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- our guide ia a volunteer. his name i think is intoy. i learned that he's a volunteer. our experience wasn't that good. before we started, i asked how far is our hiking gonna be. he said there's 5km, 6km n 9km. well, i was thinking since I'm with 2 teens ( but i forgot that I'm already 53😂). we took the 9km. he warned us that if we took that, there's no turning back nor a short cut. but i still persisted thinking we all need d exercise. well, upon reaching a resting spot on 6km mark. we were all very very tired bcoz d guide was doing his own pacing n we were all playing catch up to him. he nver bothered to ask if we were ok or if he needs to slow down. anyway, on d 6km spot, we met another group n their guide was quite friendly. he asked me if I'm enjoying it n i told him , how can we enjoy if our guide doesn't even care to asked us nor to make small talk. he then told me maybe bcoz he's a volunteer n not that experienced. i said we were all so tired with me even experiencing pain in my thighs. he said, our guide should have asked us if we want a short cut. apparently there's a lot of shortcuts on the whole trail. but we learned about it too late coz our guide has already moved forward. so even if I'm experiencing pain, we still finished the 9km trailWritten 18 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This georeserve has two trails available, the Instagram famous discovery trail, and the legacy trail which gives you a greater insight on the ongoing conservation process in the reserve. Our group took the legacy trail. We started our hike at 8 am and finished at around 2 pm. The most difficult part for me is the 400 ascending steps.
1. Awesome tour guide! Our guide/ranger Mary Rose gave as great lectures on how they are planning to go about the restoration of the area. She was also very accommodating and did not rush our group during our hike.
2. We were provided with ponchos, knitted cotton gloves, and walking sticks.
3. Very nice trail with regular rest stops and toilets. See pictures since I can't describe it enough to do it justice.
4. A sufficient lunch is provided for the legacy trail
5. Affordable at around 1,600 php per headWritten 27 November 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This place takes some two hours to get (without too much traffic) and at least three hours back in heavy traffic. You have to set out very early if you only have only one day. The fee is 2,500 pesos per person (includes a mediocre lunch and a snack) and a driver would cost 5000 pesos for the whole day.
The forrest is very beautiful and the highlights are mineral springs, including hot springs. A truly wonderful escape from Manila!Written 26 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- If you are looking for place to stay near Metro Manila this is the place to be. Away from the hustle and bustle city life, offers wide variety of recreational activities such as hiking, water rafting, bonfire. For couples I would really recommend to get the Romantic Mountain Retreat package that they offer. It's a complete deal! Aside from the calmness, I love how accommodating everyone is, -the indigenous Dumagat tribe. In-room massage is a must try! We will comeback for sure!Written 23 March 2020
- It was an interesting exposure for our kids. We took the 2 hour activity in the morning and we ware lucky that there was only three groups/ families. The kids were happy to see the camp, and learn a few ideas from the activity. Paid 250 each for the kids, Partner hotels can give pass for discount of entrance fee.
The bird show was okay, took about 20mins.
Overall, the activity was okay but Jest Camp needs to innovate and add new things considering that the environment is huge and has lots of potential. The area needs to be improved, laid back since its opening.
The motivation and promotion for conservation needs to consider new ideas and keep up with the times. Kids learn a lot from school and from the media. Jest camp can build its unique conservation strategy.Written 29 December 2017
- The resort is kind of spacious but you would not find a decent place to stay for the whole day. The place is hilly and not accessible for elders who have difficulty in walking up and down thru the area.
With only 75 pesos entrance fee per pax, no one would bother to assist you inside the resort. It was a holiday when we visited the place to take a dip at their cold water swimming pools since the water is naturally sourced from the mountain, so we expected lots of people inside. Indeed, all the pools inside were jampacked with people of different ages. Also, we found it hard to park near the area. We opted to park on a private property which the owner allowed however with a fee (no amount required but you just have to give some to the owner of the property for some consolation. We decided to cut short our stay there because there are still lots of people coming in for a swim.
I would suggest that you visit the place on a weekday so you could really appreciate the place and its nature.Written 3 May 2017
- We had our team building here. To our dismay, it was raining during our TB schedule. Luckily, the venue (conference room) is large enough. We utilized the conference room and the hallways to do our team building activities. We are happy with the food as well. Vegetables we ate came from their garden and staff are all accommodating.Written 18 October 2017
- Best time to go is in the morning because of hiking. The hills are best seen with the sun shining because it brings out the green foliage. We went there at 8:30am and travel time is 1 hour from Legazpi city. We spent 1 hour touring the hills. Please bring water for the hike.
It is better than the chocolate hills in the sense that you get to hike at the hills itself and you have a 360° view of it. You also get to go to three peaks and maybe in the future more trails will be opened. In Bohol, you only see one viewpoint of the hills and is commercialized with many tourists. Here, if you're lucky, you can get the hills all to yourself. You will be more lucky if you get to see Mayon volcano on a clear day from these hills. There is also a tour guide who made our experience enjoyable. We were not charged but we gave him a tip. There is not much difference between the two hills as they're both limestone and no trees grow on them. It is once under the sea and there are even seashells and dead corals found.
As of writing, the paved road is finished and is now more accessible. We went here using SUV. If you're a tourist, maybe you can rent a car or motorcycle to go there and try to find the paved road by asking locals. We used waze and got lost. Better come to this place before it gets discovered.Written 30 May 2022
- This is a simple volunteer-run pawikan (sea turtles) conservation centre. The season for baby turtles egg hatching is November to February. The Pawikan festival is end of November or early December. This is not a resort or production facility that can guarantee sightings and hatching of eggs which are pure nature!
Please manage expectations and be open to learning about the pawikan and the history of the conservation efforts of the volunteers. They do not get government funding and rely on donations and their own creative efforts to support operations (including basic guest accommodations with offering of educational activities). Please consider supporting, promoting and donating.
Contact Mr. Manolo, director and lead volunteer ( 09216302842) of the centre to plan your visit. Best to do so before you get to Morong since cell signal can be erratic. During the season of the laying of eggs / hatching season, you can ask him if he can reserve a few baby pawikan for you to sponsor the release. 50 pesos per baby pawikan as donation. Note that this is to raise some funds for operations. They have to release the baby turtles within the same day they are hatched as the babies have food stored and should be using the energy to swim when able. They will still release the baby turtles even if there are no guests/ sponsors. That is why it really depends on the timing and chance of your visit.
My family and I visited in January. Felt so blessed that there were eggs that hatched overnight that allowed us to release them to the sea the next morning. I communicated my interest to Mr. Manolo the day before. It was good since there were 2 other groups that also planned and reserved for that day.
Mr. Manolo provided us with educational information on pawikan, conservation and Morong. He and the other volunteers are locals who are trying their best to promote conservation and help the turtles. Amazing since he grew up when fishermen in their area didn't know better and ate/ sold these endangered animals.Written 14 January 2020
- It is such a long walk up the hill. I'm pretty average fitness and would not of been able to make that walk during the summer months in the Philippines. luckily it was January so we had a nice breeze. We saw 2 guys with rucksacks. I don't know how they did it. But the views from the top were beautiful and we also watched some planes take off from the airport.Written 17 February 2016
- Always the best ever weekend for the family especially if tou have little ones and pets too. Undisturbed nature - singing birds as you are right within a rain forest - quite reasonable entrance fee for adults- 140 pesos each .. our children 7 and 8 are free and that includes already the space to pitch our tent at the camp site. There's a water source right at camp site - decent enough if you're a camper - a wash basin and a couple of toilets for male and female. You may opt to rent one of their townhouses which we normally do when we travel as a group so we will have additional room where we can stuff some of our valuables. The townhouse can sleep 4 adults comfortably and there's more space for those who wants to sleep on the floor. The best thing is - it's got a modern toilet and bath. Bring your jackets because even in summer temperatures can reach 15 to 18° C at night especially at dawn. Can't wait for our next weekend thereWritten 23 June 2022
- Nice place to relax and unwind. Enjoy nature at it's best.
Really enjoyed the ice cold water from Mt. Banahaw.
Just one thing, The resort really really needs serious improvement. The restroom is really a nightmare, no lights and no enclosure for the toilet. So if you're about to you know, hehehe, you need someone to be at the entance door so no one would come in. Flies at the cottages.
Staffs are accomodating and courteous though.Written 7 January 2020
- Drove off to Bicol at early morning exact for the sunrise. The view at this place was just stunning.Written 9 June 2018
- Small place for php70 entry per adult (less than 2 usd). This place is located inside camp john hay and is best to visit in the morning! Nothing spectacular though as the place is small!Written 23 February 2019
- A must visit spot when in Baras, Catanduanes. It’s vehicle accessible when it’s not raining. It truly is breathtaking to look at.Written 8 October 2019
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