Top 21+ Laguna Tourist Spot: Cascading Falls & Historical Attractions

Explore cascading waterfalls, pristine lakes, historical landmarks, and other amazing tourist spots in Laguna. Find out the best things to do and the off-beaten destinations in this detailed travel guide.

Laguna province is one of the most visited weekend getaways, owing to its proximity to Metro Manila. It’s also home to some of the Philippines’ most popular tourist spots embodied by no other than the famed Pagsanjan Falls.

But there is so much in Laguna’s sleeves that are slowly hitting the ecotourism attention.

Cascading waterfalls, enchanting lakes, mystical forests and mountains, and pristine rivers await when you visit Laguna. Add to these various destinations that will make you appreciate the rich history and culture of the province.

Laguna is indeed a bastion of natural, historical, and cultural attractions rolled into one.

If you’re planning to visit, don’t miss out on the following attractions. 

Behold Natural & Man-Made Laguna Tourist Spots

1. Mt Makiling

Mt Makiling is one of the best tourist spots/destinations in Laguna province.

Mt Makiling is Laguna province’s most popular hiking destination. It is immortalized in the local folklore as the home of Maria Makiling, a goddess who protects the mountain.

Hiking to Mt Makiling will immerse you into the wilderness as pristine forests cover the mountain. Much of the trail is paved, so it’s friendly for beginners.

Along the way, you’ll catch sight of towering trees, and the biggest flowers in the world called Rafflesia. When we visited, we chanced on a snake and centipedes. It was an exhilarating encounter.

While atop, you’ll get a panoramic view of Laguna De Bay and the surrounding plains and mountains.

  • Location/Jump-off: College of Forestry, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna
  • Trekking Time: 3-4 hours
  • Contact Numbers: (049) 536 3572, (049) 536 3572
  • Website: mountmakiling.org
  • Note: You are only allowed to trek to the summit from 5 AM to 9 AM.

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2. Mt Makiling Botanical Garden

Mt Makiling Botanical Garden is one of the best tourist spots/destinations in Laguna province.

If you’re done climbing Mt Makiling’s summit, you can trek back to the lower station and explore Mt Makiling Botanical Garden.

Here, you’ll find a plethora of unique flora and fauna species, including blooming orchids and other wildflowers.

The trees are so tall that you might think spirits are living on them. It’s a perfect getaway, especially for those who wish to enjoy nature at its finest.

  • Location/Jump-off: College of Forestry, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna
  • Trekking Time: 1 hour
  • Entrance Fee: Php 10 per person
  • Contact:
    • Tel. Number: (049) 536 2637
    • Website: makilingbotanicalgardens.com

3. Mt Makiling Mud Spring

Mt Makiling Mud Spring is one of the best tourist spots/destinations in Laguna province.

After my friend and I assaulted the summit of Mt Makiling, we hiked our way down to Mt Makiling Mud Spring, located at the lower station.

From the road, you’ll need to trail on dense forests before finally seeing this mystic spot. It’s like a small pond with boiling mud, probably, because of the mountains’ volcanic feature. It also emits steams.

Lush forests surround it, and nearby, there is a brook with sulfuric waters. The mud spring is one of the off-beaten tourist spots/destinations in Laguna.

  • Location/Jump-off: College of Forestry, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Laguna
  • Trekking Time: 2 hours
  • Entrance Fee: None

4. Lake Yambo

Lake Yambo is one of the best tourist spots/destinations in Laguna province.
Photo by: The Juicy Vlog

Although most of the lake lies in San Pablo municipality, one-third of it is part of Nagcarlan. It’s also more accessible from the later. The lake is a locally-popular site for bamboo rafting.

You can also swim on its greenish and pristine waters. There’s just nothing like it sitting on the raft while gazing at the rustic sceneries.

  • Location/Jump-off: Nagcarlan

5. Bunga Twin Falls

Photo by: The Everywhereist

Bunga Twin Falls is one of the hidden tourist spots/destinations in Laguna. It measures around 45 feet high. You can jump or dive from one of the surrounding boulders towards the pool.

The green foliage surrounding Bunga Twin Falls also offer a rejuvenating experience.

  • Location/Jump-off: Nagcarlan
  • Entrance Fee: Php 5
  • Parking Fee: Php 30
  • Cottage Rental: Php 200

6. Pagsanjan Falls/Cavinti Falls

Photo by: @esudeli  via Fun Travel PH

Pagsanjan Falls or Cavinti Falls is arguably the most popular tourist spot in Laguna. It is a multi-layered cascade with a wide and very deep pool. One of the favorite activities here is riding a raft towards the base of the waterfall, and behind it is a small cave.

The journey to the falls alone will lead you to various breathtaking sites.

  • Location/Jump-off: 4013, Cavinti Bridge I, Cavinti
  • Boating Fee: Php 1500 per head for a roundtrip
  • Operating Time: 8 AM to 3 PM
  • Contact: (049) 501 3544

7. Dalitiwan River

Dalitiwan River is one of the cleanest rivers in the province, emanating from lush forests upstream. There are multiple pockets of deep pools that are ideal for swimming and cliff jumping or diving.

Enjoy the cold and refreshing waters as you relish the serene atmosphere. There are now basic amenities along the river, such as cottages and rooms.

  • Location/Jump-off: Majayjay

8. Taytay Falls

Photo by: George’s – All about the Philippines

Unlike most other falls in Laguna, Taytay Falls boasts of crystal-clear waters. Because of the waters’ pristine condition, locals claim that Taytay Falls can heal certain ailments like colds.

Green foliage surrounds the waterfall, giving it an enchanting view. You can even spot dragonflies and other wildlife species around.

  • Location/Jump-off: Majayjay
  • Entrance Fee: Php 20 per head
  • Tent Rental: Php 200 to Php 350
  • Operating Time: 24 hours
  • Contact: 09155278826 (Barangay Official)

9. Buruwisan Falls

Photo by: Buruwisan Falls FB Page

Buruwisan Falls is one of the secluded tourist spots in Laguna. Sure, you need to hike to reach the destination. But don’t worry, it’s easy hiking, and there are stop-overs where you can buy snacks or drinks.

Besides, you’ll get fascinating views along the way. Upon reaching the falls, prepare to be blown away by its magnificence.

  • Location/Jump-off: Siniloan

10. Hulugan Falls

Hulugan Falls is one of the best tourist spots/destinations in Laguna province.
Photo by: George’s – All about the Philippines

Hulugan Falls is one of the rising tourist attractions/destinations in Laguna province. With a majestic height of more than 80 meters, the falls cascade like heavenly drizzles. It carved a deep pool with shallow parts surrounded by huge boulders. You can use these as diving or jumping platforms towards the pool. 

  • Location/Jump-off: San Salvador
  • Trekking Time: 30 minutes
  • Best Time to Visit: December to May

11. Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls is one of the best tourist spots/destinations in Laguna province.
Photo by: TigaSouth Ka Ba

When visiting Hulugan Falls, you can also take the side trip to two other falls, namely, Talay Falls and the Hidden Falls. From Hulugan, you’ll have to hike for an additional 30 minutes to reach either of them.

Along the way, expect complete immersion with nature and catch sight of rich flora and fauna species. You can make a stopover here when chasing Sta. Rosa, Laguna’s tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Salvador
  • Trekking Time: 30 minutes
  • Best Time to Visit: December to May

12. Bato Springs

There are multiple pools for you to enjoy here with waters coming from natural springs. The surrounding vegetation adds to the rustic views, which make it a favorite weekend getaway, especially among families. Relish the tranquil atmosphere while you’re here.

  • Location/Jump-off: 71 Francisco Balagtas Blvd., Brgy San Cristobal, San Pablo City
  • Entrance Fee & Other Fees: Php 600
  • Operating Time: 24 hours
  • Contact: 
    • Tel. Number: (0912) 6256 699
    • Facebook Page: @Batospringresort

13. Rizal Shrine

Photo by: Fumico Ark Angeulo Lucas

Rizal Shrine is one of the most frequented Calamba, Laguna tourist spots. It was where Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the country’s national hero, was born.

Dr. Rizal was instrumental to the liberation of the Philippines from the 300 years of Spanish rule. Inside, you’ll find several memorabilia of Jose Rizal and their entire clan.

Just a walking distance away is the famed “Calambanga” where the town’s name was derived. 

  • Location/Jump-off: Francisco Mercado Street, Brgy. 5, Poblacion, Calamba
  • Entrance Fee: Php 80 to Php 160
  • Operating Time: 8:30 AM to 12 PM & 1 PM to 4:30 PM (Thursday to Saturday)
  • Contact:
    • Tel. Number: (049) 545 20110
    • Facebook Page: @rizal.shrine.calamba

14. Paciano Rizal Shrine

If you want to learn more about the Rizal family, check out the Shrine of Paciano Rizal. Paciano is the older brother of Jose Rizal.

The National Historical Commission declared it as a historical shrine on July 31, 1992. You’ll find here memorabilia of Paciano and the Rizal clan.

  • Location/Jump-off: Los Banos

15. Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is one of the best tourist spots/destinations in Laguna province.
Photo by: Nickle Love

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is the only one of its kind in the entire country. It features an octagonal stonewall, red-bricked pathway, and a view of the spacious and lush lawn that will take you back to the Spanish times.

During the Philippine revolt against the Spanish rule, Filipino armed forces held their meetings here. That makes it one of the historical tourist spots in Laguna.

  • Location/Jump-off: Nagcarlan
  • Entrance Fee: None
  • Operating Time: 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Contact:
    • Phone Number: 09178521503
    • Email Address: mlilnagcarlan@gmail.com

16. Museo de Santa Rosa

The town of Santa Rosa is known for its numerous historical landmarks, which played a role during the Philippine revolution.

Among this is Museo De Santa Rosa, which used to be the town’s municipal hall. Here, you’ll find various artifacts, photographs, documents, and other materials depicting the rich culture and history of Santa Rosa.

  • Location/Jump-off: Santa Rosa

17. Japanese Garden

The Japanese government built the garden in commemoration of the thousands of Japanese who died in the Philippines during World War II.

More than its historical significance, the site also offers an entrancing view of the breathtaking Lake Caliraya and the Sierra Madre, the Philippines’ longest mountain range.

Don’t miss checking this out when you’re also exploring San Pablo, Laguna tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Caliraya, Cavinti
  • Entrance Fee: Php 20
  • Operating Time: 7 AM to 4:30 PM

18. Pila Heritage Site

Photo by: Project Destination

Aside from Santa Rosa, Pila is another historical town in Laguna province. The government recognized it as a National Historic Landmark in 2000.

During the war, the Americans missed bombing the town, thereby, many of its Spanish structures remain. These are a must-visit, especially for those who want to know more about history.

  • Location/Jump-off: Pila

19. Costales Nature Farm

Costales Nature Farm is the first agritourism site in the Philippines. Here, you’ll find a variety of fruits and vegetables grown organically. That means they don’t make use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

You can pick fresh fruits or vegetables from the farm and eat them there. It’s one of the eco-friendliest tourist spots/destinations in Laguna province. 

  • Location/Jump-off: Majayjay

20. Caliraya Lake

Caliraya Lake is one of the best tourist spots/destinations in Laguna province.
Photo by: The Hamptons Caliraya

Caliraya Lake is a man-made destination, originally built for the prominent people in town. But now, it’s open for the public and has become a favorite weekend getaway of both locals and tourists.

The scenic views and the lush environment make this place favorable for swimming, boating, and family picnics.

  • Location/Jump-off: Lumban

21. Sta. Elena Farm

If you want to disconnect your family from gadgets and malls and have them experience simple yet meaningful life in the province, check out Sta. Elena Farm. Visiting here is an ideal way to bond with your family and connect with nature.

Besides, you’ll learn how farmers grow food and appreciate the need to be responsible as food eaters. You can also try horseback riding and zip lining here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Fun Farm, Sta. Elena, Cabuyao
  • Entrance Fee: Php 300 per head
  • Operating Time: 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Contact:
    • Tel. Number: 09209131349
    • Website: funfarm.com.ph
    • Facebook Page: @TheFunFarmatStaElena

For More Your Information

If you need more information to help set up your itinerary to the tourist attractions in Laguna, do contact the Provincial Tourism Office via the following:

  • Tel. Number: 6350182125010464
  • Email Address: ltcato2015@gmail.com
  • Website: http://laguna.gov.ph
  • Office Address: Laguna Provincial Capitol Santa Cruz, Laguna

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