Dreaming of your next adventure? Us too! International travel may still be up in the air for most of us due to the coronavirus pandemic, but luckily, there are plenty of amazing local destinations left to discover right here in the Philippines. And with seven long weekends in 2021—plus a few more if you’re willing to take a leave on days that are sandwiched between holidays and weekends—you’ll have plenty of opportunities to hit the road this year.
Possible 2021 Long Weekends In The Philippines
- February 12-14 (Friday-Sunday): Chinese New Year
- February 25-28 (Thursday-Sunday): EDSA People Power Revolution*
- April 1-4 (Thursday-Sunday): Holy Week
- April 9-11 (Friday-Sunday): Araw ng Kagitingan
- May 13-16 (Thursday-Sunday): Eidul Fitr*
- July 17-20 (Saturday-Tuesday): Eidul Adha*
- August 28-30 (Saturday-Monday): National Heroes Day
- October 30-November 2 (Saturday-Tuesday): All Saints Day & All Soul’s Day
- November 27-30 (Saturday-Tuesday): Bonifacio Day*
- December 24-26 (Friday-Sunday): Christmas Eve
- December 30-January 2 (Thursday-Sunday): Rizal Day & Last Day of the Year
*Long weekends with one day of leave
Whether you’re sticking to the assigned holidays or up for taking an extra day off work to get a long (or longer) weekend, check out these exciting adventures you can try in the Philippines in 2021.
Embrace Your Inner Adrenaline Junkie In Mount Mayon
Dubbed as “The City of Fun and Adventure,” Legazpi City in Albay is an oasis for adrenaline junkies with Mayon Volcano the backdrop to an endless array of heart-pumping activities, from hiking and ziplining to kayaking and rafting. But there’s no doubt that one of the best things to do in Legazpi is riding an ATV through the foothills of the active volcanic. Speed through volcanic landscapes, lush forests, and skipping rivers in this exhilarating experience with the Mount Mayon SkyDrive ATV Experience.
The New Normal: Albay requirements include advanced booking with DOT-accredited tour operators and/or accommodations, round-trip air or bus tickets, health declaration form, RT-PCR negative result conducted within 72 hours before the trip, and travel authority from PNP and medical clearance certificate.
Jump On Inflatables In Subic
You’d be hard-pressed to find a prettier and more Instagram-worthy resort than Inflatable Island, known as the biggest floating playground in Asia. Candy-colored inflatables bob on the cool, calm waters of Subic Bay, from the massive Unicornzilla to the awesome Vortex. After bouncing around the playground, travelers can chill out at the Pink and Purple Bali Lounge or the Pink Jungle on the shore. Get your Inflatable Island tickets now via KKday.
The New Normal: Face shield upon entry, face masks at all times on the shore (except while eating), and social distancing. Travelers are required to fill out a Health Declaration and Contact Tracing form upon arrival.
Take A Helicopter Ride In Boracay
The beauty of Boracay is celebrated worldwide, but it’s extra breathtaking from the sky. Hop on a helicopter to admire the famous stretch of White Beach from a new perspective and let experienced pilots take you on a tour of the island of coconut trees, pristine white shores, and dazzling turquoise waters.
There are a lot of incredible adventures in Boracay, from wakeboarding to cliff diving to a wide range of other water sports. But if you ever need a change in scenery or a romantic experience for an anniversary or proposal, you can’t beat a private helicopter tour. Book a 10-, 15-, or 20-minute Boracay helicopter ride now for a unique and unforgettable experience.
The New Normal: Send a screenshot of online Health Declaration Card, RT-PCR negative result done within 72 hours of the date of travel, a copy of confirmed booking slip/form, roundtrip flight/travel details, and proof of identification with Philippine Residency to firstname.lastname@example.org. Travelers will be sent back a copy of the Health Declaration Card and a Tourist QR Code that can be used in Boracay. Please visit the official Aklan website for more information.
Hop On A Hot Air Balloon In Bohol
Soar to the skies in a dreamy hot air balloon ride over Chocolate Hills in Bohol. Many people have seen the vast expanse that looks like a sea of Hershey’s Kisses laid over the landscape, but sailing over them in a hot air balloon is something new! With the early morning sun bathing the brown hills in its golden glow, the hills at sunrise is truly a sight to behold. Enjoy the Chocolate Hills Hot Air Balloon Experience via KKday.
The New Normal: Registration online with required documents including confirmed hotel booking slip, RT-PCR negative result taken within 72 hours of the date of travel, and pre-arranged tour bookings. A personal Tourist QR Code will be assigned to each tourist for use within Bohol.
Canyoneering In Cebu
It’s likely you’ve seen photos of the stunning blue waters of Kawasan Falls in Cebu circulating online and marveled at its beauty—and trust us, the three-tiered waterfalls is even more beautiful in person. But the journey going there is just as unforgettable. With climbing, trekking, cliff-jumping, and swimming through crystalline blue waters, this canyoneering adventure definitely deserves a spot on your 2021 long weekend plans. Start preparing for your trip now and book the Kawasan Falls Cebu Canyoneering Day Tour online now.
The New Normal: Lapu-Lapu City requirements include RT-PCR negative test result, confirmed accommodation booking, and travel authority and medical certificate from the traveler’s place of origin. Cebu City requires an Authority to Enter (ATE) pass issued online upon submission of an RT-PCR negative result taken within 72 hours of travel to Cebu, roundtrip tickets, confirmed bookings of accommodations and tours, itinerary, and Joint Task Force COVID Shield (JTF-CV) Travel Authority.
*Featured photo via KKday Suppliers