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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Philippines 5 Hidden Beaches


Philippines is blessed with such a splendid beauty of nature from tropical rainforests to the rugged coasts to the pristine white sand beach Philippines has it no wonder there are still places left undiscovered in the country with over 7,000 islands more to explore. Here are just 5 of so many hidden beaches in the country.



Casapsapan, Casiguran, Aurora

The peaceful and sleepy town of Casiguran is oozing with lots of potential when it comes to pristine shores and diverse nature. The town which is about 4 - 5 hours away from Baler, the capital town of Aurora, the picturesque place boast itself a long stretch of rugged coasts, stunning white beach and rich wildlife. There is a breath taking view of the Sierra Madre mountains at dawn with its morning mist if you travel or commute through the towns of Aurora riding a public transport from Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, the nearest city and province to Casiguran, Aurora. There is only one route for people using their own vehicle from Manila to Casiguran and you can locate it using Google Maps. The tough ride towards this awesome piece of paradise is not easy. It involves steep trail and river crossing that can be done using small vehicles like tricycle. Upon reaching the breath taking paradise all the long arduous trek is all worth it.

Calaguas, Vinzons, Camarines Norte

Calaguas is a group of islands lying in the Pacific coast in the Bicol region. It is under the jurisdiction of the town of Vinzons in Camarines Norte. Words are not enough to discover the beauty of these islands hidden from our eyes but lying freely in the open vastness of the Pacific. Various activities can be done in Calaguas from scuba diving and snorkeling to island hopping to spelunking. The most popular beach is the Mahabang Buhangin beach in the island of Tinaga where people do camping and spend the night under the stars. To know more about Calaguas or to inquire on how to get there visit the website Calaguas Island Official Website Click Here.

Malamawi Island, Isabela City, Basilan

Basilan has a bad reputation for being infested with terrorists but if you are up for adventure then going to this beautiful beach off a small island in Mindanao is worth the risk. Malamawi Island is just a stone's throw from the port of Isabela City, the capital of the infamous Basilan. It's only an hour from the port of Isabela City to this beautiful island. This island was once home to one of the most extensive rubber plantations in the country and the Yakan tribe. The island is so stunning words are not enough to describe this breath-taking paradise. The wind is cool. The view of the distant Zamboanga peninsula is visible from a distance. If you are going to this island, always secure your safety first and ask the authorities and armed forces to secure you for your travel on this island. Nowadays, it is relatively safe to go to that place with all the security and authorities guarding the area.

Sibang Cove, Calayan, Cagayan Valley

From the home province where the reality show Survivor took place, Cagayan has some of the most spectacular sceneries in the Philippines and Calayan is one of them. The peaceful town is home to some of the most unspoiled beaches in the country, rugged coastlines and amazing waterfalls that can be reached only by clambering through slippery rocks and a very densely forested area. Calayan Island, the largest island of the Babuyan group of islands can be reached via the town of Claveria using a lampitaw or outrigger boat. It takes up to 5 hours to travel from Claveria to Calayan Island and water can sometimes be rough so the ride is not for the faint hearted. The best time to travel for smooth sailing are between the months of April and May. The remote secluded beach has no resorts, restaurants or other forms of modern conveniences found in other beaches so expect to camp and experience the island like a castaway. When it's low tide, you can also walk to the other two coves, Caniwara and Cababaan.

Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur

If other beaches are proud of their white sand, Zamboanga's Sta. Cruz Island on the other hand is pride of their beach with its pink sand. Sta. Cruz is a small island off the coast of Zamboanga, a 10-minute ride from Paseo del Mar. There is no accomodation and camping isn't allowed but there are tables and cottages you can rent for as low as P200 for a whole day stay or you can simply take a shade under a flowering tree and expect armed police officers to guard and assist you during your trip. 

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