This quiet beach off the southerntip of Masbate in the sleepy village of Palani in Balud is a spitting image of the famous Boracay Island White Beach in Aklan without the crowds. Facing Sibuyan Sea, Palani’s beach has fine light grey sand that’s so inviting you’d want to bury your feet in them. The sandy area is flat and expansive, meeting the glassy sea, its shallow waters extending several meters out. On a clear day, you will see Sibuyan Island in Romblon. To the resort’s west is Roxas City in Capiz. Boracay Island in Aklan is about four hours away by boat.
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In the late afternoons, enjoy breathtaking sunsets. Palani gets our thumbs up for being one of the most relaxing beaches in the country.
From Mandaon, it’s a long drive out to Palani in Balud, on the southwestern tip of Masbate’s main island. Palani is one and a half hour’s drive from the main city center of Masbate.
Book a stay at Paraiso de Palani Beach Villas, a charming resort with thatched huts by the beachfront, daybeds made of bamboo, and a pavilion for events. Water activities include sea kayaking. Rates start from P1,000 (about US$22) for a small room. You can feast on seafood fare, sweet potatoes and bananas, served on the beachfront.
March to May are the best months to visit Masbate when the seas are relatively calmer. A boat hire that can accommodate up to 10 people costs P8,000 for a whole day use. Tourists are advised to register at the tourism office by the port when they arrive in Masbate. Contact assistant provincial tourism officer Gerardo Presado at +63929 154 1000 or [email protected] for inquiries.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller March-May 2016. Updated May 2016