The scorching summer heat has officially arrived in the Philippines, making it an ideal time to start planning those beach trips. But instead of booking the usual Boracay trip for your dose of vitamin sea, why not check out the less-trodden, but equally spectacular beaches in Bicol?

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Aside from its picturesque scenery and pristine waters, beaches also offer several health benefits. Many studies have shown how a visit to the beach can improve our mental and physical well-being. Plus it’s an ideal time to soak up on Vitamin D. Responsibly, of course!

A sanctuary for virgin white-sand beaches, the Bicol region is located in the southeastern tip of Luzon. It’s also accessible by both bus and boat, so you’ll save on airfare not to mention take in the region’s scenic routes along the way. While Bicol has much to offer tourists, we zeroed in on its beaches in Bicol where you can soak up some sun, sand, and surf:

Puraran Beach (Catanduanes)

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Considered the ultimate beach bum’s paradise in Catanduanes, Puraran Beach has played host to all types of surfers from newbies to professionals, including Aussie pro Matthew Pitts. Unlike many other popular local surf destinations, Puraran is relatively unknown and less crowded, giving beginners a chance to learn how to ride the waves and experience the mystical “stoke” without being bothered by other surfers in overcrowded waters.

Puraran Beach also has marvelous rock formations just along the coastline, which you can climb. During high tide, small lagoons form inside the rock formations.

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For beginners, the best time to visit Puraran is between March and August, when the swells are not very intimidating. Seasoned surfers looking for barrel-like waves usually find September and October a good time to visit. Time to take out those paddleboards and surfboards and drive to Puraran! Surf’s up!
Contact: Puraran Surf Camp – Call +63 977 182 7537 or email info[at]puraransurf[dot]com