Planning a trip? Those who love to travel know the essence of all travel is about you and your enjoyment. Travelers know that the destination is a major part in planning a trip, experiencing and delving deeper into an unfamiliar places, people and culture is paramount.
Expand your horizons and set your sight to the Philippines, an off the beaten path travel site! An undiscovered paradise made of thousands of islands and white sand beaches all around! A tiny dot in the map of the world, and yet a haven for travelers, backpackers, retirees and even passersby.
It offers awesome tourist attractions, magnificent beaches, hot spring resorts, colorful festivals, hundreds of scenic spots and world-class hotels and facilities. Not to mention the tropical climate, the affordable prices as well as the friendly and hospitable, English-speaking people! You will be glad you came, and we’re sure, you WILL come back for more FUN in the Philippines!
LAGUNA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Laguna is a province of the Philippines found in the island of Luzon. Laguna almost completely surrounds Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country. It is also famous among tourists for the following tourist attractions:
Pagsanjan is a town 102 km (63 miles) from Manila. It is most famous for the Pagsanjan Waterfalls, which are one of the top tourist attractions of the Philippines.
Once in the town of Pagsanjan, the tourist is taken by canoe up the river to the falls. Two boatmen row the boat against the fearsome current of the river and navigate carefully while avoiding the many boulders and eddies on the way.
Once at the Pagsanjan Falls, the tourist normally will be allowed to spend about half an hour there. Tourists can take a ride on a bamboo raft under the 91 meter (299 feet) high falls and explore the cave behind the falls, have a swim, take photographs, or just enjoy the spectacular natural views.
The trip back down the river is thrilling and memorable as tourists experience shooting the rapids (there are fourteen rapids in all) during the rapid descent downstream.
The rapids are exciting at any time; but if you have the choice, visit during the wet season (August and September) when the river levels are at their highest and the rapids are therefore even more thrilling.
One side note: the Pagsanjan Falls was the location used in shooting the closing scenes of the Vietnam war epic film, Apocalypse Now, by US director Francis Ford Coppola. There are some remnants of the film sets still to be seen in and around the falls.
Be prepared to get quite wet during your visit to Pagsanjan Falls. Place your camera and documents in a plastic bag to protect them.
Do not visit Pagsanjan on a weekend when huge crowds descend on the area. It is a good idea to stay overnight in the town of Pagsanjan and then visit the falls in the early morning when few other people are on the river.
Please arrange tickets with their tourist agency, hotel or guesthouse beforehand, to avoid getting charged a higher fee. See Photo Gallery…
Fresh air, cool mountain breeze, hot spring – Splash Mountain Hotel Resort has it all. Just an hour away from the metro, the five-hectare resort has a lot of amenities to offer making it a stand-out among the numerous hot spring resorts in Laguna. See Photo Gallery…
Caliraya Lake is actually situated in the three towns of Laguna, namely Lumban, Cavinti, and Kalayaan. It is a man-made mountain lake complete with coves and sand bars.
Caliraya Lake, Laguna is one of the most accessible travel destinations in Metro Manila. Caliraya Lake, located in the town of Lumban, Laguna, is about 2 hours away from Manila and very near Laguna Lake.
The lake of Caliraya is a man-made lake that used to be reserved for the elite. Today, it is open to everyone and it is an ideal place for spiritual retreats, company team buildings and vacations for the whole family. See Photo Gallery…
Mount Makiling is a potentially active volcano in Laguna province on the island of Luzon, Philippines. It rises to 1,090 m above mean sea level.
Since its adoption as a protected area by the University of the Philippines, Mt. Makiling has become one of the “mainstay” destinations for mountaineers, as well as scientists and tourists. The forest, which was restored during the 1910s, remains in pristine condition; a plethora of birds, reptiles, and other fauna continue to thrive in Makiling. Due to its popularity, the trails leading to Peak 2 are well-established, and no guide is necessary to climb the mountain. Although extensive damage was wrought by typhoon ‘Milenyo’ in 2006, as of the 2009 climbing season the UPLB trail has recovered and is now open for climbing. See Photo Gallery…
Located at Barangay Gagalot, Majayjay, Laguna, Taytay falls has some of the clearest waters. The water flows from Mt. Banahaw, through the mountain’s lush and untouched forest which keeps the water clear even during heavy rains. The water temperature is extremely cold even during summer but, for people who are not used to cold water, they can still take a swim for a few minutes before their teeth should start chattering. See Photo Gallery…
Hidden Valley Springs
With its enchanted-looking, magical and peaceful surrounding, ome would think that Hidden Valley Springs is a place in a fantasy book.
A world-class resort in Alaminos, Laguna (a province 63 kilometers south of Manila), Hidden Valley Springs is a 43-hectare tropical rainforest paradise. Located 5 kilometers away from the Alaminos town proper, it’s a tourist destination famous for its hidden valleys and crystal clear water. See Photo Gallery…
Enchanted Kingdom is a theme park in the Philippines. It is located in Santa Rosa City, Laguna, about 29 kilometers (18 mi) from Manila. It has a land area of 17 hectares (41 acres). The park was conceptualized by the Landmark Entertainment Group and modeled after Knott’s Berry Farm. It was built at a cost of P1.2-billion. The park first opened on July 28, 1995. See Photo Gallery…
Laguna is a quiet province with a lot of interesting tourist spots to offer!
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