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Top 5 Extreme Outdoor Activities in the Philippines

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor May 14th, 2022 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Blog 12 Comments

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you want to do something fun or unique in the Philippines? Well, here’s a list of the Top 5 Extreme Outdoor Activities in the Philippines.


There are quite many outdoor activities that are popular in the Philippines nowadays. People love to camp and hike, climb mountains, or snorkel underwater. But there are more extreme activities that will unless the daredevil inside you or satisfy it. Ready your bucket list and do something thrilling at least once a year.


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1. River Rafting

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Everybody has probably been to a beach, enjoyed the blue waters, and snorkeled to see the fishes. Filipinos enjoy the beach or pools, but if you want something exciting, try river rafting. Cagayan de Oro is famous for white water rafting, and there are levels – basic and advanced. It’s super fun to do it with friends.

Don’t worry as you’ll have a guide who helps you and the proper gear and equipment. There were many rapids with cool names; it’s pretty scary as you might fall and hit the rocks or turn upside down. But it’s entertaining and fulfilling, you want to book the advanced session next time. It indeed is one of the top 5 Extreme Outdoor Activities in the Philippines! High-Five!

Suggested Tours: Great White River Rafting – Cagayan de Oro

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2. Spelunking

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Another one on our list is spelunking. It’s somewhat an adventure exploring the caves; you’ll climb, crawl, squeeze in tight spaces, meet darkness, or see bats. Thrilling, isn’t it? You should try this at least once in your lifetime; it’s a cool way to explore caves.

If you are interested, you can spelunk at Biak Na Bato National Park’s Bayubok Cave, Siargao’s Tayangban Cave, Sagada’s Sumaguing Cave, or Puerto Princesa’s Ugong Rock. It will be something memorable! I can’t wait for you to share your stories.

Suggested Tours: Ugong Rock Spelunking and Zipline

3. Canyoneering or Canyoning

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If Spelunking is for caves, for Canyoneering or Canyoning is for gorges or canyons. It will involve climbing, swimming, rappelling, and jumping off cliffs. It sounds dangerous and fun, right? It’s one of the top extreme outdoor activities in the Philippines.

Don’t worry, though, as you have guides who will help you and the proper gear. Just make sure you are ready to get wet and tired from the activity. The most popular sport in the country for canyoneering is in Badian; it will end up at the Kawasan Falls.

Suggested Tours: Badian Canyoneering and Kawasan Waterfalls Day Tour

4. 4×4 Adventure

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Ride a 4×4 Vehicle up and down crazy terrain. Want to know what it feels like? Imagine you are riding a roller coaster minus the 360-turn. That feeling! Now, imagine doing that while standing up with no seatbelts or such, just you holding with your dear life to the vehicle. Yes, that kind of feeling? Extreme, isn’t it?

4×4 cars are great for off-road adventures. If you want to experience it, you can try riding one in the Sand Dunes in Paoay; the terrain is crazy, and your spirits will fly all over, especially when going down. Don’t forget to try sandboarding, too, the higher one. I got a taste of the sand!

Suggested Tour: Paoay Sand Dunes Adventure

5. Paragliding

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Do you want to fly? Well, paragliding offers you the experience to fly like a bird. And the good news, you can do so in the Philippines! You can be like Yoon Se Ri in Crash Landing On You, minus the storm but hopefully with a Captain Ri. Free-fly and see the scenic view it offers!

For those who can do it yourself or have never experienced it, you can fly together with a Tandem Pilot. Don’t worry as they are certified, and you have a harness. They will help you experience controlling the paraglider. It will be a wonderful experience and truly one of the best extreme outdoor activities in the Philippines.

Suggested Tour: Paragliding Experience Manila

I hope you feel excited to try at least one in this list of Extreme Outdoor Activities in the Philippines. Have you experienced being in one? What’s the number one activity in this list you look forward to? Comment below and tell us your thoughts!


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12 thoughts on “Top 5 Extreme Outdoor Activities in the Philippines

  1. I am very fond of tourism and have a great interest in such activities as desert safari, dune buggy and many more. I hope you will post more about tourism.

  2. Been to Southern Luzon? Do try Sorsogon province. Drop by Balay Buhay sa Uma Bee Farm in Barangay San Roque, the town of Bulusan.

    1. Hi Sim! Actually, I am from Sorsogon but unfortunately, I haven’t been to Bulusan yet. hehe. I will definitely visit there when I go home this Christmas vacation. Thanks!

  3. I’m really not into extreme outdoor activities but reading this makes me wanna try one. Nice article. Very Inspiring. 🙂

    1. Hi Khayz! Contrary to what many believe, you can try cliff diving and surfing even if you don’t know how to swim. For cliff diving, there are lifeguards waiting at the bottom that will immediately assist you and give you life jacket as soon as you hit the water. For surfing, the guides usually teach how to surf at the shallow part of the sea so there’s really no need to worry.

      Thanks for you comment Khayz, maybe I should put this info in my article above.Thanks! 🙂

  4. Hi Leo! I was actually wearing a pair trekking shoes for that hike but my friend’s sandals snapped and he had to walk on that pair of flip flops for an hour. He’s foot was already killing him so I suggested we switched footwears until we reached the summit. That’s how I ended up with the flip flops.

    Thank you for your comment, though. I’m really glad that you noticed the flip flops. 🙂

    1. Hi Leo! I was actually wearing a pair trekking shoes for that hike but my friend’s sandals snapped and he had to walk on that pair of flip flops for an hour. His foot was already killing him (he got injured) so I suggested we switch footwears until we reach the summit. That’s how I ended up with the flip flops.

      Thank you for your comment, though. I am really glad you noticed the flip flops. 🙂

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