The Philippines, an archipelago of 7,107 islands, is known for its beautiful beaches. Its coastline, stretching at 37,653 kilometers, is the fourth longest in the world, longer than Australia and even the United States of America. But more than Boracay, Cebu or El Nido, there are other beaches perched in less touristy islands of the country. Unspoiled and unspoiled hidden jewels that guarantee the same sun, sea and sand of the tropical Philippines such as in the Province of Romblon. Located at the center of…Continue Reading “The Beaches of Romblon Island: Bonbon Beach, Tiamban Beach & More”

Kalanggaman Island

I never thought that a place named Kalanggaman Island exists. Not until my friend Tatz posted some photos of the place in her Multiply in 2009. To my surprise, the island is part of Palompon in Leyte, the hometown of my mom. When I learned of it, I quickly approached my mom and asked if she knows Kalanggaman Island. She answered positively in Cebuano, “atbang sa Palompon” or off the coast of Palompon. Wow! I excitedly Googled it and found some interesting articles and stories of the…Continue Reading “Kalanggaman Island: Leyte’s Hidden Gem”

Colibra Island

It was in 2011 when we first visited Colibra Island (sometimes spelled as Culebra Island) in Pangasinan. It was still unpopular then, in fact some locals discouraged us on going there. “It is an ugly place!” “There’s nothing there!” We ignored their rants and spent a night in the island. Only us under millions of stars, with the sunset, moonrise and sunrise gracing our stay. Situated off the coast of Barangay Tambobong in Dasol, Colibra Island or Camaso Island is a tiny and rocky islet…Continue Reading “Colibra Island: Dasol’s Island Hideaway”

Punta Sebaring

Let me tease you! They say this beach can fit two soccer fields, I say… on low tide, even three! The sand – white as sugar, fine as powder, soft as cushion! Punta Sebaring is probably the best beach on my list! Its name does sounds greek and out of this world. Chances are, it is the very first time that you have heard the place. I am not surprised, Punta Sebaring is that offbeat and remote. It is a patch of perfectly fine and white…Continue Reading “Favorite Beach: Punta Sebaring of Bugsuk Island, Balabac”

Comiran Island

You have probably heard of or visited the Subic Beach of Sorsogon and/or Sta. Cruz Island of Zamboanga City, their common denominator – the rare pink sand beach! Well, if you think those are the only pink sand beaches in the Philippines, then think again! In the southernmost tip of Palawan is a group of islands characterized mostly by its fine white sand except for one – Comiran Island. Located south of the famous Onuk Island, Comiran Island is a small privately owned uninhabited island surrounded…Continue Reading “Comiran Island: The Pink Beach of Balabac, Palawan”


Contrary to common impression, the main island of Camiguin has no white sand beach. The island is an outcome of series of volcanic eruptions long time ago that volcanic rocks and sand make up its coast. The picture of the white beach we usually see in postcards is the White Sandbar northwest of the island, approximately fifteen minutes by boat. Situated off the coast of the town of Mambajao, northwest of mainland Camiguin, the uninhabited White Sandbar offers imposing beauty with its white sand, surrounding emerald and blue…Continue Reading “The White Sandbar of Camiguin”