Blue Lagoon: A wondrous gem of Palanan, Isabela

Kat at Blue Lagoon, Palanan, Isabela
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Along with Honeymoon Island, Blue Lagoon is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Isabela. The Blue Lagoon is located in Barangay Villa Robles in Palanan, and it’s a favorite place to visit by locals in the area and tourists alike.

Blue Lagoon (Palanan, Isabela)

I’d been wanting to see Blue Lagoon for a long time. I visited here as part of my 5 days trip in Isabela.

From Dicotcotan Beach where our group was staying, we took a boat to get to the town proper of Palanan. From there, we hired tricycles that will take us to the Blue Lagoon. We passed by a scenic river beside a wide grassfield and another clear stream from which carabaos were swimming.

River near Blue Lagoon, Isabela
River on our way to Blue Lagoon.
Carabaos near Blue Lagoon
A clear stream where carabaos are bathing.

Previously, visitors need to get off their vehicles from a certain jump-off point and trek for 15 minutes to reach the island. However, our rides were able to drop us off exactly at the lagoon so it was pretty much effortless going here.

As its name suggest, the Blue Lagoon is a lagoon with naturally blue water. Well, it was actually both green and blue, but it’s as clear as they say.

Blue Lagoon, Palanan, Isabela
The mysterious Blue Lagoon.
Cottage at Blue Lagoon, Palanan, Isabela
There are cottages where you can leave your things.
Kat at Blue Lagoon, Palanan, Isabela
Dream come true!

Fresh-water fishes can be spotted here, especially when undisturbed by people swimming in the area. The presence of the fishes suggests that the lagoon is connected to a larger body of water, although scientists and divers haven’t found this underground passageway yet. Also, no one knows the depth of the lagoon yet. The lagoon leads to a spillway going to Pinacanuan River.

I was giddy and excited when I saw the Blue Lagoon. We saw local kids swimming in the lagoon, while adults were chilling out in the cottages. The Blue Lagoon reminded me of Muna Island in Southeast Sulawesi (Indonesia), an island filled with several crystal-clear lagoons just walking distance of each other. The Blue Lagoon in Isabela is also clear, although similar to a lake, if you snorkel in the middle you won’t see anything but light blue.

Kat at Blue Lagoon, Palanan, Isabela
(Photo by JV Francisco)
Group shot at Blue Lagoon, Palanan, Isabela
Fun group shot (Photo by JV Francisco).

It was nice to swim here and take endless photos. 2-3 hours will probably suffice for a visit. There’s a floating log in the middle of the lagoon which is a nice photo-spot.

How to get here

Read this for directions on how to get from Manila to Palanan.

The Blue Lagoon is located in Brgy. Villa Robles in Palanan, Isabela. From the Palanan town proper, you’ll need to hire a motorcycle or tricycle (tricycle fare: about P340 for 4 people) to the Blue Lagoon. Note that services going to the Blue Lagoon have a standard fare.

Things you have to know before you go

  • Bring your own snacks and water. There’s no sari-sari store nearby. Don’t forget to bring your trash with you!
  • It’s suggested to wear a vest in the lake. You can rent lifevests in the Palanan Town Hall before heading to the Blue Lagoon.

Other places you can visit

While you’re in the town proper, you might also drop by the Palanan Town Hall, Aguinaldo Shrine and St. Mary Magdalene Parish.

Read here for other attractions you can visit in Palanan.

 

Have you been to the Blue Lagoon in Palanan, Isabela? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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3 Comments

  1. I really want to visit Palanan, Isabela. Kaso parang napakalayo haha. Great adventure though and the pictures are amazing.

    1. Yas malayo nga. Cut off pa yung Palanan from the rest of the region because of the Sierra Madre range. Pero ang alam ko meron ng ongoing road construction here so hopefully in the future mas madali na puntahan.

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