The Philippines is an incredible country on land, but once the sun goes down, and the darkness of the evening sets in, try to look up and you will see that it is also as stunning from above. The skies over some parts of the archipelago offer some of the most stunning astronomical wonders. One of the most unappreciated things about the Philippines is its ability to offer beautiful twinkling natural lights from the skies!
Check out our top 5 stargazing destinations in Luzon!
Nagsasa Cove, Zambales
Escape the busy civilization and camp underneath the moonlit sky and tall Agoho trees of Nagsasa Cove. Being isolated from the city lights makes this place a perfect spot to watch the natural illuminations coming from the moon and the stars. Staying here, you will get a limited supply of resources but being with nature a couple of nights is definitely a good retreat.
Mt. Pulag, Grand Cordillera
As the third highest mountain in the Philippines, next to Mt. Apo in Davao and Mt. Dulang-dulang in Bukidnon, climbing to Mt. Pulag, located in the borders of Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya, is the closest to heaven you can get in Luzon. Not only if offers a majestic sea of clouds by day, but it also offers a magnificent peek of Milky Way by night. So, if you are an experienced hiker, this should be on your top list of places to hike.
Jomalig Island, Quezon Province
This island, which is the least populated municipality in Quezon Province, is getting more and more attention lately not only due to its beautiful golden sand, its pristine waters, and its distance from the mainland but also how going here is serene getaway ideal for a starry night. This is one of the few isolated places that allows you be alone by yourself and never feel lonely.
Big Handy’s Grounds, Rizal
If you’re in Manila and looking to spend a night looking to enjoy your evening watching the stars from your roof, chances are, you’ll have a hard time looking for the perfect spot due to the air and light pollution. But if you are eager to watch the stars but don’t want to get too far, then driving only 50 kilometers to Big Handy’s Grounds located in Tanay, Rizal would be the best treat you can give to yourself. Big Handy’s Grounds offers beautiful skies dark enough for solemn stargazing sessions. Bring your tent and telescope as what other astronomy enthusiasts do when they visit the place.
Fortune Island, Batangas
Nasugbu in Batangas is one of the most visited places in the province for beach bums, mainly due to its accessibility. And if you want to go to a beach like you’ve never seen before in the Philippines, then Fortune Island is the place for you. Once was an Athens-themed luxury island resort with an imitation of the world-renowned ancient citadel in Greece, Fortune Island does not only cater to those who want to try cliff-jumping and snorkeling, but also to those who fancy the galaxy. Spend your day doing exciting water activities and spend your evening getting lost in the moment while staring at stars above you.
Have you been to any of these places or can you recommend any more stargazing destinations? Please let us know in the comments section below.