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The Best Island Trails In The Philippines That You Can’t Miss

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The Philippines are made up of over 7,100 islands, so there’s no shortage of beaches and natural wonders to explore. In addition to the famous blue waters and white sand beaches, the Philippines are home to several island trails that will take you through diverse ecosystems, stopping at breathtaking natural wonders along the way. Here are some of the best island trails to visit during your eco adventures in the Philippines.

The best island trails in the Philippines that you can’t miss

Luzon Island

If you’re looking for an amazing island trail experience, look no further than Luzon Island in the Philippines. This Luzon mountains like Mt.Tapulao and Mt. Gulugod Baboy offers stunning views of the sea, Mt. Makiling offers opportunities to see wildlife, while Mt. Pulag has one of the best sea of clouds view. On the other hand, Mt. Manalmon, Mt. Talamitam, and Mt. Batolusong make one of the top day hikes near Manila. Truly, Luzon Island boasts great trails for both experienced hikers and beginners alike. 

Visayas Island

The Visayas is a large group of islands in the central Philippines, and is home to some of the country’s most beautiful hiking trails such as Osmeña Peak, Mt. Nangtud, and Mt Talinis. From easy walks through lush rainforests to more challenging treks up active volcanoes, there’s something for everyone on these islands. 

Mindanao Island

Mindanao Island has some of the most beautiful and varied scenery in all of the Philippines. From its towering mountains to its pristine beaches, there is something for everyone on this island. And, of course, one of the best ways to experience all that Mindanao has to offer is by hiking one of its many trails. Check out Mt. Apo, Mt. Hamiguitan, or Mt. Hibok-Hibok!

Tips on how to hike

Hiking is a great way to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the Philippines. But before you lace up your hiking boots and look for the best Baguio hotel rates, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are some tips on how to hike safely and enjoyably in the Philippines:

  • Tell someone where you’re going. It’s always a good idea to let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back.
  • Always hike with a local trail guide.
  • Stick to well-marked trails. There are many well-marked trails throughout the Philippines that are safe and easy to follow. If you’re not sure which trail to take, ask a local or check online for reviews.
  • Dress appropriately for the conditions. Make sure you have proper footwear and clothing to protect yourself from the elements.
  • Pack plenty of water and snacks. It’s important to stay hydrated and fueled up while hiking, especially in hot weather.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen. UV rays can be intense, even on cloudy days.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to any potential hazards.

Safety precautions and rules

Island hopping is a popular activity in the Philippines, and for good reason. The country is made up of more than 7,000 islands, each with its own unique landscape and culture. Take note that this type of travel isn’t for everyone. Wear sturdy shoes and don’t bring valuables or anything worth stealing. It’s also important to know how to swim before hiking any of these trails, as some are near the coast where it’s easy to get swept away by waves or undertow if you’re not careful.

Plan your trip with these hiking itineraries

Mt. Pulag via Ambangeg Trail is one of the most popular trails on Mt. Pulag and for good reason. The trailhead starts at and winds its way up to the summit, passing through grassy meadows and forests of pine trees. The total length of the trail is around 9 kilometres and it takes most people four to six hours to complete.

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