8 Adventures To Experience In The Philippines
Many tourists visit the Philippines for its pristine white beaches, incredible marine life, magnificent mountains, and other breathtaking scenery. But if you want to make the most of your trip in this country, then I suggest that you take on some challenging and fun adventures. Check out the following 8 adventures that were recommended by some Filipinos travelers.
Do you want to take your cycling skills to the next level? Why not pedal your way up in the sky? You can try the Skycycle adventure in Davao at Eden Nature Park & Resort or the or Bike Zip in Bohol at Chocolate Hills Adventure Park.
“Soar high like an eagle in the sky and try Skycycle. This is the newest adventure in Davao City. Never leave Eden Nature Park without trying their epic rides. Eden is the best place to relax with its sumptuous lunch buffet and world class accommodation. Riding a bicycle in the sky is just an amazing experience. I felt high literally, as I pedaled through the sky overlooking the beautiful nature park.” – Reymond (@thatmokie)
Where: Eden Nature Park and Resort
Bo. Eden Toril, Davao 8025
Rate: PHP 200 (USD 4.34)
“To get to the area where the bike zip is located, one has to climb a long flight of cemented stairs. Quite tiring since we just came from a series of tree-top challenges. Participants are required to sign a waiver and to be properly geared up before climbing to another set of long stairs to get to the bike zip platform. You get to choose between a single bike or a double bike, but unfortunately, when we were there, the double bike is not available. It’s a round-trip experience of biking in the air with a view of the Chocolate Hills and the Bohol countryside. Definitely exhilarating especially with the strong wind up there. Don’t worry the bike is also suspended in wires just like you are.
It’s a good way to conquer your fears of heights (just like me) and it’s an alternative way of seeing the famous Chocolate Hills.” – Darlene (@pointandshootwanderlust)
Where: Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
Loay Interior Road, Carmen, Bohol
Rate: PHP 450 (USD 9.76)
2. Scuba Diving
Blessed with 7,100 islands, the Philippines is easily considered as one of the best diving destinations in the world. Some of the great dive sites in the country include Yapak in Boracay, The Canyons in Puerto Galera, Balicasag Fish Sanctuary in Bohol, Morazan Maru in Coron, Palawan, among others.
“I am hydrophobic since birth. I had been pushed too often onto the sea that even at the slightest sight, I would cringe. I often slip when I am at the pool so that added to the trauma. When I worked in an outdoor equipment company before, I had been exposed not only to the mountains (which I found to be my comfort zone) but to the waters as well. Having to learn how to snorkel and how to dive was life changing. Though I still fear to be in deep waters, but at least I find it a bit comfortable when I use the diving equipment.
Discovery Scuba Dive is a must for people who want to know how the underwater ecosystem works and how to navigate scuba equipment. The aim of DSD is to see underwater life in macro, also to let people realize that dynamite fishing, marine life poaching, and coral collection is definitely a hazard to our environment.” – Jeane (@viajeracebuana)
Where: KonTiki Dive Resort
Datag, Mactan Island, Pajac-Maribago Rd,
Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
Rate: PHP 2,500 (USD 54.24)
3. Wake Boarding
Many types of water sports can be enjoyed when you travel in the Philippines; one that is quickly gaining popularity is wake boarding. You can try this sport from any of the four wakeboarding centers: Lago de Oro in Calatagan, Batangas, CamSur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur, Bicol, DECA Wakeboard Park in Davao, and Clark Wake board Park in Angeles City, Pampanga.
“I first tried wake boarding in the summer of 2015 in the CamSur Watersports Complex. At first, I thought that it’s difficult balancing on a board while being dragged across the water but it’s actually not. Once you get the hang of it and find your balance, you’re good to go!
I fell quite a few times on my first attempts and got dragged face down across the water. The instructor was witty enough to advise me that I should let go of the handle of the cable. He said I should learn to let go when it hurts already (lol). Anyways, if you’re up to trying something new, I would highly recommend that you try wake boarding. You don’t need to know how to swim to be able to try it, it’s in the water (which is where we all want to be given the weather we have), it’s quite affordable and most of all, it’s a great and fun experience.
You could try it when you’re on a trip to CamSur, or for a more accessible option, you could visit the Republic Wakepark in Nuvali.” – Zai (@zai13th)
Where: Republic Wakepark
West Diversity Boulevard Nuvali,
Calamba, 4027 Laguna
Rate: PHP 250 (USD 5.32)
4. Sky Diving
Are you looking for something a little more extreme? Then head on over to Zambales and experience sky diving.
“When the parachute opened, I thought, ‘This is it. Finally.’ From a thousand feet into the air, I had an aerial view of the beach in Zambales and its surroundings and thought I must be seeing what the birds see. The radio beeped and in came the instructions from my divemaster. I thought to myself, I should be able to get down safely. Skydiving dares you to conquer something within yourself, may it be fear or doubt. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience. There’s a moment when you’re descending that you’d actually feel relief and a wondrous joy.” – Hali (@taraletsanywhere)
Where: Skydive Zambales
Rate: Solo – PHP 12,000 (USD 255.442)
Tandem – PHP 17,000 (USD 361.87)
5. Free diving
If you can swim well and you want to inspect the underwater life up close without hurting the budget, then free diving is for you. Unleash your mermaid potential in any of the diving spots in the Philippines.
“I like freediving because I need to experience everything in a limited time. I need to calm down in the middle of adrenaline rush to extend my breath. It’s peaceful. I recommend it to everyone because it’s a form of exercise for the body and mind. Your body needs to work hard to attain a certain depth and to prolong your breath while your brain needs to shut down. It also makes you closer to the marine life because you only have yourself and not assisted with any equipment.” – Valerie (@traveloneval)
Where: Oslob, Cebu
Rate: Free if you have the right gear (mask, snorkle, long fins, wetsuit)
Diving instructor fee – PHP1,000 (USD 21.41)
6. Jet Skiing
If money is no issue then you might want to consider driving a watercraft or jet skiing. There are several resorts and beaches in the Philippines that offer this adventure on a per hour basis.
“The jet ski experience is fun. I thought at first that I couldn’t do it, turns out I could. It’s easy to do, kinda like riding a bicycle. There aren’t many people who are doing this adventure in the area so it would make you feel like you own the sea. I loved it!” – Caresse (@caressedy)
Where: Virgin Beach
Rate: PHP 4,500 (USD 96.24) per hour
7. Mountain Climbing
Not only is the Philippines blessed with beautiful islands, it is also rich in majestic mountains. Many of these mountains can be conquered for just a few hours, hence mountain climbing is one of the popular outdoor activities in the country.
“To those who have visited Tagaytay and wondered what was on the other side of the lake, well it’s Mt. Maculot. I recommend mountain climbing at Mt. Maculot to those who are busy and just want to get out of town for a day. It is only a day trip and a 1 to 2 hours climb to the rockies. Its an amazing climb where you can have a special viewing of the Lake Taal. Across is the view of the famous Tagaytay Highland. Climbing this mountain will give you a quick fix for that urge to do an adventure that would only take a few hours in a day.” – Laarni (@dangerouslady4u)
Where: Mt. Maculot
Rate: PHP 700 (USD 14.98)
One of the group activities that is quickly gaining popularity is canyoneering. It’s a full-packed adventure that involves swimming, trekking, climbing, and jumping into the water. As of this time, there is only one canyoneering spot in the country and that is Cebu.
“Canyoning (Canyoneering) in Badian,Cebu! Everyone who’s about to visit Cebu should try this extreme outdoor adventure! Why? Because you will feel more alive after jumping 10ft to 50ft high! Imagine yourself falling from cliffs, erm, I mean, jumping from cliffs! It’s a test of courage! Just a tip, breathe in and out to elevate energy levels and keep yourself cool because nervousness will keep you from enjoying this extreme activity! Ready to jump your heart out? Go to Cebu now! Since we are a group of 8, we had the package’s price down to 700 pesos each. Regular price would be around PHP 1,000 (USD 21.40) to PHP 1,500 (USD 32.10) with complete meal and transfers from pick-up point to jump off! Special thanks to Raymund Sande for this friendly price and great tour guides! Contact him for a package deal!” – Jerny (@jernyd)
Rate: (USD 21.40) to PHP 1,500 (USD 32.10)
Have you tried any of these adventures? Which one would you be interested to try?
Great info shared. Thanks. Honestly, I haven’t tried any of these 8 adventures yet so I guess I am missing a lot of things. I should start getting these things done as soon as possible.
All of them seem to have a unique thrill of their own, I would definitely try cycling in the sky. How are you able to balance on a rope? this really beats me! can anyone do it? looks straight out of a circus!
I always want to try Skycycle and Canyoneering but I still haven’t found a schedule to these yet and of course the budget. Yet, you are such an adventurous person to have tried these. Kudos!
You may want to add the zip-line in lake Sebu in your list. It’ll cross two mountains and a sure way to adrenaline rush. I’ve tried it several years ago, it sure was fun, but I don’t think I will do it again, haha!
I have never been to the philippines, and didnt expect there are so much more things to do! would totally love to visit philippines soon.
These all look like amazing experiences! For some reason, I am hesitant to try the skycycle. It looks the scariest of all the adventures lol.
I so love visiting your Blog . I get to see so many amazing things about the Philipines. Funny , how we here in Europe don’t get to know much about your country . Thailand , China etc are quite popular here , but never anything about the stunning spots and places in the Philipines. Keep this great job up , your country is so amazing multifaceted , it is good to have you Bloggers spreading the word !
Thanks for this Miss Marge! 🙂 Yeah I wish I can dive again anytime soon!
Thanks for promoting our country. This will surely engage foreign people. There are more to see in these places. I hope to see more posts of yours related to our country.
I would love to visit the Philippines. It looks so beautiful. 🙂 The activities look very interesting, especially Skycycling. I had never heard of that before!
This is a great list of adventures to experience in the Philippines. You’ve covered everything pretty well. How I wish Skycycle was already available when I visited Davao and Bohol before. Now, I have to return once again to experience it. Hahaha! As for skydiving, I think that although Zambales offers solo skydiving, beginners should never try doing solo on their first try. They don’t know how they are when doing it. Some first timers actually faint when doing it. It’s dangerous that way since they may pull the string late. Also, they might forget the proper landing. Anyway, thanks for sharing.
It’s more fun in the Philippines indeed. Full of adventures to experience but I guess I am not that adventurous as I have done only half in the list. Mostly are in for water activities and that could be the reason. I am more in the mountains. 🙂
I’ve never been to the Philippines, but I want to go someday. Your photos look beautiful. I would enjoy the mountain climbing, especially as you say it’s not too difficult. I would also enjoy going to Cebu because I love diving! I’ve never tried free diving though!
As a less adventurous person I have to say I would do the mountain climbing and canyoning. The sky biking looks so scary tho i am afraid of heights so I probably wouldn’t get up there anyway. I can see though how different and innovative these activities are.
After reading your post, I had memories of the times I went scuba diving all over the Philippines. It has been a long time and my last dive was on 2003. Back then, I was already a higher level dive instructor and advanced technical diver.
Naalala ko tuloy the five years I spent living in Boracay, the times I would go backpack with tourists all over, and the times I would come to Manila for a vacation and find myself going to Batangas to hangout with diver friends there.
Its always my dream to try Scuba Diving, but after reading your listed adventures I want to try them all.
Thanks for visiting Kirnay. I hope you’d get to do them all too. 🙂
Thanks Marge for including our entry on skydiving. 🙂 Good list. Personally I’d done only 2 from this list haha. Would love to learn freediving soon.
Oh, we have a video of that skydive in Zambales in case anybody would want to watch/get scared/vicariously feel that rush when you’re falling from the sky: https://vimeo.com/136495570
Amazing, hopefully I can try this someday.
Yay! Nice article, Marge! Thanks for including mine! I’ve done at least 4 on this list! 🙂 🙂
Ooh, I’ve only done, 2!