20+ Tourist Spots in Cagayan Province (Your Complete DIY Travel Guide)

Here is your complete travel guide to the tourist spots in Cagayan province. Take note. Most of these are off-beaten and thus, provide a rustic experience of a lifetime.

Cagayan province in the northernmost part of mainland Luzon certainly captures the beauty of the Amazon forest. Until today, vast forests and misty mountains dominate its landscape. Home to a plethora of wildlife species, these forests are among the country’s last refuge for endangered species including the Philippine eagle.

Visiting Cagayan would lead you to scenic waterfalls, untamed jungles and forests, giant caves with millions of bats, mighty rivers, and pristine beaches. Add to these ancient churches and cultural treasures. It’s more fun in Cagayan indeed.

If you’re planning to visit, here are some destinations to see.

Tourist spots in Cagayan Province

1. Palaui Island

Palaui Island is one of the tourist spots in Cagayan province.

Palaui Island is one of the emerging tourist spots in Cagayan province. Located off the coast of mainland Luzon, this rustic paradise offers an experience of a lifetime especially for nature lovers and adventurers. Pristine rainforests cover most of the island and here, there are monkeys, wild pigs, numerous bird species, and giant narra trees. On its coasts, you can find white beaches and blue lagoons. It’s the perfect getaway if you prefer less touristy destinations.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sta. Ana

2. Northern Sierra Madre National Park          

The park hosts one of the country’s few remaining primary forests that is home to critically endangered species such as the Philippine Monkey-Eating Eagle. It is a perfect spot for hiking or mountaineering and much of it remains unexplored. Caves, waterfalls, and blue lagoons can be found. Its coasts are also lined with pristine beaches. Unfortunately, human encroachments and development is threatening this fragile ecosystem.

3. Callao Cave

Callao Cave is one of the tourist spots in Cagayan province.

Callao Cave is among the most frequented tourist spots in Cagayan province. It features a seven-chambered cave with stunning limestone rock formations reminiscent of a cathedral dome. One of these chambers contain a stone altar illuminated by natural skylight. That gives the cave an eerie catacomb-like experience. Then, there’s the cave where millions of bats dwell and another cave which hosts numerous red-billed hornbills. One of the caves here also houses the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat.

  • Location/Jump-off: Peñablanca

4. Pinacanauan River

Pinacanauan River is one of the tourist spots in Cagayan province.

Pinacanauan River is one of the largest tributaries of the Cagayan River, considered the longest and mightiest river in the Philippines. Its crystal-clear waters come from vast dipterocarp and mossy forests upstream. Whitewater rafting, boating, and kayaking are among the prime activities done here. It is also home to endemic marine species such as eels. The locals hold a boat rowing race called Bankarera here during every April 12.

  • Location/Jump-off: Peñablanca

5. Baggao’s Blue Waterfalls and Caves

Baggao features a series of beautiful cascades with beautiful pools reflecting the blue sky. There are mini-underground rivers here where bats and birds dwell. Here, you’ll also find different rock formations. It’s best to come here during the summer months of March to April to enjoy the best views.

  • Location/Jump-off: Baggao
  • Trekking Time: 2 hours

6. St. Peter’s Cathedral

St Peter's Cathedral is one of the tourist spots in Cagayan province.

St. Peter’s Cathedral is one of the historical tourist spots in Cagayan province. It seats the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao and is considered the biggest Spanish-style church in the province. Daily masses are celebrated here and every year, thousands of pilgrims visit the church.

  • Location/Jump-off: Tuguegarao City

7. Calvary Hills

Calvary Hills is one of the tourist spots in Cagayan province.

If you’re a Catholic pilgrim, you should not miss visiting this spot. It is one of the most popular religious tourist spots in Cagayan. Not only do one experience the spiritual connection but also the natural beauty of the place.

  • Location/Jump-off: Iguig

8. San Vicente Mangrove Forests

San Vicente’s mangrove forest is one of the most preserved nature tourist spots in Cagayan province. You’ll get to see them when you ride a banca (boat) along narrow water passage. Expect to see birds of different kinds such as herons and egrets. Organizers usually include the forest as part of a tour package to Anguib Beach.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy San Vicente, Santa Ana

9. Anguib Beach

Anguib Beach is one of the tourist spots in Cagayan province.

Anguib Beach ranks as one of the premium tourist spots in Cagayan province. Although popular, it is generally off-beaten compared to highly commercialized destinations like Boracay or El Nido in Palawan. It’s one of the most pristine beaches in the country. Although it is hard to reach, you’ll get instant relief from gazing at its crystal-clear waters, white sands, and stunning rock and reef formations.

  • Location/Jump-off: Santa Ana

10. Millions of Bat Assembly

Yes, you’ve read that right. The forests and giant caves of Cagayan is home to some of the remaining refuges of endemic bat species. Known as the Circadian Bat Flight, this phenomenon involves millions of bats going out from the cave and forming spectacular formations as they make they way for foraging. These bats are visible when cruising the Pinacanauan River near Callao Cave.

  • Location/Jump-off: Peñablanca

11. Taggat Lagoon

Taggat Blue L;agoon is one of the tourist spots in Cagayan province.

Taggat Lagoon is not just an ordinary lagoon. It has a mystery of its own but I’ll leave that up to the locals to share. Aside from the breathtaking sea landscape, you can find here two rock formations called Lakay Lakay and Baket Baket. There’s a reason why they are named as such. That is why, there is the sense of enchanment when you visit here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Claveria

12. Bagsang Falls

If you’re into chasing waterfalls, don’t miss visiting this spot. Bagsang falls may demand extra effort and time but as soon as you’ll reach it, it’s all worth it! This small but charming waterfall has cold and crystal-clear waters that can soothe your muscles after the long trek. Then there’s the surrounding forest which teems with flora and fauna species.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Santa Clara, Gonzaga

13. Atulu Pottery Village

If you want to experience pottery or watch how it’s done, then you should see Atulu Pottery Village. The locals here have been making clay pots of different designs and sizes for centuries. They use a rare type of red clay which is found in the area.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Atulu, Iguig

14. Nassiping Church Ruins

If you’re fond of historical or cultural treasures, do visit Nassiping Church Ruins. Sitting on a site where both the mighty Chico and Cagayan River meets, this ancient structure was built by the Spaniards. Some parts of the church such as stone side altars and the bell tower are still intact.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Nassiping, Gattaran

15. Zinagu Cove

Similar to those in El Nido and Coron, Palawan, Zinagu Cove is one of the premium natural tourist spots in Cagayan province. Limestone mountains and rock formations rise above the sea, creating a breathtaking scenery. Take a boat and tour around these masterpieces and you’ll find yourself lost in time.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sta. Ana
  • Accessible via: 1 hour boat ride from San Vicente Port

16. Our Lady of Piat Basilica

Our Lady of Piat Basilica is one of the most visited religious tourist spots in Cagayan province. It houses the patroness of Cagayan valley which originally came from Macau, China.

  • Location/Jump-off: Piat

17. Calayan Island

Calayan Island is one of the tourist spots in Cagayan province.

Calayan Island is one of the most popular tourist spots in Cagayan province. It features raw and unspoiled destinations such as white beaches, stunning corals, pristine forests, and scenic rock formations.

18. Duba Cave

Duba Cave is one of the caves found in Baggao. A river with crystal-clear waters runs inside the cave. Expect to get wet when you come here. The river leads into a beautiful spectacle called Skylight Falls.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy San Miguel, Baggao

19. Kalimudinan Falls

Measuring more than 100 meters high, Kalimudinan falls is one of the highest falls in the entire province. It’s pristine waters come from the forests of the Sierra Madre. It is one of the remotest tourist spots in Cagayan province. Expect to trek on dense forests before getting here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sta. Margarita, Baggao
  • Trekking time: 5 hours

20. Malaueg Church

Malaueg Church is one of the oldest historical tourist spots in Cagayan province, dating back to the Spanish period. It is a favorite pilgrimage site among the locals and even tourists.

  • Location/Jump-off: Rizal

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