Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Beaches in Mindanao (A Review)

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

My personal rating 
1 - highest/best
5 - worst


Camiguin (White Island)
best choice!




Travel Time from Manila - By plane only, 1 hour and 20 minutes (either you start from Bohol, Butuan or Cagayan De Oro)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - plane to Bohol or Cagayan De Oro, ferry to Camiguin, tricycle to the resort, pumpboat to the island 
Proximity from Manila - #1 (nearest to Manila)
Accommodation - plenty of resorts (best choice is Paras Beach Resort)
Expenses - #3
Food - #3
White Sand - YES
Nightlife  - none
Drinking spree - resort only
Multitude of People - #4
Adventure - #1 (best reason) trekking, snorkeling, hiking, island hopping, nature photography 
Serenity/Paradise - #1 (best reason)

Primary Reason - plenty of tourist spots to choose from ranging from falls, beach, islands, cave, etc.. peace and order is excellent

Related link -
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2012/11/mesmerized-in-camiguin.html


Dakak, Zamboanga Del Norte




Travel Time from Manila - By plane only, 1 hour and 25 minutes (either you land in Dipolog or Ozamis)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - plane to Dipolog, van or tricycle to Dapitan City
Proximity from Manila - #3
Accommodation - #1 (best reason)
Expenses - #2
Food - #1 (best reason) it has 2 restaurants inside the resort
White Sand - YES
Nightlife  - YES (it has its own bar)
Drinking spree - resort has its own
Multitude of People - #1 (best reason) only a few
Adventure - #1 (best reason) it has its own facilities for water sports/activities
Serenity/Paradise - #2

Primary Reason - water sports and activities, food

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


Island Garden City of Samal (Paradise Resort), Davao



Travel Time from Manila - by plane, 1 hour and 43 minutes (Davao International Airport)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - plane to Davao City, taxi to the port, pumpboat to the island
Proximity from Manila - #4
Accommodation - #1 (best reason)
Expenses - #4
Food - #1 (best reason)
White Sand - YES
Nightlife  - none
Drinking spree - minimal
Multitude of People - #4
Adventure - snorkeling, spelunking in the outskirts, island hopping
Serenity/Paradise - #3

Primary Reason - peace and order is excellent, you are safe here

Related link -
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2012/11/island-garden-city-of-samal.html



Pearl Farm, Samal Island, Davao


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Travel Time from Manila - by plane, 1 hour and 43 minutes (Davao International Airport)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - plane to Davao, van or car ride provided by the resort, pumpboat to the island provided by the resort
Proximity from Manila - #4
Accommodation - #1 (best reason)
Expenses - #5
Food - #2
White Sand - YES
Nightlife  - none
Drinking spree - resort only
Multitude of People - #2
Adventure - only in the island
Serenity/Paradise - #2

Primary Reason - You can enjoy your privacy in this island

Related link -
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2012/11/island-garden-city-of-samal.html


Gumasa White Beach, Sarangani



Travel Time from Manila - by plane, 1 hour and 45 minutes (General Santos Airport)
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - plane to Gensan, van to Sarangani, tricycle or habal-habal to the resort
Proximity from Manila - # 5 (farthest)
Accommodation - #3
Expenses - #4
Food - #2
White Sand - YES 
Nightlife  - none
Drinking spree - resort only
Multitude of People - #1 (only a few)
Adventure - minimal #5
Serenity/Paradise - #2

Primary Reason - it's the farthest white beach in the Philippines from Manila

Related link -

http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2013/01/gumasa-white-beach-in-sarangani.html


Siargao (Cloud Nine, General Luna)



Travel Time from Manila - by plane either to Surigao City or direct to Siargao, 1 hour and 40 minutes
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - Plane to Siargao, habal-habal to the beach / If you landed in Surigao - plane to Surigao, multi-cab ride to the pier, pumpboat to the island, habal-habal to the resort

Proximity from Manila - #2 
Accommodation - #1 (best reason)
Expenses - #3
Food - #1 
White Sand - minimal
Nightlife  - YES
Drinking spree - YES
Multitude of People - #3
Adventure - Surfing, kite surfing (anything that involves waves!)
Serenity/Paradise - #1

Primary Reason - Surfing capital in the Philippines, the boardwalk is very romantic

Related link -
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2012/11/siargao-surfing-capital-of-philippines.html


Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga City



Travel Time from Manila - by plane Zamboanga City, 1 hour and 45 minutes
Mode of transportation before you reach the beach - Plane to Zamboanga City, tricycle to the port, pumpboat to the island
Proximity from Manila - #5 
Accommodation - none (you have to go back to the city)
Expenses - #3
Food - #5 (bring your own) 
White Sand - PINK SAND!
Nightlife  - none
Drinking spree - none
Multitude of People - #1 (only a handful)
Adventure - It's near Basilan (get the adventure?)
Serenity/Paradise - #1

Primary Reason - it is the only pink sand beach in the Philippines due to the presence of the pipe corral

Related link -
http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-great-sta-cruz-island-zamboanga-city.html


Dahican Beach, Mati. Davao Oriental


Related link: http://junvillegas.blogspot.com/2015/01/mati-davao-oriental.html


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  2. Camiguin is also number one for my list. I love visiting there during the off-season (usually October or November). You can appreciate the peace and quite there.

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