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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Beaches in the Philippines

Boat man in Puerto Gallera
There are over 7,100 islands in the Philippines, more than 18 miles of shoreline, and more than 800 known beaches in the Philippines. Unfortunately, not even 1% of the beaches I have visited yet and hopefully someday I'll have the chance to visit them all, or maybe just some few of them.
One of the beaches that I've visited was Puerto Galera in 2013. Puerto Galera is in Oriental Mindoro, one of the nearest beach in Metro Manila. Unlike other near beach destination outside Metro Manila, to reach this place, you need a boat ride to get there. We were at white beach; There are bar and restaurants at night, with live bands, live shows, and videokes. unfortunately, during our stay, there was a brown-out or no power at night until the morning.

How to get to Puerto Galera? To get there, take the bus going to "Batangas Pier"; you can wait for bus going there at EDSA provincial bus drop-off station (under fly over) in front of Robinsons Galleria in Ortigas Center, Pasig City or EDSA Shrine; then from pier, ride boat going to Puerto Galera; it was around Php500 each, plus environmental fee, etc; some resort/hotel offers free shuttle from boat terminal in the island up to their place for free.
White cove beach shore side
The second in 2012 was in Batangas; One of the most visited place in the Philippines during summer is Batangas because of its beaches. It has many beach resorts along its cost line. It is one of the nearest beach destination from Metro Manila; it's around 140km or two and a half ride from Metro Manila.

Batangas is also famous for their Barako coffee (brewed coffee) and Lomi Batangas.
Barako coffee

One of the most famous resort in Batangas is the Laiya White Cove, at 112 Brgy., Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas. It is where we stayed. It has bar and dining area; Game amenities like chess and sungka; Beach front area table and chairs with umbrella, so you can eat and relax in front of the beach; beach Huts & sheds; picnic ground with tables and chairs; mini chapel; and a clean sand and beach. For more and updated information, visit their website http://www.laiyawhitecove.com/.

How to get to Laiya Batangas? Ride ALPS bus, terminal in Cubao, Quezon City near New York Ave. or click here for google map site; ride bus with trip going to San Juan, Batangas, then ride a PUJ again going to Laiya. PUJs are not available 24 hours, their trip schedule is from 6am to 5pm only.
Real, Quezon beach
One the beaches we visited in 2013 was the dark sand beach resort in Real, Quezon province; one of the nearest beach tourist spots from Metro Manila, about 145km from Metro Manila. It can be reached via motorcycle in just 2 to 3 hours, and along the way, you can see the newly constructed Pililla Wind Farm or Pililla Windmill Farm.
Real, Quezon Beach
How to get to Real, Quezon? Ride a Raymund Transportation Bus going to Infanta or click here for google map if you have your own car. It takes just more than 2 hours to reach Real, Quezon.
Surfing beach in San Juan, La Union

And last in 2013 was in San Juan, La Union. They say it is one of the surfing destination here in the Philippines. There are many surfers in the area and surfer instructors.

It is really easy to get to the places, in EDSA Cubao, there are lots of bus stations or bus companies going to that place. Just take the bus going to La Union, then beach resorts in San Juan, La Union are just along the highway.

That's all; as of now, no out-of-town yet, trying to save money.

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