Ilagan Sanctuary in Isabela is rising tourist spot in the Philippines and true to its tag line, it is really fun in the City of Ilagan!
Isabela is the second largest province in the Philippines with a land area of 10,655 square kilometers and it is also called the “rice and corn granary of Luzon”.
There are lots of tourist destinations that you can visit in Ilagan and the first one I will feature is the Ilagan Sanctuary.
Ilagan Sanctuary, located in the barangay of Sta. Victoria, is one of the most visited tourist destination in Ilagan City today due to the many activities that the sanctuary offers.
Here are some of the highlights of our visit at Ilagan Sanctuary.
One of the main attraction that the Ilagan Sanctuary boasts of is the Pinzal Waterfalls. This natural waterfalls is for those who love to trek as it takes about 700 meters of walk to reach the waterfalls. This is also a very good place to relax after a long walk as you will get to enjoy the clear water falling from the hill.
Get soaked in the water and enjoy!
If you want to experience a “war-type” of game, this is the place to be! It is recommended for a group of 6 or more to enjoy a “friendly war” with your friends or family members! The game is safe with the protective gears that the players are required to wear so don’t worry. Remember though not to remove them while you are in the war zone.
As the name implies, this attraction will surely tickle your wild side! You will get to see different animals but the stars of the show are the tiger and the loooooooooong snake!
Trained zoo attendants will assist and help you to bring out the snake from the cage if you are up to the challenge.
The Three Caves
Inside the Ilagan Sanctuary, there are three caves which you can trek with the help of a guide. It is not big compare to Hoyop-hoyopan cave in Albay but you will get to see beautiful rock formations that are nature’s amazing gems.
For the adventure seekers and adrenaline junkies, you can also walk the hanging bridge or try the cable car, zip line and zip bike rides.
Rates and activities at Ilagan Sanctuary
- Entrance fee: Php 100 per person (Php 80 for Senior citizens)
- Bicycle rental: Php 100
- Cable car: Php 100
- Cable car + Zip line: Php 250
- Horseback riding: Php 150 per round (within the sanctuary)
- Paintball: Php 250
- Swan boat: Php 200 per boat per 30 minutes
- Wall climbing/Rappelling: Php 100
- Zip line: Php 200
- Zip bike: Php 150 per round trip
How to reach Ilagan Sanctuary
By Air Travel
If you want to immediately start your adventure and avoid the long travel, you can book a flight via Cebu Pacific to Cauayan, Isabela. The flight is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Manila. The air fare may vary depending on the date of your booking. From Cauayan, Isabela, you need to ride a bus or a van to take you to Ilagan Sanctuary.
By Land Travel
If you have a car and you really enjoy a long drive (around 375 kilometers), search Ilagan Sanctuary in Waze or Google Maps for navigation. Make sure though you and your car are both in good condition as there are zig-zags and up-down roads on the way to Ilagan, Isabela.
Another option is to commute via provincial buses.
- It is better to reserve a seat at least one week before your preferred travel schedule to avoid the hassle of not getting a bus ticket. A rule of thumb, book a ticket early if you are travelling on a long weekend or during holidays.
- You may reserve seats online. Victory Liner has their own online booking site. You may also try the website pinoytravel to check the latest schedule of other bus companies and book your ticket.
- It is recommended to choose the evening schedule for your trip. Evening trips are generally shorter because bus stops are only few compared to the day-time bus ride. On an average, you can reach Ilagan City in Isabela in about 9 to 10 hours if you took an evening trip while the day trip may take you 12 hours or even more!
2. Inform your conductor that your drop-off point is at the junction of Barangay Marana 1st where you can ride a tricycle going to Ilagan Sanctuary. The tricycle cost is about Php 150.00