The nearest and most popular paragliding and hang gliding soaring venue is at Carmona, South of Manila, and along Tagaytay Ridge (above Taal Lake
). However, Carmona is the preferred venue because landing areas below the Tagaytay Ridge, in the area of Taal Lake, are not so easy to find.
Around the Philippines, with its multitudinous seismic ridges and escarpments, there are so many potential paragliding and hang gliding soaring venue areas to choose from that is is difficult to name them all. And many are season dependent, meaning they rely either on the northeast monsoon (amihan) or the southwest monsoon (habagat) winds.
Paragliding and Hang Gliding Venues Philippines
Apart from Carmona, North of Manila there is Mount San Isidro, Labrador, Pangasinan, about two hours drive from Clark International Airport
and a 30-minute drive from the nearest hospital in Dagupan City, Pangasinan; good for January through April when it is dry and hot with the wind consistently coming from Northeast. From San Isidro it is possible to enjoy paragliding and hang gliding soaring that can involve flying up to 300 km across the provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Bulacan, in one flight, with a landing maybe in Meycauayan, Bulacan.
Montalban, Rizal, close to Metro Manila, is another popular venue but it lacks the consistent breezes of Carmona.
Further south, a lot further south, there is the area of Maasim, near General Santos City. At Maasim there is the potential for long paragliding and hang gliding soaring flights, along the ocean facing ridges, especially during the southwest monsoon (habagat). Landings near Maasim can be a challenge, as the area is renowned for its pineapple plantations. Ouch!
Other proven paragliding and hang gliding soaring areas exist in Cebu & Negros islands and at Abra de Ilog, Mindoro. To get the inside track on what is possible you need to contact the newly formed Philippine Paragliding and Hang Gliding Association of the Philippines ("PPHA"). The best way to contact the Philippine Paragliding and Hang Gliding Association of the Philippines is to sign up to the Yahoo Group: skysports-ph
The new (2009) Philippine Paragliding and Hang Gliding Association has been formed by the core group of paragliding and hang gliding air-heads and includes trainers, pilots and those people who love to photograph the graceful exuberance of fliers.
Learn Paragliding and Hang Gliding Philippines
You can learn paragliding and hang gliding near Metro Manila, availing of weekend paragliding and hang gliding courses organized by individuals who own tandem paragliding and hang gliding equipment.