You've finished packing your luggage and are now prepared to travel to a quiet location for some relaxation. The issue is that places like that are becoming harder to find. When you hear "vacation destination," people will quickly conjure up images of Pagudpud, Puerto Galera, and Boracay in the Philippines.
Yes, they can still be wonderful places to relax, but if you value solitude more, there are other, less well-known locations where you can find it. The good news is that seeing certain untouched vacation places doesn't even require traveling outside of the country. Here are just 8 of the Philippines' most breathtaking secret paradises worth adding to your bucket list:
1. Tinipak River
In Brgy., the Tinipak River is a secret wonderland. Tinipak River is the ideal escape for individuals who love outdoor adventure. Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal, was recognized as the cleanest inland body of water in Region IV. To get there, one must have patience and endurance while hiking enormous rock pathways. This location has everything you need for an adrenaline-filled weekend, from massive boulders to peaceful and refreshing river water.
2. Jomalig Island
A lesser-known island municipality in Quezon Province is called Jomalig. It is often referred to as a desert paradise in the middle of the ocean by travelers because of its gold and white beaches. Enjoy its two stunning beaches, Salibungot Beach on the west side facing Lamon Bay and Kanaway Beach on the east side facing the Pacific Ocean. Try some of the rare foods the island has to offer, including lobster, shrimp, crab, and surahan, a fish regarded as the best in the world by the inhabitants of the Pollilo Islands.
3. Seco Island
A tranquil and unpopulated island called Seco Island is about 50 kilometers west of Panay. In essence, it is a 1.5-kilometer-long island of white sand in the middle of the ocean. Due to its shape, the island paradise was given the Kinaray moniker, which means "elbow." Seco Island, one of the top kiteboarding locations in the Philippines, is also a great location for camping and simply plain soul-searching.
4. Corcuera Island
White sand beaches in Corcuera, a municipality on an uninhabited island in Romblon, may be comparable to those in Boracay. Simara is still the name used by locals to refer to the island while it was still a part of Banton town. Later, in 1931, it was given a new name to recognize Hurtado de Corcuera, a Spanish governor general who ruled the nation from 1635 to 1644. The beaches in the barangays of Poblacion, Ambulung, Tacasan, Colong-Colong, Mangansag, and Alegria are very enjoyable for swimmers. You can also go to other tourist destinations, such caves with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
5. Quezon Beach
Quezon Beach in Patikul, Sulu is a non-commercialized tourist destination known for its fine sand and crystal-clear waters. It is considered as one of the best beaches in the country–some even say its better than the world-renowned Boracay.
6. Calayan Island
Calayan is an island in Cagayan that is situated in the Babuyan Channel, 60 kilometers north of Luzon. It serves as the administrative center for the municipality of the same name, which includes the towns of Camiguin, Dalupiri, and Babuyan Claro. Together, they make up four of the five islands that make up the Babuyan Islands (the fifth island is Fuga Island, which is part of the Aparri municipality).
7. Balot Island
Despite being a less well-liked destination for family vacations, Balot Island can nonetheless compete with other more developed beaches in the nation. Balot Island, one of the six islets in Sultan Kudarat's Kalamansig, has all the elements of the ideal summer vacation: white beach, breathtaking rock formations, and crystal-clear water showing magnificent coral reefs.
8. Nagsasa Cove
The Nagsasa Cove in Zambales should unquestionably be at the top of your list if you're looking for an unspoiled, unpopulated paradise close to Manila. It is one of three coves in the region, the others being Anawangin and Capones, both of which are in San Antonio.