6 Beginner-Friendly Hikes that Offer Spectacular Views around the Philippines

Get breathtaking panoramas even if you’re not a hardcore mountaineer.

As an archipelago, the Philippines isn’t just gifted with a generous stretch of pristine white sand beaches. The natural features of the country is also spoiled with mountains and rolling hills that dishes a spectacular set of scenery. While engaging in the sport of mountaineering will have you conquering these peaks, for the newbie hikers — a wide range of easy trekking locations will more than suffice — as these places listed here are sure to provide adventurers with instagrammable landscape.

Dingalan Hill, White Beach (Aurora)

Facing east and the volatile waters of the Pacific Ocean, the knifing edges of Dingalan hill lead travelers to a natural front-row seat witnessing the bounteous wonder of nature. Standing at the peak evokes a feeling of unmatched freedom — as you feel the strong winds caressing your face, while the blue waters slap the ridges of the rocks below and create a picturesque setting.

Matinloc Shrine, El Nido (Palawan)

Included in the popular island hopping tour C in El Nido, Palawan — Matinloc Shrine stands on the slope of a towering karst that summons a meticulous but short rock scrambling to the top. What awaits will definitely elicit repeating ooohs and aahhhs as the marvelous sweeping view of Baquit Bay reveals itself.

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Cape Engaño, Palaui Island (Cagayan)

The breathtaking 360-degree view from the historic Spanish-era Cape Engaño makes the long travel to Sta. Ana Cagayan and the tempestuous waves of the Pacific Ocean, very much worth it. Once a location of the Survivor US TV series, Palaui Island also teems with lush forests and easy hiking trails that leads you around the other charming parts of the island.

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Marky Ramone Go

Marky Ramone Go is a travel-junkie, writer and photographer based in the Philippines. Aside from contributing articles to various publications and websites, he narrates his experiences wandering the tropical paradise of the Philippines, the culturally rich regions of South East Asia, Sri Lanka and India on his travel blog Nomadic Experiences. After Asia, he is keen on exploring South America and eventually hoping to trace Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" trail in the United States to Mexico.