With more than 7,000 islands in its territory, there is no shortage of places in the Philippines that can serve as the perfect backdrop for your next extreme sports adventure. And that includes the adrenaline-pumping, death-defying ones.
Skydiving? Check. There are three places you can choose from. Canyoneering? Check. Cebu’s just perfect for that. How about Ultralight Flying? Check again! Pampanga has just the right place.
Want to know more about these extreme sports as well as nine (yes, nine!) others you can try here in the country? Scroll down and keep reading!
1. Mountain biking in San Mateo, Rizal
If you’re up for something extreme without going too far from Metro Manila, try mountain biking in San Mateo, Rizal! It’s where you can find Timberland Heights, hailed as the Mountain Biking Capital of the Philippines. But before you can reach the trails of Timberland, you have to face an initiation of sorts. Aptly named The Wall, it’s a two-kilometer uphill climb that leads to the gates of Timberland. The roads are paved but they are steep so if it’s your first time, bike safely and smartly!
Once you get to Timberland, there are four trails you can choose to traverse depending on your skill level. The Basic Trail is highly recommended for newbies to start with before moving on to the Green Zone. The last two trails, the Blue Zone and the Black Diamond, are only for those with advanced biking skills. The Black Diamond in particular is a five-kilometer downhill trail and is considered the hardest of the four.
These trails will let you experience the rugged beauty and adventure that lies in Mt. Maarat. But if you feel like trying a different trail to explore this mountain and you have enough mountain biking experience to back it up, try the Shotgun Trail! It’s a lot harder than The Wall so again, don’t force yourself if you can’t do it! Bikers usually start from the bottom of the trail before fighting their way to the top where Timberland is so you can still try its trails after conquering Shotgun.
2. Hiking in Rodriguez, Rizal
Do you want to explore Rizal but mountain biking isn’t really your thing? Go for a hike instead! The mountains of Rodriguez (you might still know it as Montalban!) are generally beginner-friendly but it’s no excuse to underestimate them. Do so and you might just experience how unforgiving the mountains could be.
The trio of Mt. Binacayan, Mt. Pamitinan, and Mt. Hapunang Banoi are probably the most popular out of all the mountains in Rodriguez. They generally all look alike (especially with their limestone formations) and are within the vicinity of the Wawa Dam, which you can visit if you still got the energy! Take note that the Mt. Hapunang Banoi is a notch harder to hike so if you’re a newbie, try the other two first before going up this mountain.
Other mountains in Rodriguez you can explore include Mt. Ayaas (there’s some river trekking here!), Mt. Sipit Ulang, and Mt. Lubog. Expect a manageable but rocky hike with this last one. The trek to the summit itself is rather short (around an hour) but it’s the habal-habal ride to the entrance that may knock the wind out of you. The ride is bumpy beyond belief and every now and then, you’ll have to get off and help push the habal-habal up the road.
3. Skydiving in Cebu, Siquijor, and Pangasinan
While humans can’t fly, skydiving sure is the next best thing. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, skydiving is arguably the most extreme sport out there. Imagine jumping from an aircraft thousands of feet above the ground. Sounds beyond terrifying for some but for adrenaline junkies, it’s probably a dream come true.
So if you’re one of those looking to cross skydiving off your bucket list, there are three places you can head to. Skydive Cebu Adventures is your go-to for skydiving in Bantayan Island, Cebu, and in Siquijor. A member of the United States Parachute Association, Skydive Cebu Adventures offers tandem skydive and, for those who want to be licensed skydivers, skydiving lessons. You can check out all their rates here.
If you’re not willing to go all the way to Cebu or Siquijor, contact Skydive Binalonan and head to Pangasinan! Rates are at ₱18,500 for your first jump and ₱3,500 for succeeding jumps.
Skydive Binalonan can be found at Binalonan, Pangasinan. You can contact them by texting or calling +639209685867.
4. Canyon Swing in Bohol
Ready to channel your inner Tarzan? Then it’s time to book that flight to Bohol and visit Danao Adventure Park! While you won’t get to swing from tree to tree, this is where you’ll find The Plunge, a canyon swing that involves a 70-meter drop and swing!
At ₱700, it’s not a bad price to pay for an unforgettable experience. “If you have time, you should try this out!” Julie L. says in her looloo review. “Surely made my trip memorable.”
“I died for 8-12 seconds and came back to life after,” Glenn E. says of his experience in his own review. “Given the chance, I’ll try it again!”
5. White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro, Kalinga, and Davao
Extreme sports aren’t just limited to those that send you flying through the air. They also count those that send you crashing into strong currents, soaking you thoroughly with every splash of its waves. If this is more up your alley, give white water rafting a shot!
There are three places here in the Philippines where you can experience white water rafting. If you’re willing to head all the way to Mindanao, be sure to check out the rates of Kagay Whitewater Rafting and Great White Water Tours in CDO or Davao Wildwater Adventure in Davao City!
Prefer to stay in Luzon? You can head north and try white water rafting in Kalinga! Tabuk, Kalinga’s provincial capital, is home to Chico River Quest. Rates start at ₱4,000 and will vary depending on what kind of run you’re going for.
Kagay Whitewater Rafting can be found on Corrales Avenue, Corner Rivera St., Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. You can contact them through their official website or Facebook page. Great White Water Tours can be found in Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. You can contact them through their official website or Facebook page.
6. Canyoneering in Cebu
This might be the first time you’ll hear of the term canyoneering but trust us, the whole concept of it won’t be unfamiliar to you. Canyoneering involves traversing through canyons (or gorges) through a combination of walking, swimming, climbing, and even rappelling. Considering the number of physical activities involved, be sure to properly prepare yourself beforehand to avoid any accidents!
Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu is a popular canyoneering destination here in the country. In her looloo review, BT B. calls her canyoneering experience “the most daring adventure.” “I never had so much fun in my life. Jumping off from 45 feet may leave you in doubt at first, but if you just gather all your courage, it’s worth it,” she says. “I will never forget my experience during the entire activity. For those who have never tried Canyoneering in Badian, Cebu, I would highly recommend you visit the place, it’s worth every penny.”
7. Ultralight Flying in Pampanga
Would you believe us if we tell you that it’s possible to fly a plane without having to go through hardcore pilot school? No? Then it’s time for you to check out Angeles City Flying Club!
While you won’t get to fly a commercial airplane here, what you can do is learn how to fly an ultralight plane together with an instructor! Rates for their instructional flight packages begin at ₱2,888 and comes with a one-day trial membership at the Flying Club!
“The aircraft flies 500-1500 feet above sea level and I swear! It’s really amazing and different from trekking or any activities I’ve tried already,” says Abed M. in his looloo review. “We saw the plains of Central Luzon, the scenic Mt. Arayat and the highlands of Cordillera, Sierra Madre and Mt. Pinatubo.”
8. Paragliding in Cavite and Rizal
Though it isn’t as intense as skydiving, paragliding is as much a competitive extreme sport as it is a recreational activity. And fortunately for everyone who wants to give it a shot, there are two places you can go to without going too far from the metro!
Those willing to head down south can try Paragliding Philippines or High 5 Paragliding in Carmona, Cavite. Paragliding Philippines, in particular, is a certified paragliding school and is accredited by Paragliding and Paramotor Asia!
For those who find it more convenient to head to Rizal, both High 5 Paragliding and Cloudbase Paragliding Club have flysites in Binangonan and San Mateo!
9. Blobbing in Laguna
Technically, blobbing isn’t an extreme sport yet but we just had to include it in the list! For those not familiar with it, it involves an inflated airbag perched atop a body of water. A person sits on one end of the bag and another person will jump from a high platform to launch the other person into the air! Sounds like so much fun, right?
Some of the resorts and water parks here in the Philippines have included blobbing as part of the activities they offer. If you’re thinking of heading out to Laguna anytime soon, check out Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa and give blobbing a try!
10. Water Tubing in Davao and Sarangani
Another extreme water sport that you can find here in the country is water tubing. You’re going to have to book a flight for this because the two places that offer it are all in Mindanao, Davao and Sarangani.
In her looloo review, Casey D. calls her experience with Layak Paanod (which provides the water tubing adventure in Davao) “the highlight of her Davao escapade.” “It was really a super fun experience,” she shares.
If you want to try the one in Sarangani, contact White Water Tubing Eco Park and schedule your water tubing experience!
Layak Paanod can be found at Datu Abing St., Calinan, Davao City. You can contact them through their Facebook page. White Water Tubing Eco Park can found in New La Union, Maitum, Sarangani. You can contact them through their Facebook page.
11. Mud Karting in Puerto Galera
Are you the type who doesn’t mind getting all muddy and dirty during an outdoor activity? Then mud karting is perfect for you!
X-treme Sports Philippines in Puerto Galera is the go-to place for a taste mud karting. The combination of speed and mud will definitely get your adrenaline pumping as you go through the off-road adventure track! “It’s seriously fun to go off-road with these babies,” shares April H. in her looloo review. “Get ready to be dirty and be game in general! Just be careful because you will feel the impact on your behind after… But I swear, it is totally worth it!”
12. Bungee Jumping in Bukidnon
Ask any adventure junkie seeking to defy gravity about their bucket list and chances are, you’ll find bungee jumping on it. While not as extreme as skydiving, it’s definitely a lot cheaper, more accessible, and can still provide the right amount of thrills.
Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon should be on your must-visit list if you’re looking to try bungee jumping. Its Sky Jump stands at eight storeys tall and makes use of a cell tower as the base. Definitely not for those afraid of heights!