My first visit to Mt Samat was during the war museum inauguration near the Mt Samat National Shrine. Signified by a massive white cross on top, Mt Samat is a historical place and a must-see for anyone visiting Bataan. Just a few walking distances away, also on Mount Samat, was Dunsulan Park, which we also visited, but unfortunately, the zipline was closed and undergoing renovations at the time.
When I returned for the Pawikan Festival last December 2019, I was finally able to experience the Mt Samat Zipline.
Mt. Samat Zipline Adventure
The Mt. Samat Zipline is Central Luzon’s longest zipline. It’s 540 meters in length and starts on top of Mt Samat, which is 43 meters above sea level. The zipline finishes down at Dunsulan Falls.
The zipline costs P350 inclusive of gear, harness, briefing, and a zipline ride. If you get the P80 round trip shuttle service, you’ll get a free entrance fee to Dunsulan Park. The journey up to the LaunchPad takes 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can walk all the way up to the Zipline LaunchPad.
Up in the launchpad, you’ll dress up in zipline gear complete with a helmet and harness. You can pick the way you zipline down the mountain: seated or Superman-style.
There will be several staff to assist you as you reach the end of the Mt Samat Zipline.
You’ll also find a Tree Hopping Adventure (P300) when you land at Dunsulan Park. It’s a six-stage tree hopping adventure, where visitors can climb up several trees via a network of ropes and bridges. If you avail of this activity, you’ll get free entrance to Dunsulan Park, climbing gear, harness, and a quick orientation.
Dunsulan Park is the landing area of the Mt Samat Zipline. It has a picnic area and a view of Dunsulan Falls, a 30-foot high natural waterfall. As with all popular tourist spots, it’s a little dirty, and I urge everyone to throw their trash properly to maintain this natural beauty. If you’re visiting Dunsulan Park without ziplining down from Mt Samat, the entrance fee costs P50.
How to Get There
By Bus from Manila:
- Ride a bus headed to Balanga, Bataan. This will take 3 hours.
- Once in Balanga, ride a jeep headed to Cabog-Cabog until you reach the Mount Samat intersection in Diwa, Pilar, Bataan. This will take 20 minutes.
- Go down at Mount Samat, Pilar intersection.
- Take a tricycle up to the Mt Samat Zipline.
By Car from Manila:
- Take the North Luzon Expressway and exit at San Fernando.
- Drive along Jose Abad Santos Ave until you reach Lubao, Pampanga, and Dinalupihan, Bataan.
- The road will curve and become Bataan Provincial Highway.
- Continue driving until you reach Pilar, Bataan’s major intersection. Take a right turn to Gov. JJ Linao National Road.
- Turn left at Mt Samat Road.
- On the main road to Mt Samat, you’ll see the sign for the Mt Samat Zipline.
- Bring as little stuff as possible because they don’t have lockers for your bags.
- Bring sunblock, water, and a few snacks.
- Wear comfortable closed or strappy shoes.
- Expect long lines during peak seasons.
- There are a pay toilet and bathroom available.
- Zipline: P350
- Shuttle (Round Trip): P80
- Dunsulan Park Entrance Fee: P50 (applicable if you’re not ziplining or tree hopping)
- Tree Hopping: P300
Mt. Samat Pilar Zipline
Diwa, Pilar, Bataan Open from Monday to Sunday, 9 AM-6 PM