Kayak vs. Paddleboard – Which is Better? (Part 1)

If you love the outdoor activities and would like to find a new way to reconnect with nature, consider paddle boarding or kayaking! Kayaking and paddle boarding are two of the greatest and fastest growing sports, offering outdoor enthusiasts an amazing time to test their skills on the water. While both sports are a lot of fun, people often wonder which one is best for you.

Why You Need to Go Kayaking Instead of Paddle Boarding
Adrenaline Junkie?
If you an adrenaline junkie, Kayaking is the definite option as it allows you to go faster than flying on a paddleboard, and you can eventually build up your skills to hit some whitewater rapids. Kayaks require players to get from one side of a lake to another in a faster time compared to a paddleboard. A double-sided kayak paddle enables you to paddle much faster than a single paddle with a paddleboard built-in. If you love speed, you’ll want to spend time participating at least one kayaking course to learn how to do an Eskimo roll and perform other movements when you are hitting the whitewater rapids.

On-Board Storage
A paddleboard has essentially the same look and feel as a surfboard, which means you can’t store anything on the board. Most kayaks have a bungee cord storage area for the sit-on kayaks with a dry storage area. If you expect to be out on the water for several hours, or days, a kayak makes things much easier as you can take your gear around with you. As kayak fishing has increasingly popular, so has the variety of accessories to choose from.
If you enjoy fishing and want to be able to keep your gear with you at all times, a kayak is a smart choice. Several of them are designed specifically for fishing, allowing you to have a place for storing your fishing pole and the rest of your gear. You can even invest in a small trolling motor and install it to the kayak or buying a wind sail to have some help moving around on the water.

What beach in the Philippines to enjoy beach sports (Part 2)

How to go to El Nido?

MANILA to EL NIDO

AirSwift, the airline of Resort El Nido offers some nonstop flights to El Nido from Manila. The flight will take about 1 hour.

MANILA to PUERTO PRINCESA

If the flight time of Air Swift does not match your schedule, Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines also have daily flights to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The duration of this flight is 1 hour 20 minutes.

PUERTO PRINCESA to EL NIDO

Once you arrive at Puerto Princesa International Airport, you will need a 6-hour shuttle or bus to get to El Nido Island. Because the journey to El Nido is quite long, it’s best to rent your own car (with driver) to get the most comfortable transportation from Puerto Princesa to El Nido.

3. Bitaog, Catanduanes

It’s no surprise if you haven’t heard of Bitaog Beach. This beautiful paradise is truly one of the most amazing Filipino beaches. Completely separate from the hustle and bustle of the city, it offers a peaceful atmosphere and a very peaceful feeling. The island is blessed with fine white sand, crystal clear water and beautiful rocks! Whether you want to go swimming, relax on the sand, or even go snorkeling, Bitaog beach is definitely the place for you!

Transportation to Bitaog

MANILA to BUTUAN AIRPORT

Choose Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines to fly to Butuan Airport, the nearest airport to Dinagat Islands. Flight time is about 2 hours.

BUTUAN AIRPORT to SURIGAO CITY

Once you’ve arrived at Butuan Airport, look for Langihan Bus Station and take the bus to Surigao City. Travel time is 2-3 hours and will take about P200.

SURIGAO CITY to DINAGAT ISLAND

From Surigao City pier, take a boat to San Jose, which is the starting point for all points to Dinagat Island – including Bitaog Beach. The trip will take less than 2 hours and cost P100 per person.

4. Borawan, Quezon

If Boracay and Palawan had a child, it would be Borawan Island! The island is named after the two beaches because of the similarities between white sand and limestone. Borawan Beach has everything about the other two islands but it is much quieter. This is an ideal destination for couples who are looking for time alone or who travel alone.

Basic rules you should know about beach volleyball (Part 2)

Uniforms and equipment

The ball for beach volleyball is slightly larger than its classic counterpart (66-68 cm), and conversely, the pressure in it is less. Shadows must be light in color. Beach volleyball equipment includes shorts or swimsuits, without any shoes on their feet.

Arbitration

Referees in beach volleyball are done with the help of two referees, one of which (the first) makes sure that the in-game technical techniques are followed the rules. He can also correct the decisions of the second arbitrator.

The second arbiter tracks the progress near the net and the midline, as well as the coach and substitute behavior, and provides comprehensive support to the first umpire. In addition to the referees, there are online judges on the field.

In the summer, you have a great opportunity to change the atmosphere and play this beach sport in the fresh air.

Before moving from the hall to the hot sand, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with some differences between indoor volleyball and beach volleyball.

Field size

The size of the classic volleyball court is 18×9 m with parallel attack lines located 3 meters from the net. Backline players are not allowed to protect these lanes when making attacks.

The size of a beach volleyball court is smaller – 16×8 m. There is no attack line on it. Players can take photos from anywhere towards their court. If you are wondering why The beach is smaller, try doing a quick acceleration above the sand and you will see how easy it is. The size of the school is reduced to ensure the ball stays in the game longer and the battles become more spectacular.

Ball

Ball for indoor volleyball heavier. Therefore, their flight speed and impact are stronger.

Beach volleyball balls are slightly larger in size, while they are lighter and softer. Due to the reduced weight, the ball stays in the air longer. Advanced players can use this factor to their advantage in combination with weather conditions.

Benefits of water sports for your fitness

It’s that time of year when New Year’s resolutions urging, making many people turn their attention to new health and fitness goals. Rather than joining a gym, why not get to the water and try a water sport such as sailing, surfing, scuba diving, rowing, swimming, and water obstacle courses. By practicing a water sport, not only can you challenge yourself, but you can also gain health and fitness benefits! Let us dive in the details.

New scenery

In most cases water sports take place in different outdoor environments which allow you to enjoy a lake or the high seas with beautiful surroundings and fresh air. If you live on scuba diving, then you’ll benefit from exploring the world under-the-sea with marine plants and aquatic animals.

Calming

By getting closer to nature you will instantly begin to feel at ease, more relaxed and a sense of freedom.  The calming sounds of the waters will force you to concentrate the mind on what you are doing to the exclusion of other stuff. Water sports can also enhance your mood to the highest.

Adventurous

If you are an adventurous seeker and want to seek a new challenge then why not choose a water sport that is packed with thrilling actions and will get your adrenaline racing. Water skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, bodyboarding – there are plenty to choose from.

Low impact

Many water sports are low impact, which means less pressure on your muscles and joints. Swimming in particular is gentle on the body but still build muscle strength. Swimming is often a good option if you suffer with arthritis as it helps soothe achy joints.

Fitness boost

Water sports can improve your fitness, strength and flexibility in upper body parts such as back, arms, shoulders and chest due to the movement of those parts. Besides getting in shape in the water, water sports are a refreshing experience that you can enjoy time and time again with friends and family. 

What beach in the Philippines to enjoy beach sports (Part 1)

It can be said that in the Philippines, every season is an ideal time to go to the beach. The country owns 7,107 famous beaches “beautiful without dead angles”, accompanied by a series of fun activities, water sports, eating and entertainment extremely “chill”.

Let us tell you some beautiful beaches in the Philippines to complete the dream filled with sunshine, white sand and blue sea.

1. Coron, Palawan

Scuba diving and watching shipwrecks are one of Coron’s most popular activities. Japanese ships from World War II were wrecked on the Coron coast and today are served for interesting sightseeing diving activities.

One of the famous diving spots here is Lusong Gunboat, which is a great place to see the famous coral reefs. In addition to diving to watch shipwrecks, Coron is also famous for its limestone cliffs, turquoise waters and beautiful scenery.

Scuba diving and watching shipwrecks in Coron, Palawan, one of the beautiful beaches in the Philippines

Instructions on how to get to Coron beach, Palawan

MANILA to CORON

Many domestic airlines have routes to Busuanga Airport from Manila. You will arrive in Coron after only 1 hour.

BUSUANGA AIRPORT to CORON

From Busuanga Airport, you will need to take a shuttle or bus for P150 per person to get to Coron town. If you’re traveling in a group, we recommend renting your own car for just P1500! It will take you about 40 minutes to reach the town of Coron.

2. El Nido, Palawan

El Nido is one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in the world, according to Conde Nast Travelers. This is why Klook can’t help but mention El Nido on this list.

If you’re looking to explore nature, see limestone cliffs, enjoy turquoise waters or sunbathe on sandy beaches white, El Nido is the best choice. The island also has a multitude of activities on the sea such as kayaking or diving under the cliffs. Choose your favorite activities and experience the best in El Nido.

Top Water Sports to Try on Your Summer Vacation (Part 2)

Wake-boarding
This water sport will give you a thrilling and adventurous feeling on the sea. You will not only get to relax by the splashing of water, but it will also give you an adrenaline rush, from the rapid speed of being towed by a boat whilst standing on the board.

Kite-surfing
Some people might think it’s similar to traditional surfing, but Kite-surfing brings surfing to the next level. Over the last few decades, it has gained more and more popularity from water enthusiasts and is the perfect mix of both surfing and wakeboarding.
Whilst trying this sport you’ll get to experience the thrill and speed of kite-surfing over waves and is perfect on a windy summer day. This sport is highly advised to those seeking fun, thrills, and for those ready to make their summer vacation full of unforgettable memories.

Rafting
Rafting is an adventurous sport where you’ll be cruising through rapids. You’ll have to enjoy it as a team to be on the right path, while the water tosses you in all directions, and the sport is an amazing experience to enjoy with your friends and family.
To enjoy this water sport you should always wear protection gear, such as a helmet, life jacket, and hardcover for knees etc, as you could be thrown into water anytime.

Sea walking and scuba diving
Sea walking is a dream sport for those that want to discover marine life, but are not professional swimmers or scuba diver. You will be accompanied by an expert for the underwater walk and will be wearing a mask to assist breathing.  During the activity you’ll get to experience being submerged in the sea, surrounded by beautiful marine life and stunning coral reefs.
Scuba diving, on the contrary, is a lot more technical but will enable you to swim below the surface and see first hand some of the incredible aquatic animals on our planet. To get started you could participate in an introductory dive which will give you a glimpse into what diving is like and if you like it then progress onto an advanced diving course.

Basic rules you should know about beach volleyball (Part 1)

Take a quick look at the rules of beach volleyball. Immediately book that the rules in beach volleyball are the same for boys and girls. The team in beach volleyball consists of two people, if one of the players is injured and unable to continue the game, then this team will be defeated.

Teams play in turn, first serving until they lose their right of service due to a loss of points or errors. After the team plays the ball again, another player sends, etc.

Beach volleyball match consists of two games, the score is up to 21 points. If the game reaches the third part, then it reaches 15 points. To win each game, you need to have a difference of points of at least two points. Teams change sides more often than normal volleyball. The change of sides occurred after drawing seven points in the first two games, and every five points in the third.

Rules for receiving the ball

In beach volleyball, the ball may be knocked off with any part of the body, but the player of a team may touch the ball no more than three times, after which they must return it to the party.

Because of violations of improper rules or behavior, players receive alerts (yellow cards), comments (red cards), deletion (red and yellow cards at the same time, meaning failure in the game) or eliminated (red and yellow cards at the same time in different matches, meaning defeat in the match).

Beach volleyball court

The size of the beach volleyball court is 16 meters long and 8 meters wide. The area is covered with sand with a depth of at least 40 cm and is divided into two equal parts by a net. Nets in men’s beach volleyball at an altitude of 2.43 meters, and in women at an altitude of 2.24 meters.

The marking of the volleyball court is made with a 5 cm tape, which is fitted with a metal peg or special wooden platter.

Top Water Sports to Try on Your Summer Vacation (Part 1)

People who are enthusiastic and love the thrill of adrenaline raising should get ready to tan, while experiencing amazing water sports and sipping alcohol on the beach. Here are top water sports that you must try to enjoy your summer vacation to the max.

Kayaking

Kayaking is a water sport that will enable you to enjoy the hot summer light while paddling, relaxing and enjoying the wind breeze. You may love kayaking so much that you lose track of time, and it’s a wonderful sport to enjoy with your friends and family.

Stand-up Paddling
Over the last few decades, stand-up paddling has become more famous among the water enthusiasts. This type of flat water paddling is an excellent way to go sightseeing while experiencing the water world. It is very different from riding the waves as traditional surfing.
You can also lie on the board and paddle with your hands to relax while waiting for the next waves; this sport is the perfect combination of relaxing and action.

Jet Skiing
Jet skiing is a sport that is more and more popular among water enthusiasts and thrill-seekers which is packed with adventurous actions and will get your adrenaline rushing due to the rapid speed of travelling through the water. You don’t have to be a professional swimmer to experience this amazing sport but should always wear a life jacket for safety.

Parasailing

Parasailing will give you with an amazing experience as flying through the air. This activity will fill your mind with thrill and excitement. Once ended you can swiftly land to the boat.

Banana boat ride 

If you’re expecting to get some fun on the waves with your friends and family this summer, why don’t try banana boat ride. These inflatables are towed by a motorboat and will give you a very exciting experience in a very bumpy ride as dragging you with high speed through the sea. When riding these boats you should always wear a lifejacket for precaution.

The best spots for surfing in Japan

While the US and Australia claim sovereignty over most of the world’s top surfing destinations, Japan 1,864 miles (3,000 km) of coastline provides more than just a few great places to catch a wave.

With the swollen Pacific Ocean to the east and the tropical climate of the southern islands, good surf conditions are available year-round in Japan. Let’s see where and when to find the best waves that Japan has to offer.

Kanto

For surfers traveling in and around Tokyo, the best surfing can be found in Chiba (about 45 minutes outside Tokyo), and Shonan, a smaller, less crowded beach area in the south For what. Shonan’s ideal surfing trip begins at Enoshima beach and ends in the traditional city of Kamakura.

Just outside the Kanto area is Shizuoka City (about 2.5 hours by car), a great option for those who want to get out of Tokyo for a more rural coast. Alternatively, head south down the Izu Peninsula to Shirahama, a hugely popular beach spot – and often crowded – but gorgeous. The best time to surf these points is from August to October.

Shikoku

Considered by many to be the best surfing area in Japan, Shikoku Island in the southwest is known for its ideal beach conditions, easy access and surf community. The Kochi and Tokushima prefectures on the island’s southeastern coast boast the best blooms, with an average of 20 per season. For peak conditions, visit from June to November.

Okinawa and the islands

This tropical island chain in southern Japan boasts the best weather in the country. With subtropical climates and beautiful beaches, Okinawa can surf all year round – even in the dead winter. It is easiest to get started on Naha’s main island and then branch out there. A visit to Okinawa will require some plans such as sharp coral reefs and tropical storms that can make some areas dangerous for newbies.

Kansai

Travelers in and around Osaka should check out the beaches along the coast of Wakayama Prefecture, the most popular being Isonoura. About an hour’s drive from Osaka, Isonoura Beach attracts surfers from all over Kansai and can become crowded at times. For surfers with slightly more time (and a car), there are some smaller, less crowded spots along the Wakayama coast.

Water Sports to Try in Australia (Part 2)

Kayaking

The beauty of kayaking is that players are not restricted to the beach: but can kayak down rivers, lakes, as well as around the coast. So no matter where players choose to stay, if there’s water nearby they’ll be able to participate. There are many to choose from such as padding around the Hobart waterfront or Sydney Harbour, around Lake Burley Griffin in the ACT or just in any calm bays.

For those expecting a longer kayaking experience, there are multi-day kayaking trails that show off the best side of Australia. If you’re a nature lover, book in advance a trip in Tasmania for some breathtaking wilderness adventure. For anyone who is looking to stay on the coast, surfing through the Sea Kayak Australia’s multi-day coastal tours in Victoria.

Stand-up paddleboarding

As one of the quickest growing water sports in the world, stand-up paddleboarding is centered around balance – balancing help players to witness incredible scenery! Australia has countless number of incredible scenery to select, as well as the choice between quiet, calm bays to practice your flat-water paddling and good surf for testing your hand at surf break wave riding.

Stand-up paddleboards can be bought or rent from various places around Australia, and the sport is easy enough that incr can generally get the hang of it without even taking. lessons. If you’d rather have an instructor to help you master paddleboarding in one lesson, there are various locations in Queensland offer stand-up paddleboard lessons.

Learning to Kite Surf is strictly and solely for the adventurous players  – one will need some pretty strong nerves and some serious upper body strength to get the hang of this watersport. For those willing to give it a try, the payoff is absolutely pure exhilaration, a very decent workout and great upper body muscles.

Australia’s Gold Coast in Queensland is ideal place for kitesurfing; it’s easy for beginners but exhilarating enough for advanced seasoned kite surfers. Book a lesson to learn about basic skills and start catching waves as soon as possible.