Playing Tourist at Balungao Hilltop


We were invited by co-workers to accompany them for a day tour in the province of Pangasinan where 600 meters and 1.4-kilometer zip-line can be found. In the town of Balungao, the booming tourist attraction of "Balungao Hilltop Adventure" offers not only zip lines but also ATV rides, Hiking, and Hot and Cold Springs. Bungee Trampoline is not yet available though on their website and flyer it is being advertised. 

Balungao Hilltop Adventure Zipline
Balungao Hilltop Adventure

Balungao Hilltop and Zip-line Adventure is approximately a couple of hours away from Olongapo City. Travel experience is great because of its accessibility if you take the expressways of Subic Clark Tarlac (SCTEx) and the Tarlac-Pangasinan La-Union (TPLex). We exited at Carmen Toll Plaza which is the end of TPLEx as of the time of writing. We then turned right and took Rosales-Balungao-Umingan Road and eventually turned right again for Napudot Road - a barangay road that leads to Balungao Hilltop. No wonder why they named this road "Napudot" because "Napudot" is an Ilocano word for "Hot".  

Balungao Hot Spring
The fun starts here...


Balungao Hilltop Adventure Zipline


Considered as the longest zip-line in Region 1, its 1.4-kilometer span will give you a total adrenaline, fun, and excitement. This is longer than the boasted zip-line in Pagudpud! The only difference is that Balungao Zip-line is not on an open water. To those who are not brave enough to brace the 1.4-kilometer line, you can try the shorter one which is 600 meters long.

Mt. Balungao Zip Line
The 600-meter zip-line


The Swimming Pool of Balungao Hilltop


There are five pools to plunge in at Balungao Hilltop; three kiddie pools and two adult pools. Three swimming pools have cold water and two pools for the hot spring.  One of the adult pools is about 8 feet deep, then a shallower one 6 feet deep. Be careful not to submerge immediately in the hot spring but rather let your body adjust to the temperature.

Swimmign Pool Balungao Hot Spring
The group enjoying the 8-feet deep pool.
Balungao Hot Spring
The 600-meter zip line stretches above, across these pools

Trekking or Hiking in Balungao Hilltop

We didn't try hiking at Mt. Balungao, instead, we trekked on a creek at the foot of the hill to the source of hot spring. We found candle wax along the way, probably lit by local believers of "bantay" or "guardian" of the area - a typical Filipino myth.

Mt. Balungao Hilltop
A few meters from the resort, these candle wax on the rocks gave us the goosebumps.

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) is available but nobody in the group tried it. We found it a bit expensive for a 15-minute ride.

The restaurant is lacking, only Sari-Sari stores that sell snacks, soda, and such.  Be sure to bring your food when visiting this place. Further improvements like restaurants and additional rooms should be constructed.  Cleanliness of the pool area is also an issue; courtesy of employee needs improvement as well.

Below are the rates acquired from their flyer:
  1. Entrance Fee - P50 for Adult; P25 for Kids (up to 4 feet)
  2. Cottage - P200 (Kubo); P100 (U583-8421mbrella)
  3. Zipline - P300 (600 meters); we are not certain about the price of their 1.4 km zip line.
  4. ATV - P200 for 15 minutes
  5. Bungee Trampoline - P100 
Other Adventure Amenities:
  1. Hot & Cold Swimming Pools
  2.  Hiking/Trail Walking - P300 (guide)
  3. Mountain Biking
  4. Trust Fall
Cabana - P800/room 12 hours only; good for 4 persons.

Sulit Package - P500 includes:
  1. Zipline
  2. Bungee Trampoline
  3. ATV Driving
They have FIVE Contact numbers which is quite funny in my opinion.
  • 075-583-8421
  • 075-583-8412
  • 0921-598-8081
  • 0932-535-8687
  • 0939-448-4799                      


2 comments:

  1. I read out your blog posting thoroughly. I surprised to see what a beautiful adventurous spot. I have never been there before but now, I think without this spot visit there is something missing. I will definitely visit this after completing my rhode island tours next month. It is charming spot and an elegant setting of fun relevant spots. Any suggestion or a tip would be much appreciated there.

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  2. Hi Faikka Aikka! I suggest you tell me first what you want to see and experience in the Philippines before I give you tips.

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