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Mabua Pebble Beach, Surigao Del Norte Travel Guide

Philippines is undeniably blessed with beaches with sand hues ranging from bright white to pitch black that make tourists frequently visit and fall in love with it. But unknown to many, pristine beaches with such hues are not the only ones this country has to boast – there goes the pebble beaches too which secretly lie at the coasts in a few provinces. One of which is located at Northern Luzon in Luna, La Union but swimming is impossible due to its waves that may violently wash you away from or back to the shore along with the other pebbles. The other one is located in Mabua, Surigao del Norte. Apart from the renowned Siargao Island and Dinagat Islands, Mabua Pebble Beach is another must see in the province and there seem to be more than its unique shoreline. 

This stretch of pebble beach is located at Brgy. Mabua in Surigao City which is several minutes away from the city. The waters are clean and seriously crystal clear. It is among the best spots to get a glimpse of the marvelous sunset in the province. The ocean actually adds a dramatic accent to the setting sun.

The pebbles roll towards the shore beneath small and soft waves. It is such a spectacular sight offered by the crystal clear waters. Be careful though as the waves may get big and may carry bigger pebbles. 

Goofing around with the rocks as big as my face

Really love how the rocks felt against my sole

One thing that you can do is pick up pebbles for comparison purposes only. Be reminded that such should not be taken home. I find this quite interesting because I found a variety of pebbles in here.

On the right side facing the sea is a rock formation. On days with good weather, its top promises the best spot in the beach to witness the golden hour while feeling the breeze and salty air against one’s skin. Climbing up to the rocks is easy but take extra caution as some of the rocks have slippery surface.

Watching the glorious sunset

Mabua Pebble Beach has no entrance nor parking fee because it is a beach open to the public. Should you decide to stay for a day, there are cottages for rent which rate ranges from Php 300.00 to Php 400.00. Tent pitching is free of charge as well but it can only be set up at the ground with no pebbles but grasses four to five meters away from the beach.
The view from a different perspective, overlooking the pebble beach

How to Get There

From Butuan

1. From Butuan, take a bus bound for Tacloban or Surigao City. Alight at Surigao City Terminal.
2. From the terminal, take a tricyle to the public market.

From Surigao City

1. From the public market of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, take a multicab bound for Ipil, Oslao and Jubgan. Tell the driver to drop you off Brgy. Mabua. These multicabs have daily trips to these routes until 7:00pm.
2. From the drop off point, charter for a tricycle going to the beach. You can also haggle for a tricycle that will take you straight to Mabua Beach.

Where to Stay

The nearest and most convenient accommodation at the beach is Mt. Bagarabon Beach Resort and Hotel. They offer cottages, tent, fan and air-conditioned room accommodations.

Mt. Bagarabon Beach Resort and Hotel Rates

Open Cottages
Php 400.00 – day tour
Php 800.00 – overnight
Cabah Cabah Pavilion
Double room (2 pax) – Php 1,550.00
Suite room (5 pax) – Php 2,300.00
Standard Double (2 pax) – Php 1,350.00
Standard Single (2 pax) – Php 1,350.00
Haiahay Suites
Suite Duplex Corner (5 pax) – Php 2,600.00
Suite Duplex (5 pax) – Php 2,500.00
Suite Cabana Corner (5 pax) – Php 2,400.00
Suite Cabana (3 pax) – Php 2,300.00
Mindanao Building
Executive Room (2 pax) – Php 2,400.00
Double Deluxe (2 pax) Php 2,150.00
For inquiries, you may reach them at the following contact details:
+63 917 851 0978
+63 917 883 0978
+63 917 574 8569
+63 989 986 7063
A reminder to everyone who will visit the beach. Again, take no pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

Anne Elizabeth Gumiran, also known as Queenie, is a 20-something, full-time public school teacher, a part-time travel blogger and a freediver. She started putting her stories of adventures and misadventures into words and pictures in 2017 and continues to do so as she shares her advocacy, Sustainable Traveling.


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