Agritours

You are here

AGRITOURS

 

We highlight Agricultural Tourism of the Philippines: a new trend in community development of each province. The Agri-Tourism will give tourists a chance to interact with the locals, discover different delicacies and native products and possibly create new business opportunities. Philippines have a lot to offer in terms of agricultural tourism, to name a few: Baguio's Panagbenga Festival-Flower held in February, Strawberry Festival in La Trinidad during March, and Camiguin Lansones Festival every October.



  

ABRA

Is also known as the known as the “Natural Dye capital of the Philippines” because of the abundant growing of Dye-yielding plants. The Natural Dye is used in coloring of foods, textile, cosmetic, beverage, and pharmaceutical products. Abra is an inland province under the Cordillera Administrative Region in Northern Luzon. The Capital of Abra is Bangued. It is surrounded by Ilocos Norte and Mountain Province on the north, Ilocos Sur on the south, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur on the west, and Mountain Province, Kalinga, and Apayao on the east.

Abra's main economy is agriculture-based. Its major crops are rice, corn, and root crops; and commercial produce are coffee, tobacco, and coconut. Wide-ranging grassland and farm areas are used in growing of livestock. People of Abra are also known in craft making out of bamboo and rattan.

You can reach Abra in two ways, by land or by flight. You can take a flight from Manila to San Fernando La Union - a domestic air-route of about one hour flight; then a land transfer of about three hours from the airport of San Fernando La Union to Abra towns. If you bring your own car, it will take you minimum seven hours driving depending on how many stop over you will take. Following are several things you can do and see in Abra; Agri tour, Pinaing (Secred Stones), Don Teodoro Brinllantes family Museum, Old Roman Catholic Churches, Abra River, Tugot ni Angalo (Footprints of Angalo), Libtec Underground River, Sibud-Sibud Lake, Don Mariano Marcos Bridge, Victoria National Park, Palayan ng bayan. From Abra you can do side trip to Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Kalinga, and Apayao because of their accessibility via land routes. The best time to visit Abra is November to April because it is dry season while the rest of the year is rainy.


  

BAGUIO

Is bounded by the mountainous region of the Cordillera, 1400 meters above the sea; 250 km. north of Manila, Baguio is blessed by with a cool climate the whole year round. It is marked on the average of eight degrees cooler compared to the average temperature of the rest of the country. Baguio is named as the "summer capital" of the country. Among other destinations, people enjoy to visit Baguio because of its variety of cultural, historical, and scenic attractions that makes it special to local and foreign tourist.

The main economy of Baguio is coming from tourism and its educational facilities. Many of the agricultural and mining goods produced in Benguet passes through Baguio that serves as commercial hub, processing, sale and for further distribution to other provinces and Metro Manila. Shopping in the City Market place offers a wide array of locally produced goods and products from colorful woven fabrics, wood carvings, flowers, strawberries and Baguio vegetables. 

The Penagbenga (Flower Festival) is held annually during the month of February and known to attract thousands of local and foreign tourists. The highlight of the festival is the decorated flower floats, street dancing and traditional Ibaloi dance that came from the Cordillera region.

Baguio is 244 Kilometers away from Manila and it will take approximately 3-4 hours travel by land.


 

 

BICOL

Legaspi City, in the heart of the Bicol Region, is the home of the peerless cone-shaped Mayon Volcano and the jump- off point to the world- famous Whaleshark interaction in Donsol (locally known as Butanding). The months of April and October mark the colourful festivals, trade fairs, exhibits and pageants in Legazpi City namely, Ibalong and Magayon Festival. Bicol’s rich culture, history, people and hot-chilli-peppered creamy cuisines makes the city a place worth remembering and the experience worth treasuring for a lifetime.

Except for the Whale Shark Interaction, all other activities can be done all year round. The Whale Sharks are in the area from November to June, with February to May being the peak months.

Donsol is visited primarily for the whale sharks during November to June, however there are other resort open year round if you wish to stay & relax or may want to scuba dive, Island hopping and other activities aside from Whale shark interaction, below is a month to month expectation on weather and general conditions in Legaspi, Donsol, and Ticao Island:

November to January

From November to January you will get the chance to swim with the whale sharks but the diving conditions may not be very comfortable. Guests should also expect rains at this time so you will probably not get the tropical feel. It would be best to bring a windbreaker with a hood with you. These are the rainiest months in Legaspi, Donsol, and Ticao Island areas. Winds in Donsol are not strong as this area is not affected by the Amihan winds and so the water will continue to be calm despite the rain. Ticao Island, on the other hand, is directly affected by the Amihan winds. Ticao Island is directly affected by these winds and the waves during this time move towards the resort.

February to June

February to June would be the ideal months to visit as this is when you can get the best of both Whale Sharks and the great diving. Legaspi, Donsol, and Ticao Island would all have great weather as this is the summer season in the Philippines.

July to October

This the best time for a diving holiday and are not focused on seeing the whale sharks. From July to October, diving around Ticao Island is a perfect choice! Although the whale sharks will not be around, you will get the chance to see Manta Rays, Thresher Sharks, White Tip Sharks, and other pelagic. Of course, there are also the macro critters and the corals in the dive sites around San Miguel.

These are the Habagat months in the Philippines and Donsol is directly affected by the Habagat winds. With the Habagat winds, the ocean is very rough. Because of the wind, the direction of the waves would also be towards the beach of Donsol. Just like Ticao Island during the Amihan months, all the dirt and trash from the ocean settles on the shoreline of Donsol during Habagat months.

But Donsol only have rough ocean / waves when there is a storm coming after that the ocean becomes calm again. As Ticao Island is on the opposite end, Ticao Island is not affected by the Habagat winds. During these months, the ocean in front of Altamar Resort is extremely calm and the diving conditions are exceptional.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MANILA (D)

  • Upon arrival, meet and greet by local representative. Proceed to short sightseeing tour. Dinner. Check-in hotel. Overnight in Manila.

DAY 2: MANILA – LEGAZPI CITY (B/L/D)

  • Breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Legazpi City. Upon arrival in Legazpi airport, meet and greet by local representative. Proceed to Legazpi city rolling tour to Legazpi Boulevard, Battle of Legazpi Monument, Plaza Rizal, Albay Capitol, Guadalupe’s Shrine, Lunch at local restaurant. Visit Our Lady of the Gate Parish (Daraga), Cagsawa Ruins, Ligñon Hill, Embarcadero de Legazpi, Pilinut, Handicraft and souvenir shopping. Dinner at local restaurant. Check-in Hotel. Overnight in Legazpi.

DAY 3: LEGAZPI – MISIBIS BAY – LEGAZPI (B/L/D)

  • After breakfast, en route to Misibis Bay Island enjoy, swimming, hobie cat salling, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling, stand up paddle surfing, picnic lunch, and sunset cruise. Back to Legazpi. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Legazpi. 

DAY 4: WHALE SHARK INTERACTION (B/L/D)

  • After breakfast, en route to Donsol for Whale Shark Interaction with picnic lunch. afternoon, enjoy fire fly river cruise. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Legazpi. 

DAY 5: IN LEGAZPI (B)

  • After breakfast, free time for own leisure. Overnight in Legazpi. 

DAY 6: LEGAZPI – MANILA (B/L/D)

  • After breakfast, check-out and transfer to airport for flight back Manila. Upon arrival in Manila, meet and greet by local representative, lunch at local restaurant. Proceed to Pasalubong Shopping. Dinner at local restaurant. Back to hotel. Overnight in Manila.

DAY 7: DEPARTURE

  • Free time until transfer to airport for flight back home


  

CAVITE

Cavite is a small province in CALABARZON region in Luzon approximately 30 kilometers south of Manila. It is divided into four physiographical areas, namely: the lowest lowland area, lowland area, the central hilly area and the upland mountainous area. One of the upland mountain areas is Tagaytay that has elevation of 610 metres (2,000 ft) with Mt. Sungay (now Peoples Park in the Sky). It is one of the most visited areas of Cavite because of its cool and breezy weather.

 
In general, Cavite is agriculture province because most of people are engaged in agribusiness. Large of production land use is into agriculture. Some of major crops produced in the province are corn, coffee, coconut, cutflowers, and vegetable. Land is also use for piggeries, poultries, goat farms, bee farm and cattle farms. The people of Cavite are also engaged in Fishery as their alternative source, the long coastlines and fish ponds that the province is home to numerous fishery activities. In addition, Cavitenos are also engage in processing and production of fish products. Cavite’s cool periods are from December to February while summer months are from April to May. The rainy season starts from May and ends in October. The dry season usually begins in November and ends in April.

The province also marks a very significant role in Philippine History, today’s Historical capital of The Philippines. Aguinaldo Shrine is called the birthplace of Philippine Independence, now it is a museum in Kawit where the Philippine Independence was proclaimed on June 12, 1898 by General Emilio Aguinaldo, the first Philippine president. Cavite provides people abundant to both business and leisure. Tagaytay as the main tourist spot and historical sites Fort San Felipe and Sangley Point, both in Cavite City; Corregidor Island; General Trias; Calero Bridge, Noveleta; Battle of Alapan Marker and Flag in Imus; Zapote Bridge in Bacoor; Battle of Binakayan Monument in Kawit; Tejeros Convention Site in Rosario; and Aguinaldo Shrine. Numbered of old churches mount evident reminders of how the Catholic faith has unfold in the Province of Cavite. The museums include Geronimo de los Reyes Museum, General Trias; Museo De La Salle, Dasmariñas; Philippine Navy Museum, Cavite City; Baldomero Aguinaldo Museum, Kawit; and Cavite City Library Museum, Cavite City. There are eight (8) world-class golf courses in the province. Natural wonders are mostly found in the upland areas such as Tagaytay Ridge, Macabag Cave in Maragondon, Balite Falls in Amadeo, Malibiclibic Falls in General Aguinaldo-Magallanes border, Mts. Palay-Palay and Mataas na Gulod National Park in Ternate and Maragondon, Sitio Buhay, Forest in Magallanes and flowers, vegetables, bee farm and coffee farms.


  

DAVAO

It is called the fruit basket of the Philippines because of the several fruit plantation here. This is a must see place in the Philippines aside to Boracay, Manila, and Cebu. Enjoy the typhoon-free destination and its best all year round . Mt. Apo the highest peak in the country is nested in Davao. This is the center of trading commerce of Southern Mindanao. Davao is the home of the Philippine Eagle, the country's national bird. The most priced Philippine orchids can be seen here in Davao as well with the exotic fruit Durian and Mangosteen.

Davao as a whole is a safe province to visit and has lowest crime rates. The residents of Davao is notable as the most disciplined residents in the country. They celebrate Kadayawan festival every year 3rd week of August to give thanks to the natures abundant harvest. The activity go along with the harvest time of davaenos exotic fruits and blooming of waling-waling (vanda sanderana). The grand floral parade is the much awaited is the event you can see the spectacular floats and street dancing.