The Philippines is blessed with a lot of beaches. But the problem is finding one that you can enjoy all to yourself this summer. Looking for a spot that’s remote and raw? These beaches may be a bit more challenging to get to than the usual party beaches of Boracay, Bohol or Batangas, but they’re definitely worth seeking out.
Here are just a few of the most beautiful and remote bucketlist-worthy beaches you can find around the Philippines.
Cibang Cove, Calayan
Calayan is really special. The peaceful town in the Babuyan Group of Islands in the Cagayan region north of mainland Luzon is home to some of the most pristine and unspoiled beaches in the country. Cibang Cove is an isolated spot with white sand, where you can camp on the beach. Hike up to Nagudungan Hill to and get a stunning view of the coast.
Getting here is no easy task as it requires a 12-hour land trip to Claveria and a rough five hour boat ride on open seas of the Babuyan Channel.
Morong Beach, Sabtang Island
While Batanes remains on the bucket list of many travelers, the prohibitive cost of airfare is the first factor preventing hordes of tourists from making it a crowded tourist destination. The northernmost province’s most famous beach is Morong Beach (also known as Nakabuang Beach) in Sabtang Island, which is only accessible by a boat ride from Batan Island. The most prominent feature of this beach is Nakabuang Arch, a small natural rock arch formation on the beach that has become an icon of province.
Palaui Island, Cagayan
Located off the northeastern extremity of Luzon Island in Cagayan, Palaui Island’s remote location is only reachable by braving roller-coaster like waves, and this has kept it largely preserved. Unlike more popular tourist beach destinations near the metro, chances are it will be uncrowded when you visit.
While island-hopping, you can visit Cape Engano and trek up to a historic lighthouse or bask on Anguib Beach, with its creamy white sand beach and sparkling waters.
Jomalig Island, Quezon
While it’s becoming more popular as tour agencies have started offering package tours here, Jomalig Island remains a remote escape for weekend warriors looking for a back-to-basics camping experience. Jomalig is one of the smallest and farthest island municipalities of the Quezon, famed for its golden sand beaches and agoho pine trees.
Getting here requires a three-hour long land trip to Real and a five to six-hour long boat ride passing through Lamon Bay, a large body of water connecting the southern part of Quezon province to the Pacific Ocean.
Catanaguan Island, Caramoan
Caramoan in Camarines Sur is known for its beautiful islands and the white beaches scattered on the coast. However, many of these are popular among day trip visitors and can get quite crowded during summer months. One of the more isolated spots that don’t see a lot of tourists is Catanaguan or Katanawhan Island on the southeastern side of Caramaon.
Visits were previously restricted due to filming of Survivor and only a few tourist boats go out of their way to visit this island. On one side of the island is a little sandbar connecting to a rocky hill where the waves meet in the middle.