5 activities to do in Minalungao National Park

The province of Nueva Ecija has a hidden masterpiece of nature, The Minalungao National Park. It is located in the municipality of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon, 2-3 hours away from Manila. I’ll discuss how to get there by commuting later in this article. The Minalungao National park has 16-meter high limestone bordering the narrow river Peñaranda. Aside from its beautiful water, the park has been continuously being developed to attract and accommodate more tourists. They now have cottages around, local guides, and stores nearby to purchase food and drinks. 

How to get there:

There’s a bus terminal in Cubao going to Cabanatuan, you need to get off at Gapan City, Nueva Ecija. The travel time is around 1 to 1.5 hours. From there, hire a tricycle going to the Minalungao National Park. There’s a Jeepney going to Gen. Tinio but it’s actually rare, so it’s better to take a tricycle and just ask your driver to take you to Minalungao national park. Travel time is 1.5 hours. If you have enough patience to wait for jeepney, find a jeepney going to Gen. Tinio, it will cost you 24php and then hire a tricyle from Gen. Tinio to Minalungao.

It will cost you around 500-800php per tricycle, the price varies depending on time, season and/or on how many passengers. One tricycle can accommodate around 3-5 people, but feel free to haggle with the driver. You might get lucky enough to lower the price.

Updated [2017] The hotel is now open for overnight stay. There’s a No life vest, no swimming policy. There are life vests available for rent in the park.

Now, let’s get to the real deal. What are the exciting activities that you can do in Minalungao National Park? Here’s the list.

1.) Rafting – have you tried riding a raft with a table and Nipa hut on a calm water under the sun? Well, this is the right place for you. Bring your food, drinks, phone and a portable mini speaker with you and eat there while relaxing and listening to your favorite music.

Cost: P500 (whole day)

rafting in minalungao

rafting in minalungao

2.) Cliff Diving/Jump – I missed the chance to do this one and I’m blaming myself, definitely gonna do this when I come back. By the way, be careful in choosing a cliff to have your dive or jump, there are plenty of Cliffs around and some parts of the water could be shallow and others could be very deep. You can ask your guide, I’m sure they know the right spot for you.

Cost – Free

cliff diving in minalungao

3.) Quick hike and Spelunking – now this is an easy one, the trail has been modified with stairs and handle (rope) for you to get to the top easily. There you’ll find the cave which has a stairs too, so definitely safe. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight with you. The cave is your way to go to the other side. It showcases a beautiful view, too bad we ran out of time to do it. You can always do it with your Guide if you like to.

Cost – Free

spelunking in minalungao

hiking in minalungao

4.) Zip Line – Another fun activity to do is Zipline, though I have fear of heights, I managed to do it (yay). The view was breathtaking that I forgot my fear. Worth a try!

Cost: P150 (two-way)

zipline in minalungao
ziplinein minalungao

5.) Swimming – Last but definitely not the least is swimming. It’s summer, you gotta enjoy the cold and refreshing water.

Cost – Free

swimming in minalungao

Still thinking whether or not to go? Here are some other photos to convince you to go see and enjoy in Minalungao National Park.


limestons in minalungao

rafting solo in minalungao

being broke in minalungao national park

Breakdown of individual expenses.

Fare (bus) – 160 (to Gapan), 160 (to manila) = 320php
Fare (tricycle) – 800 (to Minalungao) / 5 = 160php
Entrance Fee = 100php / pax
Car Park – 50php
Big Raft – 500 / 5 = 100php
Zip line – 150php
Guide – 100php (by donation)

Also, don’t get surprised of the local Tour Guides available, they are usually kids around 11-14 years old that are not going to school due to financial difficulties of their parents. They help their families through this. They are all kind and knowledgeable enough of this place, but they are not official tour guide because of their ages and so they don’t name price for their service. If you have enough money, please do hire them, it would be a great help for their families and I’m sure it would make them very happy. Don’t worry, they may look small but they are strong and good swimmers as well.


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128 thoughts on “5 activities to do in Minalungao National Park

  1. Hi ivan,

    Do you have update on the following:
    -Contact number (hotel, guide,local)
    -Fees(parking, entrance, guide and others)
    -road condition (motorcycle-able?)


  2. Hi po, ask ko lang po if may idea kayo about the ff:
    1. Balak po namin magswimming sa river. Where & how much rental fee for life vests?
    2. Operating hours (opening & closing) of the park?
    3. Update sa kalsada kung totally sementado na.
    Thanks po.

    • 1. Balak po namin magswimming sa river. Where & how much rental fee for life vests? – Not sure where and how much but I heard there are available life vests inside the park.
      2. Operating hours (opening & closing) of the park? – As early as 7am i think and once you get there, you can stay 24hrs since they have hotels already.
      3. Update sa kalsada kung totally sementado na. – Yes, I heard they’ve already fixed the road.
      Thanks po.

    • Hello,

      Unfortunately, I have not confirmed the name. I actually just got the info from a friend who is not sure of the name and does not have a contact number of the hotel. The only information I got is that, the hotel is now open. Hope this helps.

  3. Yung way po ba sa papunta from gapan to minalungao is smooth? I mean pwede van? kasi po baka rough road ang dadaanan eh mahirapan yung van. Thank you

  4. is the place okay with a pregnant person? 4 mos. pregnant but i wanted to come with my family kahit sa raft lang. 🙂

  5. Good day..just want to know if dun po pba mula sa entrance ng park e may mahabang lakarin pa going po dun s site?may baby kc kmi ksma…

  6. Hello po. Napadaan lang po sa page na ito since hindi pa po ako nakakapunta ng Minalungao despite a resident of Gapan City. Just want to correct something. 150 pesos lang po pamasahe papuntang Gapan mula Cubao. But well, just want to let you know na meron pong bus papuntang Papaya so hindi po kaya mas magandang gawin yun?

    • Hello, Thank you for checking out our site and for your inputs. Really, appreciate it but I’m sure the fare was 160php during the time we went to Nueva Ecija but it could very well vary today. We actually went to Nueva Ecija first to see our friend’s relatives so that was our itinerary, I have not tried going directly to Papaya but if you don’t mind you could let us know how to commute via Papaya 🙂 It would help the readers. Again, thank you!

    • Yes Van is def. okay. My knowledge about traveling via Private vehicles is only limited until you reach Sta. Rita. AFAIK, you need take NLEX traveling north and you need to exit at Sta. Rita. You can ask locals from there.

  7. Hi 🙂

    Thanks for your blog post. It was very informative! 🙂 ask ko lang if you know kung pwede ang pets sa national park? We plan on going there this Wednesday 🙂

    Thank you 🙂

  8. Hi Sir,

    Lima din kasi going to Minalungao hindi naman ba kawawa yung mga nasa loob ng tric? Comfy ba siya sa limang tao hehe share your experience nalang po sa tric 😀

  9. Hi. Is it ok to travel there using a coaster? We’re planning to go there kasi for our team building/outing. And ok ba yung mga facilities niya like the comfort rooms, etc.? Thank you.

    • Yes i think it can, the parking is filled with sand. It’s not your usual parking area so better go there when it’s not raining. We weren’t able to check the bathrooms during the time that we went there.

  10. Hi there,
    It was a very informative blog. Planning to go there next month.
    Can I have a few questions if you don’t mind =) Is the tricycle fare going to minalungao park as indicated in your tabulated expense (P800) two way? Is there a renting stall for life jackets nearby & how much? Is it allowed to stay overnight? How many hours ride from Gapan to Minalungao park? Thanks much. Your reply is highly appreciated.

    • Hi there,

      Thank you for dropping by.

      The tricycle prices may vary depending on time and season, but in our case it was two way for 800. You can also haggle with the drivers.

      I did not notice any life jackets for rent during our time, so if you don’t know how to swim especially for kids, I suggest that you purchase one before going there.

      Yes, it’s allowed to camp overnight.

      Gapan to Minalungao via tricycle is approximately 1 to 1 and a half hours.

  11. Hi!

    Before my question, I want to commend your blog and the work that you both put into it. Kuddos to the both of you and more adventures in the future!

    So my questions are:
    1. How long (in mins/hrs) does the ‘rough’ road to the park last? I’m planning to bring a Toyota Innova.

    2. Is the parking space they have safe?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Unfortunately, we don’t have one. Though, you can visit the place anytime you want since it’s a National park 🙂 A few reminders, bring drinking water, food and if you have a car, there’s a parking fee on top of the entrance fees. Enjoy!

    • There are sari-sari stores around but only offers junk food et.al. Please bring packed lunch if you are having your lunch there.

  12. My entrace fee po ba my plan po kmi ng buong pamilya bukas punta jn good day po ba bukas yung nlang po ang araw n makapamasyal jn ano ano po ba ang maaring maging gastos?

  13. Hi. Sulit po ba for solo traveler? I really wanna visit this beautiful place. But I’m hesitate to do so for it might cost a solo traveler too much. Suggestions appreaciated. =)

    • Hello there! Yeah, I think it will cost you more than if you’re in a group but if you really like the place you should go. For me it’s worth it, just enjoy the nature. Try the free activities. If you’re comfortable meeting new people though, you can post in groups like DIY Philippines. You can find other people that might want to go with you in Minalungao. 🙂 Hope this helps.

  14. Thank you! Your blog is very informative and you really reply on the inquiries even add options for us to know more We’ll go there next summer and bring our tent .

  15. Hello!
    Is there accommodation near the park if people wish to stay overnight? In your raft photo, I see a building, might that be a lodge or hotel?

    Thanks and Awesome blog BTW.

  16. Its sad that they are building hotels at the limestone formations/nature itself.. And to think that this is a national park..nature should be preserved..

  17. Hi! Would it be safe for two travelers to make a day trip there? Will the tricycle ride be as expensive on the way back to Gen. Tinio?

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