10 Places in the Philippines With Fantastic Views

How about zipping through a rainbow?

(SPOT.ph) Instead of simply getting away from the city’s hustle and bustle, what do you say about taking the high road? Of course, we’re talking about great high-altitude places around the country to catch some fantastic views from a brand-new perspective. From mountains to cliffs to skyscrapers, here are 10 Philippine destinations with a view that’ll take your breath away.

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Binurong Point

Baras, Catanduanes

Catanduanes is one of the country’s hidden gems, full of beautiful islands and must-see spots for every hungry traveler. An example of this is Binurong, which has a view point located high above sea level to give you a beautiful panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Pro tip: You’ll want to catch the sunrise while you’re there—we promise the view will be jaw-dropping.

How to get there: Cebu Pacific flies direct from Manila to Virac. From there, you can grab a bus or jeep to get to Puraran, Baras. From Puraran, you can take a motorbike or a tricycle to bring you to Binurong Point.

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Bacalla Woods’ Infinity Swing

Libo, Ilaya, San Fernando, Cebu
Contact: 0923-825-6945
E-mail: bacalla.campsite@philippinextremsports.com
www.facebook.com/BacallaCampsite
Rates start at P200

If you’ve always wanted to get on an infinity swing—you know, the kind that propels you to the end of a cliff—then you don’t have to go very far because Cebu’s Bacalla Woods Campsite has exactly that. A ride on their infinity swing gives you a spectacular view of Cebu’s mountain ranges, and coupled with the adrenaline of swinging hundreds of feet above the ground, it’ll be an experience you'll never forget.

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How to get there: From Mactan–Cebu International Airport, take a bus or taxi to the South Bus Terminal where you can hop on any of the bus routes (they all pass by San Fernando). Tell the bus conductor to drop you off by the street going to Hidden Paradise Mountain Resort. You can then take a habal-habal to Bacalla Woods Campsite.

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Treasure Mountain

Sitio Maysawa, Barangay Cuyambay, Tanay, Rizal
E-mail: inquiry.treasuremountain@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/TreasureMountainTanay
Rates start at P200

Have you ever wondered how it feels to float on clouds? Well, look no further than Treasure Mountain over in Tanay, Rizal, where you can finish an easy trek and indulge in a majestic pillow of clouds as your reward. Day tour rate is at P150. Trust us: You’ll want to make a weekend trip to see the scenery yourself!

How to get there: From Manila, you can take a jeep to Tanay and get down at Tanay Public Market, then take another jeep to Sampaloc. Transfer to a jeep bound for Cogeo then get off at Sitio Maysawa Circuit.

Sky Deck View Bar

The Bayleaf, Muralla Street, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila
Contact: 318-5000
www.thebayleaf.com.ph
Open from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

In case you aren’t in the mood to go too far from the city, there are other ways to enjoy the Manila skyline—so why not sit back and relax from Sky Deck View Bar? The restaurant and bar gives you the most beautiful view of Intramuros, and it’s a must-visit at night when all the lights seem to make the city glow. Sky Deck View Bar also makes for a great al fresco dining experience—you'll literally be eating under the stars!

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La Vista Highlands Mountain Resort

Kilometer 67, Eco-Trans Link Highway, Barangay Prosperidad, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
Contact: 0922-868-0463, 0917-321-6704
E-mail: lavistahighlands@yahoo.com
www.facebook.com/Lavistahighlands
Rates start at P3,000

If you’re planning a trip to Negros Island, put Don Salvador Benedicto on your itinerary. They’ve got plenty of fantastic mountain resorts, and it’s located just a few hours away from the cities of Bacolod and Silay, so you can even plan a day trip—entrance fee is at P100. La Vista Highlands Mountain Resort happens to be one spot that gives you a beautiful panorama of the Negros mountains. The resort is home to a 1,500-meter zip line, cable car, and even a Tarzan swing—so you’ve got a few choices to enjoy the view!

How to get there: From Bacolod City, take a bus or taxi towards Murcia/Don Salvador Road, where you can get down near the La Vista Highlands entrance.

Escala Tagaytay

Purok 102, Poblete Street, Barangay Maharlika West, Tagaytay, Cavite
Contact: 519-4444
E-mail: reservations@escalatagaytay.com
www.escalatagaytay.com

When Escala Tagaytay opened in 2017, its photos immediately went viral on social media. After all, who can resist taking a photograph of the infinity pool against the scenic Taal Lake and surrounding ridges of Cavite and Batangas? The view from the restaurant—as you sip the Bulalo Katipunero's flavorful broth—is equally amazing.

How to get there: Take a bus bound for Cavite from Buendia Avenue (near LRT Gil Puyat Station) or at the soon-to-open Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange along Coastal Road.

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Mount Pulag

Benguet, Ifugao

If you’re up for a weekend getaway full of treks and amazing views, you’ll want to grab a bunch of your friends and drive over to Mount Pulag. If you opt to hike all the way to the top, you’ll find yourself at Luzon’s highest peak with a one-of-a-kind panorama of Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya. Don’t miss out on the otherworldly view of the Milky Way Galaxy that you can catch at dawn, as well as the lush thick fog surrounding the mountains. Mount Pulag isn’t called the Playground of the Gods for nothing!

How to get there: Take a bus to Baguio, then hire a jeep to take you from Baguio to DENR Office and then to Ranger Station.

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Fortune Island

Nasugbu, Batangas
Rates start at P400

If you’re itching to go on a trip to the beach that’ll also reward you with fantastic views of the shore, then Fortune Island ought to be on your must-visit list. Don’t miss the cliff that holds a beautiful, Greek-inspired acropolis (IG-worthy in itself, if you ask us) that’s surrounded by a 360-degree view of open seas. If you’re daring enough, you can also go cliff-diving from various levels of the rock formation.

How to get there: From Manila, take a bus to Nasugbu, Batangas. Then get on a tricycle going to Fortune Island Resort. From there, hop on a boat to take you to Fortune Island.

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Seven Falls, Lake Sebu

Barangay Lake Lahit, South Cotabato

Seven Falls in South Cotabato is home to one of tallest and longest ziplines in Asia with a height of 180 meters above ground (300 meters above sea level). The ride is divided into two segments—a 740-meter drop, then an extension of 420 meters—which gives you the most unique and scenic view of the Seven Falls. It promises to be one of the most unforgettable one-minute experiences of your life. You may even zip through a rainbow if you’re lucky.

How to get there: Take a flight from Manila to General Santos airport then head to the Bulaong Bus Terminal. Get on the nonstop bus to Koronadal (also called Marbel) City. From Koronadal, transfer to a bus bound for Surallah, and take a jeep or van going to Lake Sebu. At Lake Sebu, you can take a habal-habal to reach the Seven Falls.

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Ariel’s Point

Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
Contact: (036) 288-6770; (036) 288-4853
www.arielspoint.com
Rates start at P2,500

Ariel’s Point is an absolute paradise if you need an out-of-town experience that can be both relaxing but also adventurous. From kayaking to snorkeling, there’s no shortage of activities to satisfy your inner travel junkie. But since we’re talking about fantastic views, you’ll want to make the climb to the peak of Ariel’s Point, which tourists and locals alike have found to be one of the best cliff-diving spots in the world. Even if you’re not in the mood to jump into the water from that high up, you can always just take in the view of the vast waters and glittering shore.

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How to get there: From Kalibo International Airport or Caticlan Airport, take ground transportation to Caticlan Jetty Port, then a 15-minute boat ride to Cagban Port on Boracay Island to get to Ariel’s House, where frequent daily trips to Ariel’s Point are available. 

ERRATUM: This article initially indicated Cotabato City as the location of Seven Falls. It has since been corrected.

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