Scoot away from the usual: back and forth in the waves, getting tanned and all stuffed in spending a day away from work, and explore the different getaway destinations the Philippine Islands has to offer. With several spots for summer sports, wherein some of which became a venue on international events for pro-athletes, surfing, rock climbing, hiking, more exciting activities are waiting ahead to offer a breathtaking summer adventure
The search for waves
Aside from Siargao‘s famous Cloud 9 on Surigao del Norte, which has became the usual hub for most local and international surfers, there are many other spots open for beginners and advanced surfers.
An hour-long Cebu Pacific flight from Manila to Laoag, plus a bus ride, will head tourists to the white sands of Pagudpud. There is Blue Lagoon, an offered spot for those who wish to try surfing, and some resorts to inquire (Kapuluan Vista Resort is well-recommended). It has a spacious area to surf plus the famous Ilocano cuisine that adventurers would really enjoy.
Also less crowded are Gubat Bay in Sorsogon and Puraran Beach in Catanduanes. After a Cebu Pacific flight to Legazpi, take a van to Sorsogon City, then a jeep to Gubat. With its sandy beach and waves throughout the year, Gubat Bay is good for beginners. Advanced surfers venture farther out to enjoy 6-foot swells.
The fastest way to Puraran Beach in Baras, Catanduanes is a Cebu Pacific flight to Virac, then a jeep or bus to Baras, followed by a tricycle ride to the beach itself. Summer is the perfect season for newbie surfers here, while pro-surfers prefer the majestic swells come July. Light brown sand and a mini-lagoon make it perfect for relaxation, too.Surfing lessons in these destinations should cost around PhP 400 an hour, board and instructor included.
Explore the terrain
For those whose style is more of having fun on land, they can enjoy amazing views while following hiking trails or holding on to rock faces many meters up. Destinations like Bukidnon and Palawan let explorers satisfy their wanderlust and enjoy new outdoor hobbies at the same time.
The Blue Water Cave in Bukidnon, Mindanao offers hiking, rock climbing, and some swimming, too. A short trek on a narrow trail shows an imposing white rock cliff frequented by climbers. Rock climbing here is operated by the local government and the Kiokong Climbing Society. Beginners are taught the ropes and advised to ascend no more than 30 feet. The cave itself contains an invitingly clear and blue underground river that you can plunge into. Bukidnon is also home to some of the highest peaks in the country, as well as plenty of easier day climbs for first-time hikers. Experienced trekkers can traverse Mt. Kitanglad and Mt. Dulang-Dulang in a day, and enjoy the lush greenery. Day hikers can go to Mt. Capistrano and see peak views of Malaybalay‘s ricefields, or go up Mt. Palaopao in Sumilao. Bukidnon can be reached from Cagayan de Oro or Davao via bus.
While the pristine beaches of Coron, Palawan are popular must-visitsites, its peaks are also a sight to behold and an awesome adventure to experience. Mt. Darala is the highest mountain in the Calamianes islands and provides a pleasant three to four-hour day-hike experience. Summer is the perfect time to scale the mountain and enjoy a 360-degree panorama of the whole island, neighboring Calauit and Culion islands, and surrounding islets. Also in Coron, Mt. Tapyas offers a beautiful sunset view of the town to those who can take the 700-plus step climb. The ascent is easy since the steps are concrete and there are handrails. Going to Kayangan Lake is a shorter yet steeper climb, but the view of the “cleanest lake in the Philippines” is worth it. Descend down to the water and take a dip to refresh yourself. The Coron town proper is about a 30 to 45-minute land trip from the Busuanga airport, where Cebu Pacific flies to up to four times daily.
More fun for active travelers
The more athletically inclined may try more challenging summer sports. Deca Wake Park in Davao and the CamSurWatersports Complex in Camarines Sur (accessible via Naga or Legazpi) offer affordable wakeboarding lessons (around PhP 200 per session) and accommodations (from PhP 700 per person). They are also near beautiful beaches and hiking spots.
Meanwhile, kiteboarding schools offering international-caliber instruction (around PhP 3,000 trial session for first-timers) can be found in Boracay‘s Bulabog beach and Camarines Norte’s Bagasbas beach. Those who want to feel the raging power of rivers can try white water rafting if they find themselves in Cagayan de Oro or Davao.
Make the most of your escape from the city grind by challenging yourself to do something you’ve never done before. Visit these easy and affordable destinations and surf, trek, and climb to reinvigorate your senses and renew your sense of self.
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