We all love Baler. The long stretch of Sabang Beach, mountain-cool waters of Mother Falls, and laid-back vibes of the town has long enticed surfers and non-surfers alike. But it turns out that Baler is only one gem in Aurora province’s crown. Just a few hours away are several activities near Baler you can take while you’re in the area. They’re just as scenic, maybe even more exciting, and a unique glimpse into a place we all know and love.
Diguisit Falls rappel
Adrenaline junkies have more than just Baler’s famous waves to get them stoked. Rappelling down the 40-foot high cascade of Diguisit Falls is a worthy source of a rush as well. Located just off of the highway, about 10 minutes from Baler town proper, Diguisit Falls is composed of two sets of multi-tiered cascades sitting a few meters apart. It takes some effort to get to the bigger cascade, with a hike up slippery rocks and trickling water. And to get down, you can strap yourself onto some ropes and meet the ultimate challenge. There are few things cooler (literally Continue reading Discover Aurora Province with These Fun Side Trips from Baler
Picture this: you and your barkada of creative souls and inquisitive minds are looking to get some inspiration. Sure there are museums and galleries abound in Manila, but maybe you’re looking to get out of the city too. Is there a place you can go where your creative juices can be stirred without the stresses that come with traveling in the city? The answer is a resounding yes, there are awesome barkada destinations near Manila that artsy groupies like you can venture.
Not only are there quaint galleries and museums to be discovered outside the metro, but there are also places where you can get your hands dirty and let the creative juices freely flow. Bonus points: many of these spots entail a road trip and some good food too!
Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden and Restaurant
Established in 2000, Ugu Bigyan’s Pottery Garden and Restaurant has remained an underrated destination in Tiaong, Quezon. But for aspiring potters, hungry foodies, or just admirers of finer things, this place can’t be missed. Ugu Bigyan is a renowned Filipino pottery artist who decided to open his lovely home and even more delightful garden to the public.
Batangas is one of the go-to easy escapes for Manila dwellers. That’s probably why its beaches, like Matabungkay and Calatagan, are always jam-packed. But just because you want a quick getaway doesn’t mean you have to endure the crowd, especially when there’s still an undiscovered town waiting to be enjoyed. Case in point: Lobo, Batangas.
Sitting between Batangas City and San Juan, this coast town is a quiet gem filled with surprises. If you’re a nature lover and an avid explorer, check out Lobo, Batangas while you can still have it all to yourself.
Dive in untouched reefs
Lobo, Batangas may not share the same fame as Anilao, but it shares the same rich underwater life. Lobo has vast reefs brimming with sea fans and giant bouquets, as well as critters perfect for macro photography. Some of the more exciting dive sites are the Lumbangan Underwater Cave, a 60-foot deep tunnel which gets its only light from a small crack overhead, and the Malagundi Point Coral Wall, which is an 80-foot drop covered in vibrant underwater life. Continue reading This Secret Spot in Batangas is What You Need this Summer
Calling all thrill-seekers, aspiring thrill-seekers, and ambivalent thrill-seekers alike! If you are looking for a rush of adrenaline, without the crazy life-threatening risks involved, you might want to check out this fun activity in Capas, Tarlac. Only a few hours away from Manila, Capas ATV Adventure offers different packages designed to satiate your need for speed while taking you through some breathtaking experiences. Curious? Here’s what to expect when you go for a ride of a lifetime.
Choose your adventure
Capas ATV Adventure has 4 different packages, catering to varying levels of experience (or guts!). The Lahar Short Trail is the cheapest and easiest, ideal for beginner ATV riders or those who have limited time. The Tambo Lake drive, meanwhile, is a good balance between relatively easy riding through lahar planes, streams, and short rivers. It is 2-3 hours long and ends in peaceful Tambo Lake, where you can relax and even opt to go fishing. The third option is to Maruglo Falls, a 10 km long ride lasting 3 hours. And for those with real determination, the Pinatubo Crater ride is 7 hours long and is a more hardcore Continue reading Feel a Different Kind of Thrill with This Capas ATV Adventure
Visita Iglesia is an intrinsic part of Filipino culture during Holy Week. Visiting 7 churches not only appeals to our piety, but to our natural penchants for lakwatcha as well. Thus over the years the traditional Visita Iglesia has evolved into a family or barkada affair that also involves travel and adventure. So this year, try out this Laguna Visita Iglesia itinerary for a prayerful and cultural Holy Week.
One of the largest cities in the province of Laguna is San Pablo. It is most famous for its Seven Lakes, which are a major daytrip destination. For a quick trip, visit the largest of the lakes, Sampaloc Lake, which is just behind the city hall. Take a quick stroll around the lake or have a bite at Café Lago for a sweeping lake view. Continue reading Try this Laguna Visita Iglesia Itinerary for a Memorable Holy Week
Nothing beats a good ol’ road trip with friends and family. A bag full of snacks, fun playlist, and wacky travel companions are all you need for a good time. Fortunately, old roads are being renovated and new expressways are being built making road trips safer and faster.
A good idea for road trips is to travel to the farthest destination first. then visit the interesting attractions and fun activities on your way back. This will ensure you still have energy for sightseeing and not get bored of the travel back home.
Now that you have everything prepared, here are some incredible destinations you should venture when you plan to road trip outside Manila.
The Northwest Road Trip – Ilocos
Probably one of the most popular road trips in Luzon, many undertake this 12-hour drive to the province of Ilocos northwestern part of Luzon. If you love history and relics from the past, this road trip is perfect for you. This trip might take a few days depending on how long you intend to stay at each destination. Three to four days are sufficient for most.
On your first day, head to the edge of Luzon at Pagudpud (12-hours from Manila). Take a break from the long journey by dropping by these interesting points along the way:
– Surf at San Juan, La Union
– Eat Calasiao Puto, Pigar-pigar, and Bangus at Dagupan
– Take a quick dip at Suso Beach, Ilocos Sur
Summer is well on its way, and with it comes the face-melting heat we all know and love (not really). Thankfully, we’re also blessed with a ton of natural resources which provide instant relief from the sun. Apart from beaches and lakes, we also have dozens and dozens of waterfalls – some in one province alone!
Just an hour or two from Manila are a plethora of choices for a relaxing and refreshing summer day trip. Check out these waterfalls near Manila for your next barkada adventure.
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Dahoyhoy Falls is merely 1 of a rumored 20 waterfalls in the town of Mauban. Along with Hagdan-hagdan Falls and Alitap Falls, Dahoyhoy is one of the more popular falls thanks to its accessibility and natural beauty. Getting there is a scenic hike through rice fields and hanging bridges, though it is relatively easy thanks to a cement pathway. There are stone picnic tables and lots of shade right beside the basin, perfect for a relaxing lunch by the waterside. Despite its accessibility, the falls still aren’t overrun by tourists, which means that if you’re Continue reading Awesome Waterfalls Near Manila for Cool Summer Daytrips
Sometimes, the best adventures are found right outside your door – or at least kind of close to it. Take Tarlac, for instance. It is only 2.5 hours from Manila and is a downright mecca of exciting activities. Sure, there is the famous Pinatubo trek, which tourists flock to, year in and year out. But not many are aware that there is so much more to see. Rappelling? Canoeing? Whitewater rafting? There is no shortage of outdoor pursuits in this province north of Manila. If Mother Nature calls out to you on a weekly basis, check out these fun activities in Tarlac that will surely quench your thirst for thrills.
Fly high on a helicopter ride
Few things truly capture the phrase “experience of a lifetime,” but a private helicopter ride over the lahar canyons of Tarlac and the turquoise crater of Mt. Pinatubo is one of them. PhilJets, a renowned aeronautics company, offers private charters over the famous volcano. Guests can experience views few have seen, and appreciate one of the country’s most iconic destinations from a breathtaking perspective. PhilJets offers tours ranging from 1 hour and 25 minutes to up to 3 Continue reading Awesome Adventures in Tarlac Perfect for Every Kind of Outdoorsman
Bulacan is one of the most historical provinces in the Philippines. From the Malolos Constitution to the Battle of Quingua, many momentous events in our country’s story took place here. It’s also rich in culinary tradition and natural resources, making it a great destination for short vacations.
So for you weekend warriors out there, we created a list of the must-visit tourist spots in Bulacan! Choose between natural wonders, cultural landmarks, and delicious food for a fun weekend with the gang.
If the constant stream of tourists in places like Vigan and Taal say anything, it’s that there’s still space in the Filipino’s heart for culture and history. After all, there’s no better way to get a feel for the olden days than to visit a town that’s pretty much a time machine. One such place is the Pila Heritage Town in Laguna.
Pila’s historic town center is located in Barangay Sta. Clara Norte. In 2000, The National Historical Comission (NHC) declared it as a National Historical Landmark, but didn’t gain traction as a mainstream tourist spot until a few years ago. If you’re looking for a cultural weekend experience and a quick break from the city, check out Pila Heritage Town for a good dose of history.
It’s only 1 of 4 such towns in the country
Over the centuries, one war or another obliterated most of our rich heritage. After 300 years of Spanish colonization and the subsequent American reign, we were left with only 4 towns recognized as national historic landmarks. These are the city of Vigan, the town of Taal in Batangas, Silay in Negros, and Pila, Laguna.