Visiting Laguna: NUVALI and other Top Tourist Destinations
There are numerous provinces in the Philippines that offer various places to see and activities to do. For those who are looking for a quick weekend getaway, one of the best destinations if you are coming from Metro Manila is Laguna.
One of the first provinces you will get to via the South Luzon Expressway, you will not be left wanting with the wide range of tourist attractions in Laguna, Philippines. Wondering where to go in Laguna? Below are just very few of its top tourist destinations.
The perfect place to welcome you to Laguna, Nuvali has something for everyone. Whether you are a foodie, an adrenaline-junkie, or a relaxed traveler, you will find something for you in Nuvali. Solenad I and Solenad II provide more than just a wide range of restaurants and retail shops; you also get to enjoy the relaxing lakeside environment.
Among the other things you can enjoy at Nuvali are bird watching at the Bird Sanctuary, biking at the biking trails, playing sports at The Fields, wakeboarding at Republic Wakepark, and even just walking or jogging along its tree-lines streets. Nuvali also has a hotel within its community – Seda Hotel – providing travelers with a relaxing and convenient place to stay in while enjoying Nuvali and other places to visit in Laguna.
A man-made lake located in three Laguna municipalities, Cavinti, Kalayaan, and Lumban, Lake Caliraya is an excellent destination deeper into the province. Developed back in 1937 to generate hydroelectric power and also known as the Caliraya Dam, the area is now home to various resorts, vacation homes, and two communities developed as ecological destinations.
Being built right on the Sierra Madre mountain, Lake Caliraya enjoys the cool mountain breeze, making it perfect for various outdoor sports such as camping and trekking, and water activities such as windsurfing, jetskiing, waterskiing, and boating.
Laguna has long been known for the beautiful and refreshing Pagsanjan Falls. Although the popular falls carry the name of the Pagsanjan municipality, it is actually located in Cavinti which is adjacent to Pagsanjan. Many tourists enjoy riding small boats, locally called banca, to bring them to the falls. Aside from the boat ride, the rental fee for a banca also often includes entrance fees and use of life vests.
Going to the falls will also mean a visual feast of smaller falls, natural rock formations, and lush vegetations. You might be lucky to spot a few monkeys as well. Once you get to the main falls, there are rafts available that can take you through the falls itself so be ready with a change of clothes if this is something you would like to try.
The Pagsanjan Falls is best to visit during the rainy season so that the waters are more turbulent and the falls is more active and exciting. Just make sure that there are no typhoons and heavy rains and observe cautionary measures.
Other Places to Visit
These are just a few of places to visit in Laguna. Other notable tourist destinations are the Rizal Shrine, Mount Makiling, Pila Heritage Site, and the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, among others. The Los Banos campus of the University of the Philippines is also worth visiting especially since it is home to the Makiling Botanical Garden and the National Arts Center. It will definitely take more than a day or two to fully appreciate everything that Laguna has to offer.
There are numerous accommodation options all over Laguna such as the Seda Hotel in Nuvali. Make sure to maximize your trip by staying in these accommodations to make it easy for you to stay and enjoy a whole lot more.
Visit Nuvali in Laguna. We are nestled among the boundaries of Greenfield City, Mamplasan, Sta. Rosa, Silangan, and Calamba.