Laguna – the place in the Philippines that embraces the country’s largest lake, Laguna de Bay from which its named was derived. Laguna boasts several bodies of water that call the attention of trippers and vacationers.
Laguna is located in the southeastern part of Manila and is one of the provinces of CALABARZON region. It will take approximately 2 hours or more to reach Laguna if you’re departing from Manila. Laguna is also the entryway going to Lucban.
Laguna has several wonders to brag: food, springs, resorts, and the majestic Mt. Makiling. Making an itinerary is always helpful to make your travel worthwhile. So, here are the 7 things to do in Laguna that might just complete your itinerary.
Visit the Enchanting Falls
As what I have mentioned, Laguna is blessed with bodies of water, and happily, the spectacular waterfall is one of the real blessings. In fact, one of the reasons why vacationers from all over the country and of the world visit Laguna is because of the roaring waterfalls. Here are few of the many waterfalls you can enjoy:
Perhaps the most popular tourist destination in Laguna is the lovely Pagsanjan Falls which is also locally known as Cavinti Falls. And because this site is popular and accessible, it is just fair to expect that there will be several tourists when you visit Pagsanjan Falls. So, a word of advice, it is best to visit Pagsanjan during the weekdays (yes, there will be no weekenders). And also, Travel Guide Laguna advises vacationers to go in Pagsanjan as early as possible so you can have the best time in the falls while the place is less crowded.
To reach the stunning Pagsanjan Falls, you have to rent a banca (don’t worry, several boatmen will offer you their banca at a reasonable price, or you can have it booked earlier, contact your travel consultant). Then, you will be toured by the boatmen. You will pass on the water rapids and turbulent, in such case, you will be traveled roughly – no pun intended. Lush of greens and rock formations will be your view while on the trip.
Mother nature has never failed to prove that she is worth living. Hulugan Falls is another masterpiece of nature. The roaring sound of asplash of the waterfalls is stunning and very awe-inspiring. The humungous boulders create a way to the sloping cold water that pours down like heavy rain. Surrounds the falls are green and misty plants with huge rocks clothed with algae.
The waterfall serves as a portal to the cave where inside voices are just echoes and the sound of nature is a lullaby. Oh, the place is just so majestic and is really worth visiting. I don’t want to spoil everything so better check it yourself!
Laze on Water Parks and Resorts
Laguna is not just a paradise of handcrafted natural wonders but is also a place with lovely man-made resorts and waterparks. Families will probably enjoy going to these resorts.
The name itself spoils the surprises that wait inside the resort – splashes. Splash is all you’ll hear inside (hyperbolically, though) because this resort highlights long, high, and snaky water slides. The waterslide Magellan’s Drop is everyone’s favorite. Aside from that, you will also love the Curl-of-the-Orient, the AgosGrandes, and Big Bamboo. Some rides, though, are strictly exclusive for kids only. Splash Island has been a favorite of the majority. Not only it is a perfect place for recreation, but also for team buildings or barkada trip.
88 Hotspring Resort
Looking for a luxurious staycation where you can get the best out of your work leave or school absent? 88 Hotspring Resort is considered to be one of the best hot spring resort in Laguna that can offer you extreme happiness (in an extreme cost). This resort features swimming pools (warm and cold), Jacuzzis, mini bars, and deluxe accommodation.
Appreciate the country’s history in Rizal Monument
Born in Calamba, Laguna is the famous national hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal. And to honor his heroic schemes for his fellow Filipinos, monuments were built for him and apparently, the tall and lofty sculpture of Dr. Rizal stands proudly in the park, adjacent to the Calamba City Hall Complex. The monument in Calamba tells where Rizal was born, while the other monument, known as Rizal Park in Manila, is where Rizal was executed to death.
Enjoy the scenic view of Mt. Makiling
Laguna is at the foot of Mt. Makiling, a majestic and gigantic mountain with spectacular boulders. Several myths and tales were assumed about the genesis of this spectacular mountain because of its boulders that shaped like a sleeping woman. But what’s more important that being caught by these mystical stories is appreciating the gorgeous mountain with excellent contours that are covered in greens and foliage. And one thing for sure, the mountain is handcrafted, designed, and created for us.
Scream loud in the Enchanted Kingdom
Manila has Star City whereas Tagaytay and Pampanga have Skyranch. Alas, Laguna also has an amusement park to brag – Enchanted Kingdom. This amusement park is mostly visited by teens and families who have brave hearts (and for those who claim to have a brave heart). Several rides will rock your adrenaline such as Space Shuttle, Anchors Away, Wheel of Fate, and Rio Grande Rapids to name a few. There are also a bunch of rides that kids will enjoy.
Address: San Lorenzo Rd, Laguna, Santa Rosa, 4026 Laguna, Philippines
Contact: +63 2 584 3535
Have Lunch in Villa Escudero
A coconut plantation that turned resort, Villa Escudero welcomes vacationers and foreign travelers as they offer sight, entertainment, and cuisines that define the Filipino culture. The resort features museum and shows that tell the ethnology of the country. The Waterfall Restaurant of the resort is the most favorite amenity of the majority. There you will enjoy delectable local cuisines while hearing the strong splash of the waterfall and while your feet are soaked wet.
You won’t be a Philippine traveler if you don’t buy Pasalubong for your loved ones. Here are some of the pasalubong treats that you can buy:
Buko Pie – with golden crusts and creamy buko pieces inside, Buko Pie probably is one of the delicious treats here in Laguna. Shops and stores that sell Buko Pie are all over the street. Most of them claim to be “the original” so better choose the right shop.
Kesong Puti or white cheese is made from the Carabao’s milk, and thankfully, Laguna has a lot of it. However, if you will buy kesong puti for pasalubong, make sure to buy it just as soon as you leave to make sure that the cheese is still fresh when you get home.
Laguna is an ideal place for having a quick vacation or if you just want to have a quick dip to fight the weather. If you want adventure, go to the beautiful falls. If you want to keep warm, dip in hot springs. Otherwise, plunge your body in the cold water of waterparks. Enjoy the food and the people, and may you have a beautiful, perhaps, unforgettable trip in Laguna.