Adventure Trips

Adventure Trips

A unique opportunity to discover the beautiful landscape around Sipalay and to experience the local lifestyle is a trip guided by the resident policeman Peter Palma.

The trip can be formed according to what you wish and like to see. However, on principle we differ between a trip into the mountains (trip # 1) and a trip into the mangrove forest (trip # 2).

Adventure Trip 1 - Mountains

Early in the morning after breakfast you will be picked up by Peter Palma. First the journey follows the spectacle coast approaching Sipalay. If you like to and you don’t suffer from agoraphobia you should absolutely visit one of the many caves in this area. The entrance isn’t more than a 1 m big hole at the side of the road. Beneath the surface you will feel like in a different world: Salt crystals of many, many stalactites shine and glitter in the lamplight and are reflected by the lake at the end of the corridor.

Next stop is the market to by your lunch for today: fresh slaughtered chicken and fresh fished fish. Finally you continue going east towards the mountains. At Peter’s farm you park the car and – if you are up to it – change to carabao. These small water buffalos with the long horns are strong, patient, and you can easily ride on their backs. Passing small native houses with flourishing gardens, big bushes of bamboo the leaves of which rustle in the wind, and crossing rivers in which carabaos tenderly snore while bathing you reach an area with beamy green rice terraces contrasted with the jungle. Finally you have to leave the carabaos, too, as the path through the jungle follows the river through tight thicket, over slippery stones, and along dangerous looking cliffs. From time to time the forest is getting too narrow and you have to fight your way through it with the help of a Bolo, a traditional, big knife. So misanthropic this place is so big is the chance to see rare butterflies, snakes, and monkeys. Hided behind banana palm trees, coffee and cacao plants you find the entrance to the Bat Cave, a huge cave with big stalactites and stalagmites and in which the river disappears in the mountain.

After the last hours of exertion a refreshing bath in the cool wet might be exactly what you long for. If you go deeper into the cave first one than a second dome open upwards. Inside thousands of scared bats flutter and spread an infernal noise. Back at the surface a rocky gate through which the river passes form the spectacle background for the dinner: Natives have roasted the chicken, cooked the fish together with onions, tomatoes, and herbs in a hollow piece of bamboo, and the rice in a pot. Fresh fruit is served as desert. This traditional food, as simple it might be, tastes fantastic and is a real treat by all means.

After the break you can test your golden hand. The channel downrightly gleams with gold powder and washing the sand you can even be lucky to find nuggets. Of cause you can keep the gold as a souvenir.
When you got enough you set out on the way back, this time through the channel. The natives go this way wearing slippers or even barefooted, however, tender, European feet might feel safer in waterproof trekking sandals.

Back where you left the carabaos you will be served with a fresh coconut. After this you can decide whether you want to return to the car by horse, carabao or on foot. With a good timing and the right whether you can enjoy the colorful sunset all the time back.

Price: 1.500 PHP incl. Guide and Lunch

Adventure Trip 2 - Mangrove tree

Early in the morning after breakfast you are picked up by Peter Palma. First the journey follows the spectacle coast approaching Sipalay. If you like to and you don’t suffer from agoraphobia you should absolutely visit one of the many caves in this area. The entrance isn’t more than a 1 m big hole at the side of the road. Beneath the surface you will feel like in a different world: Salt crystals of many, many stalactites shine and glitter in the lamplight and are reflected by the lake at the end of the corridor.

Next stop is the market to by your lunch for today: fresh slaughtered chicken and fresh fished fish. Finally you continue going east towards the mountains. If you already dived at Pier Bulata you have also heard about the big copper mine in this area. You reach it following a path going straight through the jungle. In 1949 the work began but stopped 5 years ago because of lack of safety facilities. The miner’s little city is a member of the extreme sect “Iglesia ni Cristo”. From far away you can see the towers of their white and blue church. The mine itself looks like a volcano with a turquoise blue lake in the crater. The iron, rusted ruins of conveyor belts, warehouses, and big machines are still standing around and are waiting to be swallowed by the jungle. But most fascinating is the view on the hilly mountains and over the lightening green rise fields, in which farmers work with their carabaos.

You continue the tour until you park the car at the side of the road and continue on foot. Passing pineapple plants, peanut fields, and rivers, in which carabaos tenderly snore and wag their tails while bathing, you will reach a rocky wall with a water fall. Above a big tree is standing the roots of which are hanging down and supply the tree with water from the fall. A refreshing bath will now be exactly what you are longing for. Afterwards you are served with dinner at a local family’s house: Natives have roasted the chicken, cooked the fish together with onions, tomatoes, and herbs in a hollow piece of bamboo, and the rice in a pot. Fresh fruit is served as desert. This traditional food, as simple as it might be, tastes fantastic and is a real treat by all means.

When you have relaxed enough you will go down to the river and get into the small, colorful boats of native fishermen. These row you down the river through forests with nipa palm trees and mangroves towards the sea. Enjoy this special, silent, and peaceful environment. Only sometimes you will hear the sea eagle or, depending on the season, some monkeys. After a while you stop and go for some minutes until you reach a cave. To be precise it is a tunnel leading straight through the mountain. First you will move between two big stone walls. But then one small chamber follows another. They are full of stalactites and stalagmites the salt crystals of which shine in the flash of the light. Sometimes you will also see a bat hanging at the wall and wakened up by the light flying away in confusion.

In the late afternoon you reach the river-mouth. It is in an area with many small islands and as the water is so swallow you can walk from one to another. If you like to you go on land at a sandy white beach. Here you can take a second bath or enjoy a drink - Tanduay, Beer, Mountain Dew - during the sunset. In the end the fisher men bring you to the next village from where you take a tricycle back to the car. You return to the resort at dinner time.

Price: 1.500 PHP incl. Guide and Lunch

Mountainbikes

We have 2 mountain bikes available for you. Just tell the reception if you wish to go on a tour. It’s a nice possibility to explore the region around Sipalay and the local lifestyle. You will pass small villages with traditional houses, see women wash beside the road, and men plant the rice by hand. You can also make a stop at a school and have a look inside. But what makes the trip most worth while doing it is the fantastic coast and the breathtaking view.

Kajak's

Don’t hesitate to use our kayaks and if you need an instruction just ask us. If you paddle left you will reach the beautiful bay with other white beaches for relaxing, snorkeling, or swimming. Going right you will be able to enjoy the coast with strange looking mountains, small islands, and white beaches, too. After a long time you will reach the river-mouth. Paddling up the river keeping left hand will bring you into a beautiful mangrove forest where a special kind of big, white bird lives in masses.