The province of Cavite played a huge role during the Spanish colonization as major historical events took place there. The 1872 Cavite mutiny, including the execution of Gomburza, was believed to have sparked nationalism among Filipinos, leading to the Philippine Revolution. The declaration of the county's independence was held in Kawit, Cavite; the hometown of Emilio Aguinaldo. Now, Cavite is one of the most organized and cleanest provinces in the country, providing travelers with a good mix of historic, cultural, and natural wonders.
Every year, thousands of tourists flock to Tagaytay to enjoy the cool climate and the scenic view from its highlands. Overlooking the Taal Lake in Batangas, the city has numerous parks with forests of refreshing pine trees like People's Park in the Sky and Picnic Grove. Upscale hotels, inns, restaurants, coffee shops, and stores line almost all of the major roads in Tagaytay.
Cavite is also known for being the birthplace of Emilio Aguinaldo, the First President of the Philippines. His home in the town of Kawit is where the independence of the Philippines from Spain was declared on June 12, 1898. The ancestral house is now known as the Aguinaldo Shrine. It has a museum where you can see artifacts from the revolutionary period and some of the former president's possessions. The balcony where Aguinaldo declared Philippine independence and waved the Philippine flag is still intact.
Corregidor Island is another historic destination in Cavite. It is known for being the last stronghold of the Filipino and American forces against the Japanese forces during World War II. Visitors can check out the old cannons and ruins on the island. There are also fun activities to do like hiking, sightseeing, and camping.
Cavite is only about one to two hours away from Metro Manila, depending on which part of Cavite you'll be visiting and the traffic situation. Whether you are commuting or driving, Cavite is very accessible.
For commuters, some of the terminals for Cavite-bound buses can be found in Coastal Mall and Baclaran in Parañaque, Cubao in Quezon City, Lawton in Manila, and Pasay. Meanwhile, those who are driving to Cavite can take the Cavite Expressway or Cavitex for a quicker route to some towns and cities in Cavite like Cavite City, Ternate, Noveleta, and Tagaytay.
Corregidor Island in Cavite can only be reached via cruise from Metro Manila. As of now, only Sun Cruises offers transportations via ferry and tours in Corregidor Island. Their terminal is located along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City, near the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The ferry ride takes around an hour.
How to Get Around
Jeep is the most common mode of public transport around Cavite. Various jeeps usually frequent main highways and roads. It is also the most affordable way of getting around.
There are also tricycles around Cavite that can take you to your desired destination. While the fare is a bit costlier, tricycles are also usually your only option to get to the more secluded and remote areas in Cavite.
What to See
When it comes to historical landmarks, Cavite certainly won't disappoint. The province played an important part in the history of the country, especially during the Spanish colonization period. Cavite is historic place where you'll discover several landmarks that serve as reminders of the country’s past.
Cavite's most famous historic landmark would have to be the Aguinaldo Shrine and Museum in Kawit, Cavite. This was where the momentous Declaration of Philippine Independence was publicly read in June 12, 1898. Several artifacts and memorabilia are on display in the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo, the First President of the Philippines. Just within walking distance from the Aguinaldo Shrine is the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, a Spanish-era Roman Catholic church. Another landmark found in Kawit is the Battle of Balikayan Monument, which was erected to commemorate the Battle of Balikayan, considered as the first significant battle in the history of the Philippines.
Corregidor Island is also one of Cavite's most prized landmarks. With its proximity to the Manila Bay, it served as one of the main defense bases of Manila for potential enemy attacks and was instrumental against the invading Japanese forces in World War II.
Meanwhile, you'll also find Fort San Felipe in Cavite City where the Cavite Mutiny took place in 1872. While in this city, you should also visit the San Roque Church where the allegedly miraculous image of the Nuestra Señora dela Soledad De Porte Vega is housed. Another landmark you also should not miss is the Thirteen Martyrs Monument in Trece Martires City. It was built in honor of the 13 Filipinos who helped in the movement against the Spaniards. They were all executed in Bagumbayan.
Cavite is home to various natural wonders that will definitely appeal to all nature lovers and explorers.
Its waterfalls are some of the most popular attractions in the province. To name a few, there is the Balite Falls in Amadeo, the Palsahingin Falls in Indang, and the Malibiclibic Falls in the town of Aguinaldo. You'll also find a natural spring water pool in Carmona, which is known as Ulong Tubig. For those who prefer to swim in salty waters, Katungkulan Beach Resort in Ternate is just one of the beaches you can visit in Cavite. It is also known to some as Boracay de Cavite.
For those who crave an adrenaline rush, a hike to Mt. Pico De Loro's summit is one of the favorite activities in Cavite. Also located in Ternate, the mountain is the highest peak in all of Cavite and is recommended for novice hikers. There are also caves like Cabag in Maragondon and Matala and Piitan Caves in Indang for those who want to include spelunking in their itinerary.
There are lots to see and do in Cavite, especially in Tagaytay City. Its cold climate is best enjoyed with a family picnic at the Picnic Grove, one of the city’s most popular parks. You can also swing by People's Park in the Sky for an amazing view of the highlands and the Taal Volcano. And if you are traveling with kids, bring them to Sky Ranch where they can enjoy the fun and thrilliing rides such as its famed Ferris wheel.
If you are fond of museums, Museo de La Salle at the De La Salle University- Dasmariñas houses several artifacts and memorabilia.
Events and Festivals
The Philippines celebrates Independence Day every June 12, but its grandest celebration takes place in Cavite. The Kalayaan Festival is held for two weeks (May 28 to June 12) and features colorful events like street dances, parades, different kinds of competitions, and a trade and food fair.
Apart from the province-wide Kalayaan Festival, each of the towns and cities also boast their own feasts. Cavite City celebrates the Regada Festival or Water Festival every June in honor of St. John the Baptist, while a gastronomic experience awaits all attendees of Bacoor's Tahong Festival every September.
Where to Eat
Fast Food Chains
There are numerous commercial areas in the cities and towns of Cavite, so you can expect to see a lot of fast food chains. You're bound to spot a Jollibee or McDonald's in the cities or town centers. The malls also feature food courts, giving you more choices when it comes to dining.
Tourists will also enjoy a gastronomic adventure apart from the relaxing retreat during their Cavite vacation. The province is home to several restaurants that offer different kinds of cuisines to cater to the different tastes of both locals and visitors. Whether you're craving for Filipino, European, American, or Asian dishes, you'll definitely a restaurant that serves your favorite dishes.
In Tagaytay alone, there are several restaurants that serve a wide array of dishes to please the palate of customers. Some of the restaurants along the highway offer delicious bulalo, one of the most popular dishes in Tagaytay. And since part of Cavite is near the coast, its seafood dishes are some of the best ones you'll have since they are guaranteed fresh. There are lots of seafood restaurants or dampa where you can feast on shrimps, shellfish, crabs, and different kinds of fish.
In Noveleta, Malen's Restaurant is famous for offering savory local dishes, including the province's local delicacies such as tamales, Imus longganisa, and tinapang salinas. Meanwhile, Sonya's Garden Restaurant in Alfonso remains one of the most well-loved restaurants in Cavite with the mouthwatering food it offers and complemented by its relaxing garden. For dessert, head to Bacoor for a taste of Digman's famous halo-halo.
Carinderia and Street Food
Eateries are the perfect dining option for those who are traveling on a shoestring budget. Enjoy savory dishes without burning a whole in your wallet. You can also enjoy street food for snacks like fishballs and squidballs.
Where to Shop
There are several malls in some of the cities and towns of the Cavite province where both locals and tourists can enjoy dining, shopping, and browsing for entertainment options. For instance, SM Supermalls has four shopping centers in Cavite: SM City Bacoor, SM City Dasmariñas, SM City Molino, SM City Rosario, and SM City Trece Martires. Meanwhile, Robinsons Malls has three malls: Robinsons Place Imus, Robinsons Place Dasmariñas, and Robinsons Place General Trias.
Markets and Street Vendors
Each of Cavite's towns and cities has their own public markets. Not only can you buy the freshest ingredients but also some merchandise like clothing and housewares, which are usually at cheaper prices as compared to malls. You'll also find some street vendors and stalls that offer pocket-friendly food products and even souvenirs.
What to Buy
Make sure to swing by the markets and buy a pack of Imus longganisa and tinapang salinas, some of the delicacies in the province. And if you happen to be in Tagaytay, swing by Amira's Buco Tart Haus and bring home a box or two of their delectable buco tarts.
ATMs and Money Changers
Banks, ATM machines, and money changers are available in town centers and malls throughout Cavite so you need not worry about running out of on-hand cash. If you’re heading to the remote areas like the beaches and waterfalls, it’s better to withdraw first from the city centers.
Fare: PHP 60.00++
Bus fares from Metro Manila to Cavite are usually cheap and cost less than PHP 100.00. When getting around the province via jeepney, the minimum fare is PHP 7.00.
Food: PHP 50.00 to PHP 500.00
A large chunk of your budget will go to food, so make sure that you stay well within your budget range. You can already grab a quick snack from the eateries for PHP 50.00. A nice restaurant should charge around PHP 150.00 to PHP 300.00 per dish. A budget of PHP 500.00 should be good enough for two to three people.
Shopping: PHP 50.00++
Outside of malls, there are many cheap shopping places in Cavite such as street stalls and markets.
Accommodation: PHP 800.00 to PHP 3,000.00
Depending on your budget, you can choose among affordable inns, mid-range hotels, and five-star hotels and resorts in Cavite for your accommodation.
Activities: PHP 100.00++
There are some attractions that charge entrance fees like Katungkulan Beach Resort (PHP 100.00) and Balite Falls (PHP 75.00). Make sure to do online research or call some of the tourist spots first to inquire about their entrance fees.
||Arrive in Kawit. Head to the St. Mary Magdalene Church and offer a prayer of thanks and for guidance and safety for your trip around Cavite.
||Arrive at Aguinaldo Shrine and Museum. Walk around and marvel at all the artifacts and galleries.
||Visit the Binakayan Monument.
||Visit the General Candido Tirona Monument.
||Arrive at Cavite City. Head to the Belfry of Recoletos Church and take several photos to add to your photo journal.
||Arrive at Fort San Felipe and immerse yourself in the history behind this landmark.
||Head to San Roque Church to visit the Shrine of Nuestra Señora dela Soledad de Porta Vaga.
||Dine at any of the carinderias in Cavite City. You can also try the international dishes at Cafe Antix Restaurant and their great coffee.
||Arrive in General Trias and visit the Andres Bonifacio House.
||Arrive in Dasmariñas and visit the Dasmariñas Catholic Church.
||Check out the artifacts and memorabilia displayed at Museo De La Salle.
||Arrive in Tagaytay. Check in at any of the bed-and-breakfasts or hotels there.
||Head to Sky Ranch Tagaytay and enjoy the various rides and attractions.
||Savor a steaming bulalo at any of the restaurants or roadside eateries. Some of the most recommended include Josephine's and Leslie's.
||Explore the nightlife options in Tagaytay. Sip a few cocktails at bars like Tanthoms Restaurant & Sports Bar, or try your luck at Casino Filipino Tagaytay.
||Visit The Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay to see the collection of thousands of puzzle pieces there.
||Say a quick prayer at the chapel of the Pink Sisters Convent. Write your wish on a piece of paper so the sisters can pray over it.
||Visit Tierra de Maria and marvel at the 50-foot image of the Our Lady of Manaoag.
||Feast your eyes on an amazing view of the highlands and the Taal Volcano from People's Park in the Sky.
||Enjoy a hearty home-cooked lunch at the cottages of Tagaytay Picnic Grove. After your meal, rest for a bit and enjoy other activities here such as zip-lining and horseback riding.
||Swing by Almira's Buco Tart Haus and bring home boxes of these goodies for your family and friends.
||Check out from your accommodation and prepare for departure to Manila.
Cavite and the rest of the country general have two seasons: the dry season during December until May, and the wet season from June to September. The weather is generally good all year round, but it's best to be prepared in case of sudden weather changes. Bring an umbrella at all times in case of rains or to protect yourself from the scorching rays of the sun. If you’re heading to Tagaytay, bring a jacket since it can be very cold especially at night.
There are a good number of private and government hospitals all over Cavite in case of emergencies during your trip. There are also drug stores around where you can purchase medicines in case of common sicknesses like colds, fever, and stomach aches.
Unlike other countries, the Philippines does not have a specific practice for leaving tips in restaurants. Some diners leave loose change, while others leave small bills like a 20-peso bill or a 50-peso bill. Some restaurants also already include a service charge in their bill so there's no need to tip your servers in that case.
Jeepneys remain the most popular mode of transportation in Cavite and in most destinations around the country. They are efficient if you want to reach town centers and tourist spots that are just along the main roads. Meanwhile, tricycles are your best bet if you want to travel to a hard-to-reach destination.
Safety and Security
Practice constant vigilance in any of your travels. While Cavite may be a generally safe destination, it's still best to survey your surroundings and store your valuables in a safe place.