Angeles is not just about great nightlife and dining, there are plenty of opportunities to get active and discover some fun and new pursuits during your stay in town. Whether you simply want to shoot some pool in the old Field Ave haunts of great champions such as Rodolfo Luat and Efren Reyes or swing a club at some of the top class golf courses in town, we’ve got all the information here for you.
Trekking at Angeles
Trekking to Towering Mount Arayat is possible from Angeles from November until May. Day trips cost from Php800 per person for a minimum of three people, while overnight trips cost Php2,500 with equipment and food provided.
Treks to the dormant volcano of Mount Pinatubo are memorable experiences which involve a 4×4 trip to lahar country passing through rough terrain and grey, barren peaks interspersed with verdant green mountains. Spectacular views of clear blue waters await walkers at the summit.
Trips take around nine hours with hiking taking up from three to six hours of that time. Overnight trips are also available.
Mount Pinatubo Aerial Tours
These flights over the volcano depart from Omni Aviation Complex at Clark Field and cost is US$55 per person. Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991 and spewed an ash plume all over the planet affecting global weather patterns. Viewing the crater, ash canyons and once-devastating lava flows is a surreal experience. Flying time is 45 minutes to one hour depending on the number of passengers, with sunrise or sunset the best times to take part. (Pinatubo Aerial Tours, tel: +63 45 892 6239).
Drag racing and go-karts in Angeles
The oldest drag racing in the Philippines is found here and meets are organised by Angeles Hot Rod Association (AHRA). This Angeles attraction is found at Cope Thunder Drag Strip, Omni Aviation inside the Clark Ecozone.
Skydiving in Angeles
The Tropical Asia Parachute Center (TAPC) also uses Clark Freeport Zone and provides student training, including tandem and static line parachute jumping and advanced training. Costs are extremely reasonable and teaching is first class.
Ultra-light flying in Angeles
This is one pastime in Angeles which is certainly growing in popularity. Organised by Angeles City Flying Club, services range from 12-minute trial introduction flights for Php1,650 to for an hour over the rainforest, lahar fields and a river run costing Php6,500. website: www.angelesflying.com).
Off-road driving in Angeles
Experience the wild and bumpy ride of old 4×4 jeeps in a safari-like trip across the dusty expanse of lahar canyons and camp out under the stars. See the valley, Gate of Heaven and other tourist attractions on Mount Pinatubo. (website: www.ac4w.com).
Golf in Angeles
Mimosa Leisure Park Resort (Clark Field, Pampanga, tel: +63 45 499 1179) is commonly considered to be the best 18-hole offering in the area. Other Angeles golf courses include Royal Gardens Golf Club (website: www.onestoptravel.org) and Fontana Golf Course (website: www.fontanaleisureparks.com).
Lawn bowling in Angeles
Hidden Vale Sports Club has the only lawn bowling green in the Philippines on their mature 11 hectare site which also includes a nine-hole golf course plus luxurious penthouse suites and a driving range. (website: www.onestoptravel.org).
Casinos in Angeles and gambling
There are plenty of Angeles casinos and poker rooms so that visitors to the city can try their luck 24 hours a day. Popular establishments include: Casino Filipino Angeles (website: www.pagcor.ph) and Casino Widus inside Hotel Vida (website: www.widus.com).
Spas in Angeles
There are plenty of places to pamper yourself in the region with Angeles spas for all tastes and budgets. Puning Hot Spring is set amongst sulphur-rich natural hot springs a short 4×4 drive from the centre with a mud bath in volcanic sand.
New Well Being Spa (website: www.lohashotel-clarkpampanga.com) offers Thai massage and other top class services plus rooms and sports facilities so guests can stay onsite and get fit whilst receiving the best treatment. Medispa is right in the heart of the entertainment strip and offers all manner of clinical and spa therapies.