With its proximity to the metro, the Southern Tagalog region is popular for city dwellers who would like to escape the concrete jungles even just for a short trip. What’s great even is that the Calabarzon region has plenty of natural attractions that are perfect if one needs to unwind, reset, and forget about their fast-paced lifestyle.

For those who aren’t familiar, the Calabarzon region consists of 5 provinces: Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, and Rizal.

Here, we list down our top 5 Calabarzon natural attractions that you might want to visit or revisit as soon as you’re able to. This is in no way in any particular order.

Corregidor Island (Cavite City, Cavite)

Historically, Corregidor Island played an important role in defending Manila due to its strategic location which is at the entrance of Manila Bay. It is one of the most famous historical and tourist sites in the country. Countless tours are offered that even include a ghost hunting tour given that the island has experienced countless deaths especially during World War 2.

From abandoned artilleries to hospitals, Corregidor Island is a museum in itself.

Photo source: Britannica 

Pagsanjan Falls (Pagsanjan & Cavinti, Laguna)

One of the most famous waterfalls in the country, the Pagsanjan Falls is a 3-drop waterfall that opens to a river. A canoe ride on this river is known locally as Shooting the Rapids and has been quite an attraction since the Spanish era.

The Pagsanjan Falls and its ravine has been declared a national park since 1939.

Photo source: Escape Manila

Taal Volcano (Talisay & San Nicholas, Batangas)

The Taal Volcano is famous for being the smallest active volcano in the country. It’s also located nearby in one of the most popular weekend getaways, Tagaytay City. There are plenty of Taal Volcano tours where guides will take you as close as possible to the crater. It’s also known to be “small but very deadly” if its previous eruptions were any proof.

Unfortunately, due to its eruption earlier this year which caused several lives and livelihoods amongst the residence of Batangas and other nearby provinces, the Taal Volcano is still on Level 4 alert. Experts are still determined that a more hazardous eruption will occur soon.

Photo source: Visit Philippines

Hinulugang Taktak (Antipolo, Rizal)

What used to be a recreational area and National park, Hinulugang Taktak – especially the waterfalls is now a protected area located in Antipolo, Rizal. However, the recreational area around is still open for visitors which includes resorts and hotels and is considered as the second most popular national parks in the country and 3rd when it comes to income-generating.

Photo source: The Shoestring Diaries

Borawan Island (Pagbilao, Quezon)

Combining the 2 names of the most popular destinations in the country (Boracay and Palawan), Borawan Island in Quezon has quite a reputation to uphold. Nonetheless, it has lived up to its namesakes if its popularity is any indication.

A popular weekend getaway especially for those who love camping, this small island just a few minutes away from the town of Padre Burgos, which is also the usual jump-off point. From the beach to the rock formations, there are a couple of natural attractions, campers can explore here.


Photo source: Borawan Island Resort

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