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7 Adventure-perfect Places to Visit in Visayas During the Rainy Days

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Sep 01, 2016
7 Adventure-perfect Places to Visit in Visayas During the Rainy Days

Don’t let the rainy days ruin your mood. Your home is not the only option where one can enjoy long weekends and holidays. Traveling and exploring the Philippines is not only exclusive to the summer months, so grab your bags and go on an adventure! See below our suggested list for those who would want to travel around the central islands of the Philippines.

Visayas is one of the three main island groups of the Philippines. It is administratively divided into 4 regions: Western Visayas, Negros Island Region, Central Visayas and Eastern Visayas. Its major islands from west to east are Panay, Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Samar.

Beaches in Boracay

No longer an “off the beaten path” but the island is not only a must-visit during summer.

Boracay paraws; photo by Dustin Mijares

Feel the strong and cooler winds at the white beach that gives a different kind of charm during the rainy season. The water activities that are usually seen in the area are transferred to the other side of the island. Though the waters are rough due to strong winds, you can still enjoy swimming at the white beach.

View from Mt. Luho

It is considered as lean months in Boracay during this season which only means the rates are cheaper, especially the hotels and inns. You can allot your extra money for your meals and activities on the island.

Boracay sunset; photo by Dustin Mijares

River Rafting in Tibiao

Get adventurous! Ride a kayak while paddling through the gushing waters of Tuno River. The river is part of the Tibiao River System, and flows from Mt. Madja-as and the Bugtong-bato Falls.

Tuno River; photo by Belle Piccio

The Tibiao River is one of the best white water rivers in the Philippines. It boasts of crystal clear waters suitable for white water rafting or kayaking at various grades of difficulty. It hosted the first “International Kayaking Cup” in 1997 initiated by Tribal Adventures, Inc.

Kawa hot bath at Bugton Bato Falls Inn

Cap your day with a relaxing warm kawa hot bath at Bugtong Bato Falls Inn to soothe your aching muscles after a long adventurous day! If you like to swim in cold water, don’t miss to explore the waterfalls where the name of the inn was taken after.

Bugtong Bato Falls; photo by Dustin Mijares

Go Shipwreck Diving in Sipalay

One of the beautiful underwater sites in Negros Island is the Juliens Wreck in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. The wreck site is covered with colorful, brilliant corals and abounds with fish.

A portion of Juliens wreck; photo by Belle Piccio

WATCH: Underwater Video: Exploring Juliens Wreck

One will be amazed by the beauty found beneath the surface. It's an easy dive site, and a relaxing one, too.

Sea Slug; photo by Dustin Mijares

For scuba divers, both professionals and amateurs alike, Sipalay is the place to be for its beautiful dive spots. It offers 44 sites several of which are wreck sites.

Explore the Underwater Life of Apo Island

Considered as one of the world’s best dive sites, Apo Island is just about 5 kilometers off the municipality of Dauin in Negros Oriental.

Apo Island; photo courtesy of Negros Oriental Tourism

Apo Island has preserved its waters because of community-organized marine sanctuaries. You’ll find more than 400 species of corals in the island and home to over 650 documented species of fish.

Rock formations near the boat landing area on the west side of Apo Island via Mike (TheCoffee) under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The island is approximately 45 minutes by motorized outrigger (pumpboat) from Dauin, Negros Oriental.

Rejuvenate in a Therapeutic Hot Spring in Malabuyoc

Mainit Springs is located in Sitio Mainit, Barangay Montañeza, Malabuyoc. The spring is like Cebu’s version of Japan’s onsen or natural hot springs.

photo from Mainit Springs Malabuyoc FB

The springs have 3 pools with varying water temperature. The temperature ranges between 36 °C and 44 °C. Among the benefits are: removes body aches, cleanses the skin, helps the metabolism and heal skin diseases.

Massage area at Mainit Springs photo from Mainit Springs Malabuyoc FB

To cap your day, get a massage by trained masseurs for a totally relaxing experience.

Enjoy Bird Watching in Olango Island

The Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary is home to migratory birds.

Olango Island file photos from DOT Central Visayas FB

The island serves as a pit stop by birds that came from as far as Northern China and Siberia. The sea grasses, mudflats and mangrove areas serve as its temporary home. There’s about 97 species of birds found in the island, aside from the resident birds these include around 48 species of migratory birds.

Olango Island file photos from DOT Central Visayas FB

Take note that the road becomes muddy and may be challenging for tricycle drivers especially during the rainy months.

Surf the Waves of Guiuan

Guiuan is a coastal town abundant with white sand beaches that are ideal for surfing.

A surfer trying out the waves of Guiuan; photo from Guiuan, Eastern Samar FB Page

One of the popular surfing spots in Guiuan, Eastern Samar is Calicoan Island. With its clear waters and tall waves, today it is frequented by surfers from Baler and Siargao, even if the structures around it were leveled and washed out by the supertyphoon.

photo from My Life on Board FB page

Calicoan Island is known as the “Surfer’s Paradise.”

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Don’t let your wanderlust get frustrated, pack your bags and go on an adventure. The rainy season can’t stop you from exploring our beautiful country. There are many things to do aside from our suggested list. You can go on a food trip, discover new shopping areas, try indoor sports and get fit!

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