Nueva Ecija is the rice granary of the Philippines but wait, it is more than just a rice field! If you look for a place to explore and enjoy, Minalungao National Park is one incredible natural attraction and thus, a must-visit in the North. It is a very popular holiday destination for tourists and other locals which is located in the outskirt municipality of G. Tinio Natividad. I’ve been working for quite some time now and I never knew there was a place like paradise here. Do not let pass the opportunity to see the hidden gem of this province— “The Little Palawan of the North”.. I must say.
✔ Swimming (& Cliff-diving for some)
✔ Cave exploration (rock formations: stalagmite and stalactite)
✔ Limestone walls viewing
✔ Walking: 1000 steps to the Big Cross
✔ Individual Entrance Fee: P30.00 (upon entry at a gate) and P10.00 (entrance fee on site)
✔ If you own a private vehicle, Car entrance fee: P50.00
✔ Cottage Fee: P200 (for 6-8 people)
✔ Raft: P500 (for 10 people)
✔ Zipline: P100 (two-way)
✔ Toilet: P10.00 (each time you enter) 😦
✔ Voluntary fee for the tour guide/s (usually little children) on site 😦
a. Organize a group of 8-10 people. 👬👬👬👬👬 (Principle of the economies of scale)
b. Rent a private vehicle. (or if you own one, then go for it). The road is rough.
c. Bring your own food. You can cook/grill on site.
You can actually do all the activities for a price of <1000 Php [my group :$11.49/pax ]
d. Be careful! 🙂
How to get there?
By Private Transportation (from Capital of the Philippines: Manila)
- Head north to NLEX. Exit at Sta. Rita.
- Head right and follow Candaba – San Miguel Road passing by towns of Candaba and San Miguel. Continue until you reach Bucana, Gapan.
By Public Transportation (from Capital of the Philippines: Manila)
- Take a Cabanatuan bound-bus. Go down at Gapan City, Nueva Ecija.
- From there, hire a tricycle going to Minalungao National Park. Ask the driver to bring you to General Tinio then hire another trike to the national park.
So, if you are interested to see the snap view of Palawan Underground River in a bit or if you are just interested to do the activities enumerated, try Minalungao National Park. It won’t let you down! Check the SnapVid of our Minalungao trip here.
👣 The Official Traveler