The Best Campsites and Glamping Sites in the Philippines
With unique, personalized accommodations popping up left and right, it’s no wonder “staycations” have become the new thing. But in a naturally beautiful country like the Philippines, it’s almost shameful to be locked up indoors, no matter how warm and fluffy the hotel duvet is. Here are some beautiful Philippines campsites:
Nested in one of the most beautiful spots in the country, The Birdhouse in the municipality of Palawan in El Nido is the epitome of glamorous camping. Each luxury tent, which they rightly call “nests”, can accommodate up to four people and has a private bathroom and outdoor lounge area. Most importantly, these nests are perched high up in the trees, giving glampers the most amazing views to wake up and fall asleep. Guests can spend their days hopping through the beautiful islands of El Nido and their nights gathered around the BBQ pit with hot chocolate.
The Birdhouse, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines, +63 949 767 6618
BLOC Camp Site
Do you prefer mountains and lakes on the beaches and the sea? The BLOC campsite in Laguna, just a few hours’ drive from busy Metro Manila, is a must. The glamp grounds are absolutely serene, making it the perfect weekend getaway. Enjoy the activities on the lake: go swimming or paddle, or jump on a rowboat and visit the islet of your choice. After a good night’s sleep in the cozy tents, wake up before sunrise to admire the breathtaking sunrise. It could become your favorite part of the trip.
BLOC Campsite, Brgy Bukal 4013 Cansuso Rd, Cavinti, Laguna, Philippines, +63 936 969 9644
Now this is for the brave and adventurous, not a glamp spot but a proper campground to rough it off the net. Anawangin Cove in Zambales is said to have been transformed into the beauty it is today by the tragic 1991 Mount. Pinatubo eruption. Today, the bay is one of the most popular campgrounds near Metro Manila, so it’s best to come on weekdays when crowds are limited. There is no electricity or grid connections, so pitch a tent, cook the old-fashioned way and admire the beauty of the faho trees, picturesque mountain landscapes and crystal clear waters.
Anawangin Cove, Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales, Philippines, +63 919 934 9474
Within the same perimeter as Anawangin, Nagsasa Cove carries the same history and similar features. One difference people prefer Nagsasa for, however, is that it attracts fewer crowds, so this is probably a better bet for weekend camping. As in Anawangin, enjoy breathtaking views and scenic activities such as trekking up and around its mountainous terrain.
Toby and Thelma’s Island Camping Adventure
There’s more to the “best island in the world” than El Nido and Coron. Halfway between these tourist spots of Puerto Princesa is the hidden gem of Port Barton. Here is the Toby and Thelma beach glampsite, where large tents under sturdy nipa roofs (each with their own outdoor lounge furnished with hammocks, bamboo furniture, and a bonfire pit) overlook the coast. Island tours, a real treat, can be arranged with them and allow guests not only to visit the beautiful beaches of Port Barton, but also to snorkel among the exquisite coral reefs and swim alongside sea turtles.
Toby and Thelma’s Island Camping Adventure, Port Barton, Palawan, Philippines, +63 999 486 3348