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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 Philippines and we can have your itinerary ready. Here’s a good bit of introduction to the Island of Luzon. Let’s have a feel of the island, shall we?

A little you need to know about Luzon Island

Where is Luzon location?

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The site of Manila also the nation’s capital and a major metropolis is 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. Only land mass 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 on 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.

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Geography of Luzon Island

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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 sits on its west while the other two, Lamon Bay and Lagonoy Gulf is situated on its east. The term “Luzon” translates into English as “big light”. It refers to the one-thir of the land area of Philippines. The greatest dimensions here are 460 by 140 miles (740 by 225 km). There are important ranges like 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. Taal Lake and Laguna de Bay are the significant Luzon Island lakes.

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History of Luzon Island, Philippines

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Back in 1991, the journey of this island reached a significant juncture. It was then when the 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 the agriculture and in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of residents.

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Things to do in Luzon

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Pagsanjan Falls Adventure from Manila: This one is an exhilarating fun ride once you go ride over rapids in a dugout canoe all the way to Pagsanjan Falls. You can see and enjoy the surrounded lush landscape of Pagsanjan Gorge National Park. Don’t get surprised when you get to swim through hidden caves.

Full-Day Taal Volcano Trekking and Horse-Riding: An incredible experience awaits, discover the terrifying beauty of the Taal Volcano which is famed to be one of the most active Volcanoes of Philippines Islands. Go for this tour, it won’t take longer than 8 hours. Plan a day around it and take a boat ride to the volcano island. Behold the natural beauty of the crater and surrounding Taal.

Hidden Valley Springs Resort Day Trip from Manila: Check out the hidden springs away from the hustle of Manila.
Helicopter Adventure to Masungi Georeserve: Plan a helicopter trip over to the Masungi Georeserve. Feel the energy and the raw beauty.

Subic Bay Day Trip from Manila: Plan for a day trip to Subic Bay and catch glimpses of the fascinating wildlife, experience the charm of the local indigenous culture and also educate yourself of the military history of the Philippines.

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Pagsanjan Falls Day Tour from Manila: Plan a day trip to Pagsanjan Falls getting out of the urbanity. Take a boat ride and go through the rapids of the rivers, check out the water falls!

Nuvali Bike Tour from Makati: Go for a day out with the family on a biking trip of Nuvali across the mountain.
Mt. Pinatubo Crater Day Trip from Manila: It is a full-day action packed adventure, so start early. You can also combine 4WD off-road experience and a 1.5-hour hike to Pinatubo Crater.

Small-Group Weekend Hiking Tour to Banaue-Ifugao from Manila: Plan a trip to the 2000-year-old Banaue rice terraces. These are counted in the largest and the most beautiful terraced fields in the whole of the world. It’s just a four-day trek.

Private Aloguinsan Day Tour with Bojo River Cruise from Cebu: The Bojo River by the Aloguinsan town is recently curated by Green Destination to be famed as one of the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations world-wide. Enjoy the trip!
Santa Inez Waterfalls Mountain Bike Tour from Manila: While you plan for a mountain biking trip from Manila Check out the Santa Inez waterfalls.

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Wawa Dam Bike Tour from Makati: Marikina River in Rizal province boasts of the Wawa Dam, take your local guide to show you off, preferably on a bike ride! You can also check out the Montalban Dam, another famous destination for bikers.
Daraitan River Adventure from Makati: Check out the quiet of the Daraitan River with its beautiful view of a river and mountains.
Explore the gorgeous beaches: Saud Beach, Sabang Beach, Patar Beach, Anawangin Cove, Anguib Beach, Subic and Tikling Beach, Sabtang Beach, Masasa Beach, Valugan Beach, Blue Lagoon, Dinadiawan Beach, and Bagasbas Beach are some of the most gorgeous beaches on the island.
Explore the popular tourist attractions in Luzon: Banaue Rice Terraces, Banaue; Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City; Greenbelt Chapel, Makati; Marlboro Hills, Mahatao; Bangui Windmills Ilocos, Norte Province; Philippine Military Academy, Baguio; and Dancing Fountain are some of the most popular attractions you must not skip.

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