March 24, 2017

5 Underrated Beaches Near Manila To Visit This Summer

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  • It’s summer season once again which means that the country’s popular beaches are bound to be filled with both locals and tourists looking for a place to relax, unwind, and bask under the sun.

    While some would be delighted to see people flocking the beaches, there are those who would rather spend their vacations in peace, away from the crowd and the commotion.

    If you’re one of those looking for an island with less tourist traffic, then read on as we give you a list of underrated beaches that are only a few hours away from Manila.

    Borawan Beach 
    Pagbilao, Quezon

    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. There are no resorts or inns in the area, but there are still cottages, toilet, and shower rooms people could use whilst there.

    How to get here: Ride a bus (Jac Liner) headed to Lucena, Quezon. At the Lucena Grand Terminal, take another bus and alight at the QCRB Bank. From there, ride a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to where you could ride a boat going to Borawan. Put your haggling skills to the test as prices for the boat ride may vary from one boatman to another.

    Cagbalete Island
    Mauban, Quezon

    IMAGE Allan Barredo via TrekLens

    Cagbalete Island is located at Lamon Bay in Mauban, Quezon. The island’s 3-mile sandbar and white sand beaches are popular amongst budget travelers and backpackers.

    How to get here: Ride a JAC Liner bus headed to Mauban Port. You may also ride a bus heading to Lucena, Quezon, before catching a mini-bus going to Mauban Port. Head straight to the tourism office to register and pay the environmental fee at the port, then ride a boat to Cagbalete Island. Private boat rentals are also available for those traveling in groups.

    Dinadiawan Beach

    IMAGE Richardsmarcelo via WikiCommons

    When Aurora is mentioned, people almost immediately think of its town Baler—a place known for being a good surfing spot—but the beauty of the island extends far beyond what Baler can offer. The waters in Dinadiawan Beach are calm and quiet, a complete opposite to those of Baler’s, giving tourists a place to relax and unwind.

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

    Potipot Island
    Candelaria, Zambales

    IMAGE Paulo Maceren via National Geographic

    Located in Uacon, Candelaria in Zambales, this 7.5-hectare island is perfect for those who want to soak in crystal clear waters and walk on powdery-white sand. If you’re planning to stay overnight, you may rent from one of the few cottages or bring a tent you may pitch on the island.

    How to get here: Ride a Victory bus from their Pasay, Caloocan, or Cubao terminals en route to Sta. Cruz, Zambales. Alight at the Uacon Barangay Hall in Candelaria, then ride a tricycle to Potipot Island’s jump-off point. From there, take a 5-10 minute boat ride going to the island.

    Masasa Beach
    Tingloy Island, Batangas

    IMAGE thepoortraveler

    Those who enjoy overnight camping would surely find solace in Masasa Beach. Aside from its clear waters, the beach also boasts of picturesque rock formations. There are no hotels and resorts in the area, so people are encouraged to rent a cottage or pitch a tent. There are also some who opt to visit the place during the day and then stay at a resort in the nearby town of Anilao after.

    How to get here: Ride a bus from Manila to Batangas City Grand Terminal. From there, take a jeepney to Anilao Port, then a boat to Tingloy. From the port in Tingloy, ride a tricycle to Masasa Beach.

    What other underrated beach do you know? We’d love to know in the comments below!

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