Corregidor stone balancing

Stone balancing at a scenic beach in Corregidor

A visitor looks for smooth round rocks to complete her pile

A visitor looks for smooth round rocks to complete her pile

Corregidor Island is ringed not with fine white sand but its typical coastline and beaches are stony, pebbly or just dark sand. Two areas, South Beach and Resort Beach are scenic strips that offer both swimming opportunities and with the presence of  smooth, almost flat, round stones of various sizes and colors makes stone balancing a fun activity possible.

It’s not really difficult to indulge in this activity. Just look for different sizes of rocks ranging from a size big enough for you to comfortably carry to a specific area and succeeding sizes smaller than the other. Choosing differently hued rocks are also good. Once you have these, just pile the rocks one on top of the other. The challenge is really to pile the highest without toppling.

Resort Beach is kind of out of the way, but its where the island’s cabana accommodations are found and there are hourly shuttle services to and from Corregidor Inn from early morning till 10PM. Here, the dark sandy coast is marked with these beautiful rocks mostly clumped together a few meters from the waterline. It’s the best place for rock balancing because of the kind of rocks here that are consistently shaped.

South Beach on the other hand have the rocky beach a little farther to the right. It’s a bit rugged and unlike Resort Beach, the rocks come in bigger sizes and the shape is not that consistent though.

Although stone balancing can be a fun activity, it is actually therapeutic as you get to sharpen your focus and gets you to commune more with nature. If that’s not your thing, swimming is great in these two beaches and the view is just stunning!

Stone balancing at Resort Beach can be therapeutic and meditative

Stone balancing at Resort Beach can be therapeutic and meditative

The round and generally smooth stones in various sizes are ideal for stone balancing

The round and generally smooth stones in various sizes are ideal for stone balancing

Thousands of smooth round stones scattered along the shore of Resort Beach

Thousands of smooth round stones scattered along the shore of Resort Beach

Cliff faces at the edge of Resort Beach make for a stunning landscape. A cordon of rocks lightens the impact of incoming waves.

Cliff faces at the edge of Resort Beach make for a stunning landscape. A cordon of rocks lightens the impact of incoming waves.

View of Resort Beach strewn with smooth round stones

View of Resort Beach strewn with smooth round stones

The old and dilapidated wharf of South beach with bathers in the foreground and Caballo Island in the background.

The old and dilapidated wharf of South beach with bathers in the foreground and Caballo Island in the background.

Smooth rocks of various sizes litter the coast at this part of South beach which stretches to the tip of the cliff.

Smooth rocks of various sizes litter the coast at this part of South beach which stretches to the tip of the cliff.

It may not have a white sandy beach but South Beach is scenic and inviting

It may not have a white sandy beach but South Beach is scenic and inviting

Corregidor Island is under the supervision of the Corregidor Foundation with tours, accommodations and cruises to and from Manila by Sun Cruises. From Corregidor Inn, there are hourly shuttles going to Resort Beach where the cabanas are located. South Beach is reached via a short walk down from Corregidor Inn.

Corregidor Island
via Sun Cruises
Reservations Office
Fernando Ma. Guerrero corner Paseo Palisoc, CCP
Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
Tel. (632) 834-6857 to 58, (632) 831-8140
Fax (632) 834-1523
Mobile (63)917 513-2625, (63)922 337-0068
E-mail: [email protected]
http://www.corregidorphilippines.com/

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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    December 4, 2014 @ 19:26

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