April may be over, but summer definitely isn’t. We still have a month to enjoy the hot summer sun before the rainy season arrives, and that means we have more than enough time to plan a brief weekend vacation in the country’s many summer spots.
If you want to make your vacation more exciting, we suggest travelling to a place that not everyone has been to. If you’re tired of always heading to the top three summer ‘B’s’ of the country, Boracay, Baguio, and Batangas, and feel that these spots are becoming overrated and too populous, here is a list of five travel alternatives (unranked) in the Philippines for your sun-soaking pleasure.
Malapascua Beach, Cebu
If you’re looking for an underwater adventure then the beach in Malapascua island is one of the best bets for you. Malapascua is a world-renowned diving spot, and many avid divers in the Philippines and around the world are fans of this island near Cebu. If you’re up for a real wildlife adventure, then you should ask about joining the local shark diving group. Malapascua has dive spots where you can find Thresher Sharks, and it is apparently the only place in the world where you can dive with these particular creatures of the sea.
Anawangin Cove was recently made famous by a local romantic film, and it’s no wonder that this was the selected spot. Anawangin Cove is certainly perfect for an intimate trip with a loved one as the spot is isolated, quiet, and naturally beautiful. As of writing, the area is well preserved with no resorts, except for small nipa huts. If you’re up for a little more exploring, the beach is surrounded by a pine forest and a marsh with springs that flow to the sea. To get to Anawangin, you have to take a 30 minute boat ride from Pundaquit, San Antonio, or you can go by a six-hour trek through Pundaquit range. Either way you travel, the views will all be worth it.
Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Caramoan was made popular by the popular reality TV show, “Survivor.” Another top adventurer pick, the Caramoan peninsula is rich with marine life, exotic islets, colorful and diverse corals, clean and isolated beaches, underground caves, and freshwater pools. This area is usually overlooked by tourists who want to see the beaches in Boracay, so you can expect that this area is more quiet and less busy. There is only one resort in Caramoan which is promoted by its local government, and that is the Gota Village Resort. There are several ways to get to Caramoan peninsula, but expect a 45 minute boat ride from the pier to the Caramoan town.
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Puerto Princesa is one of the more popular summer spots in the country on this list. The city is dubbed as the Eco-Tourism Center of the Philippines. It is mostly famous for its Subterranean river which made it to the Seven Wonders of Nature, as well as the Tubbatha Reef and Honda Bay. In addition to the three attractions, Puerto Princesa also has the white-sand Sabang Beach, which is located just outside the Underground River. All of these attractions make Puerto Princesa one of the best tropical paradises in the country.
Cagbalete has been under the radar for quite some time, but more tourists are becoming interested in this hidden beach, so try to make this trip before the area becomes fully commercialized. The island at the Province of Quezon has a wide stretch of beaches that surround the mountainous areas. The beaches of Cagbalete can easily give Boracay a run for its money as it has crystal clear waters and untouched white sand. The island also has a rich ecosystem so you can enjoy the sights of the underwater wildlife as well as the different species of birds that sometimes flock there.
Anawangin, Malapascua, Puerto Princesa, from Wikicommons. Caramoan photo from caramoan.ph. Cagbalete photo from Wikimapia.