IBA, ZAMBALES, PHILIPPINES — Although gray-sand beaches doesn’t receive the same affection most people give as that to white-sand beaches, they are the most common in the country and are still decent spots for beach bumming. Facing the West Philippine Sea, the sandy shores of Iba in Zambales stretches to about 25 kilometers along the coastline.
There are those weekends that you just want to get out of the house but don’t want to do anything that requires the strenuous motion of your limbs or even the maximum capacity of your brain.
Those are the weekends that equate to you doing the plain & classic beach bumming where you’d do nothing but bask under the heat of the sun – just letting the saline droplets of water evaporate from your skin, leaving behind only grains of sand and a thin film of salt.
A morning walk by the beach can take you towards Dawey-dawey in Botolan. It doesn’t look grand, but sunrise always does.
Just like how it went during our last visit in 2014, a boatman offered us for a visit to a nearby reef where we could snorkel a bit. The great thing about this reef area is that the water seems very clear, you could actually see the corals just from the boat. Be careful not to step on the corals though.
TRAVEL GUIDE / TIPS
- HOW TO GET THERE. Ride a bus bound to Iba, Zambales (fare, P350-390, 3-4 hours travel time). From Iba town proper, hail a tricycle and ask to be be dropped near Iba beach.
- There are a lot of public & private beach resorts lined up along the coast of Iba, feel free to choose the one that suits your taste and budget. We stayed at a private resthouse in Brgy. Lipay-Dingin near Sapphire Beach Resort.
- A long morning walk by Iba Beach can take you to Dawey-Dawey Eco-tourism Park in Botolan, Zambales.
- Several boatmen offer a visit to a nearby reef area. We paid P50 per person.