Making your way through nature destinations is a good way to rediscover the beauty and diversity of the Philippine islands. And if you’re dusting off your outdoor gear and making plans for a holiday in nature, why not start in Laguna? Despite being a skip and a hop away from Manila, there are still plenty of attractions in the province that travelers often overlook. From rugged mountains to secret swimming holes, we’ve rounded up seven of the amazing nature spots to explore in Laguna.
As one of the most iconic attractions in Laguna, Pagsanjan Falls is a tourist spot that most Filipinos have heard about. The majestic 300-foot cascade is a must-visit for tourists with cool waters that’s perfect for a refreshing dip on hot summer days. Hop on a sturdy raft to sail under the waterfall and into the Devil’s Cave. Even getting to the waterfalls is an adventure, either by a canoe ride through the beautiful Pagsanjan rapids or by trekking from town.
Address: Cavinti, Laguna
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In the city of San Pablo, there’s no better spot for a soothing soak than Bato Springs. The tranquil resort features multiple pools of fresh spring waters surrounded by flourishing flora and towering trees—a picture-perfect vacation spot at any time of the year. Other highlights include a man-made waterfall and cozy accommodations for tourists who want to stay overnight. Nestled between Mt. Cristobal and Mt. Banahaw, Bato Springs Resort is only two hours away from Manila, making it easily accessible for metro folks seeking a weekend of relaxation.
Address: San Pablo, Laguna
Hidden Valley Springs
Another underrated gem in Laguna is Hidden Valley Springs, an enchanting hideaway in the heart of the tropical forests in Calauan. Six natural pools are found in the private resort, from kiddie swimming holes to rejuvenating spa pools. It’s the ideal vacation destination for travelers who want a retreat into nature. Teeming with lush tropical plants and ancient Amlang trees, the resort is a tranquil yet vibrant natural paradise.
Address: Calauan, Laguna
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Set on the foot of Mt. Banahaw and surrounded by other peaks, San Pablo is famously known as the City of Seven Lakes with its picturesque crater lakes Sampaloc, Bunot, Calibato, Pandin, Yambo, Palakpakin, and Mohicap. A road trip through the city can take you to all seven lakes, although some tourists prefer to pick just a few to visit. Stunning natural views and swim-friendly waters in the beautiful twin lakes Pandin and Yambo make them a popular choice. Bamboo rafts are available for rent.
Address: San Pablo, Laguna
While the popular Lake Caliraya is man-made, it’s as much a part of the Laguna landscape as any other natural attraction. Through the decades, the lake has become a hotspot for fishing and outdoor recreation. There are a variety of establishments scattered throughout the lake area, such as the Caliraya Resort Club in Lumban. Here, travelers can enjoy a wide range of activities including swimming, kayaking, water biking, sky biking, rappelling, bungee jumping, and more.
Address: Cavinti/Lumban/Kalayaan, Laguna
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Mountain Lake Resort
Found on the banks of Lake Caliraya with Mt. Banahaw rising in the backdrop, Mountain Lake Resort is a fun-filled destination that boasts nearly 300 hectares of unspoiled nature and fun outdoor activities. Chase thrills and spills with recreational options like kayaking, ziplining, ATV riding, and jet skiing, while leisure travelers can indulge in the Jacuzzi, sauna, and massage rooms.
Address: Lumban, Laguna
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In the heart of Laguna is the legendary Mt. Makiling, a dormant volcano that’s famous not just for its mystic beauty but also for the tales and folklore on Mariang Makiling that’s been passed on for generations. Whether you catch a glimpse of the goddess during your hike or not, it’s easy to find magic in Mt. Makiling’s age-old enormous trees, vibrant flora and fauna, and cool creeks and rivers. Notable hotspots along the trails include the Makiling Botanical Gardens and the mud springs.
Address: Los Baños/Calamba, Laguna
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