More Things To Do In The Tropics During The Christmas Break That You Can't Do In Winter
Stop dreaming about a white Christmas and embrace the sun, sea, and nature that you can enjoy in the tropical paradise that is the Philippines
People always associate the Christmas season with cold, white winter snow, snuggling up with a blanket and a warm cup of cocoa in front of the fireplace. But when you live in the Philippines, there’s none of that. In fact, even though it can get a little chilly in December, the heat is still pretty much present all month long.
But what we tend to forget is that Christmas in the tropics is actually pretty cool! In fact, people in other parts of the world would even go out of their way to escape the cold and head to tropical countries.
So if you’re feeling a little chilly and part of the “samahang malamig ang pasko,” maybe you just need to remind yourself these things that you can only enjoy in a tropical country like the Philippines during the holidays.
There is so much hassle in layering and bundling up when it’s cold. But in a tropical country, you can wear anything to your Christmas get-togethers! That beautiful, sexy dress you found at last week’s sale? Those cute pair of heels? That sleeveless top you’ve been eyeing? You can look good in all of those this season!
Sun and sand and sea
Probably one of the best things about living in the Philippines is enjoying the beautiful beaches all over the country. And now that you have time off work and school to enjoy these over the holidays, you shouldn’t miss the chance!
Boracay just opened again this year and it’s back to its pristine glory. Imagine sunny days just stretched out on a beach towel, frolicking in the sea, or even playing beach volleyball with your family and friends. Just be aware that alcohol is now strictly prohibited on the island’s beaches. Bars have been pushed back a bit—but it’s all for the better. If you want to enjoy some drinks, head back a bit away from the shore.
And after its rehabilitation, Boracay has finally regained its full potential, climbing to Top 1 of Conde Nast Traveler's Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Islands In The World!
Enjoying one of the most beautiful island in the world
How about hopping from one island to another and gazing at another one of Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Islands In The World? Palawan has always been a regular on Conde Nast’s list, and this year, it again takes the top 4. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is worth the trip alone. As you go through this 5-mile underground river, there are various rock formations and sights to enjoy.
And make sure you go on an island hopping tour of Honda Bay, where you can visit Starfish Island (it’s literally filled with starfishes!), Lu Li Island, Pandan Island, and Cowrie Island. Soak in all the beauty of nature, something that will surely recharge you and fill you up with good energy.
And since you’re already in Puerto Princesa, might as well look at some beautiful fireflies! If you’re the type of person who likes going on light shows and displays that are abundant during Christmas time, this is the kind of lights and sounds exhibition that only nature can pull off.
Enjoy the beauty of the night sky and the lights and sounds of fireflies at the Iwahig River Firefly Watching Cruise. You get to ride a boat through the river for 4 hours, just soaking in all that natural beauty, as you enjoy a moon- and firefly-lit dinner.
You can never go on a sea-scapade during the winter! But in the tropics where it’s summer all year round, you can get to enjoy water activities like whitewater rafting, kayaking, windsurfing, surfing, scuba diving, and so much more.
There’s so many water activities to do all around the Philippines, wherever you may be coming from. If you’re into surfing, you’ll find great waves during December at the Bagasbas Beach in Camarines Norte. For something that you can enjoy as a group, whitewater rafting in Cagayan De Oro’s Great White Waters is something you should definitely try.
For kitesurfing and windsurfing, it’s best to head to the Kingfisher Beach in Pagudpud, where they have flat, clear water and consistent winds from October to April. Perfect for beginner to advance surfers, if you’re wanting to do it during the holiday season. For both diving and snorkeling opportunities, check out Anilao, Batangas, which is teeming with incredible biodiversity and rich reefs for both beginners and advanced swimmers.
For the more adventurous, why not try cliff-diving in Salagdoong Beach in Siquijor? It’s a must-visit for adrenaline junkies because of its several-meter-high cliff that will surely take your breath away.
Going on rides
Imagine going to a theme park during winter. You’ll basically freeze while you wait in line for your turn! So if you’re bringing kids or you’re basically a kid at heart, holidays are the best time to go to Enchanted Kingdom in Laguna. It’s not too rainy, it’s not too hot, and you’ll have all the energy to explore all the rides.
Plus, Christmas season means that the park is open everyday, with special promo rates that includes a ticket and shuttle bundle. Students also get a discount during the holiday season from December to January. Oh boy, do we love discounts!
Nature trekking and hiking
Embrace your oneness with nature and go on a revitalizing trek in what is one of the most beautiful and well-developed hiking spots in the Philippines—Masungi Georeserve. Located in Rizal, Masungi Georserve is a conservation area that’s home to massive limestone formations and an incredible variety of plant and animal species. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced hiker, old or young, you’ll be able to enjoy the winding trails, tranquil rainforest, fresh air, and breathtaking views.