Need an adrenaline fix? If you want to do something more than just snorkel, surf, or watch pretty sunsets for your next out-of-town trip, check out cliff diving. Here are some spots you can go to.
If you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for your next fix, or someone who gets uber excited by the very thought of flinging yourself off a rocky crag, why not consider cliff diving?
Fairly easy to accomplish and with no gear needed, this sport is a definite must-do for all you adventure travelers out there. Though cliff diving spots vary throughout the archipelago, the following locations have become favorite jump sites for locals and visitors alike.
Ariel’s Point, Aklan
This spot is incredibly popular among tourists and you may have to wait your turn in the line to get a chance to dive off the slim planks. Because of its proximity to Boracay, it makes for a fun side trip if you are vacationing on the island and have time to spare.
There are two levels from which you can choose to jump: The lower level which is easier to accomplish and when you’re done with that and still want to challenge yourself, go and line up for the high plank.
It’s also an eco-adventure destination, which offers water activities such as kayaking and snorkeling, among other things. If you don’t feel like lining up for a second jump, you can always try another activity such as stand-up paddle boarding.
Located in Nasugbu, Batangas and only a bus ride away from Metro Manila, Fortune Island is a good choice if you want to try a spot that isn’t too far away. An added perk is that you can jump an unlimited number of times, making it a great choice for those who don’t want to limit themselves to only one dive. When you’re done throwing yourself off the side of a cliff, walk over to the ruins of the closed down resort and squeeze in a bunch of Greek-themed selfies.
Canibad Resort, Samal Island
This one is located inside a resort area, so if you want to try it out the next time you visit Davao’s Samal Island, make sure to book a cottage or come with your own tent.
Getting to the cliff entails walking through a limestone path and dried up corals, so make sure you bring your flip flops or rock shoes! Don’t worry, you will be rewarded at the end of your walk with a breathtaking view and a solid 35-foot drop.
If you find yourself visiting Isla de Gigantes in Iloilo and have time to spare, rent a pump boat that’ll take you to this saltwater lagoon.
Right outside the lagoon, the water gets pretty deep and there are several spots where you can comfortably dive from. Just pick an outcropping and throw yourself onto the clear blue waters of this gorgeous island!
When you surface, take some time to float around and marvel at the beauty of the natural rock formations that surround you.
This getaway is best known as a vacation spot for homeowners who need a quick reprieve from the city.
What you may not know is that it has its own cliff diving spot that boasts of three different jump points, each level higher than the last. Start with the lowest and slowly build up your courage and work your way up to the highest point. An adrenaline rush is guaranteed with every level that you try!
There are actually a dozen more cliff diving spots around the country—some may not have been discovered yet. Start by trying out places that are accessible to you and jump off from points you are comfortable with. For the real daredevils out there, you may even want to go find a couple of new spots on your own. Just remember to make sure the water below is deep enough and is safe to plunge into. Cliff dive responsibly and live to jump another day!