The prospect of rain is usually enough to (literally) dampen the most meticulously planned excursions. There's the usual list of palusot: it's flooding outside, bringing an umbrella is just too much hassle, the rain won't let up—the list goes on. You're also pretty sure that your bed has somehow grown arms and has transformed into a clingy, possessive monster (like your ex, probably). But if you do manage to make it out of the house, you might be surprised at the range of activities that can still be fun during the rainy season.
Check them out below:
1) Soak in a hot spring
A light rain is a nice, relaxing contrast to the toasty water in a hot spring. You don't have to travel too far as there are several scattered across the country, from Pansol in Laguna, to Maquinit in Coron, to Mainit in Biliran.
2) Go to Tagaytay
Tagaytay's a great destination during the summer and -ber months, but it's also really nice there during the rainy season! The breeze tends to be chillier after drizzling and there are less tourists. Besides, digging into a bowl of steaming bulalo is extra heavenly when it's raining outside, don't you think?
3) Go surfing
Hardcore surfers, you shouldn't miss a chance to catch some waves while it's raining outside. There aren't as many people on the beach, plus the waves are bigger. And since you'll be in the water anyway, a little rainfall shouldn't hurt. Just make sure that you're not surfing during a really bad typhoon or a thunderstorm—you don't want your trip turning into a buwis-buhay experience!
4) Try white water rafting
White water rafting during the rainy season sounds like a one-way ticket to danger, but seriously, navigating a river during some rain can be pretty fantastic. Since rivers usually swell when it's raining, the rapids will be bigger and the ride a little more fun. Again, make sure you don't try this during a storm: we really don't want anyone dying, guys.
5) Chase waterfalls
Have youn visited a waterfall this summer, only to end up disappointed after seeing a thin stream of water flowing weaker than your piss? If so, you should probably return for a visit during the rainy season, when waterfalls tend to transform into majestic, picture-perfect torrents. There's a high chance you'll get muddy on your way, sure, but isn't that a small price to pay in order to see nature at its finest? Previous warning applies: do not attempt this when there's horrible weather!
Local government units usually charge a small entrance fee for a lot of waterfalls in the Philippines for their upkeep.
6) Have a staycation
If you and your barkada are too lazy to push through with that Baler/Zambales/La Union trip, you can still have an UBE (Ultimate Bonding Experience—YES, we're old) by staying in a hostel in Manila with the whole gang. Check in early, head out for dinner and drinks, and then make your way back to your hostel when everyone is too drunk to function.
7) Visit a museum
Museums are excellent places to pass the time away, and they're way cozier when it's raining cats and dogs outside. It's a great time to visit the National Museum of the Philippines—you can easily spend a whole day there roaming through the halls and looking at all the artifacts and art on display.