The Best Beaches to Stargaze in the Philippines
Chase after our part of the Milkyway in these beaches.
by Jaime Perez-Rubio | April 01, 2016
The magic of the beach never ends at sunset. Instead, darkness drops a new tapestry of endless, numberless stars from horizon to invisible horizon. It cloaks you in a moment of the primeval kind that you can only touch on a cloudless night where land meets the sea.
If you’re on a highly commercialized shoreline of tourist dives, all you get is light pollution. Night vision is totally shot from all the blinking bar lights.
But there’s hope. In the Philippines, there a still a lot of unspoilt beaches where even the night sky is pristine. Here are 5 of them.
Leave civilization to camp under the tall trees and moonlit sky of Anawangin Cove. The isolation makes this place a good spot for some thorough soul searching under the stars. Amenities here are very limited—and it’s refreshing, because it reminds one of what’s really important in life—the pure and simple things.
Batangas is one of the most frequented places for a beach getaway. Instead of visiting populated beaches such as Calatagan and Tali, head to Laiya. There, beach-goers commune in starlit peace while lazing on fine white sand. Laiya remains mostly untouched. There is no active nightlife but it’s not entirely dark and not totally quiet because the beach glows under the moon and there’s always the rush of rolling ocean waves.
Kalaw Place, Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera’s beaches are definitely commercialized but hidden in the outskirts is a serene getaway perfect for a starry night. Rent a cabin in beautiful Kalaw Place and have a private lagoon all to yourself. There’s a raft that lets you gently bob around in a stargazing session. This is one of the few places that lets you be completely alone and never be lonely.
Pundaquit has a huge amount of untouched space, and the lack of accommodations is fully intended to leave you with the sole choice of camping under the starlit sky. If you’re heading to Pundaquit, expect to cook your own food over a makeshift stove or bonfire.
You’ll never fully know the pleasure of disconnecting from stressful city life until you bed down on the sand in Pundaquit beach.
Bed of sand under a sky full of stars, anyone? Post your tips in the comments!