Davao del Sur

Here you can climb the highest peak in the Philippines: Mt. Apo.

The mountain is actually a dormant stratovolcano that stands at almost 3,000 meters high. Take the Kapatagan trail to pass through a forest before a challenging boulder climb to the peak. Or take the Kidapawan trail to experience diverse terrain ranging from hot springs to a river crossing to swamp-like land. Reaching the summit takes an average of three to four days.

If you’re looking to really push yourself, there’s the international Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge that’s held during the Pista sa Kinaiyahan (Festival of Nature). This gruelling 24-hour challenge begins at the beaches of Sta. Cruz and ends at Mt. Apo’s boulder face; it involves mountain biking, trekking, water tubing and road running.

After your descent, relax with a cup of Mt. Apo Civet Coffee at the Mt. Apo Highland Resort. Then explore what the rest of what the province has to offer.

The Virgin Falls features a picturesque waterfall nestled between two moss-covered boulders, while the Tudaya Falls is known as one of the tallest waterfalls in the area.

The Bato and Tagabuli Seascape includes the Passig Islet and Tagabuli Sea Rock Garden — easy escapes to white sands and cool waters.

The Tibolo Village is an immersive introduction to Bagobo culture where you can learn first-hand about their indigenous traditions, crafts and cuisine.

The Agong House showcases giant sculptures and other pieces by celebrated Mindanao artist Kublai Millan in an outdoor setting.

Camp Sabros is popular for its zip lines, one of which is over 800 meters long. You can also strap on your life jacket and brave the currents of the Sibulan River in an enormous water tube – for a guaranteed rush.