5 Instagrammable Offbeat Destinations Near Manila That You Probably Haven’t Been To Yet

5 Instagrammable Offbeat Destinations Near Manila That You Probably Haven’t Been To Yet
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For those people who have all the weekdays dedicated to work, weekend trips serve as a breath of fresh air and provide the mental reset they need that allows them to perform better afterward. Hence, when the perfect time comes, they make the most out of it even if it’s just a quick getaway.

Don’t worry because just a couple of hours away from Manila lies offbeat destinations that are equally beautiful (and sometimes, more) as the ones in the metro! You’ll be surprised to know that there are such stunning places that are yet to be discovered by many people. This makes it perfect for those travelers who are looking for a quick getaway in a less touristy place.

Here are the IG-worthy offbeat places you must visit now before they get crowded!

1. Sepoc Island in Batangas

Travel time from Manila: 3-4 hours

In the Philippines, it’s always summer somewhere! For those looking for a tropical getaway just a few hours away from Manila, the beaches in Batangas are a crowd favorite. But because of this, Batangas has become touristy already. Good thing, Sepoc Beach isn’t yet. It is more secluded than your typical well-known beach in Batangas— less crowded but still a beautiful beach.

2. Patungan Beach in Cavite

Travel time from Manila: 3 hours

Photo credits to cavite.gov.ph

This beach is located in Maragondon, Cavite. Although the sand is not white, it is still beautiful because it’s powdery. This is perfect for those who are looking for a quick beach getaway. Plus, you can already go straight to Tagaytay for some bulalo fix after your trip.

3. Talisayen Cove in Zambales

Travel time from Manila: 4 hours

Photo credits to Doods Dumaguing / Flickr

Talisayen Cove got its name from the abundant talisay trees in the cove. When you get there, you’ll notice that there are no other structures around aside from a viewing deck, nipa huts and a private rest house. Nature lovers will enjoy its crystal-clear waters, rock formations, and a lush mountain. You can go trekking or hiking to the mountain. Every corner is perfect for your #feedgoals!

4. Cagbalete Island in Quezon

Travel time from Manila: 3-4 hours

Famous for its white sand patterns, Cagbalete Island is an offbeat but amazingly beautiful destination near Manila. You can go snorkeling, laze all day, or go on an island hopping tour.

5. Atelier Cafe & Nemiranda Art Gallery in Angono, Rizal

Travel time from Manila: 1-2 hours

artistic interior of the kitchen of nemiranda gallery
Photo credits to angono.gov.ph

If you’re into culture and arts, where else is better to explore than in the Art Capital of the Philippines? Angono, Rizal is a good place to expose yourself to learn more about arts, music, and culture. Check Tiamson-Art Gallery, The Second Gallery and don’t miss the Angono Petroglyphs with 127 human and animal figures engraved on the rock wall probably carved during the late Neolithic, or before 2000 BC.

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