Imagine a clear night and falling asleep under the stars. Around you are thick forests, perhaps a winding river or a scenic view. In the morning, you wake up to the soft glow of the sunrise and birdsong piercing the early morning quiet. A camping or glamping trip may not offer swanky hotel accommodations, but it’s definitely a five-star experience.
These days, it’s an appropriate vacation with open air and ample space for social distancing. Some campsites even allow private bookings. There’s no need to venture too far from home either, as the province of Rizal offers a variety of campsites that’s only a quick drive away from Metro Manila. Dive into camping culture at these glamping and camping sites in Rizal that will make you fall in love with the outdoors.
Mount Purro Nature Reserve (Antipolo, Rizal)
Highlights: Beautiful surroundings, bonfires and s’mores
A family-run eco-park and nature reserve, Mount Purro Nature Reserve is committed to rehabilitate the Marikina Watershed and empower local communities including the indigenous Dumagat tribe. Nestled at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, it’s a lush yet homey space to camp with its unspoiled natural surroundings and a bonfire pit area that’s perfect for roasting s’mores and sharing ghost stories at night. At the same time, modern comforts like an in-house restaurant, bathrooms and showers, a game room, a kiddie playground, and cottage accommodations are provided. Activities include hiking, river trekking, and swimming at the pool. The camping rate is P850 per person, plus an additional P500 for tent rental if you don’t have your own.
Phillip’s Sanctuary (Antipolo, Rizal)
Highlights: Obstacle and rope courses, fishing
Another great spot in Antipolo for camping is Phillip’s Sanctuary, an eco-adventure mountain resort owned by the Pestaño family that’s primarily known for team-building events and obstacle courses. Adventurers seeking plenty of activities will enjoy spending a day or two here trying out obstacle courses, rope courses, ziplining, fishing for tilapia, swimming at the pool, and kayaking. A tent for two travelers is P1,000.
Address: Brgy. San Juan, Antipolo, Rizal
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Singalong Nature Campsite Hill (Antipolo, Rizal)
Highlights: Kawa bath, total immersion in nature
Are you camping to unplug and immerse totally in the great outdoors? This chill campsite in Antipolo takes campers back to basics with simple shacks and tents in the heart of the mountains, where there’s no electricity or mobile phone signal. Here’s what the campsite does have: a traditional kawa bath (cauldron bath), a kiddie pool, fun swings hanging from trees, and a scenic peak. Solar lights are available in the evening. And yes, a toilet is available. If you’re looking for a refreshingly simple, off-the-grid experience, Singalong Nature Campsite Hill is the place to do so. Rates start at P600 per person. Cottage accommodations are also available.
Quest Adventure Camp (Teresa, Rizal)
Highlights: Zipline, rappelling, wall climbing, swimming pools
Whether you’re into camping or glamping, there’s a spot waiting for you at Quest Adventure Camp. Straddling Antipolo and Teresa, the grounds stretch out over 11 hectares encompassing lush gardens, rolling hills, flourishing forests, and bubbling brooks—truly the nature escape you’ve been dreaming of! And it’s a wonderful destination for groups who enjoy plenty of action with rope courses and an Adventure Tower for wall climbing, rappelling, and ziplining. There’s even an Alitit Bike Trail for cyclists exploring the off-road wonders of Rizal. Overnight rates are P550 per adult and P400 per child from 4 to 7 years of age. Tent rentals start at P500, while pitching your own tent is P250 per tent. The glamping set-up starts at P1,500 for two people.
UCM Adventure Park (San Mateo, Rizal)
Highlights: ATV ride, gorgeous sunsets
Chase thrills and spills with an off-road ATV ride, then relax in the tranquility of nature at UCM Adventure Park. If you love sunsets, this is a great choice as the mountaintop spot commands a gorgeous view of the sunset at the end of every day. ATV adventure rates start at P1,500, while horseback riding starts at P500. Regular tents are for rent for P1,000 and glamping tents are available for P2,000.
3 Springs Mountain Park
Highlights: Laguna de Bay view, swimming pool
An events venue and outdoor park in the heart of Tanay, 3 Springs Mountain Park offers a more resort-like experience to campers. If it’s your first time camping and you’re still not sure about roughing it, this is an excellent place to start. The park lets travelers enjoy the perks of camping but provides basic comforts such as indoor open-air spaces, clean bathrooms and showers, bento meals, and even a swimming pool. Camping rates are P1,600 per person with meals and P800 per person without meals.
Treasure Mountain (Tanay, Rizal)
Highlights: Sea of clouds, accessibility
Here’s a secret: there’s no need to hike to get a glimpse of a spectacular sea of clouds in the morning. If you’re not too keen on hikes, Treasure Mountain in Tanay is hailed for its sheer accessibility. Campers who don’t want to spend an hour or so on the trail can simply drive straight to the entrance and start the fun immediately. Besides the stunning scenery, rope courses, a spider web view deck, and a swimming pool are available. It’s open for day tours and overnight stays.
Highlights: Stunning views of Laguna de Bay, vibrant flower garden
Plantitas and platitos will especially love the Lambingan Hills camping grounds as it includes a beautiful garden of red and yellow Celosia flowers. The campsite is a magnificent spot for stargazing with hammocks and swings for travelers who want to enjoy the fresh mountain air and stunning views. There’s a swimming pool as well if you’re willing to brave the cool waters! Day tours are P50 and overnight fees are P150. Tents are available for rent for P150, but guests who bring their own can pitch their tents for free.
Pili Paninap Farms
Highlights: Delicious farm-to-table dishes, peaceful riverside location
Sitting on the banks of the Sampaloc River, Pili Paninap Farms is a 4-hectare farm resort, lodge, and campground in Tanay. Outdoor enthusiasts can run, trek, and swim, while kids can play at the playground and treehouse. Birdwatching, horse riding, and interacting with the farm’s Philippine deer are also among Paninap’s activities. Tent rentals are P950 per person.
Tinipak Camping Ground (Tanay, Rizal)
Highlights: Nearby Tinipak River and rock formations
Among the most stunning attractions in Tanay are the Tinipak River and the majestic rock formations in the waters. Now, you can camp by the river surrounded by unspoiled mountains and lush forests. Travelers can spend the day swimming and cliff jumping in the Tinipak River, as well as exploring the nearby cave. In the evening, enjoy a good night’s sleep in the tents and cottages available. Reservations required.
Ready to pitch your tent? Before or after your camping excursion, you can visit popular Rizal attractions, like Pinto Art Museum or Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa. Visit KKday for more inspiration for your next weekend breaks!