5 Secluded Beaches near Manila for a Peaceful Getaway

Discover the pleasures of a peaceful tropical getaway at these secluded beaches.

By Rhea J. Bernardino
September 23, 2016

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.

2. Masasa Beach in Tingloy, Batangas
Batangas is a favorite getaway among city dwellers because of its accessibility to the metro.Its beach destinations like Laiya, Nasugbu, and Anilao are some of the favorites.But for a change in scenery, head to the municipality of Tingloy. This quiet island is off the coast ofthe mainland so you can expect tranquility and pure bliss on your visit. It is also where Masasa Beach is located, one of Batangas' well-kept secrets.

Masasa Beach is a long stretch of powdery sand with pristine waters. If you do a little bit of exploring, you'll discover the impressiverock formations on the beach. If you're up for an adventure, you can even climb up Mt. Mag-asawang Bato. There are currently noaccommodations at the beach so you'll have to bring a tent if you want to stay the night.

How to Get There: From Manila, take a bus bound for Batangas City and get off at Batangas City Grand Terminal. Travel time is about two to three hours, depending on the traffic situation. Once there, board a jeepney to Anilao. At Anilao Port, ride the public boat towards Tingloy Port. Travel time is about 45 minutes to an hour. Upon arrival in Tingloy, hire a tricycle to take you to Brgy. Masasa. Pass through the paved trail heading to Masasa Beach.

3. 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.

4. Cagbalete Island in Mauban, Quezon
Quezon is slowly being recognized by backpackers as a beach destination. For sun seekers craving for white sand beaches, Quezon has plenty, and one of the most exquisite ones is Cagbalete Island. Cagbalete is known for its creamy white sands and clear, sparkling waters. As if it couldn't get any more beautiful, its shoreline creates wet sand ripples during lowtide for a captivating and picture-perfect sight.

There are many resorts in Cagbalete if you plan to stay on the island for a night or two. If you're on a budget, you can always just camp on the shore.

How to Get There: JAC Liner offers direct trips to Mauban Port every 5:00 AM and 12:00 NN. The trip takes about five hours. Another option is to hop on a bus to Lucena from Manila. Get off at Lucena Grand Terminal and ride a bus or van to Mauban. Get off at Mauban Public Market and head to Mauban Port, where you’ll find boats that will take you to Cagbalete Island.

5. 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.