In the Philippines, you can’t call yourself adventurous unless you’ve flung yourself off of a cliff, either voluntarily or as submission to peer pressure. This “buwis buhay” activity (or hobby for some) is easy to squeeze into any local outing because with our country’s geography, the chances of finding a large rock formation with a deep body of water underneath it are pretty high.
If you haven’t gone cliff diving yet, earn yourself the reputation of “risk-taker” by taking the leap from these ten amazing cliff diving spots! You can try jumping from the top of a waterfall in Quezon, from picturesque ruins in Batangas, or from skinny wooden planks in Boracay.
Remember to point your toes, raise your arms up in the air, and enjoy every second of free falling!
1. Aliw Falls
Overshadowed by the bigger waterfall in Laguna, Aliw Falls is usually considered a mere side trip after visiting Hulugan Falls. But if there’s one reason you should definitely make the stop to Aliw, aside from getting to marvel at its good looks, it’s the chance to cliff jump!
While swimming is the only activity visitors can do in Hulugan, adrenaline junkies looking for adventure are allowed to climb the rocks at Aliw Falls and take the plunge into the basin. It may not be the highest fall ever but the invigoratingly cold water waiting underneath is enough to get your heart pumping!
To get to Aliw Falls, you can take a bus to Sta. Cruz, Laguna then take a jeep to San Salvador. From there, ride a tricycle to the Kapitan’s house where the jumping off point for the trek is.
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2. Balagbag Falls
Real, Quezon is best known as a surfing haven where visitors can ride atop Pacific Ocean’s strong waves. But there’s another reason to hit up Real and it doesn’t involve surfing skills at all–just a whole lot of courage!
Balagbag Falls is a two-tier waterfall surrounded by lush greenery. This 50-foot wonder of nature is definitely Insta-worthy but people don’t just come here to take pictures. They come to jump! Beside the stream of cascading water is a portion where people line up for their turn to leap, and it’s a nerve-wracking wait, knowing that what awaits you is a 20-foot fall.
From Poblacion Real, you can get to Balagbag Falls by catching a ride to Tignoan Dulo then taking a tricycle to Balagbag where the jumping off point for the trek is.
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3. Fortune Island
Fortune Island was once a luxurious island resort exclusive to those who could afford a stay. But the lack of a freshwater in the area caused it to shut down in 2006 and all that’s left of it now are abandoned remnants of its glory days. But the ruins are beautiful, giving off a Greek Acropolis vibe.
Aside from taking artsy shots among the picturesque rubble, another thing you can do here is to put on your swimming gear and go cliff diving! You can take an unlimited number of plunges for free and if you’re not too confident of your floating skills, feel free to borrow a life vest.
To get to Fortune Island, take a bus bound for Nasugbu. From the Nasugbu bus station, take a tricycle that will bring you directly to the resort.
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4. Magic Island Boracay
Boracay, Malay, Aklan
Ariel’s Point in Boracay is the place where tourists, summer vacationers, and fresh graduates go to for wild cliff diving sprees. But if you’re not in the mood to wait in line for a turn to jump, there’a another cliff diving spot in Boracay that not a lot of people know about.
You’ll find the set up at Magic Island Boracay similar to the one at Ariel’s Point, with narrow wooden planks made to jut out from towering cliffs. There are four different levels to leap from–for the beginners, you can try the three, five, and eight-meter jumps while the more experienced ones can fall from the nine and ten-meter platforms.
Magic Island Boracay is only a fifteen-minute boat ride away from station three. Just be sure to rent a boat in advance that’ll pick you up from the beach and bring you to the island.
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5. Tali Beach
Seaside Drive, Nasugbu, Batangas
Tali Beach, an exclusive resort for members, is a popular vacation spot for families who want a quick escape from the city. The usual family bonding activities here include cooking ihaw food, snorkeling at the beach, gazing at the stars, and drinking booze.
But if the young ones are looking for something that’s a little more physical, they can ditch the oldies and head out to Tali’s cliff diving spot where they can jump from three different levels. The smallest one is perfect for noobs, the second level tests your bravery a little bit more, but the third one definitely requires athleticism because you need to jump over the second level!
To get to Tali Beach from Metro Manila, you’ll have to pass by SLEX, the Santa Rosa exit, Nasugbu, the town of Wawa, and a few entrances to other resorts before reaching Tali’s gate.
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6. Tangadan Falls
San Gabriel, La Union
Known for its consistent waves, La Union draws in both amateur and professional surfers alike every peak season of the year. But aside from riding the waves, there’s another adventurous thing you need to make time for when you’re in this province.
What not a lot of people know about Tangadan Falls is that most of the fun happens even before you get to it. Along the trail, you’ll encounter a cliff diving area with three different levels. Whether you’re jumping off from the five, ten, or twenty-foot cliff, make sure you know how to swim because the water you’ll be plunging into is about thirty feet deep!
Tangadan Falls is around forty five minutes away from San Juan. You can either take a jeepney, rent a tricycle, or drive your own car to get to the jumping off point for the trek.
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7. Tangke Saltwater Lagoon
Isla de Gigantes Sur, Carles, Iloilo
Aside from eating at la paz batchoy restaurants and visiting old churches, people think that there’s not a lot to do in Iloilo. But if you want something adventurous to include in your itinerary, there’s the Tangke Saltwater Lagoon!
This natural saltwater pool is perfect for refreshing dips on hot days and the awe-inspiring rock formations surrounding it will have you taking plenty of pictures. There’s also a portion outside the lagoon where the water is deep enough for cliff divers. Find a rock that’s the ideal height for you and take the leap of faith!
The jumping off point to Isla de Gigantes Sur is at Estancia town’s seaport. From there, you can take a one-hour pumpboat ride to Tangke Saltwater Lagoon.
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8. Salagdoong Beach Resort
Siquijor is the country’s mysterious island where the mangkukulam and the aswang are said to be real. But you shouldn’t let the scary supernatural stories scare you from taking that plane ride because you’ll be missing out on an awful lot of beauty if you do!
Salagdoong is Siquijor’s most popular beach resort and it’s not hard to understand why. Its water is an enchanting shade of turquoise and you get to relax on a stretch of fine, white sand. The best part is the portion along the beach where you can cliff dive! The highest level stands at around thirty feet, giving you plenty of free fall time.
To get to Siquijor, take a plane to Dumaguete. From the airport, get a tricycle that’ll take you to the port and board a boat that’ll take you to the island.
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9. Sabang Cliff
Kaputian, Samal, Davao del Norte
The usual things to do on Samal Island include the usual snorkeling, beach bumming, and taking pictures. But the locals have made a recent discovery–a new activity that’s gaining a lot of attention from tourists lately.
Named Sabang, this spot is the new place to go cliff diving on the island! There are three heights to jump from but they all seem to be for daredevils only. The lowest one is already fourteen feet high, the second one is at twenty, and the highest is at a heart-stopping forty! Don’t be surprised if you find yourself with bruises the next day.
To get to Samal, take a cab to Sta. Ana Wharf from the Davao International Airport. You then ride a ferry to Kaputian, Samal Island. From there, take a habal-habal to Sabang.
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10. Sundowners Vacation Villas
National Rd., Luciente 1, Bolinao, Pangasinan
If the thought of jumping into the ocean scares the living daylights out of you, here’s a place where you can jump into a pool instead. It’s less daunting but at the same time, you get the same adrenaline rush as you would if you leapt from a real cliff.
Sundowners Vacation Villas’ pool has a built-in diving board that hovers at an impressive height of twelve feet. You don’t have to worry about hitting the bottom of the pool when you jump because the water is twenty feet deep! After taking the plunge, you can swim to the shallower half of the pool where you can catch your breath.
To get to Sundowners, take a bus from Cubao or Pasay bound for Bolinao, Pangasinan. From the bus terminal, take a tricycle to the resort.
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