Philippines’ Beaches: What’s Not to Love?

The Philippines, being an archipelago, is dotted with innumerable pristine, sparkling beaches. Some white, others black, a few brown, and surprisingly pink too! We have beaches that are as fine as talcum powder to gritty, sandy ones, while others are pebble lined. Majority of these tropical paradise boasts off crystal clear water that comes in azure to turquoise colors. Regardless of the color and texture of beaches’ sand and water, Philippines’ seashores will make one’s “beach escapade” memorable and fun!

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Besides the obvious aesthetics of our beaches, here are other reasons why bumming around the beaches of the Philippines is a must doPhilippines’ beaches have a laid-back vibe, especially the small-town beaches and the off-the beaten ones. They are the ultimate relaxation zones perfect for experiencing serenity and peace of mind. One can go for an afternoon walk along the shoreline or sit down under shady palm trees while reading a book. Or just lie down, let the crashing waves touch your feet and the gentle wind kiss your lips. Totally relaxing and an awesome escape to a stressful life!

Philippines’ beaches have a laid-back vibe, especially the small-town beaches and the off-the beaten ones. They are the ultimate relaxation zones perfect for experiencing serenity and peace of mind. One can go for an afternoon walk along the shoreline or sit down under shady palm trees while reading a book. Or just lie down, let the crashing waves touch your feet and the gentle wind kiss your lips. Totally relaxing and an awesome escape to a stressful life!

Philippines’ beaches are home to various water sports and activities. From surfing, to snorkeling to SCUBA diving, kitesurfing, kayaking, island-hopping and many more. Plus, the marine life is teeming with wonders.  One will never run out of things to do. These activities can keep you fit and make your vacation more fun-filled.

Philippines’ beaches showcase some of the most jaw-dropping sunrise and sunset views. Everything turns into a picturesque, surreal nature art once the sun starts to rise. It is even more dramatic during sundown. Sunset by the beach is one thing I look forward the most.

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Philippines’ beaches are generally cheap. While some of our beaches are becoming more and more commercialized, I want to believe that majority of our beaches are still inexpensive, and some even for free. One could spend some time along the beach without worrying about spending much – paying for entrance fees or buying pricey food because again, the cost isn’t really high.

Philippines’ beaches are home to good and hospitable Filipinos. I want to think that Filipino hospitality is evident in almost all parts of the country – whether at the mountain villages, to seaside towns, and various rural areas. Most Filipinos are willing to lend a helping hand in whatever ways they could. Some families would invite you their homes, some would even cook the freshest sea catch of the day for their visitors to have a sumptuous meal.

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They say “life is a beach”. Whether you have a beach bod, dad bod or whatever kind of body figure you have, the beach is one welcoming place for you to experience life, to live life.

Don’t be a wasted soul, be Juanderlust. Take it easy everyJuan.

Siargao (Surigao del Norte, PH)

The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun. – Phil Edwards

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Siargao, a tear-drop shaped island in Mindanao, Philippines, is one of the internationally renowned surfing spots in the country. The coastline of which is marked by a succession of reefs, small points and white, sandy to powdery beaches.

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Also, Siargao Island contains the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao.

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One of the well-known surfing waves in Siargao with a reputation for its thick, hollow-iike tubes is “Cloud 9”. This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte.

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Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’…

Tinuy-an Falls (Surigao del Sur, Philippines)

“There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!”  ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Tinuy-an Falls is considered the widest waterfall in the Philippines. It is approximately 95 meters wide and 55 meters (180 ft) tall. This well-tucked gem of is situated towards the rainforest of Bislig, Surigao del Sur. It has been tagged as “The Little Niagara Falls” of the Philippines. Its white and astounding water gushes to its three different levels (the base pool is elevated at 50 meters above sea level and its largest fall drop is elevated at 70 meters above sea.) making this place as one of the most picturesque and the most visited tourist spot in this side of Mindanao, Philippines.

DSC_4336 It takes around forty-five minutes to an hour of habal-habal (motorcycle) ride from the Bislig City proper to the waterfalls located in Brgy. Borboanan. Most of the roads are not yet asphalted (so expect a dusty, long and winding ride). But once you reach the place, the natural beauty of Tiny-an will make you feel a lot better. Such majestic spot is a photography and nature-enthusiasts heavenly abode. It is perfect avenue for on-the-spot photo-shoots.

How to go to Bislig, Surigao del Sur:
From Butuan Bancasi Airport (Agusan del Norte): Go to Langihan Terminal, ride a bus bound for Mangagoy (Bislig) (approx. 5 hour trip)

From Surigao del Norte: Take a bus bound for Butuan and take bus bound for Mangagoy. (This was the route I took because prior to this trip, I went to Siargao).

From Britania, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur: Ride bus going to Butuan and alight at Barobo terminal. From there, take another bus bound for Mangagoy (Bislig).

From Davao City: Take buses/van that go directly to Bislig. One may also take those bound for Butuan and alight at Mangagoy (Bislig).

***Most locals refer Bislig as Mangagoy (and most buses have this signage as well).

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Once in Bislig, hire a habal-habal: Rate could range from P300-500 including waiting time (and depending on your haggling skills). Entrance fee is P20.00.