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Written by Jaihari on November 16, 2022 Share on

Why you should visit Luzon Island in the Philippines

The largest and the most important Island in the Philippines, Luzon, is one of the popular destinations. If you are planning for a beach holiday, think about the Philippines and we can have your itinerary ready. Here’s a good bit of introduction to the Island of Luzon.

Where is Luzon located?

The site of Manila also the nation’s capital and a major metropolis are the Quezon City. Sitting in the northern part of the entire Philippine Islands’ archipelago the city is surrounded by the Philippine Sea from the east, the Sibuyan Sea from the south, and the South China Sea from its west. The only landmass surrounds the northern part of the island where the Luzon Strait bifurcates Luzon from the stretch of Taiwan.

The island is mostly a rectangular area roughly that lies in the north of Manila. It spreads in the north-south orientation. There are two peninsulas in the south of Manila: Batangas and Bicol. One extends towards the south the other towards the southeast. This bifurcation gives Luzon its extremely irregular shape.

Geography of Luzon Island

The coastline here is 3,000 miles (5,000km) stretching and it has many dents of gulfs and fine bays. Lingayen Gulf and Manila Bay sit on its west while the other two, Lamon Bay and Lagonoy Gulf are situated on its east. The meaning of “Luzon” translates to “big light”. It refers to one-third of the land area of the Philippines. The greatest dimensions here are 460 by 140 miles (740 by 225 km). There are important ranges like the Cordillera Central sitting in the north and the Sierra Madre along much of the east coast then the Zambales Mountains which is on the central-western coast. The streams follow general north-south trails. Major rivers include the Cagayan, Abra, Agno, Pampanga, and Bicol.

History of Luzon Island, Philippines

Back in 1991, the journey of this island reached a significant juncture. It was then when Mount Pinatubo in the Zambales Mountains, located about 55 miles (90 km) northwest to Manila, erupted. After this eruption, the geography of this island’s central plan simply altered permanently. This resulted in a disruption of agriculture and in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of residents.

Things to do in Luzon

While most travellers hit the Manila airport and jump directly on another plane to one of the tourist islands, not many choose the Luzon roads less travelled- but they should. Eventually, when you make your way out of the bustling and busy city of Manila and head to the coast, you’ll find an unexpected scene full of small villages, wavy beaches, unexplored jungles, and a number of islands most travellers have never even heard of. Pepper amongst the natural beauty of Luzon are memorials, museums, and culture throwbacks to the rich history of the Philippines.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Luzon

Batad Rice Terraces

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Travel and arrival at Batad will be a completely opposite experience from your visit to Manila. Here, instead of seeing crowded streets and towering buildings, you can view green rice terraces set in a village with a population of only about 1,500 people.

Take a morning hike up the hills and look down into a tapered valley with immaculately designed rice terraces glowing with green vegetation as far as you can see. There are quaint wooden houses scattered around these terraces where the farmers and their families live.

When you visit Batad, you can reside with a local family for a homestay opportunity and also hike to a nearby waterfall with an informative guide. See a side of the Philippines through the eyes of the people who live and thrive here.

Taal Volcano in Tagaytay City

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Just three hours away from Manila is the wondrous city of Tagaytay, home to Ta’al Volcano.

This active volcano has experienced over 30 eruptions in recent history and still puffs out smoke to this day. But that isn’t actually what makes Ta’al so unique.

With just the naked eye, you can see that Ta’al Volcano sits majestically in the middle of a lake which is pretty cool. But look a little closer at the mouth of Ta’al Volcano and you’ll see that the mouth holds a lake, as well. If you look even closer into the mountain, you’ll see that the lake inside of the volcano’s mouth has another island within it. How inception like!

WWII Era Corregidor Island

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Just because you don’t have much time to spend on Luzon doesn’t mean that you can’t get out and explore. From Manila, you can take a guided tour to a historical island of Corregidor.

The little island was once an infamous battleground during WWII between the Americans, Japanese, and Filipino troops. The conflicts left behind relics and reminders of these trying times that now serve as educational props.

So basically, this island would have served as a fortress for the fighting forces. You’ll also visit the light hours, military barracks, and hear stories from your guide.

Swimming in Pagupud

From Manila, you can reach the northern Luzon town of Pagupud by either flying into Laoag City airport or taking a 12-hour overnight bus.

Once you reach the location of Pagupud, there will be lots of amazing swimming opportunities waiting to greet you! One of the most beautiful beaches in the area is Maira-ira Beach. This serene beach is home to the Blue Lagoon where turquoise water and shallow depths make it a joy to spend the day.

You’ll also find plenty of little restaurants along with the shore that offers a variety of cuisines.

Explore Mt. Mayon in Legazpi

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Mayon Volcano National Park is a breathtaking experience full of adventure and exploration.

There are many ways to get up close and personal with Mt. Mayon including a hike around its base with bright green plains, rice fields, clean creeks, and rushing rivers. There are tons of trails to hike with varying levels of difficulty and observation decks that give you amazing views of the surrounding valley. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.

For a more heart-pounding adventure, sign up for an ATV tour or a mountain biking tour with guides who know where to find the best views.

Having got all the information about Luzon and it’s wonderful offerings, you can now plan your next trip to this wonderful place. What are you waiting for? We at Pickyourtrail are here to help you make this trip a memorable one and help you with your Philippine vacation packages.

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