12 Beaches that will make you want to save for the summer

12 Beaches that should be in your bucket list

Philippine archipelago comprises of 7,107 islands which houses spectacular if not the best beaches. We are very rich in natural resources and our gems are way more than we could imagine.  Choosing the best beach for me is a tough choice because there are a lot of things to consider: the sand, the location, the landscape, the waves, the people and personal experience. That’s why the list below is just a compilation of Lakwatserong Sulit Philippine Beaches to choose from and hopefully it inspires you to save for the summer and make your own travel plans. I believe that each island and beaches has its own unique beauty depends on your taste and preference.

1. Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan

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Nacpan Beach is one of my favorite, though I’ve only visited this place once I am considering this as the most tranquil beach. If you happen to love the quietness of the beach this one is definitely for you. A perfect place to have some chill me-time moment with its undisturbed ambiance. The ivory sand coupled with its very lengthy shoreline dotted with swaying coconut trees will truly relax your senses. Continue reading

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fortune island|santorini of batangas

The Greek-inspired Structures of Batangas

Fortune Island
Nasugbu, Batangas

The island lies 14km off shore of Brgy. Bucana in Nasugbu Batangas. The island is perfect for a day tour activity but would also be worth it for an overnight camping. The islands’ main features are the Greek inspired structure of Acropolis in Athens. its pristine beach with its semi-fine white sand and of course its beautiful turquoise water. Surely you will never run out of things to do for a day in the island.

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Gulugod Baboy

MT. GULUGOD BABOY
Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
Jump-off point: Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas
or Camp Netanya
525+ MASL

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Mt. Gulugod Baboy

January 19, 2014
Dayhike climb after the cancelled trek to Taal Volcano
Hours to summit: 1- 1.5 hours

Lakwatserong Sulit and his companions planned to trek Taal Volcano on this day. They hit the road early using the car of LS Irene, there were 5 of them in her car. They had breakfast in one of Jolibee’s along SLEX and took Sta. Rosa exit going to Tagaytay where they planned to meet Abed.

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On our way

It was around 8:00am ng marating nila ang Tagaytay where they meet Abed. They went directly to Talisay, jump off point papuntang Taal Volcano, they found Ate Josie along the road where she offered boat ride to Taal. There were already 6 of them in the car (imagine a ford focus with 6 people in it) plus si Ate Josie dumagdag pa. Pito na sila sa car pababa ng Talisay, siksikan pero puno ng kulitan. Humantong sa tawaran ng boat ride hanggang sa halos mapikon si Ate dahil ayaw magpatawad sabi ng mga ka LS pababain na lang, maglakad na lang daw sya pabalik. 😀

The group arrived at Talisay before 9:00am and busied themselves looking for available boatmen but none would like to take them due to harsh weather condition. It was not as bad as one can see the sky is clear but according to them the wind is strong. Ate Josie accompanied the group to different resort along Taal Lake looking for boatmen to take them to Taal Volcano. Ayaw nila kasi mukhang nagpapadagdag ng presyo. Di rin naniwala ang mga ka LS kasi maganda naman talaga ang panahon.

It was already noon time when the boatmen from one resort agreed to take the group to Taal, unfortunately di pa man nakaka-alis ang bangka nag-radyo ang coast guard na may tumaob na bangka na lulan ang ilang koreano kaya na unsyami ang trek to Taal.

Nagdecide ang mga ka LS to find another place na lang, kaya napunta sa Mt. Gulugod Baboy. Malayo from Talisay ang Anilao, Mabini, kaya it took them another 3 hours to reach Philpan Dive Resort, Anilao. It was around 2:00pm when they started trekking.

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Dirt road to Gulugod Baboy (taken 2:01PM)

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Basekamp poster of Mt. Gulugod Baboy at the first resting area

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The shorter trail to Mt. Gulugod Baboy

According to the locals there are two trails leading to the summit of Gulugod where the shorter one is steeper than the long one. LS and his companions took the shorter one not mainly because of the time but it is the way where the sign says. They don’t know yet the other trail.

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Mango trees along the trail

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D90, 18-105mm, f 5.6, 1/160, ISO 640

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Residence along the trail, another resting area

There’s a lots of resting area along the trail and it’s up to the trekker whether they wanted to rest or not. Here LS and his companions rest a bit to admire the dancing kids. (The picture may not portrait that they are dancing pero totoo sumasayaw talaga sila)

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View from the trail of Mt. Gulugod Baboy

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Meet the group: Geds, Ding, Irene, Yza, Abed and LS taga picture

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Almost there! (taken 3:12PM)

The lonely tree in Mt. GB, a sign that you’re almost there. It only took them 1 hour and a few minutes to reach the summit. Sobrang bilis lang kahit may mga pahinga at kulitan sa daan.

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Mt. Talamitam

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Mt. Talamitam viewed from the registration site

MT. TALAMITAM
Nasugbu, Batangas
Jump-off point: Sitio Bayabasan, Brgy. Aga, Nasugbu (KM. 83)
LLA: 14.1158° N; 120.7577° N; 630 MASL
Days required/ Hours to summit: 1 day / 1.5-2.2 hours

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Sementadong gubat!

Ito ang unang palatandaan patungo sa Mt. Talamitam, ang tulay na ito ay ginagamit ng mga nakatira sa kabilang ibayo upang tumungo sa kalsada papuntang bayan. May isa pang tulay na bakal sa kabilang ibayo subalit sa dinami-dami ng nagdaang bagyo at kalamidad nasira ang nasabing tulay na bakal kaya naman sa ilog lang ang natatanging daan patawid. Swerte kami at hindi mataas ang ilog.

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Mt. Batulao at the background

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Ready…Set… Dance…

Habang patuloy ang aming pag-akyat makikita sa aming likuran ang magandang tanawin ng Mt. Batulao na mas mataas kumpara sa Mt. Talamitam. Maraming puno ng bayabas sa daan paakyat ng Mt. Talamitam kaya naman hindi maiwasang mamitas at kumain. Ayon naman sa aming guide ay hindi naman ipinagbabawal na kumuha at kumain ng bayabas dahil hindi naman ito kinukuha ng mga may-ari.

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Grazing cow along the way

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holy cow…

Habang pa-akyat ng pa-akyat maraming baka ang makikita sa daan. Mag-ingat sa nanunuwag na baka!

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Si Minion sa Mt. Maculot

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Si Minion sa rockies

Mt. Maculot Rockies
Cuenca, Batangas
706+ MASL
Days required/ Hours to summit: 1 day / 2-3 hours
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Abed Maghari

Maraming nahuhumaling sa gandang taglay ng Rockies ng Maculot kaya naman kaming isa sa naingganyo ng kanyang kagandahan ay sumabak din upang danasin ang nasabing kagandahan ng lugar.

Noong July 20, 2013 kami ay naglakbay patungo sa Rockies ng Maculot, sa tulong ng aming ka-lakwatserong si Abed gineya nya kami sa isang paglalakbay na puno ng kakaibang karanasan.

Lakwatserong Sulit Itinerary

Rockies
0400 Boarded Jam trans bounded to Lemery, Batangas
0700 ETA Cuenca Poblacion
0730 Breakfast
0800 Start trek
1130 Rockies summit
1200 Lunch at the rockies
1300 start descent
1500 back at jump-off

What’s our story?

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Poblacion

Mula Buendia kami ay lumulan patungong Lemery, Batangas, mag aalas syete na ng kami ay dumating sa Poblacion ng Cuenca, Batangas. (jump-off point) Habang nagiisip ng aming mga kakailanganin nag decide kaming humanap ng makakainan at nakita nga namin ang Anthony Rose Lugawan, dito habang kami ay umorder ng lugaw nabasa namin ang nakakatuwang tula ng maglulugaw;

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Mt. Batulao

Mt. Batulao

Batulao, Batangas
811 MASL
LLA: 14.0408 N 120.8011 E

Isang napakagandang araw ang inabutan ng mga ka LS natin ng sila ay magumpisang umakyat sa Mt. Batulao. Umakyat noong April 9, 2013.

The Peak of Mt. Batulao

The Peak of Mt. Batulao

Mula Maynila ay sumakay ng Bus bandang 4:00 ng umaga sa Pasay ang mga ka LS biyaheng Calatagan at bumaba sila sa Evercrest Golf Course sa may Nasugbu, Batangas. Dito ang jump-off point, mula sa highway maaaring lakarin papuntang Registration Area o kaya naman ay sumakay ng Tricycle. Maraming nag-aabang na trcy na maghahatid ngunit bago tumalak sila LS patungong Reg Area ay nag almusal muna sila sa tabi ng Highway. Sa halagang P55.00 kada tao ay solve na ang kanilang almusal, dito na rin sila bumili ng pananghalian sa halagang P60.00 bago sumakay ng tryc.

Pagdating nila sa Reg Area ay walang tao na nakabantay, kaya tumuloy na silang umakyat. Hindi na kumuha ng guide sina LS dahil sinasabing madali lang ang daan paakyat sa tuktok. IMG_8110

Makalipas ang tatlumpong minutong paglalakad narating nila ang sangang daan na naghihiwalay sa new trail at old trail. Hindi ka maliligaw dahil mayroong tindahan ng softdrinks at halo-halo sa sangang daan. May palatandaan din na nagsasabing dito ang daan sa new trail.

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Photo courtesy of Edwin Mantele

Habang nasa daan inabutan namin ang isang grupo din ng mga umaakyat na pinamumunuan ni Sir Gary Taniflex, nagkaroon ng maikling kwentuhan habang nagpapahinga hanggang sa magkapalagayan ng loob at nauwi sa madaming kodakan. Continue reading

Burot Beach: A perfect weekend getaway!

Burot Beach

Location: Calatagan, Batangas
Updated: March 18, 2014

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Burot Beach is one of the remote beach located along the shores of Calatagan, Batangas. This has become a favorite destination of many weekend backpackers who are looking for semi fine sand with calm water and of course near Manila. Frequent beach bummers loves to return to this place. For those who love doing photo shoot along the beach this is one of the perfect place for you because not you only you’ll find nice stretch of semi fine sand you will also find beautiful rock formations along the coast line.

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