Monday, April 15, 2013

Top Beaches in Luzon (A Review)


It's Summer! And a trip to the beach is simply inevitable! Well, these are the best beaches in Luzon only. This is a simple review of the beaches that I have visited. I hope this will help you.. =)

My personal rating 
1 - highest/best
5 - worst

BALER, AURORA



Travel Time from Manila - 7-8 hours (by land)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - bus to the town, tricycle to the resort
Proximity from Manila - #2 (best reason)
Accommodation - 2,500 - 3-4 pax
Expenses - #1 (best choice)
Food - affordable
White Sand - NO (except in some isolated parts of the area)
Nightlife  - none
Drinking spree - resort only
Multitude of People - #3 (average)
Adventure - Falls, trekking, surfing, kite surfing
Serenity/Paradise - #3

Primary Reason - Surfing capital in Luzon

Related link -
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2012/12/enjoying-baler.html



CAGBALETE ISLAND, QUEZON



Travel Time from Manila - 6 hours (by land)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - bus to Lucena, bus to Mauban, tricycle to the port, boat to the island
Proximity from Manila - #4 
Accommodation - P2,000 - P3000 - 3-4 pax
Expenses - #3
Food - affordable
White Sand - YES
Nightlife  - none
Drinking spree - resort only
Multitude of People - #2 (best reason)
Adventure - trekking, beach bumming, camping
Serenity/Paradise - #2

Primary Reason - Sand ripples!

Related link: http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2014/05/cagbalete-island-mauban-quezon.html

CALAGUAS ISLAND, BICOL


Mahabang Buhangin

Travel Time from Manila by land - 9-10 hours (by land)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - bus to Daet, bus or tricycle to Paracale, pumpboat to the island
Proximity from Manila - #4
Accommodation - 1,500 -2,500 -3-4 pax
Expenses - #3
Food - #5 (you have to bring your own food)
White Sand - #1 (best reason)
Nightlife  - none
Multitude of People - #3
Adventure - island hopping, snorkeling, trekking 
Serenity/Paradise - #1 
Drinking Spree - none
Sunset or Sunrise - sunset
Primary reason - pristine waters and best white sand

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CARAMOAN, BICOL



Travel Time - 14-15 hours (by land) (you can use air travel and land in Naga City)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - bus to Naga, tricycle to the van station in SM Naga, van to Sabang, boat to Caramoan, tricycle to the beach
Proximity from Manila - #5
Accommodation - 1,500 -2,500 -3-4 pax
Expenses - #4
Food - #3
White Sand - only at the islands (best reason)
Nightlife  - resort only
Multitude of People - #5
Adventure - island hopping, snorkeling
Serenity/Paradise - #1 islands only
Drinking spree - resort only
Sunset or Sunrise - sunrise
Primary reason - Island Hopping

Related link - 
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2013/03/caramoan.html


CORON, PALAWAN
best choice!


Twin Lagoons
Travel Time - by air only 1 hour and 15 mins in Coron (by air)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - plane to Coron, van to the beach
Proximity from Manila - #5
Accommodation - #1
Expenses - #4
Food - #1 (best reason)
White Sand - NO (at the islands only)
Nightlife  - YES
Multitude of People - #4 
Adventure - Island hopping, trekking, snorkeling, wreck diving
Serenity/Paradise - #2 
Drinking spree - YES
Sunset or Sunrise - SUNSET
Primary reason - Island hopping and wreck diving

Related link - 
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2012/11/enchanting-coron.html


EL NIDO, PALAWAN
best choice!

Big Lagoon

Travel Time - by air (varies) either direct to El Nido or to Puerto Princesa
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - Plane to Puerto Princesa, van to El Nido (5 hours) / If you have a direct flight to El Nido - plane to El Nido, tricycle to the resort
Proximity from Manila - #5
Accommodation - #1 (best reason)
Expenses - #5 (expensive)
Food - #2 (at the beachfront)
White Sand - YES (best reason)
Nightlife  - YES
Multitude of People - #5 
Adventure - #1 (beats Boracay!)
Serenity/Paradise - #1
Drinking spree - yes
Sunset or Sunrise - neither (covered by the mountains)
Primary reason - BEST island hopping experience in the Philippines 



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Related link - 
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2012/11/el-nido-adventure-of-lifetime.html


JOMALIG ISLAND, QUEZON
- camper's choice




Travel Time - by land only; so many options; best way is van or bus in Legarda, Manila to Infanta (3 hours), then boat to Jomalig

Proximity from Manila - #2
Accommodation - #5 (tent only)
Expenses - #1 (best reason)
Food - #5 (worst)
White Sand - YES (best reason)
Nightlife  - NONE
Multitude of People - #1 
Adventure - #2 
Serenity/Paradise - #1
Drinking spree - NONE
Sunset or Sunrise - Sunset only!
Primary reason - Island itself is a paradise 

Related link - 
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-jomalig-island-experience.html


PAGUDPUD, ILOCOS NORTE


from www.wilstop.info
Travel Time - by land 12-13 hours
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - bus to Laoag City, van to the resort (you can opt air travel and land in Vigan)
Proximity from Manila - #4
Accommodation - #3
Expenses - #2
Food - #2
White Sand - YES
Nightlife  - none
Multitude of People - #3
Adventure - limited
Serenity/Paradise - #2
Drinking spree - no
Sunset or Sunrise - no idea
Primary reason - Boracay of the North

Related link - 
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2013/01/ilocos-sur-experience.html


PALAUI ISLAND


from www.colors.ph
Travel Time - 12-13 hours by land (if by air, you will land at Tuguegarao airport)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - Bus to Tuguegarao, van to the resort
Proximity from Manila - #4
Accommodation - NO IDEA
Expenses - NO IDEA
Food - NO IDEA
White Sand - YES
Nightlife  - its an island
Multitude of People - #3 
Adventure - island hopping, trekking
Serenity/Paradise - #2
Primary reason - farthest beach in Luzon, the thrill of the adventure 

PUERTO GALERA, ORIENTAL MINDORO 

from wwwlakwatseradeprimera.com
Travel Time - 2 hours and 45 minutes by land and sea
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - bus to Batangas pier, pumpboat to Puerto Galera
Proximity from Manila - #1 (nearest to Manila) (best reason)
Accommodation - #1
Expenses - #1
Food - #2
White Sand - YES 
Nightlife  - YES
Multitude of People - #5 
Adventure - varies
Serenity/Paradise - #3 
Drinking spree - yes
Sunset or Sunrise - sunset
Primary reason - proximity and affordability

Related link - 
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2013/03/puerto-galera-with-friends.html


PUTING BUHANGIN, PADRE BURGOS, QUEZON



Travel Time - by land only; bus to Lucena, then bus to Padre Garcia, then boat to Puting Buhangin
Proximity from Manila - #4
Accommodation - #3 (there are resorts)
Expenses - #3 
Food - #5 (bring your own)
White Sand - YES (best reason)
Nightlife  - NONE
Multitude of People - #2 
Adventure - #3 
Serenity/Paradise - #2
Drinking spree - NONE
Sunset or Sunrise - BOTH
Primary reason - SEAFOOD 

Related link - 
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2014/05/island-hopping-tour-in-padre-burgos.html

TABLAS, ROMBLON


Gishelle Beach Resort
Travel Time - 8-9 hours (by land and sea)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - bus to Batangas pier, ferry to Odiongan, van to the resort (you can use air travel and land in Tablas, Romblon)
Proximity from Manila - #4
Accommodation - #1 (best reason)
Expenses - #3
Food - affordable
White Sand - YES
Nightlife  - NONE
Multitude of People - #1
Adventure - trekking, kayak, island hopping
Serenity/Paradise - #1
Primary reason - undiscovered paradise


Related Link -
 http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2013/04/tablas-romblon-undiscovered-paradise.html


Other Notable Beaches in Luzon
Misimis Bay, Cagraray Island, Bacacay, Albay
Patar White Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan
Nakbawang Beach, Sabtang, Batanes
Anawangin Cove, Zambales
White Beach, Marinduque

RAV Transportation Services
Van for Hire
Derick Villegas
0998-545-0016
0917-504-0770
(043) 778-4657
(043) 703-0435
Facebook: RAV Electronic Services
Address: 938 Brgy. Darasa, Tanauan City, Batangas 4232

Transportation / Tour services to any point of Luzon
Brand New Foton Traveller vehicles available
Equipped with GPS, wifi, videoke, RFID, Sky TV
Satisfaction Guaranteed! =)



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