It’s been two weeks since my last trip, and while I enjoyed staying at home, I found myself itching to go somewhere — anywhere — again. Botched weekend plans made me wistful for the beach. I’ve been lucky to be able to have gone to some of the best beaches the Philippines have to offer. In no particular order, here are my top four:
Banol beach, Coron, Palawan
Coron town doesn’t have a beach, so when Banol beach came into view, we were all so excited. How can we not look forward upon seeing this gorgeous strip of white contrasting beautifully with the turquoise water? Banol is just one of the many spectacular beaches in the Calamianes. I’m quite happy with this one though.
Balabag beach, Boracay, Aklan
I know, I know, Boracay is too crowded, too commercialized, too everything! Still, it will always remain close to my heart because it was our barkada’s first out of town trip together. Definitely the most memorable two weeks of our lives. Aside from positive experiences, what I love about Boracay is that there is so much to do, both in and out of the water. It doesn’t hurt that there are plenty of great places to eat too.
Read more about Boracay:
Travel Budget: Boracay December 2008
Travel Budget: Kalibo and Boracay January 2009
Travel Budget: Boracay September 2009
How to go to Boracay
Boracay in the rainy season
Eating out and eating well in Boracay
Cheap Accommodation in Boracay Station 2
Boracay Accommodation: Tans Guesthouse
Boracay Accommodation: Taj Guesthouse
El Nido town beach, El Nido, Palawan
Like the Calamian group of islands, there are plenty of beautiful deserted beaches in the Bacuit archipelago. As much as I love the Secret Lagoon beach, Hidden beach and Helicopter island, it’s the beach in El Nido town that I love the most. Sure the sand isn’t as white or as fine, but the beach is right there. I go out of our room at Marina Garden, and with just a couple of steps, my feet is already touching sand.
Mahabang Buhangin, Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte
My latest favorite. This is one of the places that I encourage a lot of my friends (and readers of this blog) to visit, but at the same time, I find myself wanting to keep it to myself so it remains deserted and pristine. Hundreds of people have already visited Calaguas, and plenty more are going in the coming months. It might be different next time I go, so I’m glad I was able to see it when it was still (relatively) unspoilt. My reason for loving Calaguas is the opposite of my reason for loving Boracay — I love how there’s nothing to do in Calaguas.