Instagram has changed vacations forever. We all have to admit that. Vacations aren’t anymore just about white sand and crystalline waters, or comfort, or amenities—not even just the adventure. They also have to be picture-perfect—a healthy combination of chic, rustic, fun, and a dash of glorious (especially if you’re photographing nature).
To help you out, here are seven gorgeous local destinations you can check out this summer. Get your booking apps ready, and go!
Spin Hostel in El Nido, Palawan
Spin Designer Hostel is situated beside a Mangrove forest in beautiful Palawan. The hostel—unlike many of the local accommodations—features a modern and stylish nautical-on-rattan-and-white interiors. It’s perfect for peaceful reconnection with nature, and of course, really good Instagram shots.
You can get to El Nido via a bus or van from Puerto Princesa. Shuttle vans from the Puerto Princesa Airport cost about P600 to P700.
Real Surf PH in Real, Quezon
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Real Surf PH in Real, Quezon is the perfect getaway for surf babies. But aside from being one of the best beginner-friendly surf spots in the country, it’s near (about a little more than three hours by car) and it makes for a really pretty backdrop for #sunsetfunsets.
To get there, you can go through Antipolo up to Tanay on a van or Raymond bus from Legarda, Manila to Infanta, Quezon.
Tinipak River, Tanay, Rizal
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Tinipak River in Tanay, Rizal has the kind of natural beauty that will put you in featured posts. The marble rock formations and the clear blue freshwater will take your breath away. What’s more amazing is that it’s only two hours away. It’s the perfect place to take a breather (and a few Instagram shots) after you go trailing around nearby Mt. Daraitan.
You can use a private vehicle via the Tanay-Infanta Road. You can also ride a jeep or van from EDSA-Shaw Crossing to Tanay that will take about 1.5 hours. Once you arrive in Tanay, take a jeep to Sampaloc where you will ride a tricycle to Barangay Daraitan.
Daranak Falls in Tanay, Rizal
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At the foot of the Tanay Mountains lies the 14-meter high Daranak Falls. The enchanting gem features cascading waters and cliffs that beckon to the brave. It’s the perfect spot for the cliff shot you’ve always wanted to have. And you don’t have to go the rugged trail because there’s a resort complete with picnic tables and sheds, and guides.
Here are detailed instructions on how to get there.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Heritage Resort in Bagac, Bataan
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Take the ultimate #TBT photos at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. The compound houses elaborate Spanish-style houses with majestic staircases and wall details. The place just screams new portrait/selfie. Oh, and did you know that you can stay in the actual houses?
Get to Bataan via the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX) from Cubao, Quezon City. There are also Genesis Buses to Bagac proper.
Kanlaob River Canyon in Alegria, Cebu
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For adrenaline junkies in search for the perfect downstream canyoneering spot, meet the Kanlaob River. Kanlaob River is where the trek to Kawasan Falls of Badian starts, but it’s a true beauty on its own—lots of sunlight, clear blue water, and lush tropical flora.
From the Cebu South Bus terminal, you can ride a bus to Bato and go down at Barangay Malabago, Bandian.
Jomalig Island in Quezon Province
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Jomalig isn’t just a normal beach, it features golden dunes against turquoise waters, with a sandbar in the middle. The quiet, uninhabited island is the answer to your Blue Lagoon-esque fantasies. If you have a drone, make sure you bring it to this trip. The aerial view is surreal.
You can ride a van or ordinary buses in Legarda, Manila to Infanta, Quezon worth about P200. You can also ride another bus from Buendia to Sta. Cruz, Laguna worth P140. From Sta. Cruz you can ride a jeep to Pagsanjan where you can ride another one going to Real, Quezon.
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