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Luzon is the country’s largest island and 15th largest in the world, with a population of 53 million — about half the country’s. Therefore, it has tons of things to see in this nature rich country. However, if this is your first time visiting the country, we recommend you check out some of the more spectacular sights in the Philippines, such as those found in Palawan or Visayas. And if you have the budget, we would love to take you on one of our custom private or group boat tours between El Nido and Coron in Palawan.

If you would like to explore Luzon, we suggest only Luzon because of the great expanse of the country, otherwise you will spend a lot of your vacation time on transport. In fact, as you will see in this map of attractions and destinations for Luzon, there are so many options that you may even need several visits just to cover the great expanse of this island alone! Below I’ll give a brief description to the more popular sites.


Most popular tourist destinations and attractions in Luzon

There will be links to some others below.

Banaue Rice Terraces

By far the most popular and famous among the tourist attractions in Luzon, and a must see if you will be touring this part of the country. Anthropologists claim that the terraces may be over 2,000 years old, built by hand and simple tools by the indigenous ancestors of Ifugao. It is considered the Eighth Wonder of the World, the steps if strung end to end would encircle half the globe. It draws water through an ancient irrigation system from the rain forest above the terraces, although nowadays less people are interested in such subsistence farming, the younger locals often moving to Manila or working for the tourism trade for a more lucrative lifestyle.



There is also the Batad Rice Terraces:

Rice terraces in the Philippines. The village is in a valley among the rice terraces. Rice cultivation in the North of the Philippines, Batad, Banaue.
Rice terraces in the Philippines. The village is in a valley among the rice terraces. Rice cultivation in the North of the Philippines, Batad, Banaue.


Vigan is one of the oldest towns in the country and boasts an intriguing and important mix of historical and cultural landmarks. With a lot of great restaurants and bars, you will find yourself amply busy over a couple of days of sightseeing, while it is also a great place to buy locally-made arts and crafts.


Hundred Islands National Park

Not far north from Manila, this wonderful home to 124 islands and islets is a great place to camp overnight on some secluded island and spend a few days snorkeling in its sparkling waters full of marine water or exploring the limestone islands covered in forest and sprinkled with the occasional remote beach.




Famous for its cliff hanging coffins, this is a great area for hikers, whitewater rafting, rappeling down cliffs, and exploring caves, waterfalls and viewpoints.




Mount Pulag National Park

Not far from the Hundred Islands National Park, this is also a hiker’s paradise.


Sumaguing Cave

A little pitstop for spelunkers.




Manila Ocean Park

If you are stuck in Manila for a day you can let yourself get lost in this wonderland.


For ideas on other areas in Luzon you can try:

History and interesting facts about Luzon

With a population of 53 million, Luzon is the 4th most populous island in the world, making up about half the entire country’s. The name is said to be derived from the Tagalog word “lusong”, which represents a large wooden tool used to dehusk rice:


This tool was usually used by two to three men or women who would work in rhythm together to pound the rice and was actually a focal point for socialising among villagers.

The island was originally inhabited by Negritos before Austronesians from Taiwan took over. By the 16th century the Spaniards broke up the various kingdoms, establishing the islands of the Philippines (Las Islas Filipinas) with their capital in Cebu, later moved to Manila. Under Spanish control, Luzon was used as a point of trade between the Americas and Asia, bringing in silver from Peru and Mexico to be used in exchange for Chinese silk, Indian gems and Indonesian spices. This trade and activity turned Luzon into a focus of global migration.

Eventually for 20 million dollars Spain sold its Philippine footholds to the US following their defeat over the battle for Mexico, giving rise to the First Philippine Republic, which in turn rebelled against US efforts to subjugate their new aquisition. However, no other country in the world recognised the young republic and the rebel forces were overcome by the sheer numbers of the American colonisers. It is at this time that the US set up the city of Baguio in the mountains as a summer retreat for their officers.

After the World War, many colonies around the world rose up against their overlords, the Philippines among them and which eventually gained its own independence. Luzon became the wealthiest island in the archipelago, but the lingering divide between the rich and the poor perpetuated by US supported dictator Ferdinand Marcos led to civil unrest and the dispersion of many from their original homeland.

The Philippines abounds in beautiful nature and wonderful people, and a great way to experience it is to get off the beaten path. If you make your way down to Palawan, we would love to take you on a custom private or group boat tour between El Nido and Coron. It is our favourite part of the country!


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What is Luzon known for?

Luzon, the Philippines’ largest island, is a captivating blend of buzzing metropolises, historical landmarks, and natural wonders. From the pulsating streets of Manila to the picturesque Banaue Rice Terraces and the thrilling Taal Volcano, Luzon offers a kaleidoscope of experiences that’ll leave every traveler spellbound.

What is the best time to visit Luzon?

The best time to visit Luzon is during its dry season from November to April. During these months, you’ll be greeted with sunny skies, perfect for exploring its beaches, mountains, and cities. Just remember, December to February is a tad cooler, making it ideal for those seeking a break from tropical heat!

What foods must I try in Luzon?

Luzon’s culinary scene is a delightful rollercoaster of flavors! Dive into a bowl of savory ‘adobo’, relish the creamy ‘halo-halo’ dessert, and don’t miss the crunchy ‘lechon kawali’. And if you’re feeling adventurous, ‘balut’ (duck embryo) is a local delicacy that’ll give you bragging rights!

What happened in Luzon during WW2?

During WWII, Luzon became a major battleground. The infamous Bataan Death March began here in 1942 after American and Filipino troops surrendered. But hope was rekindled in 1945 when General MacArthur fulfilled his promise, “I shall return,” leading the Allies to reclaim the island from Japanese forces.

What is the history of Luzon?

Luzon, with its rich tapestry of history, has witnessed the rise and fall of kingdoms, colonization by Spain for over 300 years, rebellions, and its eventual liberation. From ancient trading with Chinese merchants to Spanish-era churches, the island’s past is as vibrant as its present!

What is the culture of Luzon?

Luzon pulsates with a blend of indigenous traditions and colonial influences. Here, you’ll find the spirited Pahiyas Festival, the haunting beauty of the Ifugao Rice Terraces, and cities echoing Spanish architecture and fiestas—all harmoniously mingling with modern Filipino zest!

What makes Luzon beautiful?

Luzon dazzles with natural wonders—from the perfect cone of Mayon Volcano to the serene beaches of Batangas. Add to this the architectural marvels, bustling cities, and the warmth of its people, making Luzon a traveler’s dream come true!

Who were the first people in Luzon?

Luzon was first inhabited by the Aetas, a dark-skinned, petite, and curly-haired indigenous group. These resilient hunter-gatherers have thrived in the island’s mountains for thousands of years, bearing witness to Luzon’s ever-evolving story.

Why is it called Luzon?

The name “Luzon” is believed to have been derived from the Tagalog word “lusong,” referring to a large wooden mortar used in traditional rice pounding—a nod to the island’s agricultural heritage.

What is one ethnic group in Luzon?

The Ifugao people of the Cordilleras in Northern Luzon are renowned for their awe-inspiring rice terraces, ancient rituals, and intricate woodcraft. Their rich culture is a testament to Luzon’s diverse ethnic tapestry.

Is Palawan still part of Luzon?

Geographically, Palawan is within the Luzon group of islands. However, administratively, it’s part of the MIMAROPA region, which stands apart from the main Luzon island but shares its vibrant allure.

Is Boracay part of Luzon?

No, Boracay is not part of Luzon. It’s a stunning island located in the Western Visayas region, known for its powdery white sands and sapphire waters—a tropical paradise in its own right!

Why you should visit Luzon?

Luzon beckons with its captivating blend of natural wonders, historic sites, and bustling urban centers. Whether you’re hiking Mount Pulag, exploring the streets of Intramuros, or savoring local delicacies, Luzon promises adventures that will etch in your heart forever!

What is Luzon famous for?

Luzon boasts the bustling metropolis of Manila, the historic streets of Vigan, the majestic Mayon Volcano, and the UNESCO-listed Ifugao Rice Terraces. From its rich history to its diverse landscapes, Luzon is a mosaic of wonders waiting to be explored!

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05:51 03 Apr 24
I give 5 stars because they actually helped me to arrange the tour to Balabac in last minute. However, because the money wired through the local bank in my country took time to be processed, so i missed the boat due to peak season as many people paid before my money was received by the tour guide.As most of people usually feel, once your money has been transferred out to someone you do not know, you probably frustrated that your money would not be able to be refunded.But not in my experience. I dont need to be worry, the owner refunded me the money he has received (minus the bank fees). He promised to refund me and he did it. It was around 18.700 Pesos.So, eventhough i didn't manage to go with the tour, but i am really satisfied with their legitimate and great business practice. Hopefully, people will try their services and not worry about their legit business!Thanks a lot!
Chloe BlanchardChloe Blanchard
13:38 27 Mar 24
The most wonderful experience from booking to beach! Karel and Mel were so fast and responsive to my very last minute trip over the holidays. We booked a private boat for two and could not have been happier with our four day trip! We didn’t think about anything other than snorkeling the entire time. Linda, our captain, cooked wonderful meals and took us to totally empty beautiful beaches. We loved staying the night in Pical especially! Wonderful to experience the Philippines this way! Will come back again and would recommend to anyone!
hotel luci del farohotel luci del faro
08:13 31 Jan 24
We booked the 3 day 2 night expedition, from Coron to Sibaltan.First of all the booking part was really simple. I organized this trip to the Philippines last minute for my family (my parents and my uncles) but Karel answered all my questions very quickly and really made everything easier for me. It was an incredible experience. Albert, our tour leader, is a wonderful guy, always smiling and ready to help us. They assisted us in everything and really took care of making everything go smoothly. The accommodation on the islands is as spartan as you expect but the location of each hut alone is worth the trip. The wonder of nature was then added to the goodness of cuisine. It's really difficult to argue how you can cook all that goodness on a boat.If you are looking for an authentic experience, in contact with nature, off the beaten track, this company's private expedition is certainly for you.
Kate BrownKate Brown
00:22 27 Oct 23
What an unforgettable experience! We did a two night (3 day) island hopping tour from Sibaltan to Coron. Everything was so well organized and the boat crew were amazing and really made sure we had a great time. The accommodation was rustic, but added to the authentic experience of the Philippines. Karel always responded to any queries we had promptly. Our boatman, Albert, was the most amazing chef and we enjoyed every meal. The crew taught the kids how to fish with a line which was their highlight of the trip. They took us to the most unbelievable snorkelling spots along the way. Would highly recommend this trip.
Ian PascualIan Pascual
02:43 10 Aug 23
One of the most amazing, unforgettable things you can do in your life
Lou PrataliLou Pratali
11:04 25 Jul 23
This is a must to do!!Super ultimate tour is the best with Kayangan and barracuda lake, twin lagoons (my favorite), coral garden (blue fabulous coral) were the best. It’s really worth it to pay for private tour (3500 to 4000 PHP). You will also have to pay for entrance fees (150 to 200PHP by location) and eventually shopping at the market - must do (count 300 for 2 for fish, pork, fruits and vegetables, water).
16:11 07 Feb 23
I was looking for a personalized excursion to the stunning Bacuit Gulf.Based on the comments, I contacted Mel.Very responsive, very efficient and perfect organization.The on-board staff were very friendly and very helpful.And I'm not even talking about the meal on board...a marvel.In all fairness, this excursion will remain an excellent memory and I cannot recommend Mel and his team highly enough.A big thank-you.
Alyse TarbottonAlyse Tarbotton
23:48 30 Aug 22
This tour went well above all our expectations! I couldn't recommend this enough! The boat crew, captain and tour guide were nothing but amazing, everyone was so kind, helpful and friendly. The crew knew the best spots to visit that weren't overcrowded with tourists, 3 times we were lucky enough to have whole islands to ourselves! It was my partner's birthday while away and everything went above and beyond, bonfire, cake, birthday card, singing and celebrating with us.If you love camping this is definitely a tout you should do, it has been the highlight of our trip!!
Danish KayaniDanish Kayani
10:24 31 Oct 19
Coron is the best place i have ever seen.. picturesque. Beautiful. Peaceful

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