20+ Eco-Isabela Tourist Spot (UPDATED): Best Places to See

Here is a comprehensive list of tourist spots in Isabela province.

Isabela is perhaps more known for its urban attractions such as historical churches and amusement parks. Unknown to many, however, it also hides numerous ecotourism wonders such as cascading waterfalls, pristine forests, and mighty rivers.

Let’s journey to this northern paradise and unravel some of its fascinating destinations. Here we go.

Behold Isabela Province Tourist Spots

1. Gen. Aguinaldo Shrine

Dinapigue bonsai forest is one of the tourist spots in Isabela.

The shrine commemorates the capture of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo by the invading American forces in March 23, 1901.

  • Location/Jump-off: Palanan

2. Bonsai Forest

Bonsai Forest is one of the tourist spots in Isabela province.
Photo: Doc Tony Corado via Philippine Images

One of the most pristine tourist spots in Isabela province, the Bonsai Forest is an enchanting beauty to behold. It covers more than 5000 hectares with plants ranging from one foot to 7 feet.

The forest also hosts a plethora of flora and fauna species. It’s best to glimpse of the forest while riding a boat towards its narroways.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Dibulo, Dinapigue

3. Camp Samal

Camp Samal hosted the National Jamboree in 1977. Covering more than 23.50 hectares, it features an elevated mass of rolling hills that are 500 feet above sea level.

From the camp, one can have an overview of the mighty Cagayan River, the Pinacanauan River, the Sierra Madre mountains and forests including nearby towns and municipalities.

  • Location/Jump-off: Tumauini

4. San Mariano Crocodile Sanctuary

The river flowing through San Mariano is home to the critically-endangered Philippine Crocodile. To protect the species from extinction, the Mabuwaya foundation and the local authorities created a sanctuary.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Mariano

5. Dibulo Falls   

Dibulo falls is one of the tourist spots in Isabela.
Photo: Gerald Martillana.

Dibulo falls is one of the remotest tourist spots in Isabela. But for extreme adventurers, hikers, and nature lovers, it is a must-see destination.

The waterfall has three layers and it’s last drop measures more than 100 meters. It carved a small pool with crystal-clear and icy-cold waters which come from dense forests upstream.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Dibulo, Dinapigue
  • Trekking Time: 15-20 minutes

6. Dicotcotan Beach

Dicotcotan Beach is one of the tourist spots in Isabela.

Dicotcotan beach features a three-kilometer long of pristine beach. It is a perfect getaway for those who prefer less touristy destinations.

Adding beauty to the beach are coral reefs, dense forests, and sea grass beds. From time to time, tourists can glimpse of pointed nose dolphins and hump back whales.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Culasi, Palanan

7. Fuyot Springs National Park

Fuyot Springs National Park is one of the tourist spots in Isabela province.

Lying on the foot of the great Sierra Madre wilderness, Fuyot Springs National Park teems with various natural wonders. It is one of the best natural tourist destinations in Isabela.

Among the sights to see here are the Sta. Victoria Caves composed of 12 caves with stunning lattices, stalactites, and stalagmites. Then there is the charming Pinzal falls with its elegant cascade and catchbasin.

As you follow the brook upstream, you’ll come across beautiful rocks and waterholes fit for an adventurous spirit.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Santa Victoria, Ilagan
  • Entrance fee: Php 100

8. Giant Butaka

Ilagan City, dubbed as the furniture capital of the province, hosts the world’s largest Butaka with a height at 11 feet, 4 inches high; length of 20 feet, 8 inches; width of 9 feet, 7 inches; and weight of a whopping 2,368 kilos.

Its wide arms represent the genuine hospitality of the locals. Today, it’s one of the iconic tourist spots in Ilagan, Isabela.

  • Location/Jump-off: Ilagan City

9. Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island is one of the tourist spots in Isabela.

Honeymoon  Island is one of the iconic tourist attractions in Isabela, renowned internationally for its white beaches, coastal forests, and rich marine life.

Located in a secluded part of the Pacific Ocean, the island is a favorite getaway for those wanting to experience a rustic ambiance.

  • Location/Jump-off: Divilacan

10. Divilacan Mangrove Forest

This is one of the important ecological tourist spots in Isabela, owing to the abundance of numerous wildlife species. Imagine navigating the narrow waterways as you glimpse of the floral wonders.

Look down and let the crystal-clear waters blow you away into sheer amazement.

  • Location/Jump-off: Divilacan

11. Landmark of Heroes

It is one of the recognized historical tourist spots in Isabela. It commemorates Isabela’s forefathers who fought against foreign invasions.

  • Location/Jump-off: Jones

12. Blue Lagoon

Palanan Blue Lagoon is one of the tourist spots in Isabela province.

The Blue Lagoon is one of the emerging tourist spots in Isabela. This lake with its inviting waters reflect the blue sky. Boating and swimming are favorite activities here. Jump towards the pool and have a soul-relieving experience.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Villa Robles, Palanan

13. Magat Dam

Magat Dam is one of the recognized man-made tourist spots in Isabela and is considered one of the largest dams in Asia. Magat River which emanates from the Cordilleran mountain ranges feeds the dam. Tourists who want to enjoy the Magat Dam’s scenery can stay at Camp Vizcarra.

  • Location/Jump-off: Ramon town

14. Mororan River

Aside from its crystal-clear waters, the Mororan River features numerous mini-waterfalls along its entire length. Huge boulders add to the scenic view of the river. Locals and travellers alike love coming here to enjoy pure water from the distant forests.

  • Location/Jump-off: Tumauini

15. Palanan Rainforest

Palanan Rainforest is one of the tourist spots in Isabela province.

Palanan Rainforest is the Philippine’s largest remaining lowland forest. Today, however, massive logging and commercial farming is shrinking its size and endangering countless species such as the Philippine Eagle.

Ecotourism, if properly developed, could help promote its conservation while boosting local development.

  • Location/Jump-off: Palanan

16. Sinavulluan Caves

Sinavulluan Caves feature spectacular stalactite and stalagmite rock formations including enchanting lattices. It is a perfect getaway for avid spelunkers and explorers. It is one of the protected tourist spots in Isabela.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Antagan, Tumauini

17. Our Lady of Atocha Church

The Our Lady of Atocha Church dates back to the Spanish times and is one of the best known historical tourist spots in Isabela. It boasts of a Castilian architecture. During the Holy Week, thousands of local and foreign pilgrims troop here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Alicia

18. Saint Mathias Church

Saint Mathias Church is one of the tourist spots in Isabela province.

This is one of the many churches found in Isabela with walls made entirely of bricks. It has a four-layered facade which gives the church an imposing view. 

  • Location/Jump-off: Tumauini

19. Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette

The chapel sits on the highest point in Santiago City. It is also a major pilgrimate site during the Holy Week. 

  • Location/Jump-off: Santiago City

20. San Pablo Church

It is considered as the oldest church in Isabela. Built in 1624, the church features a six-layered bell tower which is the highest in Cagayan Valley. It is also one of the premium historical tourist spots in Isabela.

  • Location/Jump-off: San Pablo

For Your Information

If you need more information to help in setting up your itinerary to the tourist spots in Isabela, do contact the following:

  • Facebook Page: Isabela Tourism Office
  • Email: isabelatourismoffice@gmail.com
  • Website: http://provinceofisabela.ph/

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