“The barkada that travels together, stays together.” Everyone who’s ever had close friends to plan road trips and travels with is well-aware of the adage. If you’re already thinking of where to head to next this 2018, we’ve rounded up 8 of the perfect destinations within the Philippines where you can definitely achieve #BarkadaGoals!
Seven Seas Waterpark
Zone 1 Road, Opol, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan De Oro
Mindanao’s first Waterpark should definitely be on your bucket list this year. Enjoy all the waterslides, the refreshing pool, and comforting poolside eats. It’s here where you can also experience the heart-stopping plank-drop slide that you always see (and dread) in viral waterpark videos! You and your barkada will definitely have a fun and refreshing time here.
Kilometer 47, Marcos Highway Marikina-Infanta Road, Baras, Rizal
A lot has been said about Masungi Georeserve, and if you haven’t been to this place with your friends then you’re totally missing out on all the fun. It tests your courage and love for adventure because of all the exciting pathways made of nets and ropes that you have to pass through to the best of your spider-like abilities. And once you’ve conquered them, you can all kick back and relax at the various hammocks and swinging chairs at the relaxation area while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.
Julyan’s Surf BnB at Zambawood
Fernandez Compound, Purok 1B Barangay La Paz, San Narciso, Zambales
This new boho-chic surf resort is a great place to chill out while taking on the waves of La Paz in San Narciso, Zambales with your friends. You get to stay in comfy rooms that can fit six people at most, or pitch tents at the campsite for that authentic feeling of sleeping under the stars by the beach.
Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
Camanayon, Barangay Buenos Aires, Carmen, Bohol
Thrill-seekers would easily fall in love with Bohol’s newest ecotourism adventure park, the Chocolate Hills Adventure Park (CHAP). It offers tons of exciting activities for both kids and kids-at-heart, including the Rush Bike Zip, a 550-meter long bicycle zipline that gives you an awe-inspiring view of the Chocolate Hills, and the Wave Runner Surf Zipline where you ride a surf board up in the air.
Vista Venice Resorts
Sitio Marucdoc, Barangay Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan
No one in the barkada is going to let the summer pass without planning an outing to the beach! Vista Venice Resorts in Morong, Bataan isn’t just a place to sunbathe and swim; it also lets you enjoy a lot of outdoor activities like rappelling, bungee jumping, and zip lining. It’s a great place to have that ultimate barkada weekend getaway.
The Farm, San Benito, Batangas
119 Barangay Tipakan 4217 Lipa City, Batangas
Just a two-hour drive away from Metro Manila, you and your friends can have that weekend spacation you’ve always wanted at The Farm at San Benito. You’ll be able to recharge your physical, mental and spiritual state in this eco-friendly retreat resort with its organic detoxifying food and luxurious spa services! Imagine flooding everyone’s social media feed with your meditation or yoga photos together. Definite #BarkadaGoals!
Nayomi Sanctuary Resort, Balete, Batangas
JM Katigbak Street, Barangay Alangilan, Balete, Batangas
Glamp it up with the squad at Nayomi Sanctuary Resort in Balete, Batangas! It’s a quiet place surrounded by the soothing sights and sounds of nature so you can definitely have your much-needed R&R away from the buzzing Metro for a weekend. There are comfy rooms to stay in, but if you’re bringing the whole squad, you better book the Gamping Bell Tent that can fit up to nine people. It’s cozy and definitely IG-worthy!
Bond with the barkada the entire night over games and snacks under the starry night sky, or hang around the swimming pool, bar, or massage area!
Bamboo Private Islands
Nothing beats a trip to Palawan — it’s a bucket list item that you and your barkada just have to check off. If you’re looking for a place to stay, check out the Bamboo Private Islands in Coron! You and your friends are guaranteed to have the most authentic, relaxing, and fun-filled beach vacay that will revitalize you physically, emotionally and mentally.
It’s described as “the ultimate dream island” for plenty of reasons — it boasts of having the richest marine life in the region, white sand and turquoise waters, a lush rainforest, lavish accommodations, and exciting activities like paddle boarding, kiteboarding, and deep sea fishing.
The best part? You can rent the entire island just for your squad! You can have the Small Bamboo Island to fit up to 16 guests, or the Big Bamboo Island for up to 25 guests. If that isn’t #BarkadaGoals, then what is?
Where are you booking your trip to this summer? Share with us your plans below!