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Tourist Spots in Laguna

Laguna province is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines. It is home to both natural and man-made attractions such as Pagsanjan Falls, Mount Makiling, Lake Caliraya, Enchanted Kingdom, Splash Island and many others.



The following are the must-see tourist spots in Laguna:

Lake Caliraya
Interestingly, Lake Caliraya in Laguna is a man-made lake situated in three towns - Lumban, Cavinti and Kalayaan. The cool mountain breeze of the Sierra Madre mountain and the deep waters of the lake combine to make Caliraya an excellent place for various water activities such as boating, jetskiing, water skiing, and windsurfing.

Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden, located along Lake Caliraya in Cavinti, Laguna, is a memorial park built by the Japanese government in the 1970s in order to commemorate the Japanese soldiers who died during the Second World War. Tourists and guests can take leisurely strolls among its gardens and appreciate the amazing scenery of Lake Caliraya and the Sierra Madre mountain range.

Rizal Shrine
The Jose Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna, the birthplace of the Philippines' national hero, is one of the most frequented historical and tourist sites in Laguna. An average of 270,000 tourists visit this shrine annually. According to the National Historical Institute (NHI), "It was in that house that the boy (Jose Rizal) was shaped and molded and who would become the finest expression of his race."


Splash Island
Splash Island in Biñan, Laguna is the largest water park in the Philippines. It has large water slides and rides for everybody's fun and amusement. Be prepared for an exciting day as you explore the park's various slides in various sizes and angles.

Enchanted Kingdom
Enchanted Kingdom (EK) in Santa Rosa, Laguna is the country's first and only world-class theme park. Enchanted Kingdom was recently cited by the government of Laguna for generating the biggest tourist arrivals in 2008. That's no wonder since kids and adults alike are especially thrilled to ride the various attractions that the park and recreation center has to offer.

Mount Makiling
Mount Makiling in Laguna is a legendary mountain named after its mystical dweller and protector - Maria Makiling. In fact, Mount Makiling is an inactive volcano. The mountain is ideal for hiking, camping, trekking, mountain biking, and bird watching.

Makiling Botanical Garden
The Makiling Botanical Garden in Los Baños, Laguna was established primarily to "support professional instruction and research related to forestry and plant sciences" of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB)-College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR). It was also designated as a tourist destination and as educational and recreational facility for the general public since 1965.

National Arts Center
The National Arts Center (NAC) situated in Mt. Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna is a center for aspiring young artists. The Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), a boarding school for artistically gifted Filipino secondary school students, is located here. For tourists, the NAC serves as the lookout point to Laguna de Bay, Talim Island, Crocodile Lake, and the surrounding towns of Laguna.

Pila Heritage Site
In Pila, Laguna, rows of old houses (Spanish era houses and houses built in the early 1900s) and ancient trees dot the town center or plaza, where the grand church San Antonio de Padua (built in the 1800s) is also located. Pila, Laguna was declared by the National Historical Institute as a national historical landmark and the Pila Heritage Site is preserved and protected by the NHI.

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
The Nagcarlan Undergroun Cemetery in Laguna is a burial site located inside, or more accurately, beneath a church. It is the only one of its kind in the Philippines. The cemetery is considered a national historical landmark because its underground crypt was used as a secret meeting place in 1896 by Filipino revolutionaries or Katipuneros.

 

Pagsanjan Falls
Pagsanjan Falls is probably the most famous natural attraction in Laguna. Pagsanjan, Laguna is the jump-off point to Pagsanjan Falls. You may rent a banca or small boat to take you to the falls or "shoot the rapids." Skilled and accredited boatmen will take you on a scenic boat ride at Magdapio River in order to reach the main falls.

Center for Philippine Raptors
The Center for Philippine Raptors in Laguna was previously located inside the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG) at Forestry, University of the Philippines Los Baños. It featured Philippine birds of prey such as the majestic Philippine Eagle, hawk eagle, Philippine kestrel, serpent eagle, etc. However, the center has been closed since September 2009.