Water Sports Activities
Cebu, Philippines, is a popular destination known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a wide range of water sports activities. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or looking for a more relaxed experience, Cebu has something for everyone.
Here are some of the water sports activities you can enjoy in Cebu:
Parasailing also known as parascending is a recreational activity where a person/ persons are suspended in the air using a special parachute called a parasail wing which is towed by a speedboat. This water sport is popular among tourists because it’s a unique way to feel the adrenaline rush. Also, it allows them to have a bird’s eye view of the island as they are being suspended in the air. Anybody can participate in parasailing since it doesn’t require any sort of knowledge unlike surfing or scuba diving. You just have to sit and relax and let the captain take care of everything. So, if you want to feel the sea breeze while you soar above the sea, then head out to Mactan Island, Cebu. There are various resorts and agencies that offer parasailing packages in the area.
If you’ve been wanting to try wakeboarding, then you should go to Cebu Wake Park located inside Papa Kits in Liloan. It is the first wake cable park in Cebu and you can also engage in other fun activities such as camping, swimming, and fishing while you’re there. Cebu Wake Park has all the necessary equipment that you need to have an exciting wakeboarding experience. It also features a two tower system which is great for beginners who want to learn the basics. Not to mention, there are also ramps and other advanced features for more experienced wakeboarders
Daredevils will surely enjoy cliff diving and one of the best places to practice this extreme sport is in Sta Fe in Bantayan Island. If you crave the adrenaline rush, then you should check out “The Ruins” in Sta Fe. This rugged structure is also popular among tourists and you’ll often see several people taking photos in the area. However, most tourists visit this place to showcase their cliff jumping prowess. You can access the high, rugged cliffs by following the stairs built among the rocks. The spot also offers a breathtaking view of the sea below.
This mesmerizing lagoon is located on the eastern coastline of Bantayan Island. Balidbid Lagoon features an enchanting, winding waterway where the river meets the sea. You’ll also see white sandy shores, mangrove trees, and palm trees lining the beachside trail. This area is also a wonderful spot to engage in board paddling. It’s also highly recommended that you visit the lagoon during the dry season which falls during the months of November to April. During this season, the weather is perfect and the water is also calmer. The following are other water sports activities that you can do during your vacation in Bantayan:
Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is a water sport that combines the elements of windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding, and a little bit of gymnastics. It’s also considered an extreme sport so you should be guided by professionals who have kitesurfing knowledge and experience. There are kitesurfing operators in Bantayan that you can contact if you want to try this extraordinary activity.
Jet ski enthusiasts would also have a wonderful time on Bantayan Island since various resorts/ establishments offer jet ski rentals. Don’t worry if you can’t visit Bantayan because there are other places in Cebu where you can also rent jet skis. You’ll be able to find various resorts/ businesses in Mactan, Oslob, Badian, and Moalboal offering jet ski rentals to visitors. Do remember to practice caution when operating a jet ski to avoid any accidents.
This is one activity that you must not miss out on to fully experience the beauty of the tropical island. There are also numerous boat operators in Cebu and you can easily find one near you. You can choose to paddle, which is the old fashioned way or rent a motorized outrigger boat.
Most tourists aren’t aware that they can also dive at night in the different dive spots in Cebu. Several dive shops/ resorts in Moalboal, Oslob, Malapascua, Bantayan, and Mactan are offering night dive packages. What makes it very exciting is that everything looks different when you dive at night. People who try it for the first time are surprised by what they discover once they go underwater. They’re amazed to discover that there’s a lot of ambient light and it’s not just the beam of the flashlight that’s allowing them to see things. Also, the colors all seem to be different since water absorbs natural light from the surface. Expect to see reds to appear brown and yellows to be dulled during your night dive adventure. Marine creatures such as squids, cuttlefishes, crabs, crustaceans, and docile reef fishes will be much easier to spot as well.
There’s so much more that Cebu can offer tourists and that’s why they keep coming back for more. From various historic sites, amazing natural attractions, and sumptuous cuisines, down to warm and hospitable locals, Cebu has all that and more. Tourists can also engage in exciting water sports and fun activities while enjoying the beauty of nature.