Ditch the Beach. Alternative Summer Destinations

You may have seen a lot of pictures of your friends recent beach getaway this summer on their social networking pages. You can’t help it it’s summer and everyone is heading to the beach. If you are one of the few who doesn’t want to go on an overly crowded beaches. You may want to forget the beach and hit these alternatives that are just a few kilometers from the metro.

Taytay Falls a.k.a. Imelda Falls

Majayjay, Laguna

Taytay Falls is a two-story high waterfall which others call it as the Majayjay Falls and even the Imelda Falls. The reason why it has so many names is because of its rich background. Its famous name is actually Taytay Falls but since it is located at Brgy. Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna, people has started calling it Majayjay Falls. Famous for its cold water running from Mt. Banahaw that surely refreshes your hot summer day.

  1. Take a bus bound to Sta. Cruz, Laguna at Buendia bus terminal. Tell the bus conductor to drop you off at the terminal where jeepnies going to Majayjay are located. Fare is around P160.

  2. Take  jeepnies that bound to Majayjay which costs for about 40 pesos.

  3.  Then from Majayjay proper, take a  direct trip to Brgy. Gagalot where you'll be needing to register first at the Barangay Hall. Registration at Barangay Hall is required.

  4. Start a 15 minutes trek thru a concrete pathway to the Taytay Falls.

  1. Buy your provisions/food while on Majayjay Proper  as there are no restaurant or stores nearby.

  2. If planning to spend overnight, it is doable as long as you bring your own tents.

  3. Expect no services like electricity and phone coverage.

  4. There are toilets and bathrooms available but don't expect to be in their very mint condition.

Wakeboarding at Lago De Oro

Calatagan, Batangas

There are a lot of beaches in Batanags, but this is a great alternative if you are looking for a more premium rush adventure. Lago de Oro is considered to be the first cable ski park in the Philippines. You can try to go wakeboarding on their two man-made lake where you will be pulled by a cable.

  1. Take a Nasugbu bound buses at EDSA- Taft or Coastal Mall Terminal. Fare is around P 120.

  2. From Nasugbu Terminal arrange a tricycle ride to Lago de Oro.

  3. Alternative is you can ask Lago de Oro to pick you up at Nasugbu for P600 good for six person.
  1. Wakeboarding cost ranges from 700 – 1400 depending on how many hours you want to go wakeboarding. Board, helmet, and instructor included.

  2. You can buy provisions at Nasugbu Market or Robinson's Tagaytay.

  3. Rooms can be rented for overnight stay.

Trekking Mt. Manalmon / Madlum River

San Miguel, Bulacan

The sun can be scourging hot, but it’s not a bad time to try mountain climbing, specially in Mt. Manalmon were you reward after an hour and a half hike is a refreshing dip or should I say jump into Madlum River. A spelunking on the caves is also a great alternative that you can arrange while you’re in Mt. Manalmon.

  1. Take a Cabanatuan bound bus at Baliwag Bus Terminal in Cubao. Ask conductor to drop you off at Brgy. Camias

  2. From Brgy. Camias take a tricycle to Manalmon.  250 good for 4 pax.

  3. Tricycle will drop you off at Registration area.
  1. Guides are required for and can be rented for P 300 per day. Make sure you have the meal for your guides.

  2. Bring tents and camping gears if staying overnight.

  3. Proper waste disposal is required.

  4. You can go cliff diving on Madlum river or Cross the Monkey Bridge.

Magdalena River Rafting

Magdalena, Laguna

Only a few knows that Laguna offers a river rafting in Magdalena, Laguna. For just less than P 1000, you’ll be able to play and enjoy the rapids; truly a great way to beat the summer heat.

  1. From Buendia, take a bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Laguna (fare 140php)

  2. From Sta. Cruz take a jeep to Magdalena.
  1. Contact Tito Raf for reservations and inquiry. 0916-5906424.

  2. You can swim near the dam at the end of the river.

  3. Bring packed lunch and snacks.


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