Welcome to our post ‘Top Places To Visit In The Philippines With Kids’, written by Ailene, a well-traveled Filipino mum, who shares her best travel tips and go-to places with my readers and me. A big thank you goes to Ailene and her family.
This article is a follow-up to our post Philippines With Kids – Our Comprehensive Travel Guide we have published earlier.
There, we gave you a comprehensive guide on what to prepare and expect when traveling to the Philippines with kids.
Now, get your globe trotter’s sense activated and start planning your itineraries with our list of kid and family-friendly destinations.
We guarantee that you will get to see patches of paradise here and there and experience a truly fun-filled adventure with your kids on a beautiful island called the Philippines.
So, which places are worth visiting with your kids in the Philippines?
In this article, we choose five of the top places to visit in the Philippine with kids. Two from Luzon and three from the Visayas.
We do hope that as we do, you get to appreciate the beauty of these places, recharge your senses, reconnect with nature, build strong relationships and re-ignite your kid’s sense of fun and adventure.
Come now and have a look at what these places have to offer.
Top Places To Visit In The Philippines With Kids
Subic With Kids
Subic is a special economic zone covering some areas of Olongapo City, Zambales, and Bataan.
This tourist hub has all the must-see places that will surely not disappoint. From theme parks, beaches, eco-tourism parks and camps, dining, shopping, and nightlife destinations, one can certainly say that Subic has it all.
How to Get There
Subic is located around 90 kilometers north of Manila. It is a 2-hour drive from Manila to get there.
There are many different options available to get to this tourist destination.
Hiring a private van is a common practice of families going to Subic.
Public bus transportations, Victory Liner and Saulog are available with routes Manila – Olongapo. The bus terminals are located in Pasay City, Caloocan, Sampaloc, and Cubao.
At the main gate of SBMA (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority), coasters, mini-buses, and taxis are available to take you to the different points inside the freeport.
By air, if Subic is your first stop, you can use the Ninoy Aquino International Airport located in Metro Manila or the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport at Clark Freeport Zone.
Things To Do In Subic With Kids
Subic Ocean Adventure
The Subic Ocean Adventure is a must-see destination for kids in Subic. It is an animal observatory and an open-water marine theme park. It is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia and brings world-class adventure and shows to tourists and locals alike.
The attraction takes around 2.5 hours to finish and has 3-4 shows.
The main highlight is the showcase of the dolphin’s talent and abilities. Here you will be amazed by how great dolphins and humans can put a jaw-dropping show that surely kids and kids at heart will never forget.
Sealion marine patrol show is another charming show that fills visitors with awe and laughter. Here you get to see the sea lions showcase their talents while they teach you how to take care of the environment.
At the Wild World show, you get to experience the amazing abilities of rare animal species like the Palawan Bearcat, Palm Civet, Philippine Scops Owl, Reticulated Phyton, Large Flying Fox and some rare bird species.
At the Allies of the Ocean show, you get to witness a show-stopping, educational and world-class acrobatic performance. Here be prepared to be awed and be educated as well on how to take good care of our ocean.
In addition to these attractions/shows, there are other activities as well that you can do like swim with the sea lions and dolphins and have a photo session at the same time, view and feed sharks and many more. There is indeed so much adventure that you can actually choose from in Ocean Adventure Park Subic Bay.
Adults: $15; Children 12 years and younger: $12; Children shorter than 30 inches: free
You can book your ticket for a discounted price here: Ocean Adventure Admission Ticket in Subic Bay
Pamulaklakin Forest Trail
If your kids love walking, of course not too long distances, then the relatively short trail of an hour to explore the native forest might be a great option. Ponger tours are available also.
Under the guidance of a member of the native Aeta tribe, you and your family can come up close with nature. For $2 per person, your guide will show you different plants and how the indigenous people are using them.
This is a great way to come close and learn about a different culture in their own environment.
Tip: it is best to go early before it gets too hot. Take plenty of water!
In addition to these 2 kid-friendly destinations, there are other theme parks that tourists can choose from. Subic has great eco-tourism parks and camps as well.
Subic is also surrounded by great beaches. It is one of the nearest and convenient beach destinations if you are coming from Metro Manila.
Where To Stay In Subic
When you are in Subic, accommodation for all budgets will never be a problem.
You have the choice to stay at luxury hotels, beachfront hotels, beach inns, and the likes; it really is your choice.
The rate ranges from as low as Php450 (USD8.6) to Php8600 (USD164) per night.
The highly-rated hotels include Mangrove Resort hotel, Club Morocco Beach Resort, Best Western Plus Hotel Subic, Subic Park Hotel, Horizon Hotel, and Lighthouse Marina Resort among many others.
- Club Morocco Beach Resort – Read reviews and check the latest price here.
- Lighthouse Marina Resort – Read reviews and check the latest price here.
- Subic Waterfront Hotel and Resort – Read reviews and check the latest price here.
Where To Eat In Subic
Subic is a food haven with several choices of restaurants ranging from different cuisines including American, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and of course Filipino.
Among the highly-rated restaurants in Subic include Sit-n-Bull, Mango’s Beach Bar Restaurant, Wild Herbs Restaurant, Buddha’s Bowl, Coco Lime, Texas Joe’s House of Ribs, Meat Plus Cafe, Seoul Restaurant among many others.
And of course, children are always welcome. Filipinos are so hospitable and just love kids.
Boracay With Kids
Boracay is a small island paradise located in Panay Island, in the region of West Visayas. It sits 315 kilometers south of Manila and has Kalibo City and Iloilo City nearby.
Boracay is popularly for its world-class white beach resort and turquoise water. It has one of the country’s most celebrated beaches.
With the recent renovations done by the government, Boracay should not be missed when you are in the Philippines for a one in a lifetime experience.
A big thank you goes to the government who, despite losing millions of dollars, closed the island for around 6 months to restore this gorgeous island back to its beauty.
Now, ‘only’ 19 000 visitors will be allowed on the island on any given day. Fingers crossed that the Island will retain its clear waters and white-sandy beaches.
For more information, read here.
Even though Boracay is a small island, it is a great idea to book a Boracay Island Tour. Your kids will love this fun and adventurous experience.
How To Get To Boracay
If you are coming from Manila, you can take commercial flights going to Caticlan airport. There are also other domestic flights with a route going to Caticlan.
As of this writing, there are domestic flights from Cebu, Clark and El Nido Palawan going to Caticlan.
Kalibo International Airport and Iloilo International Airport are also accessible by land travel from Caticlan Port, the nearest seaport in Boracay.
Kalibo International Airport is 68 kilometers from Boracay while Iloilo International Airport is 217.6 kilometers from there.
By sea, Caticlan can be reached by passenger ships and ferry boats coming from Batangas Port and Roxas Port/Bulalacao Port in Oriental Mindoro.
All tourists going to Boracay shall take a boat ride from Cagban Jetty Port or Tabon Jetty Port. Terminal fees, boat fares, and other applicable fees are around USD4 per person for a one-way route.
Things To Do In Boracay With Kids
The best time to go to Boracay is during the months of November to February. The Summer season is from March to May and people flock to the island in most numbers during this period.
There are about more than a dozen beaches in Boracay and depending on your preference you can choose which place to go to. We will give you an overview of some of these kid-friendly beaches so you can start planning your itinerary from there.
White Beach is the most popular and longest stretch of beach in Boracay. It is popularly known for its beautiful white sand and is the most visited part of Boracay. You can actually say that White Beach has it all, resorts, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, shopping areas, and places to book for water activities.
This is the part of Boracay that is divided into Station 1, 2 and 3.
Station 1 houses luxurious and spacious resorts as well as bars and clubs for nightlife activities.
Willy’s Rock, a popular and picturesque attraction in Boracay because of its amazing form that is said to be made of volcanic lava and rock formation from thousands of years back is nearby Station 1.
Station 2 is the center where the popular D’mall – a place to shop – is located. It also has some mid-range resorts and a line of bars and restaurants. This is the area that can become a bit crowded sometimes.
Station 3 is quieter and less crowded. It is also home to a number of budget and backpacker hostels.
Fire dancers performing at night are common sightings in White Beach and kids will love the spectacular sight.
Puka Beach is another beach in Boracay that can be reached by a boat ride or by tricycle ride.
This is also one of the destinations that are included when you go island hopping.
Aside from sunbathing, swimming and watching the sunset, there are activities that are done here like kayaking or paddleboarding.
There are a few restaurants and bars as well.
We recommend a visit to Puka beach because it is one of the beaches in Boracay that is still in its true form, serene and less crowded.
Punta Bunga Beach
Punta Bunga Beach is just as beautiful as Boracay’s main White Beach.
The only difference is that Punta Bunga Beach is a private resort for guests staying in a few big resorts like Shangri-La Boracay, Ecovillage and Movenpick. This beach can also be accessed through an island hopping package.
- Movenpick Resort – Please check reviews and the latest price here.
- Shangri-La Resort and Spa – Please check reviews and the latest price here.
Scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and other water sports are just some of the activities that can be done here.
Bulabog Beach is very near White Beach and is the best place for kite and windsurfing. If you don’t know how to do it and give it a try with your kids, then it can be done because there are schools in the area that are most willing to teach you how to do it.
In Bulabog Beach, you can also find the Boracay Butterfly Garden.
Here, kids may enjoy and learn about different species of butterflies and plants. They will also get to see the life cycle of the butterfly.
Refreshments, plants, and handicrafts are also available for sale.
If you do love snorkeling then Crocodile Island is the best spot for it. It is a 15-minute ride by boat from White Beach.
Crocodile Island is uninhabited and got its name from how it looks from afar, like a crocodile’s head.
Where to Stay
Getting a hotel in Boracay is a breeze. There are lots of places to choose from depending on your budget.
After all, the island is home to over 12000 hotels and guesthouses.
If you want to have access to private beaches, you may want to choose some of the big resorts like Boracay Eco Village Resort, Shangri-la Boracay and Movenpick Resort & Spa Boracay among many others.
Where to Eat
Finding a place to eat in Boracay will never be a problem.
White Beach, for example, has a line of restaurants that you can choose from which serves different cuisines from Filipino to world-class cuisines like Italian, Spanish, American, Japanese, Korean and Chinese.
Boracay has also great supply of seafood and tropical fruit so you can indulge in this kind of food when you are here.
There are also restaurants serving buffet and it is great for the family because the kids can be accommodated for free.
D’Talipapa in Station 2 is a place that you can buy fresh seafood and let the eateries in the area cook for you.
It is also worth mentioning the local favorite spot, the Spider House Resort.
It is one popular destination in Boracay because of its unique construction. It is located in Diniwid Beach.
It is a great place to eat, swim and enjoy the sea view and sunset as well. It is built at the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea and is best reached by a boat ride from your island hopping package.
Bohol With Kids
Bohol is another beautiful island located in the Visayas. It is known for its beautiful beaches, the iconic Chocolate Hills and home to the world’s smallest primate, the tarsier.
How To Get There
By plane, there are domestic routes from Manila, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Clark. It takes around 1 hour to 20 minutes going to Bohol by plane. There is one international flight from Seoul, South Korea as well.
By sea, from Cebu port, it takes around 1-2 hours by a ferry ride, going to Tagbilaran port and Tubigon port, both local seaports in Bohol.
Getting around Bohol is easy. Busses, private cars, taxis, rental cars, jeepneys, tricycles, and even motorcycles are readily available.