Strap on your running shoes and bring out your inner daredevil in these 10 exciting outdoor adventure facilities found in and around Metro Manila.
There are two types of vacationers: those who just want to laze about by the beach and watch the days pass, and those think a holiday does not count unless they are doing something that gets their blood racing. Those who fall under the latter category need not look far to satisfy their craving for exhilarating adventures; there are actually quite a few adventure camps and parks in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces that can take visitors on dizzying speeds, great heights, and exciting trails to ensure that getaway is one that will not be forgotten. Here are 10 of the best outdoor adventure parks you need to include in your summer itinerary.
1. Masungi Georeserve (Baras, Rizal)
Have you ever wondered what it is like to see the world from a spider’s point of view? You need not wonder anymore at Masungi Georeserve, a nature conservation area that aims to bring visitors closer to the great outdoors of the province of Rizal. One of its most talked-about attractions is Sapot, a web-like viewing platform that gives trekkers a grand view of Laguna de Bay and the Sierra Madre mountain range. The trail takes up to four hours to accomplish and features other physically challenging activities, including Lambat, a net for scaling a rock wall; and Duyan, a hammock-like rope course. But more than just providing a thrilling outdoor experience, Masungi Georeserve is primarily an effort to conserve Baras' karst topography, which consists of 60-million-year-old limestone formations.
"Sapot" at Masungi Georeserve, Baras, Rizal. Photo by Masungi Georeserve.
For safety purposes, only guests 13 years old and above are allowed to take the tour, which cost Php1,500 per person on weekdays, and Php 1,800 each on Saturdays and Sundays. Masungi Georeserve is gaining popularity among trekkers, so to avoid concerns about heavy foot traffic, guests are required to make reservations for groups of seven to 14 at least a week before the intended date of visit. For reservations, visit masungigeoreserve.com.
2. Tree Top Adventure (Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales and Camp John Hay, Baguio)
As the name implies, Treetop Adventure uses nature as the backdrop of their activities, from the more tranquil to the high-flying. A trek through the woods is available for guests looking for a tamer way to enjoy nature. Those who are looking for an adrenaline rush can take on more exciting attractions such as Superman, a zip line that suspends you up to 70 feet high in Subic and 150 feet high in Baguio; and the Silver Surfer, which lets you move from treetop to treetop via a gliding mechanism.
Tree Drop at Treetop Adventure. Photo from treetopadventureph.com.
An admission fee of Php100 per head is deducted from the rate of the guest’s chosen activity. Availability of activities and rides vary per branch, and team building facilities are also available for company outings. See treetopadventureph.com for pricing information and other details.
3. Sandbox (Porac, Pampanga)
Found within the 1,125-hectare integrated mixed-use development Alviera, Sandbox is a family-friendly recreational hotspot offering activities that are sure to entertain guests of all ages. The Giant Swing, the tallest swing in the country, moves riders back and forth at 10 meters high. The Aerial Walk is a course that aims to test a challenger’s agility, balance, and flexibility. The Adventure Tower combines activities like rappelling, wall climbing, and free falling in one five-story structure.
On top of an entrance fee of Php100, packages start at Php400, while rates for individual activities are also available. To learn more, go to alviera.ph/sandbox.
4. Camp N at Nuvali (Santa Rosa, Laguna)
Dubbed an “incubator for self-discovery,” Nuvali’s Camp N is a 6-hectare venue that promotes health, introspection, and sustainable living through various physical activities. Camp N’s activities include an adventure tower that incorporates a rollercoaster zip line, free fall, climbing wall, and rappel wall; an obstacle course for basic, intermediate, and advanced guests; an aerial walk, and low and high rope challenges. The Incubator Trail and Bike Hub is a 3.4-kilometer path designed for use by mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers. For those looking for a more peaceful outdoor experience, Camp N is also home to Greens & Patches, a tree nursery and demo organic farm where visitors can attend gardening workshops.
Camp N is already open to host walk-ins, field trips, and team-building exercises. An entrance fee of Php80 is required of all guests. For inquiries and bookings, call 0977-84CAMPN or email email@example.com.
5. Rainforest Adventure Experience (Barangay Maybunga, Pasig City)
If you and your group are having a hard time deciding which outdoor activity to pass the time with, head to Pasig City’s Rainforest Adventure Experience (RAVE), where everyone is bound to find a fun activity to do. Within RAVE is Adventure Park, where you can get your thrills on the zip line, wall climbing and rappelling facilities, an obstacle course, and a BMX and skateboard ramp. And in case you need facilities that will bring your heart to its normal rate, RAVE also has a maze-like garden, a boating lagoon, swimming pools, a butterfly pavilion, and a zoo.
Adventure Park at Pasig City Rainforest Adventure Experience (RAVE). Photo from rave.pasigcity.gov.ph
RAVE is open from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM. Visit rave.pasigcity.gov.ph for details on activities and rates.
6. Gratchi’s Getaway (Tagaytay City)
Perfect for companies in search of a cool getaway for their team building activities, Gratchi’s Getaway covers six hectares of Tagaytay’s natural landscape. Aside from immersing themselves in the natural and cool surroundings, guests can also make use of the waterfall swimming pool, high ropes challenge, obstacle course, and all-terrain vehicle (ATV)/bike trail. A special program for companies called The Great Farm Race Team Facilitation is a full day of activities designed to challenge the mental, creative, and physical capabilities of its participants.
Group rates for day tours start at Php880 per head. Package rates are available for groups, team building companies with at least 40 participants, and non-groups (families, friends, etc.). Ask for a quotation at gratchi.com.
7. Tarlac Recreational Park (San Jose, Tarlac)
Also known as the Jose V. Yap Sports & Recreational Complex, the 78-hectare Tarlac Recreational Park aims to promote ecotourism in the province through sports, recreation, and eco adventure. Here, speed demons can zip through the park on dune buggies, ATVs, or bikes, while those who would prefer to enjoy the park at a more relaxed pace can paddle on kayaks in the lagoon, go fishing, or simply have a picnic. You can also make like Phelps in the Olympic-size pool, or challenge your friends to a round of airsoft.
Tarlac Recreational Park. Photo from the Jose V. Yap Sports and Recreational Complex Facebook page
Entrance is free but most activities are charged by the hour. For those looking to stay overnight, the site also allows camping within the grounds. For more details, contact (45) 493-2471 or 0999-8853981.
8. Pugo Adventure (Pugo, La Union)
These days, many adventure parks in the Philippines can lure thrill seekers with a zip line, but not all of them can boast five of them, save for Pugo Adventure, or PUGAD. There’s the longest zip line (450 meters and 250 feet high), the fastest (a 10-12-second ride), and the lowest (100 feet high). Still, you would be mistaken if you think zip lines are the only activities that will satiate your need for adventure. PUGAD also has other exhilarating activities like wall climbing and rappelling, the Australian rundown (face-forward rappelling), ATVs, and the giant swing. No problem getting wet? Aside from the swimming pools, guests can do other water activities like jet skis, kayaks, paddle boats, and the Zorb.
Pugo Adventure is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. All visitors are required to pay an entrance fee (Php200 for adults, Php150 for kids below 4.5ft., and no charge for infants below 2.5 ft.), which also allows access to the swimming pools, while other activities cost extra. Overnight accommodations are also available. To inquire or reserve, contact 0917-5066931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Tanay Adventure Camp (Tanay, Rizal)
Tanay’s beautiful scenery comes to good use as visitors at Tanay Adventure Camp, where they take on activities that will showcase the province’s natural landscape while also promoting personal development and teamwork. Aside from flying over the park on a 230-meter zip line, guests can also view the entire park and nearby natural attractions through its newest attraction, paragliding. They can also try out the high rope course, practice wall climbing and rappelling, and beat each other at paintball. To let guests truly get into the nature part of the adventure camp, the facility also offers other activities such as nature walks, cave exploration, camping, a lesson on survival skills, and basic mountaineering.
Tanay Adventure Park is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Day trippers are charged an entrance fee of Php50 per head, while an additional Php100 each is charged for overnight stays. For all activities and rates, contact 533-9998, 664-5720, 0947-4571164 or 0925-7327248; or visit tanayadventurecamp.com.ph.
10. Laiya Adventure Park (San Juan, Batangas)
And you thought the town of San Juan, Batangas is only known for its many beaches. At Laiya Adventure Park, swimming is perhaps the tamest activity you will do, and guests are required to check their nerves at the door. Mainly designed to cater to adrenaline junkies, activities at the park will have you leaving the ground in favor of high-flying activities like the giant swing, wall climbing, rappelling, the giant swing, aerial walk, the 630-meter zip line, and the free fall.
Giant swing at Laiya Adventure Park in San Juan, Batangas. Photo from the Laiya Adventure Park Facebook page
Each guest is required to pay an entrance fee of Php80 on top of the package rates or individual activity rates. Contact Laiya Adventure Park at 709-1470, 0977-8320630, or 0947-9989278 or email email@example.com for details.
Main photo by Masungi Georeserve