Unwind in Anawangin, Nagsasa Cove and Capones Island in San Antonio, Zambales
At present, Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves rose as famous tourist spots for its ash-covered sands and Agoho Trees which are likened to pine trees, promoting a vibe where Baguio is combined with the Boracay set-up. When tourists began to jam-pack in Anawangin, Nagsasa Cove took over the spotlight and offered a more tranquil sanctuary thru the Nagsasa Cove. Nagsasa Cove is just around 30 minutes boat trip from Anawangin and is a perfect destination for those who are in for a refreshing swim. Furthermore, there is another must-experience beach gem to be found in Pundaguit, Zambales- Camara Island. It may not be surrounded by several trees but its breathtaking rock formations and unique spot which overlooks the ocean makes it picture-perfect.
Trek Mt. Pinatubo
Climbing rocky, steep land for many hours may not be interesting to a lot of tour-goers, but mind you all the efforts are worth it the instance you are welcomed by the stunning sight of the Pinatubo crater with its turquoise-hued lake and breathtaking environment dotted in Tarlac.
Uncovering Borawan Island in Padre Burgos, Quezon
Be Moved by Tagaytay and Taal Volcano
Appreciating Taal Volcano from afar is nothing compared to the experience of being on the volcano itself. For adventure seekers there are several trails to choose from which usually ranges from 1-4 hours hike. Nonetheless, if trekking doesn’t appeal to you, you can forego such activity and simply take pleasure on the mere sight of the lake and volcano from a distance. Tagaytay boasts of its awesome scenery coupled with soothing cool air and ambience. Tour around the Sky Ranch and take a ride on their huge Ferris wheel which offers beautiful views of the lake. If you have the fear of heights, you may skip the Ferris wheel ride and just visit Tagaytay’s gardens and parks instead or you may opt to enter into a coffee shop, just hang around and relax while enjoying a hot cup of coffee.Tagaytay can be easily reached through 1-2 hours bus ride from Manila to Batangas.
Trace back Corregidor Island’s rich history
Corregidor is a little rocky island advantageously situated 48 kilometres west of Manila and is just a ferry ride trip from Manila Bay (formerly Hoverferry Terminal). Corregidor served as a historical legacy of the heroism of Filipinos and Americans who courageously defended the Philippines against the strong forces of the Japanese during World War II. Until now, some of the remains of the combat base are still preserved and is waiting to be visited and explored by history enthusiasts.
Beach bumming at Nusugbu, Laiya, and Calatagan, Batangas
It is no longer a secret that Batangas is a top summer spot target because of its several beautiful beaches plus its strategic location being only two to three hours drive from Manila is already relatively near if your end destination is beach bliss. Reaching some of Batangas’ famous beaches such as Laiya, Nusugbu and Calatagan may be somewhat tiresome for some but rest assured you’ll be treated with the wonderful view of lush greens, mountain scopes and impressive clear waters kissing the white sands along the journey. Island hopping, snorkelling, diving, kayaking and even camping are just among of the fun-filled activities which you can enjoy in the beach destinations of Batangas.
Relax in Potipot Island, Zambales
Hundred Islands, Pangasinan
Be Captivated by Subic, Zambales
See the sights of Daranak and Batlag Falls in Tanay, RizalJust 2 hours drive from Manila, you can discover Daranak and Batlag Falls which are deemed as two of the beautiful, cascading waterfalls in Tanay, Rizal. The mere view of the falls is breathtaking enough to watch that you’ll be drawn to take an invigorating plunge into the cool waters. After taking a dip, you may visit the antique San Ildefonso Church or you may watch the enchanting sunset close the Parola.
Discover Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon
Around 4-5 hours from Manila nestles an island in Mauban, Quezon which has captured the attention of several city-dwellers who wish to have a serene getaway next to the beach. Cagbalete Island is surrounded by a lot of resorts featuring comfy places to stay, calm waters where you can swim, kayak and take lots of beautiful photos to your heart’s content.
Experience Diving in Anilao, Batangas
Being just 3 hours away from Manila, Anilao, Batangas has been one of the preferred diving spots by many professional and aspiring divers. Whole day courses are offered for amateurs who desire to excel in diving. Batangas offers a broad scope of marine flora and fauna that will totally captivate your being. However, If diving doesn’t tickle your interest, you may choose to trek Mt. Gulugod Baboy or ride a boat to Sombrero Island and enjoy being sun-kissed with your hot bikini outfit.
Take a dip in Puerto Galera
Be drawn by the Waterfalls in Pagsanjan, Laguna.
Reminisce the Death March and Relax in Morong Star Beach, Bataan.Reminiscing the Death March through visiting Bataan can be very gratifying for those who love to dig deep thru Philippines’ touching history. Bataan is roughly 3 hours away from manila when travelled by land. It is bordered by Pampanga and Zambales to the north, Subic Bay to the north-west and Manila Bay to the east. Once you’re already in Bataan, don’t forget to also explore Mt. Samat and Morong Beach to add more fire to your weekend getaway. Morong Star Beach Resort features several activities and services to enjoy with a beach setting that is perfect for leisure and enjoyment. Also, if you happen to visit in November, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to take part in Bataan’s Pawikan Festival and get to see firsthand the baby turtles as they walk their way back to the sea.
Take a Pilgrimage at Monasterio de Tarlac
For devoted Christians, a pilgrimage to Monasterio de Tarlac may be one of the most fulfilling spiritual journeys to take in Tarlac. The monastery is dotted at the center of Tarlac’s Ecotourism Park in Brgy Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac and takes around a 3 hour drive from Manila. Monesterio de Tarlac holds the holy relic of the True Cross which has been authenticated by the papal seal and is only shown for adoration twice a year, usually every 3rd Saturday of September.
Bamboo rafting in Minalungao National Park, Nueva Ecija
Minalungao National Park in Nueva Ecija takes pride for its majestic rocks with wonderful shapes that serves as a safe haven for clear turquoise waters, flowing calmly in the centre. For the longest time, Minalungao has remained to be a well-preserved gem which awaits to be visited. It can be reached through riding a bus bound for Cabanatuan from ES Transport at EDSA Cubao. Upon boarding the bus inform the driver or conductor ahead of time to drop you off at the main city of Gapan. From Gapang, tricycles can take you to Papaya Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija then another trike ride that heads to Minalongao. Upon arriving at Minalungao, tour-goers can completely enjoy the picturesque scenery of the place while riding on bamboo rafts. Local boatmen are usually more than excited to tour around visitors.