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3 Popular Activities for Water-Loving Filipinos



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Every year more than 7.1 million visitors flock to the Philippines in search of adventure. Apart from exploring the countless museums, galleries, and monuments on the islands, the country’s geographical location also resulted in an abundance of bodies of water just begging to be discovered. While the beaches are perfect for sunbathing and taking cool dips in the ocean, there are also a wide range of watersports that both locals and tourists can partake in. Depending on how adventurous you are you can choose between a host of enjoyable watersports such as the following, that will have you spending some fun in the sun this summer.

Wakeboarding will get the adrenalin pumping

If you are a fan of skateboarding or snowboarding, you should definitely try your hand at wakeboarding which is fast gaining popularity in the Philippines. Wakeboarding requires a high-speed boat a secure cable system to tow the wakeboarder, and a wakeboard to stand on. Wakeboarding is extremely exhilarating and although it is definitely not for the faint-hearted, it is considered a safe sport as long as basic safety measures are adhered to. There are a number of top wakeboarding destinations across the Philippines when novice and experienced boarders alike can take to the water. The CamSur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur is ideal to learn to board as is the pristine waters of Laguna, Pampanga, and Batangas. If you are a real fan of wakeboarding you can catch the best Filipino talents in action as they compete in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Clarke from 30 November to 11 December this year.

Sailing is a relaxing past-time

If the mere sound of wakeboarding leaves you feeling exhausted or you have suddenly become inspired by the media attention on international sailing events such as Ready Steady Tokyo (which is the test event for Tokyo 2020) is getting, sailing might be more up your alley. An increasing number of Filipinos are taking up sailing as a recreational activity while also enjoying the various physical and mental health benefits it has to offer. While sailing isn’t overly dangerous, it is important to follow safe sailing protocol when on the water.Avoid the water during inclement weather and make sure you wear a lifejacket at all times. Some of the best sailing spots in the country include Iloilo, Panay and the almost-surreal waters of Guimaras.

Whitewater rafting

Sailing and wakeboarding are both immensely enjoyable water sports albeit not the most social ones. If you are looking for a water sport that you can enjoy with your friends, whitewater rafting is definitely the way to go. Whitewater rafting allows participants to course through the rough white water of a river in an inflatable raft that is capable of withstanding an incredible amount of hard knocks. Among the best white water rafting destinations in the Philippines is Cagayan de Oro, Laguna, and the Davao River. If you are a white water novice it comes highly recommended to book your rafting expedition through an accredited tour operator that will not only provide all the necessary equipment but provide you with basic rafting training as well.

Spending time outdoors participating in a watersport is bound to not only make you happy, but keep you healthy as well. Even if you are not the most adventurous of individuals you are bound to find an activity you can partake in.

Sources

https://www.dti.gov.ph/resources/statistics/tourist-arrivals Department of Trade and Industry

http://www.wazzuppilipinas.com/2018/02/4-must-try-wild-outdoor-activities-in.html Wazzup Pilipinas Suzy Strutner

https://www.monstertower.com/blog/maintain-wakeboard/ Monster Tower 15 July 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/17/greta-thunberg-four-days-into-atlantic-crossing The Guardian Seth Jacobsen 17 August 2019

https://www.riverranchboats.com/sailing-safety/ River Ranch Boats 11 June 2019

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