Skip to main content

My Top 5 Philippine Beach Hideaways

The summer heat is getting to me and the humidity that causes the icky sticky feeling made me dream of wallowing in a gorgeous beach isolated from civilization with a cooler overflowing with ice and drinks a few feet away.

While my wishful thinking will remain a whim for the next two weeks, I shall reminisce on my most memorable beach escapes. Here's my list, feel free to share yours! :)

1. Zambales - Nagsasa Cove
Offers a unique beach experience with pine trees a few feet from the water and isolation from cell phone towers. The water flowing to the cove is part of the South China sea so the 45-minute boat ride from the shores of Barangay Pundaquit can be a bit wet and wild. The imposing view of mountains engulfed with overgrown weeds as you lazily float on the water makes up for the rough ride and as you lie on a hammock or inside your tent, strong, cold winds will rock you to a blissful slumber.

Tip : Bring all your provisions specially tons of ice and a cooler.


2. Palawan - Coron and Puerto Princessa - the organized tourism industry around Palawan makes it easy for travelers to experience its overly photographed powdery sand beaches surrounded by gigantic jagged limestone formations. You don't even have to rent your own boat to go island hopping as tour operators are willing to find you a group to join so you can save on costs.

Tip : If you want some island hopping, restaurant adventures and a side trip to the new 7 Wonders of Nature winner, Puerto Princessa Underground River, book a flight to Puerto Princessa. If you are headed to quaint Coron, you need to go to Busuanga. 


3. Cebu - Boljoon
Located 20 minutes away from the town of Oslob, where you can swim with the whale sharks, Boljoon generously offers its visitors the chance to enjoy its clear waters with no entrance fee, two cement platforms where the brave can jump to the sea, a side trip to Heritage Houses, centuries-old Patrocinio de Maria church, its museum and satisfying meals at a nearby eatery.

Tip : For a full-packed one day adventure, you may consider this itinerary I pieced together after last year's visit to my self-proclaimed hometown :P. Click here.

Photo Credit : Edcel Suyo of Soloflighted.com
4. Batanes - its rugged landscapes is renowned as a photographer or backpacker's haven, but does not get much credit as a beach bum's destination. When the weather is unafavorable, vicious waves crashing against the shore makes it nearly impossible for anyone but the suicidal to enjoy its waters. Thus, I suggest to go here during Batanes summer which is June-August and swim at Nakabuang Beach in Sabtang Island, Diura fishing village in Mahatao or Di-atay Beach, 10 KM from Basco.

Tip :
The three major inhabited islands of Batanes are Batan, Sabtang & Itbayat. From Manila, South East Asian Alirline (SEAIR) offers flights to Basco (Batan island). Check the current season in Batanes when you're visiting. Temperatures can go as low as 7C during Batanes winter is from November -February.


5. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
This is the most touristy among my favorite beach destinations but its deep, clear blue waters hypnotized me on my first visit in 2008. Its long stretch of sand is lined with beach resorts that caters to travelers with various spending preferences.

Tip : If you're traveling on a budget, opt for homestays where you can get a room as low as 500/night during off season. Just ask the tricycle drivers. You can also considering coming here past the peak season of March-September and December to avoid the crowds.


Packing your sexy swim wear now? See you at the beach!

Popular posts from this blog

Hiking in La Trinidad : Mt. Yangbew

To kickoff 2017, I  returned to the Cordillera region with one of my closest friends, Jules. We wanted to take it easy  so we decided to try a couple of short but very scenic trails in Benguet I found online (References posted below). 

Barangay Tawang in La Trinidad,the capital of the province of Benguet  is less than an hour from Baguio city and features several accessible, scenic mountain trails - Mt. Yangbew (also known as Mt. Jambo), Tayawan view deck and Mt. Kalugong. These are all beginner-friendly or as the younger Pinoy millenials would say, pabebe-friendly. :P
Since we were taking a super early bus ride,  (1:30 AM early! :P), we made sure  we got nice, comfy seats. Fortunately, with 3 days prior to the trip, we were able to book online via iWantSeats.

In five hours, we arrived in the City of Pines and walked towards Session Road to hunt for a hotel. Fortunately, a vacant room was immediately available at Benguet Prime Hotel so we were able to leave our bags.  We took our sweet t…

Part 2 : Bataan Adventures | Where to Eat in Bataan (Updated 2017)

Being an avid hiker and foodie, I've grown very fond of visiting  Bataan.  This province offers several hiking trails (check my post here) passing verdant forests and nicely decorated cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a proper cup of coffee and affordable comfort food. It is also highly accessible from Manila via land travel, making it a good option for a short but rewarding out of town adventure. 

Here's a list of restaurants in Bataan where you can enjoy satisfying meals. 

ANGELITOS (Orani)
The restaurant's name which means little angels (male) was inspired by the owner's 3 young boys, Miguel (after St. Michael), Rafael and Gabriel.This 2 year old family owned restaurant has a homey ambiance and serves any type of food that the family enjoys.

Dishes are flavorful and priced affordably -100 Pesos above for the main dishes and 20 Pesos above for the desserts.Specialty includes, pork binagoongan and creamy tofu (my fave!). The restroom which has a mini garden is als…

12 Useful things to Bring on your First Mountain Hike

Hiking has become very popular in the Philippines that it's now easier to find a mountain and come up with your own itinerary  or join an organized group. (Read 10 Tips on How to be a Good Climb Participant
If you're heading out to your first mountain hike and thinking of what to bring, here are a couple of tips. Note that this list was created as a guide and not a mandatory checklist. The items featured are based on what I observed to be  useful when hiking in tropical weather.

7 Hiking Tips for Beginners | 8 Essentials for Rainy Day Hikes by Basekamp PH

1.  Footwear
Footwear should enhance your experience outdoors and protect you from injury. There are shoes designed specifically for hiking but I encourage you to research the mountain  first before purchasing hiking shoes. Will there be sections where you need to cross rivers? How long will you be hiking?If the mountain has a clear and established trail that normally won't take more than 4 hours to complete, you can very w…