Over our years of blissful online existence, Everything Cebu has featured numerous must-visit places in Cebu and it is hard not to notice the handful of interesting comments concerning Mountain View Nature Park. Plus, the queries were piling up and we had to find our answers. Indeed, it was time for us to witness first-hand what the buzz was all about.
On a not-so-sunny Thursday afternoon, we packed our equipment and headed up to Busay, Cebu. Up the winding road we traveled until we reached the modest signage that indicated we had reached our destination. This brings us to this word of caution for those who will be using their own private transportation, be sure to keep your eyes on the left side of the road as the Mountain View signage is not very noticeable.
Once inside the Nature Park, you have to pay Php50 for every adult and child above 3 years old. For those who don’t have their own cars or motorbikes, the entrance is the start of a long uphill hike.
Further up the trail, you will be welcomed by a Vicinity Map. This will inform you how far away the Hanging Bridge and View Deck is from where you are standing. From this point, you are nearest to the Information/Canteen 1, Tree House, a Videoke area, several cottages, the Water Park and the Children’s Playground.
Canteen 1 has attendants from whom you can inquire about the rates and with whom you can arrange for overnight accommodations.
The cottages are scattered in various locations of the park. There are cottages located near the entry point but you have to climb flights of stairs to get to them.
The Water Park and the Children’s Playground are to the left side of the visitor going uphill. There is not much for the kids to enjoy the playground. Apart from a number of animal figures and a sleeping guard statue, picnic tables were the only amenities inside the playground.
The entrance to the Water Park is located inside the Children’s Playground.
Most of the park’s visitors are found frolicking in the cold waters. Kids particularly enjoy the water slide, while the adults take in the breathtaking view of Cebu’s mountains.
Beside the signage of the playground is the Wishing Well, which is guarded by naked frogs who appear to enjoy soaking up the sun. Apparently, Mountain View is well-guarded by statues of different origins, from the comical Winnie the Pooh at the entrance to the fearsome T-Rex that guards the other entrance of the swimming pool.
Further uphill are a number of spacious structures, where interested parties can hold events. A word of caution though, be sure to bring wet wipes or a couple of tissues when you visit these venues as dust seems to accumulate easily in these open areas. There are only a few attendants at the park and they may not be able to address immediate requests, such as dirty chairs.
Each floor of the Chico Building can be rented to accommodate a gathering of 100 people. Central Park A can accommodate as many as 40 guests. These venues are all equipped with videoke machines, tables and chairs.
The Millennium Cross is 420 steps away from the Vicinity Map, from where we started our journey. Our knees were badly in need of rest before we could even head up to the cottages and, as the sun was already setting, we decided we’ve covered as much as we could.
With this, we leave our readers enough room for curiosity to blossom.
Everything Cebu hopes you enjoy your personal visit to Mountain View Nature Park.
For additional details and photos about the park, please check out our other post Mountain View Nature Park, Busay