Masungi Georeserve
Masungi Georeserve
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Located only an hour and a half away from Metro Manila, the Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area and a rustic rock garden tucked in the rainforests of Rizal. Masungi's name is derived from the word "masungki" which translates to "spiked" - an apt description for the sprawling limestone landscape found within.
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  • Botiqueby N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best!
    The management and organisation is 100%. The staff are friendly but lay down the ground rules very clearly. No littering, no smoking, and at some parts of the guided walk no talking!! What a fabulous place - makes you appreciate nature in a most tangible way. We did a 4 hour walk, with a guide who was most knowledgeable about the flora and fauna.
    Hello, Botiquebyn! Thank you for visiting our beloved georeserve and giving us your valuable feedback! We also thank you for appreciating our park rangers. Our team is equipped with the right pieces of training and backed with information relevant to the Masungi landscape and the surrounding environment. We always aim to deliver the best experience our guests could have on their visits with us. We hope you had some meaningful takeaways during your visit and we hope to see you again at the trail! Yours in conservation, Masungi Georeserve Team
    Written October 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Gion D
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature's Beauty at its Finest
    If Kilometer 47 highway's beauty is already mesmerising, what more if you are already inside Masungi Georeserve? The whole experience is truly remarkable! Everything you will enjoy even if you are a beginner in trekking especially if you conquered your fear of heights. Yes it is tiring but it's all worth the sweat and adrenaline rush! Their signature "Sapot ni Ric" is indeed beautiful and a must try for everyone! Even if you climb up and down with the ropes - there's no need to use gloves to protect your hands! The guy (not sure if Joel is his name) who did the briefing of Masungi's history & policies spoke in English as we have a foreigner with us in the Discovery Trail. Our park ranger Mary Joy (although can speak English but preferred to speak in Tagalog so we just did the translation to our American friend) is petite but very agile, courteous and fun to be with! It's good that they have vegetarian option (steamed saba / banana) in their menu. Their washroom is so clean (have bidet, toilet paper and hand soap)! Coming from Ortigas Center, we found it easy to navigate as you just have to follow the main road all the way through Baras (TIP: search in Google map already Masungi's location from your point of origin so even if you reach Antipolo and lost data connection, it would still continue to guide you through the gate). We should all help each other to preserve the flora and fauna so the next generation can still witness Masungi Georeserve's undying beauty.
    Dear Giond2018 First of all, we appreciate that you took some time to visit our beloved georeserve and experience our trails. We truly are grateful! Also, your detailed sharing of experience humbled us all the more. Our team will surely be delighted to hear your kindest words and will definitely motivate us all to do even better for the coming times. Moreover, we would like to thank you for highlighting the use of Filipino language of our park ranger as we strive to involve the upland communities as local rangers. Furthermore, to renew interest in the Filipino language, we encourage the use of the language for groups primarily composed of Filipinos. We also hope that like you, every guest who visits our humble sanctuary would have the same realization of how important and urgent it is to care and protect our environment. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back to the trails soon! Yours in conservation, Masungi Georeserve Team
    Written October 22, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Lauryn L
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Masungi GeoReserve
    As it wet season in the north it was foggy and we had little rain on trail. That just made the entire experience more magical. The terrain was amazing, with tropical vines, forest and very cool rock formations made from ancient coral. Our guide Jason was knowledgeable about the plants and animals and stopped to show us specific trees and how they support the animals and insects in the georeserve. There are rope bridges over the canopy, rope climbs up and over large rock formations and a cave walk just to name a few items on this hike. The Discovery trail lives up to it's name. Everyone should visit and support the amazing work being done there!
    Dear 283laurynl, Thank you first of all for visiting our beloved georeserve and for sharing these kind words. We are truly grateful! We also hope that like you, every guest who visits our humble sanctuary will become a stronger advocate of nature. Occasional showers are common inside since we are a rainforest, but despite this we are glad that you are one of the many guests who have continued to enjoy the Discovery Trail experience. Our team is equipped with the right pieces of training and backed with information relevant to the Masungi landscape and the surrounding environment. We always aim to deliver the best experience our guests could have on their visits with us. We hope you had some meaningful takeaways during your visit. Jason will be glad to hear your kind words during your experience. This will surely encourage him to do even better. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back to the trails soon! Yours in conservation, Masungi Georeserve Team
    Written December 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Ronald R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature Lover's Top Tier Experience
    Had the privilege of visiting Masungi Georeserve for the 9th time (6 times at the Legacy Trail, thrice at side trails and once at Discovery Trail) and every visit is a memorable learning and life-changing experience. All dedicated forest rangers are well versed in the changing landscape and diversity of flora and fauna. The experience differs depending on the weather. I prefer windy, cloudy weather when going up there. The Sierra Madre is more dramatic with rain clouds. Beyond the transformations, the team behind Masungi Georeserve is focused on restoring the lost and abused part of the Upper Marikina Watershed Area. Masungi Georeserve is a platform to make anyone fall in love with nature in a much deeper level. The Masungi Georeserve experience should be in every nature lover's bucket list.
    Dear E1623GUronaldr, Thank you for your continuous support for our beloved georeserve! Your valuable feedback is truly appreciated. We are genuinely glad to know that you already visited our humble sanctuary nine times! Your continuous visits motivate us to do even better on the way forward. Thank you for appreciating the ongoing comprehensive forest restoration of our park rangers and the whole Masungi Georeserve team. Geotourism has become a force for good in the restoration of over 2,700 hectares of critically deteriorated watershed which resulted to multiple successes against environment syndicates. More than this, we hope you enjoyed your time with us and had some meaningful takeaways. We also hope that like you, every guest who visits our humble sanctuary will become a stronger advocate of nature. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back to the trails soon! Yours in conservation, Masungi Georeserve Team
    Written December 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written November 27, 2023
  • SgDiplomom
    Singapore, Singapore30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike and education on biodiversity and sustainable tourism!
    Perfect day at Masungi Georeserve. The hike was well-organised and well-paced with sufficient rest stops. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, allowing us to take our time and helping to take our photos. You do need a certain level of fitness and daring to tackle the ropes, steps and hanging bridges but you will be rewarded with stunning views of the limestone karst formations. There are alternative paths to take for those who have a fear of heights but these detours may take longer. Best not to rush and go with people who won’t judge you if you feel like dropping out! Well done to the Foundation and for educating the public on biodiversity and sustainable tourism. Book ahead and pray for great weather.
    Dear SgDiplomom, Thank you first of all for visiting our beloved georeserve and for sharing these kind words. We are truly grateful! Our trails are curated to cater to the needs of the guests in consideration to keep our environmental footprint to a minimum. In addition, our team is equipped with the right pieces of training and backed with information relevant to the Masungi landscape and the surrounding environment. We always aim to deliver the best experience our guests could have on their visits with us. We thank you for the support and we hope for the trail to promote oneness with the environment! Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back to the trails soon! Yours in conservation, Masungi Georeserve Team
    Written January 20, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled on business
    Written January 9, 2024
  • Julienne R
    Hong Kong, China19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Naturally beautiful and admirable, uniquely Filipino experience
    The visit was not only a delightful experience but also an educational one, offering insights into local ecology and conservation efforts. We were blessed with perfect weather – sunny yet pleasantly cool and breezy, a characteristic that apparently intensifies from February to April. Lunch was a culinary highlight, with delicious meals served in traditional Filipino style, wrapped in banana leaves. Choices included fish, chicken, or tofu, catering to all tastes. Tree planting and nurturing was such a fun and rustic activity—everyone enjoyed getting their hands dirty. The facilities were impressive too, notably the beautifully designed and impeccably clean outdoor restrooms. A unique feature was the complimentary local meal, known as “minalot”, served post-restoration activities, adding to the authentic experience. The opportunity for a siesta in the serene Amihan Floating Huts was a delightful touch. We will definitely be back to try the other trails!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Jayson Castañeda
    Baras, Philippines5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    ONE WITH NATURE
    Masungi Georeserve is indeed one of the best places in Rizal that I personally would like to recommend for you to visit. It was such a relaxing place, with its majestic view and good food. People are very welcoming and yeah, I really enjoyed the whole discovery trail. What makes this place special is their advocacy to conserve the forest land and being the voice of the wildlife. Will surely go back. 🤗
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 21, 2024
  • WaGne C
    70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience Nature, Visit Masungi
    We did the discovery trail and the experience was more than what I had expeted. The obstacles laid upon were not for the weak but very much enjoyable even for those who might think they cant do it. The trail was very much carefully laid out and over-all experience was both phenomenal and very educational. I really hope the georeserve can sustain what it is doing. It does need more help from the community to help it keep its current state of being that - a reserve/sanctuary for more trees and plants to grow and for whatever wildlife to keep its habitat in Masungi. I hope to visit again soon and hopefully experience Nanay as my group opted not to do it. The staff and our tourguide are very friendly, helpful and courteous. Overall, I would recommend this for teams and families and group of friends to explore together. The photos may just look like it extreme but trustme when when you are there, it really is nature at its core with carefully laid-out and safe path to go thru. PS> the frozen towel at the end was a really welcome and thoughtful touch to the whole adventure. Thanks Masungi Georeserve! #savemasungi
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 5, 2024
  • Carohlyner
    Cumberland, Canada11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adrenaline filled adventure in nature!
    An absolutely incredible experience and well worth the price. A reasonable distance for a day trip away from the city. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and it’s evident that they care for the environment. I participated in the discovery trail, which I believe to be the most challenging. It took about 3 hours and my heart was racing the entire time. Great exercise, great views, and a once in a lifetime experience if you’re traveling through the area. Our Ranger, Sarah, was patient and explained the trail options which helped me to prepare myself for the challenging course ahead. A must-visit for adrenaline seekers, but know that there are family friendly options, too. Everything from the restroom facilities to the post-trail snack were notable, tidy, and impressive. 10/10 would recommend!! Beautiful nature and interesting history. Please consider a small donation at the end of the trail if you enjoy your experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 6, 2024
  • gelic e
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Building a team at its finest!
    The discovery trail is so good it will test your strength and limits.It was a great idea for our team building which helped us build our trust with each other and with our own selves. The place was so clean like no litter at all!!Thank you Masungi for this experience!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 30, 2024
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kys730
Manila, Philippines19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Nine of us spent four hours exploring the Discovery Trail of this karst reserve less than two hours’ drive from Metro Manila. The trail is designed to challenge reasonably fit groups who don’t mind some exposure to the elements and surmounting physical obstacles without incurring serious risks.

A certified guide accompanied us all the way. Aside from the uneven terrain, there were hanging bridges, caves, meshed rope walls, and a giant spider web suspended over a jagged ravine to get the adrenaline pumping.

Entry is regulated to groups (minimum of seven, maximum of fourteen) with prior online bookings. Price ₱1,500.00 weekdays and ₱1,800 weekends.

The surrounding region (Tanay/Baras) is elevated with scenic vistas of clouds and forested hills. Its zigzag highway has become the favorite of weekend bikers so dining and accommodations abound.
Written June 12, 2024
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gelic e
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The discovery trail is so good it will test your strength and limits.It was a great idea for our team building which helped us build our trust with each other and with our own selves.
The place was so clean like no litter at all!!Thank you Masungi for this experience!
Written April 30, 2024
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Albert A
Quezon City, Philippines473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
If you're into the great outdoors but dont want to travel too far in the road, the Masungi Georeseve is the place for you trekking, climbing on ropes, appreciating nature and getting rewarded with a good sweat.
Written April 2, 2024
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Carohlyner
Cumberland, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
An absolutely incredible experience and well worth the price. A reasonable distance for a day trip away from the city. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and it’s evident that they care for the environment. I participated in the discovery trail, which I believe to be the most challenging. It took about 3 hours and my heart was racing the entire time. Great exercise, great views, and a once in a lifetime experience if you’re traveling through the area. Our Ranger, Sarah, was patient and explained the trail options which helped me to prepare myself for the challenging course ahead. A must-visit for adrenaline seekers, but know that there are family friendly options, too. Everything from the restroom facilities to the post-trail snack were notable, tidy, and impressive. 10/10 would recommend!! Beautiful nature and interesting history. Please consider a small donation at the end of the trail if you enjoy your experience.
Written March 7, 2024
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WaGne C
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We did the discovery trail and the experience was more than what I had expeted. The obstacles laid upon were not for the weak but very much enjoyable even for those who might think they cant do it. The trail was very much carefully laid out and over-all experience was both phenomenal and very educational.

I really hope the georeserve can sustain what it is doing. It does need more help from the community to help it keep its current state of being that - a reserve/sanctuary for more trees and plants to grow and for whatever wildlife to keep its habitat in Masungi.

I hope to visit again soon and hopefully experience Nanay as my group opted not to do it.

The staff and our tourguide are very friendly, helpful and courteous.

Overall, I would recommend this for teams and families and group of friends to explore together. The photos may just look like it extreme but trustme when when you are there, it really is nature at its core with carefully laid-out and safe path to go thru.

PS> the frozen towel at the end was a really welcome and thoughtful touch to the whole adventure.

Thanks Masungi Georeserve!
#savemasungi
Written March 5, 2024
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thejoyciecat
Santa Cruz, CA464 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The Masungi Discovery Trail was an amazing, guided experience for beginner-intermediate hikers who are not deathly afraid of heights. My teenagers loved it as did my cousin and her friend who are not hikers (this was only their 2nd hike ever) but they are in shape. The website says it's fine for beginners- our guide said an 80+ year old even went on her tour, but l'm here to tell you, if you are an absolute beginner hiker, you need to meet these criteria:

1) NOT DEATHLY AFRAID OF HEIGHTS:
There are quite a few rope nets that you climb down (one you climb up), from certain heights. I'm not sure how high, but it's just best that you don't look down. They say no one has ever fallen to their deaths. But sometimes, your foot gets stuck in a rope net step (I don't know what you call it), and that's unnerving. Also, wear shoes that are firmly attached to your feet so you don't lose it in the rope net. My 15 year old quickly bounded up and down these nets because he is a monkey. I did not die, so that's good.

2) CAN TAKE THE HEAT:
There are quite a few tours that leave at like 6, 7 am. We did an 8 am tour. There's a reason why these tours start early. It's a 4 hour hike. As the day goes on, it gets pretty hot and humid. Bring your water bottle and stay hydrated. There's a refill station at the beginning, but that's pretty much it. Keep in mind this is about 1.5 - 2 hours from Manila so plan your drive.

3) CAN DO STEPS:
Lots and lots and lots of steps. Up and down. Uneven heights. Your calves will feel it the next day.

4) CAN DUCK WHEN NEEDED:
The reason why we have to wear helmets is because there's quite a few tree branches and caves along the path that need navigating under and around. I am a petite human and even I was grateful for the head protection, having grazed my head into a cave ceiling one or two times.

5) ARE PHYSICALLY IN SHAPE:
Only you know your body's limitations and if you don't think you can walk 4 hours through the humid jungle, then maybe not for you. Don't let the time scare you, it goes by pretty fast, because of the different stops (attractions), plenty of breaks, and it's fun. At the end, you get a tasty snack with a refreshing, frozen face towel.

6) ENJOY A LITTLE ADVENTURE AND A GORGEOUS NATURE VIEW:
At times, with the heights and ropes, it's a little bit scary, but not too much. Just enough to make you feel like you did something worthwhile for the day.

I super highly recommend this tour! Mind you, you need a minimum of 7 people in your group. If you have less, you still pay for 7, but the money goes toward the preservation of this amazing georeserve. It is a very special jewel and very much needed for the local economy. Bring some pesos for the donation box and tip, it is worth it!

PS - there's some great YouTube videos about the Discovery Trail that we watched before that were spot on if you wanted to know what to expect.
Written February 2, 2024
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Jayson Castañeda
Baras, Philippines5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Masungi Georeserve is indeed one of the best places in Rizal that I personally would like to recommend for you to visit. It was such a relaxing place, with its majestic view and good food. People are very welcoming and yeah, I really enjoyed the whole discovery trail. What makes this place special is their advocacy to conserve the forest land and being the voice of the wildlife. Will surely go back. 🤗
Written January 21, 2024
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Julienne R
Hong Kong, China19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The visit was not only a delightful experience but also an educational one, offering insights into local ecology and conservation efforts. We were blessed with perfect weather – sunny yet pleasantly cool and breezy, a characteristic that apparently intensifies from February to April.

Lunch was a culinary highlight, with delicious meals served in traditional Filipino style, wrapped in banana leaves. Choices included fish, chicken, or tofu, catering to all tastes.

Tree planting and nurturing was such a fun and rustic activity—everyone enjoyed getting their hands dirty. The facilities were impressive too, notably the beautifully designed and impeccably clean outdoor restrooms.

A unique feature was the complimentary local meal, known as “minalot”, served post-restoration activities, adding to the authentic experience.

The opportunity for a siesta in the serene Amihan Floating Huts was a delightful touch. We will definitely be back to try the other trails!
Written January 14, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

SgDiplomom
Singapore, Singapore30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
Perfect day at Masungi Georeserve. The hike was well-organised and well-paced with sufficient rest stops. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, allowing us to take our time and helping to take our photos. You do need a certain level of fitness and daring to tackle the ropes, steps and hanging bridges but you will be rewarded with stunning views of the limestone karst formations. There are alternative paths to take for those who have a fear of heights but these detours may take longer. Best not to rush and go with people who won’t judge you if you feel like dropping out! Well done to the Foundation and for educating the public on biodiversity and sustainable tourism. Book ahead and pray for great weather.
Written January 9, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear SgDiplomom, Thank you first of all for visiting our beloved georeserve and for sharing these kind words. We are truly grateful! Our trails are curated to cater to the needs of the guests in consideration to keep our environmental footprint to a minimum. In addition, our team is equipped with the right pieces of training and backed with information relevant to the Masungi landscape and the surrounding environment. We always aim to deliver the best experience our guests could have on their visits with us. We thank you for the support and we hope for the trail to promote oneness with the environment! Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming you back to the trails soon! Yours in conservation, Masungi Georeserve Team
Written January 21, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Flyer60638682805
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
The view is amazing. It was a good experience mostly for my nieces and nephews. It's their first time but never regretted to join me.
Written November 30, 2023
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Dear Flyer60638682805, Thank you for visiting our beloved georeserve and giving us your valuable feedback! We hope you and your family had a meaningful visit with us. What we truly want for all visits is to enable guests to love and appreciate our country's wonderful nature that often goes forgotten. Thank you for taking the time to join us in our efforts, be one with Mother Nature, and even write this review. We sincerely appreciate your support. Yours in conservation, Masungi Georeserve Team
Written January 21, 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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