March 24, 2017

5 Hidden Beaches Near Manila You Should Visit This Summer

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  • It’s the summer season once again, and the country’s popular beaches will once again be filled with a large number of people who just wants to relax, enjoy, and bask under the sun. While some would be delighted to see a number of people flocking the beaches, some would rather spend their vacations in peace, reading a nice book and watching as the waves crash down the shore.

    For the traveller who’s not a big fan of huge crowds and busy islands, worry not, as we’re giving you our top 5 secluded beaches that are just a few hours from Manila.

    5. Borawan Beach, Quezon Province

    Located in Pagbilao Chica Island in Pagbilao, Quezon, Borawan Beach is a place where you could see rock formations like those in Palawan, and white – though not as fine – sand beach like in Boracay. Though there are no resorts or inns in the area, there are still cottages, toilet, and shower rooms people could use whilst there.

    How to get there: Ride a bus (Jac Liner) headed to Lucena, Quezon (P250-P260) and hop off at the Lucena Grand Terminal. Take a non-airconditioned bus (P35-40) and ask the driver to drop you off at the QCRB Bank. Ride a tricycle and tell the driver to take you to where you could ride a boat to Borawan. Prices for the boat ride vary from one boatman to another, so try to haggle with the prices to get them to lower it down.

     

    4. Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon Province

    Image taken by Allan Baredo via TrekLens

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

    How to get there: Ride a JAC Liner bus which headed to Mauban Port (P270). You may also ride a bus from Cubao or Buendia 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/person), and ride a boat going to Cagbalete Island (P50). For those who are travelling in groups, you may rent a private boat for P3500, for 8-10 people.

     

    3. Dinadiawan Beach in Aurora

    Image grabbed from weekendsidetrip.com

    As soon as people hear “Aurora,” they would immediately think of the beaches in Baler which are perfect for surfing. What people don’t know is there’s a hidden white sand paradise in Aurora which would give you just the right dosage of “Vitamin Sea.” The complete opposite of Baler’s beaches, the waters in Dinadiawan Beach are calm and quiet, giving people a place to just chill and appreciate nature. Tourists may choose on whether they want to spend a night in resorts, or opt to camp by the beach.

    How to get there: Ride a Genesis Transportation bus from Cubao to Dipaculao and ask to be dropped off at Dipaculao Beach.

     

    2. Potipot Island in Zambales

    Image grabbed from Paulo Maceren via National Geographic

    Located in Uacon, Candelaria in Zambales, this 7.5 hectare island is perfect to those who would want to soak in the island’s crystal clear waters. Potipot Island is also famous for its powdery-white sand, and the trees which give shade to those who’d want to relax and have a picnic with their friends and/or relatives. There aren’t any resorts or hotels in the island, so if you’re planning to stay overnight, you may have to rent from one of the few cottages, or you could also bring a tent you can pitch in a spot you prefer.

    How to get there: Ride a Victory bus from their Pasay, Caloocan, or Cubao terminals en route to Sta. Cruz, Zambales.  Go down at the Uacon Barangay Hall in Candelaria where you can ride a tricycle that will take you to Potipot Island’s jump-off point.  From there, a boat will be taking you for a 5-10 minute ride to the island.

     

    1. Masasa Beach in Batangas

    Image grabbed from gievale.wordpress.com

    Those who are the type to spend a night camping and admiring the wonders of nature would surely enjoy spending a day, a night even, in Masasa Beach. Located in Tingloy Island, Batangas, this particular beach is yet to be discovered by people who are looking for a not-so-crowded getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Aside from the clear waters, the beach also boasts of a picturesque view of rock formations. There are no hotels and resorts in the area, so people are encouraged to rent a cottage, pitch a tent, or sleep under the night sky.  Some also opt to visit the place during the day, and stay at a resort in Anilao.

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

     

    Images taken from: treklens.com ,weekendsidetrip.comnationalgeographic.comgievale.wordpress.com

    Sources: thelostkids.ph, travelbook.ph, travelpilipinas.com, shoestringtravelers.com, thepoortraveler.net, pusangkalye.net, saanpowpunta.com, weekendsidetrip.com

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