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Where to get adventure without the crowds

Still largely unexplored, the Philippines are a great destination for those seeking authentic, off-the-beaten-track experiences.

Looking to journey deeper on your next holiday and fully immerse yourself in local cultures and natural environments? 


A number of adventurous tour operators in the Philippines have got you covered. These well respected and trusted operators take guests safely away from the tourist trail to experience a different side to travelling in the Philippines.


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Travellers will interact with friendly locals, discover delicious local cuisine and discover natural beauty during an array of special experiences and highlights.


“Adventure travel is booming at the moment, and more and more travellers are looking to discover the road less travelled,” said Ms Norjamin Delos Reyes, Tourism Attaché at Philippine Department of Tourism Australia and New Zealand.


“The Philippines is the perfect destination for those looking to leave the tourist trail behind, however with over 7,000 islands to discover it can be a daunting task to know where to go.


“Luckily, a number of tour operators offer a variety of more unique and authentic adventures in the Philippines for curious travellers.


“Explorations on board traditional boats take travellers across the country, allowing them to get up close and personal with the Philippines, from the most remote islands in Palawan to the chaos of a Filipino wet market.”


Tribal Adventures

Australian-owned Tribal Adventures is one of the Philippines' first adventure tour companies, pioneering white water kayaking, rafting, sea kayaking and photo journalism expeditions in the country.

Operating private adventure tours on demand, Tribal Adventures takes travellers where they want to go, when they want to go.



Local guides take you deeper into each destination, its culture and natural environment, off-the-beaten track and without another tourist in sight.

From full-day tours to week-long adventures, Tribal Adventures offer an array of itineraries, including a circumnavigation of Coron Island by kayak where travellers will discover secret lagoons and undercut limestone cliffs, or white water rafting in Boracay.


One Life Adventures

One Life Adventures is a travel company specialising in off-the-beaten track adventures for the conscious traveller.

Known for providing authentic, worry-free trips with a strong emphasis on sharing cultural delights and supporting the local communities, One Life Adventures was recently awarded ‘Asia Tour of the Year 2018’ for its Philippines 10-day tour in the Tour Radar Awards 2018.


Tao Philippines

Tao Philippines offers travellers the rare opportunity to experience and interact with people and communities during a variety of boat expeditions and island retreats in the most remote corners of the country.

The company began as an unplanned, adventurous exploration on board an old fishing boat on a 200km route in the remote villages of northern Palawan.

This long journey resulted in many home stays with families and young islanders, and was the inspiration behind Tao Philippines, which allows guests a raw experience of undiscovered islands hosted by a community of families.

Today, Tao Philippines is a community of more than 200 islanders working with passion and a sense of pride, welcoming travellers from all over the globe.


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Written by: Traveltalk Magazine
Published: 6 September 2019

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