Compostela Valley

One of its most famous natural sights is the Rafflesia mira, a parasitic plant that is the world’s largest flower, also notorious for its rotting odor. The Rafflesia mira is endemic to Southeast Asia, and more than 10 species have been recorded throughout the province, including in the foothills of Mt. Candalaga.

If you prefer less malodorous pursuits, you can check out the rest of the province’s promising attractions.

Among the more popular are the stunning seven-tier cascades of the Tagbibinta Falls, the folkloric Marangig Falls and the therapeutic waters of the Mainit Hot Springs.

Near the municipality of Mabini are the accessible beach of Kopiat Island and the lush mangroves of St. Anthony Island (Lunod Island).

Or explore the animal sanctuaries and hiking trails at the 100-hectare Camp Manuel T. Yan Ecotourism and Tribal Park at Nabunturan. One of the attractions is the nearby Mahayahay Cave, a spelunking site with interesting stalactites, stalagmites, pools of water and kabyaw (small fruit bats).

Those interested in cultural pursuits should visit a Mansaka village in Maragusan. The Mansaka were some of the province’s first settlers, and a visit to their village allows you to experience indigenous culture and its native dances first-hand.

Wondering where to stay? Compostela Valley houses several resorts. A favorite is the log cabin-style accommodations at the scenic Haven’s Park Highland Resort atop Maragusan Hill. And when you get hungry, you can sample various rice cakes at Bibingka City.