Awesome Places to Kayak in the Philippines
Guest Post written by Kayak Guru
With pristine beaches and more than 7,000 islands to explore, the Philippines is one of the world's premier kayaking destinations. Paddlers can camp on one of the many beautiful spans of shoreline, go fishing, access incredible snorkeling, and enjoy peaceful isolation.
Calm waters make this trip a good choice even for novice paddlers. If this sounds like it might be up your alley, then check out these four awesome Philippine kayaking destination
El Nido, Palawan
With crystal lagoons filled with tropical fish, hidden coves, and limestone formations, Palawan is an ideal location if you're interested in both kayaking and snorkeling.
Most tour companies offer four separate routes to choose from, labeled A, B, C, and D; these routes are closely monitored by the local Palawan government to protect the area's fragile environment.
The Nomadic Boys blog recommends Tour A for those who are primarily interested in kayaking. This route explores the small lagoon around Miniloc Island, with an entrance marked by imposing limestone karsts. Once inside, you'll be able to paddle and swim in the warm turquoise water. When you get hungry, stop for lunch at Shimizu Island, where you can also snorkel in the surrounding coral reef
This small province is truly off the beaten path, which makes it a good choice for travelers who want an authentic island experience. The quiet beaches offer ample opportunity to launch your kayak, with sightseeing opportunities that include more volcanoes per sq. mile than anywhere else on earth according to Lonely Planet.
Don't miss the incredible scuba diving and snorkeling as well as access to hot and cold springs for swimming and soaking. While there's no large-scale tourism on the island, you'll find several resorts, plenty of restaurants, and friendly locals who will be happy to show you around. If you want to experience pure island living on your next kayak vacation, Camiguin Island is the place
Panglao, Bohol Island
After a stint of kayaking, it’s sometimes great to finish off the day with plenty of nightlife to explore (or at least have the option!), Panglao is the perfect destination for this.
Alona Beach is a popular resort that offers easy access to kayaking as well as both snorkeling and scuba diving.
You'll find stunning coral reefs as well as access to springs, caves, and waterfalls to explore. Despite its reputation as a tourist hotspot, Bohol Island is still relatively untouched, which appeals to travelers who want to experience the best of both worlds in the Philippines.
Don't miss Hinagdanan Cave, which features an underground lagoon naturally illuminated by sunlight through holes in the stone for an unforgettable kayaking and swimming experience
Hundred Islands, Lingayen
As the name (kind of) suggests, Hundred Islands National Park in the Philippines is comprised of 124 islands in about six square miles of Lingayen Gulf. Just three of these islands are developed for tourism and the rest are untouched, allowing kayakers to explore their serene natural beauty.
This is a good choice for paddlers hoping to see wildlife, as the islands are home to dolphins, sea turtles, geckos, snakes, and many other species. Enjoy the lush vegetation, hidden coves, tranquil waters, quiet snorkeling areas, and unmatched views of the South China Sea.
Quezon Island, the most developed, has amenities like public restrooms, grilling facilities, and a picnic area as well as kayak rentals
Guest Post written by Kayak Guru