive in and find it out yourself.
7. Experience A Filipino Fiesta
Dance to beat of the drums, get colored powders thrown at you or even get wet! Yes, wet because some fiesta in the Philippines have a tradition of throwing water at each other. You can’t live and leave the Philippines without experiencing the true spirit of fiestas in here.
8. Creep Yourself Out in the Hanging Coffins of Sagada
The thought of hanging coffins will surely creep you out, but when you learn about the fascinating history of this ancient burial practice, you’ll never think of these coffins the same way again.
9. Get Tattooed By A Traditional Tattoo Artist of Kalinga
Wanna feel like some ancient warrior? Then here’s a badass suggestion, get a tattoo from Whang-Od (pronounced as Fang Od). She is the oldest traditional tattoo artist from Kalinga and the last one who tattooed actual Kalinga warriors. She’s our living national tressure! She uses thorns and soot to make the markings on your skin. In the past Kalinga warriors had to earn their tattoos since time change now and there are no more Kalinga warriors, she nows tattoos tourists who visits her for a very affordable price.
10. Island Hopping
The Philippines is composed of 7,107 islands. Personally, I feel ashamed if I will not experience even once, island hopping in my own country. There are two popular places in the Philippines for island hopping 1) El Nido, Palawan (pictured above) which is becoming popular worldwide. And 2) Caramoan Island where popular US television show, Survivor is filmed. Actually I heard they leased some islands.
BONUS: Eat A Balut
I did this when I was 3 years old. Sometimes I still eat it for the sake of showing off to my foreigner friends and also because it has tons of protein so I actually need it for health reasons. But I’m adding this for you. Because if you asked any Filipino or people who had been in the Philippines what you should try when you visit, they will likely to answer to “eat balut”. Never leave the Philippines without actually trying at least one. And make sure to try the 21-day old balut egg, when the poor duckling is almost ready to be hatched.