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Underrated Places You Need to Visit in Cavite

These hidden spots in the South deserve a spot on your road trip itinerary.
IMAGE Anri Ichimura/Jasrelle Serrano
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We're sure you've already visited the likes of Aguinaldo's Shrine and Sky Ranch, but the South has way more to offer aside from the typical tourist spots—and we're here to show you the underrated places to visit in Cavite that aren't highlighted on Google Maps. 

In the South, the best things are out of sight. That’s the way locals like it—for community hideouts to stay secret. But some of these places deserve way more credit than they get. From fancy resorts to beautiful waterfalls, Cavite is a treasure trove of discoveries and it's only a few hours from the city. 

In no particular order, here are some of the best underrated places to visit in Cavite. Drop by during your next road trip down south.

Alitaptap Artists’ Village

Amadeo

This is about as down to earth and rustic as Cavite gets. Developed by the Pitopito Art Group, Alitaptap was designed as a refuge for artists, musicians, and creatives alike. There are quite a few artworks and sculptures strewn around the grounds, and the village hosts a number of art and outdoor events throughout the year that you can sign up for.

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Interested campers should always contact the village at least one week ahead of their stay, as it doesn’t accept walk-ins. If you’re lucky, you might catch a session of Philippine tai chi during your stay. Aside from the fresh air, visitors can also enjoy the Talong Malapad Falls, which is a picturesque waterfall located on the village grounds.

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Photo by Jasrelle Serrano.

Puente de Binambangan

Indang

Not exactly a tourist destination, Puente de Binambangan is an old bridge that was built during the Spanish Colonial era. The bridge itself isn’t particularly dazzling, but the stones underneath it tell a different story. The inside wall of the bridge’s underside is marked with mysterious symbols that bear a resemblance to Baybayin or perhaps even Masonic symbols.

History buffs will remember that the 13 martyrs of Cavite who were executed in Trece Martires (which was later named after them) were also freemasons, and Trece Martires borders Indang to the east. If you’re feeling like Indiana Jones or Ben Gates, stop by this mysterious bridge and be the first to decipher the curious code.

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Balite Falls

Amadeo

Balite Falls has been gaining more visitors over the years, but it’s still managed to keep its stream fresh and clean. Aside from the waterfalls, there are small relaxing lagoons dotting the area around the main river. There’s a P100 entrance fee to the falls, and cottages are also available starting at P300.

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Be warned: Locals love going to the falls during the summer and on holidays and weekends. The best time to go is early in the morning on a weekday so you can enjoy the little wonder of nature when no one else is around in one of the most underrated places to visit in Cavite.

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La VeryOl’s Mountain View Garden

Tagaytay

This resort’s Kawa Hot Bath is not only absurdly instagrammable—it actually feels pretty damn amazing. The best part of La VeryOl’s Kawa Hot Bath is the view you get while basking in a large wok.

If you aren’t familiar with these types of baths, don’t fret—it might look like you’re about to get cooked alive as a tribal sacrifice, but you’re not. The bath uses herbs and flowers to remove the toxins from your body and reduce your stress level. One Kawa Hot Bath will cost you only P399.

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Korean Buddhist Temple

Silang

Deep in the heart of Silang is the Korean Buddhist Temple, a meditation center and place of worship. It’s a quiet, scenic spot that’ll transport you to the Far East, but to make it clear, the temple is more than just a background for your latest IG post.

It’s a sacred place, so be sure to respect its rules for visitors. There’s no entrance fee, but visitors aren’t allowed to take any photos when inside the temple itself.

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Museo Orlina

Tagaytay

Nestled in a small neighborhood in Tagaytay is Museo Orlina, which houses some of the best work of critically acclaimed glass sculptor Ramon Orlina. Aside from his stunning glass sculptures, the museum also exhibits the works of local artists, ranging from paintings to metal sculptures.

The museum's quiet hours are during weekdays, so be sure to drop by when no one's around. Walking through the galleries, which feature ceramic sculptures and contemporary paintings, is definitely more impactful when surrounded by silence. Everything looks pretty fragile, so walk with caution. The house-turned-museum has four floors and an entrance fee of P100, making it one of the budget-friendly places to visit in Cavite.

Photo by Anri Ichimura.
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