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With the rising temperatures, you know that summer is just around the corner. There’s no better way to welcome warmer weather than going to white sand beaches in the Philippines. And in an archipelagic country blessed with many beautiful beaches, locals and tourists are spoilt for choice on which Philippine beaches to go to.
Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan is called as such because it is located in a secluded spot nestled in between limestone cliffs. To get there, tourists have to ride a boat then swim to the shore. When visiting, it is recommended to wear aqua shoes to protect yourself from underwater rocks.
Tourists can book an island-hopping tour for PhP1,400 or book a private tour for PhP3,000 to PhP6,000. Visitors also need to pay an eco-tourism development fee of PhP200.
The beach in Malcapuyan Island, a place largely untouched by modernity
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Still another worth visiting beach destination in Palawan is Malacapuya Island in Coron. Located at the southwestern part of Culion town, it boasts of pristine beaches with powdery white sand. Visitors can swim or snorkel and see giant clams and clown fishes underwater.
Travel time to Malcapuya Island from Sangat Island is about an hour. Tour packages which include stopovers in Bulog Dos Island and Banana Island range from PhP1,200 to PhP6,600. There is also an entrance fee of PhP200.
Bolinao, Pangasinan has been called the “Boracay of the North.”
Image: Al Martinez
Landing at the third spot is the quiet, coastal town of Bolinao in Pangasinan, which has been dubbed “The Hidden Jewel of the North.” One of its foremost tourist attractions is Patar White Beach, where visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset overlooking the South China Sea. One can also visit Rock View Beach on the other end of the Patar White Beach.
To get to Bolinao, take a bus from either Pasay or Cubao. Travel time is around seven hours, and fare costs PhP470.
2. Bagobo Beach, Bohol; Bantayan Island, Cebu; Cagbalete Island, Quezon
The stunning sunrise at Bagobo Beach, Bohol
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At the second spot is a three-way tie among beaches in Luzon and Visayas.
Bagobo Beach in Panglao, Bohol is a good place to relax away from the busy crowd. The beach has fine white sand and crystal-clear waters with rich marine life. Near Bagobo Beach is Arco Point, a dive spot with a cave where you can see eels, scorpion fish, groupers, and much more.
From Tagbilaran City, one can go to Panglao Island by tricycle for PhP250. Another option is to take a taxi from the airport or the pier, which will set you back by PhP400 to PhP600. Travel time is around 40 minutes. While it’s a famous tourist destination, it’s possible to go to Bohol on a shoestring budget.
The fine white sand of Bantayan Island shines bright under the sun.
Image: Bantayan Island Guide Tour
For a laidback vacation getaway, locals and tourists head to Bantayan Island in the northern part of Cebu. Two of the popular beaches there are Kota Beach and Sandbar and Sugar Beach. If you want to avoid the crowd, you can head to Paradise Beach.
To get to Bantayan, take a bus to Hagnaya Port from the Cebu North Bus Terminal. Fare is PhP165 and travel time is four hours. From there, take a boat going to Santa Fe Port. Fare is PhP170 and travel time is one hour.
Cagbelete is great for a quick weekend beach getaway.
Image: Villa Noe Beach - Cagbalete Island
If you need to take a break from the urban jungle, one good option is to head to Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon. Here you can find Young Inn, a three-km sandbar which becomes visible during low tide. One can also visit Bonsai Island to check out miniature plants, and Baliscar Island to see its lighthouse.
To get there, ride a bus going to Mauban from Cubao, Alabang, or Buendia. Fare is at PhP220 and travel time is about three hours. Afterwards, take a boat going to Cagbalete Island. Fare is at PhP75 and travel time is one hour.
Taking the top spot in our poll is Boracay. Threats to close the Beach Capital of the Philippines have not deterred tourists from traveling to Boracay. The center of all the action is White Beach, a four-km stretch of beach where numerous establishments can be found.
Flights going to Boracay land in either Kalibo International Airport or Caticlan Airport. From the airport, you need to head to Caticlan Jetty Port. Fare is at PhP75, but you also have to pay an environmental fee of PhP75 and a terminal fee of PhP100. Travel time from Caticlan to Boracay is 25 minutes.
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About Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon
Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.
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