Argao is one of the best places in the Southestern part of Cebu that is rich in culture and heritage not to mention the natural wonders that the place can offer to tourists and locals as well. From beaches, waterfalls, caves, nature park, church and other infrastructures and of course the famous and delectable Torta and Tablea with its thirst quenching Bahalina.
With that said, who would have thought that in the uplands of Argao, about 23 kilometers away from the town proper, there lies a nature resort that can be a safe haven to anyone who seeks refuge from the chaotic and busy city life and the usual overcrowded resorts near the metro? The resort is an eco-tourism facility in the highlands of Argao.
Coal Mountain Resort is owned by the Caminero’s that used to be a carabao grazing place, that was transformed into a relaxing nature resort. That’s the reason why, there are huge carabao sculptures near the pools as a reminder of the resort’s humble past. Dr Stanley Caminero, Argaos’ current Mayor is the owner of Coal Mountain Resort.
Coal Mountain Resort really is a secret haven, a hidden Jewel in the highlands of Linut-od, Argao, Cebu. It was built in the slope wherein the amenities are not readily visible upon entering the vicinity of the resort. You need to walk around the resort to find the other amenities and even you need to go downstairs in the hill side for the zip line, canopy walk, demo tunnel and the 3rd swimming pool that is located in the midst of the forested portion of the resort. On top of the resort, all you can see is the green mountains and some of which are part of the Dalaguete mountain range. Quiet relaxing isn’t it? The place is called Coal Mountain resort because underneath it, there are still a network of tunnels that exists that once used by the locals in coal mining few decades ago.
The place is secluded that will really fit to those who seek tranquility, peace of mind and wanted to stay away from the crowded tourist spots. Listed below are few reasons why you should check out Coal Mountain Resort on your next escapade.
Customer Service / Reception
It is really commendable that even though the staff were a little bit shy, but they were really hospitable and friendly. They were more than willing to assist their guests in every way possible.
Hospitality at its finest. You will feel like you are at home. Just talk to them to break the ice. A little conversation won’t hurt.
Canopy Walk / Hanging Bridge
Canopy walk is free of charge as this is used to access the 3rd swimming pool that is 16ft deep located on the adjacent mountain side. The canopy is a walkway made of bamboo slits built along the treetops supported with large cables and a railing with sturdy nets. This could be an interesting activity to try on. Worry not if you’re afraid of heights just don’t look down, you won’t fall though.
Coal Mine Demo Tunnel
The demo tunnel is said to be around 70 feet below underground and around 475 feet in total length as per the brochure info. Guests have an option to visit the tunnel and experience what it feels like to be a miner. The entrance of the tunnel is on the hillside near the canopy walk and have an exit point right on top of the resort. Be warned that inside the tunnel is damp and guests are advised to wear boots and helmet, needless to say headlamps.
Zip line and Cable Car
Zip line on the resort is about 220 meters in length. It can be an alternative and fastest way in accessing the 3rd swimming pool aside from the canopy walk access. Make arrangements with the staff when you’re going to avail the zip line / Cable Car as the operator is on request basis.
Spring water – fed pools
The resort offers 3 swimming pools, 4ft with slide for the kids and kids at heart, 7ft for adults and 16ft for those who wanted to challenge themselves and wanted to dive in. The pools will not close, guests can swim all day and night long except for the 3rd pool.
They have resto bar with a karaoke machine. They have beverages and water sold in the bar that we could say that it’s not really overpriced. Also you can sing your heart out in their karaoke machine (5 pesos for 2 songs).
The resort has function hall for conferences, training and food preparations etc.
Multi-purpose covered court
They have multi-purpose covered court in which we stayed overnight using our tents. Special thanks to Mayor Stanley for allowing us to camp in the resort. You can have some event held there as they have sound and light system. You can have your next team building activity or party here.
Accommodations of Coal Mountain Resort
Accommodations come in three kinds, rooms, nipa hut or the five-star hotel (tent). For the rooms, the largest room is good for 6 pax for only 1,500 pesos a night. The resort can accommodate around 50 guests.
On the other side of the resort is the small zoo. It has snakes, rabbits, lizards, birds, etc. After swimming or doing other activities you can try to visit the Mini Zoo just on the slope below the pools.
Food and Beverages
Guest can bring their own food or bring ingredients and cook their own meals in the resort. The resort has no corkage fee for food only. Guests can have their food cooked in the resorts’ Kitchen and are free to use their cooking utensils, plates, and washing area. If you are not planning to bring your food and decide to order in the resort, just inform the staff ahead so that they will have time to buy the ingredients for your orders as the resort is far from the supermarket or any convenience stores. You can ask the resort if you want to try the native chicken and they will cook it for you. One thing commendable also was that, we don’t pay anything for the gas that we used in cooking as most resorts do.
Despite the distance, Coal mountain resort is worth a visit. I’ll definitely come back! How about you?
For Inquiries/ Reservations and other arrangements, contact (032) 514-8577.
Entrance Fee: Php 20 / pax
1st and 2nd Pool use : Pph 50/pax
3rd Pool use : Php 50 / pax
Cable Car ride : Php 100 / pax
Zip Line : Php 120/pax
Coal Mine Tunnel: (Php 30 – 80 / pax)
Canopy Walk : Free
Function Hall (Conference + Dining Hall maximum 40-50 persons): Pph 1,000 unli use for 1 day
Multi-purpose covered court: Php 1,500
Rooms Good for:
6pax with local signal TV & CR – Php 1,500
4pax with cable TV & CR – Php 1,500
4pax no TV with CR – Php 1,200
Nipa House 4pax with local signal TV $ no CR – Php 1,000
Food: No Corkage
Soft drinks: 20/bottle
Alcoholic drinks: 30/bottle
Transport service (Van)
25-30pax with aircon
Cebu-resort: Php 9,500
Argao-resort: Php 4,000
10-12pax with aircon
Cebu-resort – Php 7,500
Argao-resort – Php 3000
Cebu- resort – Php 5,500
Argao-resort – Php 2,500
What do you think about the facility? Did the list convince you to pay a visit on this secluded mountain resort? Leave your thoughts in the comment box. See you!