Not-your-usual adventures of real travelers, rounded up.
Have a Kawa Hot Bath in Antique
If weird is your thing, the Kawa Hot Bath in Antique tops the bill for Carla Araniego of Blissfulguro.com. “It felt weird at first, thinking about the steaming water and an actual fire under the giant cauldron I was sitting in, like I was being cooked alive! But a few minutes after, I simply enjoyed the soothing effect of the water.”
Book at Katahum.com
Cliff Dive in Siquijor
Carla suggests a much more fun thing to do at Siquijor’s Salagdoong Beach: cliff-jumping! “The key to conquering the 35ft jump into the water is to not to think twice. I just went for it and jumped! It was exhilarating!”
Book a tour with Dennis Caspes, Tel: +63947 789 8337, +63936 110 7863
Do Lambaklad fishing in Antique
Try Lambaklad fishing in the town of Tibiao in Antique where fisher folks allow visitors to catch fish with them on a huge bamboo raft. Carla says “balancing skills is a must, but once you get into the groove, it’s actually an enjoyable and unique fishing experience. We even got to grill and eat our catch!”
Book at Katahum.com
Ride an ATV up Mayon Volcano
Ride a mini 4×4 along the slopes of the volcano, splashing through streams, lahar-laden landscapes and dense foliage until you reach the midpart of Mayon. The panoramic view of Albay from up high is breathtaking.
Book at Mayonatvtour.com
Climb the Taraw Peak in El Nido
El Nido, Palawan’s Taraw Peak right at the town center offers a beautiful challenging climb. The limestone karsts rises to a height of more than seven hundred feet, and travel blogger Elal Jane Lasola recalls her grueling experience. “It took us an hour to climb all the way to the top of the Taraw Ridge. The view from above was so worth it—the town with the azure waters of Bacuit Bay and limestone karsts jutting out of the water.”
Book at northernhopetours.com
Zip bike over the Chocolate Hills
Try one of the more unique ziplines in the Philippines: zip bike in Bohol! However perfectly safe as you’re harnessed, pedaling a bicycle across a thin steel rope over the famous Chocolate Hills is a knee-weakening experience.
Book at Chocolatehillsadventurepark.com
Not for the faint of heart, and more importantly, knees, John Marx Velasco of Marxtermind.com recommends canyoneering along the bluish waters of Kawasan in Cebu. “Our adventure started with a jump from a waterfall, traveling downstream along the canyon. We walked, we swam, and we jumped some more, eventually finishing the course in four hours.”
Book at Kawasancanyoneering.com.ph
See Caramoan’s sacred fish
A rock wall in Matukad Island in the Caramoan Peninsula in Camarines Sur presents a different kind of high. Scale the craggy rock wall and be rewarded with the lagoon’s hidden gems—two giant milkfish, which locals believe to be sacred.
Book at Kaddlangan outdoor adventure, Facebook.com/joseferdinand.villareal
Compete at the JEST Hunger Games
Subic’s JEST Camp can let your Hunger Games fantasies come true. At the camp, you get to play in an actual forest, hiding and camouflaging, squirting water guns, and hurling water balloons in an intense match to snatch ribbons from other tributes.
Book at Jesthungergames.com
See the bioluminescent planktons in Coron
Darwin Cayetano of Tracking Treasure took the usual firefly tour in Coron and got more than what he paid for. “We started with a dinner on a floating restaurant while being serenaded by a local artist, then we rode a speedboat to the mangrove forest to see the fireflies. Our boatman got off the boat and started to stomp on the water and it lit up! The bioluminescent planktons were like pulsating brain neurons illustrated right on the water!”
Our Dash Sources
- Carla Araniego, www.blissfulguro.com founder
- Mark Julius Estur, Lakwatserongtsinelas.com blogger
- Elal Jane Lasola, Award-winning photographer who is also behind Elaljanelasola.com
- John Marx Velasco of Marxtermind.com
- Darwin Cayetano, the blogger behind trackingtreasure.net
- Christian Sangoyo, founder of Lakadpilipinas.com
Words by Christian Sangoyo