Travel Guide: Luna (Apayao)
So you have been to Cordillera and most likely seen its famed rice terraces, the mountain range, the waterfalls, the raging rivers, the beautiful caves, the indigenous culture and almost everything about the region. But have you explored Apayao and have you heard of interesting attractions the province offers?
Apayao is the northernmost province of Cordillera and perhaps the least explored of all the provinces of the region. It is an unpopular route for tourists, an off-beat destination for most. But unknown to many, it has fair share of natural attractions that will interest everyone.
Luna, the provincial capital and dubbed as the show window of the province is where one must start to get to know Apayao. With the municipality of Abulug of Cagayan Province on its northern boundary, its accessibility to lowland makes it an easy destination.
Luna is blessed with hidden waterfalls, wondrous caves, clean rivers and other nature’s wonders that are all perched in this scenic countryside making Luna a promising eco-tourism destination.
Now, if you think you have seen everything about Cordillera, think again. Discover Luna, and experience a different Cordillera. Luna, your gateway to Apayao!
How to Get to Luna
By Land from Manila
Take a Florida Bus Liner or RCJ Bus going to Junction Luna in Abulug, Cagayan. Their terminals are both located in Sampaloc Manila, travel time takes around 12 hours and fare ranges from P700-P750. At Junction Luna Terminal, transfer to a tricycle going to Luna Poblacion, approximately fifteen minute ride for P30 per person.
By Air via Laoag
Philippine Airlines (PAL Express) and Cebu Pacific fly to Tuguegarao daily from Manila, travel time is an hour. From Tuguegarao Airport, flag a tricycle to take you to bus or van terminal going to Laoag or direct to Junction Luna, travel time is around three hours. Get off at Junction Luna in Abulug and transfer to a tricycle going to Luna Poblacion, approximately fifteen minute ride for P30 per person.
Where to Stay in Luna
Luna is a laid-back rural town, do not expect high end hotels. Tourists who wish to spend overnight in town can stay in local lodges for as low as P250.00 per person per night.
Village Guest House
Contact Number: +639162144185 (Mircha Bermudez) / +639087366504 (Mila Baria)
Pensione Lavigna and Restaurant
San Isidro Sur, Luna, Apayao
Contact Number: +639302147027
What to do in Luna
- Check out Lussok Crystal Cave and Underground River
- Go spelunking in Allabang Cave and Nalvo Cave
- See Bayugao Falls
- Visit Marag Valley
- Trek to Mt. Macalino
- Discover other hidden waterfalls and caves
- See other attractions of Apayao in the neighboring towns of Pudtol, Calanasan, Flora, Conner and Kabugao
- Head north to Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte or Claveria and Aparri in Cagayan
- Landbank is the only commercial bank and ATM in Luna
- Best to visit during dry months (December to May)
- No establishment accepts credit cards and traveler’s cheque, bring cash