Beaches near Metro Manila
The summer heat can be hard to bear especially in Metro Manila. If you’ve been dreaming about dipping in the sea for nights in a row, it may be time to schedule a trip to the beach.
You don’t have to go far and spend a lot to enjoy a beach vacation. Here are 7 beaches near Metro Manila that take 5 hours or less to travel so you can fit your beach trip over the weekend.
1. Talisayen Cove – scenic, off-grid beach that’s perfect for a soc-med detox
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If you want to take your social media detox very seriously, head to Talisayen Cove in Zambales. There’s no electricity or cell signal here so you can focus on the views.
You’ll get scenic mountain views from the beach and terrific views of the sea when you hike up the mountain. The beach itself is peaceful and there are plenty of trees and cottages by it to shield you from the harsh afternoon sun.
It takes a 3- to 4-hour drive from Manila and about an hour boat ride from Pundaquit to reach the cove. A round-trip boat ride to Talisayen Cove costs P300/person (~USD5.43).
Remember to bring your own food and other important supplies when you go as there are no vendors in the area.
Address: Sitio Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales
2. Laiya Beach – variety of water activities for a fun getaway
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For those who prefer a beach trip filled with fun activities, Laiya Beach in Batangas is the place to go.
Snorkeling, kayaking, banana boat riding, jet skiing, and island-hopping are just some of the things you can do here. There are areas where the beach has white sand but take heed – some parts are rough from crushed seashells and corals so wear your aqua shoes.
As it’s just 3 hours away and doesn’t need a boat ride to reach, it’s one of the go-to beaches near Metro Manila. The beach can be crowded especially during peak season. However, since it’s a tourist spot, there are also different types of accommodations available for every budget.
Address: San Juan, Batangas
3. Sepoc Beach – explore caves and diving sites
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If diving is your favorite water activity, check out Sepoc Beach in Maricaban Island, Tingloy, Batangas.
The waters here are so clear that you can see turtles, plus it’s near one of 20+ diving sites where you can see more corals and marine life. On the island itself, there are also caves to explore.
Sepoc Beach takes a 2.5-hour car ride from Metro Manila and a 20-minute boat ride from Eagle Point Resort in Mabini, Batangas.
The boat ride costs around P2,500 (~USD45.26) for up to 8 people. Maricaban Island is also privately managed so there’s an entrance fee of P200/pax (~USD3.62).
Address: Maricaban Island, Tingloy, Batangas
4. Liwliwa Beach – IG-worthy beach getaway
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Some of us go on vacation to take lots of photos for social media. For aesthetic IG pics, head to Liwliwa Beach in Zambales.
There are plenty of resorts here with A-style huts as well as other types of accommodations. You also won’t be bored with activities such as surfing, skimboarding, and riding an ATV along the beach.
It’s a go-to vacation spot for many Metro Manila residents, only 3 to 4 hours away from the city. But it’s not too crowded as it’s a substantially long beach stretch.
Address: Sitio Liwliwa, Barangay Santo Niño, San Felipe, Zambales
5. Magalawa Island – check out a sandbar, coral reef, and mangrove forest
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Magalawa Island in Palauig, Zambales will make you feel like you’re on a fancy vacation at a scenic island in the Visayas.
It’s an underrated beach spot that even many locals in the area don’t know about. Since the island is largely untouched, you can peacefully take in its beautiful sandbar, coral reef, and mangrove forest.
Palauig takes about 5 hours by car to reach from Metro Manila. You’ll also need to take a quick, 5-minute boat ride (P150/pax, ~USD2.72 roundtrip) from the coast of the town.
Address: Palauig, Zambales
6. Nagsasa Cove – scenic camping spot
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Nagsasa Cove is one of the more popular coves in Zambales. Besides the sea, you can also swim in a river and hike the trails to waterfalls. It’s also a scenic spot to camp.
Some things to note are that there’s no cell signal and it’s best to bring your own food as prices here can be steep due to limited supply.
Nagsasa Cove takes a 3.5-hour ride and a 30-minute boat ride to reach. The boat ride costs P2,500 (~USD45.26) for up to 4 people. Or if you like to trek, you can also trek Mount Pundaquit for 4 to 6 hours to reach the cove.
Address: Barangay Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales
7. Laki Island – cliff diving spots
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If you need some adrenaline to release stress, head to Mariveles, Bataan to Laki Island which has rock formations you can cliff dive from.
Besides rock formations, the island also has a white sand beach, crystal clear waters, and tide pools to relax in.
You can also stay overnight on the island and rent a tent, cottage, or room. Bring your own food, too, as they tend to be expensive on the island.
Laki Island takes a 3.5-hour drive to Mariveles and a 40-minute boat ride from Puerto del Sol. Boat rental costs P3,500 (~USD63.36) roundtrip for up to 10 people. There’s also a P200/pax (~USD3.62) entrance fee for a day tour or a P300/pax (~USD5.43) fee if you’re staying overnight.
Address: Laki Island, Mariveles, Bataan
Beaches near Metro Manila for a quick summer getaway
Metro Manila residents don’t need to book a flight to another island in the country. There are plenty of beaches near Metro Manila and you can easily find one to suit your ideal summer vacation.
To get your beach OOTD ready by the weekend, check out these Filipino swimsuit and swimwear brands. Or if you want to try other places to cool down this summer besides beaches, visit these water attractions near Metro Manila.
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