I decided to check out Kan-Irag Nature Park last Sunday. I’ve heard about the park from blogger friends but I never thought that it was interesting at all. Well, as what you might have already guessed, I changed my mind completely after my visit. Hehehe.

Kan-irag Nature Park is located in the mountain baranggay of Pung ol Kan-Irag Nature ParkSibugay. The park is part of the Central Cebu Protected Landscape and is situated right in the heart of the Kotkot River watershed. Previously a bald stretch, the 71-hectare property was successfully ‘saved’ by Ayala Land, Incorporated. In cooperation with other non-government organizations, Ayala Land, Inc. developed this piece of land after scrapping its initial plans of turning it into a golf course.

Today, the Kan-Irag Nature Park is in top shape after an intensive tree-planting project initiated by the organizations involved a few years back. Dubbed as a ‘natural science laboratory’, the park is now filled with local plant species. The foundation is hoping to lure back the 27 different species of birds – including the critically endangered Cebu Flowerpecker – which left the place years ago.

An integral part of the success of the project is the participation of local residents who promised to never harm birds and destroy trees in the area. In turn, they were trained and given jobs as park rangers, tour guides, attendants, food handlers, and maintenance crew.

Isn’t that cool?


Park entrance: Php50.00

Open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Kan-Irag Nature Park – Ayala Heights Cebu

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Before we start, I need to go to the bathroom. The batroom was awesome, by the way. :D

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All right. Are you ready? Let’s start!

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Going down, down, down.

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At the bottom, we saw this hut. Let’s just call it an ‘Info Hut’. Hahaha.

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Park Rules and Regulations. Read it thoroughly.

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A map of the entire trail.

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Park’s Vision/Mission

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All right. Moving on… Let’s move further down.

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Just follow those signs. You won’t get lost.

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A nice looking wooden bridge! Awesome!

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Just keep walking!

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Trees are labeled. So you get to learn a few things along the way. The park is perfect for guided tours and school educational trips.

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Going down!

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Picnic tables for families!

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Workers cleaning the area.

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A small pond.

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 Flower fields a few hundred meters away.

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This area gives you a nice view of Baranggay Kotkot.

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Hey! What’s that? Let’s check it out!

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Wow! The view is breath-taking!

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Let’s check out that tower!

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Clean rest rooms.

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When I reached the top of the tower, I saw this small flag. Hehehe. Cool.

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More flower fields.

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Ahhh! Green Cebu.

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An info board about the different species of birds in the area.

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Wow! Don’t you just love it?

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The awesome Transcentral Highway.

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This is the place where you can relax and cool yourself down before you show yourself to the crowd at the reception area. Trust me, you don’t wanna be seen all sweaty from the hike. Hahaha.

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Ahh. I can finally see the back of the reception office. We’re almost there!

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Note: There are a lot of things to see. I just wasn’t able to shoot them all. Hahaha.

Kalag-Kalag 2008
Jail House Rock



50 Comments on Kan-Irag

  1. nice mag picture2x dri lan… :)

  2. nindot gyud ipicture-picture diri macoy. hehhe

  3. I like (read as: admire) the idea of getting the active participation of local residents in the park development project.

    I love the pictures. Great! Great! Mao na nga pictures nga may tatak “Leylan”!

  4. salamat sir. tatak leylan man gyud! hahaha.

    yup, ang mga workers sa park kay mga locals. nindot kaayo nga idea.

  5. oiiii…i miss AHC…

    i used to work for MDC (2002-03), and this was one of our projects. *nostalgia galore*

  6. Beautiful indeed. I’m sure the birds, insects & people alike will enjoy the park. :-)

  7. Sa una during my college, we use to visit the whole watershed. Its was one of my advocacies. Its nice to know nga naa na pud diay bag-o nga stop-over (Kan-irag Nature Park.)

    Ley, as always… very good pictures you have there. Informative too. Unsa pa man ila plano sa place? I heard magbutang daw sila ug zip line….

  8. Leylander,
    You did it again. This is one of your best write up. I would never have known
    about this place. I’m near retirement and this is one place added to my ” places to go” list.
    Keep up the good works. I appreciate you.

    PS – How do I get there from the city? Do they allow companion dogs? Is camping allowed?

  9. hello atty ethelbert. yup, magbutang daw ug zipline in the future. mag tukod pud daw ug camp sites, playgrounds, resto ug uban pa. hehehe. 20 ha pa man daw ang na-occupy sa development karon. ehehhe

  10. hello sir Jose.

    if you have a car, subay lang ka sa transcentral highway. inig kita nimo sa ayala heights, mao na na.

    naka post didto nga pets are prohibited. im not sure about companion dogs, though. :D

  11. di jud ka magpakuyog sa imong laag. hmmmp! ahehe :lol: nindot ang place. woot!

  12. Ei, nice pictures… the way you arrange the pictures could actually tell a story already.. really nice job.. ;)
    lance from cebu too… hehehe

  13. great post!!! :D

  14. Are they also open during holidays or weekends?

  15. This is a beautiful place! I am going to visit Cebu this December and I hope to visit this nature park too. :-)

  16. I love nature and my wife too.
    Very well-taken pix and the way you wrote the blog is interesting. Keep on blogging!

  17. how much ang entrance fee? is it finally complete? ug asa na dapita kay wako ka tolx2….btw very nice pics…..

  18. read the info above. ty.

  19. nice sa mata, green kaau.

  20. do they have a contact number for resservations?

  21. do they have a contact number for reservations?

  22. asa ni dapit kuya? ?_?

  23. if mag-commute ka, unsay sakyan? how much kaha fare?thanks!

  24. if mag communte ka, i think habal2x imo sakyan, fare should be around 20-30 per head

  25. from city going there unsay sakyan? asa diay ni dapit? nice jud au xa, refreshing to both mind and body

  26. Ka anhi na man ko.. nindot. Kuyog sa mga Grade 6b sa St. Theresa’s College. Kami daw ang pina ka lingaw na batch!! haha :D

  27. do they have contact number? can i have please. thanks

  28. nice place…nag-plan jud ko nga puhon makaanha ra jud ko!

  29. You take great shots! :D Good job! I’ll add it to my must-visit places in Cebu. Thanks for sharing :)

  30. how do we get here if we dont have private cars??

  31. nice cai nee dri aii . superr lovee it :)

  32. badchick888 // April 13, 2010 at 11:03 am // Reply

    Love it…

  33. great pictures and story lines (captions)! ^^. wanna visit the place one day.. thanks for sharing it to everyone..

  34. Monna Liza // June 14, 2010 at 9:38 am // Reply

    saon man pag-anhi? unsa sakyan padung didto? I passed by Ayala Heights a few months ago pero I didn’t see the park… =)

  35. wala ni kaabot transcentral highway?

  36. o[en nani xia kuya..?dba g close pamn n xia for maintenance..?

  37. ge open nani xa ug balik?same japon ang price sa entrance?excited nami mang laag dri dah…..update m bi f na abli naba ni.. :))thanks……

  38. very nice place!!
    i want to go there soon..
    pila bayad sa entrance??

  39. how to be there??

  40. Wow, will certainly visit this place! thanks much for this post.

  41. wow very nice place sa pic ra nako na kita piro ganahan na jud ko maanha diha sa kan-irag park. asa ta dapit mo sakay f wala tay car.

  42. the place has been closed since 2011. not sure of real reason. some say the ayala’s want to make more upscale subdivision. but I doubt it. it’s a watershed area. by virtue of the law, no other structures (aside from those built inside the park, made mostly of bamboo and wood) are allowed in a watershed area, unless of course if some denr people were bought :( the park wasn’t earning much. perhaps the ayalas would rather spend their money in a more worthwhile business than continue maintaining this park intended for biodiversity conservation.

  43. asa man ni agion gikan mi talamban…

  44. Hi Ley~

    Thanks for sharing.. Hmmp, any idea kung pwede maka-stay ngadto? :) Thanks..

  45. thanks for sharing.. :)

    Help tho… unsay contact number nila? :)

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