IFUGAO RICE TERRACES
Location: IFUGAO: Banaue, Mayoyao, Hungduan and Kiangan
Dubbed as the “Eight Wonder of the World” and now inscribed as a “Living Cultural Landscape” by UNDESCO. Made 2000 Years ago, these terraces manifested the engineering feat of the ifugaos.
MATANGKIB CAVE, LUMIYANG CAVE & SUMAGUIG CAVE
Location: Sagada, Mountain Province
Features shimmering underground streams with golden or silvery stalactites and stalagmites formations and cool nature pools inside.
Location: Sagada, Mountain Province
Hanging Coffins placed in high steep rock formations.
MT. PROVINCE RICE TERRACES
(Malegcong Rice Terraces and Natonin Rice Terraces)
Mini stairways to the sky, distinct from the Banaue Rice Terraces because they made of perfectly engineered stone ripraps.
BALBALASANG NATIONAL PARK
Location: Balbalan, Kalinga Province
Declared as a National Park. It is considered the monument of the opposition of the Kalingas against the logging campanies.
NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION
LAS PINAS/PARANAQUE CRITICAL HABITAT AND ECOTOURISM AREA
Location: Coastal Rd. Las Piñas/ Parañaque City
Declared as Critical Habitat for Migratory Birds and ecotourism area by virtue of Proclamation Order No. 1412 as amended by Proclamation Order No. 1412-A. It covers a total area of 175 hectares along the coasts of Las Piñas and Parañaque. It consists of around 30 hectares of 8 species of mangroves and 113 hectares od mudflats. These mangroves and mudflats are roosting and feeding grounds for 27 species of threatened rare and uncommon water birds. Around 5,000 individuals of migratory birds had been observed in the area.
An open space that serves as a parking area and bird station is located near the road beside the fish landing site (Bulungan Market).
LA MESA ECO-PARK
Location: Winston St., Fairview, District 2, Quezon City
The la Mesa Eco Park in East Fairview, Quezon City is shelter of greenery that provides venue for relaxation and nature tripping. Among its attractions is the salt- water swimming pool that is available for public use for a fee and said to be healthier than the regular swimming pool. Salt granules are used instead of chlorine making the water safer and less toxic. Another attraction is the Fishing Lagoon and the Eco museum dedicated to the environment education and biodiversity conservation.
Activities such us biking, boating, fishing, paintball, zip line jumping and camping are some of the recreational activities in the area.
NINOY AQUINO PARKS AND NATURES CENTER
Location: Quezon Avenue., Brgy. Central Dist. 4, Quezon City
Quezon City’s Zeological and Botanical Garden Situated near the Quezon Memorial Circle is a haven for young and old nature Lovers. The 80-hactare complex of wooden areas is conductive for picnicking or promenading. The park is equipped with children’s playground, a 2.5 hectare manmade lagoon, fishing village, tea house, amphitheater, rescue and visitor’s center.
PASIG RAINFOREST PARK
Location: Legaspi St., Brgy. Maybunga, Pasig City
This Central Park is an eight-hectare park used for sports, leisure and educational activities. It includes a water park, equipped with cabanas, cottages, kiosk and other resort facilities. In addition to this, there are camping grounds, sports oval, fitness gymnasium, multipurpose center and a forest reserve, butterfly pavilion, mini zoo, aviary and an amphitheater.
MARIKINA RIVER PARK
Location: Brgy. Sta. Elena, Marikina City
A sports and recreational center which amenities include jogging lanes, park, gazebo, Jurassic park, garden, campsite and a picnic grove.
LAGUNA DE BAY
Small Taguig Fisherman Still sbounds in this living lake which can be accessed from the seven and a half kilometers of Taguig Shoreline. Dotted with bamboo and net, bangus and tilapia fish pens and cages regulated by the Laguna lake Development Authority and the City Government, the lake is an inviting place for boating, kayaking and picnics. Mid lake dining is also being introduced.
REGION I (ILOCOS REGION)
HUNDRED ISLAND NATIONAL PARK
Location: 250 kilometers via North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). Airconditioned and ordinary buses (Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus and 5 Star) are plying the Manila-Alaminos-Manila route (via Camiling, Tarlac) using the McArthur Highway. Travelling time is 5-6 hours by private car depending on the traffic situation.
The Hundred Islands National Park (HINP) is in the province of Pangasinan in northern Philippines. It is located in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The islands (124 at low tide and 123 at high tide) are scattered along Lingayen Gulf and cover an area of 18.44 square kilometres (4,557 acres). They are believed to be about two million years old. Only three of them have been developed for tourists: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island.
The HINP has long been declared a national park and the management of the site has recently been transferred from the Philippine Tourism Authority to the Local Government Unit.
Birdwatching in the Hundred Islands National Park offers the unique opportunity to see birds while inside the boat. Bird colonies harbor terns and herons in large numbers. Other islands that play host to other species such as pitas and flycatchers can be visited and trekked by birders. The strict adherence of the local government to protect the wildlife also contributes to ideal birdwatching opportunities along the coast and the mangrove areas. Here, a multitude of Philippine ducks and other waders can be seen during low tide.
A small, flat island that has been uninhabited for many years has grown a good density of reeds. This place may offer different species of reed warbles that have never been recorded in the area.
An interesting find in the area is the Roseate Tern that has started to breed in some of the smaller, rocky islands. There is a good chance to see the breeding terns and their fledgings in the months of June to July.
This is one of the sites included in the 1st edition of book entitled “Bird watching in the Philippines.”
BANGRINE MARINE PROTECTED AREA
Location: abut 6 hours from Manila and less than one hour from another major birding site, Alaminos City, Pangasinan. The jump0off point, Barangay Apurao is 30 minutes from the town proper. From here, one can take a boat to the mangrove area.
For the sheer number of migratory birds and the proximity one can get to the roosting site, the Bangrin Marine Protected Area in the municipality of Bani, Pangasinan is an ideal birdwatchers’ and bird photographers’ paradise.
The area is located in a tidal mudflat called “Bangrin” in San Miguel, Bani. It is a 63.3 hectare mangrove forest rehabilitation site recently declared as a bird sanctuary in 2001
Although it will require a boat ride to reach the mangrove area, a boardwalk has been constructed on the front periphery to allow visitors to move around the mangrove forest and spot large congregation of migratory birds at close range.
This is one of the sites included in the 1st edition of book entitled “Birdwatching in the Philippines.”
Location: Mabini, Pangasinan
Located amongst the vast haystock karst of Mabini, Pangasinan Cacupangan Cave System extends several kilometers of passages that meanders through the rugged limestone outcrop of this quiet town. Continuous exploration reveals a couple of entrances and resurgence of this cave system, that in some passages, water level alarmingly raise to a certain level that only guided seasoned cavers can negotiate these pristine areas that is littered with unusually beautiful and fragile formations or speleothems.
LA UNION BOTANICAL GARDEN
Location: San Fernando City, La Union
The Garden is situated on a hilly twenty-hectare land; eight kilometers east form the city proper of San Fernando, La Union, with fully maintained concrete roads. The first of its kind in the Philippines, a scientific garden and the center for laboratory research in Northern Luzon was inaugurated on March 2, 1996.
The Garden as main tourist destination is meant to give an accurate impression of the various plant worlds, which grow in tropical, sub-tropical and desert climates. All plants are labeled in their local and scientific names with their origin. It is a country-style garden where plant life and wildlife, ornaments and oddments go hand in hand. The resulting harmony, together with the solitude and peace naturally give the Garden a great therapeutic effect.
LA UNION SURFING
Location: Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union;
Carille, Carlatan, San Fernando, La Union; Bacnotan, La Union
San Juan, La Union is considered to be the Surfing Capital of the Northern Philippines, and is known for its consistent intermediate quality surf and two surfing seasons from July to October and November to March. Approximately 8 kilometers north of San Fernando City, the beach stretching form Urbiztondo to Ili Norte is dotted with tourism related establishments.
When sometimes the waves at San Juan beach became to strong and dangerous for a “try-out,” surfers will rush to “CARILLE,” another surf spot 5 kilometers south of San Juan, that (so called)) “Pros” would love.
Another interesting surfing spot in La Union could be found in Bacnotan near the Holcim Cement Plant, some 15 kilometers north of San Juan beaches. The area is considered an alternative surfing area in case the waves in Juan are quite strong.
Location: about 560 kilometers by road from Manila. The town is located at the northern tip of the province of Ilocos Norte.
Its white-sand beaches and crystal-blue water makes Pagudpud a haven for tourists. Maira-Ira Point is also an emerging attraction with its secluded beach known as the Blue Lagoon. Access to this public beach is from a secondary concrete road on the north side of the Maharlika Highway just before approaching the Patapat Viaduct. On the way to the Blue Lagoon, a sea arch can be seen. Coconut trees line much of the town's coast. On a clear day, the Batanes Islands are visible from Patapat National Park.
The Patapat Viaduct, elevated 31 meters over sea level, is 1.3 km concrete coastal bridge that connects the Maharlika Highway from Laoag, Ilocos Norte to the Cagayan Valley Region. It rises along the town's coastal mountains, which is the starting point of the Cordillera Mountain Range that snakes through Northern Luzon. It is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines. Located more than 16 kilometers from the town proper, it offers a scenic view of Pasaleng Bay- a view that leads towards wide and pristine beaches backed by mountains with breathtaking waterfalls Kabigan and Mabaga, along with the many cool, refreshing springs waiting to be discovered within.
VIGAN HERITAGE VILLAGE
Location: About 400 kilometers from Manila is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vigan.
It is the capital city of Ilocos Sur located on the west coast of northern Luzon. One can see precious remnants of old Spanish architecture throughout the center of the city. Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia with a unique European atmosphere. Several museums exist for the many national heroes that were born here. Vigan is the oldest surviving Spanish colonial city in the Philippines. The name Vigan was derived from "Biga", a giant taro plant that grows abundantly along the banks of the Mestizo River.
Location: 45 kilometers north of Laoag City.
The most famous cove in Ilocos Norte is the Kapurpurawan Beach, which means “white rock.” It is a massive rock that juts out into the sea. From afar, it looks as if someone has wiped off the top layer frosting and exposed the soft white cake that lies beneath. Up close, it is a dazzling bright white rock that sparkles in the sun. Kapurpurawan is a showcase for the power of wind and water on rock and coral.
Location: located in Barangay Paayas, is a 5 kilometer drive from the National Highway to the head of the trail. From there, it a 4 kilometer hikes to the falls.
The first 20 minutes of the trail is out in the open and quite hot. This treeless area provides a nice view of the surrounding hills, limestone outcroppings and the area of the hike. When you settle down into the shade cover, you will be grateful for the coolness. Along the trail you can search for signs of hoof prints of small deer or identify the many types of plant life, including many varieties of wild mushrooms.
The waterfalls at Caangrian are everywhere, creating a semi-circle of water cascading down multiple layers of rock. The beauty of the area was created by limestone deposits which have created hundreds of small sparkling pools around the base of the falls. The glimmering and rushing water is absolutely stunning. There is a small island in the center of these pools near the main set of falls. It is an ideal place to relax., eat and rejuvenate. Also, take some time to explore, swing on some vines, and, if weather permits, make the short but steep trip to the lower falls.
Location: Bolinao, Pangasinan
Balingasay River is reputed to be the cleanest river in the Region so it is really great to be able to explore a part of its length. The water is so clean and despite river traffic, the
people still maintain its pristine condition.
There's a lot to see as you sail along the river: century old and new growth mangrove stands, stretches of attap palms (regularly harvested and used to make roofing materials for nipa huts). balete trees hanging into the water, but most specially different species of birds making their home on the top of the trees along the Balingasay.
The river connects the residents of the different barangays to the town of Bolinao. It serves as a "highway" and as you sail along its length, a lot of curious locals will hail you and exchange greetings and smiles with you.
Location: From the municipal hall, one has to take a 30-minute ride via Barangay Casiaman. Upon entry to Barangay Arosip, visitors are immediately greeted by the cool shade of towering trees planted along the road which is equipped with a number of tire-paths. Located 440 meters above sea-level, 4x4 and dirt bike enthusiasts will find the road very exciting especially because of its dramatic panoramic view of lowland Bacnotan. From their, one can see the national highway, South China Sea, Holcim Cement and other prominent structures or landmarks.
After negotiating the 6.5-kilometer road, visitors can drop by the Tribal Hall for information from the tribal leaders and barangay officials where the real adventure begins, a 45-minute descending trek where four waterfalls await. As visitors hurdle the trail, fruit tress and birds add nostalgia to the trek. One could also see countless springs, looking like miniature waterfalls, providing water to the vast plantations. As hikers near the waterfalls, a feeling of excitement and sense of rush engulfs everyone as the sound of flowing water gets stronger and stronger.
Upon reaching the bedrock which serves as tributary line for three waterfalls, trekkers are amazed with its gigantic area, an astounding 150 meters x 20 meters. A good camping site during the dry season, it becomes a giant floodway during the rainy season.
Going east, one will see the Zim-sim-ug Twin Falls which has an estimated height of 20 feet and a basin deep of eight to nine feet. It got its name from the Kankanaey dialect which in Iloco means Timtim-ug. In Filipino, it means nag-uumpugan which literally means banging of heads. According to the locals, it was named so by their ancestors because of the rocks that collide at the common basin of the rare twin waterfalls. Because of its continuous water supply, farmers use the water sources above the waterfalls to irrigate their fields.
Going down southwest, after a 10-minute walk, lies Pad-tok Falls which is again from the Kankanaey dialect which means lagto among Ilocanos. In Filipino, it means talon or jump in the English language. It was named so because of the rocks that once fall from the top of the falls down to the basin. Although it has an estimated height of 22 feet, it has a shallow basin because of the usually weak flow of water.
The combined water of the falls all meet in one main waterfall called Tekdag-aso which is located west of the bedrock. In Iloco it means Tinnag-aso which means Hulog-aso in Filipino and Fall-dog in English. It is called so because according to elders, it is a perfect trap for dogs which is a favorite local delicacy. Once a dog falls into the deep, circular and high primary basin made up of solid rock, the poor victim can no longer escape and eventually die of drowning. Going down lies the wide and enchanting secondary basin which is most perfect for swimming.
Teeming with small schools of fish and shrimps locally known as bunog and kuros respectively, the rich water trail flows down in Barangay Bongul in Balaoan then to Guinabang Falls then to Magarayap River and finally to the waiting arms of the South China Sea.
Location: Naguilian, La Union
Visitors can reach Tuddingan Falls by Tricycles or Jeepneys bound for the town of Bagulin, which is about 6 Kilometers away from the town proper of Naguilian.
Unlike other waterfalls in the province which have poor accessibility, visitors have the luxury of walking on a 700-meter cemented pathway with grills beside Bagulin Road up to the hill overlooking the waterfall. According to the people in the community, the sources of Tuddingan Falls are the numerous water springs in the mountains which also supply the vast riceland of Naguilian. All year round, Tuddingan promises a fantastic view, showcasing clean and strong water. This towering beauty of about 70 feet has a man-made pool-like base which makes it more tempting to swimmers, especially for those who love to make daring dives by jumping from its perfectly formed multi-layered rock strata. Tuddingan Falls was the venue of the 2004 Global Reunion of Naguilian, where the Balikbayans’ homesick feeling was instantly quenched by the charming waterfall.
Location: San Gabriel, La Union
It is located between Barangay Lon-oy and Barangay Bayabas of San Gabriel, La Union with an area of approximately 10 hectares, it consists of numerous natural springs, three deep waterfalls and pristinely clear and invigoratingly cool waters.
PAOY LAKE NATIONAL PARK
Location: Paoay, Ilocos Norte
The landlocked lake located 3 kilometers away from the sea in Suba, Paoay has an area of 470 hectares. Declared as a National Park under Republic Act 5631 on June 21, 1969, their environs have been turned into a sports complex.
Location: Adams, Ilocos Norte
From Laoag City, you can either take a mini-bus to Pancian, Pagudpud where you can rent motorcycles for the final leg of the trip to Adams. Alternatively, you can hire a van in Laoag and go directly to Adams.
Adams, Ilocos Norte is nestled in a valley at the northwestern portion of the Cordilleras. It is surrounded by mountains covered with lush forests of centuries-old trees, rich vegetation, and diverse fauna. Extensive water systems crisscross the area including twelve waterfalls and four major rivers, Ponds, creeks, streams, and mountain lakes abound and are always a ready source of water for hikers.
The mountains of Adams offer excellent trekking and climbing adventures ranging from extreme to mild. One can choose from a four-hour trek to a twelve-hour journey, from mild slopes on terra firma to slippery boulders hugged by white waters, from walking on trails to hanging on ropes. Huge trees line the way to the top.
CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION
Mt. Iraya at Bataan Island stands at 1,517 meters above sea level; mountaineering, trekking and trailblazing is the recommended sports activities; take a three-hour trek to the top from Basco proper.
Nakabuang Beach, Sabtang Island is ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
Anguib Beach is Sta. Ana is jewel of a paradise accessible from the Port of San Vicente ideal for swimming, snorkeling and exploration.
BLUE WATER & FALLS
Bluewater Cave & Falls in Baggao is located at the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountain ideal for Exploration, Spelunking, swimming and excursion.
Mt. Cetaceo is accessible from PPLS and is the second highest peak of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range
Aglipay Cave in Aglipay, Quirino is one of the 37 cave systems open to the public.
Governor Rapids is a recommended venue for river boating and fishing and the Agta Community in Maddela is a Governor Rapids is a recommended venue for river boating and fishing and the Agta Community in Maddela is a permanent resident of the area.
Capisaan Cave in Kasibu is one of the most preserve caves in Nueva Vizcaya open to the public, guides are available.
Imugan Waterfalls at Sta. Fe is ideal for excursion and is easily accessible
REGION III (CENTRAL LUZON)
Location: Botolan, Zambales
Mt. Pinatubo is an active volcano located on the island of Luzon at the intersection of the borders of the provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. The volcano’s eruption in June 1991 came after 500 years of dormancy, and produced one of the largest and most violent eruptions of the 20th century. Before 1991, the mountain was inconspicuous and heavily eroded. It was covered in dense forest which supported a population of several thousand indigenous people called Aetas, who fled to the mountains from the lowlands when the Spain conquered the Philippines in 1565.
Pinatubo is a stratovolcano on the island of Luzon. Its eruptive history is divided into two distinct parts. The first part of this history involves an ancestral volcano to Pinatubo. This period includes all eruptions to about 35 thousand years ago. Ancestral Pinatubo was a stratovolcano made of andesite and dacite. There is no evidence of large explosive eruptions from this volcano. Ancestral Pinatubo was centered where the modern Pinatubo currently stands. It may have risen as high as 7,550 ft (2300 m) above sea level at one time. Remains of a 2.2 by 2.8 mile (3.5 by 4.5 km) wide caldera from the old Pinatubo are still standing in the area today. Several of the surrounding volcanoes were actually vents of the ancestral Pinatubo. These include the Mt. Negron dome, the Mt. Cuardrado dome, the Mataba dome and Bituin plug, and the Tapungho plug. The modern Pinatubo is a dome complex and stratovolcano made of dacite and andesite. This complex is surrounded by pyroclastic flow and lahar deposits from large explosive eruptions. These explosive eruptions have been clustered into 6-12 eruptive periods. The explosive eruption of June 15, 1991 is one of the smallest of these eruptive periods. The 460 (+/- 30) year period of dormancy that preceded this eruption was actually relatively short compared to other such periods in the history of the volcano. Pinatubo rose about 5725 ft (1745 m) above sea level before the June 1991 eruption. This means almost 500 ft (150 m) of the volcano was blasted away by this eruption. This seems to be the history of the volcano. After a relatively short explosive eruption, it will undergo a period of slow growth through extrusions. Then the volcano becomes dormant for a longer period, and much of the material deposited during the last eruption is eroded. Finally, another explosive eruption will occur and destroy whats left of the growth from the last eruptive period. This process seems to have repeated itself over time, creating a somewhat stable size for the volcano. The largest eruption in the history of the modern Pinatubo occurred over 35,000 years ago. This eruption distributed over 325 ft (100 m) of pyroclastic flow material on all sides of the volcano. It also marked the birth of the modern volcano. The magnitudes of eruptions since that event are decreasing with time. Pinatubo typically erupts large quantities of relatively cool ash and dacite magma. It follows that a large, shallow magma chamber exists beneath the volcano. When gas and crystal rich magma evolves in this chamber, explosive eruptions occur. There is great evidence of mafic magma mixing with the dacitic magma in these chambers causing these eruptions. Pinatubo has been relatively quiet since the 1991-1992 eruption, but it is still active. It remains to be determined whether or not more explosions at the volcano are likely during the current eruptive period. Sources of information: Newhall, Christopher G. and Punongbayan, Raymundo S., Fire and Mud: Eruptions and Lahars of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Quezon City and University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 1126 pages, 199
SOUTHERN TAGALOG REGION
TAAL VOLCANO ISLAND
Taal Volcano was proclaimed as a Protected Area under the category of Protected Landscape through Presidential Proclamation No. 906 dated October 6, 1996, approximately with an area of 62 292 hectares The Taal Volcano Island has wide range of natural and scenic spots, potential of scientific research and ecotourism endeavor. It is one of the lowest active volcanoes in the wolrd. Taal Volcano is about 2-hour ride from Manila and about 20min. ride by motorized banca.
PAMITINAN CAVE/ WAWA DAM RIZAL
Pamitinan Protected landscape is a proclaimed protected area through Presidentatial Proclamation No. 901 dated 10 December 1996. It is located in the eastern part of Rodriguez, Rizal, with an area of 608 hectares
It is a treasure of different geological rock formations of varying sizes and shapes such as the cliffs, the ravines boulders. Different species of flora and fauna can also be found.
Pamitinan Cave is where Andres Bonifacio and eight Katipuneros made their covenant for freedom (the first cry of independence) during the Holy Week of 1895, a year before the outbreak of the Philippine revolution
MT. GUITING GUITING PARK
Mt. Guting-Guiting Natural Park was proclaimed as a protected area under Presidential No. 746 dated February 20, 1996. It is located within the municipalities of Magdiwang, San Fernando and Cajiodiocan, Sibuyan Island with an area of 15,265.48 Hectares.
It straddles the towns of Magdiwang, San Fernando and Cajidiocan in Sibuyan, Romblon
It has an exceptionally intact forest, which comprises 75% of the Sibuyan land area. The highest peak which is Mt. Guiting Guiting has an elevation of 2,057 feet above sea level. The forest supports high endemism of flora and fauna.
PUERTO PRINCESA SUBTERRENEAN RIVER NATIONAL PARK
Puerto Princesa Subterrenean River National Park was declared by Proclamation No. 853 on March 26, 1971. On July 26, 2000, it was proclaimed protected area through Presidential Proclamation No. 212.
It is Located in the West Coast of Palawan, 81 km North of Puerto Princesa City. Two-thirds of the area is covered by lush tropical rainforest from the shoreline to the highest peak, and one-third is thinly vegetated karst limestone.
Because of its enchanting beauty of the place, it was inscribed in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
It is known as Mother Nature’s gift to the world-weary, but it takes time to discover its grandeur.
EL NIDO MARINE RESERVE
El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area was proclaimed as a protected area by virtue of Presidential Proclamation singed by President Joseph Estrada on October 8, 1998. It is one of the priority areas of the National Integrated Protected Areas Programme.
It has an approximately area of 90,321 hectares, of which 36,018 hectares of its area is terrestrial and the 54,303 hectares is for the marine components. The area is boast of diverse ecosystems such as rainforest, mangroves, white sand beaches, coral reefs and karts limestone cliffs.
El Nido is rich with various forms of wildlife. Manta rays are commonly found in the area together with countless varieties of fish. When in season, divers may see one of the world’s rarest marine mammals. The sea cow known locally as “dugong”
Mayon which derived its name from a local word “magayon”, meaning “beautiful” is located at the heart of the province of Albay, Bicol, Philippines. It stands majestically at 2,462 meters above sea level with a circular base of 48 kilometers. It is one of the 17 protected areas in the Bicol region and one of the six most active volcanoes in the Philippines and a truly scenic natural wonder of the world. Mayon Volcano is overwhelming and simply magnificent in its grandeur. Its Northern trail exudes the fragrance of forest trees and diverse vegetation and has made it a habitat to different species unique to the volcanoes environment. It offers exciting and most challenging trekking/climbing adventure with Lidong Sto. Domingo, Albay as the jump-off point. Other activities include Bird Watching, Slide for Life, Wall Climbing, Camping, etc.
MT. KANLAON NATURAL PARK
Location: Negros Island
Keeping watch over much of Negros Island, Mt. Kanlaon, a towering 2,465 meter high volcano within its slopes lie an abundance of natural attractions. Greenery covers much of its surface, along with dwarf forests, pine trees; several lakes and huge main crater that make this particular climb unique, typical trek takes up to 3-4 days, giving ecotourists enough time to see sights as the Buslogan and Oro Waterfalls, the Samok Lagoon and the Margaha Valley.
CENTRAL VISAYAS REGION
OLANGO ISLAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Location: Olango Island, Cebu
Olango is four kilometers off the east coast of Mactan Island in Cebu. It is a site of a 920-heactare protected wetland called the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Every year from February to May, and then again from August to Novemberm the OIWS serves as refuge for thousands of migratory birds traveling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, the most important shorebird and waterbird migratory flyway in the world. A total of 77 species of migratory birds use this flyway and Olango Island supports 62.4% of this number of species.
CAMBUHAT RIVER AND VILLAGE TOUR
Location: Buenavista, Bohol
The local government entered into a memorandum of agreement with Coastal Resource Management Project (CRMP) in the municipality. Barangay Cambuhat became the focus of the LGU-CRMP collaboration for integrated coastal management. In Cambuhat, fisherfolk were taught to manage their river and coastal systems and received assistance in enterprise development, particularly in native craft making. CRMP helped develop the Cambuhat River and Village Tour which earned the Conservation International Excellence in Ecotourism Award in 2000. The local government enacted local legislation to protect the estuary and river by declaring portions of it as local reserve. The year-round Cambuhat River and Village Tour includes visits to oyster culture farms and demonstration on local craft making.
Location: Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Cebu
Malapascua Island, also called Logon, is part of the municipality of Daanbantayan and is located 8 kilometers north-east of Cebu mainland and 25 kilometers west of the island of Leyte. The island is blessed with spectacular white-sand beaches in the southeast coast of the island and the panoramic rocky coastline on the other side. Dive sites are among the popular destinations in the island, among the them the Malapascua Island-North Point, Gato Island, Monad Shoal, Calanggaman Island, Doña Marilyn wreck, Don Macario wreck, Chocolate Island, and the Tapilon Japanese wreck. A walk around the island usually takes 2 hours. Other attractions in the interior of the island include fishing villages, deserted bays, rock formations and the lighthouse which gives a good view of the island and the Visayan seas.
SIMPLY BUTTERFLIES CONSERVATION CENTER
Location: Bilar, Bohol
The only butterfly garden in Bohol with open landscaped gardens for a natural experience with free flying butterflies and an enclosure/breeding center for a close encounter with butterflies. Simply Butterflies is located 1 kilometer from the Bilar public market and 5 minutes out of the Bilar man-made forest. Light snacks are available at the dining area with a good view of the colorful flower garden. Souvernir items like shirts, keyholders, delicacies and butterfly mosaic portraits are available at the gift shop.
ABATAN RIVER TOUR
Location: Abatan River, Inabanga, Bohol
Although tours in the INabang River have not become as popular as those in the Loboc River, the existence of a fishing village, the Inabanga Nature Park and Fishing Village, have slowly attracted tourists to the area. The entrance to the fishing village is located near the St. Paul the Apostle Chursh and St. Paul Academy. From there, tourists take a ride from a motorized banca and given a river tour before being taken to the fishing village which is just five minutes away. The Inabanga River is 25 kilometers long and is seven to 10 meters deep. It is said to be wider than the Loboc river. A must see area along the river is the place called Macaban Cave, an underwater cave whose entrance can be seen from above the water level. The place is also called Macaban City by the locals since it is believed to be inhabited by supernatural beings or enkantos. The Inabanga Nature Park and Fishing Village is a two-hectare park and boasts of a restaurant that serves fresh seafood and native dishes and also has a fishpond where guests can catch tilapia and have these cooked.
CALBIGA CAVES PROTECTED LANDSCAPE (CCPL)
Location: Municipality of Calbiga,Samar
Calbiga Karst popularly known as Calbiga Caves in Samar has earned recognition as a potential tourist attraction after it was explored by Italian Speleologist in 1987. It is dubbed as the largest karst formations in the Philippines and one of the biggest caves in East Asia. It is also an ideal recreational and educational area for local and foreign visitors; Calbiga karst offers an ideal recreational ground for spelunking, mountain climbing and nature trekking.
Location: Calbayog City
LAKE DANAO NATURAL PARK (LDNP)
Location: Northeastern part of Ormoc City
The park is one of the region’s pride in terms of unique natural features which is the heart of interest of foreign and local investors. It is an ideal vacationing ground. The cool and clean water of the lake is very inviting for swimming, boating and sport fishing. Aside from its cool climate and serene atmosphere, the park boasts its beautiful scenic spots like a wide camping ground and access to nature trails
CUATRO ISLAS PROTECTED LANDSCAPE/SEASCAPE (CIPLS)
The area has a high tourism potential. It is endowed with extensive coral assemblage which attracts very rich fish and fauna. The beautiful white sandy beaches, regular site of dolphins and marine turtles. Outdoor recreational activities that could be enjoyed of by the visitors and tourists are boating, snorkeling, scuba diving and nature trekking.
The only watershed in the country selected for the Model Forest Project. It is a habitat for 296 species of plants, 134 species of amphibians, 18 species of reptiles and 28 species of terrestrial mammals. Ulot means “navigating or sailing the river and the rapids with extra effort. It is also a local term for monkey. It is a highly potential ecotourism destination with its enchanting forests, caves, rivers, falls and spring among others.
NORTHERN VISAYAS REGION
GARDEDN OF MALASAG ECO-TOURISM VILLAGE
Situated in Sitio Malasag, Cugman; a rolling terrain in the slopes of reforested area 20 minutes from the city center. A cultural village in a botanical garden setting, it showcases the tribal practices and crafts on Mindanao tribes. The village also serves as the learning center for eco-tourism, ethnic arts, flora and fauna endemic to Northern Mindanao while at the same time generate revenues and livelihood for the tribal groups.
MACAHAMBUS ADVENTURE PARK (MAP)
Sinkhole Adventures Incorporated, a company of local investors, developed the area into one of the most exhilarating adventure place that is set in a forest and a gorge. It is 25 minutes away from the heart of the city and a 10 minute ride from the Lumbia airport. The Adventure Park offers an exciting walk in a 120 meter long skybridge that is suspended 120 feet from the ground. Another thrill offering is rappelling down the gorge and a heart thumping 120 meter slide-for-life Zip line.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
There really is nothing quite like rafting trip on Cagayan de Oro River. The stretch from Barangay Dansolihon to the city provides you with striking panoramic view of the river rocky walls, untouched vegetation and the sight of the resting haven of monkeys. It has breath taking rapids that provide the more adventurous with thrills and challenges of rapids interval not less than 10-15 minutes of each other.
Tubing is the indigenous Pinoy version of a wild water adventure down Cagayan de Oro river’s rapids on board a “rubber boat”. The one-hour ride on the salbabida takes you from Kabula to Taguanao. Taking about a little over than two (2) hours; also called “rafting; pinoy style”.
An Eco-tourism Destination like no other. Experience the breathtaking high wire adventure, with the perfect scenery of Nature climbing through restful botanical surroundings from one hilltop to another. Tourists are greeted with the scent of forest, the brilliant display of diverse flora and fauna, the melodious singing of birds and cluster of exotic plants while travelling through the canopy trails. Marvel at the charm of the forest canopy, the refreshing cool clear pools at the base of the exhilarating waterfalls and defy gravity by climbing the canopy walk. Situated within the rainforest of Magbais, Claveria.
MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL AQUAMARINE PARK (MOAP)
This area of 200 hectares is a paragon of perfection where one could breathe and respire the life of nature providing its worth as it wins the Galing Pook Award in 2005.
Serving as an aquaculture production center, marine animal and wildlife sanctuary, marine resources conservatory and of boosting Misamis Occidental’s eco-tourism, nothing worth taking than to enjoy the extravagance of what nature offers. Having complete tourist amenities; rooms and cottages, restaurant and a dolphin island were one could swim with the dolphins, luring anyone with a promis of pleasure and rewarding experience.
Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines and Southeast Asia's second highest. Known to the natives as kingdom of the mountain god, Apo Sandawa. A vast area of 72,796 hectares of mossy tropical forest, flowing rivers & streams, waterfalls, exotic flora & fauna and is home to the endangered Philippine eagle. Mount Apo is Davao's unique natural wonder and is an inactive volcano with thundering waterfalls, rapids, lakes, geysers, sulphur pillars, primeval trees, endangered plant and animal species and a steaming blue lake.
SOUTH CENTRAL MINADANAO REGION
NEW- ISRAEL ECO-PARK
The place is famous to wild tamed monkey called macaque. It is gateway to Mt. Apo National Park and home to the religious sect called Moncadista.
KIWA ADVENTURE PARK
Ecologically-friendly resort where guests experience the thrill of ladder and wall climbing, rappelling, cable walking and gliding in the zip line. Feel the nature with ride at the cable car, walk on the hanging bridge and soothe at the swimming pool.
LAKE HOLON/MT. PARKER
One of the cleanest inland bodies of water in the whole Philippine Archipelago, scenic area for trekking, ideal for back packer and mountain climbers.
Scenic area for trekking and sight seeing, a favorite for National photographers for pictures. Ideal for River trekking and Mountain hiking.
It is the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. The surfing paradise of the island with powerful world-class waves. The island is surrounded with stretch of sugar-fine white beaches, stunningly sapphire seas and natural coral barriers which keep the inlet waters placid, a perfect destination for surfers and sun-worshippers.
It is the 4th biggest lake in the Philippines and the most pristine. It is known for its pidjanga, gabot, banak, haw-an, gi-ngaw, igi and kasili and is natural habitat to some endangered Philippine flora and fauna. Migratory birds and native flowers: pagusi and tabukali are its unique attractions. One can just stare at the breath taking scenery and be relaxed. The lake is simply perfect for game fishing, leisure boating and kayaking.
AGUSAN MARSH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
It is the Asia’s biggest marshland and one of the best ecotourism destinations in the country. It holds 15% of the country’s freshwater. Migratory birds such as: purple herons, storks, sea eagles, wild ducks and other migratory wetland birds from the Southeast Asia Region will be seen during the months of November to January. The marsh is “a must visit” destination.
The Mystical Island and Province of Love”, is a newly created province from the present province of Surigao del Norte. It is a breathtaking sight rich with its ecotourism destinations. One of the enchanting sight is the “bonsai garden” located in Loreto, a one of a kind forest in which bonsai plants are abound. The natural bonsai forest is the icon of the province and one of the many wonders found in the province.
BUCAS GRANDE ISLAND
It is located within the Siargao Islands Group, the 90,000 hectares Island is divided into a chromite mineral reserve, alienable and disposable area where Socorro is the only municipality and 22,000 hectares of ecotourism reservation. The most enchanting place of the island is the Sohoton Lagoon where one has to wait for low tide to pass thru the cave entrance into a fantastic paradise of exotic flora and fauna. The small boat cruises in and out of myriads of islets, rocky forests with wild orchids and pitcher plants and then farther is the jellyfish sanctuary, where literally millions of the floating sea life harmlessly brush the side of the boat and can be easily held by the passengers to a closer study of its magnificent form.
It is the Philippine counterpart to Niagara Falls because of its three-tiered white water curtain which flows from about 55 meters high. It is Bislig’s main tourist draw which is tucked inside by lush forested hills. Nature lovers will really enjoy the scenic view of the falls in which one can go trekking, bird watching, bathe in its refreshingly cool pool or gaze at the rainbow which occasionally appears at midday. It is one of most enchanting waterfalls in the country because of its majestic natural formation and multi-layered riverbed of stones skilfully crafted by nature.
Nearest islet from the city characterized by fine white sand on one side and rugged rocky shore on the other.
MABUA PEBBLE BEACH
A beach without sand but bounded by pebbles. Beach lovers can bask in this beach whose clear calm and cool waters are a come-on for water sports. Also a best place where one can gaze at the dramatic sunset.
DAY-ASAN FLOATING BEACH
Have a boat ride along the naturally – carved water channel amidst the jade colored lush of mangrove trees. Other interesting activities sightseeing of the live aquariums and fish culture projects of the resident, snorkelling at the nearby islets and game fishing.
Have a boat ride along the naturally – carved water channel amidst the jade colored lush of mangrove trees. Other interesting activities sightseeing of the live aquariums and fish culture projects of the resident, snorkelling at the nearby islets and game fishing.
CAGWAIT WHITE BEACH
It is a U-shaped beach with powdery white sand and a wind swept sea with crystal clear water. This is the site of the “Kaliguan Festival”. A festival in honor of St. John the Baptist highlighted by beach dancing and a search for Perlas ng Kaliguan beauty pageant.Other sports activities held in the beach are pinoy games, ball games, swimming and boat racing.
It is located in the municipality of San Agustin. It is composed of more than a dozen beautiful islets with splendid vegetation and white beaches. The intact coral formation offers a beautiful snorkeling and scuba diving sports activities.
Also known as the Mangcagangi Island. It has enticing white beach, guano-filled caves and bats inside, offering a unique experience to all adventure seekers. Just a few meters from the island is a deep, blue sea which is ideal for scuba diving.
The Twin Island has vast of untapped potentialities as one of the tourist destinations in the province. It has a view deck in which one can appreciate its scenic panorama. One can also enjoy bats and monkey watching since it is the home of millions of bats. It is also inhabited by hundreds of monkeys and a couple of sea eagle. It is also rich in enchanted stories such as the appearance of the white monkey, the enchanted cities and others.