Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Summer is fast approaching and in the Philippines, summer means fun in the sea, sand, and sky. Though for the non-beach(y) ones it means foods, festivals, and friends. For the traveler who’s not a big fan of huge crowds and busy islands, worry not, we’ve rounded up some of the perfect beaches near Manila ideal also for those who are looking for a quick, budget-friendly getaway over the weekend.

1. Masasa Beach in Batangas

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Those who are into night camping and admiring the wonders of nature would truly enjoy spending a day, a night even, in Masasa Beach.

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Situated in Tingloy Island, Batangas, this particular beach is yet to be discovered by people who are looking for a not-so-crowded weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Apart from the clear waters, the beach also boasts of a scenic view of rock formations.

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Local Travel Guide in The Philippines (How to get there)

Take a bus from Manila to Batangas City Grand Terminal (P120-128). From there, ride a jeepney to Anilao Port (P35), and a boat to Tingloy (P70). From the port in Tingloy, hop on a tricycle which will then take you to Masasa Beach (P30).

2. Magalawa Island, Zambales

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila
Situated off the coast of northern Zambales, Magalawa Island offers creamy white sand beaches on both sides that extend and meet at the sandbar.

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Magalawa Island is a secluded location and isn’t as commercialized yet as other beaches in the area, which means restaurants are a distance away.

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Local Travel Guide in The Philippines (How to get there)

Ride a Victory Liner bus bound for Iba-Sta.Cruz, Zambales. Tell the bus conductor that you will alight at the tricycle terminal to Luan Port/Radyo Veritas at Pamolingan, Palauig. Then hop on a boat ride to Magalawa Island. Magalawa Island is estimated 6 -7 hours away from Manila.

3. Dinadiawan Beach in Aurora

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Most people didn’t know that there’s a hidden white sand paradise in Aurora which would give you just the right dosage of “Vitamin Sea.”

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

which is a complete opposite of Baler’s beaches, the waters in Dinadiawan Beach are relaxing and quiet, giving people a place to just chill and appreciate nature. Travelers may choose on whether they want to spend a night in resorts or opt to camp by the beach.

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Local Travel Guide in The Philippines (How to get there)

 Take a Genesis Transportation bus from Cubao to Dipaculao and ask to be dropped off at Dipaculao Beach.

4. Lukang Beach, Pagbilao Quezon

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

The quiet destination cradles white sand, crystal clear water, lush flora and fauna, and unique rock formations.

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Lukang Beach is a relatively undeveloped place that is around 150 kilometers south of Manila. It’s free off commercial establishments, so you have to bring your own food, drinks, and equipment.

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Local Travel Guide in The Philippines (How to get there)

Take a bus going to Lucena City from Manila. Travel time is roughly three hours. Ride another bus ride to Unisan for an hour and a half time travel. Tell the conductor to drop you off at QCRB Bank in Padre Burgos Town. Hop on a tricycle going to Aplaya. Inform the driver that you will alight at Borawan. From Aplaya ride a boat ride going to Pagbilao. Lukang Beach is estimated 4 – 5 hours away from Manila.

5. Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon Province

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Cagbalete Island is situated at Lamon Bay in Mauban, Quezon. It is a popular place to visit by backpackers and tourist who are on a tight budget because of the island’s 3-mile sandbar and white sand beaches.

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

More resorts and hotels were established in the island because of the increasing number of tourists, but to those who are planning to camp may also opt to pitch their own tents.

Top 5 Hidden White Sand Beaches Yet Very Affordable Near Manila

Local Travel Guide in The Philippines (How to get there)

Take a JAC Liner bus which headed to Mauban Port (P270). You may also ride a bus from Cubao or Buendia heading to Lucena, Quezon (P200) then catch a mini-bus which will take you to Mauban Port (P60-70). Head straight to the tourism office to register, pay the environmental fee (P50/head), and hop on a boat going to Cagbalete Island (P50). For those who are traveling in groups, you might wanna rent a private boat for P3500, good for 8-10 people.

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