Mountain View Natures Park – Spending Unique Vacations In The Mountain Top Of Cebu City, Philippines

Mountain View Nature’s Park is a unique destination located on the mountain top in Sitio Garahe, Busay, Cebu City in the Philippines which is ideal for fun family vacation. It is accessible via a taxi ride from the city proper or you may opt to hire a passenger motorcycle called “habal-habal” in the Philippines with pick-up and drop-off points at the foot of Nivel Hills in Barangay Lahug.

As a gift for my only daughter Aliyah Eimereen, who graduated in high school with flying colors as well as for my youngest son Edrian Nathaniel who finished on top of his Grade One Class, we decided to spend our family bonding and summer vacation in Cebu Island, Philippines. We were then discussing at the house of my brother Ben in Looc, Mandaue City on what specific tourist spot in the island province to visit and Mountain View Natures Park came out to be the best choice. Hence, the ten of us- my wife Vanjie, sons Vladimir Ilich, Edel Jovann, Edrian Nathaniel and daughter Aliyah Eimereen, nieces Hazel with kid Achilles and Liji with daughter Nijel and me hopped on my brother’s pajero and headed to the place. The family could have been complete had it not been for the summer class examination of my other son Ranjick. We climbed through the winding trans-central highways in Barangay Busay keeping a watchful eye on each and every signboard that came our way until we stopped at the signage signalling our approach to the place. The driver then lowered the car’s gear in preparation for the 60-degree accent on our left but, scared by the thought of such a climb, suddenly decided to just drop us off in the highway. Faced with no other option, we hesitantly slogged our way up the 150-meter winding paved road until we reached the guard house where we paid the  Php 50.00 per head entrance fee. We walked a few meters more until we finally reached this place . . .

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Vicinity Map showing the various destinations of Mountain View Nature's Park

While I was taking a rest to slow down my faster than normal breath brought about by the hike, my son Edrian and the other two kids were running towards my direction and grabbed my hand to follow them towards a place they really liked . . .

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Entrance to the Mountain View Water Park and Children's Playground

I then proceeded to a vantage point and took shots of what’s inside . . .

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Mountain View Swimming Pool

After paying a PhP 150.00 per head for adults and PhP 100.00 per head for children entrance fee, we enjoyed the cool dip and a languorous swim at the turquoise pool waters. Edrian, an expert swimmer himself, performed an acrobatic swim akin to a dance sport expert. . .

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Eight-year old Edrian's best acrobatic swim performance at the Mountain View Swimming Pool

With the packed-lunch over, I went back to the vicinity map to check on the destination routes and decided to proceed to the top-most part of the park via the short cut route . . .

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The 420-steps leading to the nature park's View Deck fronting the comely cottages ideal for honey moon spenders . . .

More and more steps upward and I was enthralled with this comely view at the mountain top . . .

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The Mountain View Millennium Cross

Candidly, the cold breeze smothering my body while standing on the view deck  enjoying the splendid overlooking view of Cebu City was really a relaxing feeling. The rest of the group opted to climb upstairs also and we regrouped at the mountain top and posed for a shot . . .

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Family pose at the mountain top minus this writer-photographer of course

Luck was really on our side as fogs hovered over us as we relaxed to savor nature taking its course . . .

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Fogs hovering over the View Deck of Mountain View Nature's Park

We then started to descend on a paved road and my eyes were glued on this sight on my left . . .

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Mountain View Nature's Park version of "The Way of The Cross"

After saying silent prayers, we proceeded to the mini-zoo and took time to pose with miniature wild animals . . .

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Edrian and Eimereen enjoying the zebra ride . . .

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Me and Vanjie enjoying a hug on the giraffe's neck. . .

A few meters of walk further down and we reached the Mountain View  Christmas Park . . .

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The Mountain View Twilight Zone within the Christmas Park

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The path leading to the enthralling Twilight Zone View Deck . . .

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The Mountain View Statue of Nativity . . .

While on our way, I chanced upon this sight at the Barn which made me remember of my Corregidor Island trip . . .

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A miniature of the American-type Tranvia which used to ply major Philippine city streets during the American occupation of the country in the early 1900's. . .

After exchanging some more pleasantries, taking more pictures of nature and watching the 3 children enjoying the kids playground, we called it time to go home.

Mountain View Natures Park – Final Thoughts

Nature tripping and trekking within the city was such a very exhilarating experience. Despite a bad start caused by the hot-headed driver, the moments that I spent with my family together on such a spectacular setting was really life-fulfilling. Taking time to enjoy, chill out and walk on mountain top and get the chance to savor the city view is one of the unique vacations options that urbanites and island vacations aficionados should not miss experiencing themselves. Hence, visiting the Mountain View Nature’s Park in the booming city of Cebu is the best option for nature lovers like you.

10 comments

  1. I wish I could visit this place also this coming august…
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  2. This is really a great reward for your son and daughter sir… I hope I could visit this place also in the nearby future…
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  3. Langley21Arlene

    What a great destination indeed! Thanks for sharing this . . .

  4. I was surprised that their swimming pool rate now is 150 for adults? Before it was just 100 adults & 75 for kids. Anyways, I’m happy to see that your family is having a good time at MV.
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