15_-_otherworldly_79749470EE2F4AA781603343B927A500When we think of a beautiful beach, the usual image is of powder-fine white sand and clear waters deepening into bright blue. But there are beaches with no white sand, or even no sand at all, that are as breathtaking – perhaps even more breathtaking – than our usual white beach vision of paradise.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALantangan Beach, Caramoan, Camarines Sur. From afar, Pitogo Island’s lush green hill and gray stretch of beach beckons invitingly. When your boat docks on the island’s beach, you will find not sand but smooth, palm-sized stones – mostly gray, some white and some reddish – on the shore.
As Pitogo Island is not usually included in the typical island hopping tours, you just might have all the island to yourself when you go there.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAmid the quiet, you can hear the music of the waves pushing and pulling the stones, and of your footsteps moving the stones. You can also go up the hill and see Lantangan’s beach strip – one side facing the open sea, the other side a cove.
How to get there: Take a flight to Naga, or a bus to Naga from Cubao, Pasay, or Alabang. Travel time by bus is 9 hours. From Naga, take a bus to Caramoan. At Caramoan town, take a tricycle to Paniman, the jump-off point for island hopping. Travel time to Paniman from Naga is around 4-5 hours.


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