If you think the Philippines is all about humidity and air-conditioned malls filled with people, then you have a lot to learn. When you travel to the Philippines, get ready to face your fears and load up on your sunscreen. This island nation has been capitalizing on adventure destinations and really awesome beaches that allow you to face your fear and relax just a few hours after in a glorious beach. Summer in the Philippines usually starts at the end of March and up to the start of June. The storms usually come around June up to October or even up to December. Aside from that, the country and its very friendly and hospitable people bask in tropical sunlight.
Adventure Sports and Destinations
In almost all of the major islands of the country, you will find a variety of activities which are aimed at satisfying those who want to get their adrenaline pumping or overcome their fears. One of the more common is the zip line. All over the archipelago, there are lines and cables in a variety of lengths that transport one person (some have dual capacity)from one point to another. Safety standards are high and maintenance is performed regularly to ensure there are no risks. The more popular zip lines include, but are not limited to, Dahilayan Zip Zone (Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon), Zip Southern Leyte (Sogod, Leyte) and Lignon Hill Adventure Park (Legazpi City, Albay).
Whitewater rafting is another activity that is not for the faint of heart which can be found in the Philippines. All of the three major islands in the country also have fast flowing rivers that make them ideal for whitewater rafting. The duration of the adventure depends on one’s preferences but there are some rivers which feature more thrilling rapids than others. Chico River in Kalinga Province is one of the highlights of rafters because of the challenging rapids. The Tibiao River in Antique is a white water destination that is accessible for both beginners and intermediate rafters. Tourists will enjoy the scenery as they paddle along the river waiting for the next batch of rapids. In Mindanao, you can start your rafting adventure in Cagayan de Oro where you will be brought to nearby Kabula, Bukidnon. Although in the same province as the popular Dahilayan Zip Zone, Kabula is a few hours away from the zip line destination but just under an hour from Cagayan de Oro.
The entire country is made up of 7,100 plus islands and most of these offer white sand beaches and top diving spots. Visayas has a host of islands where one can find adventure even when you are not actively seeking it. In Mindanao, most of the adventure destination is just a couple of hours away from the beaches. Bukidnon, where the zip line and the white water rafting activities are, is just a couple of hours away from the local beach. If you want an island adventure after experiencing the zip line and the rafting, you can visit Camiguin Island and experience world class diving and snorkeling.
Although summer in the Philippines is the ideal time to visit, you will find that some adventures can be had even when it is not during the dry season. Whitewater rafting is better during the rainy season due to more water pouring from the mountains into the rivers. Remember, when you travel to the Philippines, always be on the lookout for your next adventure.