It’s finally summer and everyone is busy planning their getaways for fun under the sun! But if you’re worried that holidays means dumping your fitness goals down the basura, fret not because our list covers the latest summer destinations that combine both exercise & enjoyment for a holiday actively spent.
1. Inflatable Island in Subic
Release the inner child in you & head on over to Asia’s largest floating playground! Located in Subic Bay, the Inflatable Island opened this month & is home to gigantic inflatable slides and colorful floaties. It’s the size of eight basketball courts – so swimming from one floatie to the next can be quite the workout!
What’s more – visitors can enjoy jumping on trampolines, climbing on jungle bars, walking on the wobbly bridge, rock climbing, and sliding and bouncing from island to island.
Aside from the wide play area, rest in style in the Bali-inspired lounge area. Drinks are served in adorable floaties too! So, make sure to have your camera ready for all those Instagram and Facebook posts.
Ready to slide in on a fabulous fitness holiday? Head on to Inflatable Island’s official website for more information on ticket prices and schedules.
2. Sunflower Maze in Pangasinan
For a refreshing change of scenery, head on to this botanical wonderland in Tayug, Pangasinan. Spearheaded by the Allied Botanical Corporation, the sunflower garden recently opened its doors to the public in February this year. What does it have to do with fitness, you ask?
It’ no ordinary garden – but a a three-hectare botanical wonderland containing 8,000 sunflower plants! To complete the entire maze, it takes approximately 30 minutes, which can be a great workout whether you’re walking, jogging or sprinting.
It’s four hours away from Manila, and entrance to this canary yellow maze costs only 100 pesos. For more information about the Sunflower Maze, head on to Allied Botanical Corporation’s official Facebook page.
3. Masungi Georeserve in Rizal
For those looking for adventure, why not do a day-trip to Masungi Georeserve?
Situated in Tanay is the Masungi Georeserve which is a conservation area of limestone formations. Its main attraction, however, is the giant hammock suspended above a rain forest which is part of their Discovery Trail.
The Discovery Trail usually takes roughly four to five hours to complete & includes obstacle courses such as rope bridges and rock pillars. Overall, the hike and completion of the trail are similar to the challenges of a minor climb so it’s perfect for anyone who wants to start out in mountaineering.
If you want to experience Masungi Georeserve’s Discovery Trail, head on to their website to make a reservation. Take note that a minimum of seven people per group is required for the tour. As it is a popular spot for hikers, Masungi is usually fully booked so make sure to schedule months in advance. They update their calendar weekly so check their schedules from time to time. You can also send an email to Masungi Georeserve’s project officer, Ann Dumaliang, for reservations.
4. Great White Water Tours in Cagayan de Oro
For a fast-paced and extreme outdoor activity, whitewater rafting is a good way to go. Where better locally than to discover and experience the thrill of pure adrenaline rush brought by the activity than in Cagayan de Oro? The city is home to one of the most popular sites for whitewater rafting and when it comes to the premiere tour group, Great White Water Tours is a trusted name.
Great White Water Tours offers affordable packages for all levels of rafters. Whether you’re a beginner, in the advanced stage, or an extreme whitewater rafting lover, they’ve got the package to suit your needs. Paddle through 22 kilometers of the Cagayan River where there are more than 25 rapids. And while you’re rafting, you burn around 230 calories an hour!
5. Fortune Island in Nasugbu
Enjoy a slice of Greece when you visit Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas. The place features an impressive display of Greek elegance set on a Filipino tropical paradise. The island features a structure that closely resembles the Acropolis found on top of a limestone cliff.
Aside from the awesome view overlooking the ocean, the island offers a number of activities from scuba diving to snorkeling. But for the summer daredevils, there is a popular dive spot called “blue hole” found at the northern tip of the island. The area is named so because of a 5-foot diameter hole in the ocean that is 45 feet deep. This opening also leads to a cavern that is 80 feet deep.
6. Sky Experience Adventure in Cebu
Summer is the perfect time to visit a theme park but the usual places in Luzon just won’t cut it. For an extreme experience when it comes to theme parks, head on over to Sky Experience Adventure in Cebu City.
Opened in 2010, the Crown Regency Hotel is a 40-storey building that is the tallest in Cebu. It boasts of the world’s first Edge Coaster. Riders are locked onto a rail seat that goes around the edge of the building. With seats angled at 55 degrees and set up 130.84 meters above the ground, you’ll be greeted by a breathtaking view of the city.
In addition to the Edge Coaster, there’s also the Skywalk Extreme where you walk around panes surrounding the building that is 126
.66 meters high. The adrenaline rush from this heart-stopping activity releases endorphins which are chemicals that naturally tone your muscles. So what are you waiting for? Head on to Sky Experience Adventure official website for rates and schedules.