It’s weekend again, and the country’s popular beaches will once again be filled with a large number of people who just wants to relax, enjoy, and bask under the sun. While some would be delighted to see a number of people flocking the beaches, some would rather spend their vacations in peace, reading a nice book and watching as the waves crash down the shore.

For the traveller who’s not a big fan of huge crowds and busy islands, worry not, as we’re giving you secluded beaches that are just a few hours from Manila.

Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon Province


photo by credit to Allan Baredo

Cagbalete Island is located at Lamon Bay in Mauban, Quezon. It is a popular place to visit by backpackers and travellers who are on a budget because of the island’s 3-mile sandbar and white sand beaches. More resorts and hotels were established in the island because of the increasing number of tourists, but to those who are planning to camp may also opt to pitch their own tents.


Dinadiawan Beach in Aurora


Photo credit to thelostkidph

As soon as people hear “Aurora,” they would immediately think of the beaches in Baler which are perfect for surfing. What people don’t know is there’s a hidden white sand paradise in Aurora which would give you just the right dosage of “Vitamin Sea.” The complete opposite of Baler’s beaches, the waters in Dinadiawan Beach are calm and quiet, giving people a place to just chill and appreciate nature. Tourists may choose on whether they want to spend a night in resorts, or opt to camp by the beach.

Potipot Island in Zambales


Located in Uacon, Candelaria in Zambales, this 7.5 hectare island is perfect to those who would want to soak in the island’s crystal clear waters. Potipot Island is also famous for its powdery-white sand, and the trees which give shade to those who’d want to relax and have a picnic with their friends and/or relatives. There aren’t any resorts or hotels in the island, so if you’re planning to stay overnight, you may have to rent from one of the few cottages, or you could also bring a tent you can pitch in a spot you prefer.

Masasa Beach in Batangas

Those who are the type to spend a night camping and admiring the wonders of nature would surely enjoy spending a day, a night even, in Masasa Beach. Located in Tingloy Island, Batangas, this particular beach is yet to be discovered by people who are looking for a not-so-crowded getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Aside from the clear waters, the beach also boasts of a picturesque view of rock formations. There are no hotels and resorts in the area, so people are encouraged to rent a cottage, pitch a tent, or sleep under the night sky.  Some also opt to visit the place during the day, and stay at a resort in Anilao.



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