BOOKMARK: 9 Destinations for The Best Barkada Trip Ever

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by | January 31, 2023

Admit it, that weekend trip with your barkada is long overdue (hello, adulting!) It’s hard to get everyone on board, but remember that the strongest friendships can brave even the busiest schedules. Here are some must-see destinations to consider if the whole squad is still undecided.


Mount Purro Nature Reserve (Calawis, Antipolo)


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This family-run eco-park near the Sierra Madre mountain range lets you breathe after non-stop grinding to do your deadlines. The serene atmosphere veiling the whole place opens an opportunity to bond with your friends. They have an infinity pool to cool everyone down after exploring the hiking trails. Before you come here for day trips or overnight stays, make sure you’ve made a prior reservation.


Lakawon Island


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Going to Lakawon Island makes you forget about the ever-busy city life, one splash at a time. The banana-shaped island spans 13 hectares, covered in fine white sand that’s perfect for some beach volleyball action. Of course, you can’t miss dipping your toes in the crystal blue waters while sipping a cocktail under the sun. You and your buddies can end the day afternoon at Tawhai Floating Bar for more drinks and a glorious sunset view.


Mount Daraitan (Tanay, Rizal)


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If the whole gang loves hiking as a way to bond, go to Mount Daraitan. Trekking the mountain can be a little challenging, but the scenery once you reach the top makes all your climbing efforts worth it. Shades of green fill every inch of space with a sea of clouds almost within reach. What’s more, nearby rivers and caves are waiting to be explored!


Aqua Planet (Mabalacat, Pampanga)

Summer’s almost over, so why not have one last splash in the water with your friends? Aqua Planet promises water fun and adventure, with many attractions like the Wave Pool, Superbowl, and Tornado, guaranteed to give everyone that adrenaline rush. The water park also has a variety of cabanas and rooms to stay in for the day. 



Mystery Manila (Metro Manila)



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Mystery Manila is committed to challenging people by providing an experience that lets them use their imagination. Your barkada gets to solve a mystery with the help of riddles, clues, and objects. The game is an hour and a half long, with a 15-minute briefing, so no one gets lost. Plus, Mystery Manila comes up with new mysteries, which means you really don’t know what to expect!


ATV Adventures Rizal (Antipolo, Rizal)

An exciting off-road adventure awaits your squad at ATV Adventures Rizal. Expect to go through muddy trails and terrains while surrounded by lush greenery. Seeking more thrill? Try out the Paintball Battle Ground and Outdoor Extreme Archery to determine who’s the best among your barkada. Bringing your own snacks is allowed, and bookings can be rescheduled if the weather’s unsuitable for ATV activities.

The Coffee Farmhouse (Alfonso, Cavite)

Reconnecting with nature alone is always fun, and doing it with your best friends is even better. Fresh air, coffee trees, and flowering plants make up the serene Coffee Farmhouse. The rustic interiors add a homey vibe to the place. Your squad can enjoy living a relaxing country lifestyle for a day or two, complete with a coffee tour, recreational facilities, and cooked dishes.


Danao Adventure Park (Danao, Bohol)


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Aside from the beautiful Chocolate Hills and Panglao Beach, Danao Adventure Park is another wonderful get-together spot to have a blast to the extreme. Get ready for the adrenaline rush of your life with the whole barkada as you enjoy their zipline ride. If you’re feeling scared, just look at the marvelous view of the river and mountains and scream! 


Goshen Resort and Hotel (Bamban, Tarlac)

There’s no need for the barkada to hop on a plane to experience the beauty and vibe of Europe. A few hours away from the busy metro, Goshen Resort & Hotel is a relaxing escape parading abundant foliage and a giant theater inspired by Rome’s world-famous Colosseum. There are three swimming pools, with a bunkhouse that can house up to 20 guests.


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