Exotic doesn’t have to mean family free, and paradise isn’t just for loved up honeymooners. The Philippines is home to some of the most dynamic landscapes, serene islands and cultural wonders that we guarantee will be appreciated by all ages. Bring the kids along and you could be enjoying family friendly activities like these…
Beneath the waves
We can’t think of a better activity for all the family to enjoy than a bit of diving and snorkelling, especially in the Philippines. Introduce your family to an underwater world of wonders at Nalusuan Island resort and be amazed at the range of wildlife that’s waiting to be discovered. Just off Cebu, take a walk along the wooden jetty where you’ll see the marine island sanctuary floating before you. Snorkel in the protected bays and fight over the best spot to catch a glimpse of the bright orange clown fish and vibrant jelly fish. Or for the early rising families, take the water tour at 6am to watch the sunrise whilst spotting turtles and dolphins on the horizon.
Take to the skies
If you’re looking for a magical spectacle and planning your visit around February, then make a date in the diary for the Clark Pampanga Hot Air Balloon Festival. This annual festival in Pampanga invites ‘everything that flies’ to land in the aviation grounds and showcase all their gliding beauty. Every colour, pattern and design of hot air balloon is here for you, so step back and enjoy. And if you’re a family seeking adventure, why not ride one of these majestic beauties into the sunset?
Food for thought
It can be difficult to inject a touch of cultural history into your family holidays; however a day exploring the Banaue Rice Terraces certainly won’t feel like a school trip. Soaring 1500 metres above sea level, these ancient hand built grooves in the rolling emerald hills of north Luzon are over 2,000 years old and still used to this day. Follow your guide up the peaks and enjoy views of the terraces beyond whilst you learn about the art of rice cultivation.
A paradise for all
At times, as a family, it can be hard to satisfy everyone’s holiday desires. But other times, there’s stunning Filipino islands that do the hard work for you. Say hello to Bohol. Landscape lovers will be blown away by the rolling Chocolate Hills towering over the island, whilst the budding explorer can flipper up on Alona beach to swim alongside turtles and exotic coral.