5 Fun Activities That Aren’t Swimming

by Ayn Lopez

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Being a non-water baby myself, it has always been a struggle for me whenever we go on vacations involving the beach or anything that requires swimming. Growing up, I was never really comfortable with the water. I mean, I like taking long baths but anything above 5 feet just gives me the heebie-jeebies. So for the non-water babies but are constantly craving for adventure (like me), here are some activities that we can enjoy:

Get inked by Apo Whang-Od

If you’re looking for something new (and permanent), go up north and get a tattoo in the traditional Kalinga way. Buscalan’s oldest mambabatok (Kalinga tatoo artist) Apo Whang-Od uses the hand-tapping method using soot and bamboo hammers. While you’re there, you can also bask in the ambience of the wonderful Kalinga culture. 

Go surfing

Sand-surfing, that is! Drive up north and experience the kind of surfing without the risk of drowning. The Paoay Sand Dunes in Ilocos can give you that roller coaster type of rush with its sand ridges going as high as 10-20 feet! Complete this experience by booking a 4×4 ride and going sand boarding. 

Go on long walks

But this is nothing like your everyday walk to and fro. Gather your friends and challenge yourselves at the Masungi Geo Reserve in Rizal. This includes you conquering rope courses and hanging bridges, but the lush rainforest view underneath makes it all worth it! 

Fly through

Scared of swimming but not up in the air? Okay, sure! Get that gush of adrenaline and go ziplining across seven beautiful waterfalls at Lake Sebu in South Cotabato. While South Cotabato is probably not on your trabve bucket list – there are actually lots of activities you can do and places that you can visit while you’re there. 

Get “cultured”

If you’re more of the lowkey adventurous but curious type of traveler, you can always embark on a journey by visiting local museums and learning about the different Philippine tribes. Or you can always pack a bag and visit local festivals. This will not only give you the total cultural experience, you also get to experience the Filipino hospitality that’ll make you keep coming back for more.