Cavite: What comes first into your mind?
Quick! Tagaytay, Pico de Loro, Carmona, Bacoor, what else? To be honest, I can only think of very few places. So I was looking forward to getting a glimpse of what Cavite has to offer.
Did you know that Cavite has 23 Towns and Cities? Yup, 23!!
Thanks to Cavite Tourism and XPLORRA, I got the chance to explore and experience the vast range of destinations and activities in Cavite.
Getting to Cavite
The towns of Cavite are just about 30 minutes to 2 hours away from Metro Manila. There are numerous entry points to Cavite which makes it easily accessible by car or commute.
Where To Go? What To Do?
Go Back in Time
Cavite is a treasure trove for History inquisitors and enthusiasts. Kawit, Maragondon, Indang, Naic, and Noveleta are homes to a surplus of landmark haciendas, museums, and shrines dedicated to Filipino heroes Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo, and their allies. Just an hour ferry ride away from Manila, Corregidor Island is former military outpost from the WWII that reminds us of the grim battles and massacres within its ruins and a stark reminder Philippine’s collective history is paved with blood, brutality, and death.
Museo ng Paglilitis Kay Bonifacio (Bonifacio Trial House)
This is my favorite of the places we’ve visited in Cavite, and it is where Andres Bonifacio, leader of the Philippine Revolution, and his brother Procopio were tried for execution in 1897. It was converted into a museum and showcases the story of Andres Bonifacio, the Katipunan, the Philippine-Spanish Revolution, and the happenings during his trial and after his death. The last room of the house is dedicated to Andres’ other half, Gregoria de Jesus or also known as Oryang.
Other Historical Sites to Visit:
Kawit’s Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine – seven-storey labyrinthine mansion-turned-museum where Aguinaldo declared the Philippines’ independence from Spain.
Dasmariñas’ Museo De La Salle
General Trias’ GBR Museum
Cavite is abundant of beautiful churches that should be on your Visita Iglesia list for Holy Week. Some of the notable churches in Cavite include General Trias Church, Indang Church, Kawit Church, and Maragondon Church.
Maragondon Church is one of the 26 oldest churches in the Philippines, built by Jesuits in 1618 after its patron saint, Our Lady of Assumption. The church’s Baroque-style is magnificently reflected on its intricate retablo and carved entrance doors. Maragondon Church is declared a Historical and Cultural Site by the National Museum and the National Historical Institute.Adrenaline Rush
Not just for history-lovers, Cavite is also home to adrenaline-pumping adventures. Mountain climbing and paragliding, anyone?
Paragliding in Carmona
Last year, I was able to experience the thrill of Tandem Paragliding in Carmona, Cavite for my birthday (it was the best!) It’s something you need to put on your bucket list stat! You can read more about it here: Birthday Weekend – Tandem Paragliding in Carmona, Cavite
Mabakaw River Cruise
Cruise through Maragondon’s Mabakaw River just in time for sunset. It offers scenic views and the quiet to cap off a day of adventure. The occasional hi and hellos from the locals on the riverbank is a welcomed treat. End the cruise at the Riverfront Garden Resort and enjoy the rest of the night in relaxation.
Other Adventure Trips You Can Do in Cavite:
Hike Mt. Pico de Loro in Maragondon
Check out Malibik-libik Falls in Bailen
Mag-Asawang Bato in Bailen
Hike Mt. Marami in Magallanes
Ride a bike through Kaybiang Tunnel
Chillin’ in Cavite
If you just want to chill trip with the family or your barkada, Cavite gotchu fam! First up is the ever roadtrip favorite – Tagaytay! This cold, misty town clad in pine trees, parks, and zoos is perfect for a quick day trip or a weekend getaway. A majority of its attractions sit on the rim of a volcano, with scenic views of Taal Lake and the smaller Taal Volcano, the second most active volcano in the Philippines. Sights worth exploring are the 13-hectare Picnic Grove, the animal theme park and zoo Residence Inn, and the amusement park Sky Ranch, which features the tallest
Other sights to explore in Tagaytay:
Have a picnic at the Picnic Grove
Interact with animals at the Residence Inn
Ride the tallest Ferris wheel in the country at Sky Ranch
Check out the world’s largest collection of jigsaw puzzles at the Puzzle Mansion
And oh, don’t forget to have some of Tagaytay’s Bulalo in Mahogany Market!
Explore the rest of what you can see in Cavite at www.CaviteTourism.com, powered by XPLORRA. This newly launched website is a collaborative effort of The Department of Tourism of Cavite and XPLORRA.com that aims to be the one-stop hub for everything you need to know about Cavite’s towns and cities. You can also book directly on the website for tours, activities, homestays, hotels, and resorts.
I really admire XPLORRA’s passion on making traveling hassle-free by creating this website. The team’s dedication on connecting with the LGUs and the locals nationwide to be able to consolidate all these information on the website is highly commendable. Xplorra’s website is very useful for travelers and tourists alike as it makes researching for your next trip a breeze. It’s easy to use (even for the not so tech-savvy), easy to access, and packed with enticing photos that fuel the wanderlust.
Again, don’t forget to check out www.CaviteTourism.com! And I can’t wait to explore the rest of Cavite in the future!