Subic Beach in Matnog

Subic Beach Calintaan Matnog Sorsogon Island Port Location Water Sand Resort Surf Tide Sports Snorkeling Depth Scuba Steep Dropoff Diving Hotel Location Distance Boat Tour Guide Barangay Visit Fishing Subic Beach is located in Barangay Calintaan on Subic Island in Matnog, Sorsogon Province. Located about 20 minutes away by boat ride from the Matnog Port, Subic Beach is a beautiful beach nestled with white sand peppered with pink corals and turquoise waters. Subic Beach is segmented into two different areas — Subic Laki, or Big Beach, and Subit Liit, or Small Beach. Regardless of which area you go to, Subic Beach is an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling and diving; It is the southernmost part of Luzon island. There is a steep dropoff in the beach, so be careful when walking around in the waters off the coast of Subic Beach. Subic Beach is a secluded beach facing the Philippine Sea. Continue reading

The Magpupungko Rock Formation in Pilar

Magpupungko Rock Formation Pilar Surigao Del Norte Stone Shape Beach Pacific Ocean Boulder Pungko White Resort Pebbles Water Waves Visit Tour Barangay General Luna Catangnan Granite Limestone History The Magpupungko Rock Formation is located in Pilar in Surigao del Norte Province. The Magpupungko Rock is a group of limestone and granite sculptures that face the Pacific Ocean. The most notable rock formation is the huge, rounding boulder that appears to sit atop a stone base. The attraction is called Magpupungko because of the gigantic rock dwelling on that appears to be stacked on another rock. ‘Pungko’ is a local term for squat, bend, or sitting down. The Magpupungko Rock Formation is located on an ample stretch of a white sand beach. There is also a natural tidal pool with clear water that protecs swimmers from the stronger waves coming from the ocean. Magpupungko Beach can be accessed via a habal-habal (motorcycle ride) to the town of Pilar at about Php 200 roundtrip from General Luna. It is Continue reading

The Loran Station in Bagamanoc

Loran Ruins Panay Island Quigaray Bagamanoc Catanduanes Long Range Navigation Station United States Coast Guard Military Installation Buildings Map Layout Water Tanks History Construction Beach Info The Loran Station Catanduanes was the site of a former Long Range Navigation LORAN) station operated by the United States. The remnants of this former military instation is located in Quigaray, Bagamanoc in Catanduanes Province. The American coast guard base, which consisted of seven buildings and two concrete water tanks, was built after World War 2, in the 1950’s as an outpost to monitor movements in the Pacific Ocean. Abandoned in 1972, the camp was then used by local coastguards in 1980 and was again abandoned. Loran Beach is a short walk from the drop off point, reachable by banca 30 to 40 minutes from the shoreline of the town of Bagamanoc. It has white sand that lead to a stairway up a hill where the structures are located. From atop, the marvelous view of the Pacific’s turquoise waters crashing against the shoreline is more than enough Continue reading

Bolae Cove in Davao Occidental

Bolae Cove Davao Occidental Olanivan Balut Island Water Location Shore Coastline Size Depth Resort Visit Tour Guide Paradise Inlet Coconut Forest Peninsula Huts Trees Coast Boat Rental White Sand Info Bolae Cove is located in Davao Occidental. Situated off the point between Olanivan and Balut islands, this particular vibrant island paradise features a narrow inlet with lustrous coconut forests and is bordered by crystal clear ocean water. Bolae Cove is a private resort owned by the municipal mayor. Decorated with open huts serving as shade from high sun, the place is surrounded by medium-sized trees away from the coast, dressed with a narrow white beach which stretches down to shallow waters dotted with various sorts of corals. Here retail store managed by a B’laan couple satisfy minor needs of visitors such as snacks and drinks. You can view Bolae Cove rise from the sea as your motorboat approaches the shore. Continue reading

Raza Island in Surigao

Raza Island Surigao Del Norte Notoc Coast Location Beach Size Distance Resort Tour Guide Boat Rental Swimming Surf Report Tide Snorkeling Scuba Diving Seashells Sand History Length Layout Map Info Raza Island is located near Notoc, off the coast of Surigao City, in Surigao del Norte Province. Raza Island is an undeveloped developed island with very little facilities. The island offers visitors a perfect escape if the bustle of the other developed regions of the Philippines. A unique phenomenon about Raza Island is that the surf tide reverses every three to six hours. One can experience a low tide at one end of the island and the high tide at the other end. It is common to see people picking up sea shells at one end and then continuing the task at the opposite end when the tides reverse. Continue reading

Tres Reyes Islands in Marinduque

Tres Reyes Islands Marinduque Location Three Kings Melchor Gaspar Baltazar Caves History Marine Reserve Beach Tour Guide Boat Rental Gasan Snorkeling Scuba Diving Swimming Water Resort Visit Info The Tres Reyes Islands are located in Marinduque Province. The islands were named after the three Biblical kings, Melchor, Gaspar & Baltazar, known in English as the “Three Kings”. The biggest island is Gaspar and there exist caves where various artifacts including pre-colonial gold ornaments have been found and the caves were also believed to have been used as burial sites of pre-colonial Filipinos. The island of Gaspar is also a marine reserve and marine archaeological excavations have also been conducted off the coast of the island. Tres Reyes Islands can be reached via a bangka ride from Gasan, and are good destinations for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling. The only dive shop in Marinduque, operated by dive master Freedom Dellosa, has its office near the coast. Renting the whole bangka to visit one of these islands for a day trip costs Continue reading

Amihan Beach in Mati City

Amihan Beach Mati City Davao Oriental Location White Sand Resort Water Ocean Skimboarding Surfing Dolphin Sea Turtles Whale Shark Watching History Snorkeling Swimming Scuba Diving Surf Tide Report Amihan Beach is located in Dahican, Mati City in Davao Oriental Province. Amihan Beach features white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and waves suitable for both skimboarding and surfing. Amihan is home to the world famous Amihan skim boarding team. Its waters are also known for coastal sightings of dolphin and sea turtles. Pods of dolphins also come into contact with the eastern seaboard of Mindanao, making it possible for tourists to observe them swim throughout the summer months. A nice side trip while in Mati City is the newly constructed museum which exhibits the best of Davao Oriental, including the newly inscribed UNESCO world Heritage site, Mount Hamiguitan. The museum has an extraordinarily large skeleton of a whale in the lobby. Continue reading

Palumbanes Island in Catanduanes

Palumbanes Island Catanduanes Coastal Village Caramoran Province Location Barangay Resort Beach Bitaoag Distance Swimming Snorkeling Scuba Diving History Size Description Electricity Visit Tour Guide Palumbanes Island is a coastal village island located 13 kilometers away from the shores of Caramoran, in Catanduanes Province. Locally known as Porompong, Palumbanes Island is located in the northern part of Catanduanes. Very little infrastructure exists on the island, and electricity is scarce. A popular destination is Bitaoag Beach on the island, which can be reached via a one hour hike or a 15-minute boat ride.

To get to the Palumbanes Islands, take a direct flight to Virac, Catanduanes from Manila. When in Virac, take a five-hour bus up to Caramoran. From there you will need to hire a local boat to take you to barangay Baybay. It costs approximately P300 each way per Continue reading

Dalutan Island in Almeria

Dalutan Island Almeria Biliran White Sand Beach Resort Snorkeling Location Scuba Diving Boat Ride Rental Tour Guide Map Hotel Water Swimming History Trees Rockky Terrain Kilometer Agta Fare Info Dalutan Island is located in Almeria on Biliran Island. Dalutan is a thin strip of pristine white sand beach is shaded by overhanging trees, and on the other part of the island is rocky terrain. Sheltered from the open sea, it is great for snorkeling and diving, with a spectacular view of nearby islands. Dalutan Island is about 20 minutes boat ride away from the Agta Beach Resort in Almeria. The fare is P700 Continue reading

The Balanacan View Deck in Marinduque

Balanacan View Deck Marinduque Location Footbridge Gazebo Panoramic Viewing Cove Islet Coastline Water Ocean Site Harbor Peninsula Spanish Navy Repair Galleons History Description Statue LandmarkThe Balanacan View Deck is located in Balanacan in Marinduque Province. Located at the northwestern portion of the province, the Balanacan Viewing Deck gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the Balanacan cove and islets dotting its coastline. The Balanacan cove is a natural harbor that was used by the Spanish navy to build and repair and galleons during the 17th century. The place has a very beautiful view of the surrounding islands and sea. A footbridge and staircase leads up to the gazebo where tourists can enjoy the surrounding views. Continue reading