Top 3 Rising Beach Destinations in the Visayas to Include in Your Bucket List

When thinking about beach destinations in the Visayas, Boracay, Coron, and Panglao will be at the top of the list. These tourist attractions are very popular for their white sand beaches, island hopping adventures, and abundant marine life. It’s no surprise then that many travelers come to visit these places which cause them to become overly crowded and expensive too especially during summer.

But why settle for them, when you have other options? Today, there are numerous beach resorts which opened their doors to local and international visitors. These rising destinations are just what you need to have a fun-filled and relaxing beach getaway because many of them are still unspoiled and waiting to be discovered.

1. Lakawon Island, Negros Occidental

How would you like to stay for a day or two in an island with a long stretch of powdery white sand beach away from the busy life in the city? That’s exactly what Lakawon Island offers and more. It is located in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental and is popularly known as the Boracay of the province.

How to get there

This 13-hectare island can be reached via an hour ride from Bacolod either by private or public transportation to Barangay Cadiz Viejo, Cadiz City where you can get on a boat at the port which will take you to the island. There are many boats available and the fare is very affordable. Once you reached the island, be ready to pay for the terminal and entrance fees.

Accommodations and amenities

Development is ongoing in the island but it doesn’t mean it can’t offer comfort and convenience to its customers. The resort has several open cottages for those who avail their day tour while bamboo houses are offered to visitors who plan to stay overnight or for a few days. The resort has its own bar and restaurant where you can enjoy fresh seafood. However, you may bring your own food (corkage applies) or cook them in the cottage’s kitchen.

2. Salagdoong Beach, Siquijor

Siquijor is famous for its stories of witchcraft and magic. In fact, it is because of these horrifying stories that prevent tourists from discovering this exotic province. What many don’t know is that Siquijor is home to beautiful beaches such as the Salagdoong Beach. Its natural beauty is so enchanting you never want to leave the place.

How to get there

Salagdoong Beach is located in Maria, Siquijor. Unfortunately, commercial flights aren’t available in the island. The fastest way to reach this hidden gem is by plane to Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. From there, head to Dumaguete Sea Port and take the boat to Siquijor. The province is one of the smallest in the Philippines so you can tour the whole island in a day. Upon arrival, take a tricycle day tour which will take you to key tourist attractions including the Salagdoong Beach.

Accommodations and amenities

Salagdoong Beach is located within a government-owned resort. If you’re staying overnight or a few days, it’s best to book a room in Hotel Agripino. The rates are affordable and the place is clean with basic amenities. Meanwhile, there are open beach cottages available too for those on day tour and the best part is you can bring all the food you want and never have to pay for corkage. Salagdoong Beach is famous for its boulder with diving boards which you can use to jump or dive into the sparkling waters below.

3. Cabugao Gamay Island, Carles, Iloilo

Did you know that the Province of Iloilo also has its own share of must-see beaches waiting to be explored? These beaches can rival the more popular tourist spots like Boracay as far as powdery white sand and blue water combo is concerned. Cabugao Gamay Island is definitely a rising treasure found in Northern Iloilo.

How to get there

From Iloilo Airport, head to Ceres Bus Terminal located in Jaro, Iloilo City and take the bus going to Estancia. Once you arrived in Estancia, head to the port where you can board a boat that’ll take you to Islas de Gigantes where Cabugao Gamay Island is located. The boat ride takes up to an hour and a half. Many tourists avail of tour packages to the Gigantes for a worry-free vacay.

Accommodations and amenities

There’s only one place to stay in Cabugao Gamay Island and that’s Maruja’s Flora Island Paradise. It has an amazing view deck which is the perfect spot to take a selfie to show off to your friends. The resort has Spartan inspired tent style accommodations as well as cottages for visitors. It’s an ideal place to stay in because it’s near the other islands comprising Islas de Gigantes. Plus, it offers the best sunrise and sunset views!

Why settle for overcrowded beaches when you can enjoy a stretch of beach all to yourself? Pack your bags now and start exploring these rising beach destinations the Visayas can offer!