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Sports activities in the Philippines

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Sports activities in the Philippines

At first glance, the Philippine Archipelago offers many activities and sports, including water sports, hiking, parachuting … So you can indulge your heart’s content during your vacation in this South Asian country.

However, some sports activities require the presence of sports monitors and educators. Thus, physical and sports activities in the open air or in a sports complex will change you from spending the holidays in the sun to having fun and partying.

In addition to walks, organized hikes and windsurfing, you can learn about different sports and hobbies in the Philippines. Thus, you can discover tree climbing, swimming, rubber band jumping, canyoning …

Scuba diving in the Philippines

A priori, the Philippines has the richest underwater flora and fauna in the world. In fact, almost all the islands have PADI approved diving centers. Thus, the competitive prices allow you to access the marine life in the shallow reefs and the crystal clear waters. Especially in Palawan, novice divers (children and teenagers) as well as experienced divers can jump into the water.

  • Palawan: Tubbataha Marine Reserve (UNESCO), in the open sea, off the east coast as well as to the north, the neighboring islands of Calamianes (Coron, Busuanga)


  • Cebu: Malapascua Island off the northern tip, Moalbal for the famous school of sardines, mackerel, tuna and thresher sharks


  • Bohol: Balicasag (Panglao)


  • Mindoro: Puerto Galera for beginners and older children, Apo Reef …

In addition, you can only practice an underwater activity with a certified sports instructor and the necessary sports equipment. So you can take advantage of sports camps during the holidays.

Snorkelling in the Philippine Islands

First, snorkelers can explore:

  • 7 km – from coral reefs of Cuyo Islands, Panglao
  • Batangas south of Manila and Puerto Galera
  • Apo Reef west of Mindoro
  • Donsol southeast of Luzon for whale shark watching
    Thus, you are guaranteed to experience thrills thanks to this extraordinary sporting practice. Moreover, snorkelling is one of the supervised nautical activities.

Rafting, canoeing, kayaking and surfing in the great outdoors

First, the Chico, Saltan and Pagsanjan rivers as well as the Cagayan de Oro river are most famous for rafting and canoeing thanks to their white water. So you can easily rent canoes and kayaks at the resorts. On the other hand, Apulit Island in Palawan is a must for sea kayaking.

In addition, Luzon Island, La Union, Baler and Daet offer their beaches for surf spots. Likewise, you can enjoy the white sand beaches and lagoons in the northeast of Mindanao, Siargao.

Finally, the activities offered are perfect for adults and teenagers.

Trekking and climbing

First, the dry season (January-May) is best for trekking and climbing. Moreover, you must refine your information depending on the site (eg Mount Luzon: March-May). In addition, the rainy season is formally discouraged for certain climbs.

For caving and volcanoes, you will need permits or even guides.

  • Round-trip ascent of Mount Mayon on Luzon Island: you won’t need a permit to request, but a guide is recommended. You can reach at least Mount Pulog, the highest peak on the island. Thus, the more difficult trek allows you to meet waterfalls, secret lakes, forests where deer and wild boar live.


  • The ascent of Mount Apo on the island of Mindanao: permit and guide are required. In fact, it is the highest peak in the country and one of the most beautiful treks in the country. You will find on your route the villages of the Manobo ethnic group, the blue lake of Agko, the lake Venado, the gorges of the river Marbel


  • The ascent of the Kanlaon volcano on the island of Negros: permits and guides are required. You should not take this volcano lightly, for the risk of eruption and the most dangerous nature of the craters

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