Luzon is a delightful mix of culture and civilization – from the bright lights of Metro Manila, to the rice terraces of Banaue, it definitely takes some time to make the passage through the Philippines’ largest island group.
Camping, however, takes the appreciation of Luzon to a whole other level, as it is arguably the best way to spend time with family and loved ones while being close to/a part of the earth. Let’s check out some of the best camping destinations in Luzon!
Mount Pinatubo, Botolan
Mount Pinatubo is famous all around the world for the massive eruption in 1991, the largest terrestrial eruption of the 20th century, after the 1912 eruption of Novarupta in Alaska. Nevertheless, do not let that put you off visiting and spending a night or two at this gorgeous natural phenomenon.
Hiking is moderate suiting every fitness level, and the views, and feelings of oneness with nature are very hard to beat. Be sure to research beforehand, however, as weather can be a game-changer for the experience.
Nagsasa and Anawangin Cove, San Antonio
Many who know Luzon well will already know Anawangin Cove as it has proven popular with locals and tourists alike, who are looking for a place for relaxation that is not too far from civilization. Nagsasa Cove, however, is the lesser known, less crowded, yet miles more beautiful of the two.
Over twenty years ago, Mount Pinatubo’s eruption caused large clouds of ash to fall on the cove, and pine trees have blossomed from the ashes.
The lack of consistent mobile service acts as the perfect buffer from the busy daily life, and the lack of people only serves as an additional relaxant. Be it camping by the waterfall, on the beach, or along the trails, Nagsasa Cove is definitely worth the extra mile.
Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley Region
It was not that long ago that Palaui Island was nothing but a small fishing community. Today, however, it has risen to fame and can now hold its own. White sand beaches surround this largely untouched island, and, to better protect its rugged, unblemished charm, a marine reserve has been set up.
Camping is gorgeous here, as wherever you are on the island, you are surrounded by nothing other than land, sand, and sea.
As a bonus, hire a guide and make the trek up to the lighthouse, which has been there since the Spanish colonial days, and offers a stunning view of the neighboring islands.
Camping may not be on many travelers lists when it comes to the Philippines, with food, beaches and culture all coming to mind. However, there is not many better ways to experience a country that remains so in touch with its wilderness than camping; and how better to explore the vast span of Luzon than camping?
This beautiful region may be well known for its capital (Manila) and all the civilization that comes with it, but get in touch with your wild side and go camping!
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