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15 Best QUEZON TOURIST SPOTS (Beaches, Churches & More)

Are you looking for the perfect destination for your next weekend getaway? Well, if you’re living near Metro Manila then you’ve probably already been to the famous tourist spots of Batangas, Laguna, and Rizal, right? In that case, visiting the breathtaking Quezon Province should be next on your list! Known for its majestic mountains, stunning beach destinations, and underrated natural wonders, exploring Quezon can truly be an unforgettable experience for everyone. Moreover, Quezon’s rich culture and colorful history also play a huge role in promoting the province’s incredible tourism.

Quezon Province has been known for a lot of things that are all important to the Philippines’ history. It is the proud hometown of President Manuel L. Quezon who is the “Father of the National Language” in the country. Quezon is also where the majestic and enchanting Mount Banahaw, the tallest mountain in CALABARZON, can be found. Oh, and it is also where some of the most beautiful island destinations in the country can be found such as the Cagbalete Island, Jomalig Island, and many more! And finally, the ever-famous Pahiyas Festival is held specifically in Lucban, Quezon, one of the most culturally rich places in the whole country.

See? The Quezon Province has a lot of fun and exciting things to offer to every Filipino. And I’ll make sure that we’ll be able to explore each and every one of them. So, are you ready? Here are the 15 Best Tourist Spots in Quezon Province!

1. Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort

First on the list is no other than the incredible self-contained coconut plantation-turned museum, restaurant, and resort of Villa Escudero. An all-in cultural experience is waiting for you here where you’ll be able to enjoy fun and exciting activities such as carabao rides, museum walking tours, cultural shows, bamboo raft tours, and many more.

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Of course, you shouldn’t miss the iconic attraction of Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort which is having lunch at the waterfalls! This gastronomic experience will surely make you fall in love with the resort’s exceptional food choices as you enjoy the experience of having man-made waterfalls in your background.

Oh, and there’s also a big swimming pool here where guests can take a good swim and just relax. All in all, spending a day tour here at Villa Escudero is a great experience worth trying. So make sure not to miss out during your next visit to Tiaong, Quezon!

2. Jomalig Island

Ah, there it is. The hidden paradise of Jomalig Island has started to become one of the most popular and trending island destinations not only in Quezon but the whole Philippines. Known for its golden sand beaches, crystalline turquoise waters, and majestic rock formations, Jomalig Island is indeed a breathtaking summer destination you shouldn’t miss!

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Generally, travel time from Manila to Jomalig Island will take you approximately 4 to 5 hours but the main mode of transportation here is habal-habal. This is also a good thing because you’ll be able to reach almost all of the must-visit locations on the island!

Some of Jomalig Island’s most beautiful destinations include the Golden Sand Beach, Little Boracay, Kanaway Beach, Little Batanes, and the intriguing “Puno ng Walang Forever” which is an iconic lonesome tree in the middle of a huge grassland. Some people say that those who still haven’t found their “true love” or heartbroken people usually take photos here. Well, maybe you’ll find your one true love here, right?

3. Cagbalete Island

Another breathtaking island destination that can be found in Mauban, Quezon is the picturesque Cagbalete Island. This pristine beach destination became famous for its white-sand beach, turquoise waters, and stunning sandbars.

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Through the years, the island became a top summer destination for local and international tourists because there are already world-class hotels and resorts established on the island. So aside from premium accommodation, tourists should also expect to be welcomed with countless fun and exciting activities like island-hopping, scuba diving, bird-watching, and many more!

Oh, and you also shouldn’t miss visiting neighboring islands like Balicasar, Bonsai, and a whole lot more. Ah, believe me. There’s an endless list of things to do here on Cagbalete Island so I suggest that you stay for longer days so that you’ll be able to do every single one of them!

4. Kamay ni Hesus Shrine

If you’re planning to visit Quezon Province, I’m sure that one of the first attractions you’ll encounter is the iconic Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban, Quezon. The 5-hectare shrine features a giant statue of Jesus Christ standing tall on top of the hill which goes as high as 50 feet!

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The challenging part here is that you need to climb almost 300 steps before you can reach the top. Well, locals say that this is the test that you have to endure in order to receive spiritual and physical healing. During your visit to Kamay ni Hesus, you can see that a lot of people really believe in its healing capabilities because more and more visitors are taking on the challenge.

En route to the top of the hill, the shrine also features life-sized figures and representations of the stations of the cross. This is also the reason why Kamay ni Hesus is considered one of the best Visita Iglesia destinations during the Holy Week. Well, the amazing part here is that the shrine is surrounded by lush greeneries and historically filled with clean, fresh, and cool mountain breeze. It’s kinda like the heavens are guiding you to reach the top!

5. Borawan Island

Ah, yes! Another perfect summer destination found in Padre Burgos, Quezon, is the stunning Borawan Island. An interesting fact about this beautiful island is that its name is said to have been derived from the combination of Boracay and Palawan. Yup! Locals say that this is because the island also represents the world-class beauty of those two iconic Philippine destinations. Well, I guess that trivia alone made you want to visit Borawan Island, right? Don’t worry, me too!

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This hidden paradise features fine white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and majestic limestone karst formations. It’s really a must-visit island destination where you can absolutely enjoy peace and serenity all by yourself.

6. Mt. Banahaw

Of course, your trip to Quezon Province won’t be complete without visiting the majestic Mount Banahaw. Standing tall at 2,170 meters above sea level, the mountain has undoubtedly been a wonder for the people living around it.

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In fact, a lot of locals believe that Mt. Banahaw is a “Holy Mountain” storing a huge amount of psychic energy. This is why the mountain is said to attract faith healers, psychics, and cults from different parts of the country. But hey, Mt. Banahaw in itself is a must-visit natural wonder housing countless different species of trees, plants, animals, and many more!

The Mount Banahaw National Park is definitely a perfect destination for outdoor lovers where visitors can wander around the thriving ecosystem of the mountain. From meeting monkeys, wild pigs, hornbills, and parakeets to exploring beautiful cave systems like the Cave of Suffering, Cave of the Holy Child, Cave of St. Paul, and many more, the park really offers an all-in experience for everyone!

7. Balagbag Falls

Another must-visit natural wonder in Quezon is the two-tiered beauty of Balagbag Falls. The cold crystal clear waters cascading down the beautiful rock formations are truly relaxing to bathe in.

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There’s a big natural pool tucked beneath the waterfalls so visitors, especially kids, can happily swim all they want! Oh, and if you’re intrigued by the familiar name of Balagbag Falls, it’s somehow derived from the Tagalog term “Balagbag” which roughly means “reckless” or “uneven”. This is characterized by the slope of the rock formations cascading down the waterfalls.

All in all, visiting Balagbag Falls is truly an amazing experience where you’re given a chance to be closer than ever to nature. Don’t forget to try cliff diving if you’re in for the challenge!

8. Alibijaban Island

Nestled in San Andres, Quezon is an underrated tropical paradise called the Alibijaban Island. Although it’s a little bit hard to reach because of its remote location, everything will be worth it once you see the creamy white-sand shores, the turquoise waters, and the lush mangrove trees surrounding the island. It is indeed a perfect island destination to cast yourselves away from all the stress and noise of the city. You can go swimming, beach bumming, and even shell-picking around the 400-hectare island all you want!

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The best part about visiting Alibijaban Island is that you’ll be able to watch and enjoy the mesmerizing sunset by yourselves. With unlimited photo opportunities of course! Oh, and you can also prepare for an overnight camping trip during your visit to maximize your stay even more.

9. Dampalitan Island

And yet another must-visit island destination in Quezon Province is Dampalitan Island, also located in Padre Burgos, Quezon. Known for its huge white-sand coastlines, crystal clear waters, and perfect conditions for overnight camping, Dampalitan is indeed a haven for beach enthusiasts out there.

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Whether you’re in for swimming, sunbathing, or simply relaxing on the beautiful beach, I’m sure that you’ll have a wonderful time here at Dampalitan Island. Oh, and just a friendly reminder, the island is usually jam-packed especially during peak seasons so I suggest that you plan your trip accordingly!

10. Balesin Island

Ah, yes. And there it is! Probably Quezon Province’s most prized tourist destination is the one and only Balesin Island. Located off the east coast of Mauban, Quezon, this 500-hectare premier island destination sits in front of the Pacific Ocean also featuring long stretches of white-sand beaches, pristine waters, and world-class villages as well.

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You can choose to stay from any of the six (6) themed villages like Bali, Phuket, Mykonos, Costa Del Sol, St. Tropez, and of course, Balesin. Another amazing thing about Balesin Island is that it has its own concrete runway which can accommodate the landing of private planes! It actually only takes 25 minutes by plane to reach this incredible tropical paradise.

Although you first have to avail your membership to the Balesin Island Club, I assure you that it will all be worth it once you’re able to enjoy all the perks and advantages of being a member. So if you’re interested, simply visit their official website here!

11. Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel

Well, your trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting the biggest Roman Catholic Church in the entire Quezon Province especially if you’re a Catholic, right? That’s why dropping by the Minor Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel or simply known as the Susi ng Tayabas should definitely be part of your itinerary.

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The reason why it’s called “Susi” is because of its beautiful key-shaped appearance from the top view. Built way back in the year 1585, the church maintained its impressive architectural design, its iconic long aisle, and the giant century-old church bells even though it underwent several reconstructions and repairs. So make sure to take some nice pictures with the Susi ng Tayabas on your background to serve as one of your souvenirs in visiting Quezon!

12. Puting Buhangin | Kwebang Lampas

Probably the most popular and trending beach destination in the whole of Quezon Province is the iconic Puting Buhangin Beach and Kwebang Lampas. From the name of the beach itself, you’ll be amazed by the world-class beauty of its white sands, turquoise waters, and relaxing ambiance. It’s actually more like a cove because it’s just a very short strip of white sands. You can easily walk from end to end in just a matter of minutes! So if I were you, I’d maximize and enjoy all the solo time I can get here at Puting Buhangin Beach because it can really get crowded especially during peak seasons.

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Of course, your trip wouldn’t be complete without swimming through the ever-famous Kwebang Lampas! It’s actually one of the highlights of the beach so make sure not to miss out. Swim around, relax under the sun, and take a whole lot of nice pictures!

13. Kamayan sa Palaisdaan

After a long and tiring day of exploring every must-visit attraction of Quezon Province, it’s finally time to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the gastronomical feast offered to us by the Kamayan sa Palaisdaan Restaurant! Obviously from the name itself, the specialties of this restaurant focus on freshly-cooked seafood dishes.

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Kamayan sa Palaisdaan also pioneered the concept of floating restaurants where you’ll be able to feast and dine with all the fish and ponds surrounding you. They also have a bar and a café so basically everything you’re craving can be easily offered by Kamayan sa Palaisdaan!

Some of their must-try best-sellers include Inihaw na Belly Tuna, Kare-Kare Pork and Beef, Ginataang Tilapia, Laing, and many more!

14. Lucena Cathedral

After filling up your tummies thanks to the amazing gastronomical feast prepared by Kamayan sa Palaisdaan, it’s now time to visit one of the most significant landmarks of Quezon Province.

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The Lucena Cathedral also known as the Saint Ferdinand Cathedral Parish tucked within the heart of the city proper itself is definitely a must-visit destination in the province. This Baroque-style church was founded in 1881 and since then, every first-time traveler to Lucena City traditionally stopped by the Lucena Cathedral to offer their prayers.

Oh, and since the cathedral is located right at the heart of Lucena City’s poblacion, you should also grab the chance to wander around and buy some souvenirs, pasalubongs, and even dine in some of the famous restaurants like Cafe Antigua.

15. Pulong Kukok in Polillo

Finally, our last destination in Quezon Province is a little bit hard to reach given that it takes about 3 hours of boat ride to dock to this islet. Well, I know that’s quite a long time but trust me when I say that it will all be totally worth it! The remote location of Pulong Kukok in the Polillo Islands enabled it to maintain the fine white sands of the beach. The surrounding waters are also very crystal clear giving you the chance to snorkel or dive deep into the colorful ecosystem of the island. There are also beautiful limestone rock formations tucked around which are perfect for taking Instagrammable photos!

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Can you see the chicken?

Be careful though because Pulong Kukok is also known as a habitat for sea snakes, giving it the nickname of Snake Island for some. Pulong Kukok is now gaining popularity after being featured in the hit show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, or KMJS. So book a trip here while it’s still not too crowded!