April has arrived and with it the sweltering heat of summer. You’re probably raring to pack those swimsuits and show off that beach-ready body! Now if only you can escape the crowds and find the perfect summer spot to relax in.
You can! Here are ten secret summer spots in the Philippines. Hurry and book your flights now, before others learn of the secret, too, and beat you to it!
1. Lapus-Lapus Beach
A half-hour boat ride from Calatrava, Romblon brings you to a cove nestled between to tall marble formations. Lapus-Lapus Beach is Calatrava’s secret, known to locals as a reprieve for travelers who look not for tourist-filled hotels and crowded souvenir shops. On Lapus-Lapus you’ll find a few huts perfect for picnicking and a clear emerald water that tempts you to swim in it forever. To get there, visit the Lamp Development Foundation located at M. Roxas Street, Barangay Poblacion in Calatrava and inquire about a scheduled trip.
2. Tibiao River
For thrill-seekers who need the adrenalin rush of speeding waters, go white water kayaking on the crystal clear waters of Tibiao River in Antique City, Panay. Accessible by land from any point on Panay Island, Tibiao River has gives you white water rafting or kayaking experiences with various difficulty levels or grades.
3. Gumasa Beach
Wishing for Boracay-white sand minus the noisy party crowd? Wish granted. Visit Gumasa Beach in Glan, Sarangani Province, in Mindanao and treat yourself to idyllic days of sun, sand, and solo time! Gumasa has several beach resorts to choose from that accommodate your need for fun, adventure, nature, and relaxation.
4. Lake Sebu
Zoom over beautiful flora and fauna. Marvel at glorious waterfalls. Go eco-trekking. Do all these in picturesque Lake Sebu in South Cotabato. Six hours away from Cotabato City, the temperate climes of Lake Sebu, often compared to Tagaytay City, makes the trip worth it. Do not miss the Seven Falls Zipline. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s very safe at a dizzying height of 180 meters and provides you with an unparalleled view of majestic waterfalls in the area.
5. Capones Island
Don’t forget to bring your camera and sturdy trekking footwear when you go sailing to Capones Island in Zambales. Rusty, rocky, and forgotten by time, this island is not for the faint of heart. You take a 45-minute hike from the dock to the center of the island where stands the lone and awe-inspiring Capones Lighthouse. Climb up and enjoy a 360-degree view of the South China Sea. Stay until sunset and let Capones steal your heart away.
6. Sabang Beach
It’s the snorklers’ and surfers’ dream! Nestled along the coast of Baler, Aurora, and just a tricycle ride away from the bus terminal, Sabang Beach is a long stretch of sand perfect for walkers and beach lovers. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, this is the perfect place to take lessons. Ask locals about Cemento Reef, Charlie’s Point, and Lindy’s Point. Baler won’t leave you disappointed.
7. Mount Guiting-Guiting
Mountaineers rejoice! We have something in this list for you, too. Get ready to climb Mount Guiting-Guiting in Sibuyan Island, Romblon. This formidable summit is notoriously difficult to climb, even for experienced mountaineers. But the rewards at the peak make the three-day climb worth it. If high altitudes are not for you, Sibuyan Island is still worth the trip. It has a very clean river, virgin beaches, lush flora and thriving fauna, and pristine waterfalls.
8. Siquijor Island
Unafraid of enchantments, mystics, and folklore? Visit Siquijor Island and be spellbound by its laidback charm. Bathe in Capilay Springs or dive into the clear waters of Salagdoong Beach. Or get lost among an abundance of mangroves in Guiwanon Spring Park.
9. Basco, Batanes
Bask in the bare beauty of Basco, Batanes, possibly the remotest province in the Philippines. Admire the ancient architecture of their homes and churches, made from local resourcefulness using available material like limestone, boulders, cogon, and wood. Get on a falowa boat and ride to Sabtang Island and walk along its sandy shores.
10. **Cultural Center of the Philippines**
Visit the Cultural Center of the Philippines along Roxas Boulevard, in Pasay City. Yes, this place is rich with arts and culture right in Manila’s backyard. See a performance by Tanghalang Pilipino, the Philippine PhilHarmonic Orchestra or Ballet Philippines. Visit the galleries and enjoy Filipino paintings and fine art. This place is never as crowded as the malls. After your artsy trip, check out the splendor of restaurants that surround it.
Skyscanner has just added ten things to your bucket list. Summer won’t be here forever. Go and travel now!