Mabua Pebble Beach Travel Guide

By Anne Elizabeth Apolona Gumiran - 5:45 AM

Philippines is undeniably blessed with beaches with sand hues ranging from bright white to pitch black that make tourists frequently visit and fall in love with it. But unknown to many, pristine beaches with such hues are not the only ones this country has to boast - there goes the pebble beaches too which secretly lie at the coasts in a few provinces. One of which is located at Northern Luzon in Luna, La Union but swimming is impossible due to its waves that may violently wash you away from or back to the shore along with the other pebbles. The other one is located in Mabua, Surigao del Norte. Apart from the renowned Siargao Island and Dinagat Islands, Mabua Pebble Beach is another must see in the province and there seem to be more than its unique shoreline. 

One thing that you can do is pick up pebbles (BUT NOT TO BE TAKEN HOME) for comparison purposes only. I find this quite interesting because I found a variety of pebbles in here.

This stretch of pebble beach is located at Brgy. Mabua in Surigao City which is several minutes away from the city. It is among the best spots to get a glimpse of the marvelous sunset in the province. The ocean actually adds a dramatic accent to the setting sun.

On the right side facing the sea is a rock formation. Its top promises the best spot in the beach to witness the golden hour while feeling the breeze and salty air against one's skin. 

From Butuan, take a bus bound for Tacloban or Surigao City. Alight at Surigao City Terminal. From there, take a tricyle to the public market.

From the public market of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, take a multicab bound for Ipil, Oslao and Jubgan. Tell the driver to drop you off Brgy. Mabua. These multicabs have daily trips to these routes until 7:00pm. From the drop off point, charter for a tricycle going to the beach. You can also haggle for a tricycle that will take you straight to Mabua Beach.

There are no entrance fees nor parking fee because it is a beach open to the public. Should you decide to stay for a day, there are cottages for rent which rate ranges from 300php to 400php. Tent pitching is free of charge as well but it can only be set up at the ground with no pebbles but grasses four to five meters away from the beach.


The nearest and most convenient accommodation at the beach is Mt. Bagarabon Beach Resort and Hotel. They offer cottages, tent, fan and airconditioned room accommodations. Below are their rates:

Open Cottages
400php - day tour
800php - overnight

Double room (2 pax) - 1,550php
Suite room (5 pax) - 2,300php
Standard Double (2 pax) - 1,350php
Standard Single (2 pax) - 1,350php

Suite Duplex Corner (5 pax) - 2,600php
Suite Duplex (5 pax) - 2,500php
Suite Cabana Corner (5 pax) - 2,400php
Suite Cabana (3 pax) - 2,300php

Executive Room (2 pax) - 2,400php
Double Deluxe (2 pax) 2,150php

For inquiries, you may reach them at the following contact details:
+63 917 851 0978
+63 917 883 0978
+63 917 574 8569
+63 989 986 7063

A reminder to everyone who will visit the beach :) Again, take no pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

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