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Wondering how to keep yourself busy during your free time in the Philippines? Find in this article an overview of leisure activities that are available in the country.

Consisting of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is a real treasure that you can explore during your stay there. In fact, whether you are working or you have retired in the archipelago, you will have plenty of free time which you can enjoy through different leisure activities. Moreover, the country holds a huge natural, historical and cultural heritage which will simply delight you. Do not miss these opportunities!

You can enjoy your week-ends through several activities such as snorkeling, traditional boat rides, wandering in the countryside, canyoning, trekking, mountain biking, among many others.

Fishing in Santa Ana

If you are an amateur of fishing, you better head towards Santa Ana, which is found on the coast of Luzon. Many foreigners travel there every year, especially from March to July, to enjoy the warm waters as well as various marine species which come around.


Diving is a very widespread activity in the Philippines. In fact, most islands have their own diving center. So if you enjoy diving, whether as an amateur or as a professional, you will enjoy the region's warm and crystal clear waters as well as their wonderfully rich aquatic fauna. Diving experts advise the Calamian Islands, which are found in the North of Palawam, where you can explore the wrecks of the Second World War. You can as well visit popular islands such as Padre Burgos, Apo, Puerto Galera and Malapascua.

Rice terraces

In North Luzon, you will find many paddy fields having some 2,000 years history. Back then, hill tribes had started digging with their rudimentary tools to create what is, today, an essential part of the country's landscape. Traditional villages such as Batad, originating from the city of Bataue, are preserved for their historical and cultural aspects.

Water sports

If you like water sports, you are likely to enjoy surfing, rafting, kayaking, snorkeling, etc. In fact, Luzon, which hosts the Chico River and the Saltan Pagsanjan River are ideal spots for water sports. In the North-west of Mindanao, you can also enjoy water sports in Cagayan de Oro which divides its capital city into two distinct areas, the East and the West. Palawan Apulit, for its part, is ideal for sailing.

Surfers, on the other hand, can enjoy high tides around La Union, located in the North-west of Luzon, Baler in the North-east and Daet in the South-east. They will also be delighted in Siargao which is found in the North-east of Mindanao.

Finally, snorkeling has become a very popular water sports thanks to the number of specialized training centers.


Obviously, you cannot ignore the Philippines beautiful, post-card like, white sand beaches such as Boracay, El Nido, Moalboal, Mindoro, Nasugbu, Siargao, Sipalay, etc. You can enjoy these with your family, especially during week-ends, whether you wish to swim, sunbathe, or simply relax.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Leisure in the Philippines Forum 
Department of Tourism Philippines - Calendar of festivities www.tourism.gov.ph
Philstar www.philstar.com

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