Out-of-town vacays can get pretty expensive, especially if you’re like a Kardashian who has to have a hotel room with a huge bed and a private jacuzzi. But if you can survive a couple of nights without a comforter, bidet, or WiFi, you’d be surprised how much dough you can actually save!
If you want to try roughing it up on your next trip out of the city, here are eight camping spots in the Philippines where you can pitch your own tent! Not only will your bank account thank you for ditching the fancy suite this time around, but it will also be a chance for you to reconnect with nature and the people you’re with.
1. Anawangin Cove
For the most back-to-basics getaway ever, pack your belongings and spend a night or two at Anawangin Cove. This popular campsite is void of all the usual comforts of the city–no electricity, no restaurants, no hotels, and you’re going to have to pump your water from a well! It’s definitely an experience for the books.
With no accommodations in the area, the only way to sleep here is inside a tent. But before you hit the sack, be sure to look up and marvel at the view first. Because there’s no light pollution here, you get to see the night sky in all its shining, shimmering glory.
Anawangin Cove can be found at Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales.
2. Cagbalete Island
Give poor Boracay a break. It’s not the only beach in the country with fine white sand and turquoise water! Cagbalete Island has these too (plus a mile-long sandbar) and the best part is you don’t have to break the bank to buy a plane ticket or book a five-star hotel room. You’ll love this island for its much simpler and cheaper lifestyle.
Along the whole stretch of the shore, you’ll find resorts that provide guests space to pitch a tent (you can rent or bring your own) and camp out for the night. Some of these include Pansacola Beach Resort, Dona Choleng Camping Resort, and Villa Cleofas.
Cagbalete Island can be found at Mauban, Quezon.
3. Casapsapan Beach
Baler is great but it’s not exactly the place to go to if you’re looking for solitude. If you’re willing to travel a bit further for some extra peace and quiet, Casapsapan Beach is the destination to hit up. It’s nine hours away from Metro Manila and four hours away from Baler but the extra time on the road will be worth it once you lay eyes on the white sand and clear turquoise water!
You won’t find noisy tourists here, nor will you be able to check social media because there’s no signal. Don’t expect to see hotels or resorts either so be sure you have your own tent in tow. You can pitch it along the shore for a small fee of ₱100.
Casapsapan Beach can be found at Baler-Casiguran Rd., Casiguran, Aurora.
4. Crystal Beach Resort
With its friendly waves, soft sand, and proximity to Manila, Crystal Beach Resort has come to be a popular destination among surfers and those trying to learn the sport. But riding waves isn’t the only thing you can do in this laidback tropical haven. With a sprawling shore lined with beautiful agoho trees, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the experience of camping here too!
It’s ₱1,075 per night if you’re renting a tent from the resort. This already includes a mat, pillow, blanket, bottled water, toiletries, and breakfast. Though you only have to shell out ₱895 if you’re bringing your own tent. Inclusions are the same, plus they’ll also pitch your tent for you!
Crystal Beach Resort can be found at San Narciso, Zambales.
5. Hundred Islands
Scattered across Lingayen Gulf like a masterful work of art, Hundred Islands is Pangasinan’s most popular tourist attraction. Though the 123 islets are barren save for a few more developed ones, that hasn’t stopped visitors from pitching tents and camping out in this tropical paradise.
If you’re planning on spending a night here, you can rent a tent for ₱400 or you could bring your own and pay a pitching fee of ₱200. There are also mats, coolers, and grills available for rent just in case you forgot to bring your own. If you can’t cook to save your life, there are sari-sari stores in the area that can whip you up a nice hot meal!
Hundred Islands can be found at Alaminos City, Pangasinan.
6. Nagsasa Cove
If you want a less crowded alternative to Anawangin Cove, there’s Nagsasa Cove. It’s further away from Metro Manila and a little harder to get to, hence its much quieter, more laid-back vibe. Just like its neighbor, it’s also free of city distractions–no electricity, no mobile phone signal, and no luxury accommodations!
For the most memorable experience in this picturesque haven, pitch a tent and camp out for the night. You can even huddle around a campfire and play games, tell ghost stories, or roast marshmallows. In the morning, you can buy fresh catch from the sea for breakfast.
Nagsasa Cove can be found at Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales.
7. Potipot Island
Potipot Island has everything going for it, with its dazzling white sand, pristine turquoise water, and gorgeous border of verdant mountains. But despite being the amazing beach destination that it is, it remains untouched by commercialization! Because there aren’t any glitzy hotels here, visitors have to camp out if they want to spend the night.
Because tent rentals aren’t always available on the island, it’s best to bring your own just to be extra sure. You might also want to pack your own food, water, toiletries, and other essentials because supplies are a little hard to come by in the area.
Potipot Island can be found at Candelaria, Zambales.
8. Talisayen Cove
To have an entire out-of-town destination to yourself might seem like a far-fetched daydream but it’s definitely possible at Talisayen Cove. Come on a weekday and you might just find yourself alone on this beautiful beach escape! Even weekends here are much more chill compared to the neighboring beaches in Batangas and the other more popular coves in Zambales.
Camping is the only option you’ve got if you’re planning to overnight here. You’re guaranteed to have the most peaceful sleep of your life inside your tent, with only the soothing sounds of the wind and water to break the silence.
Talisayen Cove can be found at San Antonio, Zambales.