Beat the crowds: 5 ‘Virgin’ Beaches to Visit in the Philippines this Summer

Gigantes Island photo by The Gigantes Experience FB

5 “Crowd-less” Philippine Beaches to Visit this Summer

(Manila, Philippines) – This summer, going to the beach sounds like the best idea to beat the heat. But everyone seems to be thinking the same thing, and you end up elbow-to-elbow with the crowd in some of the more popular beaches in the country — not conducive to relaxing and beach bumming!

Kalanggaman Island photo by Kalanggaman FB
Kalanggaman Island photo by Kalanggaman Island FB

Good thing the Department of Tourism suggested some “crowd-less” beaches to visit in the Philippines this summer. These beaches are as beautiful and serene as the more popular ones like in Boracay and Puerto Galera, but there’s a better chance you’ll find your personal space in these sandy shores. Just make sure you get there first!

1. Britania Islands, Surigao del Sur

How to get there: Take a flight to Butuan City. From the airport, take a four- to five-hour road trip to San Agustin via public bus transport or private vehicle. Drop off point will be the Salvacion Tourism Office, from which you may take a habal-habal motorcycle or a tricycle to Britania.

Britania Islands photo by Raissa QD via Flickr
Britania Islands photo by Raissa QD via Flickr

The Tourism Department describes the beach in Britania Islands as one of the country’s “best-kept island secrets.” It’s made up of a cluster of more than 20 islands on Lianga Bay, facing Pacific Ocean. The islands have powdery white sands which DOT says is comparable to Boracay’s.

2. Nagsasa Cove, San Antonio, Zambales

How to get there: Board a bus en route to Iba, Zambales. Get off at the San Antonio Municipal Hall, and then take a tricycle to Pundaquit beach. From there, rent a boat going to Nagsasa Cove.

Sunset in Nagsasa Cove photo by Kris Opiana via Flickr
Sunset in Nagsasa Cove photo by Kris Opiana via Flickr

Nagsasa Cove is close enough to Metro Manila to become a road trip destination. The Department of Tourism says it’s a great destination with powdery white sand and crystal waters. Perfect for a quick weekend getaway!

3. Subic Beach, Matnog, Sorsogon

How to get there: Take a plane ride to Legazpi. From the airport, take a bus ride to the municipality of Matnog. Alternatively, you can also do a land trip from Metro Manila straight to Matnog.

Subic Beach in Matnog Sorsogon
Subic Beach in Matnog Sorsogon

Subic Beach is in Calintaan Island, which is 30 minutes away via boat from the mainland of Matnog. Matnog is also along the southernmost tip of Luzon, which can be a jump-off point going to the provinces in Eastern Visayas.

Apart from the pinkish white sands of Subic, Calintaan Island also boasts of rock formations and caves that visitors can explore.

4. Gigantes Islands, Iloilo

How to get there: Fly to Iloilo and take a bus to Estancia town. Ask to be dropped off at Estancia Port, where boats going to Gigantes Islands can be boarded.

Gigantes Island photo by The Gigantes Experience FB
South Gigante Island photo by The Gigantes Experience FB

Isla de Gigantes or Gigantes Islands is a chain of islands found in north Iloilo. Cliffs and steep rock formations are abundant, so apart from seeing the beaches, the Tourism Department advises visitors to go spelunking or rock climbing.

5. Kalanggaman Island, Palompon, Leyte

How to get there: Fly to Tacloban and drive to Palompon. Head to Palompon Liberty Park, and take a boat to the Island of Kalanggaman.

Kalanggaman Island in Leyte photo by Kalanggaman FB
Kalanggaman Island in Leyte photo by Juan Erwin

It’s powdery white sand and clear waters make its beaches similar to Boracay; it’s now described as “small Boracay.” Visitors can go snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking. There are also sandbars crossing its blue seas – now even Boracay doesn’t have that!

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  1. john lago says

    Melo the Kalanggaman pic is mine. I have already notified Kalanggaman FB page why my pictures are there without my permission. 🙂

    1. Melo Villareal says

      I corrected na the photo credits bro. Thanks for letting me know 🙂

    2. chu says

      O.A lang

      1. ibfc says

        I don’t think he’s being O.A. He has every right on that photo.

  2. Maas Jikiri says

    Sa Leyte Samar area (aside from kalanggaman) ang daming unspoiled beaches unvisited by the “crowd’. . . hinde ko sasabihin kung saan at baka masira pa sa dami ng taong pupunta and maka disdiscobre.

  3. mnlmad says

    Because of this article, expect these islands to be destroyed by so called “development”.

  4. Dickies B. Zaid says

    kalanggaman island is my no1 pic islands in the philippines.

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