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Homoron Blue Lagoon and White Beach

Also known as "Spanish Lagoon". It is located along national road in the town of Mahatao. It was called Spanish lagoon since during the Spanish era, only them where allowed to dip and swim in the lagoon. The deep blue green water in the lagoon is cool and really refreshing. To get to the lagoon, you have to pass through the opening of the  rock formations on the right side of the beach.

Just a few walks away from the road there is astretch of a semi-fine white sand beach with a clear water.  The waives in this beach is calmer and friendlier to swimmers. Locals simply call it White Beach.

These two spots are good for swimming and picnics.

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Lukoy Beach (Secret Beach of Sabtang)

Lukoy beach is one of those great beaches that people often pass by when doing a tour. For this reason it is called the Secret beach of Sabtang. This is one of those untouched spots. you can view the entire white stretch from a cliff. This isolated and unexploited place is a hidden gem.

As you go down the stairway you will be fascinated by the long beach with its fine sand and clear waters. You will also find some rock formations. You will enjoy snorkeling even by just using goggles as lots of fishes will welcome you as you dip in the cool clear water.

How to get there?

  1. Travel time from Manila to Basco Batanes is roughly an hour and 45 minutes by air.
  2. From Basco Airport, take a tricycle to Ivana Port (P220-250/ride).
  3. From Ivana port, take a passenger boat (faluwa) to Sabtang Port (P100/way). Travel time is about 45 minutes. Boat fee is P50/way
    Note: The boat leaves between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM and returns to Ivana Port between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM.
  4. Once you get to Sabtang Port, go to the tourism office and pay the environmental fee of P50. After paying, start your tour. There are a lot of tricycle in Sabtang that can take you to a tour.

Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel

Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel is the only resort located in San Salvador Island Masinloc, Zambales. A four hour drive via private vehicle or six hours commute via public transportation from Manila.

I got the chance to visit the place when Judith (Punch & Judy) invited me to join their team building.

We left Manila by 2:30 in the afternoon and got to the Port of Masinloc at 9:00 PM. Roughly 20 mins of boat ride going to the island of San Salvador.

When we arrived at the resort we were welcome with a peaceful cozy ambiance. It is tranquil hideaway for someone who is looking for a quick escape from the stressful busy city life.

When we were greeted warmly by the resort owner Miss Merly . Even though we arrived late at night she was still there and waited for us. She gave us a quick orientation and set proper expectation about the resort before lead us to our rooms. The hosts of the resort are very courteous and attentive to our needs.

The food was great. While you are having our meal we felt so at home. The host never left us and made sure that we enjoyed our meals and very attentive to what we need. We really felt that we are valued guests.

The ambiance and t he soft music is just perfect to make you feel relax especially coming from a long road trip. The place was surrounded by art pieces that was personally made by the owner. From colorful lampshades, painted shells and more.

The relaxing sound of waves and wind will surely help you unwind. The place is so quiet, not to mention that the we were the only one in the place. It looks like it was exclusively for us.

Perfect getaway for a stay-con, family outing, barkada getaway and team-building.

In the morning we visited the Bacala rest house and sand bar. The Bacala rest house is a house in the middle of the sand bar. Shallow waters are in some parts of the sandbar where you can lie and enjoy the waive gently massaging your body. You will also be teased with the school of tiny fishes all over the sand bar. Be careful as you walk to the sand bar cover with shallow waters so that you won;t step on bunch of starfish scattered allover the place.

Our Itenerrary

Jan 29 2019 Tuesday

02:00 PM Meet up at Waltermart Muńoz, QC.
02:30 PM Departure
03:30 PM First stopover at Shell station Tabang Exit
06:30 PM Second Stopover at Iba Zambales
09:00 PM Masinloc Port
09:20 PM Arrival at Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel
09:45 PM Dinner
10:00 PM Socials

Jan 30 2019 Wednesday

07:00 AM Wake up time
07:30 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Arrival at Bacala Sandbar and Rest House
11:00 AM Back to the Resort
11:30 AM Wash Up
12:30 PM Lunch
03:00 PM Departure from Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel
03:00 PM Arrival at Port of Masinloc
07:30 PM Dinner at Rico’s Fastfood and Restaurant, Olongapo City

Jan 30 2019 Thursday

01:30 AM Arrival in Manila

How to go to Masinloc via Private Vehicle.

From Manila take North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) heading north and Exit at NLEX Dau Toll Plaza (Exit 50) that leads to Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

Proceed along this highway towards SCTEX Toll entrance. Watch for the Hi-way Sign to SUBIC to your LEFT after the SCTEX toll.

Take the SUBIC TIPO Expressway to SBMA.Inside SBMA watch for the road signs to ZAMBALES.

You can refer to the Zambales map and take advantage of the short cuts (map triangles) in Zambales particularly in San Marcelino and Iba. You can bypass several towns like San Antonio, Palauig and Masinloc town proper and save several minutes look for Masinloc Mall and park your car within the area. And walk to Masinloc Port which is at The back of the Mall. Please follow our departure time for Free Boat Transfers.

How to reach Masinloc via Commute: 

  1. Ride a Victory Liner bus at Caloocan Terminal to Sta Cruz Zambales and ask for the Bus to Drop you off Masinloc. 
  2. Walk to Masinloc Port which is at The back of the Mall. Please follow our departure time for Free Boat Transfers. 
  • From Subic: Take the SCTEX Olongapo Station bus for fast travel and hop on a Van to Sta. Cruz. 

Notes about the resort 

  • Resort provide a promo of complimentary boat transfer from port of Masinloc going to San Salvador island for group of 10 persons above.
  • Corkage fee applies for bringing in foods & drinks that are not coming from the resort’s restaurant & bar.
  • Practice ClayGo. You may be fine of P1000.00 for each violation
  • Electricity is available but please conserve power. San Salvador Island is an eco-protected island and its electricity is minimal and powered by wires and cables directing from the town of Masinloc. In case of power outage generators are available for limited time.

How to contact Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel?
Cell: +09453902462
Facebook : Raimer’s Beach Resort & Hotel
Contact Number : 09453902462 /09088385314 from 10 AM to 7PM

Things to visit of Masinloc, Zambales

If you have spare time and if you are into nature, don;t forget to visit this palces.You can include this to your itinerary to make your whole travel experience worth it.
  • San Salvador Island – This island, locally known as “Pulo”, is one of the largest among the strips of small islands in Masinloc.
  • Bacala Guest House and Sandbar – another small islands in Masinloc, you will see this structure that sits in the middle of the sea. It also have a white sandbar that you Can explore during low-tide.
  • “Tridacna Gigas” – known as Giant Clam Farm or “Taclobo”. It is an eco reserve system has been a destination spot for adventurers . Perfect place for snorkeling. It caters the giant clams, different species of marine life and corals .
  • The Giant Mangrove Farm – This giant Mangrove-formed island known as “Yaha” in San Lorenzo, Masinloc is one of the two sites in the Philippines where rare hybrid mangroves can be found.
  • Coto Waterfalls and Kidz Pool – A nature designed swimming pool that lies within a mountain terrain in Coto, Masinloc. A good destination for camping and picnic in groups.
  • Pawikan and other Marine Species – For nature and marine seekers, you can have a sight of some of the endangered sea turtles abound in Sitio Longos, Brgy. Bani where these sea creatures freely lay their eggs. Among other marine species abundant in the area include yellow fin, skip jack, squid, octopus, lapu-lapu, Spanish mackerel, and seaweeds.


  • Masinloc is known for its abundant harvest of premium quality “Carabao” mangoes. Its quality mangoes are globally known for their sweetness.
  • The municipality of Masinloc is a smoke-free town making everyone who stays and visits the place enjoy fresh and clean air.
  • You to inform the tourism office for your visit. Echo tour package should have a minimum of 10 participants. They also discourage solo backpackers/travelers because of the expenses and environmental impact.

    Morong Beach (Nakabuang Beach)

    Located in Sabtang, Batanes is a tourist spot called Morong beach or Nakabuang Beach. Morong beach is well known because of its iconic rocky arch called Nakabuang Arch or Mahayaw Arch. Aside from the arch, the beach have fair sand and its gentle waives attacts tourists.

    How to get to Sabtang?

    1. Travel time from Manila to Basco Batanes is roughly an hour and 45 minutes by air.
    2. From Basco Airport, take a tricycle to Ivana Port (P220-250/ride).
    3. From Ivana port, take a passenger boat (faluwa) to Sabtang Port. Travel time is about 45 minutes. Boat fee is P200/way
      • Note: The boat leaves between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM and returns to Ivana Port between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM.
      • Once you get to Sabtang Port, go to the tourism office and pay the environmental fee of P50. After paying, start your tour. There are a lot of tricycle in Sabtang that can take you to a tour.

      Valugan Boulder Beach in Basco, Batanes

      Valugan is an Ivatan language that means "east". This is not your typical beach where you can swim (not recommended at all). There is no white nor fine sand here. However you will find incredible landscape framed by almost vertical cliffs and rolling hills formed from countless boulders.

      Valugan Beach lies on the eastern foot of the Mt. Iraya. During its active days it spited up those rough andesite rocks that were slowly polished by the tides and the restless waves.  When you get to the beach you will hear the loud whistling of the wind, the constant rumbling of the Pacific ocean and the angry waives as it slaps the shore.

      It is a nice place to relax and find serenity. The sound of the waives is very relaxing and such a music to the ear. Better to be here before sunrise so you can witness the majestic view as the sun starts to show its might.

      How to get here?

      1. Travel time from Manila to Basco Batanes is roughly an hour and 45 minutes by air.
      2. From the airport or your inn in Basco, Valugan Beach can be reached by tricycle.
        North Batan Tour usually costs P1000 per tricycle (good for 2 pax).

      Travel Guide : Borawan Island

      Located in Padre Burgos , Quezon Province. Four to five hours away from the busy Manila. Borawan used to be Quezon’s best-kept secret but not anymore since it was discovered. The place is blessed with beautiful rock formations, azure water and white sand. There is no special with the sand since it isn't fine just like other popular beach, though it is not black. Don't expect too much about this place. It may not be as fascinating as Boracay, Palawan nor Calaguas, Borawan still have charm of his own. Enough reason for you say that the long drive is worth it. It was the start of Ber months when I went there with Team Yapak, Sep 1 & 2 2018 to be exact. We were the only people who were there that made us enjoy the whole place.

      How to commute going to Borawan? 

      1. Take a bus going to Lucena Grand Terminal (3-4 hours) 
      2. Take another bus to Unisan (45-75 minutes). Get off at QCRB Bank in Padre Burgos 
      3. Take a trike to Aplaya (15 minutes). You’ll find tour boats here that will take you to the Island. Boat ride is just 15 mins.

      Fees and Accomodation

      STATION 1 & 2

      P220/pax Overnight
      P150/pax Day Tour Students & Senior
      P180/pax Overnight P120/pax Day Tour

      P1,250 Overnight
      P850 Day Tour (Good for 10 to 15 pax)

      P500 Overnight (Good for 2 to 3 pax)
       *Guests can bring food in Stations 1 & 2 

      STATION 3
      *Entrance Fee is INCLUSIVE for Station 3 ROOMS (airconditioned):

      P4,800 Overnight (Room good for 4 pax)
      P3,500 Overnight (Room good for 2 pax)

      BEACH HOUSE (airconditioned):
      P8,000 Overnight (Good for 8 pax)


       *Food not allowed in Station 3 (except chips)

      Things to Remember : 

      1. Jellyfish has been reported to abound in the area so you might want to ask your contact (boatman, tour operator) if it’s a good time to swim. I haven't seen one though during our visit.
      2. Bring enough cash for your trip with small bills. Yes there is a sari-sari store in the island and items are pricey. 
      3. Bring power bank for your gadgets.** 
      4. Bring portable lamps or flashlights. Bonfire is not allowed. Generator is available that is used for lightning during the night.** 
      5. Bring your own tent. Rentals are also available. 6. Bring your own food and water.** 
      **not applicable for station 3

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        Travel Guide : Sampaguita Beach, Bauan, Batangas

        How to get to  ?

        How to Commute?

        1. Take a bus bound to Batangas Terminal. There are buses in Cubao and Buendia. Fare is 160 pesos.

        2. From Batangas Terminal take a jeep going to Mabini. Ask the driver to drop you off at San Andress. Fare is 30 pesos.

        3. From San Adress take a tricycle going to Sampaguita Beach. Fare is 150 for one way trip.

        Private Vehicle

        If you want to bring your private vehicle it is fine. You can easily follow Google Map and Waze for the direction. There are paid parking in the area. Please note those that travelling from San Andress to Sampaguita Beach would be a bit Challenging and not all vehicle can make it. If you decide to bring you vehicle make you sure that you have above average driving skills 😊

        We stayed in Batong Buhangin Beach Resort. They have rooms were you can stay price ranging from 4,000 to 6,000 pesos. How ever we opted to pinch our tent with a 240 pesos for overnight. The resort have a pool as well just incase the shore does nor permit you to swim. Since it is Amihan season already when we came there. There are mini sari-sari store in the area. The resort itself has a stir but a bit pricey. You can asked them too cook rice for you if your in a group just like us. They also have meals like silog if you opted not to bring your own food supplies. If you want to save bring your own food. There are facilities we're you can cook and prepare you food in the resort.

        During the off pick season, Sampaguita Beach is a nice place to have your quick get away from the busy city. A place we're to can enjoy serenity. We're you only hear the splash of water from the shore. It's not as fancy as other well known beaches. It doesn't have fine white sand though it isn't black. It is still a good place where you can chill and make "walwal" with your friends without the need of travelling too far and no need for boat rides.

        Travel Guide : Cagbalete Island, Mauban Quezon Province

        How to get to Cagbalete

        A. Commute via Bus

        1. Take a Bus from Manila to Lucena Grand Central Terminal

        Buses bound to Lucena Quezon can be found in terminals in Kamias, Cubao, Alabang or Buendia. Jac Liner, Jam Transit, Lucena Liner and Ceres Transport have buses bound to Lucena Grand Central Terminal. Buses leave almost every hour every day.

        2.Take a Bus from Lucena Grand Central Terminal to Mauban

        TheLast trip of Van or local bus to Mauban is at around 6PM. Vans and air-con buses to Mauban are also located in SM City Lucena with trip up to 9PM. Travel time is roughly 2 hours.

        B. Private Car

        Pass through SLEX until reaching the Calamba Exit, then follow the road that leads to Los Banos, Laguna. Just follow the National Highway passing through Pila, Santa Cruz and Luisiana.

        Before you reach Lucban, you will encounter two separate roads, one is bound to Lucban town proper and the other one is going to Mauban. Of course, take the road going to Mauban. The port of Mauban is just another 30 minute ride. Just ask around the local, in case you need assistance.

        Boat ride from Mauban Port to Cagbalete Island

        When you get to Mauban take a short walk going to the port where passenger boats to Cagbalete Island are stationed. Trips are scheduled at 10AM and 4PM daily, for P100 per person. The boats can ferry around 50-60 people. They usually drop off passengers at “Sabang”. You can also arrange a private boat through your resort, specially if you are with a group. Rate starts at P4,000 two-way (Mauban-Cagbalete-Mauban) and can ferry up to 25 people. Boat ride will take about 45 mins.

        What to do in Cagbalete?

        • Swimming – This is best yo do in the morning when there is enought water.
        • Beach bumming – Sit, relax and simply enjoy the view.
        • Snorkeling – Asked your boatman where is the best spot to go on snorkeling. They can bring you there for a minimal fee.
        • Bird watching – During low tide, there are lots of birds searching for food at some parts of the beach.
        • Beach Volleyball – There are nets available and you can borrow volleyball.
        • Frisbee – This is another nice sport to try since the beach is wide and you can run around.
        • Visit sandbars – This is must when you’re in Cagbalete. Its sandbars in the afternoon is just awesome.
        • Visit Bonsai Island – There’s a lot of small trees in Cagbalete. It took time for me to realize that those are actually Bonsai.
        • Visit the lighthose in Baliscar Island – This is part of the itinerary when you hire a boat to explore the Cagbalete and nearby islands.

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