I have a fascination with natural pools. For one, natural pools in the Philippines aren’t that very common to find. Second, I think it’s amazing that nature has its own way of creating pools isolated from the sea, which are not only picturesque but also perfect for dipping.
Hence, I asked fellow travel bloggers and other well-traveled Pinoys to share must-see natural pools in the Philippines. Are you excited as I am? Here we go.
#1 Tidal pools in Biri, Samar
Here’s our share on the must-see natural pools in the Philippines. Last summer, we went on a road trip from Manila down south. In Biri, Samar, we witnessed not only spectacular, alien-looking, Star Wars-inspired rock formations but also natural tidal pools. We went there before afternoon and it was still low tide. As such, the tidal pools in Biri were a little inconspicuous, but from above the cliffs the pools were clearly visible and lovely.
Travel guide: From Lavezares town in Samar or Matnog in Sorsogon, ride a passenger boat going to Biri Island. Drop by the tourism office and ride a habal-habal to take you to the Biri rock formations.
You can see more photos of these beautiful tidal pools in Biri, Samar, here.
#2 Magpupungko Pool in Siargao
From Gian and Sheila of Adrenaline Romance:
“These are Mother Nature’s very own swimming pools. The Magpupungko Tide Pools are natural cavities on the seashore. They are hardly discernible during high tide. It is during low tide that the Magpupungko Tide Pools show their magnificence; seawater becomes trapped in the pools as the tide recedes. The Magpupungko Tide Pools are filled with interesting geographical features and strange marine creatures, making them a unique, stunning destination in our lovely country.”
Travel Guide: From General Luna in Siargao, flag a motorcycle to Magpupungko Pool. Round-trip fare is P500.
You can read more about Gian and Sheila’s visit in Siargao’s Magpupungko Pool here.
#3 Pangabangan tidal pool in Dinagat
Here’s another charming addition to our list of natural pools in the Philippines. From Mustachio of Mustachio Ventures:
“A huge meteor zoomed and crashed into this part of Dinagat Islands, thus forming this huge chasm. Or so the unwritten legend says. But, really, it’s just a tidal pool. A beautiful, inviting, deep, aquamarine tidal pool. Pangabangan Tidal Pool can be found in Pangabangan Island, which is part of the municipality of Libjo in Dinagat Islands. It is one of the destinations covered in the island hopping tours offered by the tourism office of Dinagat Islands.”
Travel Guide: To reach Dinagat Islands, take a boat trip from the boulevard of Surigao City to San Jose (Dinagat Islands’ capital). The trip takes about an hour and costs Php 100 per person.
Read more about Mustachio’s adventures to this tidal pool and other places in Dinagat here. You can also see our own experience on island hopping in Dinagat Islands.
#4-5 Kanpirugdot and Ge-puroe tidal pools in Divinubo Island, Samar
The next three items are contributed by Rye Guiterrez. I don’t know Kuye Rye personally but he’s got amazing adventures to some off-the-radar places and hence asked him if he’s been to any natural pools in the Philippines.
“My travel buddies and I traveled by dawn from Guiuan to Borongan City. It was April, the supposed-to-be summer month, but it was raining hard. By the time we arrived in Divinubo Island, fortunately, the rain already stopped.
It was still overcast when we got to the pools and rock formations of Kanpirugdot. My photos lacked warmth, but hey, it’s way better than rain. When we reached Ge-puroe, the clouds gave way for the sun. We only swam for thirty minutes or so. I didn’t wanna get toasted anyway. The tidal pool of Ge-puroe was overwhelming because it was really big compared to the little ones in Kanpirugdot. Although it only has boulders underwater compared to corals found in Kanpirugdot pools. By lunch time, we went back to the city proper to have lunch and rest before our sunset chasing by the city’s boulevard to cap off our 8-day backpacking in Samar.”
Travel Guide: From Tacloban City proper, ride a van bound to Borongan City. Hire a tricycle to take you to Barangay Lalawigan. Ride a public or passenger boat to Divinubo Island.
#6 Nupa tidal pool in Gigmoto, Catanduanes
Again from Rye:
“I went snorkeling (good thing I brought my snorkeling gears), and my guide and I seemingly never got tired of achieving our underwater shots. Just make sure that you’re extra careful of sea urchins. The ones here were way too big with spines almost a foot long (just exaggerating but still!).”
Travel Guide: From Virac port (or alternatively San Andres port), ride a van bound to Gigmoto. Hire a motorcycle to take you to the jump-off point to the Nupa tidal pool. Trek for 15-30 minutes.
Related Read: Travel guide to Catanduanes
7. Jacuzzi pools in Paranas, Samar
From Mervin of Pinoy Adventurista:
“Ulot river in Paranas Samar is every adventure junkie’s ultimate playground. We got to experience an exciting torpedo boat ride in what is considered as Samar’s longest river. At the end of the boat ride, a awesome activities await. At what they call Deni’s Point, you can jump from a mini waterfall, swim in the raging river or just dip in one of the several natural jacuzzis.
These shallow natural jacuzzis are perfect for an awesome dip while enjoying the breathtaking view of the forest and the river. Visit Paranas Samar and experience an exhilarating ride along Ulot River!”
Travel Guide: In Paranas, Samar, proceed to the jump-off point for the torpedo boat ride activity near the headquarters of the Samar Island Natural Park (SINP).
Curious about these natural jacuzzi pools? Read more about Pinoy Adventurista’s experience in Paranas, Samar, here.
That’s it! How many of these natural pools in the Philippines have you visited? Have anything more to add? Put them in the comments box below!
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