Monday, January 24, 2011


junior tourism students from the University of San Agustin for Tumandok 2010-Concepcion group

If your idea of the perfect holiday is lounging around on beautiful beaches, then Iloilo is most definitely the place for you. With its scenic northern and southern coastline to choose from you are, as they say, spoilt for choice.

The northern part of Iloilo has some of the most beautiful beaches. Stretching from Ajuy to Carles, you will come across many long, clean, sandy, unspoilt and underdeveloped beaches to enjoy. But if you're looking for an idyllic, secluded stretch of perfect white sand, head for Concepcion.

Considered as one of the pearls of Iloilo, a string of islands lying north comprised of 25 barangays, 11 of which are distributed in its 16 component islands. The best beaches are sprinkled all around the island-barangays. They are the little gems, a natural paradise of great ecological wealth that we Ilonggos should be very proud of. They are popular and perfect for any water activities by visitors who come here from all over the country to discover the magnificent underwater landscapes and mysteries that lie beneath its crystalline waters. Here you will have soul-warming sun and fragrant sea air to yourself, all-year round. There's enough beach that you will probably find a spot just for yourself. Some of have long sandy stretches, others are clean but almost all are ideal for spending a long undisturbed day of beach worshipping. Although a bit fair away, it is well worth the efforts to reach each destination. These islands are linked to the mainland by motorized banca from the municipal fishing port. Hopping around these islands is a great way to explore Concepcion.

Sandbars and rock islands can be seen while riding the waves along the coastline. Island hopping is enjoyable with food and drink inside the boat, and one has the luxury of swimming wherever and whenever the water is clear and enticing.

A must visit beaches include those of beautiful Agho, Bulubadiangan and Pan de Azucar, serenely set in a sea whose waters range from palest aquamarine and turquoise to deepest sapphire. Their luscious stretch of white sand helped put Concepcion in the tourism map. Tourists who enjoy swimming and snorkeling are drawn to these islands. The best beaches for having a quiet time are sprinkled all around the island-barangays. They are the little gems that Ilonggos are very proud of. They are all clean and peaceful and provide a welcome and relaxing break away from the busy city life.

We start with the most frequented beach in the province and perhaps the most popular on the island is the Sandbar Beach Resort of BULUBADIANGAN. It is a satellite island of barangay Polopina and is a 45-minuter pumpboat ride from the wharf. It is considered the local’s favorite and the much photographed because of its white sandbar. It also has tent sites and picnic facilities and faces offshore Mt. Manaphag.

The uninhabited shores of AGHO is reason enough to go to there. It is a satellite island of barangay Igbon with a strip of oyster-white sands set against a backdrop of palm trees. Its waters provide perfect snorkeling because of its rich coral gardens. It is also a prime site for a beach picnic. The island is astonishing and almost indescribable in its sheer natural beauty.

A somewhat populated, golden sandy beach, TAMBALIZA with its famous landmark, Mt. Manaphag or Pan de Asucar is the gem of the island, reminiscent of the Sugarloaf Mountain known as Pao de Azucar in Rio de Janeiro. There is plenty of lush greenery and the ocean is a beautiful greenish hue that merges into a dark blue out in the open waters of the island.

So when planning a beach vacation Concepcion is the perfect destination. Beaches are among some of the most tempting and the most beautiful in Iloilo. With pristine white sand, clear blue waters and a bevy of activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, swimming, and much more.

To get to these islands, take a bus from Tagbak Terminal in Jaro; this will take you 2.5-3 hours to Concepcion. For more information, please contact the Municipal Tourism Office at telefax (033) 3920309.

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