First off, start with what’s popular. The seven chambers of Callao Cave in Cagayan is a local favorite. There’s also the labyrinthine Kasibu Cave System in Nueva Vizcaya. If you fancy mountains, a trek to Mt. Pulag through Nueva Vizcaya is always an option. You can also test your endurance at Paraiso Tribu Vizcayano—where there are three levels of difficulty for treks.
Water people will enjoy battling the white rapids of Pinacanauan and Chico River, as well as the angry currents of Cagayan River in Madella. If you’re not into white water rafting, a dip in Cagayan’s Boacag Waterfalls or Quirino’s Imugan Waterfalls is always a n option.
Sta. Ana in Cagayan is the place for game fishing. It holds International Game Fishing and Bill Fish Tournaments thrice a year. The biggest catch on record is a sailfish weighing 36 kg.
If you’re looking for a more laid-back type of adventure, we have an island paradise for you. Choose your kind of island: the secluded tropical shores of Palaui Island or the storm-battered vista of Batanes.
Palaui Island is a National Marine Reserve, but you can still set up camp at the ruins of Cape Engaño Lighthouse. Explore Punta Verde, where the snorkeling and the sunbathing are equally satisfying.
Despite the tropical monsoons, Batanes is worth the visit. It has genuine Marlboro Country (real name: Rakuh-a-Payaman), sturdy stone houses, roads carved out of the mountainside, and a literal Honesty Store. We recommend alfresco dining at Naidi Hills on a summer night when the winds aren’t so wind.
The adventure doesn’t stop there. There’s Cagayan Province food like beetles, ants eggs, grasshoppers, insect larvae, and crickets. Less exotic but no less delicious local eats are seafood, ginger tea, banana chips, and fresh fruits that you can pick yourself.