Discover These Uncrowded Beaches near Manila


A good way to relax and de-stress is to go on a beach trip—except life can get busy and sometimes going away doesn’t go well with your work schedule. Luckily, you don’t have to go far just to get your much needed nature therapy. We’ve gathered a few beaches near Manila for a perfect day trip with your friends.


📍Carabao Island, Maragondon, Cavite
🕒Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

This Batanes like island known as Fort Frank is just near Manila. Unlike your typical island, Carabao Island has a rocky shore and its location makes it perfect for trekking. You can also check out the network of tunnels here and explore the bunkers underground.


📍Hermana Mayor and Menor Islands, Zambales
🕒Travel time: 3 hours and 30 minutes

Hermana Mayor and Menor Islands are one of the lesser-known islands in Zambales. They are the perfect place if you just want to relax because unlike the other beaches in Zambales, they are less crowded. Hermana Menor has powdery sand and clear water ideal for snorkelling. Another main attraction in the island is its long stretch of sandbar. Thirty minutes away is Hermana Mayor which is privately-owned. It has a golf-course, man-made lake, and some cottages in the area.


📍Sepoc Beach, Tingloy, Batangas
🕒Travel time: 2-3 hours

If you don’t want to go for a swim, there are some activities that you can do here like snorkeling. You may also explore around the area or climb up the large hill which has a fantastic view on the top.


Bonus: For your next long weekend beach getaway


📍Alibijaban Island, San Andres, Quezon
🕒Travel time: 10-12 hours

The traveling time to reach this island may be long, but its picturesque and scenic view makes it all worth it. You can go island hopping, tour at sandbar and explore the mangroves while you’re there. Watching the sunrise/sunset here is also a must!


📍Apuao Islands, Camarines Norte
🕒Travel time: 8 hours

If you’re into major relaxation, this island located in Camarines Norte is perfect if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of crowded beaches. The beaches here are peaceful and calm making it perfect for camping and chilling under the pine trees.

Photo credit:
Carabao Island: @tupanggala
Hermana Mayor and Menor Island: @summerholicph @_crisssssy_
Sepoc Beach: @mamamalens @tonfran
Alibijaban Island: @bcnigeorge @theaadeguzman
Apuao Islands: @mariangbangag @morielpunzalan


Girl We Love: April Batican


Tell us about yourself.

I used to be in advertising, but now I'm in production – watch out for my movie projects haha! 🎬 Tbh, I'm still in the process of finding and getting to know myself better. One thing's for sure though, I've always been passionate about traveling. I enjoy the beach, climbing mountains, and getting lost in the city. I travel because I love the rush of experiencing something that I’ve only seen in pictures, and the overwhelming and humbling feeling of going to beautiful places.

What emoji best describes you?


What are your travel must-haves?

Cute bikini, shades, trekking sandals, and plastic bags!

What do you like most about Wink?

I super love the service! I was especially impressed with the orientation, and how the technicians really know their stuff  👌

How does Wink help you with your travels?

Wink keeps me beach ready and worry free! With Wink, I'm not afraid to show a little skin 😉


Top 3 favorite places you've been.

I don't have a favorite because every place I visit is a unique experience! ✨ But if I really have to choose, it would be Islas de Gigantes in Iloilo. It’s blessed with pristine white sand beaches, clear blue waters, jagged rock formations, and bountiful fresh seafood that it so was hard for me to say goodbye to the place. Second would be Carbin Reef in Negros Occidental, and third would be the White Sand Dunes in Mũi Né, Vietnam.

If you can be anywhere right now, where would you be and why?

Siargao, because I've never been there! ️ ☀️I'd love to experience Chile (it's on the top of my bucketlist) I'd also like to go to Indonesia.

Best travel advice you've ever received?

Go with an open mind. I plan my trips intensively (my friends can vouch for this) – I like sticking to the itinerary to make the most out of my trip, but it doesn't hurt to go off course too! Keeping an open mind and leaving my arte behind also helps me embrace the exotic, smell all the smells, eat (almost) anything and everything, and meet new people.




You can’t do a good job if your job is all you do. At Wink, we know that the best ideas are sparked outside the four corners of our desk or studios. Our team believes in getting out there to see, explore, move, create and become.

See the beauty of Cebu through the eyes of our Graphic Designer, Atheena Rodriguez.


I went to South Cebu with my college friends recently, and it was definitely one for the books! It was our first trip outside Luzon, and we have been planning it for almost a year!


We went to Osmeña Peak, Moalboal, Pescador Island, Badian, Kawasan falls, Sumilon Island, Oslob, and Tumalog falls. The highlight of our trip (and my favorite) was Canyoneering at Badian. It was a 4-5 hour activity that requires you to jump 20ft cliffs/falls. I'm so glad that I have a group of friends who are down for some adrenaline pumping adventures.


The most important tip that I can't stress enough is getting there early! When we went to Oslob for Whale Shark watching, we didn't expect the number of tourists who would be there on a weekday. Find a trusted, local tour operator if you're planning to do Canyoneering. The tour guides are well-trained (safety first), and super friendly! They even insisted on taking our group pictures and videos for our travel video. Don't forget your action camera with floating poles, and don't bring your mobile phone with you.


Girl We Love: Kimmy Isip


Tell us about yourself.

I'm a 23 year old goofball that just finished architecture school! I design homes and interior spaces for work! On my free time I either go on adventures with my friends or stay in and binge watch on movies and series, there's no in between! HAHA

What do you like most about traveling?

The best thing about traveling is being able to create new memories whether its with old friends or new ones. I love seeing how much beauty the world holds along with the different personalities and cultures that come along with it. Traveling helps me remember that the world is so much bigger than I know and helps me ease up especially when I've been in the city for too long.

What are your travel must-haves?

When traveling, I always make sure to have a good moisturizer with me so i can feed my skin after starving it to the sun. Also, I always make sure to have a camera or at least a phone with me so I can take photos of the places I see and the people I meet and keep the photos as my treasure.  

Any tips on how to make travel photos Instagram-worthy?

Im no photographer or anything, but I just always take photos! Some are candid, some are ones that my friends took and some I actually smile for! My favorite ones to post are the candid photos because I want to show how naturally beautiful and naturally fun the places I go to are!

Top 3 favorite places you've been?

My top 3 places i've been to would be:
- Palawan (El Nido): The natural beauty of this place was so breath taking!
- Siargao: I love how there's always something to do and i'm not just talking about surfing!
- Cebu: Canyoneering is surely something to put on everyone's bucket list.

What do you like most about Wink?

What I love most about Wink is that they really care for you! I've been going to wink for months now and they really check up on you even after treatment! The branches are really adorable and super clean, plus the overall service is top notch!

How does Wink help you with your travels?

With Wink, I'm always ready for an adventure! Last minute plans are no problem! I don't have to worry about bringing a razor or getting waxed before trips! I can wear anything I want whenever I want!

What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?

I follow @otdrn because this is the account where my barkada posts all our travel photos! Its our adventure photo album!

If you can be anywhere right now, where would it be?

If I could be anywhere right now, I would be in our group's favorite hidden beach up north! Anywhere with my friends whether near or far is always an adventure!

Best travel advice you've ever received? 

The best travel advice i've ever received was that I should always be myself and always smile! They say it's the key to attract the most interesting people and to have the most amazing time!


WINKEND ADVENTURES: Mt. Hapunang Banoi and Mt. Maculot


You can’t do a good job if your job is all you do. At Wink, we know that the best ideas are sparked outside the four corners of our desk or studios. Our team believes in getting out there to see, explore, move, create and become.

Conquer and see the beauty of the mountains through the eyes of our SM MOA Nurse Therapist, Aphy Tadeo as she shares why she love mountain climbing.

What do you like most about climbing mountains?

The thing I like most about climbing mountains is the fulfillment that you feel after a hard climb, I may feel tired and hungry from walking uphill for hours but the sight of lush green trees and the feel of the wind against my face make it worthwhile. Nothing compares to the panoramic view from the top!

Any tips for first timers/beginners?

Eat a proper meal before the climb so that you have enough energy and bring enough water with you!

Why do you enjoy mountain climbing?

I enjoy mountain climbing because it's cheap, it's a form of meditation, it's healthy and I get to enjoy it with friends and meet other people as well.


Awesome Airbnb Recommendations for Your Next Island Getaway

There’s nothing like a vacation that involves relaxation and a cozy place to stay in. Hotel and resorts are good options, but if you want something with a variety of options that will suit your travel needs, Airbnb might just be the one for you. Not sure where to start? No worries, babe! We’ve listed our top Airbnbs that will surely make you feel at home on your next Island getaway.


₱2,509 per night

What we love about this listing:

🏠 Your own 2 level villa with balcony on both floors
🌊 Spectacular sea view
🛋 Fully furnished

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₱4,516 per night

What we love about this listing:

🏠 Your own villa with a private garden and ocean view
🏄 Surfing lessons nearby
🌊 10 minutes away from the famous Cloud 9
🍽 They have a chef! YAS!

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📍 Bohol
₱4,767 per night

What we love about this listing:

🏠 A modern, minimalist home with fantastic view
🌻 Private access to the garden from your bedroom
🍳 Two words: Breakfast included
🌊 Your own pool with magnificent view of the sea

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📍El Nido
₱8,580 per night

What we love about this listing:

🏖 Private access from the villa to the beach
🍽 Fully equipped kitchen
⛵️ Sailing boat rentals
🌻 Tropical garden

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₱9,985 per night

What we love about this listing:

💦 Your own saltwater pool
🌊 Lovely view of the ocean
🍽 Free use of the kitchen and backyard grill. No corkage fee.

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