6 Extraordinary Activities You Must Try in 2018

Strive to take bolder steps this year by trying out these out-of-the-ordinary activities to spice up your leisure calendar. By Felice Tusi

Want to tick off riding a hot-air balloon off your bucket list this year? (Photo by Pexels)

Are you game to take on new challenges, embark on bolder adventures, or try activities that you thought you’d never do? As you plan your leisure calendar for 2018, you may want to consider trying these six exciting activities around the country that are definitely out of the ordinary!

1. Hot Air Balloon Ride

Riding a hot air balloon is probably etched on everyone’s bucket list. And for a good reason. Imagine taking flight and enjoying the wonderful views as you soar to heights of about 2,000 feet. The yearly Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta brings easy (albeit pricey) access to this magnificent experience. Hot air ballooning is even more breathtaking in other parts of the world. In Southeast Asia, for instance, a hot air balloon ride over ancient temples in Bagan, Myanmar gives you a bird’s eye view of the resplendent landscape.

2. Rollercoaster Zipline

If you love the rush of riding a zipline, then you shouldn’t miss the Rollercoaster Zipline found in NUVALI at Sta. Rosa, Laguna, the longest of its kind in Asia. As its name implies, the Rollercoaster Zipline inside Camp N combines features of two popular gravity-defying attractions for a double serving of thrill and excitement. Take the long zipline, which measures 280 meters, for an intense ride with twists and turns along the way. There’s also a short zipline, which is ideal for kids wanting their fair share of fun.

READ: Why NUVALI is Your Perfect Family Retreat

3. Canyoneering

The pristine beaches of Badian and Moalboal await sun-worshippers in Southern Cebu. But for the daredevil who yearns for more adventures, a canyoneering trip to Kawasan Falls in Badian should not be missed. It usually takes 3-5 hours and involves a variety of challenges that would really put your physical skills to test. Aside from swimming in the azure lagoons, you’d be climbing, jumping from cliffs, rappelling and working your way around massive boulders on the way to the waterfalls. Badian is a three-hour drive from Cebu City.

Photo by Cynthia Andres on Unsplash

4. White Water Rafting

Eyeing extreme sports in your next travel itinerary? Then white water rafting is for you. The Philippines boasts a number of locations where you can enjoy this high-octane adventure. The most famous destination for white water rafting, however, is Cagayan de Oro. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you go through the 21 rapids of Cagayan de Oro River, with cool waters splashing on your face, limbs and the rest of your body. You’ll most likely be exhilarated after the bumpy ride!

READ: 5 Reasons It’s Awesome to Live in CDO

Photo by Ellie Balangue via chasingculprit.blogspot.com

5. Hot Kawa Bath

Tibiao in Antique is touted as the province’s ‘adventure capital’ owing to its stunning waterfalls, scenic mountain ranges, and pristine rivers. But one attraction simply stands out—the hot kawa bath. Resorts along the Tibiao River specialize in this unique service. Pamper yourself with a relaxing dip in a gigantic iron vat filled with hot water, flowers and herbs. Don’t let the burning firewood underneath the cauldron scare you away. An attendant is on hand to keep an eye on the water’s temperature. Those enormous vats were once used to cook muscovado sugar back in the days when there was no modern machinery in town.

Photo by Wolfsavard via Flickr (CC by 2.0)

6. Flying Trapeze

Were you amazed as a kid while watching circus performers do their stunts on the flying trapeze? Well, you can now soar high with Flying Trapeze Philippines at their full-scale rig in Bonifacio Global City. Just minutes away from several Avida Land properties, the trapeze complex offers lessons at different levels. Learn how to do somersaults while swinging from one bar to another. Trapeze classes help build upper body strength, making it a great form of exercise as well.

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