Malabrigo Pebble Beach

A different yet interesting beach in Batangas

Those smooth round pebbles (or stones) with my feet to scale

Those smooth round pebbles (or stones) with my feet to scale

I got a kick at just looking at the beach! No, it’s not the paradisiacally beautiful white, powdery sandy shore, with tall and graceful coconuts swaying in the afternoon breeze. In fact, most people might not even find this beach gorgeous at all! For me? Wow!

Malabrigo in Lobo, Batangas is known for its beautiful and newly restored Spanish colonial era lighthouse overlooking the sea from a promontory. But at the base of this cliff is a stony and pebbly beach that I just fell in love with. Thus, during a break from the shoot of a local TV episode where I was featured, we stopped at the intersection and just walked to the beach.

Instead of sand, what greeted us were smooth and round pebbles, actually pebbles and stones. Like the pebble beach in Minalabac, as you get nearer to the water’s edge, the stones turns to pebbles. Different sizes but still the same form. And what I like most? The sound of those pebbles grinding against each other as they are hit by the waves!

What about you? Have you been to a pebble beach before?

Fishermen's outrigger boats

Fishermen’s outrigger boats

The waves breaks out into the stony beach

The waves breaks out into the stony beach

Different sizes from stones to pebbles

Different sizes from stones to pebbles

Another view of outrigger boats on the beach

Another view of outrigger boats on the beach

A temporary shack made from nipa

A temporary shack made from nipa

HOW TO GET THERE There are buses from various terminals in Manila (Taft-Buendia, Cubao, Pasay) to Lipa City. From Lipa City are jeepneys that go to the town of Lobo. From there, you can either ride another jeepney or tricycle bound for Malabrigo. Stop at the last intersection or just before the road starts to ascend to the lighthouse. Head to the beach.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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