Beaches Near Manila

13 BEACHES NEAR MANILA (And How to Get There)

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Zombie apocalypse. Imagine it happening in Manila. Over 12 million people in one dense megacity. The chaos. The desperation. The paranoia. The nagging stress.

Sounds familiar? If your life in the city feels like you’re in an episode of The Walking Dead minus the zombies, you probably need a little break. (Or a long one, if your tired routine slowly turns you into a walker day after day.) The bad news is, there really isn’t any beach in Manila that wouldn’t try to poison you with trash. (Cue: “Nakaligo ka na ba sa dagat ng basura?”) The good news is, Manila’s friendly neighbors are here to the rescue!

Metro Manila’s surrounding provinces are blessed with miles of gorgeous beaches! The usual crowd-magnets — Laiya in Batangas, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro, and Anawangin Cove in Zambales — are popular for a reason and are still worth a visit (if you don’t mind the thick swarms of tourists especially during summer). Others are yet to be “discovered” by most urban dwellers.

Save those airfare bucks because here are 13 beach destinations that do not require you to fly and are all within 5 hours of the metro.

But first, here are time saving tips:

  • Be an early bird. Leave in the early morning not just so you could have more time at the beach, but also to avoid the heavy rush hour traffic. You’ll be surprised how much time you will be wasting just to get out of the city if you leave when the sun is out. (Or maybe that’s not surprising at all.)
  • Take the Expressway. This one’s obvious if you’re driving but not if you’re taking public transportation. Choose the bus that takes the short cut. For example, if you’re Batangas City-bound, there are two routes that transport companies use. The first one passes through the cities of Tanauan and Lipa, which entails braving the traffic and making a dozen stops. This makes the travel time a lot longer. The other takes the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (what they commonly refer to STAR Tollway or CALABARZON Expressway), which goes straight to Batangas City and bypasses all the others. Board the bus with the CALABARZON sign and you’ll be in your destination in 2 hours or shorter.




And now, here’s the list:

1. San Antonio, Zambales

Nagsasa Cove, San Antonio, Zambales

Nagsasa Cove, San Antonio, Zambales

The Agoho trees of Anawangin Cove

The Agoho trees of Anawangin Cove

The other side of Anawangin Cove

The other side of Anawangin Cove

Nagsasa Cove, San Antonio, Zambales

Nagsasa Cove, San Antonio, Zambales

Beaches: Nagsasa Cove, Silanguin Cove, Anawangin Cove, Talisayin Cove. Their coasts are blanketed with volcanic ash straight from the guts of Mt. Pinatubo. It’s a Baguio-meets-Boracay world out there; thanks to the agoho trees rising from the ashes (literally).

Don’t miss: Fishing! The waters of San Antonio are rich. If you have the skill and the patience (or you just want to give it a try), ask your boatman about fishing tours.

How to get there: Travel by bus to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales and get off at San Antonio Public Market (P250-P270, 4 hours). Take a tricycle to Pundaquit (P30, 10-15 minutes). From here, boat tours cost P1000 for Anawangin, P1500 for Nagsasa, and P2000 for Silanguin. Add P500 if you want to make a stop at Capones and Camara Islands.

Tour package? Contact Harry Balais of 7107 Islands Tours at +639176274945.

More info here –> Anawangin and Nagsasa Cove Travel Guide

 

2. Calatagan, Batangas

Photo by Roel Ignacio Sabalboro

Photo by Roel Ignacio Sabalboro

Calatagan sunrise

Calatagan sunrise

Punta de Santiago Lighthouse, Calatagan

Punta de Santiago Lighthouse, Calatagan

Beaches: Burot Beach is the best beach in this part of Calatagan.

Don’t miss: Cape Santiago Lighthouse. Built in 1890, it is one of the oldest lighthouses in the Philippines that continue to function. The construction began on December 15, 1890, led by Engineer Magin Pers y Pers, and was completed by Guillermo Brockman.

How to get there: At EDSA-Taft, there are vans and buses that carry passengers straight to Calatagan (P200, 3-4 hours). From the town center, take a tricycle to the lighthouse (P150-P200, 20-30 minutes).

More info here –> Calatagan Lighthouse

 

3. Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas

Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas

Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas

Pebble Beaches of Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas

Pebble Beaches of Malabrigo, Lobo, Batangas

Malabrigo Lighthouse, Lobo, Batangas

Malabrigo Lighthouse, Lobo, Batangas

Beaches: Malabrigo Point. No white sand here, either, but its beaches are strewn with smooth medium-size pebbles.

Don’t miss: Submarine Garden, where the water is so crystal clear, you can see live corals and other life forms even without goggles. Also, the Malabrigo Lighthouse can be easily accessed from Malabrigo!

How to get there: Board the bus to Batangas City and alight at Balagtas or Diversion (P150-180, 2-3 hours). From here, ride a jeepney or tricycle to SM Batangas and get off at the Batangas-Lobo terminal. Board a jeepney to Lobo (P53, 1 hour), then a tricycle to Malabrigo (P100, 15 minutes).

More info here –> Malabrigo Beach

 

4. Nasugbu-Lian, Batangas

Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas

Matabungkay, Lian, Batangas

Beaches: The sand at Bamboo Beach and Tali Beach in mainland Nasugbu isn’t sparkling white (not white at all), but it doesn’t make it any less relaxing. It is also home to Olive Ridley turtles that visit to nest each year. Hamilo Coast is also a good spot.

Don’t miss: Fortune Island, a short boat ride away. It is surrounded by shipwreck diving sites including the Dutch warship Mauritius, which sank on December 14, 1600. Also, the Greek-style ruins are perfect beach selfie setting. (We got you at selfie, yes?)

How to get there: From EDSA-Taft, take the BLTB bus to Nasugbu (P155-170, 2.5-4 hours). All the beaches are accessible by jeepney or tricycle. If going to Matabungkay, take the bus or van to Calatagan and tell the conductor to drop you off at the junction to Matabungkay (3-4 hours).

 

5. Laiya, San Juan, Batangas

Laiya Aplaya. Photo by Winston Almendras.

Laiya Aplaya. Photo by Winston Almendras.

Laiya Aplaya. Photo by Winston Almendras.

Laiya Aplaya. Photo by Winston Almendras.

Beaches: Laiya Aplaya, laced with White sand spread over a long stretch!

Don’t miss: Batangueno dishes. You’re in Batangas, dig in to a bowl of sticky lomi and sinaing na tulingan!

How to get there: Take the bus to Lipa City and get off at the bus terminal (1.5-2 hours). Ride a jeepney bound for San Juan, and when you reach the town market, take another jeepney to Laiya.

 

6. Anilao, Mabini, Batangas

Sunset at Anilao

Sunset at Anilao

Anilao, Batangas

Anilao, Batangas

Beaches: Anilao is more of a diving mecca than a powdery paradise — it is widely regarded as the birthplace of scuba diving in the Philippines — but there are pockets of white sand hidden in between its rocky promontories.

Don’t miss: Mt. Gulugod Baboy! It’s an easy, fun climb with breathtaking views of Balayan Bay. Or, conquer the deep blue sea and learn how to scuba dive!

How to get there: Ride the bus to Batangas City Grand Terminal (P150-170, 2-3 hours) then a jeepney to Anilao (P35, 45 minutes).

 

7. Tingloy, Batangas

Masasa Beach, Tingloy, Batangas

Masasa Beach, Tingloy, Batangas

Masasa Beach, Tingloy, Batangas

Masasa Beach, Tingloy, Batangas

Beaches: Masasa Beach, Sepoc Point, Sombrero Island. They’re all completely isolated from the rest of Batangas. Masasa Beach, for example, has no resorts on site. It could give you the peace of mind you’ve always been chasing!

Don’t miss: If you have more energy, climb the nearby hill and meet Mag-asawang Bato, a curious rock formation on top of it!

How to get there: Ride the bus to Batangas City Grand Terminal (P150-170, 2-3 hours) then a jeepney to Anilao (P35, 45 minutes). From here you have 2 options. If you’re staying overnight, try to catch the 10:30am public boat to Tingloy (P70, 50 minutes). If not, charter a private boat for an island hopping tour for P2500.

 

8. Subic, Zambales

Subic Bay, Zambales

Subic Bay, Zambales. Photo by Vins Carlos

Subic Bay, Zambales

Subic Bay, Zambales. Photo by Vins Carlos

Beaches: It may not be as fair as Boracay or Laiya, but Halfmoon Beach is a decent beach getaway with grayish sand hugged by gentle waves.

Don’t miss: Duty-free shopping! Aside from the beaches, you might want to take a look at the stores on your way back to Manila. Beach + retail therapy. No other formula is more effective in relieving stress.

How to get there: Travel by bus to Olongapo City (P207 via Old Olongapo-Gapan Road, P235 via SCTEX, P280 via SCTEX non-stop). Travel time is around 4 hours. Take a jeepney to the freeport.

 

9. Morong, Bataan

Photo by Nix Nicolas from Save Philippine Seas

Beach: Nagbalayong Beach

Don’t miss: Pawikan Conservation Center. Morong celebrates Pawikan Festival every November, but you might still want to visit the center for more info about our turtle friends!

How to get there: Take Victory Liner or Bataan Transit bus to Olongapo City ((P207 via Old Olongapo-Gapan Road, P235 via SCTEX, P280 via SCTEX non-stop; around 4 hours). Take another bus or jeepney to Morong, Bataan (45-60 minutes).

 

10. Padre Burgos-Pagbilao, Quezon

Borawan, Padre Burgos

Borawan, Padre Burgos

Dampalitan Island, Padre Burgos, Quezon

Dampalitan Island, Padre Burgos, Quezon

Puting Buhangin, Pagbilao, Quezon

Puting Buhangin, Pagbilao, Quezon

Beaches: Dampalitan Island and Puting Buhangin (Kuwebang Lampas) are your usual white sand beaches, but Borawan Beach has something else to brag about, karst cliffs! Borawan, however, can get too crowded during peak season.

Don’t miss: Stargazing. No electricity, you won’t have that many options at night.

How to get there: Board the bus to Lucena Grand Terminal (P250-P260, 3.5 hours) and another bus to Unisan (P35-40, 45-75 minutes). Get off at QCRB Bank in Padre Burgos and take a trike to Aplaya (15 minutes). You’ll find boats for rent here.

List of Expenses: Borawan Budget Travel Guide

Tour package? Contact Harry Balais of 7107 Islands Tours at +639176274945.

 

11. Ternate-Maragondon, Cavite

Pico de Loro, Cavite

Photo by Robbie Bautista of The Travelling Dork

Beaches: Marine Base/Boracay de Cavite.

Don’t miss: Aside from swimming and lazing on the beach, this part of Cavite is popular among hikers and mountaineers for its rugged terrain (Parrot’s Beak, Mt. Marami, and the rest of Maragondon Peaks). Also, Mt. Palay-Palay National Park is worth a visit.

How to get there: Saulog Transit offers direct rides from Manila to Ternate, Cavite (P94).

 

12. Hundred Islands, Pangasinan

Hundred Islands, Pangasinan. Photo by Harry Balais

Hundred Islands, Pangasinan. Photo by Harry Balais

Hundred Islands, Pangasinan. Photo by Harry Balais

Hundred Islands, Pangasinan. Photo by Harry Balais

Beaches: Governor’s Island, Quezon Island, Children’s Island. Hundred islands, man. Can’t enumerate them all.

How to get there: Victory Liner, Five Star, and Dagupan Bus are among bus companies that have daily trips to Alaminos (P393, 3.5-4.5 hours). Take a tricycle ride to the Lucap Wharf (10 minutes).

 

13. Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Haligi Beach, Puerto Galera

Haligi Beach, Puerto Galera. Photo by Vins Carlos

Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera. Photo by Vins Carlos

Beaches: White Beach, Sabang Beach, Haligi Beach, Bulabod Beach

Don’t miss: Dolphin watching! In 2007, a study by the Smithsonian Institute described it as the “center of the center” of the world’s marine biodiversity citing the high concentration of marine species. The best places to see marine mammals here are the Lubang Islands and Batangas Bay, but most dolphin and whale watching tours are offered in Puerto Galera.

How to get there: Take the bus to Batangas Pier (P150-P170, 2-3 hours) and board a ferry to Puerto Galera (P250-P280, 60-75 minutes).

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  • Jo

    Beaches near manila are so not worth the trip. Book a flight elsewhere. You’ll have more time at the beach than the 4-8 hours one way drive.

    • Joyce Fler

      I beg to disagree. You probably have not seen Masasa Cove. It’s probably strictly for real adventurers because its complete isolated and you have to pitch a tent and poop in the bushes… but the beach is so worth it all… the farm before the cover is also a nice treat.

  • joey yao

    This is perfectly awesome. So now I know where to bring my partner, family and friends. :)

  • Jenni Faye

    Awesome list. Thanks!

  • kithic

    I used to live in Manila and I’d go to some of the other beaches that are mentioned here. But I’d always go by car.
    I wanna go on vacation next summer and I don’t really feel like paying for a rental car since it’s not really cheap. So my question is.. considering that I’m “white” and don’t look phil at all, do you think it’ll be okay to take buses? I did it in Thailand and it was totally safe but I’m not too sure about Manila.

    • Mariann Andrie Mejillano

      Maybe u can get along with a Filipino friend– it would be more fun!

    • Han

      Hey there buddy. Just board the newer buses, not the old/reconditioned/modified china buses and you will be safe.

      • kithic

        Awesome! Thanks! :))

    • Rodel

      bring a Filipino friend.. it’s gonna be fine.

      • kithic

        Yeah! I’ll try to do that but I think they’ll all be working during my stay there. We’ll see! Thanks :)

  • EriKa Aguinaldo

    Jaims llanes lein cruz..summer?!

  • EriKa Aguinaldo

    Lein cruz,jaims llanes..lezgo summer?!

  • Mike Apostol

    Try mine just 3 hours from Manila here’s my fb page https://www.facebook.com/pages/BATAAN-NATURE-ADVENTURES/149928045395

    • joH

      Marinduque~

  • Pangasinense

    OMG bat wala ang Bolinao or Patar White Beach ng Pangasinan!

    • Fernando Amorsolo

      marami ata d nakakalm nito ! sobrang ganda di pa maraming tao ! tas diretsong cindys cave pag may hangover HAHAHAH

    • http://www.dakilangduca.tumblr.com/ dakilangduca

      Hi! How to get here? White sand ah! :)

    • YenLei

      yeah! dapat kasama ang Bolinao.. been there, ganda!

    • faustino silos

      caramoan island isa sa pinaka magandang beach

      • James Yap

        accessible na ba ulit ang Caramoan?,.. close yung island during the Survivor US season 25 and 26

        • Phoebe Rose

          Just this week, Gov. Salceda of Albay announced that the best way to Caramoan is from Albay (Legazpi City) 1 1/2 hrs straight. Legazpi City to Tabacco. Taking MV Gracia Salvacion ferry from Tabacco port at 7am to Guihalo Port. 600 Php two way fare.

          Please visit the facebook site of the Governor Joey Sarte Salceda to know more about the booming ALBAY! I’m planning to go back there on May 29. Will visit Caramoan, Masbate, CWC, and a lot more! They are now considering the accessibility of the spots as well as the budget just to introduce what ALBAY has to offer!

      • SimplyKen

        it says NEAR Manila. Caramoan? you’ll be needing around 14 hours to get there, 10 hours bus + 2 hours van + 2 hours boat ride… duh!!! But yeah you’re right, the place is awesome…

      • Emmanuel Doctolero

        it is a peninsula group of different islands :) Caramoan Islands :) some were used for Survivor series by different countries :)

    • putri

      kc malayo na sa manila…

    • Jess

      Agree! Bolinao has beatiful beaches. Been there and we enjoyed it.

    • kidd

      yeah dapat kasama. also mariveles. quite a view.

  • Ed Eracho

    Awesome pics of beaches near Manila..Must try one of those for a bit escape of crowded city..

  • Abby Ong

    I want to visit them all, regardless how by flight or not, the sound of the waves and feeling the kiss of the sun are the antiseptics for a busy mind :)

  • sweetart

    Nice! Thank you

  • Geline Saclot

    Adding estimated travel time from Manila would’ve been helpful :)

    • Jong

      That’s also what I’m looking for, and I still feel that some of the list here are far from Manila.

  • Indian joe

    more! :))

  • Jerold espinosa

    I think the article should have a more accurate title! Most of it are nowhere near Manila, trust me!

    • iniel caballero

      Agree, because if Hundred Islands in Pangasinan falls under the Author’s Category…… then there are other beaches to be considered.

    • chrissunner

      the article title is alright. never binding. it says, “13 beaches near Manila…” so it’s self-limiting. It DIDN’T say these are the ONLY 13 beaches near Manila.

      • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

        Haha, thanks Chrissunner! We really wanted it to be not binding because it looks like our list grows (adding more entries over time). :D

  • J

    What about Baler. It’s just as far as Pangasinan?

  • smorsgasborg

    Malapascua island is missing!

    • raj

      malapascua is located at cebu, the article says near manila..

  • Rsager

    Marinduque is the nearest province from Manila, with undiscovered awesome beaches.

  • jameslim

    Title is 13 beaches near Manila but you make no mention of how near or the travel time…

    • nobody

      they did mention the travel time via commute

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariegina.g.sangalang Mariegina Ganir Sangalang

    Congrats….

  • Rebecca Jimenez

    i would love to be here someday if i have a chance why not…

  • http://www.facebook.com/don.william.3194 Don William

    YEAH, SURE YOU CAN.

  • Bridgette Nuqui

    Thank you for this post!!

  • Ella Wagemakers

    If the traffic is not too bad …

  • http://www.facebook.com/ita.baluga Ita Baluga

    sb ng china kanila p daw isla yan talagang mga walang hiya ang mga INTSIK dapat sa kanila ibaon ng buhay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/uchiha.sasuki.98499 على رامى

    Sure i will visit when i arrive this year to Philippine manila great ….!

  • Pier Desmit

    Yep even near and IN Manila they have awesome beaches ;-)

  • trololol

    wheres is manila bay on the list ?

  • Mya Merioles Curilan

    Thank you for the lists… I’ll definitely look into it on my next visit to the Philippines.

  • Iera

    Cam sur has nice beach to ..

  • charaught

    Batanguiño pride!

  • romel s.

    Talisayen Cove- wala sya sa list pero maganda din doon. tapos di pa masyadong maraming tao, pag gusto mo ng tahimik na beach OK na OK sya.

  • IMO

    There are lots of breathtaking beaches in our country, but the title of this article includes the description “NEAR MANILA.” :-)

  • bugak05

    correct! patar beach in bolinao,pangasinan…it’s the best!!

  • Alex Pronove

    Well-researched and well-written. Thanks!

  • j

    Cagbalete Island, Mauban, Quezon. You should’ve included that in your list.

    • happy

      Agree, dapat nasama Cagbalete , sa Mauban Quezon lang to :-)

  • Katerina

    7. TINGLOY, Batangas was the best option for me and my boyfriend.

    And THERE IS ONE ACCOMODATION – LOVELY BEACH COTAGES.

    Some of the beaches from your list are very far from Manila. We went to Masasa beach on the way from Batad (North Luzon) and have only 2 nights before our flight home. This location was the best choose. We slept in Rosie meting beach cotages at the end of Masasa beach. This place was for us like a paradise. There were no tourists on Masasa beach and we had a chance to get closer with the owners family. They were so great, the prepared lots of food for us…the best chicken and squids on Phillipines. (We were traveling all around the Phillipines for one month). They took us on private boat around and we could see the places which are mentioned here (Sombrero island etc.). There is a roof build from wood in the sea and above the sea (inside the open house), there are hammock. So you can rest in hammock and listen the sound of the waves under you. They give us also coconuts and the price for accomodation was the cheapest we ever had on Phillipines. Dont go there if you are looking for high level resort but go there if you like to be connected with nature, listen to the waves, enjoy sandy beach, snorkeling, private boat, have fun with great family, enjoy homemade food and watch the sunset sitting on the rocks…See the rocks:)

  • Katerina

    Masasa beach and number 7: Tingloy, Barangas was perfect.

    There are Beach cotages at the end of Masasa beach. Great food, private boat, hamoocks above the sea waves, sandy beach and its cheap. We were there three days before our flight home. Its close to manila and its calm island. In this article, there is written good how to get there.

  • joy

    ang dami dami magaganda beach a Zambales n nafeature n s mga international magazine gaya ng Potipot at Magalawa Islands

  • budji3

    Great post. Thanks!

  • WorkBeach

    Someone should actually go to Borawan and think again if it should be included in the list. There’s no Boracay or Palawan factor to it. The hell.

    • Raymond Gaytano

      OMG YES! It should be avoided!!! Dont know whats the hype with that island ugh worst beach that I’ve been to, not worth the hassle!!!

  • Marvin

    Guys, I have a unit at Pico de Loro, it’s for rent P4500/ night. Please email me at marvsdg@gmail.com

  • Christopher Tañada

    Burot beach should have been included in the Calatagan section. same trike rates

    • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

      Hi Christopher! It is included. :D

  • Ed Gonzales Angeles

    It’s more fun indeed if u have fundsssssssssssssssssssssssss!

    • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

      Haha, true. But some of these are really cheap. Masasa Beach in particular will cost just around P800. :D

  • Sarah

    i will go there to enjoy the most beautiful beaches

  • Rainelda

    Malapad Beach and other beach resorts in Real Quezon is just 3 hours away from Manila and mind you, you will be swimming in the Pacific Ocean …check it out!

  • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

    Thanks for sharing! :D

  • http://www.yoshke.com yoshke

    Hi Roncapz! Thanks for pointing out. Fixed! :D

  • guest

    Anong beach resort ang meron sa laiya san juan batangas?

  • happy

    Cagbalete island deserves a spot :-)

  • nilobee

    You forgot to include South Beach in Corregidor. I was there this Tuesday and the water was clear. Clearer than that of Nasugbu or Quezon. You can see pilot fish from the south dock.

  • beb ang

    dicasalarin cove aurora

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  • Dan Larrivee

    I went there in 2011, Caramoan Island, most beautiful beaches in the world like paradise

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  • peng

    do not miss to go to Marcos Island in Hundred Islands and climb up to the top, enter the cave and dive inside it. i have been to many beaches including Boracay and I can say the best sand is here. It is not powdery white but it is grainy light brownish/pikish in color which makes the water so clear.

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  • Reynald Clark

    TAKO beach the best in the world