Mountain View Nature's Park (MVNP)
Sitio Garaje, Brgy. Busay, Cebu City (Tel 032-419-2300)
Fudge and I spent the other weekend at MVNP. Though we only stayed there for 1 night, the hiking & stair climbing were enough to put our (non-athletic) leg muscles to its limit.
From our little private cottage to 'The Cross', the number of stair steps is about 370. We only took that route 1 time and used the uphill road thrice instead (afternoon, evening, & early morning). The view at the top is simply exhilarating! But if you plan go to the top during the evening, do yourself a favor and wear a jacket to avoid the cold winds.
As the park is littered with benches, swings & cottages at all areas, bringing of snacks (and face towel!) is highly recommended. It goes well with the city viewing & nature trekking.
By the way, the benches & cottages are filled with lovers/couples during the evenings. Park entrance is only P50 and it's open for 24 hours. If you and your lover forgot to bring some outdoor gear/tents and don't want to risk indecent exposure charges, you may avail of the many private cottages dotting the park. Cost ranges from P500 to P1,500.
Here are some snapshots:
Private cottages (minimal daily rate) & field phone
Some of the many resting areas of MVNP
We could spend hours just rocking this chair and watch the grand city view
One of the many conference buildings-cum-videoke halls in the park
Two of the 3 hanging bridges
View at the top:
The place is great and we're definitely coming back there someday. Two things we wish that could improve though: 1) During late evenings, the singing in the videoke halls could really reverberate in the mountains and disturb the sleeping guests in the private cottages. 2) The canteen serves a 'wide' range of snacks and 'narrow' meal offerings.
If you plan to visit Cebu, you should include MVNP in your must-visit list. If you don't have much time, then have a quick visit in the evenings. Don't forget your beer, you won't regret it.