Nestled in the heart of the Philippines, lies a small yet spectacular island province known as Marinduque. This hidden gem boasts not only its rich history and culture but also decent beaches ideal for those who love to beach bum. With over 100 kilometers of coastline, it’s no surprise that this charming island is one of the most popular island hopping destinations from Manila!
In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the must-visit Marinduque beaches.
1. Maniwaya Island
Located on the southwestern tip of Marinduque, Maniwaya Island is one of the top tourist destinations in the province. Its crystal-clear waters and powdery, whitish sand make it the perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. The island also offers a variety of activities such as kayaking, island hopping, and camping on the beach.
The island also serves as a home base for island hopping to nearby islands, such as Mongpong Island and Palad Sand Bar.
Maniwaya Island is ideal for groups and families, and it is one of the best summer destinations near Manila. If you’re looking for the best Marinduque beaches to visit, this island is one that you shouldn’t miss!
Where to stay in Maniwaya Island: Cozea Beach Lodge
2. Poctoy White Beach
Just a short drive from Marinduque’s capital town of Boac lies Poctoy White Beach — a one-kilometer stretch of white-sand beach with clear blue waters. This beach is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, with its beautiful sand perfect for beach bumming and swimming. The beach also offers a stunning view of the sunrise and sunset, making it an ideal spot for photo enthusiasts.
Poctoy White Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Marinduque, so if you want a more relaxing stay it’s best to visit on weekdays. You’ll find several resorts, cottages, and eateries along the shoreline, making it convenient especially for families.
3. Tres Reyes Islands
Known as the “Three Kings” in English, the Tres Reyes Islands are three small islands located off the coast of Gasan, Marinduque. These islands (named Baltazar, Gaspar, and Melchor) offer a more secluded and untouched beach experience compared to other beaches in the province. Here you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and island hopping while taking in the beauty of these unspoiled islands.
4. Mongpong Island
Mongpong Island may be small, but it offers a unique beach experience that is worth the visit. Located in the town of Santa Cruz, this island boasts a long stretch of golden-sand beach with calm waters perfect for swimming and relaxing. It’s also home to the famous Ungab Rock Formation, one of the landmarks of Marinduque Province.
5. Palad Sand Bar
For a one-of-a-kind beach adventure, head to Palad Sand Bar located in the town of Torrijos. This sand bar emerges during low tide and disappears during high tide, a stunning natural phenomenon that we Filipinos couldn’t get enough of! In fact, Palad Sand Bar is perhaps one of the most photographed beaches in Marinduque due to its instagrammability.
Here you can walk along the stretch of white sand or swim in the surrounding shallow waters.
6. Amoingon Beach
We can’t make a list of must-visit Marinduque beaches without including Amoingon Beach in the town of Boac, dubbed as the “Snorkeling Capital” of the province. This underrated beach is teeming with corals and colorful fishes, making it perfect for snorkelers and freedivers. Even the shore is thriving with life, as locals collect edible mollusks from the pebble beach during low tide.
7. Natangco Island
One of the hidden gems of Marinduque, Natangco Island is a private beach featuring a beautiful white-sand beach cove perfect for beach bumming and swimming. Another part of the island is a great spot for snorkeling and freediving, as it is home to gorgeous reefs and various species of fish. Interestingly, it is also occasionally visited by manta rays!
We won’t be surprised if in a few years, this Marinduque beach will get the spotlight it deserves.
8. Aroma Beach
One of the lesser-visited beaches in Marinduque, Aroma Beach in the town of Gasan is a mostly undeveloped strip of beach with whitish sand and clear, blue waters. Although it lacks the amenities in similar beach destinations, the water is refreshing and perfect for cooling off especially during the summer.
9. Ulong Beach
Ulong Beach offers an affordable beach escape in Marinduque. Located in the town of Mogpog, this beach is popular among tourists who spend time here for casual beach days and family bonding.
This beach is surrounded by a dense forest, giving it a relaxing ambiance. It features clear waters, with a shallow shore perfect for the little ones. You can find laid-back resorts that offer cottages for day trips, where you can rest and enjoy a picnic while enjoying the view of the beach.
10. Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa
For those looking for a luxurious beach getaway, Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa is the perfect choice. This five-star resort boasts a private island with stunning white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. You can also indulge in various activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing, and island hopping or simply relax by the pool or on the beach.
11. Gasgas Beach
Looking for affordable Marinduque beach resorts to spend the weekend at? Gasgas Beach is a private beach with breathtaking waters and tons of activities for the whole family, including swimming, kayaking, boating, snorkeling, and fish feeding. Unlike other shallow shorelines in the province, the water here is deep so it’s perfect for water babies!
At Gasgas Beach, you can rent budget-friendly rooms or a floating cottage where you can enjoy picnicking in the middle of the ocean. Don’t forget to bring a waterproof camera or drone if you have one, because the water here is gorgeous and makes for great photographs!
Marinduque may be a small island province, but it offers an abundance of beautiful beaches waiting to be explored. From luxurious resorts to secluded islands, there is something for every type of beach-goer. So pack your bags and get ready to have an unforgettable beach adventure in Marinduque!
As with other beaches in the Philippines, the best time to go here is during the summer (from March to May). Although the ber-months often see less crowds, you might end up being disappointed with the weather! So it’s best to schedule your trip accordingly or at least keep updated on the weather forecast.
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Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).