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There are more ways than one to enjoy the waters that link the 7,107 breathtaking Philippine islands, from surfing in a Samar resort to simply relaxing on a rustic raft as it takes you along a gentle river in Bohol. Read on and discover the 5 best ways to enjoy Philippine waters.

1. Dive to See the Tubbataha Reef

Deep in the Sulu Sea and southeast of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, the Tubbataha Reef is home to over 1, 000 species of marine animals. Put on that diving suit and swim with them as they go in and out of their brightly colored corals. Don’t forget to bring with you your underwater camera, because you will want to see this kind of beauty over and over again long after you’ve gotten off the water.

2. Trek to the Taal Volcano Crater Lake

Not everyone can say, “I’ve been on the crater of the world’s smallest active volcano.” Over at the Taal Volcano in Batangas, southern Luzon, be awed by the sight of the calm, azure water or, better yet, soak in its warmth. Just don’t forget to bring a pair of reliable trekking shoes since you’d have to hike down to the crater.

3. Surf in Calicoan Island, Samar

Located in Guiuan, Samar, in eastern Visayas, Calicoan Island boasts of perfectly curled waves that kiss the white-sand beaches, particularly between May and November. You can put up tents and just camp on the sand. Or laze on a comfortable bed after a tiring day of surfing in this serene Samar island. You can rent one of the eight luxurious cottages of Calicoan Island Surf Camp, all with a decor inspired by Thai, Balinese, Indonesian, and Filipino architectures. It is facing the Pacific Ocean, so it will surely give you the peace that you want away from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. At daybreak, the waves will gently greet you a good morning, then lull to sleep at night, leaving you safe and cozy in your Samar resort cottage.

4. “Wake-up” in Camarines Sur

Visit the Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) in Camarines Sur in the Bicol region, the country’s hottest location for wakeboarding, wake-skating, and waterskiing. The CWC has been home to international wakeboarding competitions, but you don’t have to be a competitor to enjoy these sports. There are beginner’s courses and the staff us very accommodating to first-timers.

5. Dine and Cruise on Loboc River

After all that adventure, you can just sit and relax on one of the well-loved cruise rafts running along the Loboc River in the province of Bohol, in the southern part of the country. Feast your eyes on the beauty of this tranquil river as you gorge on yummy Philippine delicacies served to you with a smile.

So, go — go beyond the limits of the lands and discover the beauty of the waters surrounding the Philippines. After all, who wouldn’t want to be free of stress and just be relieved by the pristine lagoons in Palawan, the calm lake of Taal Volcano, or the sight of fleeting waves kissing the white-sand beach of the resorts in Calicoan Island in Samar?

About the Author

Gertes Resort in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte is wonderfully situated in a hilly area bordering the town of San Nicolas. Our secluded location ensures you’ll have an intimate holiday that’s never too far from all the other attractions of Laoag City.

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