Best New Trips in the World: Hike and Snorkel in the Philippines


For our annual Adventure Travel issue, we scoured the globe to find the 25 Best New Trips in the World for 2010, complete with a Best Trips photo gallery. Today, we present the Philippines. The world's far corners are now well within reach.

PHILIPPINES: Summit to Sea

The Philippines has a PR problem. While it harbors as many islands as the Caribbean and some of the most spectacular reefs on the planet, the nation sees only a fraction of the visitors of nearby Thailand. Even travel companies, it seems, have bought the bad rap: Other than the occasional sea kayaking trip, U.S. guides have largely avoided the archipelago. But Wilderness Travel has finally gotten wise. This May the outfit will lead clients high into the 4,000-foot Cordillera Central, then deep into the world’s most biodiverse marine environment.

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  1. mens hiking boots
    November 18, 2009, 12:31 pm

    Sometimes it’s better that wild places not be published too much, especially for the marine wildlife. Too much tourism ruins the wilderness and the authenticity of places as well as the nature itself. A good example for that is the Ladakh in north India.

  2. curcuma
    November 21, 2009, 6:02 am

    Philippines seems really a the best place and you have given good enough information about it.I have also checked that 25 Best New trips and its very good.Thank you..

  3. Bali handicraft
    January 29, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Is there historical building there?

  4. Car hire
    March 19, 2010, 4:56 am

    Never been to Philippines, but just checked flight ticket prices to Manila and they are so cheap!

  5. positive life
    May 8, 2010, 9:27 am

    No doubt, Asia is very admirable nature. I live in Indonesia, and I never stopped to say how beautiful God created this nature… you have a very great activity. If There’s a time please come to my blog at This is about positive activities and outdoor activities..thank you.

  6. Globe Nomads
    June 23, 2010, 11:59 am

    Philippines is a great place and Filipinos are very warm and friendly. However the tourism industry suffers from a number of issues which deters many people from visiting. Precisely due to the low level of tourism, the wildlife and their habitats had remained largely unchanged.

  7. Ho
    July 25, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Always wanted to go PHP but is it safe there?

  8. Cagayan de Oro hotels
    October 27, 2010, 1:10 am

    WOOW!!! This is a great view! I just love the green mountains. Too bad I can’t just travel there from CDO. Check out other Cagayan de Oro hotels too.

  9. philippines classified ads
    January 16, 2011, 7:41 pm

    Sometimes I consider traveling as part of my routine lifestyle.Because of these beautiful places, Perhaps, the reason for its popularity is because more people have come to realize the benefits of traveling.

  10. Orc09
    February 15, 2011, 6:14 am

    The relative obscurity of the Philippines is what makes it a great adventure travel destination. This particular adventure tour company focuses on taking people off the beaten path:

  11. Flights
    April 19, 2011, 8:24 am

    The Philippines is a great place to visit, and is as safe as most Asian countries, as long as common sense prevails.
    Tourism is just one part of the economy that lags behind other countries in this region. One of the main obstacles to progress has been the corruption that has plagued this nation for decades.

  12. rent a car Switzerland
    April 27, 2011, 8:58 am

    Never been to Philippines, but just checked flight ticket prices to Manila and they are so cheap!

  13. plastic surgeon
    July 27, 2011, 2:58 am

    Exploring pinatubo can be quite tough but absolutely amazing.

  14. Phil Grahm Salt
    July 27, 2011, 11:20 pm

    There are also many river rafting destinations in the Philippines particularly in Cagayan de Oro. Try checking it out!

  15. Playstation Ark
    August 20, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Wow, the Phillepeans is absolutely beautiful. I really want to visit the Caribbean for my upcoming vacation. Does anyone know of any recommended hotels to stay in over there?

  16. Palawan Resorts
    December 12, 2011, 10:53 pm

    The Philippines is the last ecological frontier and has so much to offer especially islands like Palawan. The best shipwreck diving in the world by far.

  17. detective privé
    December 21, 2011, 9:52 am

    I’ve never been to Philippines but it could be the destination my wife and I will choose for our wedding trip next year. Wish me luck. 🙂

  18. Hai
    February 26, 2012, 1:47 am

    i found this article late but i like the program and will travel to Philippine soon.
    Thank you for the post.