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LAGUNA ITINERARY: 25 Best LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS and Things to Do (Travel Guide Blog 2021 for First-timers)

Laguna Tourist Spots Itinerary and Things to do

Looking for top things to do in Laguna, tourist spots, and best places to visit for your Laguna itinerary? Check out this Laguna Travel Guide 2021 to help you plan your trip!


Blessed with amazing natural wonders, rich heritage and culture, and a lot of exciting things to do, Laguna is one of the best places to visit and a popular tourist destination near Metro Manila.

A haven of exquisite bodies of water such as lakes, hot springs, and numerous waterfalls, Laguna's best known tourist spots are mostly its natural attractions. Because of its proximity from the city, it has become one of the favorite vacation spots near Metro Manila among travelers, nature lovers and adventure seekers. If you're looking for a place to visit for a much-needed vacation or for a quick weekend getaway, the province of Laguna is definitely worth visiting!

Are you ready to explore the amazing tourist spots in Laguna? Let me share to you my Laguna Travel Guide Blog 2021, with list of top tourist spots in Laguna and best things to do - from hot springs to theme parks, waterfalls, resorts, and many more!

LAGUNA TOURIST SPOTS, Things to Do & Best Places to Visit 2021



WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS LAGUNA TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG?

  1. Pagsanjan Falls
  2. Enchanted Kingdom
  3. Pila Heritage Town
  4. Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
  5. Museo ni Rizal in Calamba
  6. Caliraya Resort Club
  7. Hidden Valley Springs
  8. Magdalena River Rafting and Water Tubing
  9. Vonwelt Nature Farm
  10. Mountain Lake Resort
  11. Splash Island
  12. Mt. Makiling
  13. Hulugan Falls
  14. Seven Lakes of San Pablo
  15. Laguna Hot Springs Resorts
  16. Nuvali
  17. Isdaan Floating Restaurant
  18. Buruwisan Falls
  19. Paete Town
  20. Churches in Laguna
  21. Camp N Trail System at Nuvali
  22. Aling Taleng's Halo-halo
  23. Sulyap Gallery Café, Boutique Hotels and Restaurant
  24. Mt. Romelo
  25. Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort


Pagsanjan Falls Laguna

1. Be Amazed by Pagsanjan Falls aka Cavinti Falls

Location: Pagsanjan / Cavinti, Laguna

Pagsanjan Falls is definitely one of the most popular tourist spots when thinking about Laguna province. Also known as Cavinti Falls (local name: Magdapio Falls) it is one of the most popular waterfalls in the Philippines. As one of the nicest waterfalls near Metro Manila, Pagsanjan Falls is frequented by foreign and local tourists almost all-year-round. Though it is more popularly known as Pagsanjan Falls, it is actually located in the town of Cavinti, an adjacent town to Pagsanjan. You can get to Pagsanjan Falls by taking the boat from Pagsanjan or by trekking from Pueblo El Salvador Nature Park and Picnic Grove in Caviti. Read more about our experience here.

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If you want to spend a night or two, check out these top hotels and resorts in Pagsanjan.

TOP HOTELS AND RESORTS IN PAGSANJAN


AGILA The Eksperience at Enchanted Kingdom

2. Fun day at Enchanted Kingdom

Location: RSBS Boulevard, San Lorenzo South, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna

Spending a day at Enchanted Kingdom of the most popular things to do in Laguna. Enchanted Kingdom or "EK" is a theme park located in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna. It's undeniably the best theme park in the Philippines where the whole family, kids and group of friends can enjoy a day of magical adventure and fun rides. Not to missed is one of their newest attractions, AGILA: The EKsperience which is the Philippines' first flight simulation ride showcasing the beauty and wonders of the Philippines.

Theme and amusement parks are not just for kids, but for adults too! Enchanted Kingdom takes pride in its world-class rides and safety protocols. Bring your friends and the whole family for exciting and thrilling experience on rides like the Jungle Log Jam, Rio Grande Rapids, and of course the Space Shuttle!

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3. Discover Pila Heritage Town

Location: Poblacion, Pila Laguna

If you're someone who loves heritage and visiting old towns, don't miss visiting the heritage town of Pila. Here, you will see how the original Spanish-era layout of the town has basically remained intact. The spacious plaza dominates the poblacion with the Church on one side and the Pila Municipal Hall on the other end. Surrounding the plaza are the elegantly restored ancestral houses of the principalia or the elite which dates back to Spanish colonial period.

The town's historic center was declared a "National Historical Landmark" by the National Historical Institute on May 17, 2000. It is the 4th town to be declared as a National Historical Landmark. The other towns are Vigan in Ilocos Sur, Silay City in Negros Occidental, and Taal in Batangas.

READ MORE: Weekend in Pila, Laguna, “A Town Declared a National Historical Landmark”

Pagsanjan Falls Laguna

4. Visit the Historic Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Location: Brgy. Bambang, Nagcarlan Laguna

Built by the Franciscan Missionaries in 1851, Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is said to an underground crypt were Filipino revolutionaries plotted against the Spanish rule. Because of it's rich history, this burial ground has been inscribed by the National Historical Institute as a National Historical Landmark. It is open daily (except Mondays) from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm. No entrance fees are collected from visitors but donations are welcome for the maintenance of the historical landmark. It's definitely one of the must-visit tourist spots in Laguna that you should include in your itinerary.

5. Visit Museo ni Rizal in Calamba

Location: F. Mercado and Rizal Sts., Calamba Laguna

Located along Mercado Street and Rizal Street in Calamba City, this is the birthplace and hometown of Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. This house is a replica of the original two-story, Spanish-Colonial style house where Jose Rizal was born on June 19, 1861. The Museo ni Jose Rizal in Calamba has six galleries featuring Rizal's early education, his travels abroad, and nationalist undertakings in Europe. The museum is open daily (except Mondays) from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm. Admission is free.

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6. Experience Caliraya Resort Club

Location: Brgy. Lewin, Lumban Laguna

Known as one of the "best resorts in Laguna," Caliraya Resort Club is a 7.6-hectare resort located on top of a mountain in the lush mountainside area of Brgy. Lewin in Lumban, Laguna. Being a resort near Metro Manila, it is an awesome place to have a quick escape with your family and friends to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and to beat the summer heat of the metropolis.

Go on a day tour to Caliraya Resort in Laguna and enjoy the resort’s exciting amenities including 3 swimming pools, wave pool, obstacle courses, giant earthball game, and many more!

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If you wish to go for an overnight stay, they also offer wide array of accommodation options ideal for couples, families and group of friends. It's also a good base when exploring the top Laguna tourist spots!


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OTHER HOTELS AND RESORTS IN LUMBAN


DAY TRIPS FROM MANILA TOURS NEAR METRO MANILA
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7. Have a Relaxing Vacation at Hidden Valley Springs

Location: Calauan, Laguna

Located in Calauan, Laguna, enjoy the serene atmosphere deep within the tropical rainforest, simply relax and have a quiet vacation at Hidden Valley Springs. One of the best Laguna tourist spots to include in your itinerary, discover paradise together with your friends, family or special someone while enjoying the lush greens deep within the heart of the forest while enjoying sweet Filipino treats and delicacies.

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whitewater rafting in Laguna

8. Enjoy Magdalena River Rafting and Water Tubing Adventure

Location: Magdalena, Laguna

Magdalena is a landlocked municipality in Laguna. It is a very quaint, unassuming town that is not your typical tourist destination. But did you know that you could enjoy river rafting and water tubing in Magdalena? One of the top things to do in Laguna and best enjoyed during the rainy season, River Rafting and Water Tubing in Magdalena is an awesome adventure that is worth trying. Don't miss the swimming or dipping in cold water of the Balanac river where the rafting is done and end it with a refreshing swim at the dam. It's an awesome escape from the very humid Metro Manila!

For more photos and to know more about river rafting and water tubing in Laguna, check our my post Whitewater Rafting and Water Tubing Adventure in Magdalena.


9. Have some quiet time at Vonwelt Nature Farm

Location: Brgy. Sabang, Magdalena Laguna

Vonwelt Nature Farm in Magdalena, Laguna is situated amid tall trees and lush green surroundings offering a relaxing and serene atmosphere that will surely let your stresses away. As it is located at the foot of a mountain, the cool climate at the resort will surely be a delight to every guest. They offer several rooms for couples, group of friends, families, or even for company outings. For more photos and to know more about Vonwelt Nature Farm, check our my post Quiet and Relaxing Stay at Vonwelt Nature Farm.

DAY TRIPS FROM MANILA TOURS NEAR METRO MANILA
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10. Enjoy Mountain Lake Resort

Location: Brgy. East Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna

This recreational resort near Lake Caliraya offers a variety of amenities that are sure to take your stress away! Enjoy an amazing day tour at Mountain Lake Resort and get to try some of their facilities perfect for a fun bonding activity with your family and friends. You can enjoy their swimming pool, face your fears and cross their hanging bridge, or enjoy an exhilarating ride at their zipline.

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DAY TRIPS FROM MANILA TOURS NEAR METRO MANILA
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11. Get wet and wild at Splash Island Water Park

Location: Southwoods Ave, Biñan, Laguna

Want to escape the summer heat in Metro Manila? Why not go on a day trip to Splash Island in Biñan, Laguna? Dubbed as "Laguna's biggest water park", Splash Island is a popular Laguna tourist spot offering more than 20 slides, rides, and attractions designed to provide you a day filled with aqua thrills! A day in Splash Island will surely be a fun and exciting holiday for the whole family. It's definitely one of the best things to do in Laguna especially during summer season. The waterpark is open daily from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm.

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Laguna Tourist Spots Itinerary

12. Hike Mt. Makiling

Location: Laguna

Named after the famous local legend of Maria Makiling, this mountain and forest reserve is one of the most popular hiking spots near Metro Manila. While the forest is the main reason many people flock here, the views you experience from certain parts of the mountain are not to be missed either. An iconic Laguna tourist spot, you could enjoy a view of Mt. Makiling from many towns and cities in Laguna.

13. Be Mesmerized by Hulugan Falls

Location: Brgy. San Salvador Lu,isiana, Laguna

Located in Barangay San Salvador in Luisiana, Hulugan Falls is one of the most popular tourist spots in Laguna. Frequented by nature lovers and adventure seekers, it is said to be the tallest waterfalls in Laguna at a height of 70 meters. Sorrounded with lush foliage and stunning views, Hulugan Falls is definitely a must visit in the province of Laguna. If you wish to explore more, there are two other falls nearby that you can add in your Laguna itinerary - namely Talay Falls and Hidden Falls.

14. Discover the Seven Lakes of San Pablo

Location: San Pablo City, Laguna

Another must-visit Laguna tourist spot is the Seven Lakes of San Pablo. They are namely Lakes Bunot, Calibato, Muhikap, Palakpakin, Sampaloc, Pandin and Yambo. Ideal for those who want to relax and are looking for a quick trip from Metro Manila, these lakes are said to be volcanic in origin and were created over the centuries. Here, you can go swimming, picknicking, cycling, jogging, rafting, trekking, sightseeing or just enjoy the beautiful views. This is the reason why San Pablo city is popularly called the "City of Seven Lakes", referring to the Seven Lakes of San Pablo.

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15. Enjoy Laguna Hot Spring Resorts

Location: Los Baños and Calamba Laguna

This is probably one of the most popular things to do in Laguna!

Set at the foot of Mount Makiling, there are many hot spring resorts in the towns of Los Baños and Calamba. Most of them are private resorts that you could rent the whole resort and enjoy privately with your family and friends. These resorts are ideal for small gatherings such as birthdays, anniversaries and team building events. Below are some hotels and resorts to choose from. Be sure to make your booking as early as possible to get your preferred schedule and to get the best rates and discounts.

TOP HOT SPRING RESORTS IN CALAMBA & LOS BAÑOS


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16. Experience Nuvali

Location: Santa Rosa, Laguna

Nuvali is a world-class eco-community in Sta. Rosa City. In recent years, it has been a favorite destination among weekenders and city dwellers because of its proximity from the metropolis. Just an hour away south of Metro Manila, Nuvali offers an array of fun and exciting activities making it an ideal destination to visit with your families, friends and special someone. It is an ultimate residential, commercial, and recreational complex that has something to enjoy for everyone.

To fully enjoy Nuvali's amazing leisure and recreational facilities, staying for a night or two is highly recommended.

HOTELS & RESORTS IN/NEAR NUVALI



17. Dine and take a lot of photos at Isdaan Floating Restaurant

Location: National Hi-way, Calauan Laguna

Located in Calauan, Laguna, Isdaan Floating Restaurant is a dining tourist spot in Laguna and an awesome place where you, your family and friends can enjoy a unique and festive Filipino dining experience. It is not just a restaurant, but can also be considered a recreational park because of the many nice things that you can do and experience in this place. Isdaan Floating Restaurant is an amazing treat for those who enjoy both good food and great ambience. It is open daily from 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM.

18. See Buruwisan Falls

Location: Siniloan, Laguna

Another must-visit waterfall and tourist spot in Laguna is the Buruwisan Falls. Located in Mt. Romelo in the town of Siniloan, the north-easternmost town of the province of Laguna. This mountain is home to 7 stunning waterfalls and the most popular and most accessible is the Buruwisan Falls. This waterfalls is frequented by hikers and campers for its amazing view and nice campsite. It's a good place to swim with water cascading from a height of approximately 50 meters into large natural pool.

Top things to do in Laguna tourist spots

19. Explore Paete Town

Location: Paete, Laguna

Known to be the "Carving Capital of the Philippines", Paete, Laguna is famous for its generations of highly-skilled carvers and their woodcarvings. From life-size statues of saints to angels, and other decorative pieces, the carvers of Paete surely makes one of the best wordcarvings in the Philippines. More to that, the town is also famous for its colorful craft called taka or papier-mache horses.

Also not to be missed when visiting Paete is the Paete Church or the Saint James the Apostle Parish Church which is a "National Historical Landmark". Other tourist spots to visit in Paete are: Tatlong Crus, Matabungca Falls, and Wawa Park.

LAGUNA VISITA IGLESIA CHURCHES

20. Laguna Visita Iglesia

Location: Different towns of Laguna

Laguna is home to many old and historical catholic churches. If you want to go on a Visita Iglesia in Laguna, it will not just be a religious pilgrimage but also a historical and cultural tour. Click here to see the list of churches in Laguna that you should include in your Laguna Visita Iglesia itinerary.

Camp Nuvali Laguna


21. Experience Camp N Trail System at Nuvali

Location: Nuvali, Santa Rosa City, Laguna

Camp N is a premier outdoor adventure and team-building facility that aims to serve as an incubation for self-discovery through obstacles and challenges testing one’s physical limits, mental abilities, and even character and values. Located just an hour away south of Metro Manila, Camp N is a convenient destination for bonding among coworkers, families, and friends looking for active fun and adventure.

ALSO READ: Top 10 Venues for TEAM BUILDING & COMPANY OUTING Near Manila

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Things to do in Laguna Tourist Spots

22. Indulge on Aling Taleng's famous Halo-halo

Location: Gen. Luna St. Pagsanjan, Laguna

Looking for a place to eat after exploring Pagsanjan Falls? Check out Aling Taleng's Halo-halo and Restaurant!

Known to have been existing since 1933, Aling Taleng's Halo-halo is a popular halo-halo store in Pagsanjan, Laguna. Located in a residential area, it's very near the town church, municipal hall and town plaza of Pagsanjan. The ingredients of their famous halo-halo are white beans, red beans, macapuno, ube and some preserved fruits. What's interesting with their halo-halo is that instead of using ice cream or leche flan as topping, they use candied "kundol". The combination is quite unique and tastes really good!

ALSO READ: Must-try Halo-halo in the Philippines


23. Enjoy Sulyap Gallery Café, Boutique Hotels and Restaurant

Location: Cocoland Compound, Brgy. Del Remedio, San Pablo, Laguna

Located in San Pablo City, Sulyap Gallery Café, Boutique Hotels and Restaurant is another one of the must-visit places in Laguna. As the name suggests, "Sulyap" takes you to have a peek into to the past. Inside the compound are a restaurant, an art gallery, beautiful gardens, a swimming pool, and four casas which houses the hotel. So, if you're looking for a place where you could "travel back in time," visit Sulyap Gallery Café, Boutique Hotels and Restaurant in San Pablo City. It's also a great base from which to explore this vibrant city.

If you wish to stay ovenight at Sulyap Boutique Hotels, check out the room rates and availability below. Be sure to book in advance to get the best rates and discounts!

24. Hike Mt. Romelo

Location: Siniloan, Laguna

Located in the town of Siniloan, Laguna, Mt. Romelo is called "the land of waterfalls", where you could find many stunning waterfalls. Standing at 240 meters above sea level, it is relatively an easy feat and can be hiked on a day tour. It is an ideal destination for beginners and an easy chill hiking kind of adventure. The hike can get steep and muddy, but it's quite rewarding when you get to see the waterfalls.

WATERFALLS IN MT. ROMELO

  • Buruwisan Falls
  • Diwata Falls
  • Sapang Labo Falls
  • Sampaloc Falls
  • Batya-Batya Falls
  • Lazones Falls
  • Binaytuan Falls
  • Sebakon Falls
  • Twin Falls

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25. Experience Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort

Location: San Pablo, Laguna, Tiaong and Dolores Quezon

Villa Escudero is so big, it is located in three municipalities in two provinces, namely San Pablo City in Laguna and the towns of Tiaong and Dolores in Quezon Province. A popular destination near Metro Manila, it offers a relaxing getaway with a cultural twist. Ideal for the whole family, it's an awesome place to learn Filipino culture, ride bamboo raft, and feast on Filipino dishes while enjoying a man-made waterfalls. You can avail a day tour package at Villa Escudero which includes an English speaking tour guide, carabao cart ride, raft ride at Lake Labasin, lunch at the waterfalls, complimentary drinks, and cultural shows. They also have accommodation facilities if you want to stay overnight. It is an awesome getaway to relax and enjoy the time with your family while embracing Filipino culture and heritage, and of course savor on delicious Filipino food!

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SAMPLE LAGUNA ITINERARIES


Here are sample itineraries that you could follow when exploring the Province of Laguna. Feel free to adjust it depending on the number of days, the tourist spots you want to visit, things you want to do, and where you are coming from. These sample Laguna Itineraries could also serve as your guide in making your own itinerary.

Suggested Laguna Visita Iglesia Itineray (Route)


If you're coming from southern Metro Manila, take South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and start your Visita Iglesia in San Pablo, then go to the town Bay via Calauan, then proceed to Pila, Sta. Cruz and Pagsanjan. Go back to Sta. Cruz and take San Luis Road going to the town of Magdalena. From there, proceed to Liliw via the Liliw-Magdalena Road. Next is Nagcarlan then proceed to Majayjay, Cavinti, Lumban, Kalayaan, Paete, and lastly, Pakil. Go back to Manila via the Manila East Road passing through the province of Rizal.

If you're coming from Quezon City and northern cities or provinces north of Manila, take the reverse route starting from Pakil Church and end at San Pablo Church. Take South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) going back to Manila.

Sample 2 Days and 1 Night Laguna Itinerary


DAY 1 PAGSANJAN & CALIRAYA IN LUMBAN

  • Depart for Pagsanjan
  • Arrive in Pagsanjan
  • Pagsanjan Falls
  • Lunch at Aling Taleng's Halo-halo and Restaurant
  • Explore the town of Pagsanjan
  • Proceed to Caliraya Resort Club
  • Check-in
  • Dinner
  • Sleep

DAY 2 ENJOY CALIRAYA + DEPARTURE

  • Breakfast
  • Enjoy Caliraya Resort Club's amenities and facilities
  • Hotel check-out
  • Travel to Calauan
  • Lunch at Isdaan Floating Restaurant
  • Visit the Heritage Town of Pila
  • Departure / Back to Manila

Villa Escudero Day Tour Itinerary

  • 09:00 am - meet up at Starbucks, SM Mall of Asia
  • 11:00 am - arrive at Villa Escudero
  • 11:00 am - 11:15 am - quench your thirst with welcome drinks
  • 11:15 am - 12:30 pm - tour the Escudero family museum tour and ride a carabao cart
  • 12:30 pm - 14:00 pm - enjoy a lunch buffet at the Waterfall Restaurant
  • 14:00 pm - 15:15 pm - cultural show or raft ride at Lake Labasin
  • 15:15 pm - travel back to Manila
  • 17:00 pm - end of tour at Starbucks, SM Mall of Asia

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Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour Itinerary

  • Time: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Meet up at Starbucks SM Mall of Asia
  • Depart for Pagsanjan Falls
  • Arrive at Pagsanjan Falls
  • Lunch at Tropical Resort
  • Boat rafting experience
  • Visit Devil's Cave
  • Free time
  • Travel back to Manila
  • End of tour at Starbucks SM Mall of Asia

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Indeed, the Province of Laguna never ceases to amaze us with its many tourist destinations and lovely attractions, as well as resorts and recreational facilities that any intrepid traveler will surely love and enjoy.

Don't miss visiting these top things to do and tourist spots in Laguna that you should include in your itinerary! Tara na sa Laguna!



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