Summer is not complete without hitting the beach! To live in a tropical country like the Philippines is a beach lover’s dream come true. There are so many islands to enjoy azure blue waters, powdery white sand, rich marine life, cool rock formations, endless water activities and delicious seafood.
Where to Go?
Choose from the popular beach destinations in Palawan, Boracay and Cebu. For a few years now, these islands made it to Travel and Leisure’s 10 Best Islands in the World list. 🙂
The Sabang beach in Puerto Princesa, Palawan is the jumpoff point to Puerto Princesa Underground River – one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Since daily tours to PPUR is being regulated by the local government, it’s best that you book your tour with a tour operator at least 1 week ahead of your planned visit.
In Boracay, the long stretch of white beach is named into three sections: Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3. This photo is taken at Diniwid beach in Station 1 – the section for those who prefer more privacy/seclusion from the busy flock of tourists. Posh and high end resorts surround this area too. Plenty of hotels, restaurants and shops are situated in Stations 2-3. There are so many activities that you can do here from parasailing, helmet diving, paraw sailing, sunset cruise to pub crawl – up to you how you choose to enjoy your stay. 😉
If you prefer privacy in a densely inhabited island, then Bantayan island of northern Cebu is the perfect spot to go to. From Cebu city transport terminal, take a van or Ceres bus heading North and alight at Hagnaya port in San Remigio. Ride the public ferry to Sta. Fe, fare is Php170 and travel time takes 1 hour. I stayed at Sta. Fe beach club to have a serene view of the beachfront. TIP: Get up early before sunrise and watch the spectacular horizon as dawn breaks. It’s one for the books! ❤ #nofilter
If you want to ride the waves, then the Surfing beach of Baler, Aurora is the perfect place for you. From Manila, choose to ride between Genesis bus and Joy Bus (express) that travels directly to Baler. It takes around 7 hours of travel for the regular bus and 5 hours only for the express one. The bus terminal is located along EDSA Cubao North bound and the daily first trip leaves at 5:30AM, be there EARLY since limited seats are available! When you arrive at the station, get your number stub from the ticket issuer right away. 😉
If you fancy a one of a kind pink beach, then head to Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon. I was also once surprised and curious why it’s called pink. Back in 2012, I went there on a family outing and truly the pristine beach did not disappoint. The sand is pinkish white after all! I took a closer look at it..so cool! 😀 Also, the beach itself is stunning – makes you feel like you’re in Maldives too. ❤
To get here, ride a boat from Matnog port in Sorsogon. Travel time takes 20-30 minutes only. Best to go in a group so you can charter the boat to yourself. The boat rent ranges from Php500 – Php1,000+ depending on your haggling skills, hehe. You can bring your own tent and food since there are only a few huts in this virgin beach.
More Beach Ideas..
In Luzon, there’s Bulog Dos island in Coron, Palawan – Patar Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan – Casa Mamita Beach in Oas, Albay – Cagbalete island in Mauban, Quezon and many more!
In Visayas, you can find Salagdoong beach in Siquijor – Alubijod beach in Guimaras – Antonia island in Carles, Iloilo, etc….
Down south in Mindanao, there’s Mantigue island in Camiguin, Daku island in Siargao and mooore to explore!
That’s it beach coma! I actually have a growing list of islands and beaches that I’ve been to and I will continue to share them in my future posts. I know island dwellers and beachaholics alike will agree with me that BEACH is the Best Escape Anyone Can Have! 😉
Go forth and get sun kissed! ❤