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Kayaking / Paddle Boarding / Rafting

About Kayaking / Paddle Boarding / Rafting in Philippines


One of the best things about going around the Philippines is that you can expect the unexpected. Every destination has a best kept secret—landscapes have unexplored mountains, uninhibited valleys, and hidden caves, while the regions are peppered with islets and islands, virgin beaches, and lagoons that only a few have been able to see. Explorers who choose to take on the challenge of unraveling the mysteries of these places will be rewarded with scenic views and enthralling wonders that they won’t forget.

The same thing applies for the bodies of water that you can find all over the country, which are all impressive natural wonders in their own right. Going out into the open sea to take in the breathtaking seascape is something that all tourists to the Philippines should try. Not only will the calmness of the ocean clear your mind, but the horizon will make you feel one with nature in a whole different way.

Meanwhile, if you want the opposite, the raging waters of a river provide an adrenaline rush like no other. Earn bragging rights by navigating and conquering a long river along with its obstacles and be dazzled with the lush greenery and some of nature’s bizarre wonders that you will see along the way. There are also some parts of the river where you can enjoy the “calm before the storm” for a few moments before battling the rapids again.


You can kayak

There are numerous options in the country to try if you want to head for the open sea or journey along a river. Kayaking is one of the most popular ways and it is enjoyed by many who want to explore and stay fit at the same time. A kayak is a small and narrow boat which can be operated by one to two people. The riders carry paddles, which they use to propel the kayak and control the direction. This watersport is said to provide a complete physical workout because both your lower and upper bodies are required to keep the boat stable and that it moves smoothly and more efficiently. It also improves posture as you need to keep your back straight while you paddle. You can go kayaking to travel along a long river but you can also use it to explore the open sea. Beginners can paddle near the shore, while advance kayakers can go farther from the beach for a more challenging exploration.


The wonders of paddle boarding

Paddle boarding is another enjoyable watersport to try for those who want to be one with the nature. Instead of sitting, the rider will be standing on a board with a paddle to control movement. Like kayaking, paddle boarding makes use of your upper and lower bodies to ensure that you move smoothly and you maximize your energy. This activity is great for fitness enthusiasts but it has also become popular for yoga. Practitioners would head to the middle of the sea or a lake and practice yoga there. Paddle board yoga enables enthusiasts to work on their balance better and have an even more relaxing experience brought by the serenity of the surroundings.


Keep calm and go rafting

Finally, rafting is undoubtedly the most exciting way to explore the length of a river. Highly recommended for groups of friends, whitewater rafting is a thrilling way to forge camaraderie as it requires everyone to work together by following a set of movements to make sure that the raft stays stable throughout a bumpy river ride. A guide will be present during rafting, and he will be responsible to give out the commands that will depend on various situations. If the whole group remains focused and aware of what to do next, their rafting experience will not only be enjoyable and memorable, but hassle-free as well.


Always remember these tips

Kayaking, paddle boarding, and rafting are activities that are meant to be enjoyed. However, it comes with a few risks, and it is important that participants are aware of the rules and regulations so that the experience remains safe.

First thing you need to remember is to always wear a life vest when doing any of these activities. You will always be provided with one by the operators, but you should not try to take it off, especially if you’re in the middle of the water. Even if you’re a seasoned swimmer, the current and rapids can easily overwhelm you, and your life jacket can be the difference between life and death.

Secondly, do not try these activities when you are intoxicated. Always remember that having a couple of drinks and going boating is just as horrible as drunk driving. Even if alcohol-related deaths are more common in the road, drowning incidents have also been linked with drinking.

Thirdly, be sure to wear proper clothing. Generally, swimming attires like bathing suits and other beachwear are recommended, especially if you will go paddle boarding. Avoid heavy clothing so that you swim easily in case you end up in the water.

Fourth, do not try any of these activities during bad weather. Kayaking and paddle boarding will not be available in case of a typhoon or a storm, but do not attempt to go out on your own, especially if you have access to the equipment. Strong winds and the rain will create bigger waves. If it can cause even the biggest of boats to capsize, it will do the same to your kayak or paddle board in a snap.

Fifth, always follow your guide. They are there to keep you safe and to make sure that you get back to land with no accidents. Listen to their briefing carefully at the start of the activity. If they asked you to memorize certain movements, keep practicing them first until you know them by heart.

Lastly, in case of an accident and you find yourself in the water, remain calm and swim back to your kayak or paddle boat. If you fall during rafting, do not panic and assume the position that was taught to you during the briefing.