You don't want to just cool down, though. You want to cool down and have fun. If you're the sporty type, or you're looking for something different to do this weekend, it's hard to go wrong with these best places for watersports in the Philippines.
Location: Cagayan, Kalinga, and Mountain Provinces
Stretching across three provinces, the Chico River is the longest tributary of the Cagayan River. At one point, the former was subject to a controversy due to a dam project, until relentless protests by the locals forced the project to close down.
Today, the Chico River is one of the best places to go river rafting in the Philippines, alongside the Cagayan de Oro and Davao Rivers. Riding over it, you can have a bird's eye view of Kalinga province's slumbering volcanoes, towering canyons, rice terraces, and more. Unfortunately, rafting season doesn't open until June due to current water levels, so you still have one month to prepare!
Camarines Sur Watersports Complex
Location: Provincial Capitol Complex, Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur
You may have already heard of Caramoan, one of the Philippines' hidden wonders. But did you know the province of Camarines Sur (or simply "CamSur") also hosts one of the best watersports areas in the country?
At the CamSur Watersports Complex, you can wakeboard, kneeboard, waterski, and wakeskate. You can also enjoy views of the surrounding waters via cable skiing, or play other sports such as volleyball, obstacle courses, and swimming in the smaller pools.
Location: Tagaytay Road, Don Jose, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Inside this mixed-use, eco-friendly area is the Republ1c Wakepark, where you can go wakeboarding for as low as Php250 (US$5) per hour. If you prefer a more laidback form of entertainment, you can also ride a water taxi for Php30 per head. Aside from these water facilities, Nuvali also provides shopping malls, outdoor movies, and others which you can learn more about here.
Boracay isn't just a top beach destination. It's also the best place to go paraw sailing, which makes use of a 2-sail, 2-outrigger boat. You can experience what it's like to ride a boat the way your ancestors did, and have fun while you're at it.
In case you're seasick, no worries: The boats usually sail close to shore and move with, rather than against, the waves. For group sailing, the price ranges between Php1,000 to 1,500 (US$20 – 30), which covers life jackets, crews, and a 30-minute rental.
If you prefer a different watersport, Boracay also has the Fly Fish, which involves riding a boat tilted upwards and is definitely not for the faint of heart. Likewise, the nearby island of Panay offers kayaking on the Tibiao River, giving watersports fanatics a myriad of options within the Boracay area.
Location: La Union
Although the northern province of La Union has many surf beaches, San Juan is the best-known. Some of the beach's most popular surf spots include The Beach Break (where surf schools teach their lessons), Monaliza Point (considered the best right-hander spot), The Bowl, and Bacnotan.
Board rentals and surf instructors cost Php200 (US$4) per hour each, so you'll shell out Php400 per hour if you're a beginner. Sometimes, the weather can get too rough for surfing, so check the local weather reports before you go surfing on the waves.
Location: Oriental Mindoro
If you're looking for an all-around watersports hub, look no further than Puerto Galera. Located northwest of Oriental Mindoro, Puerto Galera offers banana boats, jet skiing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, and so much more. Other extreme activities include kart racing, paintball, and ziplining.
Location: Laguna (between Cavinti and Lumban)
With winds blowing in from Mt. Banahaw and the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Caliraya Lake is an ideal spot for watersports. You can bring your own speedboat, jet ski, canoe, and kayak, or you can rent these and other equipment from the nearby resort. If fishing is your cup of tea, you can also do that on the lake, and cook your fish the old-fashioned way while you're at it.
Location: Badian, Cebu
While "canyoneering" isn't a watersport per se, it does involve holding on to a watery ledge and potentially risking your life. Wearing a life vest and helmet, you can climb up one of Kawasan Falls' many cliffs, jump off, and land safely in the sky-blue waters below. Don't forget to bring shoes, since they'll come in handy when you go rock scrambling up the falls.
Who says it's no fun in the Philippines? These watersports certainly are. If you'd like to namedrop other watersports spots, or have any other thoughts on this post, drop them in the comments section below.