Authored by Liz Pekler
With its vast collection of idyllic beaches, mysterious caves, majestic mountains, and other natural wonders, the Philippines is a true haven for active vacationers and thrill-seeking adventurers.
Home to some of the most breathtaking vacation spots in the world, there are many reasons to visit the Philippines, though perhaps the most exciting are the truly unforgettable adventures that also offer the most epic adrenaline rush!
Whether you’re into extreme sports like surfing, swimming with whale sharks, or death-defying activities atop the country’s highest points, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
For Your Inner Adrenaline Junkie: 7 Extreme Adventures in the Philippines
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Swim with Massive Whale Sharks
If you know anything about whale sharks, then you know that it’s perfectly safe to swim and interact with these gentle creatures. Though they belong to the shark species, with very large mouths that contain over 3,000 teeth, whale sharks pose no threat to humans, as they are very docile and friendly.
Knowing that your life won’t be in any immediate danger, you’ll find that swimming with whale sharks seems pretty tame compared to some of the other extreme activities you may have in mind.
Nonetheless, if you’ve never tried it before, it can still be a heart-racing experience to swim near an animal that grows up to 65 feet long and has a mouth that can seemingly swallow you whole with one gulp.
Visit Donsol Bay in Sorsogon to get up close and personal with the ocean’s most gentle giant. And of course the photos will be fantastic, so don’t forget to bring a good underwater camera!
Trek into the Heart of an Active Volcano
An active volcano, exploring the Taal Volcano in Batangas may just be one of the scariest and most exhilarating experiences you will ever have. But even if you aren’t seeking a possible brush with a fiery death, it’s still worth a visit simply for the sheer beauty of this wonderfully complex natural wonder. After all, where else can you see a lake within a volcano within a lake within a volcano?!
Taal Volcano has erupted over 30 times in the past few centuries, though we have not seen an eruption for decades. These days it’s a popular destination for tourists. Visitors typically ride a boat across the Taal Lake to get to the volcano island in its midst, which is then followed by horseback riding or trekking up the slope of the volcano to get to the crater rim.
This is then followed by more trekking down a steep slope to reach the Crater Lake within the volcano island, where you can swim in the lake, have lunch on the shore, and explore all the wondrous features (including steam vents, charred rock and scorched earth, boiling springs, geyser pits, and more) of the volcanic terrain—all while tempting fate, of course.
Ride a Bike While Suspended 60 Feet in the Air
There’s nothing like a leisurely bike ride while enjoying a light mountain breeze, right? But if that bike happens to be on a bunch of cables that are suspended high up in the air, it’s not going to be the relaxing experience that you’d normally expect from a typical bike ride.
The recreational activities at Eden Nature Park and Resort in Davao, which will have you riding a bike or swinging from a harness at extreme heights, are definitely not for the faint of heart (or for people afraid of heights). One of its most popular activities for tourists is the Skycycle, where brave souls get to ride a bike on a cable while 60 feet up in the air.
The park also offers other fear-inducing activities such as the Skyswing, which is quite simply a swing that’s hoisted high up in the sky and will have you swinging about 80-95 feet in the air.
For active adventurers who love to explore, canyoning combines various extreme sports and other strenuous activities—which makes it perfect for adrenaline junkies.
If you’re interested in canyoning (or canyoneering) in the Philippines, there are many picturesque spots in Cebu, such as the Kawasan Falls or Montaneza Falls, that offer guided canyoneering trips that involve river trekking, rappelling, rock climbing, cliff diving, abseiling, and more.
Extreme Sand Adventures
Not a fan of extreme water sports? If you don’t mind the sweltering heat that comes with being in a desert, the La Paz Sand Dunes in Ilocos Norte is a great place to try out some extreme sports without getting yourself wet (except from sweat, of course).
At the La Paz Sand Dunes, tourists can enjoy thrilling activities like sand surfing or sandboarding down the sandy slopes, or enjoy 4×4 or ATV rides over the powdery dunes while enjoying a breathtaking view of the nearby ocean.
Get Your Fill of Extreme Water Sports
Because of the abundance of beaches, waterfalls, and other glorious bodies of water in the Philippines, you can enjoy a wide variety of extreme water sports, including surfing, wakeboarding, kite surfing, jet skiing, and many more.
Of course, there are different destinations for every activity. For surf lovers, the best beaches to visit for some truly tasty waves are those in Baler, Pagudpud, Siargao, and La Union. For wakeboarders, there are some amazing wakeboarding parks in the Philippines, such as the Republ1c Wakepark in Calamba, Laguna and the CamSur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur, Bicol.
Boracay, the famous party beach of the Philippines, is also a great spot for extreme water activities such as parasailing, kite surfing, jet skiing, cliff diving, wind surfing, and more.
Take to the Skies
If soaring through the air is more your thing, there are many places to quench this thirst in the Philippines. For instance, you can learn to fly a plane at the Angeles City Flying Club in Pampanga, where flying lessons on ultralight planes are offered. You can choose between three plane designs: open cockpit, closed, or half-enclosed.
If falling out of the plane appeals more to you, you can cross skydiving off your bucket list at the Skydive Greater Cebu Skydiving Center in Santa Fe, Cebu, which is an affiliate dropzone of the Skydive Greater Kankakee, Illinois in the U.S. It offers tandem skydiving for first-timers, solo diving for the more experienced, and skydiving lessons.
You can also try solo or tandem paragliding with Air Sports Adventure Philippines at various fly sites all over the country including Carmona, Cavite (end of October until April), San Mateo, Eastside of Manila (June until October), Safi Ranch, Sarangani (year-round flying), or Naravacan Outdoor Adventure Hub (NOAH), the Bali of the North (November starts 9 months/year flying).
Visiting the Philippines is a treat for both extreme and non-extreme travelers alike. Should you ever decide to visit this beautiful country, make sure to educate yourself and read up on some tips and tricks on making the most out of your trip.
And if you do decide to go for some heart-pounding activities, make sure to bring a good camera (an action camera would be best), so you can fully document your amazing adventures!
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