- Includes Rafting, Rappelling, Rowing, Survival Training & More -

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) will debut an assortment of new tour packages at one of the largest travel and adventure shows, the Adventures in Travel Expo, taking place at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Sept.13 – Sept. 14, 2008. The Philippines provides adventure-seekers with the opportunity to experience the rapidly growing tourist destination through active travel packages designed to suit a variety of interests.

The journey begins in Subic Bay, where the wildlife is rich with distinctive species of birds, bats, monkeys and butterflies. Journey through the Subic Forest Watershed Reserves where the local monkeys are known to be extremely friendly.

At Jungle Environment Survival Training Camp, natives offer instruction on how to drink from a water vine, make fire out of bamboo shavings and twigs, cook in a bamboo steamer and eat on a bamboo plate under a century-old tree.

At the Subic Extreme Adventure Park, walk, fly and glide from tree canopies using cables of zip lines, suspension bridges and a motorized hoist for rappelling. Spend time surrounded by exotic wildlife on a jungle trek as well as river trailing in the Tarlac River.

Activities continue at Mount Pinatubo, notable in history as the second largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century, back in 1991. Spa facilities make use of hot springs and volcanic ash for their treatments, which results in a very soothing, mineral-rich experience.

Next, travelers can explore their interests with several add-on packages including:

‘Rafting and Rappelling’ Add-on – Adventure seekers receive a birds-eye view of Cagayan De Oro city at the Macahambus Adventure Park with activities including zip line rides and mountain rappelling. Camiguin Island, a volcanic island in the Bohol Sea where waterfalls create both hot and cold springs, is often referred to as the Philippines’ Garden of Eden. Guests spend their first day in Camiguin white water rafting in some of the most beautiful rivers the country has to offer. End your trip with a trek to the top of Katibawasan Falls; make your way down the mountainous landscape by rappelling beautiful waterfalls and exploring majestic canyons.

‘Crawl and Row’ Add-on – Nueva Viscaya, is known for its Capisaan Cave System, one of the longest in the Philippines. Explore the layers of chambers and tunnels on a caving and river trail. Proceed to Penablanca for a rappelling and river kayaking clinic and Sierra Cave Boat ride to Mororan. Spend your final day white water rafting in Pasil, the oldest town of the island- province of Cebu.

‘Every Island an Adventure’ Add-on – The Calamain Island group, set in the eco-tourism wilderness of Palawan, has emerged from centuries of isolation to become a leading location for diving enthusiasts, and is home to a wide variety of marine life particularly around ship wrecks from World War II. Visit Coron Island and experience its clear blue waters, rugged limestone cliffs and secluded inland lakes on a Mangrove kayaking and snorkeling adventure. Proceed to the Busuanga River for a relaxing boat ride to a small community, where visitors can interact with locals and learn about oyster harvesting, mat weaving and crab tying. Continue to Calauit Island for a Safari tour; the island is the site of a fascinating experiment where non-carnivorous species from Africa were introduced to live with endemic animals. Explore the islands of Gutab Bay and Black Island before spending the final day exploring culture on Culion Island and spending the night on Sangat Island.

Rates start at $394, per person. Packages include roundtrip airport transfers and local transportation, accommodations, meals per itinerary, tours, activities and services of an English speaking guide. Airfare is not included.

For more information visit www.experiencephilippines.ph or call the Philippines Department of Tourism in San Francisco (415) 956-4060; Los Angeles at (213) 386-4527; Chicago at (312) 782-2475 and New York at (212) 575-7925.

The Philippine Department Of Tourism

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) is one of the Executive Departments of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines responsible for the promotion of travel to the Philippines, tourism investments, and enhancement and preservation of tourism products in the country. Field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco provide the following services free of charge on a selective basis: dissemination of tourism information, maps, brochures and posters; lending out of videos, CDs and other tourism-related materials; recommendations on places to visit; endorsement of relevant entities; and assistance to those traveling to the Philippines. These offices also engage in a number of promotional activities: presentations to travel organizations, travel trade shows, media inserts and joint marketing arrangements.

The Philippine Department of Tourism is headquartered in Manila, Philippines, with offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. For more information, visit www.experiencephilippines.ph or www.wowphilippines.com.ph, or call the toll-free Philippine travel information hotline at 1-877-PHIL-TRAVEL.

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