Philippine Beach Guide https://www.philippinebeaches.org Your Guide to the Best Beaches in the Philippines Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:09:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Sabang Beach, Baler: Important Tips https://www.philippinebeaches.org/sabang-beach-baler-important-tips/ https://www.philippinebeaches.org/sabang-beach-baler-important-tips/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 08:09:00 +0000 https://www.philippinebeaches.org/?p=8582 More detailed Baler Budget Travel Guide here: Baler Budget Travel Guide The northern portion of Luzon is known for its mighty waves, thus attracting wave chasers and sun chasers alike to its coastal areas. One of those destinations is the town of Baler in the province of Aurora, and Sabang Beach is Baler’s most notable

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The northern portion of Luzon is known for its mighty waves, thus attracting wave chasers and sun chasers alike to its coastal areas. One of those destinations is the town of Baler in the province of Aurora, and Sabang Beach is Baler’s most notable surfing spot. Coming from Manila, the long but very scenic drive will further fuel your excitement and will make the journey as enjoyable as your destination.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Clark International Airport (Pampanga); Ninoy Aquino International Airport, also known as Manila International Airport (Manila)

By Land

  1. From Manila, board a bus bound for Baler (P500-750). Rates vary depending on the class of the seat. Genesis Bus and Joybus are offering Cubao-Baler route.
  2. Once in Baler, ride a tricycle to your hotel (P10-20/head); much better if your hotel is located at Sabang Beach area. You can also hire a tricycle for a full-day or half-day tour. Let the driver know where you want to go.
  3.  
    The most convenient option is to bring your own car. Take the Manila-Cabanatuan-Baler route. From Cabanatuan, take the road leading to Baler. Travel time is five to six hours.

 

 

Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Entrance Fee: FREE
 
Camping Fee: FREE; but for convenience and safety, most of the visitors book hotels in advance.
 
Tricycle Tour Rates: P300 (half day, good for 3 pax); P800 (whole day, good for 3 pax)
 
Surfing Lesson Rates: P350/hr (surfing instructor and surfboard); P200/hr & P800/day (surfboard rental only)
 
Others: Tour Guide Fee (P500); Mountain Bike Rental (P35/hr, P300/day); Motorbike Rental (Around P800/day); Van Rental (P2500/day, good for 10 pax)

 

Don’t Miss

  • Surf!!! If you don’t know how to surf, this is your chance to learn.
  • After thoroughly enjoying riding the waves, lay or sit on the fine dark sand while watching other people surf and swim.
  • When the water is flat and calm, take the chance to swim leisurely with friends and family.
  • FOOD TRIP! You have plenty of options — from beachfront stores to restaurants and bars to hole-in-the-wall eateries and food stalls.
  • The sunset is worth the wait. During my visit, the sky became cotton candy pink and bubblegum blue! It was beautiful.

Don’t Forget

  • It is highly suggested, especially if you are going on a weekend, to book your accommodations in advance.
  • Have enough cash on hand as there are only a few ATMs in town.
  • Surfboard! You can rent if you don’t have your own or you are not in the mood to bring yours.
  • Bring your power bank to keep your cameras and phones charged.
  • Don’t leave your things unattended.
  • Leave nothing but footprints.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • Explore other attractions including Ditumabo Falls, the 600-year-old balete tree, Cemento Beach, Dicasalarin Cove, Diguisit Falls, Diguisit Beach and others.
  • You can also go to Ermita Hill and enjoy the view of Sabang Beach, Cemento Beach, and other nearby areas. You can also climb up the PAGASA Station Tower where you can have a nice view of Dicasalarin Cove and Diguisit Beach. It is located several meters beyond Dicasalarin entrance.
  • Other attractions are Baler Church, Baler Museum, Aurora House, Hanging Bridge, and Ampere Beach (about an hour drive from the town center).

 

Where to Stay

There are plenty of different types of accommodations lining the coast of Sabang. Here are some of the top accommodations according to Agoda users (as of October 2017).

Costa Pacifica Resort
Location: Brgy. Sabang, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

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Playa Azul Baler
Location: Buton St., Brgy. Sabang, Buhangin, Baler, Aurora

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Blue Coco Baler Beach House
Location: F. Mendoza St., Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

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Nalu Surf Camp
Location: Brgy. Sabang, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

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For more options, search here: Baler Hotels

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7 Top-Rated Resorts in the Island Garden City of Samal https://www.philippinebeaches.org/top-7-resorts-davao-city/ https://www.philippinebeaches.org/top-7-resorts-davao-city/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 01:00:23 +0000 http://www.philippinebeaches.org/?p=6683 The Island Garden City of Samal or simply Samal is part of Metro Davao and is just a couple of kilometers away from the highly urbanized Davao City. Although nearer to Davao del Sur, the city is under the jurisdiction of Davao del Norte. The city is composed of two islands – Samal Island and

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The Island Garden City of Samal or simply Samal is part of Metro Davao and is just a couple of kilometers away from the highly urbanized Davao City. Although nearer to Davao del Sur, the city is under the jurisdiction of Davao del Norte. The city is composed of two islands – Samal Island and Talikud Island. Its proximity to Davao City makes it an easy and convenient choice for a quick dose of sea, sand, and nature-tripping.

The economy is mainly tourist-driven, followed by agriculture and fishing. It boasts a good number of marine reefs and beaches, bringing in multitude of visitors on both islands. As a result of tourism, accommodations abound to meet the demands of the growing number of tourists.

After a long day, what could be better than capping it off with a relaxing stay in a fine resort? As mentioned before, there are a lot of resorts scattered throughout the city. To help you with your choice, these are the 7 top-rated resorts in the Island Garden City of Samal according to Agoda users (as of October 2017), in no particular order.

 

Note: Ranking and rates may change over time, so always double check before booking. (We only considered properties with at least 20 reviews)

Photos below were provided by Agoda through its affiliate program. Cover photo is of Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

 

1. Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Address: Kaputian District, Samal

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2. Paradise Island Park & Beach Resort

Address: Barangay Caliclic, Babak District, Samal

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3. Island Garden Resort in Pangubatan

Address: Barangay Pangubatan, Kaputian District, Samal

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4. Hof Gorei Beach Resort

Address: Adecor, Kaputian District, Samal

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5. Punta del Sol Resort

Address: Purok 4, Barangay Catagman, Penaplata, Babak District, Samal

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6. Bluejaz Beach Resort and Waterpark

Address: Purok 2, Barangay Caliclic, Babak District, Samal

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7. Chema’s By The Sea Beach Resort

Address: Limao, Babak District, Samal

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Note: Room rates vary depending on dates and room type and may not yet include taxes and other fees.

 

For more options, search here: Davao Resorts

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Different Types of Beaches You’ll See in the Philippines https://www.philippinebeaches.org/8800-2/ https://www.philippinebeaches.org/8800-2/#respond Thu, 30 Nov 2017 01:00:04 +0000 https://www.philippinebeaches.org/?p=8800 The Philippines is fortunate enough to have shorelines that stretch for miles. This resulted in beaches that are several kilometers long scattered in different parts of the country. But aside from possessing several beaches, the different unique types of sand made them much more interesting. You’ll not only get to enjoy white powdery sand but

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The Philippines is fortunate enough to have shorelines that stretch for miles. This resulted in beaches that are several kilometers long scattered in different parts of the country. But aside from possessing several beaches, the different unique types of sand made them much more interesting.

You’ll not only get to enjoy white powdery sand but also shores lined with pebbles of varying sizes, boulders, volcanic sand, and also golden sand that shimmers during sunrise and sunset.

 

Glistening White Sand Beaches

The Philippines gained popularity because of the powdery white sand shores of Palawan and Boracay. You’ll find plenty of these destinations from the country’s northern tip to its southern islands. The beaches and islands of Palawan and Boracay are two of the most famous places to see this type of sand.

El Nido and Coron are the two must-visit destinations for those who want to step onto fine white-sand beaches and islands in Palawan. If you want to explore more of the province and see other places, adding Balabac and Linapacan (both of which are less developed) are ideal choices.

You’ll have several options when it comes to seeing bone-white sand beaches in Visayas; the most popular of which is in Boracay. There are other destinations in the region where you can get your dose of powdery white sand some of which include Siquijor, Bohol, and Cebu.

Mindanao also has white sand beaches that are worth adding to your itinerary. Gumasa Beach is a must-visit destination for those who are staying in General Santos City. Siargao is also another place where you can sink your toes into fine white sand; these include the islands of Naked, Guyam, and Daku.

There are other white sand beaches that you can visit during your trip; these are only some suggestions to include in your itinerary.

 

Golden-Tinged Shores

Some of the beaches in the Philippines aren’t just ivory white, they also have golden shores that glisten when the sun rises and sets. You can see some of these in the province of Catanduanes such as Sakahon and Twin Rock Beach Resort, Jomalig Island of Quezon, and Patar Beach in Bolinao, Pangasinan. The mentioned places are just a few of many beaches with golden colored shores.

These idyllic destinations are ideal places for relaxing and unwinding, swimming, snorkeling, and some offer good spots for scuba diving. You’ll never run out of things to do — camping, having a picnic, beach volleyball, playing Frisbee, and other similar activities.

 

Pebble-Lined Shorelines

There are places in the country that have a mixture of small and large pebbles lining its shores. These sometimes multi-colored or white pebbles mix with the calm azure waters, swaying coconut trees, and foliage to create the idyllic beachscape that visitors enjoy.

You can see beaches like this in Mabua in Mindanao, Pitogo Beach in the Caramoan group of islands, and Bagolatao Beach in Camarines Sur. These beaches provide a rustic vibe because of their location in rural areas, spectacular sunsets, beautiful beachscapes categorized by the turquoise waters, rolling hills, and trees.

 

Ashen and Black as Night Sand

The Philippines has a few provinces that are near volcanoes; this resulted in some shorelines lined with dark and/or ashen sand. These may not get as much attention as their white beach counterparts, but they are beautiful nonetheless.

The beaches lining the shores of Albay are perfect examples of unique beaches with dark sand. The darker tone of the beach blends with the green and verdant foliage dotting some of the beaches in this part of the Philippines. The waters are also perfect for wading and swimming in, having a picnic, reading your favorite book, or doing nothing.

 

Pink Sand Beach

The Philippines doesn’t only have white sand but also shores that have a pinkish tinge. This happens because of the crushed corals that mix with sand. Two of the places where you’ll find this are in Zamboanga’s Santa Cruz Island and Sorsogon’s Subic Beach. Both destinations are worthwhile places to visit not only because of their unique shoreline but also because of their beautiful beachscape, azure waters, and idyllic atmosphere.

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The beaches of the Philippines indeed come in different colors. You’ll have plenty of options when it comes to choosing a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you are looking for something different, visit the pebble beach of Pitogo in Caramoan or laze on one of the black sand beaches of Albay; pass the time in Subic Beach of Sorsogon or just sink your toes into the fine powdery white sand of the many beaches of Palawan. Do you have anything to add on this list?

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Punta Ballo Beach, Sipalay: Important Tips https://www.philippinebeaches.org/punta-ballo-beach-sipalay-important-tips/ https://www.philippinebeaches.org/punta-ballo-beach-sipalay-important-tips/#respond Wed, 29 Nov 2017 01:00:12 +0000 https://www.philippinebeaches.org/?p=8185 More detailed travel guide here: SIPALAY ON A BUDGET: Travel Guide & Itinerary Being a seaside city, Sipalay has not only beaches for tourist attractions but also diving sites. Punta Ballo Beach is one of those beaches where you can find resorts, specifically dive resorts, lining its creamy shores. It’s usually the jumping-off point for

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Being a seaside city, Sipalay has not only beaches for tourist attractions but also diving sites. Punta Ballo Beach is one of those beaches where you can find resorts, specifically dive resorts, lining its creamy shores. It’s usually the jumping-off point for diving activities. The beach has a warm and laid-back feel, welcoming visitors who long for a serene and relaxing vacation.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Bacolod-Silay Airport (Negros Occidental)

By Air

  1. This is the fastest and the most convenient way. Check your preferred airline company for the flight schedules and airfare from Manila to Bacolod-Silay Airport. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  2. From the airport, take a cab to the South Ceres Bus Terminal (around P260). You can also take a van just across the airport’s arrival area exit (P150/head, one way). Taking a cab is a little bit expensive, but it is recommended if you have many pieces of luggage. You can always split the fare if you are traveling with a friend or two.
  3. From South Ceres Bus Terminal, board a bus bound for Sipalay or Hinoba-an (P210-300, 4-5 hours). Buses bound for Hinoba-an pass by Sipalay. Alight at Sipalay stop.
  4. From the city center, you can either check in your stuff first if your hotel is located in the city center or take a tricycle going to one of the resorts lining the shores of Punta Ballo Beach. Fare is P150 per person.

 

 

Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Entrance Fee: It depends on where you are entering from. Access to the beach is a bit of a challenge because the area is on the hilly side, so the usual point of entry to the beach is from one of the resorts lining its shores. Otherwise, entrance to the beach is FREE.
 
Camping Fee: It depends on the area. Ask permission first.
 
Cottage Rental Fee: It depends on where you choose to stay.
 
Sipalay Tricycle Tour: P1500 (whole day, good for 4 pax)
 
Sipalay Boat Tour: P1500 (whole day)

 

Don’t Miss

  • The beautiful sunset! Aside from Poblacion Beach, Punta Ballo Beach is also a great location to watch the beautiful setting of the sun, whether alone or with your loved ones.
  • Mingle and interact with the locals during early morning walk or while waiting for the sunset.
  • Have a tan, relax in one of the beach lounges, or simply lay on the cream-colored sand.
  • Punta Ballo Beach has shallow waters, so it’s safe for kids to swim in.
  • If you are into diving, ask one of the dive resorts for the package rate. You can also take this opportunity to learn scuba diving.

Don’t Forget

  • There’s one ATM servicing the whole of Sipalay City. If you are coming from Bacolod, better withdraw enough cash from there before going to Sipalay.
  • The city center has decent number of restaurants and budget accommodations, so you won’t have problems with food and lodging. Outside the city center where most resorts are located, accommodation rates are quite steep. Some of the accommodations outside the city are not senior-friendly; you have a lot of stairs to climb, since some of them are built on a hillside. Ask the resort first before booking.
  • The resorts and beaches can be reached by either tricycle or boat from the city center.
  • Cellphone signal is good within the city center. Areas outside the business district have patchy reception.
  • Leave nothing but footprints.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • Also in Sipalay, you can view and take photos of the islets of Tinagong Dagat from one of the resorts or go to Sugar Beach and Poblacion Beach.
  • Explore Danjugan Island in the nearby municipality of Cauayan. Learn more about nature conservation while appreciating the marine sanctuary’s colorful and rich marine ecosystem.
  • Explore Bacolod before heading back to Manila.

Related topic: Bacolod and Negros Occidental: Budget Travel Guide

Danjugan Island Side Trip: Danjugan Island Important Tips

 

Where to Stay

There are plenty of resorts and budget hotels in the laid back city of Sipalay. If you want a more peaceful and quieter place to relax, here are some of the recommended resorts in Sipalay City according to Agoda users (as of September 2017).

Easy Diving and Beach Resort
Location: Punta Ballo, Brgy. 4, Sipalay, Negros Oc.

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Sugar Beach House
Location: Sipalay City, Negros Oc.

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Artistic Diving Resort
Location: Punta Ballo, Brgy. 4, Sipalay, Negros Oc.

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Punta Bulata Resort and Spa
Location: Brgy. Elihan, Sipalay, Negros Oc.

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For more options, search here: Sipalay Hotels

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Pink Beach, Zamboanga City: Important Tips https://www.philippinebeaches.org/pink-beach-zamboanga-important-tips/ https://www.philippinebeaches.org/pink-beach-zamboanga-important-tips/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 01:00:22 +0000 http://www.philippinebeaches.org/?p=7185 Zamboanga is an often overlooked destination because of the general bad perception of local and foreign tourists. However, to those who go to this side of the Philippines, it is a beautiful province with plenty to offer in terms of tourism. One of its prized destinations is the unique and fetching pink sand beach located

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Zamboanga is an often overlooked destination because of the general bad perception of local and foreign tourists. However, to those who go to this side of the Philippines, it is a beautiful province with plenty to offer in terms of tourism. One of its prized destinations is the unique and fetching pink sand beach located in Great Santa Cruz Island. This unique pink sand beach is an ideal destination for those in Zamboanga City because of its proximity to the city, it is only a 20-minute boat ride away.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Zamboanga International Airport (Zamboanga)

By Air

  1. Cebupacific and Philippines Airlines have regular flights from Manila to Zamboanga City.
  2. From the city hire a tricycle to take you to Paseo del Mar.
  3. Once there, you can rent a boat that takes you to the pink sand beach. It costs approximately P1000/boat which can accommodate up to 10 people.

By Sea

  1. 2Go operates boats from Manila to Zamboanga City’s PPA Port; however, the journey takes around two days. It leaves on Sunday night and arrives Tuesday afternoon.
  2. When you finally arrive at PPA Port, hire a tricycle going to Paseo del Mar.
  3. From Paseo del Mar, rent a boat taking you to the pink sand beach. Cost is around P1000/boat (usually good for 10 people).

 

 

Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Entrance Fee: P20
 
Camping Fee: Free to minimal fee.
 
Cottage Rental Fee: P100 – P500 (depending on the size/capacity of the cottage)

 

Don’t Miss

  • The island is ideal for beach bumming and swimming.
  • There is also a small sand bar that you may visit during your trip, but it will depend on the tide.
  • Explore the mangrove forest and learn more about its important role in the preservation of our ecosystem.

Don’t Forget

  • You can only go to the beach as a day trip as there are no overnight accommodations on the island.
  • Bring your own food and drinks because you won’t be able to buy them once on the island.
  • Leave nothing but memories and foot prints.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • Zamboanga is a foodie’s dream destination; the mix of cultures and ethnic groups resulted in a culinary mish-mash of various local delicacies.
  • The city also has other attractions which include the Yakan Weaving Village and Rio Hondo Village.

 

Where to Stay

As mentioned earlier, there’s no overnight accommodation on the island, but being close to Zamboanga City saves visitors from the dilemma of finding decent accommodations. Here are some of the recommended hotels that you can find in Zamboanga City according to Agoda users (as of September 2017).

Garden Orchid Hotel
Location: Governor Camins Ave., Zamboanga City

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Ever O Business Hotel
Location: Tomas Claudio St. cor La Purisima St., Zamboanga City

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Winzelle Suites
Location: Governor Lim Ave., Zamboanga City

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Jardin de La Vina
Location: 149 Governor Alvarez, Zamboanga City

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For more options, search here: Zamboanga City Hotels

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Talisay Beach, El Nido: Important Tips https://www.philippinebeaches.org/talisay-beach-el-nido-important-tips/ https://www.philippinebeaches.org/talisay-beach-el-nido-important-tips/#respond Mon, 27 Nov 2017 01:00:19 +0000 https://www.philippinebeaches.org/?p=8818 More detailed El Nido travel guide here: El Nido Budget Travel Guide Talisay Beach is one of the places you’ll visit when you join Tour C while in El Nido. You’ll get to see towering limestone formation surrounded by the bluest water you’ll see when the boat stirs its way to the beach. This destination

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Talisay Beach is one of the places you’ll visit when you join Tour C while in El Nido. You’ll get to see towering limestone formation surrounded by the bluest water you’ll see when the boat stirs its way to the beach. This destination is often the chosen lunch stop of boatmen on this leg of your trip. Enjoy the views while munching on grilled food, rice, and fruits.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: El Nido Airport, also known as Lio Airport (Palawan); Puerto Princesa International Airport (Palawan); Francisco B. Reyes Airport, also known as Busuanga Airport (Palawan)

By Air

  1. There are many flights to and from Puertro Princesa. From Manila, major airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia have daily and regular flights. Buy your plane tickets months in advance to get the best and lowest possible price.
     
    There are also direct flights to El Nido from Manila via Air SWIFT, but this will cost you more.
  2. Once in Puerto Princesa, you have the option to board the RoRo and Cherry Bus or one of the many vans that travel to El Nido. The bus option costs around P290-P480/way and the van’s fare costs around P550 to P600 per way.
  3.  
    Via van, head to Robinson’s Mall where the van terminal is located.
    Via bus and RoRo bus, go to Junction 1 (P8), and then ride a multi-cab going to San Jose Terminal. You can also hire a tricycle for P80-100.
     

  4. Once you arrive in El Nido, take a tricycle going downtown or directly to your hotel.
  5. From either the town proper or along Bacuit Bay, book El Nido’s Tour C.

 

 

Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Talisay Beach is included in El Nido’s Tour C package. Check itinerary first before booking.

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: P1400/person
Note: The local government standardizes the tour rates. Island hopping tour operation starts at 9am and ends at 4pm.
 
Eco-Tourism Development Fee: P200 (good for 10 days)
 
Tour C Private Boat Rental: P3000 – P6000 (depending on the size of the boat and group)
 
Others: P700 (kayak rental, whole day, within operation hours); P150 (snorkel gear rental)

 

Don’t Miss

  • Talisay Beach may be small in size, but it makes up for it with beauty. The boat ride towards it will provide you with front row seats to the dramatic beachscape of El Nido such as towering limestone cliffs and turquoise waters.
  • Sit back, relax, and enjoy lunch (as this place is a common stop during Tour C), swim, snorkel in some areas, take photos of the beautiful surroundings, and just forget about your worries.

Don’t Forget

  • You’ll need enough cash. Even if there are ATMs in town, there are often long lines and chances of those machines running out of money is relatively high.
  • Food is included in island hopping tours, but you can bring your own snacks and drinks during your stay on Helicopter Island. Bring your trash with you.
  • To save money, bring your own gear for snorkeling such as mask, snorkel tube, fins and others you may need.
  • Waterproof your gadgets as you don’t want to damage your phone and/or camera and lose the photos and videos you took.
  • Bring a power bank to keep your phone and camera charged for the trip.
  • Follow the rules and regulations.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • El Nido has other joining tours (A, B, and D) and places you can visit by tricycle or on a motorbike.
  • If you want to have a slow day of relaxing and unwinding, go to Nacpan Beach. You can also watch the sunset in Marimegmeg Beach or Las Cabanas.
  • If you have more days to spare, you can plan for a trip to Coron and/or Puerto Princesa.

 

Where to Stay

Whether budget or high-end, you have plenty of choices in El Nido. Here are some of the top-rated accommodations according to Agoda users as of September 2017.

El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Location: Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan

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Matinloc Resort
Location: Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan

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Vellago Resort
Location: 7 Commando Beach, El Nido, Palawan

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El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Location: Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan

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For more options, search here: Palawan Hotels

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Patar Beach, Bolinao: Important Tips https://www.philippinebeaches.org/patar-beach-bolinao-important-tips/ https://www.philippinebeaches.org/patar-beach-bolinao-important-tips/#respond Sun, 26 Nov 2017 01:00:57 +0000 https://www.philippinebeaches.org/?p=8815 Patar Beach is a popular destination for those who want a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of Manila. It comes as no surprise because the beach has cream-colored sand and bluish waters that visitors can swim in. The shore is also long enough for other activities such as volleyball or Frisbee. Its accessibility

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Patar Beach is a popular destination for those who want a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of Manila. It comes as no surprise because the beach has cream-colored sand and bluish waters that visitors can swim in. The shore is also long enough for other activities such as volleyball or Frisbee. Its accessibility from the Metro makes it one of the top choices of travelers who want to take a break.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Clark International Airport (Pampanga); Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila)

By Land

  1. Bolinao is a popular weekend destination because you can get there by bus from Cubao or Pasay if you’re coming from Manila. The regular air-con bus from Cubao to Bolinao is P459 one way; if you’re coming from Pasay the fare is P469 per way. The ordinary bus is P351 from Cubao and P359 from Pasay.
  2. Once you reach the terminal, you can pay around P250-P300 for a tricycle to take you to your accommodation near Patar Beach.

 

 

Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Entrance Fee: FREE
 
Camping Fee: P100 – P200 (exclusive of tent); You may bring your own tent, but people usually rent cottages or bring their own mats.
 
Cottage Fee: P300 – P700
 
Tricycle Tour Rate: Around P1500 (tour to the different attractions of Bolinao)
 
Others: Bolinao Waterfalls (P20 parking fee, P50 entrance fee); Rock Formations (P70 entrance fee)

 

Don’t Miss

  • Patar Beach is a good place to relax and unwind. It is also one of the top choices for those who want a quick weekend getaway because of its accessibility. Wade or swim in the waters, play volleyball or Frisbee, and watch the sunset.
  • Beach can get crowded during weekends, so walk further down the beach if you want less crowd.

Don’t Forget

  • Bring your own food and drinks if you plan to have a picnic on the beach, but always leave no trace behind.
  • Keep your devices charged by bringing a power bank and extra batteries.
  • Bring a volleyball or Frisbee so that you have other things to do while on the beach.
  • The waves and current can get strong, so be extra cautious especially if you don’t know how to swim or if you have kids with you.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • If you have a day or so to spare, you can explore the other attractions of Pangasinan such as the famous Hundred Islands and Bolinao’s places of interest namely the waterfalls, the cave, and the viewpoint.
  • You can also spend another night on Tambobong Beach before returning to Manila.

 

Where to Stay

There are a number of resorts and guesthouses near Patar Beach, here are some of the choice resorts in Bolinao according to Agoda users (as of September 2017).

Villa Soledad Beach Resort
Location: Barangay Estanza, Patar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan

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Puerto Del Sol Resort
Location: Barangay Ilog Malino, Patar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan

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Punta Riviera Resort
Location: Brgy. Ilog Malino, Patar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan

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Casa Almarenzo Bed and Breakfast Resort
Location: 313, Patar Road, Brgy. Estanza, Patar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan

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For more options, search here: Bolinao Hotels

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Poblacion Beach, Sipalay: Important Tips https://www.philippinebeaches.org/poblacion-beach-sipalay-important-tips/ https://www.philippinebeaches.org/poblacion-beach-sipalay-important-tips/#respond Sat, 25 Nov 2017 01:00:57 +0000 https://www.philippinebeaches.org/?p=8187 More detailed Sipalay travel guide here: SIPALAY ON A BUDGET: Travel Guide & Itinerary Poblacion is a common term used by Filipinos to refer to a place or area where majority of the business establishments are built and business transactions happen; to put it simply, it’s the city center or downtown. Poblacion Beach, from the

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Poblacion is a common term used by Filipinos to refer to a place or area where majority of the business establishments are built and business transactions happen; to put it simply, it’s the city center or downtown. Poblacion Beach, from the name itself, is located at the city proper. Locals flock the beach for its long stretch of fine golden brown sand, food stalls, and the beautiful sunset view.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Bacolod-Silay Airport (Negros Occidental)

By Air

  1. This is the fastest and the most convenient way. Check your preferred airline company for the flight schedules and airfare from Manila to Bacolod-Silay Airport. Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  2. From the airport, take a cab to the South Ceres Bus Terminal (around P260). You can also take a van just across the airport’s arrival area exit (P150/head, one way). Taking a cab is a little bit expensive, but it is recommended if you have many pieces of luggage. You can always split the fare if you are traveling with a friend or two.
  3. From South Ceres Bus Terminal, board a bus bound for Sipalay or Hinoba-an (P210-300, 4-5 hours). Buses bound for Hinoba-an pass by Sipalay. Alight at Sipalay stop.
  4. Poblacion Beach is located at the city proper, near the public market.

 

 

Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Entrance Fee: FREE
 
Camping Fee: FREE; locals don’t usually pitch tents here, since they normally go here late in the afternoon for the sunset.
 
Cottage Rental Fee: There are no cottages present especially along the beach where it runs parallel to the food park.
 
Sipalay Tricycle Tour: P1500 (whole day, good for 4 pax)
 
Sipalay Boat Tour: P1500 (whole day)

 

Don’t Miss

  • The sunset! My friends and I witnessed the beautiful display of red, purple, and orange twice.
  • Mingle and interact with the locals (including the canine and feline friends if you are fond of dogs and cats). If your hotel is located at the city center, you can also go for an early morning walk.
  • Have your late afternoon snack while waiting for the sunset and people-watching at Sipalay Food Park. You can also have your inasal fix here!
  • Poblacion Beach is also the jumping-off point for Sipalay Boat Tour.

Don’t Forget

  • There’s one ATM servicing the whole of Sipalay City. If you are coming from Bacolod, better withdraw enough cash from there before going to Sipalay.
  • The city center has decent number of restaurants and budget accommodations, so you won’t have problems with food and lodging.
  • The resorts and beaches can be reached by either tricycle or boat from the city center.
  • Cellphone signal is good within the city center. Areas outside the business district have patchy reception.
  • Leave nothing but footprints.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • Also in Sipalay, you can view and take photos of the islets of Tinagong Dagat from one of the resorts or go to Sugar Beach and Punta Ballo Beach.
  • Explore Danjugan Island in the nearby municipality of Cauayan. Learn more about nature conservation while appreciating the marine sanctuary’s colorful and rich marine ecosystem.
  • Explore Bacolod before heading back to Manila.

Related topic: Bacolod and Negros Occidental: Budget Travel Guide

Danjugan Island Side Trip: Danjugan Island Important Tips

 

Where to Stay

There are plenty of resorts and budget hotels in the laid back city of Sipalay. If you want a more peaceful and quieter place to relax, here are some of the recommended resorts in Sipalay City according to Agoda users (as of September 2017).

Easy Diving and Beach Resort
Location: Punta Ballo, Brgy. 4, Sipalay, Negros Oc.

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Sugar Beach House
Location: Sipalay City, Negros Oc.

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Artistic Diving Resort
Location: Punta Ballo, Brgy. 4, Sipalay, Negros Oc.

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Punta Bulata Resort and Spa
Location: Brgy. Elihan, Sipalay, Negros Oc.

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For more options, search here: Sipalay Hotels

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Sandugan Beach, Siquijor: Important Tips https://www.philippinebeaches.org/sandugan-beach-siquijor-important-tips/ https://www.philippinebeaches.org/sandugan-beach-siquijor-important-tips/#respond Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:27:26 +0000 https://www.philippinebeaches.org/?p=8600 More detailed travel guide here: Siquijor Budget Travel Guide Sandugan Beach in Larena is one of the many beautiful beaches on the island of Siquijor. It is the ideal getaway destination because of its bucolic atmosphere, white sand shoreline, clear blue waters, and the perfect sunset to cap off your day. Make it your first

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Sandugan Beach in Larena is one of the many beautiful beaches on the island of Siquijor. It is the ideal getaway destination because of its bucolic atmosphere, white sand shoreline, clear blue waters, and the perfect sunset to cap off your day. Make it your first stop upon arriving before exploring the island’s other attractions.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Sibulan Airport, also known as Dumaguete Airport (Negros Oriental)

By Air

  1. There are no direct flights from Manila to Siquijor, but there are regular flights to Dumaguete, the closest province to the island. Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines ply Manila to Dumaguete regularly.
  2. Once in Dumaguete, you can hire a motorcycle to take you to the port, the fare costs P100 one way.
  3. At the port, you have many ferry options that travel to Siquijor. The trip takes around an hour or so and the fare is approximately P120 to P350 depending on the shipping line, class of the seat, and which part of Siquijor you’ll arrive in.
  4. From the port, you can hire a tricycle to take you to San Juan town and your accommodation in the area for around P250 to P300 per way. The price is mostly the same if you hire a tricycle to and from different towns on the island. You can rent a tricycle for a day for approximately P1000 to P1500.

 
Dumaguete is the most common and favorite point of entry because it is closer to Siquijor. However, you can still get to the latter if you pass through Bohol. There are ferries that travel from Tagbilaran to Siquijor for as low as P210 one way.

 

 

Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Entrance Fee: No entrance fee
 
Island Tour: P1000 – P1500 (Tricycle Tour, good for 3 pax); P3000/day (Multicab Tour, if more than 3 pax)
 
Motorcycle Rental Rate: Around P400/day (excluding gas)

 

Don’t Miss

  • Sandugan Beach is a great place to take a break from exploring Siquijor. The fine white sand and clear waters will entice you to just laze around and swim.
  • Sandugan is also a good place to watch the sunset because of its beautiful beachscape and waters that will reflect the changing colors of the sky.

Don’t Forget

  • There are ATMs on the island, but always bring enough cash with you.
  • The last thing you want is for your phone and camera to run low on power; bring a power bank or extra batteries with you.
  • The area near the beach has limited and sometimes expensive food options. Bring your own food if you plan to just spend a day or an afternoon in Sandugan and save money. Practice proper garbage disposal.
  • Going to and from towns can be expensive, so it’s better to hire a tricycle or motorbike for the day.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • After relaxing in Sandugan, you can go on a day trip to see the other attractions on the island such as Salagdoong Beach, Capilay Spring, the old balete tree, Cambugahay Waterfalls, and others.
  • If you have more days to spare, explore Dumaguete’s destinations such as Apo Island and Manjuyod Sandbar.

Related topic: Siquijor Important Tips

 

Where to Stay

Here are some of the top resorts in the island province of Siquijor according to Agoda users (as of September 2017).

White Villas Resort
Location: Circumferential Road, San Juan, Siquijor Island

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Garden Bungalows Resort
Location: Brgy. Pulangyuta, Siquijor, Siquijor Island

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The Danish Lagoon Luxury Beach Resort
Location: H.C. Andersens Blvd., Paliton, San Juan, Siquijor Island

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Infinity Heights Resort
Location: Pili, Siquijor, Siquijor Island

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For more options, search here: Siquijor Hotels

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Hidden Beach, El Nido: Important Tips https://www.philippinebeaches.org/hidden-beach-el-nido-important-tips/ https://www.philippinebeaches.org/hidden-beach-el-nido-important-tips/#respond Fri, 24 Nov 2017 01:00:54 +0000 https://www.philippinebeaches.org/?p=8783 More detailed El Nido travel guide here: El Nido Budget Travel Guide Hidden Beach is one of the places you’ll visit when you book Tour C. It is far, but it is worth the trip because of its secluded location, fine white sand, and clear waters. It has a rugged appearance, giving it a raw

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Hidden Beach is one of the places you’ll visit when you book Tour C. It is far, but it is worth the trip because of its secluded location, fine white sand, and clear waters. It has a rugged appearance, giving it a raw appeal. Relax on the beach, swim in the waters, and just marvel at the stunning limestone surrounding it.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: El Nido Airport, also known as Lio Airport (Palawan); Puerto Princesa International Airport (Palawan); Francisco B. Reyes Airport, also known as Busuanga Airport (Palawan)

By Air

  1. There are many flights to and from Puertro Princesa. From Manila, major airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia have daily and regular flights. Buy your plane tickets months in advance to get the best and lowest possible price.
     
    There are also direct flights to El Nido from Manila via Air SWIFT, but this will cost you more.
  2. Once in Puerto Princesa, you have the option to board the RoRo and Cherry Bus or one of the many vans that travel to El Nido. The bus option costs around P290-P480/way and the van’s fare costs around P550 to P600 per way.
  3.  
    Via van, head to Robinson’s Mall where the van terminal is located.
    Via bus and RoRo bus, go to Junction 1 (P8), and then ride a multi-cab going to San Jose Terminal. You can also hire a tricycle for P80-100.
     

  4. Once you arrive in El Nido, take a tricycle going downtown or directly to your hotel.
  5. From either the town proper or along Bacuit Bay, book El Nido’s Tour C.

 

 

Entrance Fee and Other Charges

Hidden Beach is included in El Nido’s Tour C package. Check itinerary first before booking.

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: P1400/person
Note: The local government standardizes the tour rates. Island hopping tour operation starts at 9am and ends at 4pm.
 
Eco-Tourism Development Fee: P200 (good for 10 days)
 
Tour C Private Boat Rental: P3000 – P6000 (depending on the size of the boat and group)
 
Others: P700 (kayak rental, whole day, within operation hours); P150 (snorkel gear rental)

 

Don’t Miss

  • Hidden Beach is a picturesque destination with its bone-white sand soft as powder and crystal clear azure waters surrounded by towering limestone. Relax on the beach, get a tan, take many photos, wade in the waters, or go snorkeling during your stay.

Don’t Forget

  • You’ll need enough cash. Even if there are ATMs in town, there are often long lines and chances of those machines running out of money is relatively high.
  • Hidden Beach is usually the lunch stopover spot of Tour C. Food is included in island hopping tours, but you can bring your own snacks and drinks during your stay at Hidden Beach. Bring your trash with you.
  • To save money, bring your own gear for snorkeling such as mask, snorkel tube, fins and others you may need.
  • Waterproof your gadgets as you don’t want to damage your phone and/or camera and lose the photos and videos you took.
  • Bring a power bank to keep your phone and camera charged for the trip.
  • Follow the rules and regulations.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • El Nido has other joining tours (A, B, and D) and places you can visit by tricycle or on a motorbike.
  • If you want to have a slow day of relaxing and unwinding, go to Nacpan Beach. You can also watch the sunset in Marimegmeg Beach or Las Cabanas.
  • If you have more days to spare, you can plan for a trip to Coron and/or Puerto Princesa.

 

Where to Stay

Whether budget or high-end, you have plenty of choices in El Nido. Here are some of the top-rated accommodations according to Agoda users as of September 2017.

El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island
Location: Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan

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Matinloc Resort
Location: Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan

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Vellago Resort
Location: 7 Commando Beach, El Nido, Palawan

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El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
Location: Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan

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For more options, search here: Palawan Hotels

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