Known as a beach haven for celebrities and travel enthusiasts, the country's unique 7,107-island geography makes the destination just as perfect for travelers looking for adventure, nature, and culture.
The Philippines' diverse natural wonders make us a sought-after destination among the pack of adventurers; those who choose to explore outdoor escapes.
While adventurism has just recently been recognized as a global trend, the Philippines has been catering to this demand as a way of life – being blessed with mountains, caves, white waters, name it, the Philippines has it!
Do you get thrills from thousands of feet in the air? Then let the Philippines satisfy your aerial cravings!
If skydiving is your passion, then the Philippines is the right place for you. The country’s affordable skydiving packages allow you to fulfill your dream of hurtling through the sky while marveling at the majestic views. The Skydiving Center in Tanauan, Batangas presents one of the most spectacular skydiving scenery in the world, with a drop zone between Mount Makiling and Taal Volcano.
Ultralight Flying/Helicopter Sightseeing
Ultralight flying is the most basic, elemental of light. It’s also the most exhilarating. While it may be expensive in other parts of the world, it’s well within your budget I the Philippines. Clark Field in Pampanga, a few hours north of Manila, has the most affordable Ultralight flying packages, allowing you to experience the sensation of flying without paying a fortune. A commendable safety record and world-class pilot support make ultralight flying in he Philippines as safe as it is thrilling.
Hot air Ballooning
The Philippines is also a fantastic spot for hot-air ballooning. And every February, you can join the Philippine Hot Air Festival in Clark Field, in Pampanga. It’s one of Asia’s biggest hot-air balloon festivals, and the sight of those colorful orbs filling up the sky is sure to take your breath away.
On just all about of Philippines’ 7107 islands, you can find exhilarating extreme adventures that allow you to explore our natural wonders.
Whether you’re a hardcore downhiller, or a jungle trail rider, or you simply crave for a leisure ride on flat bike trails, the Philippines is for you and you don’t even have to go far from Manila. There are excellent bike bike trails in the outskirts of the capital namely those in San Mateo, Rizal, and Santa Rosa, Laguna. But for demanding technical riding, you must try out the Aeta Jungle Luge trail in Subic Bay Freeport, or head off to Baguio City. It’s a jump-off point for many mountain bike trails that begin at the outskirts of the city and take riders as far as La Union and Nueva Vizcaya. Sagada is also a popular destination for mountain bikers. The Visaya Region is likewise dotted with dozens of trails like the Die Hard Trail in Loboc, Bohol.
Rock climbing has caught on big in the Philippines. There are currently about a dozen indoor walls in Metro Manila, plus great outdoor sites near Mania. Montalban, with its limestone cliffs as high as 300 feet, is a popular destination. There are also terrific cliffs near Baguio in the north, and down south in Atimonan, Quezon. But for a truly exotic rock climbing experience, check out the spectacular cliffs at El Nido and Coron; near the world-class beach resorts of Palawan.
The Philippines is full of great trekking and mountaineering spots. Mountaineers flock to the nation’s highest peaks, like Mount Pulag in the north and Mount Apo, the country’s highest peak, in the southern island of Mindanao. But there are other great hiking and trekking sites, like the eerily beautiful Mount Pinatubo crater. Light treks can also be enjoyed in the outlying provinces of Metro Manila, like Laguna, Batangas, and Bulacan.
The Philippines is a haven for cave exploration enthusiasts. The caves in Sagada feature spectacular lime formations. These caves are also ancestral burial sites for the local indigenous people. the famous Callao cave has a “chapel” made of gothic-like arches formed by stalagmites and stalactites. And at dusk, visitors are treated to the sights of thousands of bats streaming out of the mouth of the cave. Meanwhile in Palawan, you can explore the St. Paul Subterranean River, the world’s longest underground waterway. No doubt there are still hundreds of fascinating caves in the Philippines that are still waiting to be discovered.
The Philippines is truly a birdwatcher’s dream. The country is home to over 760 species of birds, including some of the rarest species in the world. The Candaba Swamp in Pampanga is a well-known bird sanctuary. As a stopover for birds migrating from the north Asia, rare birds like the Eurasian spoonbill and schrenck’s bittern have been spotted there. The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary, near Cebu, is also a paradise for birdwatchers. Over 50 different species of migratory birds have been spotted here, including the rare Chinese egret.
If you like getting your thrills above and underneath the waves, then the Philippines has so much to offer!
Paddling out to sea is a great way to commune with nature. Sea kayaking packages are widely available all over the archipelago, but the prime spot for the sport has to be the Calamian Islands off Palawan. There you will discover the pristine, palm-fringed limestone island that the indigenous people of the area, the Tagbanuas, have been exploring for generations. Subic Bay and Boracay, two major vacation spots, also offer sea kayaking.
Divers around the world agree: the Philippines has some of the finest scuba diving sites on the planet. The archipelago is te center of marine fish biodiversity and home to most diverse marine ecosystem in the world. The options are endless. Night dives in Anilao, Batangas reveal unusual creatures like sea goblins, blue-ringed octopi, mandarin fishes and ghost-pipe fishes. The popular Puerto Galera resort in Mindoro offers a close-up look at fascinating coral gardens and colorful sea creatures. Balicasag island, off the coast of Bohol, has spectacular black coral “forest” and caves to explore. But nothing leaves divers in awe like the legendary Tubbattaha reefs, known for their underwater splendor. In fact, Tubbattaha was declared on of UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage sites because of its sheer beauty.
These new board sorts are taking the Philippines by storm. Kiteboarding, where you ride the waves while tethered to a giant kite, has proven to be a huge attraction at the beach paradise of Boracay, is a mecca for boardsailing enthusiasts. Wakeboarding is a unique thrill especially at the Camsur Watersports Complex near Naga City, an hour’s flight from Manila. This new, man-made watersports park is the epicenter for wakeboarding in the country.
White Water Rafting
You don’t have to go to the Colorado River to feel the pure adrenalin rush of white water rafting. The Philippines has two fabulous white water rafting sports to choose from. Up north is the Chico River, a 72 kilometer silver of frothy river that winds itself through the heart of the breathtaking Cordillera Mountains. The southern island of Mindanao also has a whitewater rafting showcase, the rough-and-tumble Cagayan De Oro River. Either way, you’ll be in for the ride of your life!
Whether you’re a novice surfer or a veteran tube rider, the Philippines has a surf venue for you. Beginners can hone skills in La Union, Zambales, or Leyte. Baler, in the province of Aurora, offers great Pacific Ocean surfing just a few hours away from Manila. But hardcore surfers must make a beeline to Siargao. This island off Mindanao is home to the legendary Cloud Nine break, where the Pacific Ocean regularly serves up to ten-foot waves that offer the ultimate surfing high.