Woke up before 5am so we could squeeze a side trip to Mt. Tapyas to catch the sunrise before we started the island-hopping tour. It's 724 steps up for an average 30-minute climb. No entrance fee. There were landing spots for resting, but it still was a heart-pumping climb all the way up. The view of the islands, sea and the pier was worth it. The best time to climb would be at sunrise or sunset to avoid the heat which can make your climb more challenging and also known as the golden hours to photo buffs who want to capture the great view and light. The climb will definitely wake up all your leg muscles so be ready to have some soreness though I didn't mind. Bring bottled water and some sweet candy to keep you going.
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