Here’s a summary of the best summer destinations in the Philippines
1. El Nido, Palawan
El Nido is a sure-fire bet for Filipino travelers and foreigners looking for an epic getaway. With eye-catching beaches, pristine clear waters and delightful inlets, El Nido truly has one of the world’s most wonderful and picture-perfect seascapes. Additionally, El Nido is adored by travel specialists and adventure seekers worldwide for its lush jungle and limestone cliffs that magically form a Karst backdrop that’s pretty amazing and can rival the other country’s popular backdrops in Ha Long Bay, Krabi, and Guilin.
2. Danao, Bohol
The remote town of Danao, Bohol has been on a fantastic destination lately, thanks to the splendid natural phenomenon known as “the sea of clouds”. Billed as one of the rising stars in Bohol’s ever-burgeoning tourism sector, this sensational spectacle mesmerizes its spectators with its beautiful sunset, verdant mountain scenery, and heavenly clouds covering its peaks. In some ways, it will remind Pinoy travelers who have been to Indonesia of the striking sea of clouds in the Bromo Mountains. It has also been compared to the most popular Kiltepan Peak sunrise in Sagada.
Danao has so much to offer than this spellbinding tourist magnet. After your magical encounter with the sea of clouds in Bohol, you may head to the Danao Adventure Park, and experience a mishmash of heart-pumping thrills, including ziplines, ATV rides, rock climbing and The Plunge – an extreme canyon swing that will surely blow your mind.
Camiguin,dubbed as the “Island Born of Fire”, is a fascinating island-province brimming with volcanoes like Mount Uhay, Mount Hibok-Hibok, Mount Vulcan and Mount Mambajao. As a matter of fact, Camiguin holds the record for the island with most number of volcanoes for every square kilometer in the world. But, make no mistake about it – there is more to this small Philippine province than its volcanic riches.
After all, it is a remote destination that boasts a number of natural wonders, including refreshing waterfalls, cold and hot springs, and an untouched sand bar. Plus, it has plenty of other magical attractions to offer to its visitors as well, including the infamous sunken cemetery, well-preserved ancestral homes and centuries-old churches. And, did we mention that it is the host to the Lanzones festival – one of the most popular and anticipated festivals in the Philippines?
4. Manjuyod Sandbar, Bais City
Known as the Maldives of the Philippines” just for nothing. With gorgeous waters and a 7-kilometer stretch of pristine soft white sand, this majestic sandbar will totally sweep you off your feet, and make you feel like you’re standing in one of the world’s premier beach destinations. What’s more, it has a few cottages that appear like they are floating on the shallow blue waters, adding a more Maldivian vibe and flavor to this natural gem. As an added bonus, a visit here will also give you a chance to spot a bunch of whale sharks and dolphins.
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The Philippines has plenty of this raw and unspoiled nature’s bounty and they are scattered all around the archipelago. As these beaches are not developed yet, expect the most basic amenities offered by resorts available in the beach area.
1. Tikling Beach, Sorsogon
Tired of white sands? Head to Tikling Beach! Located in Sorsogon, this beach offers you pink sand. Its sands are composed mainly of the white sand, plus the crushed red corals that are found in this island. This piece of paradise can be reached via 30 minute boat ride from Matnog Sorsogon. Again like in any undeveloped beach front, do not expect fancy accommodation or restaurants. You will need to really gear up and bring your own food here. There can be accommodations in Matnog, Sorsogon should you want to stay near the area.
How to go to get here:
Tikling Island is just off the coast of Matnog port in Sorsogon. About 12 to 14 hours land travel from Manila to Matnog port then another 20 minute boat ride to the island. There are bus companies that offer trips going to Matnog. Check out Philtranco just to name one. There are times that they let passengers to ride buses bound to Northern Samar (Rawis), but of course your drop off point is the Matnog Port.
By Air – Take a flight going to Legazpi, Albay, then hop on a tricycle going to the Central Terminal. There are buses there headling to Sorsogon City. Once you get to Sorsogon City, just take another jeepney ride going to Matnog. In Matnog town proper, coordinate with the Matnog Tourism Office just across the Municipal Hall.
2. Anguib beach, Sta Ana Cagayan
This is Anguib Beach. A crystal clear turquoise waters with powdery and fine white sand enclaved in a lush and verdant mountains which make up for the paradise that it is.
Anguib Beach Club is admired by tourist for its greatly natural beauty, pristine waters and fine white sand that’s often compared to Boracay, and lush greeneries and mountains serving as a backdrop to the beach. There are only a few commercial establishments here, so you can enjoy a serene and peaceful relaxation of this tropical paradise.
The resort offers different kinds of activities like island hopping, snorkeling, kayaking, and bonfire. The sun setting behind the mountains is also a great spectacle to witness here.
How to get here:
If you’re on for a long and winding drive, you can go to Sta. Ana Cagayan by car for 12 to 14 hours. From Nangaramoan Beach, where you can park your car, you have to take a 10-minute boat ride going to Anguib Beach Club. There are also flights to Tuguegarao, where you can take public transportation heading to Nangaramoan Beach. Entrance fee is Php 100.
3. Bitaog Beach, Palumbanes Island
Needless to say, this also among the most secluded beaches in the country. The island itself, the Palumbanes Island was a supposedly a hiddeb island due to its location. With only a sparse number of local residence, it can be assumed that life here is very simple. Bitaog beach is this beautiful coastline with white sand that you can readily access when you get here to Palumbanes. It’s really peaceful and quiet here, in fact you can’t find any huts around the area. It’s the perfect getaway to the noisy streets of the city. If you want to stay here, you will need to put up tents.
How to get here:
Much like any other hidden paradise, this beach isn’t easily reached. There’s about an hour to an hour and a half of trekking the forest, to the mountain, to the other side of the shore, to crossing mini-rivers, to pass through a mangrove forest before reaching the last destination that is the fine off-white sand Bitaog Beach.
Nearest Airport: Virac Airport (Catanduanes)
By Air ( Fastest and practical)
There are flights from Manila to Virac, Catanduanes — your jump-off point to Palumbanes Island.
From Virac, take either a bus or van going or passing by Caramoran; travel time will be about 3 to 4 hours.
Alight at Brgy. Baybay then walk to the port; there will be several small fisherman boats moored at the port. Travel time would take about 30 minutes to an hour depending on the waves. Trek to the hidden beach.
4. Casapsapan Beach Casiguran Aurora
Casapsapan Beach is not that yet well-known compare to other beaches in Baler. The beach features fine and creamy sands, pristine blue sparkling waters, and five hectares of virgin mangrove which will surely take your breath away. The resort also has a wide range of amenities and activities that will truly make anyone enjoy their stay. Other than that, Casapsapan Beach is probably one of the very least visited places in Casiguran, from the province of Aurora. And though it may seem that way, Casapsapan Beach should not be belittled, it’s simply one of the few hidden islands that very few people like ourselves know of.
How To Get to Casapsapan Beach Aurora
Take a genesis bus in Cubao bound for Baler. Travel time is around 5-6 hours. Bus Fare is Php Php450. From Baler, take a van going to Casiguran. Travel time is around 3-4 hours. Van Fare is Php250
Another way going to Casapsapan beach is from Manila to Cabantuan to Baler. From Baler You can take a van going to Casapsapan Beach.
5. Collibra Island, Dasol, Pangasinan
Located off the coast of Barangay Tambobong in Dasol, Colibra Island or Camaso Island is a tiny islet surrounded with cream sand and pristine wate. It is so small that one can tour it in fifteen minutes or less. Culebra Island was a hidden gem, the island is perfect for snorkeling. A 10-15 minute boat ride from Tambobong White Beach. The Island was really captivating aside from the fact that you won’t find a shade on the Island especially during peak season. You need to bring something that can cover your belongings or something that can help you lessen the heat of scorching sun, big trees were nowhere to find.
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Batad, found in the country’s mountainous region, is an adventurer and nature lover’s dream come true. The pictures of the terraces you see online and in print are more beautiful once you see them for yourself in real life. The experience of climbing up and down these terraces is something you’ll never forget, figuratively and literally, as your muscles will be sore after the trip.
Mindanao has many natural wonders and attractions that backpackers can visit and one of the places you can add to your itinerary is Camiguin. This small island province has plenty to offer those who are adventurous enough to explore it.
Bohol is a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists because the province has beautiful beaches, an awe-inspiring marine ecosystem and the breathtaking Chocolate Hills. Other noteworthy attractions are the tarsier sanctuaries, the Loboc River cruise, the bee farm and Balicasag Island. This island has what backpackers are looking for–affordable accommodation, food and group tours (if they are traveling solo).
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As an archipelago blessed with both natural and historical
wonders, our country will never come up short of beautiful places to explore, and many of them definitely inspire romance.
1. Mount Pico de Loro
Standing between the provinces of Cavite and Batangas, Mount Pico de Loro is one of the top scenic mountains in the Philippines you absolutely have to conquer. With views so picturesque, you cannot help but express feelings of great admiration to nature and yes, to your lover.
2. Taal Volcano
Taal Volcano can be easily seen from Tagaytay, however, we suggest you make your way to its magnificent crater lake. For non-hikers, the trek to the top could be a little bit of a challenge, but I guarantee you that it’s all worth it! Just look at the view that awaits you on top which could be truly romantic with your special someone.
3. Vigan City
Be catapulted back in the Spanish colonial period in Vigan, a UNESCO-listed heritage destination and one of the New 7 Wonders Cities. Be amaze with its cobblestone streets, the old-fashioned houses, the kalesa ride, the people’s way of living — everything about Vigan will surely bring out the hopeless romantic in you!
The photos are never enough to give justice to the true beauty of Batanes. With its well-preserved attractions, incredible landscapes and warm, honest locals, it’s no wonder why many people fall in love with it. What could be more romantic than spending quality time with your other half to a place so wonderful like Batanes?
5. El Nido, Palawan
There’s only one word to describe El Nido: PARADISE! The pictures are not even close to its real breath-taking beauty. You have to be there to see for yourself. Imagine spotless white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, impressive cliffs and unspoilt natural landscapes all in one lovely setting with your special someone.
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Location: Negros Occidental, Central Visayas. A 4-5hr busride from both Bacolod or Dumaguete.
The remote seaside town of Sipalay is surrounded by secluded coves, pristine beaches and scattered islets. There are plenty excellent snorkeling and diving spots to explore nearby. One of the most popular place to stay is the Perth Paradise Resort where you got a superb view from the hilltop infinity pool, overlooking a limestone formation that could be the chocolate hills of Negros
2. Port Barton
Location: San Vicente, Palawan, Luzon. A 5h busride from Puerto Princesa or a 1.5h jeepney ride from Roxas.
Not discovered yet by the tourist crowds, Port Barton is a perfect hideaway on the way to El Nido. The fishing village is situaed on a long beach with the protected Port Barton marine park in front of it. Wheter you just want to chill out in one of the cool restaurants at the beach or dip your toes into fine powdery white sand on a small island during a boat tour, Port Barton has it all for you.
3. East Buenavista
Location: Guimaras Island, Western Visayas. Take the pumpboat from Parola wharf in Iloilo to the municipality of Buenavista, Guimaras, continue your journey by taking a motorcycle or tricycle to barangay East Buenavista and check in at Abelardo’s beach resort.
Have you ever experienced waking up with the sun on your face? Watching the sunrise on the other side of Guimaras will surely blow your mind. Get one of the mini beach cottages and all you have to do in the morning is opening the door a little bit to let the sun in. The beach is not particularly good for swimming but you came for the sunrise anyway, right?
4. Nueva Valencia
Location: Guimaras Island, Western Visayas. Take the pump boat from Iloilo Ortiz wharf to Jordan wharf on Guimaras island, afterwords get a multicab or jeepney to Nueva Valencia.
Nueva Valencia has a dramatic coastline sprinkled with small islets, mystic coves and enchanted lagoons. Most of the resorts in this area have their own secluded private white sand beaches. Snorkeling and relaxing on the beach sounds perfect, but our personal favorite are the boattours through the beautiful mangrove forests.
5. Pandan Island
Location: Honda Bay, Palawan, Luzon. Honda bay is easy and fast accessible from Puerta Princessa. Just charter a boat or join an island hopping tour to get to Pandan Island.
This island is a noteworthy addition to your travel itinerary in the Philippines. A gorgeous fine white sand bar with a big unique concrete umbrella is definitely one of a must visit hidden place in the Philipppines. This island offers you with the respite you need from the stress and busyness of life in the city. It has powdery soft sand, clear waters for swimming, and a middle-of-nowhere feeling because of the quiet surroundings.
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