Beaches / Water Resorts Category

Deca Wakeboard Park Davao

May 15, 2014

The first cable waterpark I’ve featured here on Vista Pinas is the famous Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur. But if you want your fix of watersports but don’t have the means to go to Bicol, there are actually several other cable waterparks elsewhere in the country. One of them... (read more)

Miniloc Island Resort

May 2, 2014

This year’s summer is turning out to be quite hot and I am sure many of us wish we could go to a secluded beach resort like Miniloc Island Resort (official website) to refresh and relax. This high-end resort is part of the world-class El Nido Resorts which is operated... (read more)

Willy’s Rock

August 19, 2013

No first-time visit to Boracay’s White Beach would be complete without taking at least one picture of the famous Willy’s Rock. You can either just take a photo of the intriguing rock formation from afar, or up close (like at the Marian grotto), or with yourself in the picture either... (read more)

Camsur Watersports Complex

July 20, 2013

Unlike southern neighbor Albay, Camarines Sur was not well known as a tourist destination. Aside from being the seat of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Bicol’s patron saint, Camarines Sur and its main city of Naga was just a rest stop of vacationers going to Legazpi to see Mount Mayon, Donsol... (read more)

Misibis Bay

October 16, 2011

Tucked away on the southeastern tip of Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay is the luxurious resort of Misibis Bay (official website). I have been vaguely aware of this resort for quite a while now but it is only recently that I read up on it. Of course, I also searched... (read more)

White Rock Beach Hotel

October 20, 2010

Well, here’s a resort in Subic Bay that seems to be trying to be everything: White Rock Beach Hotel. It’s basically a beach resort with all the usual amenities for leisure and team-building (like an open field and a wellness center) and facilities/equipment for water sports (like for jet skiing... (read more)

Guyam Island

June 24, 2010

I haven’t featured Surigao del Norte yet here in Vista Pinas so let’s go to Siargao and see the tiny island of Guyam! (Guyam Island is spelled as Guyang Island in some online databases.) Try to imagine the typical tropical deserted island having a small grove of coconut trees and... (read more)

Starfish Island

May 19, 2010

I’ve already blogged about two islands in Palawan’s Honda Bay: Arreceffi Island (where the Dos Palmas Resort is) and Snake Island. So let’s “island hop” once more and virtually visit Starfish Island, also known as Tabuan Island among the locals. Unlike Snake Island which was named that way because of... (read more)

Potipot Island

April 16, 2010

My officemates went to Potipot Island one Saturday last March and their pictures of the trip on Facebook piqued my curiosity. Knowing that Google Maps had high-resolution satellite imagery of the Zambales coastline, I quickly searched for the island and found it with no problem since it was amply documented... (read more)

Capilay Spring Park

February 6, 2010

Siquijor hasn’t been featured yet here in Vista Pinas, so let’s rectify the situation by visiting the Capilay Spring Park, one of the famous tourist attractions on this mystical island province. This spring park is located in downtown San Juan, on the southwest coast of the island. Photo from the... (read more)

White Island (Camiguin)

November 3, 2009

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Mindanao island of Camiguin is Medano Islet, popularly known as White Island. This island is actually just a sandbar with fine white sand (hence the name) and its shape changes with the constantly-shifting currents. In fact, what you can see in... (read more)

Balicasag Island

September 23, 2009

Situated about 6 kilometers west-southwest of Panglao Island in Bohol is Balicasag Island. This 35-hectare round island is quite popular among scuba divers since it is ringed with glorious coral reefs. The island is inhabited, and located at the western end is the Balicasag Island Dive Resort, the only resort... (read more)

Lagen Island Resort

August 19, 2009

In March 2006, I blogged about Lagen Island in El Nido, Palawan. That was way back when there was no high-resolution satellite imagery of Palawan in Google Maps and Google Earth yet. The low-resolution satellite imagery (which came from Landsat) lets us see Lagen Island, but the resolution was not... (read more)

Bonito Island Resort at Culebra Island

July 15, 2009

I’ve featured several solitary island resorts here in Vista Pinas. Those are resorts that have a whole island to themselves. These include Grande Island Resort in Subic Bay, Dos Palmas Arreceffi Island in Puerto Princesa, and Amanpulo in the Sulu Sea. So now I’ll be featuring yet another one and... (read more)

Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa

May 19, 2009

You know what? I realized that I haven’t featured a sight from the beautiful province of Bohol yet! So let’s rectify this deplorable situation by featuring Panglao Island, specifically the Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa. Panglao Island is said to be the next Boracay and already there are plenty... (read more)

Treasures of Bolinao

October 25, 2008

The first out-of-town trip that I joined with my officemates that isn’t company-sponsored was at Treasures of Bolinao in Bolinao, Pangasinan. This is a remote beach resort at Patar Beach, Cape Bolinao on the western edge of the province and overlooks the vast expanse of the South China Sea. The... (read more)

Montemar Beach Resort

September 7, 2008

I’ve never been to the Montemar Beach Resort in Bagac, Bataan but I definitely want to try staying there given the chance. One criteria that I consider for a beach resort to be good is if it faces west and Montemar definitely fits the bill. Why west? Well, I love... (read more)

Snake Island (Honda Bay)

June 1, 2008

Honda Bay is one of those places in the Philippines where you can truly go island-hopping (unlike other places where the boatman just brings you to various beaches on the same island). And one of the islands you can hop to is Snake Island. Some people who have been there... (read more)

Anawangin Cove

May 25, 2008

Only a mere five kilometers from the previously featured Capones Island is Anawangin Cove, an undeveloped paradise tucked into the mountains of San Antonio, Zambales. The main beach at this cove (that big white stretch of shore to the upper-right of this article’s map thumbnail) is a very popular camping... (read more)

Capusan Beach

May 5, 2008

Since Gota Beach is still closed for the public, would Capusan Beach (also spelled as Kapusan) in Cuyo, Palawan be to your liking instead? The beach is by no means a private beach since it’s right next to the town proper of Cuyo, but the sunsets here are beautiful and... (read more)

Gota Beach

May 3, 2008

Tired of going to the beaches in Boracay, Puerto Galera, and Palawan this summer? Then why don’t you try going to Gota Beach in Caramoan, Camarines Sur instead? Part of the 347-hectare Caramoan National Park, Gota Beach is composed of two coves, the Small Gota Beach (the southern cove in... (read more)

Sabang Beach (Puerto Galera)

March 2, 2008

I have a couple of personal observations about Puerto Galera. First, White Beach is the most popular beach in Puerto Galera among Filipinos, while Sabang Beach, our featured destination for tonight, is most popular among foreigners. Second, this makes White Beach the Malate of Puerto Galera while Sabang Beach is... (read more)

Sandbar at Puerto Galera

November 27, 2007

I like interesting landforms (like the previously featured Apo Lakay-lakay) so here’s another one: the sandbar at Puerto Galera. This is a tiny isthmus that connects the island of Mindoro with Boquete Island whose old name is Paniquian Island. To the east are the waters of Muelle Bay and to... (read more)

Capones Island

September 25, 2007

There’s something weirdly romantic about a rocky cliff-strewn island off a mainland coast (think Ko Phi Phi Ley from The Beach). But there’s nothing romantic about Capones Island. It’s not a tropical paradise. It’s rocky. And it’s mostly barren. But it invokes instead a sense of adventure that would appeal... (read more)

Alegre Beach Resort

September 23, 2007

While Mactan Island is the undisputed resort capital of Cebu, what with the presence there of world-class resorts like Shangri-la Mactan and Plantation Bay, there are other equally well-known resorts in Cebu far from the hustle and bustle of Metro Cebu. One of these top-class resorts (that have high-resolution satellite... (read more)

Grande Island Resort

August 14, 2007

I remember seeing this nice small island in the middle of Subic Bay back when I went a few times to Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales and Bataan. I thought that it would be a nifty place for a private resort. Well, apparently, Grande Island is a resort and... (read more)

Plantation Bay Resort and Spa

August 1, 2007

I said before that Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort is Cebu’s premier resort. Well, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, is a close second in terms of prestige. This seaside resort is located about six kilometers down the coast from Shangri-la and is one of Lapu-Lapu City’s numerous beach resorts. Its architecture... (read more)

Club Manila East Central

July 15, 2007

If we have a miniature Philippines in Rizal Park, how about a miniature Laguna de Bay Laguna de Bay is the largest lake in the Philippines and I believe that Club Manila East Central, a popular water resort in Taytay, Rizal, sports the largest model of Laguna de Bay as... (read more)

Ocean Adventure

June 22, 2007

When people go to Zoobic Safari, they also usually go to Ocean Adventure two kilometers to the northeast. If Zoobic has tigers, crocodiles, and ostriches, Ocean Adventure has dolphins, sea lions, and false killer whales. Visit their official website to learn more. Photo by Martin Sordilla. Among their attractions are the... (read more)

Dos Palmas Arreceffi Island Resort

June 17, 2007

At the start of this month, June 2007, Google updated their satellite imagery data for Google Earth. In my main blog, I talked about this update and found that the only spot in the Philippines that used to not have high-resolution imagery but now has, is Puerto Princesa City’s Honda... (read more)

Splash Island

June 4, 2007

Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some wet and wild fun. I even think that some rain and drizzle is actually nice. So if you want to enjoy some water fun, Splash Island at Southwoods Ecocentrum in Biñan, Laguna might be an excellent choice since it’s... (read more)

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

May 22, 2007

I think the best resort in the Metro Cebu area is the Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort (even though I haven’t been to Cebu). But that’s just my impression. However, there’s no question that the best resort in the Davao City area is the Barcelo Pearl Farm Beach Resort. ... (read more)

Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort

March 21, 2007

The Shangri-la Mactan Island Resort is undoubtedly Cebu’s crown jewel resort found along the northeastern shores of Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island. The delegates of the recently concluded 12th ASEAN Summit were accommodated in this seaside resort and several meetings were also held inside the hotel. The summit was to... (read more)

White Beach (Puerto Galera)

March 19, 2007

Summer months have arrived here in the Philippines (winter’s cold was too fleeting) and many people are already heading out to the beaches, like these band of bloggers who’ve gone off to Puerto Galera’s White Beach. We’ve featured Puerto Galera before but that was way back when Mindoro didn’t yet... (read more)

8 Waves Waterpark

July 6, 2006

A not-so-secret resort hideaway is tucked in rural San Rafael, Bulacan. This resort is the 8 Waves Waterpark, whose centerpiece attraction is the 2,789 m² wave pool. It’s called 8 Waves because the wave pool can supposedly produce 8 different kinds of waves. Open since 2000, the resort has been... (read more)

Puerto Galera

May 7, 2006

Since I just spent this weekend over there, the next sight we’ll feature is Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro. You could say that Puerto Galera is the poor man’s Boracay since you only need to spend about 1,500 pesos each for transportation and lodging for a group of about eight... (read more)

Tubbataha Reef

April 8, 2006

Located in the middle of Sulu Sea is the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. This remote set of islands is designated by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. The reefs are reached by motor boat from Puerto Princesa City in Palawan and is one of the popular... (read more)

Peninsula de Punta Fuego

March 26, 2006

In Nasugbu, Batangas, three hours away from Manila via Tagaytay, is the exclusive Peninsula de Punta Fuego residential resorts. The 88-hectare site, mostly sitting on top of a rocky landform jutting out into the South China Sea, features a 9-hole golf course; a club house with its two-decked infinity pool,... (read more)


March 15, 2006

Located in Agutaya, Palawan is the hyper-exclusive and ultra-expensive Amanpulo resort. Amanpulo occupies the whole of Pamalican Island, part of the northern group of Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea and halfway between Boracay and El Nido. The only way to get to this tropical heaven is via the resort’s chartered... (read more)

Lagen Island

March 10, 2006

Lagen Island, in El Nido, Palawan, is the 12th pit stop of Season 5 of The Amazing Race. Our weary racers rested in the resort located at the cove (the bright blue spot) to the northwest end of the island. The resort is part of the world-class El Nido Resorts... (read more)

Fontana Water Park

March 8, 2006

The Fontana Water Park is one of the many attractions at Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino at the Clark Special Economic Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga. The Water Park features an electronic wave pool and three giant slides, among other wet and wild pools. To the west is the Fontana Casino... (read more)

Hundred Islands

March 5, 2006

The Hundred Islands National Park, located in Alaminos City, is Pangasinan’s foremost tourist destination. There are actually 123 islands dotting this stretch of the historic Lingayen Gulf (and the number increases to 124 at low tide, so the story goes [could this be the proverbial 7,108th island of the Philippines?]). The... (read more)

White Beach (Boracay)

March 3, 2006

It’s time to explore the low-res world now and see what interesting places there are to see (at least from a satellite) in the Philippines. First up is the famous White Beach in Boracay Island. This 3-kilometer stretch of white sand is arguably the most desired vacation spot among Filipinos.... (read more)

Island Cove Resort

March 1, 2006

Let’s leave the public places a bit and head into the resort and leisure world. Our next feature is Southern Metro Manila’s secret hideaway, the Island Cove Resort and Leisure Park in Kawit, Cavite. This 12-hectare resort is only about an hour away from Manila via the Coastal Road and... (read more)