Every now and then, metro folks need a sojourn into nature to remind themselves of a world beyond the four walls of the office. And camping is one of the socially distant ways that travelers can enjoy vacations in the new normal!
If you’re eager to leave the urban jungle for the great outdoors, there are a great variety of campsites that are just a quick road trip away from Manila. For one, Laguna is home to spectacular natural spaces that have long been the stomping grounds of outdoorsy travelers. Here, we round up our favorite spots in Laguna for camping and glamping, whether you prefer to camp on a quiet farm or by the lake for a waterfront adventure.
Lotus Pod (Bay)
In Lotus Pod, you’ll discover that a camping trip need not be a rugged experience. As the name suggests, the bed and breakfast in Laguna is a serene destination with lush gardens, airy common areas, and a lotus pond in the heart of the property. It’s a great place to relax and reset your batteries, whether campers prefer meditating in a quiet corner of the garden or flying through the air on a zipline. While elegant casitas dot the property, tents are provided for anyone who wants to sleep under the stars. Clean bathrooms, home-cooked meals, and fun activities like bikes, board games, and movie nights are also available.
Address: 2340 Kalsadang Putol Street, Brgy. Puypuy, Bay, Laguna
Website: https://www.lotuspodbedandbreakfast.com, Facebook
Bloc Camp Site (Cavinti)
With fresh air, expansive space, and unspoiled natural views, it’s no wonder Bloc Camp Site is a tourist favorite. The Bloc group actually has two separate properties in Cavinti: the Bloc Farm Stay on a tranquil farm and the Bloc Camp Site that’s perched lakeside. Both sites offer T-Houses for groups visiting for a night (or more) of glamping, but the lakefront property also features tents for anyone who prefers a more traditional camping experience. Comfort is a priority with tents appointed with airbeds and pillows. Each T-House is fitted with a small deck where guests can enjoy alfresco meals or hang out to watch the sunset. At the lake, activities like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are available.
Address: Brgy. Bukal, Cavinti, Laguna
Website: Facebook, Airbnb
Kaliraya Surf Kamp (Cavinti)
Another well-known destination in Laguna is Kaliraya Surf Kamp, a camping spot on the banks of Caliraya Lake that’s frequently visited by water adventurers. While water sports are still not permitted in the camp at this point in the new normal, campers are more than welcome for a nature-inspired escape! The spacious grounds are ideal for socially distant getaways with the camp offering tiny houses and tents for every kind of outdoor lover.
Address: Brgy. West Talaongan, Cavinti
Mountain Lake Resort (Cavinti)
At this family-friendly resort in Cavinti, city folks can get a dose of unspoiled nature. Mountain Lake Resort is nestled on a lovely lakeside spot surrounded by stunning views of Mt. Banahaw, Sierra Madre Mountain Range, and Lake Caliraya. Rooms are available, but the glamping tents are well-suited for a comfortable stay with mattresses, pillows, and blankets. During the day, there are plenty of fun facilities to explore in the resort, including a hanging bridge, a zipline, a swimming pool, and an impressive obstacle course.
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Address: Caliraya Springs Golf Complex, Brgy. East Talaongan, Cavinti, Laguna
Website: https://www.mountainlake.ph, Facebook
Glamping Etc. (Cavinti)
There are few campsites in Laguna more eye-catching than the geodesic dome tents by Lake Lumot. Glamping Etc. may be an off-grid hideaway, but the large dome tents are far from basic with comfy mattresses, soft pillows, Instagram-worthy interiors, and a floor-to-ceiling view of the lake. Each tent even has a private bathroom, so there’s no need to share with fellow campers. Slow down and unwind in this charming little spot in Laguna where sunsets and starlit nights feel extra special.
Address: Lake Lumot, Cavinti, Laguna
Website: Facebook, Airbnb
Other awesome camping spots in Laguna are at the province’s most sought-after natural attractions, such as Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Pandin or Yambo Lake in San Pablo, and even Mt. Makiling in Los Baños. Beyond Laguna, Rizal is another destination near Metro Manila that’s home to plenty of cool camping and glamping spots.
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*Featured photo via Glamping Etc. Philippines, Lotuspod Bed and Breakfast, and Mountain Lake Resort Facebook pages