In my travels around the Philippines, I’ve seen spectacular rock formations littered along our coastlines that have left me both awed and curious. These geological heritages that were sculpted by time and nature were silent witnesses to the perpetual thumping of the sea waves, fiercest storms, and the sweeping winds that rage their way.
I was blown away by the idea that these amazing rocks battled harsh elements of nature for millions of years, which formed it to its current state. Time and again, sites like these remind me that nature is still the best artist of the universe.
Here are just 6 amazing rock formations I’ve come across during my travels around the Philippines:
1. Kapurpurawan Rock Formations, Burgos, Ilocos Norte
This natural attraction off the coast of Burgos in Ilocos Norte is breathtaking. This immaculate rock formation fronting the wild waves of the sea looks every bit the geological wonder.
It may be challenging to get to the site because it will require 15-20 minute-walk on a rocky shore, but the view that awaits is well worth it. Be extra careful as the rocks could be slippery. I recommend you wear comfy footwear and bring umbrella or cap for sun protection.
2. Biri Rock Formations, Biri Island, Northern Samar
If you want to deviate from the usual tourist destinations, Biri Island in Northern Samar may be the perfect choice. Its main attractions are the unique rock formations lining the shore about half kilometer from the road.
We rented a habal-habal or a local motorcycle to get there and trudged along the rocky beach to reach one of the well known spots there, Magasang Rock.
Just a reminder, it’s best to be there during low tide and in time for the sunset or sunrise for perfect postcard-worthy pics and selfies!
3. Nakabuang Arc, Sabtang Island, Batanes
I went to Batanes years ago to experience its well-preserved culture, see the old stone houses, and its magnificent rolling hills. But beyond these experiences, I learned that Batanes’ rugged uniqueness is stamped on many of its beautiful sites. (READ: Through the eyes of a first-timer: Batanes, the evergreen)
An example of this is the landmark arc at Nakabuang Beach in Sabtang Island. This white sand beach has a panoramic view that is accentuated by the famous arc rock formation, which has survived generations. (READ: 15 stunning PH sunsets)
4. Alapad Rock, Batan, Batanes
Located along the coastline of Imnajbu in Batan Island, Alapad Rock stands among the many stunning spots that Batanes is known for. This was formed by tectonic movements and strong water current.
5. Apo Island Rock Formation, Negros Oriental
Some of the prominent features that await visitors going to this small island in Negros Oriental are the beautifully sculpted natural rock formations. The Apo Island Rock Formation is a short walk from the beach area which is also a great spot to go snorkeling or swimming. This island is a marine protected site and a well-known dive spot. (READ: Meet barracuda, a thresher shark, turtles under the sea)
6. “Boto ni Kukarog,” Bagamanoc, Catanduanes
The province of Catanduanes has several notable rock formations to show-off but the most distinguished and controversial because of its form is “Boto ni Kurakog” which literally translates as “Kurakog’s penis.” It is located in Bagamanoc, 61 kilometers from the capital town, Virac.
Local legend has it that this column, which rises about five meters above the sea and which resembles the male sex organ, belonged to a giant named Kurakog. It is said that he did not wake up from deep slumber and his body was washed away by the waves after which only the pointed column remained.
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Che Gurrobat is the blogger behind backpackingpilipinas.com. She founded the literacy project, BookSail, and spent the last 5 years traveling 80 (of the 81) provinces of the Philippines. Visit her Facebook here.
Editors’ Note: This article has been modified to reflect the correct location of the Kapurpurawan rock formations – this is located in Ilocos Norte, not Ilocos Sur. We apologize for the error.