The north of the Philippines

The culmination of all landscapes

The vibrant capital of Manila is in central Luzon. Surrounded by volcanic landscapes and green tropical forests, you can also take a break from the hectic metropolis around Manila. The north of Luzon shows its truly green beauty. With the Eighth Wonder of Asia, you can experience the crowning glory of all landscapes: the 2,000-year-old UNESCO rice terraces of Banaue and Batad. The north of Luzon has numerous sights and places that particularly fascinate nature and culture lovers.

Northeastern Luzon attracts with an excellent surf spot on the Baler coast. Mindoro is located southwest of Manila. The Apo Reef is a perfect place for all divers, which combines white sandy beaches, waterfalls and a tropical inland. The small town of Donsol also belongs to Luzon. It lies to the east at the southern end of Luzon and is known for swimming with the giants of our oceans: whale sharks. And of course under conditions.

Manila bei Nacht


Manila, the capital and the political, economic and industrial center of the Philippines. More than 12 million people live in the metropolis of Manila, or Metro Manila for short. The city is located in central Luzon, in the north of the Philippines. As a pulsating metropolis, it is surrounded by volcanic landscapes and green tropical forests. Due to the international arrival, Manila is often only approached as the starting point of the Philippines holiday and is mostly underestimated. Manila tells the multifaceted history of the Philippines, shaped by historical buildings and attractive contrasts.

Einheimischer der Ifugao in Nord Luzon Banaue ©Philippine Department of Tourism

North Luzon

The "people of the heavenly world" live in the mountain provinces. Waterfalls, hot springs and rushing rivers are hidden between the green rice fields of Banaue and Batad. In addition to the UNESCO-designated rice terraces, northern Luzon is home to numerous sights such as the “hanging coffins” and huge limestone caves that fascinate particularly active nature and culture lovers.

Drohnenaufnahme vom Taucherparadies Apo Reef bei Mindoro - Philippines DOT ©David-Hettich


Mindoro Island is located southwest of Manila. Mindoro Island is divided into two provinces. The north and east of the island belong to the province of Oriental Mindoro, the south and west to Occidental Mindoro. Mindoro is ideal for divers and beach holidaymakers: white and gold-colored beaches, romantic bays, lively beach promenades, untouched mountain forests and world-famous among divers with the Apo Reef. Some locals call Mindoro the “cheap Boracay”: as beautiful as Boracay, but easily reached from Manila.

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The insider tip for surfers

The municipality of Baler is located on the east coast of Luzon, about 240 kilometers from Manila in the province of Aurora. Baler is still a real insider tip for surfers. Baler is the real place of origin of the sport. Generally speaking, Baler is a cozy place with less tourism. Locals like to come here for a short break on the weekends. In addition to the surf spots, there are some other natural wonders that attract active vacationers.

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A dream comes true: swimming with elective sharks.
The small village of Donsol in the province of Sorsogon is original, green and familiar. Even if Donsol attracts more and more tourists, swimming with whale sharks is controlled, takes place under natural conditions and without feeding the animals. Tours are offered between November and June. The best chance to see several whale sharks in one day is between March and April. Sightings of up to 25 whale sharks are reported.