Napo Beach: The Undiscovered And Disregarded Public White Sand Beach In Napo, Loon, Bohol


Truly, the town of Loon, Bohol is blessed with natural scenery that can pacify every weary soul. I’ve been in this town for the second time, and every time I traipse my feet here, I constantly find something new and interesting. In fact, there’s a newly found gem in Loon, Bohol, which is the magical existence of Coral Garden in Brgy. Tangnan. And the newly favorite spot of many is the 99 Hugot Lines of Tajang Pass causeway in Loon Bohol, which showcase the overflowing emotions of Loonanon’s or hugot (A slang word refers to drawing emotions from somewhere deep within).

A year ago, I had my memorable sojourn because aside from seeing their stunning waterfalls and spring; I experienced a warm welcomed and hospitality of Loonanon’s, since I prefer to have a home stay experience. And on my second visit, I nevertheless choose to do home stay, which is the same family who adopted me last year. Thus, my deepest gratitude to the Miranda Family in Napo, Loon for welcoming me into their family and home.

On my second visit in Napo, Loon, It was actually my last destination during my birthday backpacking around Bohol. I began my adventure in the peaceful town of Alicia, Bohol to climb to the Alicia Panoramic Park or locally known as Binabaje Hills. I had my second stop in the town of Candijay, Bohol to visit the unassuming beauty of Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad falls and take a plunge in the mysterious and enticing water of Canawa Cold Spring. My third stop was in the town of Anda, Bohol where I enjoyed the stunning sunrise on Quinale Beach, cliff jumping in the Cabagnow Cave pool and take a brisk dip in the Combento Cave Pool. My fourth stop was in the town of Dimiao, Bohol to chase their beautiful waterfalls. I was able to travel to the enticing natural pool of Ingkumhan Falls and gazing at the majestic beauty of Pahangog Twin Falls. My fifth and my last stopover was in Napo, Loon where I had a good rest before heading back to Cebu City.

I arrived in Napo, Loon together with my good friends, Aloysius, Juliet and Marvie at around 7:00 PM. We had our dinner in Miranda’s family and took in a bottle of beer while singing our heart out, since they have a Karaoke. The excitement comes on the succeeding day, which we had a breakfast on Napo, beach where I’m excited to write about.

Candidly, the town of Loon, Bohol has an astonishing list of white sand beaches. They are peacefully located along the coastline part of the town. The Barangay of Napo, Basdacu, Basdio, Mocpoc, Pantudlan, Looc and Cambaquiz, which offers an enticing turquoise waters and sandy beach. On the other hand, these beaches are being disregarded by many and I don’t know why. Probably because it was unknown to many, and these white sand beaches are exclusively enjoyed by many locals who are staying in the said area.

One of these disregard beaches in the town of Loon, is Napo beach. It is located in Brgy. Napo that’s why many locals called it Napo beach. It is alleged to be the playground of many local kids, and many residents of the Napo, Loon have been enjoying this beach since then. Unknown to many, this town suffered a lot during the 2013 quake that hit Bohol and the nearby Island of Cebu. Actually, one of the biggest and the oldest churches in the Philippines was actually sited in this town. But, during the earthquake in October 15, 2013, the church structures and walls were falling down and smashed into pieces.

I’ve heard a bunch of stories of survival during this immense atrocious event, as I had a chance to stay with Miranda’s family during my first visit to this town on April 2017. And before the earthquake; Napo beach was actually closed enough to the community, but after the earthquake, the water moves farther and created a wide sandy bed that is perfect for family picnics.

Truly, Napo beach is left unnoticed. If only this beach would be conserved and cleaned, since I’ve seen plastic garbage around, it can rival to other famous beaches in the Philippines and perhaps in the world. Personally, I can see that Napo beach has a potential of becoming a world class beach, if this will be taken charge of. But anyhow, the fact that Napo beach has provided us a playground during our visit, we truly have enjoyed. Apart from walking around its sandy bed, we also swim in its turquoise waters. Some part of the beach has a perfect powdery sand, and some portion of it is filled with sea moss and sea weeds.

The famous swimming area is actually in Tulay – a local term for a bridge, but when you get close to this place, it looks like a sturdy sea wall and a road that gives an access to the vehicles.This spot also offers a perfect place to gaze to the stunning view when the sun rest below the horizon.

What I also love about the Napo beach during our visit was the scattered fishing boat floating around the ocean, which makes it a perfect backdrop for our photographs. We had our morning pictorial, since the sun was up and the weather was great. We found and experience a paradise in Napo beach, even though its innate beauty is being unnoticed. After truly enjoying the undiscovered and disregarded beauty of Napo beach, my friends and I decided to depart and we set foot on the historical site of Loon, Bohol, which is the Inang-angan stairway since it is just a stone’s throw from Napo beach.

The Inang – angan has an estimated 6 meters wide and has a total of of (5) five flights with 212 steps. And what makes this historical site amazing is that, the stairway was made of limestone blocks and was constructed from 1847 to 1849 by the Boholanos to allow quicker and more efficient trading of services between the people of Moto and Napo. In 2010, Inang-angan was declared as the National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum.

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HOW TO GET TO NAPO BEACH

There are two possible ways to get to Napo Beach in Brgy. Napo, Loon, Bohol, since this is located near Tubigon and Tagbilaran and roughly one hour of travel time.

From Tubigon

There are daily schedule of boat and fast craft trip from Cebu bound for Tubigon. You can take a fast craft for less than 2 hours. From Tubigon Port, ask the locals where is the Tubigon terminal then, take a Bus bound for Loon, Bohol. The fare is around Php 25.00. Ask the conductor to drop you off in Loon’s Plaza and from the Plaza, you can walk for nearly 100-200 meters to get to Napo beach. Always ask the locals for the direction, they are very willing to assist you.

From Tagbilaran

There are daily schedule of boat and fast craft trip from Cebu bound for Tagbilaran. You can take a fast craft for 2 hours. From Tagbilaran City port, ask the locals where is the terminal of Jeepney (Cogon Terminal) or Ceres ( Dao Terminal ) going to Loon, Bohol. The fare is around Php 25.00 via Jeepney and Php 35 via Ceres (Bus). Ask the Bus conductor to drop you off in Loon’s Plaza and from the Plaza, you can walk for nearly 100-200 meters to get to Napo beach. Always ask the locals for the direction, they are very willing to assist you.

NAPO BEACH TRAVEL TIPS

  • The motorcycle is such a great means of transportation in Napo, Loon, Bohol. Hence, I advise you to rent a Motorcycle if you know how to drive and visit all the hidden gem of Loon, especially their stunning waterfalls and cold spring.
  • During my visit, there’s no entrance fee collected since it is a public beach.
  • You can spend many activities on Napo beach such as; swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.
  • Napo beach does not have cottages, Hotels and commercial establishments, and completely unspoiled. It offers a panoramic view of the sunset.
  • Please remember to Leave No Trace behind.
    Take good care of our mother nature. Just enjoy and be responsible enough.

ITINERARY FOR THE WHOLE TRIP
(Birthday Backpacking: Cebu-Tubigon-Carmen-Alicia-Candijay-Anda-Dimiao-Tagbilaran-Napo-Tubigon-Cebu)

DAY 1 (Binabaje Hills, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad Falls, Canawa Cold Spring & Anda Beach)

02:30 AM Depart for Tubigon from Cebu
05:00 AM ETA Tubigon
05:30 AM Depart for Carmen
06:30 AM ETA Carmen
07:00 AM Depart for Alicia
08:00 AM ETA Alicia
08:10 AM Breakfast & Registration for Binabaje Hills
08:40 AM Depart for Binabaje Jump Off Area
09:00 AM Assault Trek to Binabaje Hills Peak
09:50 AM ETA Binabaje Hills summit
10:00 AM Rest and Picture taking
10:45 AM Trek down to Jump Off area
11:20 AM ETA Jump off area
11:30 AM Depart for Alicia Proper
11:40 AM Depart for Lungsod-daan, Candijay
12:05 PM ETA Lungsod-daan Proper
12:10 PM Lunch
12:40 PM Depart for Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
01:10 PM Cadapdapan Rice Terraces
01:15 PM Depart for Can-umantad Falls
01:40 PM ETA Can-umantad Falls and Picture taking
02:10 PM Depart for Canawa Spring
02:30 PM ETA Canawa Spring (Swimming & Picture taking)
03:00 PM Depart For Highway
03:30 PM Depart for Guinhulman
03:55 PM ETA Guinhulman (Waiting for Van bound for Anda)
04:20 PM Depart for Anda
04:40 PM ETA Anda (Strolling around the white beach and look for cheap accommodation)
05:30 PM Check Inn at Kims Garden Inn
06:00 PM Early rest (Take a nap)
08:30 PM Dinner at the food place near the marker
09:30 PM Lights Off (Sleep)

DAY 2 (Anda Beach Sunrise, Cabagnow Cave Pool, Combento Cave Pool, Ingkumhan Falls, Pahangog Twin Falls)

05:30 AM Wake Up Call
05:45 AM Waiting for sunrise at the white beach
06:00 AM Sunrise viewing and Picture taking
07:00 AM Breakfast
07:30 AM Preparation for Cave Pool Adventure
08:00 AM Check Out in Kims Garden Inn
08:30 AM Depart for Cabagnow Cave Pool
08:40 AM ETA Jump Off Area and trek to Cabagnow
08:50 AM ETA Cabagnow
09:00 AM Swimming & Picture taking
10:20 AM Depart for Combento Cave Pool
10:30 AM ETA Combento Cave Pool (Swimming & Picture Taking)
11:30 AM Depart for Guindulman
11:40 AM ETA Guindulman
12:05 PM Lunch
12:20 PM Depart for Dimiao
01:30 PM ETA Dimiao
01:35 PM Depart for Ingkumhan Falls
02:00 PM ETA Ingkumhan Falls (Swimming & Picture taking)
02:40 PM Depart for Pahangog Twin Falls
03:00 PM ETA Jump off area
03:05 PM Trek to Pahangog Twin Falls
03:30 PM ETA Pahangog Twin Falls (Swimming & Picture taking)
04:30 PM Depart for Dimiao Proper
05:00 PM ETA Dimiao Proper
05:20 PM Depart for Tagbilaran
06:30 PM ETA Tagbilaran
07:30 PM Depart for Napo, Loon
08:20 PM ETA Napo, Loon
08:30 PM Dinner
11:30 PM Lights off (sleep)

DAY 3 (Napo Beach)

07:00 AM Wake up call
07:30 AM Coffe Time
09:00 AM Napo, Beach
09:30 AM Breakfast
10:30 AM Swimming & Picture taking
12:10 PM Sleep before heading back to Tubigon
02:00 PM Late Lunch
03:30 PM Depart for Tubigon
04:30 PM ETA Tubigon
05:30 PM Depart for Cebu
06:50 PM ETA Cebu
08:00 PM Going Home
10:00 PM Lights off (Sleep)

EXPENSES FOR THE WHOLE TRIP (Cebu-Tubigon-Carmen-Alicia-Candijay-Anda-Dimiao-Tagbilaran-Napo-Tubigon-Cebu)

  • Cebu Tubigon Fast Cat – Php 300.00
  • Terminal Fee – Php 25.00
  • Tubigon to Carmen Motorcycle – Php 150.00
  • Carmen to Alicia – Php 40.00
  • Tour guide fee Binabaje hills – 300.00
  • Fare motorcycle – Php 200.00
  • Motorcycle (Can-umantad, Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Canawa spring) – Php 300.00
  • Can-umantad Entrance Fee – Php 20.00
  • Canawa spring – Php 20.00
  • Lungsod-Daan to Guindulman Jeepney – Php 15.00
  • Guindulman to Anda – Php 30.00
  • Accommodation (Kims Garden Inn) – Php 499.00
  • Cabagnow Cave & Combento Cave Tricycle – Php 120.00
  • Cabagnow Cave pool Entrance – Php 50.00
  • Combento Cave pool Entrance – Php 20.00
  • Anda to Guindulman – Php 25.00
  • Guindulman to Dimiao – Php 160.00
  • Pahangog Twin Falls & Ingkumhan Falls motorcycle – Php 300.00
  • Dimiao to Tagbilaran – Php 80.00
  • Tagbilaran to Napo Loon – Php 31.00
  • Loon to Tubigon Php 28.00
  • Tubigon to Cebu Weesam – Php 250.00
  • Terminal fee & ticket – Php 25.00
  • Food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks) – Php 750.00

TOTAL – Php 3,738.00

 

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35 comments

  1. Wow, what a gorgeous beach!! I really appreciate that you include a full itinerary and a cost breakdown. These are two areas I’m often very curious about but not a lot of travel bloggers go into this much detail. Much appreciated!! 🙂

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  2. Sounds like you had a great time in Napo! Those white beaches look amazing although it’s a shame that you’ve seen some plastic and trash there. It’s so frustrating to see how locals worldwide don’t take care of nature and public spaces. Nonetheless, glad you had a good time there!

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  3. What an unusual beach, Ariel. It seems so shallow for a large area. Perfect for little kids. I love the blue skies, white sand, green landscape. Beautiful tropics. Thanks for the inviting photos. 🙂

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  4. Which day was your favourite? They all looked pretty full of adventure :).
    I actually converted the cost of your trip from PHP to Canadian Dollar, and it’s a very reasonable price in CAD. It looked like a great trip

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  5. While I work closely with a team based in Cebu, I haven’t had the opportunity to travel to the Phillippines yet. I soooooo hope I get the chance to get there one of these days!

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  6. First off, you have really beautiful photos that showcase the true beauty of these beaches 🙂 secondly I love how you can tell a story, walking us through your day/events, making it seem like we could be there with you! Napo beach looks and sounds so divine, and I hope to that it can be conserved and cleaned, not only to make it a world class beach but to also preserve the natural beauty of mother earth for future generations. I would love to visit the Philippines, and when I do I’ll be coming back to your posts for reference of great places to explore. Thank you 🙂

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  7. You always share the most incredible places! I can’t believe what a large expanse of empty beach this is! Your itinerary looks pretty intense, it’s scheduled down to the half hour

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  8. Wow! Your photos and thorough post sells Napo Beach perfectly!

    My partner and I are starting to plan our honeymoon – I’ve bookmarked your page to share with him tonight because it looks like a magical trip away!

    Thank you so much for sharing, I’ll go through your over work for more inspiration! ❤️

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  9. I loved Bohol, it was so beautiful. But now that I read your post I regret not going to Napo Beach. It just looks amazing! Thanks for the tips, will save them for later 🙂

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  10. So Bohol is not only about chocolate hills and tarsier sanctuary, but more than that. Didn’t know about this Napo beach. I am sure Tulay offers great swimming scenes. It is lovely to know you had a great time at Miranda’s. I would definitely add 99 Hugot Lines of Tajang Pass causeway in Loon Bohol in my list. Thanks for detailing out how to plan!

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  11. Napo Beach is stunningly beautiful! I like reading about these unknown places, because there’s a good chance I’ll never make it there. Hey hanks so much for sharing this place with us!

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  12. i didnt know that another town in Bohol offers pristing beach and scenic places. This surely enters my bucketlist. thanks for the complete itinerary, it helps.

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  13. I had taken a brief hiatus from blogging and when i rejoin the gang… boom… ariel is out to explore another beautiful part of Mother Earth! Thank you for sharing an interesting journey with us. I loved the white sandy beach!

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  14. OMG! What a great place. I’m so glad that on your second visit during your birthday backpacking you got to begin your adventure in the peaceful town of Alicia, Bohol and climb to the Alicia Panoramic Park. It is known as Binabaje Hills? Wow! What an interesting tidbit.

    Gosh, then on your second trip – you lucky person! – you got to visit the unassuming beauty of Cadapdapan Rice Terraces, Can-umantad falls AND take a plunge in the mysterious and enticing water of Canawa Cold Spring? Sounds so invigorating!!

    And I was especially intrigued by the fact that on your third stop in the town of Anda, Bohol you were able to enjoy the stunning sunrise on Quinale Beach, go cliff jumping in the Cabagnow Cave pool and take a brisk dip in the Combento Cave Pool.

    I’m so glad you decided on the town of Dimiao, Bohol to chase their beautiful waterfalls for your fourth stop. And the Ingkumhan Falls and Pahangog Twin Falls truly DO have majestic beauty.

    So sad to have to end your trip, but what a GREAT choice to go to Napo, Loon and then take a rest before going back to Cebu City.

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  15. Hope the garbage on the Napo Beach will be cleaned out soon !

    Glad you have enjoyed there and found a peace of paradise for yourself!

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  16. Napo beach seems like a great place to photograph. Thanks for letting me know of a new place to keep in mind for the future.

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  17. It’s a pity to hear that the beach has been neglected, with plastic bags lying around. I completely agree with you, from the looks of it, the beach can give competition to several other popular beaches in The Philippines. The white sandy beach with those blue waters makes for a fantastic place not just for family picnics but for people looking to sunbathe and take some great pictures too. I have been to the Philippines but only to Boracay and Palawan, not to cebu and bohol, but I plan to go back next year. Thanks for telling me about Napo beach!

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  18. my goodness.. how come they never see the full potential of this place? It’s a paradise! With that crystal clear blue water and the white sand, this is truly a potential tourist attraction. But on a positive side, i think some places like this is good to remain unspoiled so the beauty can still be preserved and prevent them from irresponsible tourists.
    Nevertheless this is indeed a great discovery and thank you for sharing

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  19. That’s an interesting place in the Philippines, the place I would love to stay for a short while, after spending time in the moutans. You told there are no hotels, but, can I put my own tent there?

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  20. The water is SOOO clear! That looks like an off the beaten path beautiful place. So gorgeous and worth the trek to get there. We travel with the kids and they just love the beach.

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  21. Wow! That water is so clear! And white sand to boot! Grabe, dito sa luzon almost all public beaches I know have some type of cottage nearby and hindi siya white sand… Parang nakakatuwa lalo na tumira sa visayas when you have places like that hahaha! Ang dami mo na natravel na lugar, I love checking your site out for the photos lalo na pag hindi pa ako makalabas ng house.. sayang yung potential ng place, pero at the same time I’m happy na hindi siya spoiled and I hope it stays as a public beach, IF mapapangalagaan siya ng maayos and hindi magugulo unlike what happened to sagada when it became popular in a snap.. 🙂

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  22. The earthquake receded the water from the shore? Now that is something. I’m not saying it’s good to have an earthquake, but I can’t deny something beautiful came out of it, literally. Somehow, the fact that the seashore has become wider made it quite beautiful.

    I like that Napo is not known to many tourists. God knows what people can do to a beautiful place, e.g., Boracay. I wanna go there while it’s still relatively unknown to enjoy the peace and its beauty.

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  23. Wow! I need vitamin sea 🙂 Really enjoy reading your detailed sharing here & love all the photos captured here. So crystal clear the water & beautiful scenery. Am adding your post to my to-travel collection, so that I can travel & personally receiving the vitamin sea then 😀

    Your itinerary sharing definitely gonna be my travel reference ya

    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  24. I am from Loon Bohol specifically Sandingan Island Loon where you can see the 99 Hugot lines. 🙂

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  25. Whoa! Oh my Goodness! This is incredible… Its a vast expanse of white sand and pristine water. Actually I have the opposite view of yours. I believe this place is so pure and pristine, just because it is ignored… If it gets more popular, it will attract too many tourists, who will bring a lot of garbage and this place would cease to be so beautiful!

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  26. Beautiful place. There’s still so much to see in Bohol although I am hoping this place remains pristine. I have to agree with the many comments here that it does not need a huge influx of tourists. It does not need to be developed into an attration because that would lead to the decline of its beauty. It’s beautiful as it is.

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  27. so many places you visited as a part of your backpacking trek and i can see that there were many waterfalls included , i am sure yo would have had some great photo visuals , i love waterfalls on a personal note. Regarding the beach maybe the lesser people visit it, the better chance of it to maintain its old world charm

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  28. Ariel- Your blog always has things planned down to the tee in terms of exploring and costs. I wish someday I am able to visit Philipenes and use all these lovely places from your blog. Beautiful to hear about this place got created due to an earthquake. In India (Andaman Islands) was a casualty of the Dec 26-2004 tsunami and due to the excess water a lot of fields are converted to water marshlands 14 years after the event. This is the reverse effect of what you mention
    Regards
    Kartik Kannan

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  29. I loved my time on Bohol! here i thought i was the only to have found Napo beach! Its a gorgeous spot, here’s hoping it stays relatively undiscovered until I get back to enjoy it more! I need to get back to the Philippines ASAP!

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  30. You spend a wonderful time in Philippine and explore all the wonderful zones. Napo beach is such a beautiful place for our vacation, You capture some amazing views of your trip and all the information and tips helps all for best traveling experience on this beach. It’s amazing to know you visited this place for the second time. I have never given a trip to Philippine, but now I am excited to explore all the highlight and beautiful zone in Philippine. Thanks for your beautiful article and keep inspiring us.

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  31. Did you know that Napo is the most culturally active community in Bohol? The Lumad Napoanon danced their way to the championship in the 2016 and 2017 Sandugo Street Dancing Competition, beating the delegations of towns and universities. They’re gunning for a tripple whammy this year in July. Local choreographers are hired ny other towns and barangays for their respective festival dancing contests. The dancers can also perform the kuratsa and kuradang before tourists for a fee depending on the number of dancers and dances. Napo also has sustained a community theater tradition. One of its illustrious sons, Justino Romea, composed the provincial hymn.

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