The Philippines is a nation that is made up of thousands of islands. Travelers can find all sorts of adventure destinations here. From deserted beaches and wildlife-filled jungles to stunning cave formations and active volcanos, the only thing that can limit an adventure-seeker is their own imagination.

It is possible to travel by air or water or road to reach some of the most remote corners of this Asian archipelago. The reward for undertaking a lengthy and sometimes complicated journey is access to unparalleled natural beauty, exotic culture, and the kind of adventures that most people only read about in magazines like National Geographic.

The Philippines is a nation that is made up of thousands of islands. Travelers can find all sorts of adventure destinations here. From deserted beaches and wildlife-filled jungles to stunning cave formations and active volcanos, the only thing that can limit an adventure-seeker is their own imagination.

It is possible to travel by air or water or road to reach some of the most remote corners of this Asian archipelago. The reward for undertaking a lengthy and sometimes complicated journey is access to unparalleled natural beauty, exotic culture, and the kind of adventures that most people only read about in magazines like National Geographic.

With all these traits, it is no wonder that Heineken chose the Philippines as the first destination for their adventure reality series Dropped. You can watch the video here and perhaps use it as inspiration for launching your own adventure in the Philippines.

If you do decide to make the Philippines your next destination, here are some places you should visit if you want to give your itinerary a serious dose of adventure.

Puerto Princesa

Crocodile Farm, Puerto Princesa
Photo: Benson Kua / Flickr

The Philippines’ Palawan Province is filled with natural wonders. Travelers can head to the provincial capital, Puerto Princesa and use it as a base for exploring the surrounding attractions. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is the highlight for every tourist who comes to this region of the Philippines. The park contains an 8 kilometer-long underground river, the longest known subterranean waterway in the world. With unusual rock formations, large caverns, and a winding waterway, this is one of the most interesting and beautiful natural attractions in the country. The Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, also known as the “Crocodile Farm,” is another interesting Puerto Princesa attraction. As its nickname suggests, the center is devoted to educating people about the toothy amphibians who are native to the area. You can take a guided or self-guided tour of the center and come face to face with its resident crocodiles.

Cagayan de Oro River

Cagayan de Oro
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Mindanao’s Cagayan de Oro River offers world-class whitewater. The swollen river rushes rapidly during the late summer and early autumn, creating kayaking conditions that will challenge even the most skilled paddler. There are more than a dozen different rapids in the area that are worth paddling. If you are not an experienced kayaker or rafter, the waters are calmer (relatively) outside of the August through October season.

Balayan Bay, Batangas

SCUBA Divers, Batangas
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Balayan Bay is a paradise for SCUBA divers. The reefs here are literally teeming with marine life. Advanced divers can explore the reef and swim in the more-open waters further out in the bay. There are also plenty of reputable (PADI certified) dive shops were you can earn your SCUBA diving certification if you have little or no experience swimming with fins and an air tank. Batangas also has some mountain trails that are popular with both local and visiting mountain bikers, so you can have fun both on land and in the water during your stay here.

Taal Volcano

Horse Ride, Taal Volcano
Photo: Stefan Munder / Flickr

If you’ve ever wanted to ride up the slopes of a volcano on horseback, the Taal Volcano is the attraction for you. This mountain is located only about and hour of two from Metro Manila. Visitors have to take a ferry to the middle of the lake, where the volcano sits. They can then ride up to the summit on horseback or hike up the slopes under their own power. The volcano is still active, a fact that certainly adds to the feeling of adventure.

Metro Manila

Manila
Photo: Kate Palaña / Flickr

Not every adventure takes place in the stunning nature of the Philippines. Adventure-seekers can also find plenty of excitement in the “urban jungle” as well. Manila is a huge city that can sometimes seem overwhelmingly chaotic. But this Asian metropolis is filled with everything from colonial era churches to modern shopping malls. The nightlife scene is one of the best and most accessible in Southeast Asia, and the buzzing streets hold plenty of excitement at any time of the day or night. Admittedly, Manila is not the most pleasant metropolis. But it certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to urban adventure.

What other destinations would you like to see featured on Heineken’s Dropped series? What places in the Philippines do you think deserve a place on our list of the best adventure destinations? Let us know your answer to either of these questions in the comments section below.

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