15 Incredible Places You’ll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines

15 Incredible Places You’ll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines

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Laguna is a beautiful province located in the CALABARZON region in Luzon, Philippines. If you are coming from Manila, it will take you an hour and a half to reach the heart of the province (without the traffic). Because of the proximity, Laguna is known to be one of the best weekend getaway spots of people who would like to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the metro.

If you must know, I am a proud ‘probinsyana’ from this amazing province. I grew up and studied in Laguna and back then, I didn’t realize that there were a lot of hidden gems in the province. I heard a few of it, but it was just recently that it made noise in the travel and tourism industry. As I did my research, I now know why it became one.

For those who want a list of what you can do in Laguna, I will share with you 15 incredible places you can find in the province.

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1. Hidden Valley Springs in Calauan

A lot of people thought that Hidden Valley Springs is located in Alaminos, Laguna. However, this is just the entry point to this paradise. Its exact location is in a nearby town called, Calauan.

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This is where I grew up! Now I am feeling nostalgic. But I’m not here to tell you my childhood days. Instead, I’m going to brag one of the things that San Pablo City is known for – 7 Lakes.

15 Incredible Places You’ll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines

Photo by Jhugrae Mayos-Buswilan

You got that right, this city has 7 Lakes namely, Bunot, Kalibato, Yambo and Pandin (also known as twin lakes), Palakpakin, Muhikap and Sampaloc. According to other people, these actually crater lakes formed after a volcanic eruption.

15 Incredible Places You’ll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines

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There are different activities which you can do in each lake. You can jog around, ride your bike or eat local street food. However, if you want to camp overnight and swim, Yambo Lake is becoming a popular spot for it. You can even ask the locals to cook the meals for you. The best part about it is that it’s very affordable. I would recommend this if you are working on a tight budget.

Recommended Hotels in San Pablo, Laguna

Sulyap Bed & Breakfast – Casa de Obando Boutique Hotel

Sulyap Bed & Breakfast – Casa de Obando Boutique Hotel is cozy place with a nice pool to unwind, very rustic and relaxing. The property brings guests back to the olden times with it’s unique room themes. Definitely, this is one of the best hotels in San Pablo, Laguna.

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Auravel Grande Hotel and Resort

Auravel Grande Hotel and Resort is a clean cozy place with all the basic amenities. Price is good plust staff is corteous and very accommodating. Truly, this is one of the best hotels in San Pablo, Laguna.

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3. Villa Escudero in San Pablo City

A huge coconut plantation which is located in 3 municipalities and 2 provinces (San Pablo City in Laguna, Tiaong and Dolores in Quezon). If you want to experience and see a part of the Philippines culture, then a trip to Villa Escudero is recommended. You can ride the local jeepneys to go around, you can also visit museums and can even satisfy your cravings for Filipino food.

15 Incredible Places You’ll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines

Photo by Jhugrae Mayos-Buswilan

Villa Escudero also has the country’s first hydro – electric plant, Labasin Dam. However, in the recent years, more than half of the property was converted into an exclusive residential estate development.

Recommended Hotels in San Pablo, Laguna

Tahanan Ni Aling Meding Hotel

Tahanan Ni Aling Meding Hotel offers guests with the nice views of the Sampaloc Lake, just in front of the hotel. It’s a well-kept hotel with beautiful grounds, spacious lobby and clean rooms. Truly, this is one of the best hotels in San Pablo, Laguna.

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Tierra de Oro Resort-Hotel

Tierra de Oro Resort-Hotel offers guests with spacious clean rooms and has very friendly and accommodating staff. It’s an easy access to everything that the city has to offer, definitely one of the best hotels in San Pablo, Laguna.

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15 Incredible Places You’ll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines

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This is considered as one of the most famous falls in the country and located in the “Tourist Capital of Laguna”, Pagsanjan. To reach the falls, one would need to ride a boat and the ‘bangkeros’ or boatmen will happily serve as your tour guides. If you are up for a wet and thrilling adventure, then going to Pagsanjan falls is a must.

Recommended Hotels in Pagsanjan, Laguna

Pagsanjan Falls Lodge and Summer Resort

Pagsanjan Falls Lodge and Summer Resort is well recommended place with good rooms and very polite and courteous staff. Food here is delicious too and they can assist guests with trips going to the falls. This is definitely one of the best hotels in Pagsanjan, Laguna.

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Casa del Rio Resort

Casa del Rio Resort is a nice and quiet place offering guests with clean, cosy and spacious rooms. It also has a nice view of the Pagsanjan River. Truly, this is one of the best hotels in Pagsanjan, Laguna.

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5. Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan

15 Incredible Places You’ll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines

Underground Cemetery (Nagcarlan, Laguna) by Shubert Ciencia / CC BY 2.0

Nagcarlan is a quiet town in Laguna where you can find the only Underground Cemetery in the country. This is already considered a national historical landmark.  The cemetery was supervised by Fr. Vicente Velloc in 1845 as the resting place of the common residents. The underground was said to house only the remains of Spanish friars and other well – known people. During the Philippine Revolution, meetings were held here as well.

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6. Dalitiwan River in Majayjay

If you want to take a plunge into a cold and clear river in Laguna, one of the best choices is Dalitiwan River. Over the years, the area has been developed for tourists and locals to enjoy. There are now cottages, rooms and pools just in case you want to spend the night.

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7. Costales Nature Farm in Majayjay

This is the first agrotourism destination in the Philippines and a great place if you want to learn more about organic farming. This is really timely considering that there are a lot of artificially grown foods available in the market. If you are going to visit here, don’t miss the delicious servings of salads!

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8. Makiling Botanic Gardens in Los Baños

15 Incredible Places You’ll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines

Makiling Botanic Gardens by Timothy Soriano / CC BY 2.0

This is a tour which is recommended for those who are interested in flora and fauna. You can take great shots of flowers and you can even find rare plants and trees. Just take note that it would be best to visit in the morning so you can maximize your stay.

Recommended Hotels in Los Baños, Laguna

Blue Hotel and Resort

Blue Hotel and Resort is a cool relaxing place which provides guests options to experience glamping. They also offer spacious rooms, suitable for families or group of friends. This is definitely one of the best hotels in Los Baños, Laguna.

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Splash Oasis Resort & Hotel

Splash Oasis Resort & Hotel is a relaxing place suited for pool lovers as they offer numerous warm pools. Clean and very inviting, this place really offers pure relaxation, definitely one of the best hotels in Los Baños, Laguna.

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9. Mt.Banahaw

15 Incredible Places You'll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines (recommended hotels)

Mount Banahaw by jojo nicdao / CC BY 2.0

Mt. Banahaw is actually a volcano and has been one of the favorite trekking and hiking spots for thrill -seekers. For locals, it is considered a pilgrimage and they even call it ‘Holy Mountain’. Some even believe that there were a number of apparitions that happened in the area.

Recommended Hotels Near Mt Banahaw

The Farm at San Benito

The Farm at San Benito is a secluded property providing guests a feeling of relaxation. Food here is amazing too and staff is friendly as well. This is definitely one of the best hotels in Lipa, Batangas.

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Graceland Estates & Country Club

Graceland Estates & Country Club is a relaxing place perfect for that family getaway. It offers guests with lots of activities to choose from like climbing, boating, mini golf and more. Truly, this is one of the best hotels in Tayabas, Quezon.

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10. Lake Caliraya in Lumban

15 Incredible Places You'll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines (recommended hotels)

Caliraya after the storm by PROGep Pascual / CC BY-ND 2.0

It is a man – made lake originally for the elite. But now, a lot of company outings and family reunions are held here. That doesn’t come as a surprise considering the location, the view and the facilities it offers. It is very quiet and can take your mind off the pollution you experience in Manila.

Recommended Hotels in Lumban, Laguna

Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort

Caliraya Mountain Lake Resort is a relaxing place perfect for that quick weekend getaway. Lots of activities are being offered here like kayaking, zipline, boat paddling and more. This is definitely one of the best hotels in Lumban, Laguna.

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Lago Fishing Village Resort Hotel

Lago Fishing Village Resort Hotel is rustic serene place offering guests with newly renovated rooms. One of its features is the fishing village in their man made lagoon, which guests enjoy. This is definitely one of the best hotels in Lumban, Laguna.

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11. Buruwisan Falls in Siniloan

If you don’t mind long and winding roads, then get your bags and go to Buruwisan Falls. But before you can enjoy the waters, you need to trek Mt. Romelo.  Actually, the tiring journey will be worth it once you reach your destination. It doesn’t matter if you are an amateur when it comes to climbing or trekking as the trail is quite easy. There are even stations where you can buy snacks to recharge.

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12. Japanese Garden in Cavinti

History buffs should go to Japanese Garden in Cavinti as this was established as a remembrance of Japanese soldiers who died during the 2nd World War. Some folks say that the famous Yamashita treasure is hidden somewhere here.

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13. Heritage Site in Pila

15 Incredible Places You'll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines (recommended hotels)

One of Pila’s Ancestral Houses Photo by Melissa Carla Dapol

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14. Shoes and Slippers Stores in Liliw

Get the most comfortable shoes and slippers in Liliw Laguna. The best part about this is that these footwear aren’t costly. In here you can also visit a small restaurant which has been one of the best to get Italian food, Arabela.

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15. Century – Old Churches

During the holy week, Laguna can get pretty crowded. It is because it is one of the provinces most Catholics would like to have their Visita Iglesia. Who can blame them? The churches here are so stunning. Some of the favorites are the one in Magdalena, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Majayjay, Pila and Pakil.

15 Incredible Places You'll Find in the Province of Laguna, Philippines

St. John the Baptist Parish – Liliw, Laguna Photo by Yel Posadas

I’m sure there are a lot more to see in Laguna and I’m quite certain you will be back in here sooner than you thought.

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Comments 9

  1. Why Tayabas and Lipa??? Why Banahaw not Mt. makiling??? I thought that it’s for Laguna province , why not feauture the city of Calamba???

  2. Eco Park in Pangil is very natural, not this concrete all artificial picnic, swimming places that abounds around the place!

  3. I am inviting everyone to visit Cavinti Laguna! N taste our home made Espasol.. masarap po talaga,!lalo na ko maraming galapong ,so yummy…

  4. Can you feature the beautiful town of Magdalena? First time I was ther was in the early 60’s while looking for movie locations for the late Director Ed Romero. The second time was in the late 90’s when my classmates of mine with the late National artist Jerry E. Navarro sketching the surroundings. It still looked the same as when I first went there. It is like going back in time.

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