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Finest distant seaside locations in Luzon in your summer time journeys – Journey Up

With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines has a great deal of seashores to select from. Whereas there are lots of widespread seaside locations that you’ll be able to journey to on fast weekend getaways, there are just a few extra distant and secluded spots price looking for out. I’ve all the time most well-liked quiet seashores away from the crowds the place you’ll be able to get pleasure from a high quality expertise. For those who’re a solo traveler or introvert who simply desires to get pleasure from a peaceable seaside and get high quality alone time, you in all probability really feel the identical means too.

Admittedly, plenty of these seashores are tougher to get to. For those who’re coming from Manila, most require flights, lengthy land journey, or a number of transfers by sea.

At any fee, I’m itemizing a few of my favourite distant seashores within the Luzon group of islands to function inspiration for future journeys. For extra detailed journey guides on every spot, take a look at the hyperlinks.


Attending to Calayan, a part of the distant Babuyan Islands within the province of Cagayan isn’t any straightforward feat. Getting right here usually requires a 5-6 hour boat trip on a small cargo boat from Aparri, which itself is 10-12 hours by land from Manila. However when you get there, you’ll be awed by the uncooked magnificence and remoteness of the place.

Sibang Cove is among the most stunning and unspoiled seashores I’ve ever been to within the nation. The geographical distance from mainland Luzon limits guests to solely probably the most decided vacationers and locals. The large seaside means lots of people can benefit from the place to themselves.

Palaui Island, recognized for being one of many filming areas of actuality TV present Survivor, is one other distant island vacation spot in Cagayan with unspoiled and pristine seashores. It’s important to be prepared to courageous lengthy land journey and a ship trip on curler coaster-like waves to get right here. The isolation will actually make you’re feeling like a castaway.


Batanes is actually one of the stunning locations within the Philippines. It affords a singular mix of breathtaking surroundings, pure points of interest, and well-preserved tradition. For an uncrowded seaside expertise, head to Morong Seaside in Sabtang Island, which requires a 45-minute boat trip from the capital Basco, which is simply accessible by air journey from Manila.

For a very distant seaside expertise, make your method to Itbayat, the northernmost island of Batanes, which requires a 3 to 4-hour boat trip from Basco. The seaside of Kaxobcan is a pure seaside shaped when an earthquake induced a landslide on one aspect of the cliff, resulting in a small white sand seaside surrounded by pure swimming holes within the cliffs.


The province of Quezon has a number of islands with stretches of white sand seashores. Attending to the unique Balesin Island, a tropical island with a non-public luxurious resort, requires chartered flights and costly memberships, which instantly limits the clientele and variety of vacationers who can go to.

Different distant seaside locations in Quezon embrace Polillo, Jomalig, and Alabat Island. Nonetheless, most of those require a mix of lengthy land and passenger boat rides to get to, which places a restrict on vacationers.


The province of Romblon is made up of three foremost islands (Tablas, Romblon, and Sibuyan), so attempting to go to the completely different spots scattered in numerous areas requires cautious planning due to the a number of sea crossings and restricted schedules.

The provincial airport is positioned on Tablas, whereas high seaside locations like Bonbon Seaside and Cresta de Gallo are positioned on separate islands. The lengthy journey time and inaccessibility getting round typically deters plenty of vacationers, leaving their seashores blissfully uncrowded.

Cresta de Gallo, a small islet accessible by way of Sibuyan Island, has probably the most gorgeous sandbar and seaside you could get pleasure from all to your self. Attending to this secluded seaside entails an 8 to 9 hour-long ferry trip from Batangas to Romblon Island, transferring on one other ferry to cross to Sibuyan Island, land journey to San Fernando, then a ship journey to Cresta de Gallo.

Regardless of being on the mainland, Bonbon Seaside on Romblon Island felt uncrowded even throughout their fiesta season. Different stunning seaside locations within the province embrace Alad Island and Cobrador Island in Romblon Island and Aglicay Seaside on Tablas Island. There are a great deal of different seashores alongside the coast of the three foremost islands that solely locals get to get pleasure from.


Palawan, which normally requires a 1-hour flight from Manila, is usually hailed as one of many world’s finest islands. Whereas some hubs like Puerto Princesa, Coron, and El Nido have turn into extremely popular with worldwide backpackers, different components of Palawan nonetheless stay comparatively removed from the vacationer crowd.

For example, San Vicente has a really large and uncrowded seaside. After we stayed right here, you could possibly stroll from finish to finish with out encountering one other vacationer, making it good for these journeys the place you simply need peace and solitude.

One other secluded vacation spot in Palawan is the island of Culion, which is only a brief boat trip from Coron. The island was as soon as a former leper colony and remained in isolation for over a century. The western aspect of Culion is residence to a number of the most superbly preserved and pristine seashores I’ve ever been to within the nation.

Occidental Mindoro

Apo Reef is the most important atoll-like reef in Asia, an underwater paradise and a diving mecca located on the western waters of Occidental Mindoro.

Attending to this secluded spot requires not less than a 3-hour ferry trip from Batangas on mainland Luzon to Abra de Ilog, one other 3-hour van trip to Sablayan after which a 3-hour native boat trip to the reef.

Since Apo Reef is a protected space, solely a restricted variety of vacationers are allowed to go to at a time, which ensures that the island stays uncrowded.

Camarines Sur

Camarines Sur is a province positioned within the Bicol Area, roughly a 10-12 hour drive from Manila. Caramoan is a bunch of islands within the north-eastern portion of the province popularly often called the filming location of a number of seasons of the hit actuality present Survivor.

The islands are lined with white sand seashores, deep gorges, limestone cliffs, coral reefs, various marine life, serene lagoons, subterranean river, and caves.

Matukad Island has a tropical forest and hidden lagoon, whereas different islands have secret seashores that hardly ever get visited. With the variety of small islands, you’re positive to discover a secluded seaside you’ll be able to get pleasure from to your self.


Attending to Masbate requires air journey from Manila or a mix of lengthy land and sea journey in addition to cautious planning due to the restricted boat schedules. The province is made up of three foremost islands (Burias, Ticao, and Masbate) and it may be a bit difficult determining to get from one island to the opposite.

However every island has its share of gorgeous seashores. In Masbate Metropolis, the highest vacation spot is Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary, a small islet and mangrove space very best for swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and beach-bumming.


Attending to Catanduanes requires air journey from Manila or a mix of land and sea journey from Albay. Recognized primarily as a browsing vacation spot, Catanduanes within the Bicol area affords hidden gems simply ready to be found.

Some seashores are nice for simply swimming and island-hopping journeys, together with the Palumbanes group of islands, made up of three islands, particularly Parongpong (Palumbanes) Island, Tignob Island, and Calabagio Island. As a result of these spots are nonetheless not that well-known to vacationers, likelihood is, you’ll benefit from the seashores all to yourselves when you get there.

Carorian is one other vacation spot within the city of Bato, the place you’ll be able to go to numerous spots fringed by rock formations and wonderful marine life, a waterfall streaming from the aspect of the cliff and extra. One of many highlights right here is Poseidon Rock, an space with distinctive rock formations, crystal-clear lagoons and snorkeling websites close by. For individuals who want to simply marvel on the view of the ocean, Binurong Level, overlooking the coast is a superb spot to benefit from the view whereas getting away from the whole lot.

This isn’t an in depth record and is predicated solely on my private journeys and experiences. I do know there are plenty of different stunning and distant seaside locations in Luzon.

Keep tuned for the second a part of this record which is able to cowl seashores in Visayas and Mindanao.

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