Best Kayaking and Canoeing Destinations in the Philippines

Kayaking and canoeing are two of the most popular water sports you can do in the Philippines. Whether it’s in the open sea, in inlets, river systems, lagoons and lakes, there’s plenty of avenues in the country where you can have the best ride of your life aboard a kayak or canoe. For your Pinoy paddling options, here are ten of the best kayaking and canoeing destinations in the Philippines.

  1. El Nido, Palawan

El Nido offers excellent landscapes and seascapes, which you can explore however you like. The islets and lagoons are of course best surveyed with kayaks and canoes, if not with a motorized banca.

El Nido Photo by: Aleksandr Zykov of
El Nido Photo by: Aleksandr Zykov of
  1. Olanggo Island, Cebu

This small island off the shores of Mactan is a great place to venture with a non-motorized water vessel so you don’t disturb the fauna (read: migratory birds) that thrive there.

  1. Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

This island is a venue of choice for the more athletic. Being the location of the first 15K Kayak Marathon, Kalanggaman Island is definitely a great kayaking and canoeing destination.

  1. Panglao, Bohol

Panglao’s pristine beaches are alluring, but off its coast, there are smaller islands and sanctuaries you can explore with a canoe or a kayak such as the Balicasag Island and Virgin Island.

Panglao Photo by: gen cartalla of
Panglao Photo by: gen cartalla of
  1. Camiguin Island

The beautiful and mysterious island of Camiguin offers a wide array of adventure for travelers. Its islets, beaches, and lagoons are definitely ripe for paddling.

  1. Surigao del Norte

Apart from being the Surfing Capital of the country, Surigao boasts of its islands, lagoons and coves where you can enjoy kayaking. The scenery is just awe-inspiring, makes you want to keep on paddling to the next bank or shore.

  1. Samal Island, Davao

Just a few minutes off mainland Davao, Samal Island brings immediate relief to city folks who want diversion. The resorts here offer opportunities for kayaking and canoeing.

Isla Reta Beach, Samal, Davao  Photo by: Constantine Agustin of
Isla Reta Beach, Samal, Davao Photo by: Constantine Agustin of
  1. Hundred Islands, Lingayen

When you can’t get enough of paddling from one island to another, go to Lingayen Gulf and try your luck at exploring the Hundred Islands with your paddling skills. It’s going to be a great challenge.

  1. Apo Island, Dauin

The reefs of Apo Island in Dauin make it a topnotch diving and snorkeling destination, but when you want to explore the place without submerging underwater, grab your canoe or kayak for some fun.

  1. Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Caramoan consists of several surreal islands with stunning beaches. Deluxe resorts abound here and can be costly. But you can always go for the cheaper alternative like camping, and then have a memorable exploration of the nearby beaches with your kayak or canoe.

Caramoan, Camarines Sur Photo by: Ace Bonita of
Caramoan, Camarines Sur Photo by: Ace Bonita of

The Philippines is of course made of more than 7,000 islands. Each one offers its own unique paddling adventure. If you want to have the best kayaking or canoeing adventure in the country, feel free to start with our list. You can also check out other paddling destinations not mentioned here.

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3 thoughts on “Best Kayaking and Canoeing Destinations in the Philippines”

  1. Thanks for this. Some beautiful spots, especially El Nido!

    I take it there are plenty of places to rent a yak? If so, what’s the average standard rate for a daily rental?

  2. Really eager to visit the Philippines this summer. I’d love to visit these kayaking spots. Planning to bring my inflatable kayak, else Kayak rentals could lend me a hand.


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