You don’t have to travel far to see the Sea of Clouds. Just two and a half hours away from Manila, you can already enjoy the view of the Sierra Madre Mountain range with the bonus view of the Sea of Clouds.
Mt. Maynoba (pronounced as May-nu-ba) is relatively new to hikers since it just opened few months ago (early 2016). But due to its sudden popularity boosted by social media, hikers flocked here during weekends which causes human traffic along the trail. I suggest visiting this mountain on a weekday for a less crowded climb, and you’ll surely find peace there.
You have two options, whether to hike both peaks (Cayabu Peak and Maynoba Peak) or just proceed to the summit of Mt. Maynoba. The Cayabu-Maynoba loop can be finished with 3-4 hours depending on your pacing. The steep slope to the summit can be challenging, thought you’ll be rewarded by the breathtaking view of the Sierra Madre Mountain range. As per the Pinoy Mountaineer, the hike difficulty to summit is at 3/9 and 4/9 if you’re going to go with the loop hike. It is best to start your hike as early as possible for you to be able to reach the summit before sunrise and watch the sea of clouds before descending down to the waterfalls.
One must be fully cautious when hiking on the rocky parts of the trail near the waterfalls. Many parts of the trail can be muddy and slippery during rainy seasons.
How to get to Brgy. Cayabu
- From Cubao, ride a jeepney going to Cogeo
- From Cogeo, ride a jeepney going to Batangasan (You might wait for the seats to be filled before taking off)
- From Batangasan, ride a trike and tell them to drop you off to Brgy. Cayabu Mt. Maynoba jump off
Expenses and Fees
- Jeep Cubao to Cogeo — Php 25.00
- Jeep Cogeo to Batangasan — Php 42.00
- Trike Batangasan to Jump Off — Php 200.00/Trike (1:4)
- Registration fee — Php 40.00
- Guide fee — Php 500.00 (1:5)
Total budget for a group of 5 hikers is Php 374
For inquiries, please text:
Romar – 0929 765 8457 / 0905 973 4256
TIP! Start your trek earlier so you can witness the beauty of the sea of clouds at the summit. The summit area is small, so start your trek early.
Personal opinion about the deemed 8 “Wonder Falls”. I think it’s just an 8-layered falls, (like Payaran Falls [7-Layered Falls]), but you can still visit this falls for experience. Lower your expectations on the water falls. For me it’s better called the “8-Layered Falls” rather than “8-Wonder Falls”