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Summer Destinations near Manila for less than 1,000 Pesos

Wondering where your 1,000 pesos could go this summer? Hmmmm.... Is it really possible? My answer is YES! There are summer destinations near Metro Manila that can be explored without spending too much on budget. Here's a quick "travel guide on budget" to destinations near Metro Manila for you to consider as you plan your dream summer escapade. Tara na, byahe na!

Budget Summer Destinations Near Manila

Summer Destinations near Manila for less than 1,000 Pesos

1. Minalungao National Park, Nueva Ecija

Located in Gen. Tinio Nueva Ecija, Minalungao National Park is a protected area enacted on 1967 by virtue of Republic Act No. 5100. It is known for its clean flowing river, towering rock formations, and clean and peaceful environment. One of the most distinguishable features of the park are the high limestone walls on both sides leading to a cave.

Travel time from Manila: 3-4 hours

Bus Fare (Manila-Gapan) - PHP 160.00
Tricycle Rental (Gapan - Papaya) - 150.00
Tricycle Rental (Papaya - Minalungao) - 250.00
Food and other expenses - 200.00
Jeepney (Papaya-Cabanatuan) - 47.00
Bus (Cabanatuan-Manila) - 185.00
TOTAL - PHP 992 (this will be lower if you're a group of 2-3 persons)

HOW TO GET THERE? http://www.pinoyadventurista.com/2013/04/minalungao-national-park-nueva-ecija.html

Summer Destinations near Manila for less than 1,000 Pesos

2. River Rafting and Water Tubing Adventure in Magdalena, Laguna

There's really a lot of hidden gems that the province of Laguna offers. Who would have thought that there is such a thing as river rafting and water tubing in the town of Magdalena? This is one awesome adventure that is worth trying. Though it is best to try on rainy season, a dip on cold water of the river and swimming at the dam is a refreshing treat to escape the summer heat!

Travel time from Manila: 2-2.5 hours

Bus Fare (Buendia - Sta. Cruz) - PHP 140.00
Jeepney to Magdalena - 15.00
Rafting Package - 550.00 (basic course)
Packed Lunch + drinks - 60.00
Jeepney to Sta. Cruz - 15.00
Bus Fare (Sta. Cruz - Buendia) - 140.00
TOTAL - 920 PHP (This is best done for a group of 6 persons)

HOW TO GET THERE? http://www.pinoyadventurista.com/2013/04/magdalena-laguna-river-rafting-and-water-tubing.html

Summer Destinations near Manila for less than 1,000 Pesos

3. Mt. Manalmon and Madlum River in San Miguel Bulacan

Not only it is known for its historical background as part of the Biak-na-Bato National Park, it has always been a favorite destination of outdoor enthusiasts seeking for a thrilling experience. This hidden paradise in San Miguel, Bulacan offers a variety of outdoor activities such as swimming at the Madlum River, crossing the Monkey Bridge, river rafting, spelunking, diving, rappelling, rock climbing, and more!

Travel time from Manila: 3-4 hours

Bus fare from Pasay to San Miguel Bulacan - PHP 124.00
Tricyle rental to Sitio Madlum (good for 3 persons) - 150.00
Registration fee (per person) - 10.00
Food and other expenses - 400.00
Tricyle rental Madlum to Hi-way (good for 3 persons) - 150.00
Bus fare from San Miguel Bulacan to Pasay - 124.00
TOTAL - PHP 958.00 (this should be lower if you're a group of 2-3 persons)

HOW TO GET THERE? http://www.pinoyadventurista.com/2011/03/climbing-tip-mt-manalmon-how-to-get.html

Summer Destinations near Manila for less than 1,000 Pesos

4. Tinipak River in Daraitan, Tanay Rizal

Daraitan is a trekking destination nestled within the Sierra Madre mountain range in Tanay Rizal. Getting there will take you a 2-hour trip from Shaw Boulevard to Tanay Rizal and another 1 hour going to Barangay Daraitan. Activities to enjoy in Daraitan includes camping, river trekking, rock climbing, swimming, spelunking, among many others. Daraitan is a fascinating place that offers many things: river, mountains, caves, rock formations, and a lot more. You should experience this as well.

Travel time from Manila: 3-3.5 hours

Jeepney Fare (Shaw blvd - Tanay, Rizal) -PHP 60.00
Jeepney Fare to Brgy. Daraitan - 60.00
Registration Fee - 20.00
Guide fee - 500.00
Food and other expenses - 200.00
Jeepney Fare (Daraitan - Tanay) - 60.00
Jeepney Fare (Tanay - Shaw Blvd.) - 60.00
TOTAL - PHP 960.00 (This should be lower for a group of 2-3 persons)

HOW TO GET THERE? http://www.pinoyadventurista.com/2011/01/climbing-tips-how-to-get-to-daraitan-in.html

Beautiful Beaches in Quezon

5. Beaches in Quezon

Facing the Pacific Ocean and Tayabas Bay, the Province of Quezon offers a lot nice white sandy beaches that are mostly untouched and undeveloped. Check out this list of popular and "off-the-beaten" beaches in Quezon that will surely be an awesome beach destination near Metro Manila whether it's summer or not.

SEE FULL LIST: Must-Visit Beaches in Quezon Province

Summer Destinations near Manila for less than 1,000 Pesos

6. Tagaytay City, Cavite

Tagaytay is a perfect place to chill for a quick getaway from the busy Metro Manila. Just a 2-hour drive from Manila, Tagaytay offers cool and breezy climate due to its high elevation. It is famous for its stunning views of Taal Lake and volcano, a majestic natural wonder. Some of the must-do activities include picnics at the park, trekking, horse-back riding, sightseeing, visiting religious places, indulging on wellness treatments at the various spas and of course, the food!

Travel time from Manila: 2-3 hours

Bus Fare (Manila - Tagaytay) - PHP 120.00
Food and other expenses - 500.00
Transportation around Tagaytay - 100.00
Bus Fare (Tagaytay - Manila) - PHP 120.00
TOTAL - PHP 840.00

HOW TO GET THERE? http://www.pinoyadventurista.com/2014/03/top-things-to-do-in-tagaytay-city.html

Where to Stay in Tagaytay?

Must Visit Beaches in Batangas

7. Beaches in Batangas

Looking for beaches in Batangas? There are also beaches in Batangas that you could visit for 1,000 pesos budget or even less!

There are many beautiful beaches in Batangas. Having one of the longest coastlines in Southern Luzon, the province offers many beaches, islands, and dive spots that are a favorite among city dwellers and weekend warriors. Here are some of the beaches in Batangas that are worth visiting.

SEE FULL LIST: 10 Must-Visit Beaches in Batangas

Hiking Destinations Near Manila

8. Climb Mountains near Metro Manila

If you're looking for adventure, why not try climbing or hiking mountains? There are so many mountains that can be hiked for a day or overnight that are near Metro Manila. And they are cheap too, especially when you're with a group of friends! Here are some of my suggestions:

ALSO READ: 6 Mountains to Climb near Metro Manila

Lucban Pahiyas Festival 2015 Photos

9. Witness a Festival

There are also a number of festivals held in the provinces near Metro Manila during the summer months. You may check out the Pahiyas Festival every May 15th in Lucban Quezon, the Kneeling Carabao Festival of Pulilan Bulacan also held every May, Maleldo Festival (Cutud Lenten Rites) of San Fernando, Pampanga during Holy week, and many other fiestas and festival in many towns near Metro Manila. Although, not in the province, Metro Manila's Aliwan Fiesta is also an awesome festival to witness during summer.


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Azrael Deasis Coladilla said...

the best tip ever!!!
i wanna start in bulacan and tanay

cess-chan said...

these stufff looks great! looking forward to the rest of your post. :)

Anonymous said...

ang galling naman, maraming salamat po maging guide ko pa ito pag-uwi ko...

RRI Espinoza said...

Wow! Thanks for putting Minalungao at the top of your list. I read your post on Nueva Ecija's wonder, and it served as one of my guides when I visited the place. Which caused me to write a blog post on the national park. Again, thanks for your good words on our natural wonder. Kudos!


suking suki na ako dito mervz sa website mo. lol Bookmarking this post for future reference. Ahem hello luzon soon! <3

Anonymous said...

Also add in arayat park.. Haven't been there, but i heard good things about it..

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