Flying High on a Ribbon of Steel
This is way beyond a canopy tour. On one of the most scenic islands in the Philippines, a wire more than a third of a mile in length stretches across an entire river valley. Moments after launch, riders are soaring hundreds of feet above jungle and water. Then, before the adrenaline rush is gone, the experience repeats with a return flight. More thrills await on the mountain slopes high above the Bohol Sea, where a line slung between two peaks gives riders a chance to experience a variety of riding styles, including an upside-down view of the world.
- Best for: Solos, couples and budget to luxury
- Best season to visit: Year round, with coolest and driest temperatures from Dec through June
- Weather: The Philippines is usually hot and humid. There are three seasons: tag-init or tag-araw, the hot dry season or summer from Mar - May; tag-ulan, the rainy season from June - Nov; and tag-lamig, the cool, dry season from Dec - Feb
Ziplining in the Philippines Overview
Zip lines are found at points all across the Philippines, but two of the longest, highest and most spectacular are located on the island of Bohol, and in the mountains of the province of Negros Oriental, near Dumaguete. Also increasingly popular are adventure park that includes activities such as Tarzan swings and elevated “monkey walk” bridges.
Ziplining in the Philippines Tips
Riders zipping across the Loboc valley can enhance the sensation of flight by opting for a sling-like harness that allows them to ride in a “superman” pose. The Tera Alta line adds, even more, chances for thrills with tandem rides, superman slings and even upside down harnesses. For a more relaxed aerial tour, passengers can ride an open cable car across the Loboc river valley. The slower pace gives more time to take in the scenery.
Best Places for Ziplining in the Philippines
In Bohol, a 1,750-foot line carries riders across the Loboc river at heights of up to 400 feet above the ground. A second line provides an equally thrilling return trip. In the mountaintop resort of Tierra Alta, a zipline known as The Rush provides big thrills on a 2000-foot flight from peak to peak. In the heart of the Chocolate Hills, ziplining take on a new dimension when conventional harnesses and pulleys are replaced by a tethered bicycle.
What to Pack for Ziplining in the Philippines
Any type of comfortable clothing is suitable for prone harnesses, while sling-style seats might pinch tight or very short shorts. Wear shoes that won't come loose while in the air, and secure or remove hats before taking flight.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements
Entry Requirements: All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport. Your passport must contain at least one blank page for entry stamp and proof of onward or return airline ticket may be required. Visas upon arrival are issued for 30 days for tourist stays.
Exit Requirements: All persons leaving the Philippines pay a Government Departure Tax of approximately USD $17.
There are no required vaccines for entry into the Philippines, although you should always check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at cdc.gov.
Culture and Customs
The Philippines are a blend of East and West. Centuries of Spanish and US influences mix with Asian cultural traditions and cuisines. Sophisticated urban centers such as Manila contrast with village life in small fishing communities and mountain settlements. Music is a common love that unites Philippine people of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, whether the performance takes the form of a spirited karaoke rendition of a pop favorite or a traditional rondalla. It is a culture where people are quick to sing, laugh easily, and place high values on family, friendships and hospitality. Clear waters and spectacular beaches attract vacationers to coastal resorts, while adventure-minded travelers have a wide range of activities to choose from. Nature lovers can trek, bike or bird in one of the world's most diverse biospheres, home to nearly 80 percent of the world’s plant and animal species. Though better known for its beaches, the Philippines is also a land of towering mountains, with peaks rising to heights of more than 9,000 feet. In addition to trekking and climbing, the highlands provide thrilling whitewater rafting and paddles through underground rivers. Indigenous wellness traditions live on in healing arts such as Hilot touch therapy and Dagdagay foot massage and in the traditional greeting of “Mabuhay,” which is a wish for good health, peace, and harmony.
Electricity, Phone and Internet Access
Electricity in the Philippines is 220 volts, 60 Hz, so an adapter will be needed for U.S. visitors. If your electronic device does not accept 220 V input, you may also need a step down transformer.
The country code for the Philippines is 63. Check with your cell phone provider for International plans which may include text, data and voice. Many hotels offer WiFi.
The water is safe to drink at the larger chain hotel and in major cities, which offer purified water, but it is recommended to drink bottled water while in the Philippines.
Language & Currency
The Philippines is the 3rd largest English-speaking country in the world. Tagalog (Filipino) is spoken by nearly 1/3 of the population as a first language and as a second language by the other 2/3 of the population. Filipino is the official language of education, but English is also an official language. The local currency is the Philippine Peso (PHP) but U.S. dollars are accepted in most places. Check the currency rate here.
The Philippines observe Philippines Time or PHT which is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+8 GMT). The Philippines does not observe daylight savings time.
Location, Size and Population
The Philippines are located in Southeast Asia, in the Western Pacific Ocean, east of Vietnam and northeast of Malaysia. The Philippines are made up of 7,107 islands. The three main islands are Luzon in the north, the Visayas in the Central Region and Mindanao in the South. The capital city of the Philippines is Manila. The islands take up approximately 115,830 square miles. The islands vary in size with Luzon being the largest at 42,458 square miles, it is also the 15th largest island in the world and the 4th most populated island in the world, to some of the smaller places like popular Dumaguete, which is only around 13 square miles and located in the Visayas.
The population of the Philippines is over 102 Million (2016).