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BEACHES NEAR MANILA

Manila Beaches

There are some amazing Beaches close to Manila and a Tour to these Beaches will be a wonderful day out - do yourself a favour, they are a must see, if you like beaches. So take the adventure with friends or family and move away from the hussling City life and breathe that fresh coastal air, rejuvenate and have a wonderful fun time ~ Need some help getting there, give us a call, as that's what we do, help you explore Your World - at Your One Stop Travel Shop

Canigao Island (Matalom, Leyte)


In the middle of the island is one of the oldest lighthouses in Leyte which offers a stunning view of Camotes, Limasawa, Cagayan The small paradise was once known as the fishermen’s sanctuary in Matalom until it became a tourist destination sometime in 2005. The powdery white sand makes beach bumming inevitable but tourists can also go snorkeling to see the underwater world.  and Cebu. If you’re up for a different kind of adventure, you can also befriend some fisher folks and try to hire a pump boat. While you’re there, ask help to catch fish and get edible sea urchins.

There are cottages and rooms (around PHP500-1,500) for those who want to stay overnight but pitching a tent by the shore is allowed (around PHP100-200).


How to get there:

 

Take the morning flight from Manila to Tacloban.
From the airport, ride a taxi or van to take you to the downtown bus terminal.
Once at the terminal, take a 3-hour van ride going to Maasin, Southern Leyte and hop off at Matalom town center.
In Matalom, ask the locals for the pier going to Canigao (it’s only walking distance), or you can get a tricycle to bring you there. Travel time from the pier to the island is about 15-20 minutes

 

 

Cuatro Islas (Inopacan and Hindang, Leyte)

 

Cuatro Islas, which literally means “Four Islands” in Spanish, is a group of scenic islands located in the sleepy towns of Inopacan and Hindang. It’s composed of Digyo, Mahaba, Apid and Himokilan – all relatively unknown to most travelers (yes, no fancy accommodations here) but worth exploring especially for adventure-seekers.

True to its name, Digyo (which came from a Cebuano word “digyot” meaning tiny), is the smallest of the Cuatro Islas – you can even roam around the whole island for around 25 minutes. The clear waters and white sand are very inviting and if you want to go snorkeling, just go about 100 or so meters from the shore for a good spot. There are a few small native style cottages that you can rent but since there are virtually no other facilities in the area, it’s best to plan what you’ll bring if you want to stay overnight.


The other island, Mahaba, is the second largest of the group with just a tiny village. The water is remarkably clear and there’s also a sandbar and rock formations located on the eastern side. Since it’s a protected marine sanctuary, there’s a big chance that you can see sea turtles while snorkeling. The place is also perfect for beach bumming with growing mangroves and towering coconut trees along the shore.


The nearest island of Inopacan is called Himokilan, where there are a small village and a curving white sandbar located on the northeastern part. Like the other islands, the water here is also clear with the surrounding limestone cliffs along its shoreline. The southern part is a sanctuary so fishing and snorkeling are not allowed.


Lastly, the most populated of the four islands – Apid. The island offers a beautiful view of Camotes Sea with growing mangroves, white sandy beaches and limestone cliffs along the shore. The island is also home to a fishing village with most households taking pleasure in weaving mats.


How to get there:

 

Take the morning flight from Manila to Tacloban.
From the airport, ride a taxi or van to take you to the downtown bus terminal.
Once at the terminal, take a 3-hour van ride going to Maasin (or Hilongos) via Baybay and hop off at Inopacan proper.
Head to the municipal hall and look for boats headed for Cuatro Islas. Most of the islands are just 30 minutes away via a motorized outrigger from the port at Inopacan.


Kalanggaman Island (Palompon, Leyte)


This pristine beach destination is known for its picturesque sandbar and turquoise sea.  For years, the island was just a secret among locals until a cruise ship passed through the island and dropped off its 400 passengers in 2013.  Kalanggaman, which means “bird” in Cebuano, offers so many opportunities for exploration – from the marine life to all the nooks and crannies just waiting to be discovered.

There’s no resort in the island but to provide some comfort for tourists, the local government built some basic facilities. There are cottages available for day-trippers but for an overnight stay, camping is allowed.


How to get there:

 

Take the flight from Manila to Tacloban.
Once you’re in Palompon, you can ride a bike called Potpot to go to Palompon Liberty Park to pay the fees for the Kalanggaman EcoTour. From this point, the boat ride going to the island takes about an hour from the airport, ride a van going to Palompon. You can also get to Kalanggaman from Cebu Airport by taking a taxi to go to Pier 3.  Then take the fast boat going to Ormoc or a ship to Palompon. 
hour, or 35 minutes for speedboats.


Got tips (or secret islands) you want to share? Post them in the comments!

 

 

Patar White Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan

Opposite the rocky shores of Pangasinan’s Rock View Beach is the hidden glistening shoreline of Patar White Beach, dubbed as the “Boracay of the North” for its smooth white sand.

Patar White Beach is a quaint place with only cottages and tents to welcome tourists, making it easy for everyone to reconnect with nature in this northern paradise.  The sunset—or course—is beautiful in Patar, so make sure to catch it in Cape Bolinao Lighthouse to cap off your white beach getaway.


Get to Bolinao, Pangasinan through Victory Liner, FiveStar Bus Inc, or Dagupan Bus Line that have terminals in Cubao, Pasay and Sampaloc. Upon arriving, take a tricycle to get to Bolinao town proper. Travel time takes roughly around 6 hours.

 

If you have a car, take NLEX and then SCTEX to Tarlac City. Take Tarlac’s road going to Camiling and drive all the way to Alaminos, Pangasinan. You will then reach a junction in Bani with the north road going straight to Bolinao town proper. The trip takes about five hours.  Magalawa Island in Palauig, Zambales

Magalawa Island in Palauig is a hidden gem behind all the other famous beaches in Zambales. Here, powdery white sand and the colorful reefs will astound you. Plus, the island at night is just as majestic as it is in the day.

 


Magalawa Island has two resorts—Ruiz and Armada.

 

Ruiz Resort has a P100 entrance fee and tent rental fee at PHP300. Ruiz also has fan rooms for PHP1,200 good for six people. Be ready though, because Ruiz Resort only has electricity from 6pm to 7am.

Armada Resort has 24-hour electricity and air-conditioned rooms. Overnight packages with a minimum of five people include entrance fee, accommodation, meals and boat services are at least PHP1,500.

If you’re driving, go from Balintawak to NLEX and SCTEX. Take the Subic Tipo Road to RH5 where you should exit and then turn left going to Iba. You will be going past the towns of Castillejos, San Marcelino, San Antonio, San Narciso, San Felipe, Botolan and Iba until you arrive at Palauig. Head north to Masinloc and turn right at Banlog Triangle and go straight to Barangay Pamolingan. From there go to Luan port where the boats en-route to Magalawa island are. You may park your car in the safe port. The boat ride will then take you five minutes to get to your sweet, sweet escape that is Magalawa Island.


If you’re taking public transportation, take any Iba-Sta. Cruz-bound buses from Pasay or Cubao. Here are the schedules of Victory Liner and Five Star. The trip will be about six to seven hours depending on where you ride.  Burot Beach in Calatagan, Batanga  Break away from Batangas’ crowded beaches in Nasugbu and Laiya, and bask in Burot Beach’s remoteness and calm.

 

Before getting there, make sure you prepare all your vacation necessities like food, your own grill and charcoal, and you know, toiletries, as the town proper is far away from Burot.

Bus companies like Celyrosa Transport, San Agustin Bus or DLTB Bus have Calatagan-bound buses that take about three to four hours and PHP180 fare per person.

For private car owners, take the SLEX and exit at Sta. Rosa Exit, passing Tagaytay. Take the Nasugbu-Tagaytay Road after. You will then reach the Nasugbu-Lian instersection. Turn right to Lian. Take a left in the intersection after passing the Central Azucarera Don Pedro Sugar Refinery. Drive straight and turn right towards the town market. After the market, turn left at M. Apacible street where signs going to Burot Beach will help you.

 

 

Masasa Beach in Tingloy, Batangas

 

Masasa Beach boasts of a brand of isolation that takes you away from everything—there are no establishments and restaurants in the area, just green hills and a few houses in front of the pristine waters, sparkly white sand, and this very instagrammable unfinished stairway at the shore.


You can take a bus to Batangas City Grand Terminal for about PHP120 to PHP180. Jam Liner in Cubao has daily trips for PHP165. From there, take a jeepney to Anilao Port for PHP35 and board the boat to Tingloy for PHP70. Take a tricycle worth PHP30 from the port to get to Masasa Beach.

Want to head deeper down south? What about these unspoiled Quezon province beaches and islands?

Catching a Bus for your Adventure?

This may assist you as most buses going to Tagaytay City from Manila are now stationed at the

Uniwide Coastal Mall in Pasay City. There are available buses from Lorna Express, DLTB Co., San Agustin, Erjohn Almark and BSC. Most take around thirty minutes to wait for passengers before going off.

DLTB Co. has buses from their LRT Buendia station that passes by Tagaytay starting at 4:00am daily.

San Agustin has buses to Tagaytay from the Edsa Rotunda (right below the Taft MRT station) from 3:30am to 11:00pm.

Another option you may be interested in is to take the bus going to Tagaytay is by getting a bus at the terminal near the LRT Gil Puyat Station (also known as Buendia).  At this terminal, there are buses going to Nasugbu, Balayan, and Lemery in Batangas and these will pass through Tagaytay. You can choose from DLTB, San Agustin, or Jam Transit.

Bus fare is around Php 80.00 more or less.

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