Last 10 January 2016, I submitted an entry to Sir Melo Villareal of the Out of Town Blog’s collaborative post titled “Perfect Philippine Summer Getaways According to Pinoy Travel Bloggers”. I actually considered five choices.
If you are up for optimum summer adventures such as island hopping, sightseeing, mountain climbing, swimming at the beach, and camping, Anawangin Cove, Caramoan Islands, and Nagsasa Cove have everything conducive for you. Any of these places turns into a squatter’s area most of the time. That speaks of how popular they are to tourists and travelers.
On the other hand, if you are craving less visited places, Puting Buhangin and Bagolatao’s White Pebbles Beach will greet you with open arms.
Believe me when I say, if you are exposed to the hurly-burlies of a modern citied life, your stay to either of these places will redefine your appreciation of discovering places off the beaten track. You will surely come back for more of that something less world-beating but quieter.
Browsing the archive brought back so many fun and romantic memories. It also reinforced the reputation of the country’s tourism slogan: “It’s
indeed more fun in the Philippines!” Each time I look at those pictures and the others in the archive, I still feel stunned. The country, beyond question, radiates an irresistible beauty.
I had to come up with just one though in the end. This post serves as a validation of that decision.
If you are familiar with what I have been posting (last year and the current) on the blog and on its Instagram, Facebook page, Tumbler, Pinterest, and, the latest, Path, you could predict what I had chosen. But if not, any of the four places in the series (i.e., from first to fourth) is probably what you would think as my pick, and that should have been right. However, I was not much of a skilled storyteller, so to say, during that time. I could only write notes or literally short and feeble stories about my travels. The absence of a micro four thirds system camera was also a factor.
The perfect summer destination I picked, with the help of my GF2 (Panasonic Lumix), was the fifth in the series and it is actually the least when it comes to popularity as it belongs to one of those what we usually call underrated, less touristy, or not really known places—to date. Having said that, I would be a lot happier if it stays that way.
I am talking about the three kilometer shoreline of White Pebbles Beach at Brgy. Bagolatao, Minalabac, Camarines Sur. It is just approximately a forty-minute drive from Naga City. The place offers an unscathed scenery that will force you to put your mobile phone down, especially when you get to that hilltop in the East where you can appreciate the encompassing view of the shoreline.
The white pebbles here are guaranteed more picturesque than that of Schoolhouse Beach’s on Washington Island in the United States.
You would not hesitate to dip in the cerulean, clean waters as well.
There are other numerous, interesting, and adventurous activities of course. What makes it all the more inviting though is the absence of fancy real estate developments like hotels or air-conditioned native houses in the area.
It literally defines a laid-back yet quaint beach, which makes a summer getaway easy on the pocket.
Finally, the beach’s relatively obscure name makes the place sparsely populated even during peak season.
Snorkeling in the Awesome Water Kingdom of Moalboal (chasingpotatoes.wordpress.com)
10 Most Beautiful Beaches in the Philippines (hubpages.com)
24 Unusual Beaches You’ve Never Heard Of Before (whenonearth.net)
WI Getaway Ideas: Washington Island (travelwisconsin.com)
Washington Island (barbarakolson.com)
45 Stunning Philippine Beaches to Visit in 2016 (pinoytravelfreak.com)
8 Reasons A Trip To The Philippines Should Be In Your Future (huffingtonpost.com)