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8 Water sports you should try in the Philippines


Summer is just around the corner. I’m sure some of you are starting to plan that epic summer vacation with your family and friends! Hot as it is, I love being in the water. Since I was in grade school, my cousins and I would always go to this beach called “Lazy A” in San Fabian. Like every summer, we would get engage in all kinds of water-based fun. We didn’t care if our skin get toasted, or if our fingers become like prunes. All we know was that we’re happy coz we’re having fun. Below I narrowed down a selection of water sports you can try while in the Philippines.


Bagasbas Beach Surfing

That’s me in Bagasbas beach

Surfing is one of my favorite water sports coz it’s a good cardiovascular exercise.  I wrote an article in my other blog about the benefits of surfing. In the Philippines, there’s a lot of surfing spots like Siargao, Samar, Aurora, La Union, Zambales, Pagudpud, Quezon, etc. Try surfing so you’ll know the feeling of being “stoked”!


sailing in boracay

Paraw Sailing in Boracay

Sailing feeds different souls in different ways. Why I said that? Coz when you get in the sailboat, it automatically makes you feel good. It’s good for your physical, mental, and spiritual fitness.


windsurfing in Anilao

my friend Jon windsurfing in Anilao

If you’re the type of person who have great endurance and burst of energy, this sport is perfect for you. It’s a good full body workout that’s gonna require you to exert effort. You gotta work on more precise movements and reflexes while still falling in the water with more complex maneuvers. Where to try it? Anilao, Batangas and Boracay.

Stand-up paddle boarding

standup paddle boracay

Stand up Paddling with my cousin, Angel

This sport is pretty easy. All you have to do it to stand-up or kneel then paddle. Yes it’s pretty easy unless there are big waves trying to rock you. I’ve tried it twice and I felt solitary. Like I’m so far from all the people at the beach and I’m just paddling and thinking about life.

Canoeing or Kayaking

canoeing in philippines

Izza and Zyra kayaking in Anilao

It’s a low impact activity so it’s perfect for everyone. Just one hour of kayaking can burn over 350 calories, depending on how hard you paddle of course. They said it uplifts mood and increases endorphin (positive hormones).


batangas snorkel

snorkeling with my cousin, Bane

This is good for breathing. It increases your maximal oxygen uptake by breathing in and out through the mouth. It improves overall health and endurance, burns 300 calories per hour and helps reduce stress. In my experience, the best island to do it is in Panglao, Bohol and El Nido, Palawan.


Scuba Diving


Scuba diving with my cousin, Yani

When you go underwater, you will feel that the surface of the ocean is like a foreign atmosphere above your head. You can see the waves upside down, the diffused yellow circle of the sun, and total silence. It’s like you’re in another space when scuba diving. I just love it.



Stability and balance are the foundation for wakeboarding, you gotta make sure that you have a strong core because that’s the main component to this sport. Good location for wakeboarding in the Philippines? There’s CWC (CamSur Watersports Complex), Nuvali in Laguna, Pradera and Deca in Pampanga.

I’m sure there’s more water sports you can try like flyboard (think of Ironman soaring up the sky), parasailing, fly fish, banana boat, etc. There’s so many things to try! What kind of sports do you wanna try this summer? Have fun and be safe everyone! 🙂


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Karla Thea

KT is a digital nomad who quit her job, bought a ticket somewhere, got a tan, fell in love with mother nature and she would never return to the normal life that society dictates. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @pinaynomad


  1. It’s so awesome to meet someone who loves water sports as much as I do. When you have time I’m willing to teach you windsurfing. You can add also Kite boarding here and I hope soon… Jet surfing. It’s summer time already so it’s time to hit the beach and do some extreme water sports activity! Enjoy!

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