Travel Secret #348

Philippine waters have a number of unique spots to take you on a tour to the underwater world. While the beaches can make up for half of your island vacation, the sea is just as inviting too. From the gentle, clear waters of Boracay to the gigantic surf breaks of Siargao, travellers will find the island just about perfect for an amazing vacation. Here are some cool water activities you should definitely try out while in The Philippines:

Whale Shark Diving

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Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences.  Tanawan in Oslob which falls to the south east of Cebu in The Philippines is one of the very few destinations that can offer sightings of whale sharks. Take a dive in the clear Philippine waters with these glorious creature before the season is over and the water temperature goes up.

When to go: Whale sharks generally arrive between November and June, peaking from February to April.

Cliff Diving

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The Philippines is home to one of the top cliff diving destinations in the world.  One of the most famous spot is the Ariel’s Point located in Buruanga, Aklan that is 35 – 40 minutes away from Boracay Island. They have diving boards starting at 3 meters and as high as 15 meters to offer you a thrilling jump. They also offer other activities such as snorkeling and kayaking. Malapascua in Cebu also offers a best spot for cliff diving.


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Surfers need go no further than La Union, North West of Manila, facing the South China Sea, where there are ample options of staying in stylish beachside resorts with daily surfing lessons on offer. Surfing is also a serious activity on Siargao Island, in the south of the Philippines, where you can also take advantage of the Pacific waves.

Scuba Diving

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The Philippines is famous for having diverse marine life and beautiful coral reefs,  making scuba diving one of the most exciting activities to do. There are plenty of scuba diving spots, each offering unique perks and amazing experiences. Beginners need to complete training and get a certificate before enjoying the beauty of the ocean. Sabang Ba in Puerto Galera, Taiei Maru Wreck in Coron and Yapak 2 in Boracay are some of the best places to experience scuba diving.


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Wind surfing is a combination of surfing and sailing, it is powered by the wind which is great because there are plenty of beaches in the Philippines that are windy all year. This sport is pretty beginner friendly as well because there are lessons available and beaches that are suited for learning. Boracay Island and Cuyo Island in Palawan are some of the best options for windsurfing activity in the Philippines.


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Imagine being whisked into the sky while strapped in a seat covered by a colorful parachute.  Parasailing had been a popular activity in Boracy islands where riders can view the beautiful shoreline of white beach from above while being pulled by a boat. This is a fun and exciting experience for those who love heights and want a birds-eye-view of paradise.

 Whitewater rafting

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White water rafting is another exhilarating activity that is sure to pump up your adrenaline. You will be on an inflatable boat cruising on turbulent current usually on a river. There are different categories for beginners to the experts, which differ in speed, and intensity, which makes it suitable for all ages and body, types although it is best to do it with a group. Cagayan De Oro is the best spot to go for whitewater rafting in the Philippines.

Courtesy: Philippines Tourism