15 Beach Camping Destinations in the Philippines
Time passes by fast. Little do we notice, summer is coming. As the summer heat rolls in, we also have to match it with our own fun summer plans! But going to the beach and just coming home on the same day just doesn’t cut it. To fully appreciate and enjoy summer, you must go beach camping.
Beach camping is an activity that can be easily done here in the Philippines given the number of beaches here. Learn about the best places for beach camping!
Whether you want to swim, dive or just chill on the beach, Puerto Galera can offer all those for you. When it comes to camping, the popular and recommended place is at the El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site. You don’t even need to bring your own tent, they have tents for two at P500, tents for four at P1000. They have kayaks and rafts for rent. You can also use their grill and bathrooms.
Getting there: Ride a Roro from Batangas Pier to Calapan Pier. From there, take a van going to Pinamalayan. Then a tricycle to the resort.
See also: Visiting Long Beach in Puerto Galera
Hundred Islands National Park, Pangasinan
With the number of islands here, it comes to no surprise that you will get to explore numerous caves, cliffs, and white sand beaches. Alaminos city is where you go. The marine life here is also a must-see. Children’s Islands, Marcos Island, Governor’s Island, and Quezon Island, either one of these is a good place to camp. Pitching a tent here costs PHP 200. An activity you can enjoy here is going snorkeling and island hopping.
Getting there: Buses from Victory Liner, Five Star Bus, and Philippine Rabbit go to Alaminos City.
See also: Hundred Islands Travel Guide
Fortune Island, Batangas
Located in Nasugbu, Batangas, the beautiful limestone cliff found on the island has such a view that overlooks the sea. In this cliff, you will find Grecian pillars and statues. Rough and shallow waters are found here, either one is fun but test how brave you are by choosing the rough waters. You can also try trekking the lighthouse, scuba diving and of course, camping. Overnight camping here costs PHP 400.
Getting there: Coming from Manila, ride a DLTB or San Agustin Bus line to Nasugbu, Batangas.
See also: Fortune Island Travel Guide
Breathtaking is the best word to describe Anawangin. Pundaquit Beach is where you can camp. Enjoy the view of the rippled mountains, tea-brackish colored beach, and white sand. Add more adventure to your trip by hiking Mt. Fitbit. But just a reminder, this is an open area, be aware of your things. You may rent or bring your own tent. Pitching your own tent costs PHP 100.
Getting there: Ride a Victory Liner bus to San Antonio. Then ride a trike, asked to be dropped off at Pundaquit beach. You can get to Anawangin Cove by boat.
Cagbalete Island, Quezon
Get some peace and quiet in an isolated island of Cagbalete. There are resorts here that offer different amenities like kayaking and rental of snorkel gear. This is a peaceful place because of its isolation, however, caution must still be practiced. There are a lot of people here and when you camp, you must take care of your things. There is a public bathroom available for use here. While the overnight fee is PHP 300.
Getting there: Ride Jac Liner, Lucena Liner, or Jam Transit bus to Lucena. Then ride the van headed to Mauban Port.
See also: Cagbalete Island Travel Guide
Talisayin Cove, Zambales
Summer always brings in a lot of people in beaches but not in Talisayin Cove. It manages to stay peaceful which is why setting up a hammock is fun here. You can climb a mountain; swim; surf; or just watch a sky full of stars. There are no resorts here but there are makeshift toilets at least. The camping fee costs PHP 100.
Getting there: Similar to getting to Anawangin Cave, make your way to San Antonio then take a trike to Pundaquit beach. You can get to Talisayin Cove by boat.
Imagine sinking your toes in smooth white sand and dipping your body in cool cerulean waters. You may also trek to the top of the hill to see the islands in all its wonders. There are no resorts here but there is a stall which offers rentals of diving gear. Bathroom facilities are also available. Overnight stay is PHP 100.
Getting there: Book a flight to Tacloban then ride a van headed to Naval. Ride a boat to Maripipi then you take another boat to Sambawan Island.
See also: Sambawan Island Travel Guide
Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte
Let yourself unwind in Calaguas Island. Swim in its turquoise waters and go island hopping. You may go snorkeling; however, you need to bring your own equipment. Just in case you forgot to bring food, or you didn’t bring enough, there are stores in the camping area of Calaguas that sell some. Showers and toilets are available. The camping fee is PHP 100.
Getting there: Ride a bus from Manila to Daet. Then you take a van to Paracale. Lastly, head to the fish port and ride a boat to Mahabang Buhangin.
Also See: Calaguas Islands Travel Guide
Dampalitan Island, Quezon
Despite the absence of electricity in the area, the sun gives light during the day and the moon and stars at night. It is so unpolluted that stargazing is perfect here. Take note: there are no facilities here, so not much to do. But there are restrooms (there’s only 2 on the island). Tent pitching is PHP 100.
Getting there: From Manila, ride a bus to Lucena City. Then take another bus to Unisan. Go down at QCRB bank. Take a trike to Aplaya. You’ll find boats there headed to Damapalitan.
See also: 10 Beautiful Beaches in Quezon Province
Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan
A beach with cream-colored sand that stretches over four kilometers long, Nacpan is pure bliss. Food can be easily accessible here because there are local restaurants lined up near the beach. You may kayak or paddleboard. The best place to camp out is at Jack’s Place, the fee is only PHP 150 for tent pitching.
Getting there: Get a flight to Puerto Princesa, then ride either a bus or van to El Nido town proper. From there you can choose to ride either a tricycle or motorbike to take you to Nacpan beach.
Let the beautiful sandbars and green palm trees get you into a trance. Given that it a remote island, activities are limited to swimming, kayaking, aqua-biking, snorkeling, and camping. The same goes for accommodation; camping is the only way to spend the night. There are common rooms you can use. The camping fee is PHP 225.
Getting there: Get a flight to Tacloban. Ride a van to Palompon town proper. From there, ride a boat to Kalanggaman island.
See Also: Kalanggaman Island Travel Guide
Hidden Beach Resort in Aloguinsan, Cebu
Hidden beach because it is; through the palm trees and lush grass, you will find crystal clear waters. No need to bring umbrellas, the trees are tall and abundant that they serve as umbrellas. You can either request to have a caretaker cook for you or just use the grill on your own. The camping fee is PHP 300.
Getting there: Get a flight to Cebu. Find your way to the Cebu south bus terminal, ride a bus to Aloguinsan. Get dropped off at the Aloguinsan public market. Ride a tricycle/motorbike to the hidden beach resort.
Casapsapan Beach, Aurora
A beach that is unspoiled by the busy city, Casapsapan Bean in Aurora sure does bring a relaxing vibe to it. There are no resort facilities, you just have to enjoy the sun and beach. Swim and take tons of photos. Security-wise, not much to worry about since there really isn’t any people most of the time. The overnight fee is PHP 150.
Getting there: Take the Joy bus to Cabanatuan. From there, transfer to a van or bus going to Baler. Again, from here, find a bus or van headed to Casiguran. Last, find a trike to bring you to the beach.
Crystal Beach Resort
A famous beach resort in San Narciso, Zambales that truly provides service to satisfy their guests. There are a lot of amenities here. Bonfires, souvenir shops, and surfing. You can find a lot of public toilets and showers in the camping grounds. Plus, there are lifeguards and staff that are always doing rounds. It is very safe. Tent pitching is PHP 895.
How to get there: Take a bus ride via VICTORY LINER (Cubao, Caloocan, Pasay, and Sampaloc). Take the IBA/STA. CRUZ-bound bus and ask to be dropped off in San Narciso, Zambales (nearest landmark: San Sebastian Catholic Church). Once there, take a tricycle going to Crystal Beach Resort.
The island itself does not have any facilities on it, except for kayaking. But, that does not mean going snorkeling, swimming, and sunset viewing are boring. It may be an almost blank strip of the island, but there are shower rooms and comfort rooms on it. Absolutely no potable water, you have to bring your own. There aren’t any lifeguards or staff that go around, so best be safe with your belongings. Pitching tents here are PHP 200.
Getting there: Ride a Victory Liner bus to Sta. Cruz. Get off at Uacon, Candelaria town. Take a tricycle to the port. From there, hire a boat to Potipot Island.
See also: Top 14 Best Beaches in Zambales