5 Awesome Spots in the Philippines to Go Camping

Spend your weekend in the company of pure and unadulterated nature.

By Rhea J. Bernardino
September 22, 2016

For most backpackers, camping is the accommodation of choice: it is budget-friendly and gets you closer to nature. Unlike staying at a hotel, camping also encourages you to forego modern comforts, which is a good thing, since it allows you to become resourceful and make do with what you have. Instead of moving pictures on a flat screen TV, you'll get amazing wilderness views right outside your tent. Camping also lets you explore the great outdoors the way it is meant to be explored: no fuss, bare, and straightforward.

As portrayed in movies and TV shows, camping is usually done in forests, but it is also possible on beaches and mountains. There are many beautiful and safe spots where you can pitch your tent and go exploring. With that, here are some of our recommended places where you can go camping in the Philippines.

1. Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales
Anawangin Cove is one of the many coves in the town of San Antonio where tourists enjoy beach bumming and camping. The shores are lined with grey sand and the waters are clear and perfect for swimming and snorkeling. You can take a boat or trek Mt. Pundaquit to reach the cove. Once you arrive, set up your tent at the campsite which is lined with tall agoho trees that create the much-needed nature vibe for your camping trip.

2. Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Calaguas, Camarines Norte
The unspoiled Calaguas group of islands in Vinzons town is the place to be if you're seeking a remote tropical paradise for your camping getaway. Mahabang Buhangin Beach is one of its notable beaches. With turquoise waters and white sand shores that resemble that of White Beach in Boracay, Mahabang Buhangin Beach is truly a sight to behold. There are few resorts and accommodations along the beach that allow you to pitch a tent for a fee.

3. Mt. Pulag in Benguet
If an extreme camping trip is what you have in mind, then you should definitely include Mt. Pulag on your list. It is the highest peak in Luzon and is a dream hike for most mountaineers because of the beautiful sea of clouds at the summit that appear during early morning. The campsite is located at the base where you can breathe in the cool mountain air and feel refreshed with the alluring sight of the lush vegetation as you prepare to conquer the country's third highest mountain.

4. Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte
Kalanggaman Island is one of the most-sought after beach destinations in the Visayas. Featuring crystal clear waters, stunning white sands, and beautiful sandbars, this isle is truly nature at its best. It gets even more beautiful at night with the sparkling moonlit waters and the sky full of stars, which you'll be able to witness from your tent.

5. Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan
Hundred Islands is one of the country's most prided destinations. With over a hundred islands and islets, it is the perfect example of nature’s pure beauty. Popular activities include island hopping, swimming, and snorkeling. If you choose to spend the night, you can pitch your tent at Governor's Island, Marcos Island, Children's Island, and Quezon Island.