Beaches, Nature, Philippines, Waterfalls

15 Destinations in the Philippines Perfect for Summer!


Summer is the time for family outing and also for friends to bond. Well, if you’re looking for destinations  to beat the summer heat, you’re in the right place. Or shall I say, you’re in the right blog post!

I assure you, these travel destinations will not only refresh your body and mind, but will also strengthen your bond and relationship with your lovedones. You know, I’ve been to these places myself and experience it first-hand. 🙂 So I know these are awesome!

Are you ready? So prepare now your summer outfit and pack your bags!

1. Beach bumming in Calaguas

This is life…

Camarines, Norte  – Calaguas is definitely one of the best beaches in the Philippines. No questions. Its pure white sand and clear water will surely put you in awe. It’s so beautiful you have to experience it yourself.

Have you ever think of being in an island paradise doing nothing but swim, eat and enjoy? If yes, Calaguas is for you. And well, that’s what I did that when I was there. LOL!

You swim and then eat, then do some siesta and when you wake up, walk along the white sand and witness the sunset. Perfect!

How to get to Calaguas

There are buses in Manila that would take you to Daet, Camarines Norte. From Daet, ride a jeepney going to Vinzons (town) for 12 pesos. Once you get to Vinzons town proper, ride a tricycle going to either of these ports, Doongan and Hagdang Bato, where you can rent a boat going to Calaguas. It is better to talk to other travelers to share for the boat rental. Due to Calaguas’ popularity, you can also avail some tours offered by some travel agencies.

Check this: Calaguas Island – The way to a paradise


2 . Experience the majestic Hulugan Falls

Hulugan Falls

Luisiana, Laguna – Who says that the best waterfalls in the country can only be found away from Manila? You better think again, because just a 3 hour travel from Manila, you’ll be in the town of Luisiana, Laguna where you can find Hulugan Falls, one of the best waterfalls in the country!

You can swim in its cool water, or just stand in front of the falls and feel its refreshing mist. This is perfect for barkada (group of friends) outing! And did I tell that there’s gonna be some hiking on the way to the waterfalls?

There’s only one reminder for all the travelers. please leave nothing but footprints and memories okay? There have been reports that due to Hulugan Falls’ popularity and  influx of tourist, environment conservation is being compromised.

How to get to Hulugan Falls

There are buses in Manila that would take you to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Once you get to Sta. Cruz terminal, ride the jeepney going to Luisiana. The drop off point is the Barangay San Salvador welcome Arc. Walk until you reach Kapitan’s house, register and get a guide.

Check – Hulugan Falls :One of The Best Waterfalls, A Hidden Gem of Laguna


3. Have a weekend getaway at Cagbalete Island

Cagbalete Island Mauban Quezon
Sandbars of Cagbalete

Mauban, Quezon – It’s summer and you’re still stressed with work? Come on, you need a break, go to Cagbalete!

This is just 40 minute boatride from the port of Mauban, Quezon. What’s so good about Cagbalete is its laidback, relaxing vibe and some stunning sandbars. This is the relaxation you’ve been looking for. A vacation you deserve.

 How to get to Cagbalete Island

Jack Liner Bus has direct trips to Mauban, Quezon. Be at the terminal as early as 4am for the 5am trip. Once you get to Mauban port, ride a public boat going to Cagbalete for about 45 minutes.

Check – Cagbalete Island: Your Next Travel Destination (Tips and One Important Reminder)


4. Walk on the sandbars of Kalanggaman Island

Kalanggaman Island Leyte

Palompon, Leyte – Hailed as one of the best sandbars in the world. Well, I couldn’t agree more.

I remember the moment I stepped on this island. When I got off the boat, I was willing to skip lunch and just go directly to the sandbar. Well, to give up food? That’s so rare for me. LOL! An indication of how beautiful this island is!

If you’re still deciding where to go this summer, you need to have your own “moment” with the sandbar of Kalanggaman.

How to get to Kalanggaman Island

Book your flight to Tacloban. At the town proper, there are vans that will take you to Palompon, Leyte. Coordinate with the Palompon Tourism Office prior to your travel to Kalanggaman. From the port, there are boats that will take you to Kalanggaman. Travel time is about 45 minutes to an hour.

Check – Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte: A Perfect Balance of Tourism and Conservation


5. Soul-searching in Batad, Ifugao

Batad Rice, Terraces

Banaue, Ifugao – Batad will always be my favorite travel destination. I love the Cordilleras. It’s culture, nature and people.

I traveled to this place the time when I needed much clarity in my life. Naks. That’s maybe the reason why I have the word soul-searching when I mentioned about traveling to this place. Batad is so calm and peaceful that this is perfect for people who just want to have some time alone, meet new friends, have some new experiences. Temperature at the mountains is way cooler that’s why it is also perfect for summer

Batad Banaue Ifugao
with the kids…

How to get to Batad

Ohayami Bus and Dangwa Bus have both night trips going to Banaue which is about 8 hours travel time. There are jeepneys at Banaue town proper in front of the police station bound to the Saddle Point. Once you get to Saddle Point, it’s time for an hour of trekking until you reach Batad.

Check – Batad (Banaue, Ifugao) : A Travel Guide


6.Then sidetrip to Tappiyah Falls

Tappiyah Falls

Batad, Banaue, Ifugao – Your travel to Batad will not be complete without experiencing Tappiyah Falls. Okay I’ll be honest with you here. Going to Batad itself is quite a hike, but going to Tappiyah Falls is a hmm grueling one. LOL!

But you know nothing in life comes easy. You have to work and work until you get to a worthy destination. Well, Tappiyah Falls is definitely worth it.

Check – Tappiyah Falls in Batad, Ifugao: A Grueling But Worthy Trek


7. Island hop in Burias Island, Masbate

Animasola Island Burias Island San Pascual Masbate
Tinalisayan Island Burias Island Masbate
Summer na!

San Pascual, Masbate – Burias Island in Masbate is a surprise! Makes me wonder that with all the white sand beaches, sandbars and stunning rock formations in the island, why Masbate is not getting the deserving buzz in tourism?

Come on, this province is underrated! Just plan your trip to Masbate now for you to understand what I am talking about.

Tinalisanayan Island Masbate
Tinalisayan Island, Masbte

How to get to Burias Island

Take a bus going to Naga, Camarines Sur, then take a jeepney from Naga terminal to Pasacao port. There are 3 boat trips from Pasacao to San Pascual, Burias Island. Once you get to San Pascual, rent a boat for an island hopping experience. Islands to explore are Tinalisayan, Animasola, Dapa and Sombrero Island.


8. Water adventure at Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park

Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park

Basey, Samar – Wanna try something new this summer? Why not take on an adventure that involves caving or kayaking in place rich with diverse ecosystem!

Sohoton Natural Bridge offers travelers an exciting way of spending summer vacation! My personal favorite is the kayaking. Nothing beats the thrill of paddling while looking at the rich forest and river. Samar also has a lot of surprises that are yet to uncover.

How to get to Sohoton, Samar

Upon arriving at the Tacloban Airport, you may rent a van there to take you to Basey, Samar. But if you decide to go for the DIY, ride a jeepney at the transport t terminal going to Basey. The drop-off point is the Basey Tourism Office near the wharf and market. The staff will assist you with the boat rental going to Sohoton.

Check – Sohoton Natural Bridge National Park: One of the many reasons to explore Samar!


9. Swim and hike at Nagsasa Cove

Nagsasa Cove

Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales – I traveled to Nagsasa Cove a few months ago for an outreach program for Aetas. You know sometimes we need to give back and contribute to the lives of our fellow Filipinos.

But that doesn’t mean that I just traveled there for the outreach and wasn’t able to enjoy. Nagsasa Cove is perfect for swimmers and hikers. It has a beautiful beach and on the side is a hill where you can climb to get a perfect shot of the entire cove. Beautiful!

How to get to Nagsasa Cove

Victory Liner bus has daily trips bound to Zambales. The drop off point is the Municipal hall of San Antonio. Then ride a tricycle going to Pundaquit for 30 pesos each. Once you get to Pundaquit, rent a boat going to Nagsasa Cove.

Check – Giving Back: An Outreach for Aetas of Nagsasa Cove, Zambales


10. Nature tripping at Infinity Farm, Oriental Mindoro

Infinity Farm Baco Oriental Mindoro
what can you say about this picture?

Baco, Oriental Mindoro – Puerto Galera is the first thing in mind when we hear the travel destination, Oriental Mindoro.

But beyond the white beaches of the town, lies a nature’s secret that only a few travelers have experienced, it’s the clean and pristine river of Infinity Farm. I think its about time you experience this beauty. It’s one of the cleanest and most stunning rivers you can witness.

Guide to Infinity Farm, please check out this post – Infinity Farm: Nature’s Best Kept Secret in Baco, Oriental Mindoro


11. Chase some more waterfalls in Luisiana, Laguna

Aliw Falls

Luisiana, Laguna – Aside from Hulugan Falls, there are other waterfalls that can give you your needed summer adventure.

Of course, Hulugan is by far the best there but if you’re going for a weekend exploring the town, why not take the chance to experience Talay and Taliw Falls. They’re also stunning. Trek going there is also exciting.

For details on how to enjoy these waterfalls, click her –     Talay Falls and Aliw Falls Blog posts.


12. Spend time with friends at Tali Beach

Tali Beach

Nasugbu, Batangas – You’re so busy that sometimes you don’t have much time to catch up with your friends right?

How about dedicate one weekend for them and rent a beach front house at Tali Beach. The houses there are so cozy that you could almost feel home. The only difference is your at the beachfront. How about that?

Tali Beach itself is not comparable to the likes of Calaguas. It’s just a simple beach, you know. But the charm of this place is not really the beach itself but the entire experience of having a good times with friends while experience the cool breeze of air from the ocean.

Check – Tali Beach : A Weekend in a Cozy Beachfront House in Batangas


13.  Tour Davao’s Samal Island

Samal Island Davao
Samal Island

Davao is my favorite city. A sprawling metropolis that is more organized, a more laidback version of Manila.

The best thing about Davao is it’s just near the beach, and the best summer destination in the city is of course, Samal Island. From the city, Samal is already visible. And if you’re going to ride the boat to get there, it will only take a few minutes.

The island has a lot resorts to choose from. When I was there, I stayed at Paradise Island and Resort. The beach was well-taken care of, and the water was so clean. I know you’ll love it too!

For more details about the my trip to Samal island, please check this post.


14. Relax and Rejuvenate at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa

Luljetta's Hanging Garden Antipolo
Credit: Luljetta’s Site

Antipolo, Rizal – Among all the spas in the country, Luljetta’s has the best experience.

Named as the first and only hanging garden spa in the Philippines, located at the mountainside of Antipolo, Rizal with a spectacular views of Laguna De Bay and Manila Skyline.

They offer an array of spa services and the best spot in this spa is the infinity pool with breathtaking views.

How to get to Luljetta’s Spa

From the corner of Shaw Boulevard and Edsa, take a jeepney going to Antipolo church for 27 pesos. Once you get to the church, look for the terminal terminal and tell the driver to bring you to Loreland Farm Resort. Inside that resort, you can find Luljetta’s Hanging Garden and spa.

To experience Luljetta’s garden overnight, you may book to Loreland Farm Resort for accommodation and you may avail the spa services of Luljettas.

Check – Luljetta’s Garden – Things to do in Antipolo


15. Get a jump shot at Potipot Island

Potipot Island
Saya ng mga bata. haha!

Candelaria, Zambales – If you’re looking for an island getaway that makes you feel like a castaway located in a small island. It’s so small that you can explore the entire island in just…five minutes!

In the middle of this island are trees that give ample shade for travelers. This spot is good for beach camping! Planning for a worthy island getaway? a breakaway to the hustle and bustle of the city life? You should experience the charm of  the tiny island of Potipot.

Potipot Island
Credit: chenb.reyes / Creative Commons

How to get to Potipot Island

Take the Victory Liner bus going to Sta. Cruz Sambales. Jump -ff point is at Uacon, Candelaria, Zambales. Once you get to Uacon Barangay Hall, ride a tricycle and ask the driver to bring you to the boats going to Potipot. Travel to Potipot is just around 15 minutes.

There you have it. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to enjoy summer!


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