Kayaking

The long coastline of The Philippines allows lots of opportunities for sea and river kayaking, but so far development of  kayaking  is limited to the major tourist destinations. In Boracay single of double seating kayaks are available for rent by the hour or day and it is possible to circumnavigate the bone shaped island in a day tour. Tours are also available that provide the option to leave the kayak halfway, so you can make it a two day trip.

KayakingBohol is an increasingly popular destination for kayakers; Several kayaking tours are organized by local operators including options for moonlight paddling. Kayaking during sunset in the crescent shaped lagoon of the virgin island of Puntod is one of our favorites as it spoils you with marvelous views of Cebu, Panglao and the island of Siquijor. This lagoon is an attractive place for full-moon kayaking. Other places to where kayaking trips around Bohol are organized include the Tagbilaran strait, Loboc and Abatan river.

For paddling along limestone rock formations and tranquil deserted island head to Coron, where operators organize single and multiple day kayaking tours. During the trip you can snorkel and explore pristine coral gardens and sunken WWII shipwrecks. A local banka provides support and carries food and camping equipment to sleep overnight on the beach. Further up north in Palawan, the protected waters around El Nido are another good place for kayaking and various tours are available.

The more off-the-beaten-track destination of Caramoan in the province of Camarines Sur is another good place for kayaking enthusiasts.The survivor reality tv shows are shot here and tourism is expected to boom, but until now the scenery remains unspoiled.

Adrenaline-pumping whitewater kayaking in the Cagayan de Oro river in Mindanao is gaining popularity, especially with local students. The entry point for these trips is about an hour drive from town, where instruction and safety equipment is provided. Rapids in the river are up to class III according to the international rating system, which stands for moderate difficult and some experience or boldness is required.

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