7 Incredible Rock Formations in the Philippines That Every Traveler Must See

7 Incredible Rock Formations in the Philippines That Every Traveler Must See
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The Philippines, undoubtedly, is known for its pristine beaches that some were even recognized as the best islands in the world but aside from this, it also has a fair share of natural wonders sculpted by the Earth’s elements, weather, wind, and waves that have resulted in picturesque attractions. One of those is the spectacular rock formation in the Philippines.

Rock formation is usually the result of weathering and erosion sculpting the existing rock. Shaped over hundreds, thousands or even millions of years, these stunning geological wonders give travelers more reasons to explore the unexplored and get to know the Philippines a little more.

We’ve rounded up seven best rock formations in the Philippines that you should visit at least once!

1. Kapurpurawan Rock Formations – Ilocos Norte 

kapurpurawan rock formations

The most famous rock formation in the Philippines is the Kapurpurawan Ilocos Norte.  

“Kapurpurawan” is an Ilocano word that means “white,” which describes the natural white sandstone formation carved by sea and wind. From afar, the main rock looks like a huge ship fronting the wild waves. The journey to Kapurpurawan Rock Formation is a bit challenging because it will require a 15 to 20-minute walk on a rocky shore. But the view that awaits is well worth it. Just a reminder, wear comfortable shoes, and be extra careful as the rocks could be slippery. 

Aside from the rock formation sight, tourists can also enjoy other activities in the area such as horseback riding.

2. Biri Rock Formations – Northern Samar 

biri rock formations

Located in Northern Samar, this Biri Island Rock Formation is also a crowd favorite. Composed of seven gigantic rock formations namely Bel-at, Caranas, Pinanahawan, Magasang, Magsapad, and Macadlaw, Biri Rock Formations were once buried over a span of millions of years. These were eventually lifted because of the tectonic movements. Just a tip, it’s best to go there during low tide.

Biri Island does not just give you a feast for the eyes but also an amazing travel experience as you can also swim and snorkel around Bel-at and Caranas Rock Formations.

3. Nakabuang Arch – Sabtang Island, Batanes

nakabuang arch in batanes

Batanes is not just all breathtaking hills, it has also a fair share of white sand beaches and rock formations. Morong Beach in Sabtang Island is a popular tourist destination in Batanes because of its fine white sand and the incredible Nakabuang Arch rock formation. Pose under it and you’ll have an instant life-size frame!

4. Alapad Rock Formation – Batan, Batanes

alapad rock formation in batanes

Another famous rock formation in the Philippines is the Alapad Rock Formation, still in Batanes. Found in Batan Island, Alapad Hills and Rock Formation also offers a picturesque view of the hills and the Pacific Ocean on the other side. 

5. Animasola Island – Masbate

animasola island

In the small province of Masbate lies a paradise waiting to be discovered. Stunning beach, jaw-dropping cerulean waters and some of the most beautiful rock formations in the Philippines can be found in Animasola Island. Its most notable feature is its one-of-a-kind rock formations in different shapes like the one that resembles a reptilian head. 

6. Apo Island Rock Formation – Negros Oriental

apo island rock formation

Another rock formation in the Philippines worth visiting is the Apo Island Rock Formation in Negros Oriental. There are many beautifully sculpted natural rock formations waiting for you in this marine protected site. This rock formation is just a short walk from the beach which is also a great spot to go snorkeling, swimming, and diving. 

7. Cape San Agustin – Davao Oriental

cape of san agustin rock formation

Located in Davao Oriental, Cape San Agustin is one of the best Philippine destinations perfect for people looking for a respite. Aside from the calming sound of its sea, the pinkish sand of the beach and fresh air, what calls travelers to visit it is the amazing rock formations in the island. The most noticeable is the altar-shaped rock formation that is believed to be the setting of the first mass of Spanish Missionary priest St. Francis Xavier in Mindanao in 1550s.

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