Discover the best top things to do in Luzon, Philippines including Batad Rice Terraces, Milea Bee Farm, Mayon Volcano, Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Mt. Pulag National Park, Matukad Island, Banaue Rice Terraces, Hapao Rice Terraces, Basco Lighthouse, Bonifacio Global City.
5 based on 541 reviews
This series of rice terraces may be less famous compared to Banaue Rice Terraces, but it is certainly not less spectacular! You'll pass by this place when you're trekking to Tappiya Falls. It's like hitting two birds with one stone. The terraces are less steep and thus more accessible. The place is located in a remote village with only around 1500 local inhabitants. The terraces are arranged in such a way that they form some sort of an Amphitheater. They are said to be the most preserved of all the terraces in the Cordillera region, and it's not hard to understand why they are considered as such. They really look great, especially when the rice is all ready for harvest ... that's between the months of August and November. Highly recommended!
5 based on 98 reviews
Milea Bee Farm is not not your typical, manicured farm. You will be visiting a small farm dedicated for the propagation and care of various species of honey producing bees. It is situated in a secluded area with no neighbours and without electricity, and it's a five minute walk from the parking area. Visitors will be having a guided tour to see the bees in their habitat. We have the Italian Bees, Philippine Native Honey Bees and different kinds of Philippine Native Stingless Bees. You can have a taste of honey, fresh from the bee hive; know and see the different honey producing bee species; know the sources of nectar and pollen as well as edible flowers; discover the relationship between bees & flowers; and how bees are closely related to the food chain. It will be an entirely new experience which gets you much closer to nature. Milea Bee Farm is only open to visitors every first Saturday of the month. Please note that this is not a resort and we do not have a restaurant though we serve food using farm produced ingredients with prior arrangement. Hope we could share to you why bees are important and how you can lend a hand in our campaign and the worldwide concern to help save the bees.
We just planned to go to this bee farm without knowing something, and I just thought this is just a bee farm, wherein there is only bees, but when we start walking into the narrow way to farm the surrounding is wonderful it was full...MoreWe teach visitors our way of farming and beekeeping. Your visit gave us the same opportunity but also opened our eyes to other learnings that you shared. Thank you for dropping by and we hope to bee with you sometime soon.
4.5 based on 743 reviews
the volcano is the main attration of the city and the province , it is a prefect cone, imponente, beutiful, serene, strong and volatile, i so the nature taking his course , it was absolutely marvelous, great place to see the forces of nature showing in vivant coulors the power of nature
4.5 based on 429 reviews
I have visited few times in Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. There are many walls of drawings, where is possible to see and learn, what happened during the war. The walls are also full of soldiers names, who died in the war. Place is also very beautiful and worth of visit.
4.5 based on 173 reviews
MT. Pulag is the third highest peak in the Philippines located in Benguet, Mountain Province. Unlike other trekkers, I decided to go ‘solo’ so it’s just me and my trekking guide Daniel Bugnay a licensed freelance guide who lives a few meters away from the Ranger Station. During the planning stage which was through text messages as I am about 1000KM away down south, he would reply though not always promptly because of bad telco signal.
He’s been a very helpful guide. He even arranged for me a decent and strategically located homestay because the weather was unpredictable and it might be difficult for me, a fifty year old, in a small tent at a makeshift camping site near the base (Pitching tents at the campsite near Camp 2 is prohibited on weekends but is allowed on weekdays). He’s experienced and very professional who had a sense of ‘perfect timing’. He would time each rest in each campsite so that we would make it to the summit by sunrise and see what I came for ~ sunrise at the summit and the sea of clouds! When all these unfolded before me, there’s not much to say except ‘Wow!’ ‘Just Wow’. And ‘Thank you God’.
4.5 based on 169 reviews
Matukad was the second island I visited during my first trip to Caramoan. Its beach has pristine shallow waters and ivory powdery sand. Trees line the shoreline, providing shade.
Matukad island will take your breath away—figuratively and literally. Behind a vast limestone wall hides a lagoon where the two so-called “Enchanted Bangus (milkfish)” are found. To reach the lagoon, visitors have to climb the limestone wall. There are no safety harnesses, ropes, pulleys provided. Once you start climbing, hold on; any misstep will not be pretty. It is about forty feet high.
The rock surface on the usual path taken by tourists are less jagged and less sharp, but will only be passable to one or two people. During my first visit there, there was only a handful of tourists; when I returned two months later, the place was packed and there was a queue of people climbing. More adventurous guests may try the sharper but less crowded parts of the wall to avoid the queue. At the top of the rock ledge is a stunning view of the Islands. At the bottom of the other side of the rock ledge is the lagoon where the two milkfish are. Visitors can get close to the lagoon but rocks at this side of the rock ledge are sharper and looser.
I do not recommend wearing rubber shoes for the climb as the bulky shoes may be difficult to fit in small crevices. Slippers would do fine. When I climbed the rock wall, I used aqua shoes and it worked great; it had good traction and the jagged edges of the rocks were not troublesome. The compactness of the aqua shoes enabled me to anchor my foot inside smaller holes and crevices.
The lake was clear and tranquil; despite numerous trees surrounding the area, the lagoon’s surface was unobstructed by fallen leaves, etc. My guide told me the story of how there were two milkfish that lived in the lake until a local caught one and fed it to his family; the enchanted milkfish allegedly cursed the fisherman causing his son to fall ill and die. Enchanted or not, the lagoon and the entire island deserves our respect. (It is sad to note that I had to pick up rubbish thrown along the rock ledge by previous guests; some of the rocks had vandalism, too.)
4.5 based on 787 reviews
Spectacular terraces were carved out from mountain ranges some 2000 years ago with primitive handtools.
Borne out of necessity to have areas for planting rice, the people of Banaue painstakingly carved their mountainous topography and create this wonder of the world. There are several rice terraces in Banaue and there are several viewpoints where one can have a great vantage point to see these man-made creations.
Our guide however pointed out that some of the terraces have not been tilled for a long time and have been neglected because farming is no longer a priority occupation of some descendants of the original farmers in Ifugao. This must be addressed immediately by the local government to arrest the deterioration of the terraces. The varieties of rice being tilled in these areas are the delicious kinds called heirloom or aromatic rice and are better priced than the common rice varieties. So preserving the area means continued supply of these excellent varieries of rice.
4.5 based on 123 reviews
Great walk through the widest terraces in the region with our guide (Na-asun) who was excellent, explaining history and culture of the area. We arrived around 8.45/9 and were the only tourists around at that time.
After about an hour we arrived at some hot Springs where we had a soak in the sulphurous water. The river is right next to the spring so a quick plunge in here to cool off if you fancy it. Make sure you have a local guide as a couple of groups turned up when we were leaving with guides from banaue and were refused entrance.
Recommend trip as terraces are much more impressive and in a better condition than those in Banaue.
4.5 based on 171 reviews
We visited Basco Lighthouse during our North Batan Tour. The lighthouse is located in Naidi Hills and is a great backdrop to the lush green hills and sea.
The lighthouse was completed in 2003.
We walked up the circular stairs to the viewing platform which gave us great 360o views including that of the town of Basco.
Great spot to get some good photos.
4.5 based on 725 reviews
Entertainment location in an Singapore-ish environment. Many high-end hotel brands are here, amongst a huge residential community. Bonifacio High Street and Market Market are the centre of it all. Some secret bars (entrance within a convenience store) and disco hangouts here too.
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