Sunday, March 2, 2014

Summer 2014 Travel Guide: 16 Best Unspoiled Philippine Beach Destinations


Summer hasn't officially kicked off yet, but the blue sky and the sun beating down hard outside are nature's way of reminding me that my favorite season is just around the corner.

I love summer! It's the season we see flowers in full bloom, the skies clear and the beaches are postcard-perfect; we get lazy basking under the warm summer sky and get much longer sleep; we go out at night for firefly-watching, camping, and road trips; and doze off to sleep in the cool afternoon breeze while on a hammock underneath a mango tree. For most of us, summer is synonymous to vacation. It's the time of the year when we plan out getaways, travel with our family and friends, and head to our summer refuge --the beach. 



With our endless coastlines, there's definitely no shortage of white sand beaches we can go around here. But in the recent years, beach-goers have been mostly concentrated in the world-famous island in the Visayas-- Boracay. Year after year, this paradise has been seeing huge man-made developments to cater to the demands of the growing influx of foreign and local tourists. Yes, huge amount of money goes to the island's coffers, but I have to say that too much commercialism is also taking toll to this once pristine, quiet and immaculate island. I wonder how beautiful it must have been there before madness settled in.

This summer, my advise is to try to veer away from Boracay and explore the lesser-known but equally pretty beaches (without the party crowd). 

After visiting the 80 (of the 81) provinces in the Philippines, I'm blessed to have been to many splendid beaches that boast of quality fine sandy shoreline, spectacular sunsets and sunrises, amazing dive sites, lush mangrove forests, and clear emerald-colored waters. The beauty of these beaches will blow your mind!

I'm sharing with you some of my favorite unspoiled beaches. I'm calling them unspoiled because these have not been marred by too much developments -- the amenities are limited mostly to nipa huts, public restrooms, potable water from deep well and a few sari-sari stores from local communities. 

Here, the idea of summer beach getaway is purely to commune with nature. Long days are spent lounging in the beach, reading under the shade of coconut trees dotting the shoreline; enjoying the breezy afternoon and listening to the ripples kissing the shores while waiting for the sunset. There's nothing in between, just you and nature. 

Things to remember:

1. Since most of these beaches have very basic amenities, it's better if you plan your trip ahead of time. Note if you have to prepare for a tent accommodation or if there are huts or resorts where you can stay in.

2. It's advisable to bring your own provisions and personal stuff since finding sari-sari stores may be a bit taxing. 

3. Dispose your trash properly. If possible, bring home your spoils. 

4. If there are local peddlers in the area, patronize them. The small income they get from tourism brings food on their table.

5. I do not encourage setting up bonfire near the beach. I suggest using a tray when setting a beach bonfire instead of directly starting the fire on the sand.  Let’s protect our beaches. :)

6. Land or boat transfer going to and from these beaches can be very limited. Check out their schedule.

7. Take into consideration the weather condition. You don't want to be stuck in these beaches/islands especially unprepared. It'll surely dampen the beach experience.

8. Bring some beach/camp essentials: swimsuit, snorkeling gears, sun protect lotion, insect repellent, etc...

Note: To the local government, please, please, please keep these beaches away from over-development and excessive commercialism! 



1. Camarines Norte's Amazing Beach: Calaguas Island

I've been raving about this beach for a long time now. Definitely one of the best beaches I've seen and despite the attention it's been getting lately, I still consider it unspoiled for the lack of infras near the beach front. There are nipa huts for rent but it's advisable to bring your own tents and hammock. With no electricity, cp and data signal, the best form of entertainment you have is the beach. Frolic in the superbly fine sand and just be blown away by the crystal clear waters. Aside from beach-combing, other activities I suggest in Calaguas are: island-hopping, frisbee, volleyball, bird-watching, hiking. If on DIY, please bring your food, camping essentials and personal stuff since the sari-sari stores in the island have limited supplies. 

How to get to Calaguas Island:

Take an 8-hour bus ride from Manila to Daet, Camarines Norte. From Daet, take a jeep going to Vinzons (about 20 mins away) and ask the driver to drop you off at the port. The boatride from Vinzons to Calaguas takes about 2 hours. 

Read my Calaguas blog here.
 

Calaguas Island


Calaguas Island's crystal clear waters


fine sand beach


2.Cagayan's "Boracay of the North"Palaui Island, Anguib Cove

Northern Luzon is home to some of the beaches that you can still call "untouched." Two of the best are Palaui Island and Anguib Cove which are both located at Sta. Ana, Cagayan. From San Vicente Port in Sta. Ana, you may rent a boat going to Anguib Cove, it has a white sand beach likened by many to the White Beach of Boracay. 

Another option is to go to my favorite, Palaui Island, about 30 minutes away from San Vicente Port. Picture-perfect especially during the summer season, this tiny island will surely hit your inner travel spot because of the natural wonders there. Best things to do in the island: enjoy the beach, snorkel, hike to Cape Engano ( a Spanish-old lighthouse). There are virtually no accommodation in the island so it is advisable to bring your own tent and food supplies if you want to stay overnight, just ask permission from the tourism officer at San Vicente.

How to get to Palaui Island: 

Option 1:
Plane ride from Manila to Tuguegarao City - Approx 1 hr
Van or bus from Tuguegarao City to Santa Ana - P180 fare - Approx 4 hours (last van going to Santa Ana leaves Tuguegarao at around 5pm)
Boat options from Santa Ana to Palaui Island-- Rates: P1,800 straight to Cape Engano -approx travel time 30 minutes P750 to Punta Verde in Palaui Island then hike for 3.5 to 4 hours going to Cape Engano. Guide Fee is P250

Option 2:
Bus from Manila (Florida Bus and Victory Liner) has direct route to Santa Ana, Cagayan - approx travel time is 16 hours.
Hire a boat going to Palaui. Rates: P1,800 straight to Cape Engano -approx travel time 30 minutes P750 to Punta Verde in Palaui Island then hike for 3.5 to 4 hours going to Cape Engano. Guide Fee is P250.

Check out my Palaui blog here:


Palaui Cove




3. Enchanting Beaches of Coron, PalawanMalcapuya Island, Banana Island, Bulog-dos Island

Island-hopping is one of the things I recommend doing if you go to Coron. Save a day or two in your itinerary to laze on its off coast white sand beaches that has virtually zero or just a handful of people around. Revel in Malcapuya, Banana and Bulog-dos Islands' crystal clear waters, awesome snorkeling spots, fine sand beach and quality sandbar. 

How to get to Coron: 

Take a flight from Manila going to Busuanga. From Busuanga Airport, hop on a van bound for the town of Coron which is about 45 minutes away. Boat rentals for island-hopping are available at the town proper. 

More about Coron here... 


Banana Island

Malcapuya Island



4. Mindoro Occidental's Dive Treasures: Apo Reef Island, Pandan Island

Imagine spending a weekend on a remote island, on a tent accommodation and surrounded by lush mangrove forest, a stunning lighthouse, a white sand beach, clear sea, and some beautiful rock formations? Superb right!? How about we throw in the picture the underwater gems that are a cut above the rest in the world -- imagine swimming with sharks, green sea turtles, barracuda and diverse bright-colored fish and with colorful corals in the background! A recipe for a perfect weekend, indeed! Enough said, Apo Reef and Pandan Island are the places to be not just for divers, but also those gunning for a beach retreat!

How to get there Apo Reef:

Fly to San Jose, Mindoro Occidental from Manila. From the airport, take a trike going to the bus/van station bound for Sablayan. Once in Sablyan, head straight to the municipal tourism office and coordinate your trip to Apo Reef. They provide rentals for boats and camping essentials (tent, snorkeling/dive gears). If you need help in cooking, it's on them, too (with a fee, of course). 

Tip: Going to Apo Reef can be expensive especially for solo or couple travelers. If you're up on a budget trip, I highly suggest you go there in group so you'll have people to share the financial damages with. Regardless, the place is worth it!

Read my Apo Reef-related blogs here...

Apo Reef by sunrise


At Pandan Island


Apo Island


5. Catanduanes' Golden Sand Beaches: 
Puraran Beach, Palumbanes Island, Mamangal Beach, Marilima Beach

How do I write about the beaches where I spent many of my weekends as a child? I grew up in Catanduanes, and our Sundays were about excursions to the nearest beach. Until these days, my favorites are still Mamangal and Marilima Beaches, about 45 minutes away from Virac town proper. These cream-colored sandy beaches provide a good vantage of Mt. Mayon on a clear day and a magnificent sunset. In the town of Baras, about one hour away from Virac, another must-visit is Puraran Beach which is a perfect haven for surfers. If you want to go to more isolated places, you may opt to visit the quiet Bitaog Beach in Palumbanes Island, Caramoran (5 hours away from Virac). Mighty proud to be a Catandunganon! 

How to get to Catanduanes:

The fastest way to get there is by taking a commercial flight via Cebu Pacific. The flight from Manila to Virac takes only about 55 minutes. Cebu Pacific is flying to Virac four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday)


Another option, though an arduous one, is by taking a 12-hr bus ride from Manila to Tabaco, Albay. From Tabaco City Port, you can take a ferry boat going to either Virac (4 hours travel time) and San Andres (3 hours travel time). 

Check out my Catanduanes  stories here...


Palumbanes Island


Puraran Beach Resort


Mamangal Beach



6. Romblon, Romblon's IdyllsTiamban Beach, Bonbon Beach

This province which is about 346 km south of Manila is composed of three major islands: Romblon, where the capital city of Romblon is located, Tablas, the largest island in the province, and Sibuyan, the easternmost island. It's coastline is dotted with many white sand beaches that are not in the radar of most tourists. What I really loved most about the beaches I've seen in Romblon is that they're close to the town proper, about 5- 10 minutes trike away. Very accessible!

Must-visit beaches:

Tiamban Beach- From the port, we asked a trike driver for the best beach near the town of Romblon (Fare: P 100).  Our driver brought us to Tiamban Beach (Rate: P650/night/fan room), located at Barangay Lonos, about 15 minutes away from the port. The resort has two available rooms for overnight stay and most of the cottages are for day trips only. I fell in love with this beach! Just magnificent. 

Bonbon Beach, a public beach that has a sandbar that connects the main island of Romblon to the neighboring Bang-ug Island during low tide. Entrance is free and just a trike away from downtown Romblon. Tell the trike driver to drop you off at the access path going to Bonbon beach.)


How to get to Romblon, Romblon:

The most economical way to get there is by boat.From Manila, take a bus going to Batangas Pier. At the port, book your ticket with Montenegro Ferry or MV Grand Unity. 

Check out my blog for RoRo schedules and other Romblon stories...

Tiamban Beach





7.Siquijor's Magical Shores: Kagusuan Beach, Salagdoong Beach, San Juan Beaches, Siquijor Beach/Port

Siquijor has splendid beaches. When you touch down to this tiny island, you'd be welcomed by a panoramic view of the Siquijor Beach which lies adjacent to the port. It is, I must say, the best port view I've seen. About 30 minutes away from the town proper of Siquijor, you may rent a trike to take you to San Juan, the town where most of the resorts are located. San Juan boasts of some white sandy beaches, great sunset, and some limestone formations near the shore. If  you want a more quiet place, you may rent a motorcycle -- which is the best way to explore the whole island-- and go  to the hidden Kagusuan Beach. I still gush over this beach because I fondly remember how amazed I was to  see a hidden paradise tucked securely away from many tourists. We had the beach all to ourselves when we went there.


How to get to Siquijor:


Coming from Manila, the easiest way to get there is by taking a flight going to Dumaguete City. From the port, hail a trike and go to the sea port (near Siliman University). Boats bound for Siquijor have regular trips there (travel time is about 1 hour).

More about Siquijor, click this link.
 


Siquijor Port


Salagdoong Beach


Kagusuan Beach


8. Remote Islands of SorsogonSubic Beach, Tikling Island


I remember on several occasions when I was young, my mother took us to Northern Samar and the boat going to Allen, Samar passed by a tiny island near the coast of Matnog, Sorsogon. Even from afar, I noticed the white shore of that island and hoped to go there someday.  That silent wish was granted when I finally stepped in at Tikling Island back in 2012. It was indeed a quiet, beautiful beach which remains off the tourists' map. Another beach worth visiting in Sorsogon is Subic Beach, about 30-45 minutes boat ride from Matnog. An overnight camp near its pretty pink sand beach under a starry night is definitely a treat you may indulge in this summer.


How to get to Matnog, Sorsogon:

Those coming from Manila can take a bus going straight to Matnog -- inquire at Philtranco, Raymond and Amihan (Cubao, Quezon City). Travel period can take about 13-15 hours so it's advisable to travel at night.

Another option is to take a flight going to Legazpi City (Cebu Pacific, AirPhil Express, Zest Air). Then hail a trike going to the Central Terminal where  you can take vans headed to Sorsogon City. From Sorsogon City,  take a jeepney going to Matnog. Once in the town proper, you can take jeep or trike to go around.

To go island hopping (day trip), you could ask some boatmen at Matnog  Port to take you around for P700 (1-2 pax) and P1500 (group). They provide life-jackets for safety and you could make arrangements if you wish you stay overnight in the island.

Contact boatman: "Arangkada" Camcaman, Bhrian Garcia Geneblazo - 0926-545-8648


Sharing my blogs about Sorsogon here.

Subic Beach


Subic Beach


Tikling Beach


9. Marinduque's Best Finds: Maniwaya Island, Tres Reyes Islands

The main island of Marinduque has coastal areas that has grayish sand, but the islands off its coasts offer some finer white sandy shores. You may go to Barangay Pinggan at the sleepy town of Gasan and take a worthwhile daytrip going to the three islets facing its shores -- the Tres Reyes Islands, from the three magis, Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar. I had fun soaking in the sun and the glorious sea during my quick stay at one of the narrow beach strips at Gaspar Island.

Other islands worth-seeing around Marinduque are: Mongpong, Maniwaya and Polo. These three have yet to rise from fame, and better catch them before everyone else does.

How to get to Marinduque:

Take the JAC Liner Bus (Php850) - Kamias Road Terminal, Quezon City to Dalahican Port, Lucena City (approximate travel time: 3 to 4 hours)  Then RoRo ride from Dalahican Port, Lucena City to Cawit Port, Boac, Marinduque (average travel time: 3-4 hours).


 View my Marinduque stories here.


At one of the strips at Gaspar Island



Sunset in Gasan


10. Batanes' Exceptional Seascapes: Vulugan Beach, Nakabuang Beach

People don't really go to Batanes for the beach. Very often, the reason of travel to this dreamy northernmost province is to experience its well-preserved culture, to see the old stone houses and to laze on its magnificent rolling hills. But there's something different about Batanes' beaches-- take for instance the boulder-filled shore of Vulugan Beach which is quite a visual example of the rugged uniqueness of this island. On the other hand, Nakabuang Beach in Sabtang Island offers a white sand beach with a panoramic vantage point accentuated by the famous arc rock formation that's a geological wonder. These beaches are silent witnesses to the harsh weather conditions this province is known for, that when the storm is out, what remains are seascapes that truly calms even the most weary hearts. I love Batanes!

How to get to Batanes:

PAL Express has daily flights to Basco, Batanes. If you want to explore its neighboring islands, Sabtang and Itbayat, you have the option to go on a rough but exciting Falowa ride or take a chartered flight going to Itbayat. 

Read more about Batanes here..


Vulugan Beach

Nakabuang Beach




11.Skim, Surf and Beach Bum at Mati, Davao Oriental: Dahican Beach

I didn't know I was in for a treat when I arrived at Dahican Beach. The vast shoreline had nearly zero tourist, except for some local fishermen lounging near the beach for their afternoon siesta. The hues of the boats parked near the shore highlighted the turquoise and deep blue colors of the sea. I combed the beach further and saw very little developments. Yes, there's a resort that offers comfortable accommodation there, but that's about it. To fully enjoy the place, I suggest you drop by the humble abode of the Amihan Boys. They can offer you a space to pitch in your tent, and they provide services like island- hopping and surf/skim lessons and board rentals. 

How to get to Mati, Davao Oriental:

From Davao City, take a bus bound for Mati City at Ecoland Bus Terminal. From Mati town proper, rent a habal-habal to Dahican Beach. If you're on a day trip, you may ask the same habal-habal driver to fetch you on your return trip (P100).

Check out my story about Mati, Davao Oriental here.
 

Dahican Beach





12. Sarangani Bay is Little Boracay: Gumasa Beach, Glan, Sarangani

I looked forward to this trip to Sarangani for months, but you know how the weather sometimes gets in the way and becomes totally uncooperative like a real bummer. It was drizzling when we touched down in the main town, and from there we rented a trike going to Gumasa Beach in Glan. Despite the overcast sky and the stormy sea, the beach still looked amazing for me. The sand was the finest I've seen in Mindanao and I couldn't even imagine how glorious it must be under the bright blue summer sky. 

How to get to Gumasa Beach, Glan, Sarangani.

There are daily flights to General Santos City from Manila.From the airport proceed to KCC Mall and look for the van terminal for Glan, Sarangani (P80/person). When you arrive in Sarangani, hail a habal-habal going to Gumasa Beach and ask the diver to take you to the beach of your choice. Some of the beach-front accommodations there are: Rosal Beach Resort, Coco Beach Resort, and Brod Louie Resort.
 



Super fine sand at Gumasa Beach





13. Tawi-Tawi is Philippines' Southernmost Frontier: Panampangan Island, Sapa Sapa

Tawi-Tawi is the new dream destination for many.  Over the years, this remote province in the southernmost part of the country has been secluded from the prying eyes of travelers not only because it was challenging to get there, but also because of the negative reputation it's been tagged. But thanks to the local budget carrier that now offers regular flights to Bongao, the capital town, the travel time going there was significantly cut down. As for the security concerns, I strongly suggest that you coordinate with the local tourism office before going there so you can easily and safely roam the main town and its neighboring islands. One of the best beaches there is at Panampangan Island which is dubbed as the perfect white beach comparable to Boracay. 

How to get to Tawi-Tawi:

The easiest and more convenient way to get to Bongao, Tawi-Tawi is by taking a flight from Zamboanga City.

Read more about Tawi-Tawi here.



A beach at Bongao




14. Zambales' Favorite Cove: Nagsasa Cove

Although this cove has been recently included in the favorite trail among many of Manila's weekend warriors, it still has retained much of its pristine nature. As of this writing, no solid man-made structures have been erected near the beach yet, besides a few nipa huts. Thus, visitors are expected to bring their own tent, foods and provisions.  I consider Nagsasa one of my favorites simply because it's near Manila, and the scenery is insanely beautiful. Tip: Catch the sunrise and sunset there. Oh, and the beach, enough said. 

How to get to Nagsasa Cove: 

Victory Liner has daily schedules bound for Iba, Zambales. Ask the conductor to drop you off at San Antonio, Zambales and from there, take a trike bound for Pundaquit. You may arrange boat rentals going to Nagsasa Cove.

Read more about Nagsasa Cove here..



Nagsasa's panoramic view





15. Guimaras' Secluded Beaches: Nagarao, Nauway, Inampulogan Islands

A few minutes from the vibrant Iloilo City lies another province ideal for silent getaways. Guimaras is so tiny that it can actually be explored in just a day. But its real travel gem lies in its coasts which can be enjoyed by renting a boat. Guimaras is surrounded by secluded beaches with rock formations perfect for people who are off to run away from the hustle-bustle of the nearby city. Truly, a sweet escape that is as sweet as Guimaras' famous mangoes.

How to get to Guimaras:

Take a direct flight to Iloilo City and ride a jeepney or a taxi going to Iloilo City harbor (Ortiz Wharf), and then take a 15-minute pump boat ride going to Jordan Wharf, Guimaras.

Read more about Guimaras Island here.




Guisi Beach





16. A Window to the Pacific Ocean: Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon


A quiet escape near Manila where the sea bed is vast on low tide, and the water is divine on high tide. Cagbalete Island is a good option for company and family getaways because it's relatively close to Manila and the expenses are just within budget. There are resorts offering comfortable accommodations like Villa Cleofa's, Pansacola Resort, Villa Noe Beach Resort, among others. 

How to get to Cagbalete Island:

From Manila, take a bus (JAC Liner) going to Lucena City (P218), then take another bus going to Mauban, Quezon (P54). From Mauban Port (pay the P70 Environmental Fee), ride on a boat going to Cagbalete Island (P50).


Cagbalete Island during low tide





I'm writing this blog with a thought screaming off my mind -- take me to the beach! As I compile the photos and type in the words, there's the longing to be near the sea. Absolutely seasick now and I can't wait for summer! 

Enjoy, love and protect our beaches!


220 comments:

  1. with too much of the exaggerated polar vortex happening here in the prairies, reading this article is such a warm treat!

    Napapa beach mode na ugod ako.

    Congrats inday! hugsss madami. <3

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  2. yiheee! may picture palan ako digdi. :)
    also, na exposรจ na si stranger!
    hi anchi!
    che, di mo ini pwede i-delete ang comment ko.
    bwahaha!

    peborit pa rin ang mamangal and marilima. :)

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    1. hahaha! Ika kaya si Ms. Batanes, si Angel si Mr. Subic Beach, ako si Ms. Tikling Island! LOL

      Yes, yes! Mamangal and Marilima FTW!

      Sending a warm hug from Pinas!

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    2. ms. tikling, ano man ang ftw?
      ignoramus much. hehe

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    3. Hello, Kim! I hope to see you soon. :-P

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    4. hi Anchi!
      I hope to meet you in person sa susunod na bakasyon.
      Magpakita ka na. :)

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    5. We will meet you at the airport next time. :-)

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  3. wow great beaches! i will save this page for reference, can't wait to see some of these.

    i have some philippines pictures on my blog, but mostly surf spots, i need to see more beaches!
    http://retiretravelsurf.blogspot.com/2014/02/philippines.html

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    1. Hi Jamie, thanks! I checked out your blog! Great site, bdwy. Enjoy the beach this summer! :D

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  4. Ang ganda talaga ng Pilipinas!!!

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    1. Hi Chudi! Naku puntahan niyo din ni myles ang mga nasa list kasi magaganda talaga! Happy summer! :)

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    2. Syempre naman! Ayan na oh, may guide na eh. hehehe Isaisahin namin yan =)

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  6. "Habulin mo ako.." -Pic posted for Mariduque beach HAHAHA

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    1. hahaha! arog talaga ako kaan bek pagnakahiling ng magayon na beach, excited permi! :D

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  7. Nice one! Good for those who wants a summer getaway. :-)

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    1. We will this month. And also, we will explore the other beaches they suggested. :-)

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  8. pwede ka bang mag-promote without putting boracay down?

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    1. Hello, hope all is well. :) It's not my intention to put Boracay down. I love Boracay, and it will remain one of my favorites... What this blog aims is to give my readers other options, well, besides the popular destinations. Enjoy summer! :)

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    2. Hindi naman niya siniraan, OA ka. Totoo naman 'yung sinabi nung blogger.

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    3. Hi Anonymous the blogger is just giving other option and if you'll read carefully di naman niya siniraan/put down ang Boracay or other known beaches sa pilipinas. Read and think before mag comment. ;)

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    4. The author did not put Boracay down. Read it again.

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    5. boracay's overrrrrated.

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  9. How come mine's not included here? hehehee check my unspoiled beach hideaway here in Bataan click this link https://www.facebook.com/pages/BATAAN-NATURE-ADVENTURES/149928045395

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    1. Hi! I'm planning a trip to Bataan this summer. Thanks for the link! :)

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  10. should include GIGANTES ISLAND in our hometown CARLES, ILOILO ^^ google it. . thanks

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    1. Hello! I heard great things about Gigantes Island. Unfortunately I missed it when I went to Iloilo. Hope to visit it soon! :)

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    2. ej Arevalo, We are interested in gigantes island. Just want to know how is the island after typhoon Yolanda? is it still as beautiful as it was or its damage already?

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    3. You can visit my Blog www.travelguyguide.blogspot.com which i visit Gigantes island in Iloilo definitely one of the best islands and best food specially my favorite... SCALLOPS!

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  11. grabeh breathtaking ang beaches dito sa pinas!! I am from the north! once pa lang ako nag sta ana. but once we had the chance to get back will definitely go to Palaui :)

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  12. Great blog you've got here. Thanks for the info.

    You might also want to explore the islands in Surigao del Norte. I am talking about Bucas Grande Island. And when you're done there, the Dinagat Islands are also an amazing destination.

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    1. Thank you, appreciate it! I missed Bucas Grande when I went to Surigao del Norte last year!. Sayang, but will definitely go back. I heard so much about the amazing beaches near Siargao and Dinagat, hope to go there soon. Enjoy your summer! :)

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  13. always "little boracay" or " boracay of wherever", each destination is different, i have to sell our beaches in surigao del norte and each has its own beauty, character and experience. come to surigao, stay at least a week, and have a good time...

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    1. Hi sir, thanks for your feedback! I'm really looking forward to go back to Surigao del Norte. I was there last year but beach bumming and island hopping had to take a back seat, I enjoyed surfing. Sobrang ganda po ng lugar niyo kelangan talagang balikan. ;)

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  14. There are a lot of very nice Beaches such as:
    1. Britania in surigao del sur
    2. Beaches in Siargao Island
    3. Beaches in Bohol
    4. Beaches in bantayan Island Cebu
    5. Aside from tawi tawi beaches in basilan and suku are nice.

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    1. how about the safety in tawi-tawi and basilan?

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    2. Hi Rommel, thank you for this list! Noted... :)

      Tawi-tawi is easier to explore than Basilan, but I still suggest you seek help of a local guide from these provinces just to be on the safe side.

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  15. Nice blog! parang ang sarap lumangoy sa mga magagandang beaches na yan... Thanks for the info... =)

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  16. You can try Nogas island in Anini-y, Antique as well the Sand Bar Beach @ Concepcion, Iloilo..for sure you'll gonna enjoy.

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    1. Appreciate your suggestions, Hope. Already noted for future reference. Thank you! :))

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  17. Why is Kalanggaman in Leyte not included? It is untouched and one of the most stunning beaches in the Philippines!

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    1. I think ang sinama lang ng blogger sa list is yung napuntahan palang nya. :)

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    2. okay, i must visit kalanggaman soon! thanks!! :)

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  18. No thanks! Boracay and Bohol pa rin ako

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  19. Casapsapan beach cove in Casiguran, Aurora is close to Calaguas! Better than Boracay for me with absence of commercialism.

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    1. A friend also mentioned the stunning beaches in Casiguran, Aurora!!! Can't wait.. :)

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  20. how about Isla Gigante and Sicogon Island in Iloilo?

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    1. Isla Gigantes on my mind now. I haven't been there yet, but hopefully soon we'll meet. :)

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  21. I'm happy to be living in the Philippines with 7000+ islands surrounded by thousands of beautiful beaches! :)

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  22. I suggest you check out san vicente, palawan its 14 kms long beach

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  23. Wow great post. It give me an idea where to go next. I only visited a few great beaches in the Philippines and with this I should be able to expand my list in my Travel Blog thanks

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  24. Thank you so much for this blog, it's very informative. The photos are really attracting to explore those beaches. Our country is really blessed with so many beautiful beaches. I just hope we filipinos will learn to love our country more and be proud of being filipinos. Lets join hands in promoting our tourism industry by travelling first to local destinations before exploring other countries. We are not only helping our country's economy but also we are educating ourselves about our country. Lets all be positive and focus on the beautiful places that God gave our country. Most importantly please let us preserve and keep our beaches clean so the next generation will be able to enjoy it too. God bless everyone. Enjoy travelling to our beloved country.

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    1. Wow, thank you so much! I appreciate everything you said. Anything to help the Philippines, I'm all for it. Cheers! :))

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    2. Hi Che! I really admire what you are doing. I envy you for having the opportunity to travel around and see the natural beauty of our country. I wish & pray that i'd be able to reach as many destination possible in our country. I also love to travel and i still have a lot of places to visit in the Phils. It's my dream to see our country rise and i know our tourism industry is a big factor to reach that goal. Im happy to know that there are filipinos like you who are making a difference to help this country. Your blogs are really making impact, very useful and eye opener to those who have'nt realized yet that our country is really beautiful. Keep it up! God bless always.

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    3. Btw, i don't know if you have visited iligan there are beautiful places to see there too especially 'Tinago falls' its really fascinating. If you havent visited it yet, i hope you could include it in your list. I really want to know what you can say about it. I only wish that they could keep the surrounding clean. Im just sad to see so many trash around i really hope we know how to take care of our country's beautiful treasures.

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  25. My hats off to your fantastic journeys through 80 provinces (out of a total of 81) in the Philippines! I can't imagine how one can ever accomplish such fruitful travels and you haven't reached half of your lifetime. You have provided an eyeful of what beauty lies in lesser-known spots offering nature's gift to mankind. I especially enjoyed viewing the photos on Coron and reading the glowing tributes given on it, the birthplace of my ancestors. Wishing you the best and more power to you!

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    1. Hi Ding, it makes me happy to know that you liked this post. Thank you! My trips around Pinas were not always picture-perfect, but definitely worth it and the memories would definitely stick with me for a lifetime. I wish you all the best, too! :)

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  26. no Britania Island?

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    1. Yeah, unfortunately I missed Britania Group of Islands when I went to Surigao del Sur last year. :(

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  27. Naiiyak Ako sa ganda ng mga beach. Ang ganda ng pilipinas.

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  28. Mas maganda talaga ang pinas..huhuhu bigla akong na homesick :-( paguwi ko lilibutin ko talaga ang saring atin. ;-) thanks for the info :-)

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  29. Hi there, thank you for posting beautiful Cagbalete Island! We just wanted to point out that it is called Pansacola resort not Pancosala :) Here is our FB page https://www.facebook.com/pansacolabeachresort?ref=br_tf Thank you!

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  30. Better to visit Baler! It is the place to be.

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    1. I guess Baler is included in her top surfing spots in the Philippines. Please check this link: http://www.backpackingpilipinas.com/2013/03/surfs-up-pilipinas.html

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    2. Ohhh! Sabang Bay in Baler has the most magnificent sunrise! Yep, it's definitely the place to be. :)

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  31. Camiguin Island should be included in this

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    1. I've visited White Island in Camiguin. Very nice, indeed. Thinking of doing a Part 2, maybe I could have Camiguin on it. Thanks! :)

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  32. I ♥ PH pa din. Nice article, we're planning to visit Marinduque soon.

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    1. Push that Marinduque trip and enjoy the beaches and the rustic feel of its towns! The people there are some of the nicest I've met on the road. :)

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  33. Try to go to Capul Island in Northern Samar..from Matnog Sorsogon just an hour or two motorboat ride..the beaches are great and uspoiled..

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  34. Dagdagan na ang listahan! Lezgo beach camping! Malapit lang ang Burot Beach! :)

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  35. I am glad you featured Guimaras Island. Thanks much. But there's more to explore apart from the ones we have in Nueva Valencia area. Please try our beaches and resorts in San Lorenzo Guimaras, too. We have Vilches beach Resort and Playa de Paraiso. This is where you can witness a perfect horizon and crystal clear water plus very cheap sea foods and fruits. To get here, take a boat from parola wharf in iloilo to Buenavista and ride a jeepney to Lebas, San Lorenzo...

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    1. Wow, very inviting! I always thought Guimaras deserves another visit! Hopefully soon! Thanks for your suggestions, already noted. Cheers! :)

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  36. wow naman! gusto ko tuloy mag beach ng wala sa oras. hahaha! sakto! friday ngaun. :) happy weekend guys! thanks for sahring.

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  37. how does one travel to 80 provinces; write a blog and be covered with all the expenses! covering a review of these 16 spots alone would conservatively cost minimum average of PhP.3,000 per destination, i.e., two way transportation alone? does activities like those "sponsored"?.......hmmmmmm....am curious....coz am interested to do a blog and write a story/report on undiscovered, uncovered exquisite exportable grassroot handicraft of those 80 provinces: how do i do it?

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    1. Her travels are not "sponsored". Save now and travel later.

      -Blogger's sister, Cielo

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    2. If one wants to travel, there are many ways to fulfill it! Right, Cielo? Hats off to your sister!! :-)

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    3. Hello guys, I've been asked many times how I afford to travel. I'm a regular employee and actually finance my own trips. Most of the time, I'm on a really tight budget so very often I'm on the look out for seat sales, cheap accomm, do diy tours, and i walk a lot in most of my trips. You can also make your travels happen, even on a shoestring budget. Of course the key is planning the trip ahead of time and careful budgeting. Cheers!

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  38. These are truly the wonders in the Philippines. It has great great shore that tourist are attracted too. Even we as a blogger we're admire on its beauty and wonders. Amazing.. Thanks for sharing this informations.

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    1. My pleasure! Let's continue blogging about the natural beauty of our country. Thanks for dropping by. :)

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  39. Beautiful Beaches.

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  40. Great! Very nice beach review by a private person. I suggest the Department of Tourism should do the same but this time it must be comprehensive and exhaustive review of all beach treasures in the Philippines. The Phil is already behind in manufacturing. Tourism is our comparative advantage in addition to BPOs and OFWs.

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    1. I couldn't agree more! We are still lagging behind our Asian neighbors in terms of tourism, but I'm still very positive we'll make a breakthrough soon. I actually wrote my two cents about this matter two years ago--> http://www.backpackingpilipinas.com/2012/01/its-more-fun-in-philippines.html

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  41. Thanks for adding my hometown of Mati city, davao oriental.

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    1. You have a beautiful hometown! Well-deserved to be in the list. Hope dahican Beach remains unspoiled. Cheers! :)

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  42. Try Virgin island in Bohol and Gigantes Island in Carles Iloilo.Antique also have few untouched beaches.

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    1. Hello, appreciate your suggestions. :D) Will definitely check out Gigantes Island in Iloilo and Virgin Island in Bohol. Heard great stuff about these two. Thanks! :)

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  43. Thanks for the share! Calaguas on my mind for 2 years now. Amazing beaches we have! Great blog :-)

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  44. I strongly suggest that the writer should try to Google Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte - breathtaking beach and still untouched. I also suggest Sambawan Island in Biliran. ;-)

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  45. Thanks s pagsama sa Gaspar island ng Marinduque... We have Vacation - Outreach there Every holyweek

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    1. My pleasure po. I love Marinduque kaya di talaga mawawala sa list. :) Enjoy the summer season! :)

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  46. Ms. Che, baka pwede mo mabisita ang secluded beaches kan Siruma, CamSur esp Batauanan Island. Salamaton. sandy marno

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    1. Hello Sandy, wow nice... talagang napa-google ako para makita ang Siruma, CamSur. Sana pwedeng mapuntahan from Catanduanes and Caraoman. Hope to visit soon! Salamaton man po. Cheers!

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  47. I would suggest you should visit also Pink Beach at San Vicente, Northern Samar.. untouched and breathtaking.. Pink fine sand sya.. rare lang kasi 7 beaches lang sa buong mundo ang may ganun.. and sa zamboanga at northern samar lang rin mayron tayo dito sa pinas.. thanks

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    1. Hi, nasabi na din po sakin ng mga relatives ko sa Samar yung about dun sa pink beach sa San Vicente. Maganda daw talaga. Sana mapuntahan ko din soon. Thanks! :)

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  48. Thank you for this wonderful blog! Nabigyan ako ng idea kung saan pa magandang pumunta! Hope I can read more of your posts soon!

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  49. Hi! Have you been to palani beach in balud masbate? Or in san isidro beach in claveria masbate? or in sombrero island in san pascual masbate?

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    1. Hi Mike, haven't been to these beaches/islands. I've only been to Bituon Beach Resort and Gold Beach Resort in Masbate. :)

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  50. Regarding bonfires, I suggest prohibiting it totally.

    The mere act of collecting firewood from the surroundings and then setting these to fire is destructive to nature.

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    1. Hi can you include Magalawa Island in Palauig Zambales ..That's a beautiful place to visit too.

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  51. Alam mo yung kinilabutan ako sa ganda ng mga beaches dito sa Pinas. Grabe! At napanganga na lang talaga ako nung nakita ko personally ang Guisi clearwater and other beaches sa Guimaras when the bestfriend and I went there just recently. As in nganga! Ang ganda ng Pinas! :))

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    1. Couldn't agree more! Thanks for dropping by. :)

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  52. Hello! Just wanted to ask what bus to take from Lucena to Mauban and where to find the terminal? :)

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    1. hi, Sir Felix, you can find the bus going to Mauban from Lucena Grand Terminal, :D

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    2. Thanks! Also, one last question. Which resort did you choose? Pansacola or Villa Cleofas? We're weighing our options right now :)

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  53. thank you for this post :D been to Cagbalete last january, and we'll be back this holy week.. :D i fell in love with Cagbalete island :D

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  54. Thanks for sharing this! I've been meaning to visit one of these beaches in our next vacation. Also very nice photos! May I ask kung anong camera ang gamit mo? hehehehe Keep roaming, keep shooting, keep sharing! Cheers :)

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    1. I'm using a 5-year old Nikon D3000 and an iPhone for the pics I post here. :)) Salamat din for dropping by! Cheers! :)

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  55. nice blog. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  56. " I always wonder how beautiful it must have been there before madness settled in." How dare you, ur blog is a crap, para lng kumita ka sa ads, sabihan m ng ganyan ang boracay. Who are you?

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  57. include el nido twin beaches of nacpan and calitang

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    1. Hi Karen, will visit el nido soon. I've only included in this list beaches/islands I've been to. :)

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  58. Should have included Capones Island in Zambales.

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  59. Uy! Thank you po at napansin nyo ISLA namin. Underrated talaga Cagbalete pero di ko pagpapalit sa boracay ang pagkarelax na nadarama ko pag nandyan ako :-)

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  60. How about Tambobong or Tanduyong island? :). Or alibijaban island perhaps..too many actually it can easily be top 100 or 200 :D

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  61. Been to Coron, Bora and other places mentioned here and still very interested to explore the beautiful & enchanting places in the Philippines ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  62. VISIT US TOO :)
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  63. Please look into a few minor improvements to your writing style, mainly your subject and verb agreement. You present really good information but the grammatical errors are a distraction.

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    1. Here comes grammar police patrolling. I dont care about grammar lapses or the likes. I got what the blogger is trying to convey so phuck grammar. Wonderful blog and writing.

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  64. Thanks for showing the beauty of the Philippines. We have so much to be thankful for. Wag maging dayuhan sa sarily nating bayan.

    Btw, did you go to Sta. Cruz island when you passed by Zamboanga CIty on your way to Tawi-Tawi?

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  65. I am from Or. Mindoro and I do not wonder anymore why Pto. galera was no longer included in the list of beaches because there is no longer any need for it. It is the most accessible of the white beaches anywhere in the Philippines.

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  66. Yeah! Little boracay is <3 Pero maraming Sea urchins. :/ HAHA! Pero maganda talga maraming Corals at Clear yung Tubig!

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  67. wow... nice.. should explore this places then...

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  68. Hi, thanks for the post! We have shared this in our network. Great job! Hope many more would see these awesome places.

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  69. Hi, thanks for the post! We have shared this in our network. Great job! Hope many more would see these awesome places.

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  70. i am not an adventurous person- the thought of backpacking is like a knife to my head. BUT reading blogs like yours it makes me take that giant leap of just leaving everything behind and just go.

    thank you. i hope i can go to all these wonderful places.

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  71. going to Tiamban and Bonbon beaches in Romblon on May 29 to June 1 (full IT and expenses on my blog). Anyone is welcome to join. :)

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  72. Che, great post! You might also want to visit Colong-colong Beach, Corcuera, Romblon (Simara Island). I went there last May 1. It has fine sand like Boracay's Station 1. The municipality has a guest house where tourist can stay. You can go there by riding a RORO from Batangas Pier to Odiongan Pier. Then jeepney ride to Calatrava Pier/Fish Port. From there you can ride a boat to Simara. :) Thank you.

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  73. still ISLAND OF boracay is the best! :)

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    1. I don't think so. You should see further and beyond Boracay! Explore!

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  74. Such a nice post with an useful information. Love to bookmark this post and like to share with family & Friends. Keep up the good and continue share such post. Thanks for share.

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  75. Siquijor is the best, iilan palang yan sa mga beaches ng Siquijor na namention, kung gusto nyo talaga ng beaches mayron pang Paliton Beach, Calalinan Beach, Dapdap Beach, Minalulan Beach, Candanay Sur and Norte Beaches, Sandugan Beach, Dumanjug Beach, Tubod Beach, Cang-abas Beach, Lusaran Beach, Bagsa Beach, Camogao Beach and etc. na may haba na 300 m to 2 kilometers each pure white sand at may halong crash corals ang iilan..

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  76. Enjoyed this post. Was an exchange student in the PI 35 yrs ago & long to revisit. However, my Tagalog is rusty at best & I fear traveling without a trusted guide ir companion would be dangerous for me. What do you suggest?

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  78. Hello Traveler,

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  79. Hello, I am planning to go around... I really want to go solo. Is is safe to go solo travelling? or is it really necessary to have company as I go around thanks.. what will be the danger if I will be travelling alone? thanks :)

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    1. Hi Angel, solo traveling around the Philippines is generally safe. Key is to plan the trip well and be always cautious whenever on the road. I wrote a piece about solo travel (especially for women). Hope this helps.. ---> http://www.backpackingpilipinas.com/2012/03/footnotes-from-my-first-solo-travel.html

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  80. Hi Ms. Angel Javalle I'll be travelling solo din maybe we can arrange po para may makasama ko hehe I'm ChaCha here is my email add charisseanne.clamor@gmail.com, :)

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  81. My favourite beach is White Beach in Boracay. White sand, blue water, palms - a bit like a TV commercial!
    Here is my personal list of the best beaches in Thailand and the Philippines I've seen during my trip through South East Asia: http://aroundtheworldinaday.com/philippines_thailand_comparison/thailand_beaches_philippines_beaches/

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  82. Astigin! sa mga photos pa lang halatang you have a great time! :D

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  83. Good one! Inviting you to check out Santa Fe, Bantayan. For best aqua water sights, go late March. All year round it's relatively unspoilt save for April & May when the crowds get in. Other than that, it's peaceful, quiet... and yes, serene even. I usually go right about the time school in the Phils has just started & summer has ended. I still enjoy the sunny weather minus the crowd. :)

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  84. Very nice country, I hope to see this beach soon, Thanks for this nice pictures.

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  85. Wow what a beautiful depiction of travel and holidaying destination of philippines.Its a great article.These are just wonderful sites .A place everyone will desire to go to.

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  86. palaui island and anguib beach are breathtaking...i recently went there and my four day stay there has become my greatest travel journey so far...you should try it...you won't be disappointed...

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  87. Hi i was able to reach gigantes island last july 2014 the pristine water,picturistique view and panoramic beauty is still fantastic see my photos on my fb account

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  88. Alegre Beach resort din po sa Northern part of Cebu :)

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  89. Really nice post . Enjoyed reading it !

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  90. Hello Travelers! please visit our website http://www.excitingpalawan.com/ or email us excitingpalawan@gmail.com for our lowest promo. :)

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  91. Waw! There are really a lot of hotspots in the Philippines and I have read that the Philippines Ranked number 8 in Best Travel 2015 by Lonely Planet.

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  92. Your post is really nice and the pictures too are good. There are really many tourist spots in the Philippines. You might want also to read what are the lakes in the Philippines, or famous beaches in the Philippines or simply tourist spots in the Philippines, this blog has Php Tourism has these information too.

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  93. Great post. I just got back from the Philippines and loved it!
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  94. Stunning luxurious resort like Serviced Apartments in Singapore. Excellent place to stay with your family or business partners for your stay in Singapore. Check it out: http://www.treetops.com.sg/service-apartments-in-singapore.html

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  95. Very nice blog and amazing pictures you got here! I am really happy reading and watching the images. Good this Calaguas Island is included famous for it's Calaguas Beach or Mahabang Buhangin Beach or Long Strech Beach.. Quite many names. amazing amazing.
    Visit my Top 10 Beaches in the Philippines too. guaranteed amazing pictures :)

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  96. GREAT article. thanks so much :)

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  97. Maraming Salamat po.. Tara na ulit sa Calaguas!!

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  98. For me, Coron is still the perfect destination for a summer vacation. I made a must-have list this summer so that I won't forget to bring them with me. I can't go into a summer vacation without snacks, It's the 1st thing I bought at goods.ph. They have beach bundles that offers among other things like chips, juices and sodas, and Sun block for sun protection when I hit the sunny beach. I also added some bikinis and hats. I'm so excited because my friends will definitely love this idea!

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  99. Great post! Im currently searching for the perfect beach for my birthday. Would you recommend a beach that has a lot of water activities? If none, any cultural spots then? Appreciate your reply! Thanks!

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  100. Nice posting, it's looks like all of them looks amazing hidden paradise in the Philippines. They only offer beauty and unspoiled paradise. Catanduanes' Golden Sand Beaches is my choice. But, be aware of the weather before you plan your trip. Always check it in advance. Weather is very unpredictable in this area so always prepare for your trip.You cannot go wrong during summer time which is in March-April.

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  101. I have the greatest memories of camping with my family growing up.Family Tent Site

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  102. Great article, that's awesome, thanks

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  103. Awesome list! I would love to visit Siquijor and Samal because it's closer to my location here in Cagayan de Oro. We Filipinos who can afford a vacation should explore our own country as a priority and appreciate the beauty of the Philippines.

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  104. palaui island and anguib beach are breathtaking...i recently went there and my four day stay there has become my greatest travel journey so far...you should try it...you won't be disappointed...

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  105. Hello! Alex here looking for affordable trip to Calaguas. (email) phatrich13@gmail.com thank you! Happy new yr! x

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  106. Hello! Alex here looking for affordable trip to Calaguas. (email) phatrich13@gmail.com thank you! Happy new yr! x

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  107. Do not forget to visit Surigao and Siargao :)

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  108. Thanks. I love your post, it really good and interesting.

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  109. bakit yung rizal beach resort sa amin sa gubat sorsogon is not included, guys try nyo pasyalan yun ska meron na ding surfing area don at the same time..

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