Secluded Beaches Near Manila for a Peaceful Getaway

Discover the pleasures of a peaceful tropical getaway at these secluded beaches.
by Rhea J. Bernardino for   |  Oct 28, 2016
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Beach bumming truly is one of the popular ways to de-stress. Most city dwellers spend the weekend by going on road trips to the nearby beaches in Northern and Southern Luzon. But with your favorite shoresgetting more crowded, it's time you find a new place that you can call your own.If you need recommendations, we've listed some undiscovered beaches near Manila that could be your new favorite getaway:

  1. Magalawa Island in Palauig, Zambales

When it comes to beaches in Zambales, the developed areas of Subic and the coves in the town of San Antonio are top of mind. But there is also a peaceful and enchanting island tucked in the quiet town of Palauig that is worthy of a visit.

Magalawa Island makes up for its small size with beautiful beaches with clear waters and creamy white sands.The island is abundant with starfish and also boasts lush vegetation. It has two resorts: Ruiz Resort and Armada Resort. You can book for an accommodation or go camping for a great way to get closer to nature. If you want somethingaside from the more popular Anawangin and Nagsasa Coves, then Magalawa Island is the place for you. 


How to Get There: From Manila, take a bus bound for Sta. Cruz, Zambales like Victory Liner and asked to be dropped off at Brgy. Pamolingan in Palauig. Travel time is about five to six hours. Once you arrive, head toLuan Port, where boats are available to take you to Magalawa Island. 

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  1. Malabrigo Beach in Lobo, Batangas

The coastal town of Lobo is home to one of the most unique beaches in Batangas. Instead of powdery, white sands, Malabrigo Beach is teeming with pebbles. But even with this quirky feature, the waters are crystal clear and can entice anyone for a refreshing swim. Another attraction you shouldn’t miss when visiting Malabrigo Beach is the Spanish-era Faro de Punta de Malabrigo, one of the two lighthouses in Batangas and a National Historical Landmark. 

How to Get There: From Manila, board a Batangas City-bound bus and get off at Balagtas. From there, ride a jeepney to SM Batangas and alight at the jeepney terminal for Lobo. Take a jeepney to Lobo and then ride a tricycle to Malabrigo Beach. 

  1. Puting Buhangin Beach in Pagbilao, Quezon

Another hidden gem in Quezon, Puting Buhangin Beach, as its name suggests, boasts powdery white sands as well as translucent waters. But it’s not just any other white sand beach: it has a small cave at the end called Kwebang Lampas. You can swim right through it, but be careful as the waters may get a bit deep. Be sure to wear a life vest. There aren't any accommodations around, but camping on the shore is allowed. At night, you'll get to enjoy the sight of a starry sky and the peaceful and therapeutic sound of the waves crashing on the shore. 

How to Get There: From Manila, take a bus bound for Lucena Grand Terminal, and then board a bus bound for Unisan. Get off at Padre Burgos. The total travel time is about four to five hours.At Padre Burgos, take a tricycle to Aplaya where a boat is available to bring you to Puting Buhangin Beach.


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