Wednesday, May 10, 2017

7 Unspoiled Beaches in the Philippines You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Filipinos and tourists alike are always on the hunt for the hottest (pun intended!) beach destinations in the Philippines. Back in the 1950s, a pair of German tourists re-popularized Matabungkay and put the place back on the Philippine map. In late 1970s, everyone went to Puerto Galera after being declared by UNESCO as a protected sanctuary. And after the millennium, all conversations include Anawangin and how everyone was dying to visit the place after Mount Pinatubo Eruption.

What made Philippines a travel hotspot amongst tourists and Filipino beach-goers is its convenience. The Philippine Islands is an archipelago, surrounded by oceans and seas, that's why it does not cost a fortune to find a beach to go to. Even better, there are a few travel agencies who specialize in finding the best deals for these types of remote beaches that will allow you to build your own package suited for your travel style, budget, and needs. 

Here is the problem with popular beaches: it is so popular that everyone you know will probably be there this summer. If you are someone who hates crowds, queues, and waiting, I have prepared a list of some of the less crowded secret beach destinations that not everyone knows about. Bring out your pen and paper and start planning your summer trips with friends and family today!

Nagsasa Cove, Zambales

The line that separates genuine nature lovers from mere beach bummers is convenience. If you are looking for one of the most isolated destinations that is not far from Metro Manila, then the San Antonio Cove Network is perfect for you. Located in the Zambales province, from there, you can choose from many different beaches to stay in and go to.

Nagsasa Cove gives you the feel of temporary detachment from the noise and rather busy life of the metropolis. Nagsasa Cove is recommended for group travels and is good if you wish to camp overnight by the beach. When in Nagsasa Cove, you are just around an hour from other beautiful beaches in Capones Island, Anawangin Cove, and Talisayin Cove.

Tawi-Tawi, ARMM

Long bus rides and travel time will give you an opportunity to enjoy the journey while still being able to contemplate on your life decisions. Tawi-Tawi, in the language of the Malay, means “far,” that is why your effort to get to the southernmost part of the country will eventually measure your desire to get there.

Tawi-Tawi, despite being far from the mainland of Mindanao, is home to one of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the Philippines. Turtle Group of Islands in Tawi-Tawi, although already declared as a protected sanctuary for marine life by UNESCO, will be your highlight when visiting the place. It is going to be an adventure of a lifetime as you bask in the presence of diverse marine life minus the crowd.

Batanes, Cagayan Valley

Tawi-Tawi is located in the southernmost province of the country, we now go to the northernmost. Batanes is a popular destination, but not everyone has the money and the will to go here as it is really, really isolated. But once you have set foot in Batanes, you will definitely forget the hassle of travel in the presence of unspoiled and uncrowded beaches, awesome view, peaceful ambiance, and fresh air. If you have extra money to spare for usually chartered and limited flights, you may wish to consider going to Batanes. Every peso spent for this trip will definitely be worth it.

Maniwaya Island, Marinduque

If you are the type of traveler who value privacy and being exclusive, then the beige beaches of Maniwaya in Marinduque is perfect for you. While Maniwaya Island is near other famous destinations like Mindoro, Quezon Province, and Batangas, its main selling point is exclusivity. You can charter a motorboat from Marinduque Island to a more secluded place that is Maniwaya. Though being less popular compared to the aforementioned beach destinations, it does not make Maniwaya any less beautiful with its fine sand, clear seawater, and friendly locals.

Palaui Island, Cagayan

Located in Cagayan Province, Palaui Island is a go-to destination for travelers who love long bus rides as going to Palaui will include a 16-hour bus ride from Metro Manila. Palaui is home to diverse flora and migratory birds.

Your 16-hour bus ride will certainly be worth it as you can choose from a few beaches in Palaui Island, all offering the same breathtaking view. One of the most photographed (and Instagrammed) spots in Palaui Island is the Cape EngaƱo Lighthouse ruins. What with its natural and invigorating beauty, Survivor franchise had chosen Palaui Island as one of its locations in the series back in 2013.

Carabao Island, Romblon

When one speaks of Boracay, more often than not, its fine white sand beaches are often overshadowed by the nonstop after dark partying all throughout the coast. If you are looking for something like Boracay minus the parties that usually go on til morning, then Carabao Island is for you as there are less tourists that go here. You can enjoy your time being isolated from others. If you are finishing a novel and would just like to spend time alone without things that are distracting, then be sure to plan your visit here.

Calaguas, Camarines Norte

Once you have set foot on Calaguas, you could not help but describe it as “marvelous” and “serene” as this hidden, unspoiled paradise gives a vibe that is just like that. Its powdery white sands and crystal clear waters attract both Filipino travelers and tourists alike every year. There has been an obvious increase in visitors but that is not to say that the experience would be any less than awesome.

There you have them! Here are just seven of the less crowded beach destinations you would enjoy visiting this summer. Plan ahead and do not forget to bring your sunscreens and sunglasses if you wish to stay under the sun and in the water for an extended amount of time. If you have a story to tell about one of these destinations, feel free to leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

7 Unspoiled Beaches in the Philippines You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

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