Imagine this: it’s just you and a long stretch of white sand, with clear, pristine, blue waters lapping at the shoreline. You may occasionally see locals or a few other people who dared visit the beach, much like you did. But mostly, a large stretch of the sand is all yours!
Such quiet scenery often comes at a price, such as long hours of not-so-comfortable travel. However, if you’re up to the challenge, below are just some of the beautiful, remote, Philippine beach holidays with white beaches that are worth going to.
Cibang Cove, Calayan Island, Cagayan
Located north of the Philippines in the Babuyan Channel, Calayan Island is not exactly an easy-to-get-to beach holiday destination, especially as the seas can get rough.
Sometimes, they can even turn a 5-hour trip into a 9-hour one. During the summer, waves can be the same size as a car, and that’s why boat schedules from mainland Cagayan are unpredictable.
Once in Calayan, you’ll find breathtaking rugged cliffs pounded by the seas, and quiet coves amid the rough waters, including Cibang Cove, the most accessible one via a short trek. You can walk barefoot on its long stretch of pristine white sand hemmed in by rock formations draped with lush greenery, and take a dip in its clear, tranquil waters.
Apo Island, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
Often mistaken for an island with the same name in Negros Oriental, which is also a known diving spot, Apo Island sits on Apo Reef, known to be the world’s second largest contiguous coral reef system.
With the clear blue waters that perfectly reflect the sky and the creamy pinkish white sand on an island small enough for you to see both dusk and dawn, Apo Island is a beach bum’s dream destination!
Snorkel or dive into the waters to see the colorful corals, fish, pawikan, and sometimes, the dolphins, sharks, and manta rays.
Sambawan Island, Maripipi, Biliran
An understated province sometimes mistaken to be a part of Leyte, Biliran is home to enchanting waterfalls, mountains and to, without a doubt, one of the best islands in the Philippines — Sambawan Island.
On one side, Sambawan has grassy hills which turn green or brown depending on the time of year, and on the other side is a long stretch of white sand.
Take the time to trek up the hill to catch a glimpse of the entire stretch of the island surrounded by bright blue waters. Take a dip in the quiet seas, or else go on a diving adventure to see the colorful marine life, as Sambawan is also a known diving destination. It’s all up to you on your beach getaway.
There you have it. These are just some of the hard to reach beach destinations in the Philippines. Though the road to these places are rough and challenging, getting past them will surely reward you in the end. You’ll indeed experience the best beach holiday Philippines once you overcome the obstacles that block you along the way.
In the island of Boracay, you can feel the summer vibes all year round! This small island in the western part of the Visayas region is known for its white-sand beaches and vibrant nightlife, as well as for being a haven for water sport enthusiasts. Diving, snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing, you name it and you’re sure to find it in Boracay!
Boracay’s main beach, often known as White Beach to most tourists, is further divided into three parts: Station 1, Station 2 and Station 3. At station 1, you’ll find expensive hotels and other luxury facilities, while station 2 is known as the food and party hub. However, if you’re looking for some privacy, station 3 is known to be the quietest part of the island, located at the southernmost corner of Boracay. With the recent Boracay reopening, you’ll surely get the chance to enjoy all three of these stations.
Are you ready for an exciting trip? Whether you’re looking for adrenaline-pumping activities or you’re just aiming to have a relaxing vacation, Boracay has something great in store for you. Read on below to know what you’re going to expect:
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Jumping Off a Cliff
Let’s get straight to the most thrilling activity there is on the island: cliff diving!
At Magic Island, a popular cliff-diving site just a couple of minutes away from the beach proper, there are some diving boards that stand 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meters) high, which you can access for a minimal entrance fee. The fee includes unlimited use of diving boards but excludes the use of protective gear such as life vests.
For a meet and greet with Boracay’s underwater residents, you can go scuba diving! There are over 14 different sites in the area with varying challenge levels and features. For starters, you can try Angel Point, which is characterized by reefs with sea grass, or Coral Garden, where you’ll find shoals of a ton of colorful fish.
Going on a Hike
Boracay is not just about the sand and the waters. Hiking enthusiasts would surely be thrilled when they know that the island’s highest point, Mount Luho, is open to the public for outdoor activities.
On the way up, you can visit a wildlife park where you’ll find a Philippine eagle, different species of birds, snakes, monkeys and wild cats. The entrance fee is just a dollar, which is very budget friendly for travelers on a budget.
Try Being a Mermaid
If you’ve ever had dreams of being a mermaid when you were younger, well, the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy in Boracay can make sure that such dreams can come true.
They offer mermaid swimming lessons that aim to familiarize participants with the mermaid’s tail. Classes last for 90 minutes and include a directed mini-photoshoot after the session.
So, there you have it. These are just some of the things you can do in Boracay island. Yes, you may have done all these before, but with the recent Boracay island reopening, you’ll surely enjoy these activities more in a much cleaner environment.