Top 5 Offbeat Beach Destinations in the Philippines

Top 5 Offbeat Beach Destinations in the Philippines

What is the first thing you think of when foreigners ask where they should go when they visit the Philippines? The beaches, right? Of course, the beaches here are among the best in the world, and there are so many from which to choose. Chances are, though, you’re thinking of the white sand beaches in Boracay , Pagudpod, Pangloa, or Batangas. Nothing special about any of these if you really think about it.  However, if you want something a little more offbeat and unusual, you might want to check out these five destinations, right here in the PI.

Mabua Pebble Beach, Surigao City, Philippines

Cristina Decena

If you are thinking you can sink your toes in this beach, be prepared to have the most extreme acupressure session of your life! The Mabua Pebble Beach is definitely not a beach you can video anyone rolling around, because it is blanketed with smooth, white (well, mostly) pebbles deposited by the sea. Located just half an hour from Surigao City, People that like the feel of small stones pulping the meat of their feet as they walk along the shore like to hang out there. Reflexologists claim this has a therapeutic effect. Who knew? At any rate, you can always wear protective sandals if acupressure is not your thing. It is definitely something you can write home about. Just make sure you don’t drop your camera on the beach, or anything else for that matter!

Ursula Island, Palawan

Cristina Decena

You probably know that Palawan is the quieter, cleaner version of Boracay, but did you know that you can only pussyfoot around a certain island there? Ursula Island is a boat ride away from the Coral Bay port in Bataraza. There are no resorts, and you can only stay on the beach if you have the permission of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Palawan.  Humans are prohibited from the marshlands further inland because it is the habitat of protected species of birds. You can have a picnic. collect shells , and play volleyball, though, as long as you don’t leave any of your trash behind. However, since you went through all that trouble, you might best occupy your stay there watching and photographing the birds.

Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga City

Cristina Decena

If you find white sand beaches a bit on the ho-hum side, you might want to check out a pink one. It isn’t pink like cotton candy, though, so if you’re expecting that, you would be disappointed. You will only realize it’s pink when you drape your white towel against it and notice the difference. The off-color comes from the sands origins: red organ-pipe coral. The island is accessible by ferry from Paseo del Mar, which you can book from the Zamboanga Tourism Office at Lantaka Hotel.

Laswitan Saltwater Pools. Surigao del Sur

Cristina Decena

You will definitely find this last beach off-beat, For one thing, you will not find any real sand, but rocks. For another, you will find waterfalls, sourced by the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean during high tide and spilling over the black limestone rock formations surrounding a natural basin. It is quite an awesome and unusual sight for a saltwater body of water. It isn’t a real waterfall, however, as the phenomenon only occurs during the Amihan season, roughly March to October.

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