Rock Climbing Sites in the Philippines

Published: 28th July 2010
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Who says the rainy season can stop you from enjoying various recreational activities in the Philippines? Rock climbing at different indoor sites in Manila and other cities across the archipelago is available all year-round. Though the sport is relatively young in the country, rock climbing is continuously gaining more popularity over the past few years. Its challenging cliffs and its availability, in the case of indoor rock climbing, appeal to younger generations and the young at heart.

There are many areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao offering thrilling rock climbing adventures. However, only a handful of climbing sites have been developed so far. In the onset of the wet season, it is practical to talk about indoor or artificial rock climbing. Sports facilities, gymnasiums, and even shopping malls are adding rock climbing to promote their craft.

Here are some of the recommended indoor rock climbing destinations in the Philippines.

Metro Manila

The busy life in Metro Manila has given way to the construction of several indoor climbing sites in the metro. These are Power Up Gym in Quezon City, Planet Rock in Makati, Gravity Gym in ParaƱaque, and Camp Sandugo in Taguig.

Boracay Island

Doing non-water recreational activities is also possible in the island paradise of Boracay. After soaking into the crystal-clear water of the white sand beach, flex your muscles and go rock climbing at D'Wall Climbing Gym. It is located at D'Mall near Boat Station 2.

Lumban, Laguna

The Caliraya Recreation Center in Lumban has facilities for fun-filled activities. Aside from kayaking, zorbing, and skiing, this world-class property is also an ideal place for rock climbing. It is home to the largest fiber glass wall in the Philippines.


Aside from being the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, Marikina is also making a name in rock climbing. The city, which is also famous for its various tourist attractions, hosts the country's first bouldering-only climbing gym named VX Boulder. The 600-square-meter facility also has a badminton court and a matted floor for health buffs.

Meanwhile, the best natural rock climbing sites are located outside the city center.


In the municipality of Atimonan in Quezon, you can find established climbing routes at around ten to 40 meters high near the Maharlika Highway in Brgy. Tinandog. There are also vast areas of unexplored rock formations in the town, which is famous for Zigzag Road.

Cagayan Valley

Limestone formations in Cagayan Valley in northern Philippines are perfect for rock climbing. A famous climbing site in the area is the Hanging Bridge Mountain Park, wherein an outdoor climbing wall was constructed on a slope of a mountain.


Palawan never ceases to attract visitors with its natural resources that are fit various outdoor activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and rock climbing. In El Nido alone, there are 45 islands and islets with unique geological formations.

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