Last year, the Philippines reached 38 degrees Celsius. So far it was one of the hottest temperature ever recorded in the country. It is a bad idea to stay at home. Even worse if you would get suffocated to populated areas. Good thing, the Philippines has over 33,000 kilometers of shoreline. Choose a few kilometers of it to relax and meditate. Soothe yourselves with turquoise seas, the smell of sea water brought along by the wind and have your feet touch the powdery unspoilt sand, whether it be white, gold, pink, gray, and black. You name it. Here are few of the remote beaches in the Philippines we have been to. The farther you get, the better. And the adventure to get to it is as rewarding as reaching it!
Apo Island of the Apo ReefCoordinates N12.65688 E120.41740
About 3 hours boat ride away from the shores of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. In the middle of Sulu Sea is the largest contiguous coral reef in the country. And right at its heart is a remote island. No electricity, no cellphone signals. The best island to greet the sunrise and bid goodbye to the sunset while a moonless night will indulge you to a luminous dark sea due to light-emitting marine organisms. An island with a lagoon, a wide powdery white beach and a limitless horizon together with the turquoise sea. This is what Apo Reef is all about!
More about this beach at The Captivating Apo Reef of Mindoro, a reef diver and beach fanatic's paradise.
Anguib BeachCoordinates N18.51566 E122.20913
Right at the northeastern most tip of the island of Luzon is an unspoilt beach accessible via a 30-minute boat ride from San Vicente pier. Passing through shorelines of the northermost part of Santa Ana and through the mangroves and Bimapor Rocks of Cagayan. Hidden amongst the forest of the northern edge of Sierra Madre and cooled down with the shade of pine trees is the beautiful white sand beach of Anguib.
More about this beach at Anguib, Tranquility at Luzon's Northeastern Tip
Kanaway BeachCoordinates N14.70314 E122.43871
Facing the limitless Pacific Ocean at the farthest island of the Polilio archipelago is a wide golden sand beach. The beach extends to about 1 kilometer from the shore during low tide exposing its natural ripples. This beach can be reached after a 6-hour "unconventional" boat ride from Real, Quezon and a 45-minute bumpy motorcycle ride to Jomalig Island's Eastern coast. The Manlanat islets are also accessible by wading through the shallow waters during low tide on this beach; where you can find solace at one of its islets and meditate the whole day.
More of this beach at Kanaway, the Sunrise Beach of Jomalig
Cape Engano CoveCoordinates N18.57598 E122.13952
Located at the northernmost part of the secluded Palaui Island at the northeastern extremities of Luzon. Accessible via an hour and a half boat ride from Santa Ana, Cagayan's San Vicente Pier or a 4-hour trek from the mountainous area of the island. The beach rewards you with a serene view of the Calayan Channel.
More of this beach at Palaui Island and the Serene Cape Engano
Salibungot BeachCoordinates N14.67793 E122.30729
Also located at Jomalig Island, the farthest island of the Polilio archipelago is a powdery golden sand beach that turns pink during sunset. Facing Quezon's Lamon Bay and a Pine forest at the back of the beach. This getaway is one of the most serene beach to place your hammock and relax. This beach is accessible via a 6-hour boat ride from Real, Quezon or an 8-hour boat ride from Vinzons, Camarines Norte in Bicol; and is at the edge of Lamon Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
More of this beach at Salibungot, The Pink Sunset Beach of Jomalig
Ditaytayan BeachCoordinates N11.74138 E120.10070
Is a solitary island in the middle of Sulu sea and is midway between Coron and El Nido Palawan. It is a wide powdery white beach with no electricity and scarce cellular phone coverage. It is accessible via a 2-hour boat ride from Coron or a 3-hour boat ride from El Nido, Palawan.
More of this beach at Coron Island Hopping Day 2
Liwan BeachCoordinates N13.95662 E123.86540
Guinahuan Island is the farthest island of the Caramoan and is gifted with a serene beach. It is about 3 hours boat ride away from the Caramoan town where you dock at a small fishing village and hike over the hills on the other side of the island to reach Liwan Beach. Facing over the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean, this beach is one of the must-visit remote getaway in the country.
More of this beach at The Scenic Guinahuan Island of the Caramoan
And if you have clicked on the coordinates links and noticed that the map of the remote beaches are with adequate data; don't be surprised because Schadow1 Expeditions was there to map it during our mapping missions so that a Filipino would not be a stranger to his own motherland.