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Old Enchanted Balete Tree

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Address: Campalanas, Philippines

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mysterious rather than enchanting

its just located along the highway. the last i checked, there was no entrance fee and stalls when we went there in May 2014. but the fish spa experience was a relief. our local... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
krizel J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The tree is really impressive and the fish spa is very nice as well. It tickles at first, but you get used to it. There was an entrance fee and fee for the fish spa (5+5pesos) Other than that, the place is quite bizzare with two white dogs in a small cage next to a small monkey in a second... More 

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Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

...there are two dogs in a cage right at the entry. The policemen said they are in there for protection of the streets, but they could not move (at all) and wanted to get out. I guess like the monkey next to it they are just in there for amusement. Be aware of this, for me it was really hard... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The monkey and the dogs in small cages are SO WRONG. Really disturbing. There were 3 different fees we had to pay, alltogether less than 100 pesos for two persons and a parked scooter. The tree is beautiful and so are the fish. The place is easy to find and you can see the tree even from the road.

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Thank Mel1na
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

its just located along the highway. the last i checked, there was no entrance fee and stalls when we went there in May 2014. but the fish spa experience was a relief. our local tricycle driver gave us a brief history of their balete tree. it was mysterious and a bit eerie. haha

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Thank krizel J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little spot. Cool breezes and a nice fish pond allow for a few minutes of interesting squeals as you dip your feet in. The fish will nibble at your dead skin while you look up towards the 400 year old canopy.

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Thank Ian C
San Carlos City, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tree looks great and fascinating and indeed enchanting. I guess Balete trees have been branded that way because of its wild branches going out and making a tree of its own. And well of course, i believe every tree is enchanting especially this one so big and old as century. People love to sit around that small pond built... More 

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Thank Didzki
Barcelona, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is strange. First of all, it's right next to the road, I was expecting it to be a secluded garden or something. The tree is indeed beautiful and HUGE. On its foot there's a fish spa, which I think was created as a smart tourist gimmick. Or should I say tank filled with some fish. Some of them... More 

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Thank Bruno B
Dipolog City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

This place is simple but very relaxing. I love the energy that was produced by a 4 century old tree. Instagrammable place.

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Thank thonthesecond
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

Beside of the main road. No entrance fee, parking fee for moped 5 pesos, based for donations. Small and bigger fish will "clean" your feet. Nice place.

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Thank Jahu1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

This tree is so old and so complex - it's beautiful. There is now a little tourist area with shops etc and a charge for parking, but it's a tiny fee and worth it. Entrance is free. The tree itself is wonderful and feels very magical. The fish are hilariously tickly and it's lovely to just sit and let them... More 

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