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

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

Vayang Hills, Basco (Batanes)

Formed in the shape of the ocean, only on land, and is covered with a seemingly endless stretch of grassland, Vayang Hills is reachable by a hundred steps from the narrow road of the island of Basco in Batanes. Once here, leave all your worldly worries behind and find a spot over the grass, read a book, chill and stare at life as it appears before you oh so beautifully.

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Osmeña Peak, Dalaguete (Cebu)

Osmeña Peak dishes an Avatar-like backdrop due to the thick forests and pointed crests surrounding it. It stands a little over 1,100 feet but it only requires a relaxed hike as one can ride a habal-habal to the end of the road, which is only a herculean stone’s throw away from the peak.

Bud Bongao (Tawi-Tawi)

Considered as a sacred mountain by both Muslims and Christians, this small mountain overlooking the Celebes and Sulu Sea, is also a haven of biodiversity and is considered one of the few remaining moist forests in the country. Added attractions to hiking this peak are the presence of long-tailed wild Philippine macaques and the sacred tombs of Muslim Imams (priests) and prayer shrines.

These are just some of the easy hiking locations found all over the Philippines that offer noteworthy landscapes. As you expand your wanderlust, you can definitely add more to this stunning list.

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Marky Ramone Go

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.