I have been receiving a lot of inquiries over SMS, email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, through my blog and even personally on places to go near Metro Manila that are ideal for a quick getaways. So I thought of publishing the compilation of my usual answers.
For those planning a quickie weekend getaway but do not have the luxury of time and enough budget to go some place far away from the Metropolis, here’s a list of places to consider.
Taal Lake and Volcano.
Points of interest: Taal Lake and Volcano, Caleruega (Nasugbu area), Ambon-ambon Falls, Tagaytay Highlands, Palace in the Sky, Picnic Grove, Flower Farm, Sky Fun Amusement ParkActivities: Trek to Taal Old Crater, visit the Flower Farm and Caleruega, trek to Ambon-ambon Falls of Talisay other waterfalls of Laurel, ride the biggest ferris wheel in the country known as “Sky Eye”, food trip, fruit shopping, bikingWhat will make me go there?: Temperate weather, good view, wide array of restaurants
Minimum day required: 1
Corregidor Island (Cavite)
The Mile-Long Barracks of Corregidor
Points of interest: Mile-Long Barrack, Century Old Lighthouse, Ruins, Malinta TunnelActivities: History tours, ghost hunting, trail biking, adventure raceWhat will make me go there?: To awaken the history buff in meMinimum day required: 1
Related Link: Corregidor in a Walk to Remember
Mt. Pinatubo (Tarlac – Zambales – Pampanga)
The iconic crater lake of Mount Pinatubo.
Point of interest: Pinatubo Crater Lake, Capas National ShrineActivities: Trek Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake, 4×4 ride, side trip in Capas National Shrine and Central Azucarera de Tarlac, food trip in Pampanga or Tarlac, experience Volcanic Ash SpaWhat will make me go there?: It’s all about adventure and great sceneryMinimum day required: 1
Related Link: Pinatubo Travel Guide
Pagsanjan Falls or Cavinti Falls of Laguna
Points of interest: Lake Caliraya, View of Mt. Makiling; Pagsanjan Falls; Majayjay Falls; Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery; hotsprings; old churches of Liliw, Nagcarlan, Pakil, Pangil, Pagsanjan, TurumbaActivities: Spend a day in Lake Caliraya Resort or Laresio Lakeside Resort, dip in the hot spring resorts of Calamba and Los Baños, trek Mt. Makiling, biking, visit old churches and waterfalls, shooting the rapids of Pagsanjan, see Majayjay Falls, visit Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, go on a food trip in LagunaWhat will make me go there?: Variety of activities to choose fromMinimum day required: 1
Related Link: Laguna
San Antonio or Pundaquit (Zambales)
Points of interest: Anawangin Cove, Nagsasa Cove, Silanguin Cove, Talisayin Cove, Capones Lighthouse, Camara Island, Casa San MiguelActivities: Island hopping, camping, beach bumming, lighthouse trek, surfing, trek Mt. Pundaquit and Mt. Nagsasa, watersports and activitiesWhat will make me go there?: Because I love adventure, great scenery, beach, lighthouse and landscape photographyMinimum days required: 2
Related Link: Zambales
Nagpatong Rock of Tanay
Points of interest: Thunderbird Resorts, Pranjetto Hills, Club Manila East, Angono Petroglyphs, Pinto Museum, Daranak Falls, Batlag Falls, Puray Falls, Hinulugang Taktak, Antipolo Church, Nagpatong Rock, Mount MaynubaActivities: Indoor surfing in Club Manila East; mountain biking in various trails (Shotgun, Timberland, Angono, etc); visit to Daranak Falls, Batlag Falls, Puray Falls and other waterfalls in the province; trek to Nagpatong Rock, Mount Masungki, Mount Cayabu, Mount Maynoba; relax in Luljetta Place Garden; visit museums; archaeological sites and old visit churchesWhat will make me go there?: Great scenery and climate, variety of activities, sea of clouds, beautiful summits, awesome bike trails
Related Link: Tanay Travel Guide
Mauban, (Quezon Province)
Dahoyhoy Falls of Mauban.
Points of interest: Puting Buhangin Beach, Dampalitan Beach, Borawan Beach, Kuwebang Lampas, Cagbalete Island, Dahoyhoy Falls, Hagdan-Hagdan Falls, Iringan Falls, Malicboy Falls, Bahay-Pagi Falls and moreActivities: Beach bumming, island hopping, waterfalls trekkingWhat will make me go there?: For the love of beach and waterfallsMinimum day required: 1
Related Link: Mauban
Anilao and Masasa (Batangas)
Points of interest: Dive sites, snorkeling sites, Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Sombrero Island, Masasa BeachActivities: Scuba diving, snorkeling, trek to Mt. Gulugod Baboy, beach bumming in MasasaWhat will make me go there?: Amazing scuba diving sites and beautiful beachesMinimum day required: 1
Related Link: Masasa Beach Travel Guide and Anilao Travel Guide
Puerto Galera (Mindoro Oriental)
Scuba diving in Puerto Galera
Points of interest: Dive sites, snorkeling sites, Tamaraw Falls, White BeachActivities: Scuba diving, snorkeling, trek Tamaraw Falls, beach and island hoppingWhat will make me go there?: Amazing scuba diving sites and great night lifeMinimum day required: 2
Related Link: Rediscovering Puerto Galera
Nasugbu and Ternate (Cavite)
Parthenon? Nah! It’s Fortune Island of Nasugbu
Points of interest: Fortune Island, Caylabne, Puerto Azul, Hamilo Coast, Kawayan Cove, Pico de Loro Cove, Mt. Palay-Palay National Park, Pico de Loro, Nasugbu-Ternate Tunnel, Marine Base (Boracay of Cavite)Activities: Beach bumming, explore Fortune Island, biking nasugbu-Ternate, trekking to Pico de LoroWhat will make me go there?: For the beach, great biking or trekking destination, good scenery, mountainsMinimum day required: 1
Related Link: Fortune Island Travel Guide
The beautiful and massive St. Martin de Tours Basilica of Taal, Batangas.
Points of interest: Heritage District, Taal BasilicaActivities: Tour the heritage area, visit the old church of Taal, food tripWhat will make me go there?: For the heritage and beautiful churchMinimum day required: 1
Related Link: The Heritage Town of Taal
Dunsulan Falls of Bagac
Points of interest: Beaches of Morong, Bagac, Mariveles; Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar; Dambana ng Kagitingan (Mt. Samat); Mt. Mariveles; Bataan Natural Park; Bataan Nuclear Power Plant; Dunsulan Falls, Limutan Falls and other waterfalls of the provinceActivities: Beach bumming, history tour of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and Dambana ng Kagitingan in Mt. Samat, climb Mt. Mariveles, visit Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, trek to Sunsulan Falls or Limutan FallsWhat will make me go there?: For the historical sites, beaches and waterfallsMinimum day required: 1
Related Link: Escape to Bataan: Dunsulan Falls, Ambon-Ambon Falls and Limutan Falls