10 Natural Pools in the Philippines

Our country, the Philippines, never fails to surprise us with her impeccable water wonders. We have world-class islands, diverse marine resources, and even a number of naturally crafted pools that fulfill the mermaid in us. Here, we listed 10 natural pools in the Philippines that you might want to trade your legs for fins.

Spring of Youth, Batanes

Spring of Youth
Photo by Mikee Pascual

Batanes is well-known for its profane pasturelands like Vayang Rolling Hills, Racuh a Payaman or Marlboro Country, and Motchong Viewing Deck. But little did we know, a glorious man-made pool filled with fresh spring water called the Spring of Youth is resting in the east of Diura Fishing Village. The spring water here allegedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks from it.

To reach this piece of heaven, tourists must do a 30-minute trek across a rocky road, with occasional sightings of “Idjangs,” or stone fortresses that Ivatans persistently preserve. After the trek, a rewarding dip will surely soothe your weary body. Just be sure to come early, no tourists will be accepted here after 5 PM.

Magpupungko Tidal Wave Pool, Siargao

Magpupungko Tidal Wave Pool
Photo by Sharlene

Meanwhile in the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, Siargao, a natural pool called Magpupungko Tidal Wave Pool competes with the spotlight from the famed south swell waves of the island. Tourists flock here to gush over its rock formations and its seemingly infinite pools shaped by nature. The deepest part of the tidal pool is at 18 feet.

Bel-at Pool, Biri Island

Bel-at Pool
Photo by The Poor Traveler

Biri Island best represents Northern Samar; all thanks and praise to its mangrove forest and a number of rock formations that many travelers are now taking over. Among the many are six major rock formations named Magasang, Magsapad, Macadlaw, Puhunan, Bel-at, and Caranas.

Most of these rock formations have natural pools but it is in Bel-at where tourists generally gather. These pools can be deep though and some opt to snorkel for underwater exploration.

Hika Hika, Eastern Samar

Hika Hika
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While Bel-at gives pride to Northern Samar, Hika Hika is here to carry the flag of Eastern Samar. This seemingly far-flung pool keeps its locals freshened up with its alluring fresh water. Interestingly, the natural pool is said to be named after hika or asthma because of the constant rising up and falling down of the waves.

Tangke Salt Water Lagoon, Iloilo

Tangke Salt Water Lagoon
Photo by Kimi Juan

Adjacent to Iloilo’s famous Isla de Gigantes is the Tangke Salt Water Lagoon located at the south side of it. This beauty is packed with mythical stories though; one of which is that the lagoon is said to be guarded by enchanted creatures that are responsible for its cleanliness and serenity.

The lagoon is sometimes in low tide, causing for it to be left like a rock formation at times. Be sure to know the lagoon’s surge first before going here so you could happily plunge into it.

Bokong Falls, Banaue

Bokong Falls
Photo by Joanne Ignacio

Bokong Falls is one of Banaue’s primed cascades embraced by rice terraces and pine trees. However small, the 20-feet falls cannot be underestimated as the natural pool it drops on is quite deep. The next time you’re visiting Sagada, make sure to put this on top of your list. After all, it is accessible enough and requires only an easy trek.

Pangabangan Tidal Pool, Loibjo, Dinagat Island

Pangabangan Tidal Pool
Photo by Mustachio and the Sea of Stories

You will surely heed the call of the inviting blue water of Pangabangan Tidal Pool in Dinagat Islands upon laying eyes on it. Water overflows from it during high tide, while it looks more of a swimming pool surrounded with a sandbar during low tide.

Nupa Tidal Pool, Catanduanes

Nupa Tidal Pool
Photo by Rye Gutierrez

Nupa Tidal Pool in Catanduanes won’t be out of the list. This off-the-beaten-path secludes a tidal pool that, sadly, only a few have been to. Its water is clear enough for you to not wear snorkeling gear for your underwater exploration. Just be extra cautious here as corals can be sharp and vast sea urchins are lying around.

Ogtong Cave Natural Swimming Pool, Bantayan Island

Ogtong Cave
Photo by Glen Santillan

Ogtong is an underwater cave installed with stairs for accessibility. Upon going down, a fresh, blue lagoon will welcome you to satisfy that much needed cold dip. Since it is entrenched in a cave, expect a breezy air and water situation.

Tangadan Falls, La Union

Photo by Biyahe ni Drew

If you thought you have had enough of La Union, you thought wrong. La Union now boasts of its gradually booming Tangadan Falls in San Gabriel, which is hiding behind a yet unknown mountain. Atop the falls lies a pool where tourists also opt to swim and cliff-dive.

Getting through here requires a moderate 2-hour trek that passes a green-filled pathway and a slippery river crossing.

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Mikee Pascual

Mikee is a Filipino travel and lifestyle writer gradually shifting from a sedentary life to a nomadic one. On a personal note, she dreams of traveling to all 81 provinces of the Philippines and having her own travel book, hostel and restaurant someday.

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