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“White sand and ample food choices, but too many boats”
Review of Alona Beach

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Muntinlupa City, Philippines
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“White sand and ample food choices, but too many boats”
Reviewed June 1, 2014

If you're like me, who do not want their view of the sea interrupted by boats or ships, then you might find a teeny little bit of problem here. But in the mornings, most of the boats go away as they take tourists on dive spots. There's a good, albeit pricey, selection of bars and restaurants. Not really a thriving beach scene, but I like it that way. I hope it doesn't become too crowded like Boracay.

Visited May 2014
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Paju, South Korea
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“Nice beach”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

The beach itself was awesome. White sand, clear, beautiful blue water, and there are many things to eat, see, and do around the beach. It, like many islands, had a lot of people trying to sell you tours or souvenirs, but they weren't overly pushy about it.

Visited May 2014
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“Just Terrible”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

Crowded beach, too many boats everywhere make it difficult to swim. You'll be ask every 30 seconds if you want a massage, a tricyle ride, a tour by agressive hustlers. Even during diner, kids will come at your table and ask you money. If you're a foreigner, don't go there, it's a nightmare. They have no respect for people trying to relax.

Visited May 2014
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Puerto Princesa
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“One of the few places to see tons of fish in the Philippines.”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

There is a complete range of resorts within walking distance at Alona Beach from cheap rentals about 200 meters up the road leading into the beach, to the ultra expensive Resort up on the hill overlooking the beach, Amorita Resort I believe.

One of the best things about Alona Beach is that there are actually fish around.

So many places you go to in the Philippines the locals live off the fish and they collect almost everything, but there is a ledge running along Alona Beach about 100 meters out that has plenty of fish.

There is a marine sanctuary at the end of the beach near Amorita but the last time I was there a guard on the cliff yelled at us for swimming in there. It was obvious we were tourists and not fishermen.

But the best place is Balicasag Island which is about a 25 minute boat ride from Alona Beach. Be careful on asking for a boat ride, the prices vary a lot depending on how much they can get out of you.

Once at Balicasag the fish life is incredible, like what you would expect to see in the Philippines, just thousands upon thousands of fish.

When we were there we ran into a school of Jack Crevalle, there must have been at least ten thousand fish, you couldn't see the bottom of this huge tornado like column of fish continually going up and down.

Another great thing about Balicasag is even if you do see fish swimming in the Philippines, they are very wary, if you see them there is a reason they haven't been eaten, because they are good at running and hiding.

But in Balicasag you can feed them crackers, whatever and they come right up to you.

If fish aren't your thing then no big deal, but if you find yourself in the Philippines jonesing for a real snorkel with the fishies, Balicasag is it.

Visited June 2013
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Talisay City, Philippines
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“Like a mini Boracay but more peaceful”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

The Sand is fine. Water is also clear and clean where a lot of starfish are visible. :) However there are a lot of docked boats :(

There are a lot of hotels and restaurants also(like a mini Boracay) but way cheaper and people are usually back to their inns/ hotels before 12 so it's more peaceful.

Don't forget to have you Island Hopping in your itinerary and try eating sea urchin (tastes like oyster) dipped in strong vinegar. Yummy. ;)

Visited April 2014
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