Windsurfing is a sport that combines the best of a number of sports: the thrill of surfing, the tranquility of sailing, and it is said to put you in touch with nature better than a good hike. It is also a sport that can be enjoyed in solitude or in large groups of as many as 200 windsurfers for truly unbeatable camaraderie. With windsurfing, you have that feeling of being out in the open, gliding effortlessly over beautiful, clear waters. As far as beautiful, clear waters go, the Philippines definitely has a lot of them. Travel to locations such as Lake Caliraya, Puerto Galera, and Boracay to partake in this thrilling adventure.
Windsurfing’s main attraction lies in the enormous diversity and the challenges it offers to sailors of all levels. Whether you’re 8 or 80 years old, taking your first precarious steps on a beginner’s board or working out how to pull off the latest radical freestyle maneuver, the sense of achievement is unsurpassed.
Beginners could take lessons available in a variety of locations to give them a better understanding of how to go about windsurfing. Experienced windsurfers can choose among the many windsurfing spots here in the Philippines.
The Philippines is blessed with several windsurfing spots:
Beautiful warm turquoise waters make for a delightful windsurfing experience. Dense palm trees and a stunning bay all add to a truly unique Boracay windsurfing run.
Only a handful of other windsurfers will be sharing this idyllic slalom blaster’s heaven with you. As you near the fringing reef, chop appears and you can pick your way through the reef to the waves on the outside; definitely not for the faint of heart.
The wind blows cross-on shore, giving windsurfers a two-mile long reach inside the bay. The wind is lighter in the mornings and evenings, but blows harder from late morning through late afternoon. Beginners and improvers can use each end of the day to practice in ideal conditions. Windsurfers in Boracay are very diverse. In one day you could be sailing with Filipino, Korean, Swiss, Australian, and Brit windsurfers all in the same day. Best of all, the kit is ready rigged and waiting just 5 meters from the water.
Located between two water channels, Puerto Galera is indeed one of the most exciting windsurfing spots in the country. Puerto Galera’s relaxing ambiance and a wealth of recreational facilities make it a family destination that has something for everybody. Other water sports and outdoor activities are also available, as well as indoor activities, which makes it ideal for corporate out-of-town conferences and seminars.
Lake Caliraya is a man-made reservoir built in 1943 to supply water to the Caliraya Hydroelectric Plant. It is located in Lumban, Laguna and is situated 1,200 feet above sea level. The waters of the lake and the strong, cold mountain breeze coming from the Sierra madre Mountain Ranges and Mt. Banahaw make Lake Caliraya more than ideal for windsurfing.
There are other attractions as well, including facilities for activities such as sailing and fishing, campsites, and a Japanese garden.
Being one of the largest cities in Asia, Davao definitely has the potential to become a major tourism player with everything it can offer. Davao is typhoon-free, which means the city enjoys fair weather all year round. It is great to note that water sports are fast becoming a main attraction, with wind surfing at its forefront.
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