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5 Beaches To Visit Before Summer Ends

The waves are calling!

Most of the beaches below have no electricity, cellphone signal, or infrastructure—just the sun, sand, and sea. Try out these places for a change, and enjoy the feeling of exploring someplace new!

1. Capones Island, Zambales
Travel Time: 3-4 hours from Manila
Day Trip Budget: P1,000 or less (DIY)
Overnight Budget: P2,000 (DIY)

If you’re up for a lot of sun, a spectacular 360-degree view, and a pure, untouched island with no infrastructure whatsoever, then a trip to Capones is for you. Located in Zambales, Capones is about a 45-minute car ride from Subic Freeport Area and a 30-minute boat ride from Pandaquit Port (around P3,000 for a boat for 10). There is absolutely nothing on the island–no shade, no nearby trees (they’re all up in the mountains), no bathrooms, or sari-sari stores. You’ve got to be prepared for this trip by bringing tents (preferably canopy tents), coolers full of beverages to keep hydrated, and sandwiches and snacks. But despite all this, the unobstructed mountain views, the different shades of blue of the water, the fresh air, and the summer sun make it all worth it.

Note: You must leave the island by 5 p.m. as it gets too dark out to travel later than that. You may choose to camp in nearby coves Anawangin or Nagsasa, or stay in a resort in Pandaquit Port or Subic if you wish to stay longer than a day.

2. Calaguas Group of Islands, Camarines Norte
Travel Time: 10 hours away from Manila
Day Trip Budget: P1,500  (Tour) (Tip: Stay the night!)
2 Days, 1 Night Budget: P2,200 (DIY); P3,300 and up (Tour)

Powder white sand, blue skies, clear blue water, and lush green mountains–these make up the Calaguas Group of Islands. Eight hours away by car/bus and two hours away by boat, getting to this place may be an adventure, but relaxation is all you’ll feel once you find your perfect spot on the island. You may opt to do a DIY trip to save, but group tours are a great alternative so that you have a worry-free vacation! There is also no electricity nor establishments, save for some huts that you can rent out and a restroom you can use for a small fee. If you wish to stay the night, you may camp out in tents or stay in hotels in the city. Mahabang Buhangin is a tourist favorite, with one whole kilometer of white sand and a shore wide enough for you to still have your own personal space, should there be other groups on the island. Be sure to wander off and explore the other islands as every corner will definitely be a sight to see.

Tip: The boat ride can be pretty rough so be sure to bring waterproof bags. It’s actually better to go during June-July as the waves can be overpowering on other months.

3. Patar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan
Travel Time: 6 hours away from Manila
Overnight Budget: P2,200-P3,000 (DIY)

Want to add more variety to your beach adventure? Pay Bolinao, Pangasinan a visit! Here, you can see the St. James the Great Parish, Cape Bolinao Lighthouse, the breathtaking rock formations and big waves at the Rock View Beach Resort, the Balingasay River (one of the cleanest rivers in the Philippines), the underground pool in the Enchanted Cave, Bolinao Falls, and the main attraction, Patar Beach, where you can enjoy the sunset and relax after a long day of exploring. Tricycles are the primary mode of transportation in Bolinao. You may hire them for the day to tour you around the place for about P500, or book a tour with your hotel. There are also nipa huts and hotel accommodations (Treasures of Bolinao and Puerto Del Sol Beach Resort) available for a comfortable night’s rest. Quench your thirst for adventure in Bolinao!

4. Borawan Island, Padre Burgos, Quezon
Travel Time: 4 hours away from Manila
Day Trip Budget:P1,500 (DIY)
Overnight Budget: P2,800 (Tour)

With Borawan said to be a combination of two of the most beautiful and most visited islands in the Philippines—Boracay and Palawan, it’s no wonder it has recently begun to be discovered and visited by beach bums and travel lovers. Borawan was named such because of its white sand reminiscent of Boracay's shores, and rock formations like the ones in Palawan. Although it may not exactly be like those places, Borawan is beautiful in its own right, accessible by car, and affordable! All you need to enter this little slice of paradise is a small fee of P80. Cottages and tents are also available for rent for the day or for overnighters, as well as a comfort room that can be used for a minimal fee. While you’re in Borawan, don’t miss out on visiting Dampalitan Island and Puting Buhangin for a complete Quezon island hopping experience.

5. Salagdoong Beach, Siquijor
Travel Time: 2 hours away from Manila (by plane and ferry)
3 Days, 2 Nights Budget: P8,000-P10,000 (DIY)

Known for its history in witchcraft, Siquijor has recently become more famous for the bewitching beauty of its beaches like Salagdoong Beach. This white sand beach has water so blue and clear, it’s hard not to fall in love with this place. To get to this paradise, just book a flight from Manila to either Dumaguete, Cebu, or Bohol and from there, take a 45 minute ferry ride to Siquijor. Be sure to check the weather on the dates of your trip before booking your flight because ferry rides can be cancelled due to bad weather. Explore the rest of the mystical island and fall in love with the natural wonders of Siquijor.

What are you waiting for? Put those planning skills to the test and go on your next summer adventure!

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