#1. BONBON BEACH in Romblon
Located in Barangay Lonos, Bonbon is a privately owned white sandy beach on a gradually sloping seafront that stretches up to approximately two kilometers. It is linked to an uninhabited Bang-og Island by a sandbar that is submerged on a knee to chest deep water during high tide.It has fine white sand, clear cool waters, swaying trees, and a beautiful sunset. It is also easily accessible by public transportation or by motorcycle from the town.
#2. CABGAN ISLET in Barobo, Surigao del Sur
Cabgan Island (or just Cabgan), is the long-stretched island you will see from afar. Its fine white sand and crystal-clear waters will welcome you and will feed your excitement to hop out of the boat. The island has scenic views in every corner.Surigao del Sur has plenty of hidden gems and one of my recent discoveries is the Cabgan Islet in Barobo It’s one of the three islands that you can visit in Barobo along with Turtle Island, but Cabgan Islet is the best for me in terms of sand quality, clarity of water and fantastic view!
#3. NILUDHAN FALLS in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental
A river feeds the 25-meter wide waterfalls that ends on a 40-meter vertical drop, creating the magnificent curtain falls. One can witness and capture its full magnificence, which resembles that of the Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, during the rainy season or after a relatively strong downpour.Niludhan Waterfalls is a result of 3 smaller waterfalls that combine into one large flow after a heavy rain.The water at the falls is perfect for swimming because of its warm temperature. For brave swimmers, there is a ledge at the back of the waterfalls ideal for diving and free falling. The edge of the basin is lined by sooth falst rocks just before the water flows into the stream.
At the top of the falls there is a water channel where locals usually wash their clothes and occasionally, a water buffalo will travel out for a drink or a refreshing bath.
#4. CASINO AND KANDUNGAW PEAKS in Dalaguete, Cebu
Aside from the more famous attractions like the highest Osmena peak, Dalaguete has more mountains to climb. They say it’s a 20-minute trek up Casino Peak, but it took us a good 45-minutes thanks to the instagram-worthy scenery. Once you get to the top, you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking views of the hills that resemble the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. In fact, the view is so beautiful that travelers come all the way just to see it.
The trek to Kandungaw is a more challenging experience. To get to the top, you have to climb 195 steps, pass through muddy trails, and climb steep rocks. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for an adventure, the view is more than worth it.
#5. TINIPAK RIVER in Tanay,Rizal
Tinipak River, a hidden paradise in Brgy. Daraitan in Tanay, Rizal, was awarded as the cleanest inland body of water in Region IV.
Reaching this destination requires patience and endurance in trekking giant trails of rock, making Tinipak River a perfect getaway for those who love outdoor adventure.
by: Althea Lyn Agsalud/ABM -FAYOL