10 extreme adventure sports all Filipino millennials should try before they hit 30


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The Millennials of the Philippines want the best things in life. They’re young, adventurous and always looking for the next big thrill to share with their closest friends (and their entire social media network, of course).

If you’re in the camp and feel you’ve been there, done it all, here are 10 awesome adventure sports we challenge you to do before you’re 30.

Don’t forget your Samsung Galaxy A Series 2016 and your selfie stick. If it’s not captured, it didn’t happen, after all! And don’t worry about the memory filling up. The A Series 2016 features a LTE Dual Sim and Expandable memory, so snap and shoot away!


Mud Karting in Puerto Galera

Photo: X-Treme Sports Philippines

Life’s too short to go slow and stay clean, so hit the accelerator and get down ’n’ dirty with a splash of Mud Karting in Puerto Galera. The track at X-Treme Sports Philippines, which is located on the way to White Beach, has recently been extended to three times its original length, making for three times the fun.

The zippy 150cc Mud Karts are the perfect size and shape for the Off-Road Adventure Track, but if you’ve got a need for speed, prepare to emerge looking like you’ve fallen into the chocolate vat at Willy Wonker’s factory. Don’t worry though, there are on-site showers for when you’re done with the fun.

Mud Karting costs PHP500 for six laps as a driver, and PHP100 for a passenger. Email herman@extremesportsphilippines.com or call +63 917 5528114 to book the drive of your life.


River Trekking at Mapawa Nature & Adventure Park (Cagayan de Oro)

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Those that want it all are well advised to pay a visit to the Mapawa Nature and Adventure Park in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao. Here you can jump off 25ft cliffs, slide down waterfalls, abseil down huge rock faces, and horseback ride all in the same day.

The guides are renowned for being super friendly and fun, but well on their game, making this the perfect option for groups of friends, colleagues and even families.

A whole day of fun, including transportation to and from Cagayan de Oro and a yummy lunch, comes in at P1,450 per head. Well worth it if you’re the type of person who’s happy to splash a little cash for the experience of a lifetime!

Call +63 88 2725218 or email mapawanaturepark@ymail.com to make a booking.


Sandboarding in Laoag

Photo: La Paz Sand Dunes / Wikimedia Commons

For a totally unique adventure sport, try a touch of sandboarding in the La Paz Sand Dunes, 85 square-kilometers of coastal desert in the capital city of Laoag, Ilocos Norte. This natural phenomenon was declared a National Geological Monument in 1993, and it’s not hard to see why.

Sandboarding is a super tough but massively rewarding extreme sport. Your best bet is to head out early in the morning before the sands get scorching hot, and prepare to ride and roll away some serious calories. Early morning is also the best time to capture some stunning photos of the dunes with the awesome camera on the Samsung Galaxy A Series 2016. Just sayin’.

Balancing on the board isn’t easy, but climbing back up the dunes to your starting point takes even more grit and determination. This is an activity only recommend to sporty types with bags of energy.

A one-hour package plus the 4×4 ride to the dunes costs PHP2,500 for up to five people with Ilocos Sand Adventures. Email admin@ilocossandadventures.com or call +63 988 853669 to book a session.


Canyoning in Biliran

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Canyoning is simply how incredibly cool people get from A to B. It’s basically an outdoor trek over rivers, streams and, of course, canyons, via a variety of methods, including swimming, climbing, jumping, abseiling, and boring old walking.

If you’re looking for a workout with the wow factor, Biliran has got you covered. Trexplore the Adventures, a Samar-based outdoor outfitter, offers a full day of canyoning on the mighty Sampao River. You have to be fit for this one, as it’s a two-hour trek up to steep mountain just to get to the starting point, but the views of of Almeria and Talahid Bay on the way and the reward at the end are well worth it.

After a “Kiss the Wall” scramble over huge boulders, you’ll be fitted with all the gear, including a harness, helmet, and wetsuit, before plunging into a roiling basin and beginning your wild ride. You’ll abseil, jump, and slide down huge waterfalls for the rest of your amazing day.

Contact Trexplore the Adventurers on +63 919 2943865 for a quote for you and your adrenaline junkie buddies.



White water tubing in Sarangani

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Get out of your comfort zone and plunge into the truly hair-raising experience of white water tubing in Sanrangani’s murky Pangi River. After lunch and a bumpy motorcycle ride to the jump-off point (a thrill in itself), be prepared to hurtle down 1.6 kilometers of raging river in nothing but a big rubber ring.

Thankfully, you won’t be alone, as an experienced and fearless guide will attach his tube to the back of yours, helping you negotiate the rapids head on and steering you away from boulders with his rock-hard feet. All you have to do is simply lie back, hold on tight to the handles, and prepare to be tumble-washed in the most exhilarating way ever.

Your best bet for booking is to go through Go Sarangani Travel. Contact them via their website for a quote.

Ziplining at Lake Sebu

Photo: Lake Sebu Mountain Log Resort

We all dream of flying from time to time, but you can actually do it for (almost) real if you head to the stunning Lake Sebu in South Cotabato. Here you can stay at the Lake Sebu Mountain Log Resort, which offers awesome adventure tourism packages.

All include a heart-stopping run on more than a kilometer of exhilarating ziplines, including the highest in South East Asia at more than 180 meters. Get strapped into the harness and zip headfirst with your mates as you fly like birds over the stunning waterfalls beneath, taking selfies and videos on your Samsung Galaxy A Series 2016 as you go, of course!

The tour leaders will also introduce you to the indigenous T’boli people – known locally as “Dreamweavers” because of the excite T’nalak fabric they make – and the stunning surrounding nature.

Two days and three nights at Sebue Mountain Log Resorts comes in at PHP4,500 per person. Call +63 926 6157744 to make a reservation you won’t regret.


Flying trapeze in Makati

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If you’ve ever dreamt of running away and joining the circus (who hasn’t?), flying trapeze in Makati is going to be right up your street. Suitable for all ages, shapes, sizes and skill levels, Flying Trapeze Philippines (FTP) is the first and only of its kind in the country, meaning you absolutely have to give this a go before everyone else hears about it.

You and your friends will get schooled on a few tips and tricks before being strapped into a harness and let loose on the 25ft-high giant swings. Not only is this a great adrenaline rush, but it also makes for a solid workout for your upper body and core muscles. Win! The quick-launch camera on your Galaxy A Series 2016 will allow you to capture that fleeting moment of perfection to share with your friends.

FTP is located in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, with classes running every weekday evening, all day on Saturdays, and until 5:30pm on Sundays. Prices start at just PHP200 for one-hour “open swing” walk-ins. Visit the website or call +63 917 2420331 to reserve a slot.


Paragliding in Carmona

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You’ve got to have a lot of guts to let nature take control, but we have a feeling you might be that kind of person. If so, paragliding in Carmona, Cavite, is a must.

Once the training grounds of paragliders who competed in the 2011 SEA Games, the ridges of Carmona are now the base of Air Sports Adventure, who take newbie fliers through their paces before they jump off a 150ft cliff with nothing but a canopy and a harness.

But don’t worry. You won’t be doing it alone. All new flyers must go in tandem with an instructor for the first time, while a package of lessons can be purchased for those itching to go solo.

Tandem flights of 10-15 minutes cost PHP3,500, but we guarantee it will be the most breathtaking 15 minutes of your life. Email buko@airsportsadventure.com to make a booking, and don’t forget to take a video on your Galaxy A Series 2016 phone while you’re up there. This is an experience you’ll want to relive!


Sky Cycling in Bohol

Photo: Chocolate Hills Adventure Park

If ziplining is old news to you, do something completely unique over the famous Chocolate Hills of Bohol. Instead of letting gravity do the work as with normal ziplining, Sky Cycling at the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park involves pedaling a modified bicycle across a wobbly 225 meter-long cable suspended 150ft in the air.

The beauty of this unusual activity is that you get to go at your own pace while enjoying unobstructed views of the stunning Carmen countryside. There are also two wires, so you can high-five your mates as they go past or whip out your phones to take awesome photos of each other.

Entrance to the park costs PHP60, with the bike ziplining coming in a PH400 per person. Email chocolatehills88@yahoo.com or call +63 932 6677098 to reserve a spot.


Cliff diving in Aklan

Photo: Ariel’s Point

Cliff diving has been enjoyed for centuries. In the 1700s Hawaiian warriors jumped off the huge cliffs in Kaunolu to prove their courage. These days, the fun and fearless head to Aklan from Boracay to enjoy a heart-pounding experience now recognized as a professional sport.

At eco-adventure destination Ariel’s Point, day trippers can snorkel, stand up paddle board, kayak and, most importantly, throw themselves off huge cliffs into the ocean. There are three diving platforms here, with the highest being 13-15 meters above the water, depending on the tide.

The boats depart from Boracay at 10am each morning and return at 5pm each afternoon, with the package including a BBQ buffet lunch, afternoon snacks and unlimited beer and mixed drinks. You’re going to need some Dutch courage after all!

Tickets are PHP2,500 per person and can be purchased online or in person at Ariel’s House in Station 1 on Boracay’s White Beach.

If these are your kind of activities, the Samsung Galaxy A Series 2016 is going to be your kind of phone. The smartphone for the new millennial, it boasts a slick look, meaning you can take it to work, to dinner and adventuring, and premium features at a great price. It’s also fast charging, which you’re going to need if you plan to fit all this lot in!

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