Getting Dangerously High: Philippines’ 14 Extreme Adventures

Philippines’ 14 Bucket-List Extreme Sports

If you’re looking for an exciting, heart-pounding adventure, then you don’t have to look beyond our shores. That’s right, our country does not only have natural, exotic and beautiful spots. Also, we have several fun-filled adventures, activities and extreme sports in the Philippines that are sure to give you a natural high and adrenaline rush!

So, read on and take note of our list of the Philippines’ 14 extreme adventures to try!

  1. Sand Boarding

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    Photo Credit: Ilocos Sand Adventure Website

Where to Go

Up in the great north in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, visit the La Paz Sand Dunes and go sand boarding! You will take 15 minutes from the City of Laoag to the sand dunes. Moreover, you can just ride either a tricycle or jeepney going there.

What to Do

For a hassle-free adventure going to the sand dunes, it’s best to avail of tour packages. A basic tour package includes a 4×4 ride going to the Laoag La Paz Sand Dunes, so you can finally go sand boarding. Just one slide going down the sandy slope will surely make you want to try it over and over again!

Budget

Prepare about Php 2,500 for the 4×4 ride and unlimited sand boarding for a package good for 4 to 5 pax.

Additionally, it’s hot out in the sand dunes, so dress light to enjoy the sand boarding activity and don’t forget to bring extra clothes and refreshments.

2. Bungee Jumping 

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Where to Go

There are a couple of locations where you can free-fall and go bungee jumping. These include Subic, Zambales and at Danao Adventure Park in Bohol.

What to Do

For beginners, it may be best to try out the Parachute Fall or Tree Drop Adventure at Tree Top Adventure Nature Park in Subic. Then, get safety harness and then bungee jump from a height of 60 to 75 feet.

Also, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, then you better head on over to Bohol and take “The Plunge!” The Plunge at Danao Adventure Park is where you can bungee jump from a 200-meter high cliff and swing freely over the canyon. Furthermore, be sure to strike a pose and get your pix taken!

Budget

The rate for the Tree Drop and Parachute Fall at Tree Top Adventure Nature Park per person costs Php 150 and Php 250, respectively. Moreover, other Outdoor Adventure Packages, which includes the other attractions in the park, ranges from Php 500 to Php 1,000 per pax.

Meanwhile, in order to enjoy the swinging bungee at Danao Adventure Park, you have to shell out Php 700. To engage in other extreme adventure activities, like rock climbing, zip-lining and rappelling, prepare to pay between Php 250 to Php 600. Very affordable!

Also, always be sure to remove all loose articles and personal belongings, like cell phones and wallets, before you go for this extreme jump.

3. Tiger Safari RideExtreme Sports in the Philippines

Photo Credit: Zoobic Safari Facebook Page

Where to Go

There are several Subic Tourist spots worth visiting, like in Ocean Adventure Subic, Tree Top Adventure Park and at Zoobic Safari. Particularly, one extremely wild adventure that is a must-see and experience when visiting Subic is the Tiger Safari Ride in Zoobic Safari!

What to Do

Get up close and personal with 400-pound tigers and hear them roar as they pounce on the enclosed Safari jeep that you’ll be riding in. Also, if you can muster up enough courage, you can even feed the tigers a whole chicken through any of the small openings within the jeep. Don’t worry, the openings are only small enough to fit or squeeze the chicken through but not big enough for the tiger’s mouth and head. However, just be careful nonetheless and don’t even dare to put your hand through that opening!

Budget

Day tour entrance rates at Zoobic Safari is Php 545/pax for adults, Php 445/pax for kids 4 feet and below, kids below 3 feet get in for free. Plus, if you wanna feed chicken to the tiger during the Safari ride, that will cost you Php 200.

Inclusions in the day tour entrance fee are the following 11 attractions: Zoobic Park, Rodent World, Serpentarium, Forbidden/Zoobic Cave, Tiger Safari Ride, Close Encounter, Savannah, Animal MuZOOeum, Aetas’ Trail, Hip-Hop-Bay-a-Wak and Croco Loco. Also, you can spend an average of two and a half hours inside Zoobic Safari. So have fun and get wild!

4. Flying Trapeze

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Photo Credit: Flying Trapeze Philippines Facebook Page

Where to Go

Soar high and fly through the air by going to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig. Yes, you read that right! There are available extreme adventures near Manila if you know where to look, and one of them is trapeze flying!

You have a chance to feel like a daredevil when you visit Flying Trapeze Philippines (FTP) at Lot 11-A Federacion Drive corner 9th Avenue in BGC.

What to Do

Jump high from a 25-foot platform and learn how to do basic flying trapeze routines that are sure to give you not only an adrenaline rush but also a good upper body workout. This is a great extreme activity for folks who are looking for new and alternative ways to stay fit and healthy while. Not only that, you will be having fun at the same time!

Budget

Book a flying trapeze class online because the rates are cheaper from Php 800 (weekday morning and afternoon) to Php1,000 (weekday evening and during weekends) per person compared to Php 1,000 (weekday morning and afternoon) or Php 1,250 (weekday evening and during weekends) per pax if you are a walk-in customer. To know more, other promos and packages are available on the FTP website.

This high-flying activity is intended for those aged 6 years old and above and parents/guardians of children under the age of 18 must sign a waiver form. Additionally, maximum specified weight limit is 250 lbs. If you weigh more than 250 pounds, you first have to get an instructor’s approval and demonstrate that you can hang onto the bar unassisted for more than 5 seconds.



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5. Wake boarding

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Photo Credit: Republ1c Wakepark Facebook Page

Where to Go

One extreme water sport activity that you should include in your bucket list is to go wakeboarding! There are two notable places you can go to: Republ1c Wakepark at Nuvali in Calamba, Laguna or at the CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) in Pili, Camarines Sur.

What to Do

Wakeboarding is surfing, water skiing and snowboarding combined. At Republ1c Wakepark or at CWC, you will stand on a wide board as cables pull you through ramps and obstacles laid out on the water course. So make sure you hold on tight to the handle!

Budget

At Republ1c Waterpark, the wakeboard ride per hour is priced at Php 250, wakeboard rental is Php 350 an hour, plus you need to pay an extra Php 800 refundable deposit fee for the vest, helmet and RFID. Furthermore, private coaching session costs Php 750.

At CWC, the hourly wakeboarding rate is Php 165 and you also need to pay a deposit worth Php 500 for the rental of the helmet and vest. Don’t forget to bring a valid ID, because you need to present that to use a wakeboard with slip-on bindings.

Also, at the CamSur Watersports Complex, you can indulge in other exciting water sports such as waterskiing, kneeboarding and wakeskating.

6. Reverse Bungee

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Photo Credit: G-Max Reverse Bungee Philippines Facebook Page

Where to Go

Boracay is perhaps the most popular beach destination in the Philippines, best known for its white sand, clear waters and magnificent scenery. But aside from the usual beach attractions, Boracay also offers extreme action for thrill seekers. Probably the most extreme attraction of all is the G-Max Reverse Bungee, which you can find on the beachfront grounds of Paradise Garden Resort Hotel in Station 3 in the Island of Boracay.

What to Do

Imagine being slingshot at breakneck speed (200 kph) at a height of 50 meters. This ride is definitely and positively not for the faint-hearted! So make sure you are properly seated and strapped securely. You’ll be spinning high up in the air many times over that you can’t help but scream at the top of your lungs! Yup, this extreme ride is only for the truly brave.

Budget

This heart-pumping attraction will cost you Php 1,800 for a one-time slingshot ride. Although a bit high, the price should be worth it if you’re looking for extreme maximum fun!

Finally, please be aware that your whole reverse bungee experience is going to be video-recorded and might be posted on the G-Max Reverse Bungee Philippines Facebook Page.

7. Kiteboarding

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Photo Credit: Isla Kiteboarding Facebook Page

Where to Go

The extreme water sport of kitesurfing or kiteboarding is relatively new in the Philippines, so there are only a handful of sites where you can go. These include Kingfisher Beach in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte; General Luna, Siargao; Coron and Calamianes Islands, Palawan; Union Beach, Malay Aklan, and Bolabog Beach, Boracay, Aklan.

What to Do

One particular place you can go to, especially if you first wanna learn how to kitesurf or just to simply rent out some gear, is at Isla Kitesurfing Center in Bolabog Beach, Boracay. Also, you can get kitesurfing lessons and book accommodations in the same facility.

Budget

Half-day rental of the full kitesurfing gear at Isla Kitesurfing Center is priced at Php 2,240. You can rent out just the board at Php 868. Additionally, discounted rates are offered for a full week rental of the gear.

Furthermore, rates for kitesurfing lessons are: 12-hour beginner course = Php 19,000; 7 to 5-hour advanced course = Php 8,400 to Php 11,200; private one-on-one lessons are charged between Php 1,680 to Php 2,240 per hour.

Last thing to note, the best time to kitesurf in Bolabog Beach is between the months of October and April.

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8. Cliff Diving

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Photo Credit: Ariel’s Point Website

Where to Go

Looking for a new challenge? Why not try jumping off a cliff and plunge into cool, deep waters? And the best place to go cliff diving here in the Philippines is at Ariel’s Point in Buruanga, Aklan. The fishing village of Buruanga is only 35 minutes away from Boracay’s Station 1 via boat.

What to Do

Before you psyche yourself up and muster enough courage to dive off the cliff, choose from 5 diving boards and platforms from where you would like to jump first. The height of the cliff or platforms ranges from 3 to 15 meters. The cliff diving experience is sure to leave you screaming in delight and wanting to come back up the cliff for more!

Budget

You may purchase tickets online or you can drop by Ariel’s House in Station 1 of Boracay’s White Beach to buy your tickets to go cliff diving. The day trip to Ariel’s Point is worth Php 2,500 per person with the following inclusions: boat cruise, buffet lunch, snacks and drinks, cliff diving, kayaking, snorkeling and even a souvenir. Good deal!

Departure from Ariel’s House in Station 1 going to Ariel’s Point is only once a day at 11:15 am, and the return trip going back to Boracay’s White Beach is at 5:00 pm.

9. Zip-lining

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Photo Credit: Nhianne Villanueva Mamagat (Facebook)

Where to Go

Zip-lining is arguably the most popular extreme adventure activity in the Philippines. Most if not all adventure/nature parks, some resorts and tourist spots offer this exhilarating high-speed ride. But the longest and highest zipline in the country is said to be found in Negros Occidental in the Municipality of Salvador Benedicto — the Everest Zipline!

What to Do

The zipline in Salvador Benedicto is 1 kilometer long and elevated 1,000 feet high from the river bed. Go to the takeoff point at Barangay Igmayaan, then you will zoom through the zipline cable for about a minute and a half until to reach your destination at Barangay Tuburan. So, enjoy the view as you hover past rivers, rice terraces and winding roads. Best to bring your selfie stick (make sure it’s securely strapped) to snap some pix while zip-lining!

Budget

You only have to pay Php 400 for an exciting one-way zip-line adventure at Everest Zipline. This is an experience that’s surely worth repeating!

Some of the other places to visit to go zip-lining are: Tree Top Adventure Park in Subic; Lignon Hill Nature Park in Legazpi City, Albay; Zip Southern Leyte in the Municipality of Sogod (near the Agas-Agas Bridge); Delta Discovery Park in Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte; and Seven Falls Zip-line in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

10. Bike Zip-Lining

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Photo Credit: Chocolate Hills Adventure Park Website

Where to go

If you’ve tried and had fun zooming through a zip-line before, then you will certainly enjoy biking along a zip-line. Yes, this is biking on an extreme new level — an elevated one!

Where should you go for this new and exciting bicycle adventure? Take your pick. You can choose to go to Chocolate Hills Adventure Park in Carmen Bohol, to Campuestohan Highland Resort in Talisay City, Negros Occidental or at Eden Nature Park and Resort in Davao.

What to Do

In Bohol, hop on board “The Rush“ bike zip-line, which is a 550-meter round-trip, about 150 feet above the ground, and gives you an excellent view of Chocolate Hills.

Meanwhile, at Campuestohan Highland Resort, you and your friends can brave the zip-line cables all at the same time by riding the “Sky Bicycle” ride which has 4 elevated cable “lanes” or zip-lines.

Lastly, at Eden Nature Park and Resort, be suspended high in the air at a height of about 60 feet and enjoy the “SkyCycle” zip-line.

Budget

The price to go bike zip-lining varies among the different locations. In Chocolate Hills Adventure Park, the bike-zip costs Php 450 per individual. Meanwhile, at Campuestohan Highland Resort, they charge Php 100 per person per one-way ride; then at Eden Nature Park, you need to pay Php 200 to ride the SkyCycle.

Please bear in mind that the different private resorts or parks may charge a separate entrance fee apart from the cost for the actual bike zip-line activity and that small children are not allowed or parents and guardians may have to sign waivers for minors who will try out this extremely exciting ride.

11. Whitewater Rafting

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Photo Credit: Great White Water Tours Website

Where to Go

Extreme adventures are more fun when you’re in the company of friends or family. And one awesome outdoor activity that’s action-packed and will require teamwork is whitewater rafting. Perhaps the most popular location for this recreational activity is down south in Mindanao along the Cagayan River in Cagayan De Oro.

What to Do

Better get the services of established white water adventure tour operators (like Great White Water Tours) before you embark on this exciting, bumpy and rip-roaring journey!

There are two river courses to choose from. The basic course begins at Barangay Mambuaya and the whitewater trip will take you through 14 rapids until you reach Barangay Cabula. Besides, the duration of the whole trip is approximately 3 to 4 hours. For the more experienced whitewater adrenaline junkies, you can take the advanced course from Barangay Uguiban all the way to Barangay Cabula. Here, you will pass by 21 rapids during the 4 to 5-hour adventure.

Budget

The rate for the basic course amounts to Php 700/pax (without snack/meal) or Php 700/pax (with snack/meal). Meanwhile, the rate for the advanced course is Php 1,000/pax (without snack/meal) or Php 1,200/pax (with snack/meal). It’s best to avail of the package with meals to avoid any hassles and you will surely be hungry after your whitewater rafting expedition.

Moreover, take comfort in the thought that during your whitewater adventure, a local river guide will accompany you that has undergone training from the Department of Tourism, Coast Guard and the Red Cross.

12. Surfing

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Photo Credit: Buddha’s Surf Resort Facebook Page

Where to Go

There are so many places to go to if you wanna ride the waves and surf in the Philippines — from La Union to Pagudpud, to Zambales, Baler, Samar and further down south in Siargao. But for purposes of our feature on surfing as one of the premiere extreme water sports Philippines has to offer, we will talk more about Siargao, the Surfing Capital in the country!

Once you fly over to Surigao del Norte, make your way towards the Surigao port and ride a boat going towards Dapa, Siargao Island. From there, you can catch a ride going to General Luna where you can choose a resort for your accommodations.

What to Do

The waves in Siargao swell at an average height of 7 feet, especially during the months from November till March. Moreover, conquering and riding these magnificent waves will leave you feeling stoked 100%!

So once you hit the beach, ask the locals or a tour guide for the best surfing spots. For starters, ask about the most famous surfing spot called Cloud 9, which was ranked 9th in CNN’s list of the world’s 50 best surf spots in the year 2013. Furthermore, thick hollow tubes and the site of an annual surfing competition make Cloud 9 best known .

Budget

If you’re a first-timer, get surfing lessons. And at Buddha’s Surf Resort, surfing lessons are priced at Php 500/hr per resort guest; non-resort guests are charged at Php 650/hr. If you don’t have a surfboard, you can rent one for a whole day at Php 600; half-day rental is only Php 400. Other exciting and extreme activities being offered are stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and island hopping with a price ranging from Php 400 to Php 2,200 per pax.

Other equally great surfing spots in Siargao are Caridad, Jacking Horse, Cemetery (in front of the Gen. Luna Cemetery), Pansukian Reef, Guyam Island, Pacifico, Rock Island and Tuason’s Point to name a few. Whichever location you choose, you are sure to have an awesome surf ride!

13. Mountaineering

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Photo Credit: Kidapawan City Tourism Office Facebook Page

Where to Go

The Philippines is a mountaineer’s dream location.  It is blessed with a number of mountains and volcanoes that are just waiting to be climbed and explored. To illustrate, three of the more popular ones are:

  1. Mt Apo – At a height of 2,954 meters, it is the highest mountain in the Philippines, located between Davao City, Davao Del Sur Province and Cotabato Province in Mindanao.
  2. Mayon Volcano – Known for having a “perfect cone,” this active volcano can be found in Legazpi, Albay.
  3. Mt. Pinatubo – Became popular worldwide in 1991 after it erupted and scattered ash all over the globe; it’s located near the provinces of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga.

What to Do

Climbing Mt. Apo is a certified extreme challenge, but you can take the trail via Kidapawan City, which is said to be the easiest trail of all. A round-trip hike will take an average of three to four days to make. As for Mt. Mayon, the usual trek is only about 8 hours long as you pass through forests and see a lot of natural rock/lava formations along the way.

Meanwhile, in Mount Pinatubo, the crater lake will be the highlight of your mountaineering adventure. You have to first ride a 4×4 for about an hour and a half, then you must hike for approximately 30 minutes. Once you arrive, the beautiful blue-green colored lake and the surrounding crater will leave you breathless and awestruck! You can go for a swim, have a picnic or go boating while enjoying the view.

Budget

Several tour packages serve you wherever you wanna go mountaineering. As with most packages, you’ll get a better deal if you go on an adventure with your friends. A Mt. Apo trek for 3 days and 2 nights will cost roughly about Php 4,000 per pax. If you plan to trek Mt. Mayon for 2 days and 1 night, prepare to shell out between Php 4,000 to Php 6,000 per person. Finally, tour packages for Mount Pinatubo averages between Php 2,000 and Php 3,000 for every person.

Aside from the featured attractions mentioned above, there are several other majestic mountains you can trek, like: Mt. Pulag in Benguet, Mt. Makiling in Laguna, Mt. Banahaw in Quezon, Mt. Pico de Loro in Cavite and Mt. Kanlaon in Negros Occidental.

14. Paragliding

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Photo Credit: Sarangani Paraglide Facebook Page

Where to Go

Paragliding in Safi Ranch 1, Barangay Tinoto, Makar-Siguel Road, Maasim, Sarangani, Mindanao makes another extreme high-flying sport activity.

What to Do

Just like in skydiving, beginners will be accompanied by a certified Tandem Pilot (like the pilot-instructors who are members of Air Sports Adventures Philippines) all throughout the tandem paragliding flight. During the 10 to 15-minute flight, the tandem pilot will guide and explain to the passenger how to control and maneuver the paraglider and the pilot may even give you a chance to take control. In the case, listen carefully and learn the basics while you enjoy the magnificent view from above. Also, be sure to bring a selfie stick and camera to snap pictures or take videos, so you can document your one-of-a-kind high-flying experience!

Budget

Tandem paragliding is relatively cheaper than tandem skydiving at Php 3,500 only.

According to the Air Sports Adventures Philippines website, the other seasons and fly sites for paragliding are the following: from end of October to April in Carmona, Cavite; from June till October in San Mateo, Eastside of Manila; Naravacan Outdoor Adventure Hub in Ilocos (starts in November, 9 months per year); and a new site still under development is in Polomolok, South Cotabato.



 

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