How has 2020 been treating you so far? If stress has been knocking you down on the first month of the new year, perhaps a digital detox is a must, thereby giving attention to your physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Whether you save these spots for the upcoming holidays or spontaneous weekend plans, you better go on ahead because there’s no such thing as “too early'” for a vacation. When was the last time you had to go on a vacation, put down your phone, and literally disconnect from the world? Sure, it sounds impossible in this day and age, let’s admit it, one work-related notification can ruin a perfectly planned out of town beach trip. If you want to go on a trip unbothered, relish the calming sound of the waves, feel the therapeutic sand under your barefoot, and enjoy the scenic sunrise and sunsets, these not-so remote islands in the Philippines should be on your list.
Staying in an island without a stable signal, internet connection, and limited supply of electricity and water, basically staying off the grid may sound really crazy and absurd, but it definitely has it’s unexplored perks. Are you the type who can’t last a few seconds not checking Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? Those can wait, trust me. So, ease your mind for a night or two in these local beach destinations.
Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte
Situated in the province of Camarines Norte, Calaguas Island is one of those unspoiled local beaches that boasts a length of white sand and azure water. Enjoy taking a walk in its long shores without having a care in the world. If you really want to go on an adventure, you can try trekking at Calaguas.
Maniwaya Island, Marinduque
Right in the heart of the Philippines, the not-so crowded Maniwaya Island can provide the utmost relaxation. You can also do fun beach activities like snorkeling, island hopping, and glamping. Then, take a photo of IG-worthy rock formations in the island. But remember: Keep that phone on airplane mode if you must.
Samal Island, Davao Del Norte
Apart from the crystal clear water of Samal Island, there are more wondrous things you can do in this island. A home to a lot of hidden gems, you can take a refreshing dip in Haguimit falls or tour the Monfort Bat Cave. Truly, you can never ran out of things to do here.
Dinagat Island, Caraga Region
Dinagat Island may not be one of the most progressive local beaches, but it can guarantee enjoyment and relief for every travelers. Maximize the relaxation in this serene island.
Nagsasa Cove, Zambales
Encircled by steep and gentle mountains, Nagsasa Cove evokes a postcard-perfect scene of lush greeneries. For your well-deserved laidback get-away, you can spend some time in Nagsasa’s cascading falls.
Anawangin Cove, Zambales
This neighboring beach of Nagsasa is another fun and unique beach destination to explore. With its quick hikes to proximate hills, feast your eyes with a breathtaking view of Anawangin Cove.
Real Coast and Surf, Quezon
Engage on an all-out beach adventure at Real Coast and Surf. Whether with your friends or your new found friends, go surfing with the not-so heavy waves, chill in their cabanas, and indulge yourself at the food shack.
Casa Fidelis, Coron
Rural and Simple. Casa Fidelis is tucked away in a protected private forest, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy town of Coron. In this quiet oasis, you can truly witness the tranquil beauty of nature. There are no urban distractions to take away from the experience—no cars, no people, and no mobile signal. While this might be unnerving for some, it will actually do you good to disconnect. After all, everything you need is right there in Casa Fidelis. They seamlessly combine the simplicity of rural life with the modern comforts we’ve all grown accustomed to. The best part? They have their own boats and knowledgeable tour guides that allow you to customize your own itinerary and meals, (versus following a specific and rigid routine tour) plus get first dibs on locations that otherwise would be jam-packed.
Additional text by RJ Roque