Hidden Paradises in the Philippines

 

Having 7,107 islands, it is no doubt that the Philippines is blessed with lots of majestic beaches. Check out these idyllic off-the-grid local beaches you can add on your bucket list:

 
 
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📍 Black Island

Named after the dark-colored limestone formations that stand tall at the center of the island, Black Island is a paradise you never want to miss out! While the contrast of the towering dark walls and sheer white sand alone offers a beautiful panoramic view, it also boast amazing underwater scenery. Aside from the plenty of fish and corals you can encounter while snorkelling, there also lays a shipwreck just near the shoreline of the Black Island.

 
 
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📍 Casapsapan Beach

Casapsapan Beach is located in the town of Casiguran, Aurora where it is surrounded by sparkling clear blue water and five hectares of virgin mangroves that will surely take your breath away! A big table of coral by the beach is also one of the wonders of Casapsapan which only appears during low tide.

 
 
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📍 Sepoc Island (Sepoc Point)

Situated at the western tip of Maribacan Island in Tingloy, Batangas, Sepoc Island (or Sepoc Point) is a popular dive destination for beginners because of its wide variety of marine life and colourful coral gardens. Sepoc also has a small hill which tourist can climb easily to get a panoramic view of Sepoc Island and Sombrero Island. Sepoc.

Tip: You can watch and witness newly-hatched sea turtles go on their first adventure back to the open sea here! 

 
 
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📍 Cagwait White Beach

Hailed as the Boracay of CARAGA Region, Cagwait White Beach is located in the Municipality of Cagwait, 32 kilometers southeast of Tandang (Capital town of Surigao Del Sur). The clamshell-like white beach stretches its fine and powdery sand fronting the Pacific surf turquoise water and dense row of palm trees. Kaliguan festival is also celebrated in Cagwait White Beach in honor of St. John the Baptist where unique and exciting dance competitions are performed to look out for.

 
 
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📍Anguib Beach

Another unspoiled paradise in the northeastern part of the Philippines, Anguib Beach sparkles with its clear and pristine turquoise waters. A perfect spot to relax and chill with its white sand with pine-like casaurina and glorious sunset over the Babuyan channel.

 

Aqua Sports Activities to try in Pearl Farm Beach Resort

 

Located in Samal Island in the Philippines, Pearl Farm Beach Resort have a lot to offer – from its majestic view to the underwater scenery that will definitely leave you in awe. If you’re an adrenaline junkie or just looking for a new kind of adventure, you can find out the best outdoor water activities for you to enjoy at this resort!

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📍 DIVING

This place offers a complete diving package so you have a more in-depth experience of the majestic view under the sea.

Introdive with gear – Php 3000

Day Dive with gear – Php 1600

Night Dive with gear – Php 2100

Note: This activity requires a diving license to ensure the tourists safety.

📍 SNORKELLING

Have a glimpse of the beautiful underwater view. Pearl Farm Beach Resort offers snorkelling set which you can rent for only Php 350 useable for the whole day! How amazing is that aye?

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📍TAKLOBO TOUR

Take advantage of Samal Island’s abundant Marine life. Get face-to-face with taklobo (a local term for giant clams), only for Php 450 for 8 persons and above.

*if 8 persons and below plus boat charge, Php 1600

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📍 BANANA BOAT

Get ready and hold on tight! You don’t want to see yourself falling into the water right? Experience this boat ride in 20 minutes (for up to 3 persons) for Php 1500.

*An additional of Php 500 is charged for every extra person.

 📍WAKEBOARDING / WATER SKIING

If you’re up to a more intense water sport, wakeboarding and water skiing are perfect for you! Enjoy skiing on the surface water via boat for only Php 1750 which you can enjoy for the whole 20 minutes.

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📍 FLY BOARD

If you want to feel like an aqua version of iron man, hop on and try fly boarding! Experience flying with jet nozzles on at Php 4500 for 20 minutes.

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📍 JETSKI

Experience driving across the ocean! This place offers jetski rides for a fair price.

1 hour – Php 4500

30 mins – Php 2850

15 mins – Php 1500

 

Girl We Love: Patricia Tan

 
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What do you do when you're not traveling?

I'm working full time as a freight forwarding sales agent and part time financial adviser. 90% of my time is spent outside the office to meet possible clients in different parts of Metro Manila. On my spare time, I like checking airlines seat sale. ;)

What are your travel must-haves?

Shawl – to keep you warm during long bus/plane/boat rides, camping, and such. Instead of bringing an actual blanket, yeah?
Sunscreen – coral friendly ones
Insect repellent – to avoid sand mites and mosquito bites
Gopro – an all-around handy camera!

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What do you like most about Wink? 

I like how accommodating staffs are. You could ask them anything you want to know about Wink and the process. You would really feel that they all wanted to help you with your kilikili problems.

How does Wink help you with your travels?

I couldn’t be more carefree since I started with Wink. Worry less travels, indeed! You could wear anything you want without worrying about your underarm being seen.

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Best trip you've ever been on? 

Sagada, Apo Reef and El Nido are all memorable <3

Do you have a travel bucket list? If yes, what countries/places are on it?

Cambodia, Myanmar, Europe and Tubbataha Reef!!!

What do you love about traveling?

You get to discover yourself.

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What has been one of your favorite dishes you've eaten while traveling?

Noki Nocs’ halo-halo in Puerto Princesa, Palawan!

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

Most probably it will be at the beach or mountain with college barkada because I miss traveling/camping with them!

What's your go-to traveling hack/tip? 

Always pack light. It’s better to be comfy than sorry.

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Best Airbnb Accommodations Worth Less Than P2000

 

A nice place to stay in when you’re traveling on a budget is possible if you know where to look. We’ve searched the best Airbnb accommodations worth less than P2000 you can check out for your next vacation.

 

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📍 Boracay
P1,966 per night

What we love about this listing:
🛌 King size bed
🍳 Spacious private entrance room with kitchenette and fridge bar
🌐 Wireless internet
🐶 Pet-friendly

More photos here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4703512?location=Philippines

 

 

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📍 Camiguin
P1,512 per night

What we love about this listing:
🌳 View of the forest and the sea
🛌 Loft with hanging bed
🌋 A modern vacation house located at the slope of Hibok Hibok Volcano

More photos here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9166735?location=Philippines&amp;s=qQWPf0YB

 

 

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📍 Palawan
P1,814 per night

What we love about this listing:
🏡 Three words: TROPICAL HOBBIT HOUSE!
🌅 Sunset viewing deck
💦 Nearby waterfall
🚴 Road trips via motorbike can be arranged
More photos here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9887983?
 

 

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📍Siargao
P1,512 per night

What we love about this listing:
🌊 Easy access to the beach
🏡 Tropical modern villa
🌄 Minutes away from the tourist spots
🚴 Scooters can be rented to explore the area

More photos here:
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7733675?guests=2&amp;adults=2&amp;location=Philippines&amp;s=NZYOJkHG

 

Where to Find the Best Pink Beaches in the World

 

Most of our beaches have either white sand or black sand. Luckily, in some countries, beaches are gifted with pink sand which attracts many travellers from all over the world. Here are some of the best pink sand beaches you can add on your bucket list.

 

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📍 Crane Beach, Barbados

This tropical paradise will leave you in awe. With 400 meters of soft, coral-pink sand, it’s no wonder it’s considered as one of the best beaches in the world. It’s the ideal place to unwind and have fun because you’ll never run out of activities to do here like boogie boarding.

 

 

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📍 Pink Sand Beach, Caribbean Sea

Aside from swimming and admiring its sand that glows with a pink hue, this beach can offer your other activities such as exploring some historical places like the Marcello Tower nearby. You can also treat yourself and enjoy delicious food from several beach bars here.

 

 

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📍 Playa de Ses Illetes, Spain

               Spend your day at this beach gazing at the scenic view during sunset and the luxury yachts moored offshore. If you get tired from swimming at the turquoise-colored beach water, you can spoil yourself a little and dine at the fancy seaside restaurants around the area.

 

 

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📍 Sila Island, Philippines

               Considered as one of the prettiest beaches in the Philippines, Sila Island is surrounded by coconut trees and stone formations. Aside from its pink, powdery sand, you’ll also fall in love with its crystal clear water and quiet surroundings. Snorkeling and scuba diving are some of the activities you may do on your stay here.

 

 

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📍 Tangsi Beach, Indonesia

Tangsi beach is one of the few pink beaches in the world. While the sand on this beach is no different from your typical white sand beaches, the sea water brings dead red coral fragments to the shore, giving the sand a beautiful, pinkish hue. You can do swimming and snorkelling, diving and island hopping or tour the cliffs surrounding the area and see beautiful sceneries while enjoying the shore breeze.

 

 

Photo credit:
Crane Beach: @marcmadilson
Pink Sand Beach: @beth_armata

 

Girl We Love: Jess Efenio

 
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What do you do when you're not traveling?

I'm based in La Union so it's sort of a holiday feel for me every day but when I'm not traveling, I design swimwears for my brand pepper swim. I also manage our restaurant in La Union - seawadeeka. Of course I get to surf everyday when there's waves 🖤

What are your travel must-haves? 

A bikini, a camera, and coconut oil.

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What do you like most about Wink? 

The service! How much the staff knows and explained everything about the procedure is the best!

How does Wink help you with your travels?

Wink has help me not to worry about unwanted hair when I'm out in the sun or surfing! I'm always in a bikini and I don't worry anymore in which bikini I would wear because Wink has taken care of it. 🖤

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Best trip you've ever been on? 

Maldives! That place looks like it's photoshopped in real life and it's such a dream!

Do you have a travel bucket list? If so what countries/places are on it?

Yes! My bucket list has changed ever since I started surfing. I really want to visit Sri Lanka to surf!

What do you love about traveling?

Traveling has changed my perspective in life. I love how I'm able to learn with the people I meet. Also seeing beautiful places strengthens my faith and fills me with gratitude everyday.

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What has been one of your favorite dishes you've eaten while traveling? 

I'm a vegan and I eat a lot!!! I recently went to Bali and almost all restaurants have vegan options even the warungs! But so far the best was the vegan burger and the local vegetable dish called Gado Gado. 🖤

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

El Nido, Palawan! My dad has taken me to the best and secret spots around the area. We even found surf spots around our place! There are a lot of nice beaches in other countries but nothing beats the beauty of Palawan!

What's your go-to traveling hack/tip? 

Always travel light! I end up going to places last minute and carrying just 1 bag has made my life easier.

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Beautiful Lakes in the Philippines and Where to Find Them

 

If you need a change of scenery from your usual beach trips, the Philippines is gifted with beautiful lakes to explore. To get you started, we’ve gathered some of the most beautiful lakes you can add to your next itinerary:

 

📍Lake Bulusan, Sorsogon

Bulusan lake is situated at the foot of Mount Bulusan giving you a wonderful view of its rainforest. They’ve also provided a cemented trail for the tourist so you can enjoy a leisurely walk around the area and get a closer look at the place.

What we love:
🌋  Great view of Bulusan Volcano
🛶  Can rent boats, kayaks, and canoes to explore the area

 

 

📍Lake Bababu, Dinagat Islands

Why it’s worth to visit? There’s an underwater cave that connects the lake to the open sea! Did we mention that it’s the longest underwater cave in the country?

What we love:
🏊  Ideal for swimming and snorkeling
🛶 Activities like cave diving and kayaking are available

 

 

📍Lake Holon, South Cotabato

Lake Holon is considered as one of the rising tourist attractions in South Cotabato. This mesmerizing lake was hailed the cleanest inland body of water in the Philippines (2003-2004).

What we love:
🌳  Set near a beautiful rainforest
⛺  Ideal for camping
💦  Cyrstal clear water and peaceful surrounding

 

 

📍Lake Carolina, Davao Oriental

Though not actually a lake (it’s more of a tidal creek or lagoon), this place is the locals’ secret paradise. It has green brackish waters where you can go for a swim and an ideal environment to relax after a long day of beach hopping.

What we love:
🍉  Ideal for picnic
💦  Cold water perfect for swimming
🛶  Perfect location to do kayaking

 

 

📍Lake Venado, North Cotabato

Lake Venado is considered as the smallest and highest lake in the country. Often referred to by locals as Lake Linaw—which means clear, this lake offers a majestic view of Mount Apo. 

 What we love:
🌄  Great view of Mount Apo
⛺  Amazing place to go camping
👣  Great hiking trails

 

Photo credit:
Lake Holon: @quennielao
Lake Carolina: @jepepilapil