The One Month Weekend Travel Challenge: April 2017 Edition

Because summer weekends are extra special.

Summer is officially here! If you haven’t planned your summer weekends yet, take this challenge to make the most of this season:

Weekend 1: Masasa Beach, Tingloy Batangas

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Start your summer with a weekend getaway in the not-so-secret Masasa Beach and enjoy the secluded beach feel without going too far away from the city. You can go beach camping, snorkeling, island hopping, and even hiking to the nearby Mt. Mag-Asawang Bato for just over PHP2,000 per person (including the transport!).

For accommodations, you can choose to stay in transient houses owned by the kind locals or in kubo houses nearby. Here’s one place you can book.

Weekend 2: Patar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan

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This beautiful sandy stretch in Bolinao makes for a beautiful beach retreat in the north with its golden-brown sand and clean, cerulean waters. There are huts and boats nearby to maximize your stay and cheap accommodations around the area ranging from PHP500 to 1,500.

Scenic resorts like the Sundowners Villa and Punta Riviera offers in-house adventures for those who have a higher budget. For a full Bolinao experience, you can explore the nearby Bolinao Falls, Wonderful Cave, and the Cape Bolinao Lighthouse.

Weekend 3: Laki Beach, Mariveles, Bataan

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Enjoy a Palawan-esque experience in the north at Laki Beach, Bataan — even on a shoestring budget. The pristine beach is a beautiful spot to just bum around and sunbathe or do exciting water activities like snorkeling. Take in the scenic coves in the area, and tick off cliff jumping from your bucket list.

You can also visit the nearby beaches like the Camaya Coast Beach, Aglaloma Beach and Lusong Beach, among others. Join a daytour here.

Weekend 4: Antonia Beach, Iloilo

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Cap off the first summer month with a trip to Gigantes Islands in Iloilo, where hidden pieces of paradise thrive. And if you want to take a break from technology and the bustles of the city, head to Antonia Beach, where there are completely zero established resorts — just exactly the kind of environment you need.

Aside from the clean waters, it’s the perfect place to pitch a tent (you can rent one) and make new memories with friends amidst views of the serene, turquoise sea. The beach experience is just calming, and you will, for sure, would want to extend your stay and visit the equally stunning islands nearby.

Click here for a full Gigantes Islands guide.

Where do you plan to go this weekend? Tell us in the comments!