Beholding the view of the captivating sunset, the vast mountains, the calming canopy of trees, or the roaring waves of the ocean always brings a different kind of serenity deep inside the adventurer in me.
What’s more rewarding is when you can challenge yourself on an activity while enjoying the wonders of nature at the same time.
Check out these destinations within the Philippines if you love getting close with nature while going on an adventure.
1. Masungi Georeserve Discovery Trail in Baras, Rizal
Enjoy the rope courses and the amazing overlooking view from high up rock formations and a sturdy rope web on this conserved area called the Masungi Georeserve.
The trek is friendly for everyone and will take around four hours. Just prepare to climb and descend on ropes a number of times as you enjoy the flora and fauna around the area.
Address: Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal, Philippines
How to Book:
You can book through their website here for a minimum of 7 people (P1500 each on weekdays / P1800 each on weekends including light snacks) and reserve your slots by sending them through e-mail a proof of your deposit to their bank account.
You can also book online through Klookhere (~P2750 per person as a joiner) which already includes snacks and Metro Manila pick up and drop off among others.
Nearest Airport: Busuanga (USU) Airport (You can book airport transfers here)
How to Book Tours: I recommend booking the two full-day tours below offered in Klook which are inclusive of hotel and boat transfers, tour guide, life vest, lunch, and entrance fees.
Coron Tour A (~Php1000 per person): CYC Beach, Coral Garden, Picnic Lunch at Atwayan Beach, Secret Lagoon, Siete Pecados, Kayangan Lake
Coron Tour B (~Php1500 per person): Barracuda Lake, Skeleton Wreck, Picnic Lunch at Banol Beach, Twin Lagoon, Reef Garden
I recommend wearing aqua shoes or fins. Better yet, learn basic freediving beforehand to enjoy the conserved marine life and corals more. Prepare to be amazed nevertheless even if you’ll just go snorkeling or sightseeing.
3. Badian, Cebu
Trek downstream, jump from cliffs, slide through rocks, and enjoy swimming as you go canyoneering before wrapping your adventure with a refreshing dip at Kawasan Falls in Badian, Cebu.
The trek took us around four hours, it depends on your pace. You can take your lunch at the stalls halfway through the trek to refill and fuel your body’s energy.
How to book: I recommend booking either of the two guided tours below to enjoy your adventure with a trained guide.
Badian Canyoneering Only (~Php1400 per person): Meet-up point at Badian and inclusive of life jacket, helmet, aqua shoes, meal, trained guide, and canyoneering entrance fee
Climb an easy trail and marvel at the scenic view from Osmeña Peak, one of Cebu’s highest peaks which is located in Dalaguete, Cebu.
The scenery around you at the summit will leave you amazed as you behold the mountains all covered with forest green, the ocean surrounded by the islands, and the clouds that seem so close hovering above.
How to go to Osmeña Peak from Cebu City:
By Bus and Motorcycle
1. Ride a bus from the Cebu South Bus terminal to Oslob or Bato.
2. Drop off at Dalaguete Junction for Osmena Peak. (Inform the driver and conductor beforehand to be sure.) Travel time: ~3 hours. Fare: ~Php170 per person
3. Ride a motorcycle to the base of the Osmena Peak summit. Travel time: ~30 minutes. Roundtrip Fare: ~Php200 per person (Arrange with the driver where he will wait to bring you back to the highway for your bus trip back to Cebu City.)
4. Hike your way up the summit for around 15 minutes.
By Joining a Guided Tour
If you prefer convenience especially on roundtrip transportation from Cebu City, I recommend booking your Osmena Peak guided day tourhere which includes a visit to Kawasan Falls (~Ph1590 to ~Php3500 per person depending on your number)
Inclusions: Cebu City or Mactan hotel pick up and drop off, Osmeña Peak and Kawasan Falls entrance fees, local tour guide, and life jacket
5. Moalboal, Cebu
Go island hopping, swim with turtles, and enjoy the famous sardine run and conserved marine life as you venture on the waters of Moalboal in Cebu.
The corals and the ocean will make you get closer to the sea that you would not hesitate going back. Moalboal has such a rich and unique marine life which makes it a known favorite among divers and one of the top diving spots in the country.
You will enjoy more of the ocean if you can go deeper down the waters (That said, I recommend again learning at least basic freediving.).
How to go to Moalboal from Cebu City:
1. Ride a bus from the Cebu South Bus terminal to Bato via Barili.
2. Drop off at Moalboal bus stop. (Inform the driver and conductor beforehand to be sure.) Travel time: ~3 hours. Fare: ~Php160 per person
3. Arrange your island hopping package with the locals upon alighting the bus.
Go wakeboarding, chasing waterfalls, wallclimbing up to a 120-feet high wall, and so much more at Danasan Eco Adventure Park in Cebu.
Overcome the challenges that each activity offers while enjoying the terrain around the area. You can cap your day with a dip at one of their kawa hot baths.
Address: Brgy. Danasan, 6004, Danao City, Cebu
How to Book:
You can inquire rates and packages through the official website of Danasan Eco Adventure Park here and confirm your reservation by giving them a proof of deposit to their bank account through e-mail.
You can also conveniently book and pay online through Klookhere for your activities and Cebu pick up and drop off arrangements.
7. Dahilayan, Bukidnon
Swing face down from 120 feet above the ground (Dropzone), cruise face down above the tall trees from up a mountain (840-meter Zipline), ride Asia’s first zipline rollercoaster (Python Rollerzip), and do so much more at Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon.
Enjoy the scenic views around as you challenge yourself with the rides and activities offered in the park.
You can search the rates on their official website here and pay onsite.
You can also conveniently book online through Klookhere.
How to go to Dahilayan Adventure Park:
I recommend driving or renting a car or van going there and easily follow a navigating guide like Googlemaps for directions.
Otherwise, you can ride a van from the Agora Bus Terminal in Cagayan de Oro, drop off at Brgy. Manolo Fortich, and ride a motorcycle to Dahilayan Adventure Forest Park.
8. Panimahawa Ridge, Bukidnon
Trek, pitch your tent, and enjoy the sunset, the moonlight, and the sunrise all from up the summit of the breathtaking Panimahawa Ridge.
Marvel at the beauty of the ridge with just the moonlight at night and wake up early to see both the sun and the moon at the summit before witnessing the amazing sunrise across the ridge.
Address: Impasug-ong, Bukidnon
How to Book:
You can contact Ant Farm Outdoors through their Facebook page here. You can also directly contact Bob of Ant Farm through his mobile number, 09978013135, to arrange a tour guide for you or if you want to rent a tent.
How to Go there:
I recommend driving or renting a car or van going there and easily follow a navigating guide like Googlemaps for directions to Impalutao Elementary School where you will turn for Ant Farm to park, meet your guide, and start your trek.
Otherwise, you can ride a bus from the Agora Bus Terminal in Cagayan de Oro, drop off at Impalutao Elementary School in Impasug-ong (Inform the bus driver amd conductor to be sure), and ride a motorcycle to Ant Farm.
Read here for more details and tips if you plan to take the challenge of trekking around two hours to the summit for a rewarding view and experience.
9. White Water Rafting, Cagayan de Oro
Enjoy the natural formations and flora and fauna as you go rafting downstream overcoming at least fourteen rapids through a river from uptown Cagayan de Oro.
You can experience capsizing safely if you want, just tell your guides who will be rafting with you and orienting you with the very important safety reminders at the onset.
How to Book:
You can book through Klookhere (~Php1300 to ~Php4200 per person depending on your number) which already includes the beginner’s rafting course, lunch, and Cagayan de Oro hotel pick up and drop off.
10. Amaya View, Cagayan de Oro
Challenge yourself by enjoying the view and the beautiful sunset as you go paragliding, wallclimbing, doing the challenging high rope course and more at Amaya View in Cagayan de Oro.
Spend the rest of your time after the challenging activities meeting the replicas of some Transformer characters, strolling around the area, and dining at one of the restaurants around. You can even stay overnight at one of their hobbithouse-themed accommodations.
Address: Amaya View (formerly Sierra del Oro), Indahag Hills, Cagayan de Oro (a 20-minute drive from downtown Cagayan de Oro City)
You can check their website herefor the rates. Explore their website or read here for more details about what awaits you in Amaya view.
Love the ocean or the mountains and some adventures and the sun at the same time? Head to these destinations across the Philippine archipelago!