There’s no better time than now to sit down and idyllically write resolutions for the year ahead. If adventure is anywhere near your radar, we jotted down a few options for both veteran and newbie thrill-seekers! Peruse the list as you wish and we hope you get to try out the ones that tickle your fancy. From cave trotting to snake massages, we have got you covered.
Caves, if not pancit batil patong, are the initial thoughts in mind when one speaks of Tuguegarao. One of the 300 limestone caves in Peñablanca Protected Landscape and Seascape is the renowned seven-chamber Callao Cave. Though classified as a Class II cave by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the cave is still open to experienced spelunkers and tourists, but some portions of it may be closed due to its highly sustained ecosystem and hazardous, sensitive values.
Interesting enough, the first of the seven chambers of Callao Cave carries a cathedral-like impression in the area, thus the locals turned it into a chapel.
Callao Cave is located at Barangays of Magdalo and Quibal, Peñablanca, Cagayan Province; Photo courtesy of Curt Torres
2. Sky Experience Adventure and snake massage, Cebu
Crown Regency boasts its newest highlight, the nerve-wracking tower of Sky Experience Adventure. Apart from its 4D theater and sumptuous international cuisines, it impressively features the world’s first Edge Coaster and the country’s first and only Sky Walk Extreme that gives you the finest view of the Queen City of the South, Cebu.
Meanwhile, another option is the snake massage in Cebu City Zoo or Cebu Wildlife Resources Conservation & Protection Office (CWRCPO). No matter how goosebumping this activity is, the slithering signals of the four Burmese pythons are said to be therapeutic. Just make sure not to shout; pythons might think you’re a predator with the vibrations bursting out from your body.
Sky Experience Adventure is located at Tower 1, Crown Regency Hotel and Towers, Fuente Towers, Fuente Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City, 6000 Philippines.
Cebu City Zoo is located at Woolbright Drive, Beverly Hills, Cebu City, 6000 Philippines; Photos courtesy of Crown Regency and Eats Delicious!
3. Slide and fly in Lumban, Laguna
Caliraya Resort Club changed the swimming game with their most recent venture, Slide and Fly. The activity literally prompts the guests to slide on their adrenaline-pumping, 70-foot-long slide with a loop at the end, letting them fly and fall straight into the 18-foot-deep pool.
For an overall fun experience, we suggest you to dress up as your favorite superhero and fly the fear away!
Caliraya Resort Club Inc. is located at Brgy. Lewin, Lumban, Laguna, Philippines; Photo courtesy of Caliraya Resort Club
4. Mountaineering in Mt. Halcon, Oriental Mindoro
Located at Baco, Oriental Mindoro, Mt. Halcon, with an elevation of 2,586 meters, earned its reputation as the hardest mountain to climb in the Philippines. Like in every life’s journey, climbing your way up here attests to the art of suffering with all the mossy pathways, waterfalls, steep or what they call “knife” edges, rivers, and all sorts of hardships you have to surpass to reach the rewarding, towering summit. Thus, mountaineers and enthusiasts alike are strictly encouraged to not “illegally” climb in Mt. Halcon and to submit all requirements to Baco Municipal Tourism Office before the hike for safety measurements.
Mt. Halcon is located at Baco, Oriental Mindoro; Photo via TripAdvisor
5. G-Max and mermaid swimming, Boracay
Apart from the sought-after white sands of Boracay, G-Max is what people come back to for more in the island. The ride that’s basically a reverse bungy jump throws you 50 meters above sea level at 200 kph for about 8 minutes! Now that’s the best way to see the beauty of Boracay—just keep your eyes open and try not to tear up!
On the other side of the island lies the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy that lets your mermaid dreams come true. Its class hours range from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the lesson and the branch you’re taking.
G-Max is located at beach Front of Paradise Garden Boracay Resort Hotel and Convention Center, Station 3, Manggayad, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan, Philippines.
Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy is located at Fisheye Divers, Station 1, White Beach, Boracay Island, Malay Aklan, Philippines; Photos courtesy of BoracaySyn.com and Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy
6. Glamping, Palawan
The tandem behind the blog 365 Travel Dates, newlyweds Mark-Anthony and Camille Villaflor, also happens to be the brains behind boutique glamping hotel, The Birdhouse. The couple had been hosted by hundreds of people around the world while on their 16-month-long honeymoon, thus they are opening up their own space to host lovers of travel and travelers in love in return.
“We now continue to live with the motto of ‘travel in love, love in travel’ and we wanted to open up a space for hosting lovers of travel and travelers in love,” Mark-Anthony shares.
The Birdhouse is set to soft-open by June with fun activities to try such as island hopping tours, off-the-beaten path hikes, and of course, glamping. In June, they are doing a promotional 50% off the PHP 5,000 regular rate on their nests for a minimum of two nights’ stay, making it PHP 2,500 a night, good for four guests.
“El Nido is an incredible place to spend days outdoor exploring. We believe the environment we create will be great for families and honeymooners, and friends looking for adventure and comfort bundled together will be pleasantly surprised,” he concludes.
The Birdhouse is located at Maremegmeg Beach in El Nido, Palawan; Photos via TripAdvisor
7. Fly a plane, Pampanga
Aspiring pilots, this one’s for you. Angeles City Flying Club (ACFC) offers ultralight planes and instructional trial flights. Their open-cockpit planes are sure to fuel your desire to pursue that childhood dream of yours to become the next trailblazer in the tourism industry. ACFC also has pilot training, plane rental, hangar rental, and maintenance services that’s been running strong since 1993.
Angeles City Flying Club is located at Woodland Airpark Talimundok, Sta. Maria Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines; Photos courtesy of Angeles City Flying Club
8. Wreck diving in Coron, Palawan
It’s not a secret that Coron, Palawan, has been a refuge to the World War II shipwrecks that’s now turning into one of its major destinations. A good spot to seek underwater explorations is Busuanga Seadive Resort Inc, that pioneered the said activity back in 1997. Sights of the Japanese shipwrecks from as far as 1940’s are total scene stealers from down under.
Busuanga Seadive Resort is located at Busuanga, Coron, Palawan; Photos courtesy of Sangat Island Dive Resort