Experience the Pristine Beaches of Bel-is, Buruanga, Aklan; Hidden and Boracay-like Paradise with Fine White Sand and Clear Blue Water | rich'nritch.com

Experience the Pristine Beaches of Bel-is, Buruanga, Aklan; Hidden and Boracay-like Paradise with Fine White Sand and Clear Blue Water

A secret paradise with stunning white sand beach, picturesque little coves, lush green forest, azure water and amazing sunset.
A secret paradise with stunning white sand beach, picturesque little coves, lush green forest, azure water and amazing sunset.

Bel-is is a barangay in the outline area of Buruanga, the westernmost town in the province of Aklan. Bel-is is a home to numerous white beaches such as Hinugtan Beach and Tuburan Baybay. It is also where Ariel’s Point is located, formerly called Batason Point, a popular cliff-diving spot that is 30-minute away from the world-renowned island of Boracay.

Photos of Hinugtan Beach, Bel-is, Buruanga, Aklan:

Glory and tranquility will welcome you as you marvel at the mesmerizing patch of land bounded by sea decorated by natural seascapes; where turquoise waters kiss white sand beach and corals painted with the colors of tropical fish. Where the hills and rocks come alive with the sound of birds and the views so spectacular, it’s breathtaking!

Georgeous and breathtaking bird’s eye view of Hinugtan Beach.
Georgeous and breathtaking bird’s eye view of Hinugtan Beach.
The array of local fishing boats along Hinugtan beach.
The array of local fishing boats along Hinugtan beach.
These boats are owned by the local fishermen and they go out daily for fishing.
These boats are owned by the local fishermen and they go out daily for fishing.
The beautiful and pristine white sand beach of Hinugtan.
The beautiful and pristine white sand beach of Hinugtan.
The powdery white sand is perfect for bare-foot walking.
The powdery white sand is perfect for bare-foot walking.
Two adorable puppies running on the fine white sand of Hinugtan beach.
Two adorable puppies running on the fine white sand of Hinugtan beach.
A blue star fish lies on the beach of Hinugtan. A lot of these can be found in the coast of Buruanga, Aklan.
A blue star fish lies on the beach of Hinugtan. A lot of these can be found in the coast of Buruanga, Aklan.
The beach is a long stretch of fine white sand backed by lush green forest.
The beach is a long stretch of fine white sand backed by lush green forest.
This secluded haven is getting more popular but still relatively quiet with lots of towering coconut palm trees.
This secluded haven is getting more popular but still relatively quiet with lots of towering coconut palm trees.
A cliff with a dense forest and beautiful rock formations.
A cliff with a dense forest and beautiful rock formations.
A short walk will get you a closer look to this spectacular rock formation that looks like a dinosaur’s head looking at the sea.
A short walk will get you a closer look to this spectacular rock formation that looks like a dinosaur’s head looking at the sea.
A traditional fishing boat on the fine white sand beach of Hinugtan with a turquoise blue water in the background.
A traditional fishing boat on the fine white sand beach of Hinugtan with a turquoise blue water in the background.
Boats filled with tourists from Ariel’s Point going to Boracay Island passing Hinugtan Beach.
Boats filled with tourists from Ariel’s Point going to Boracay Island passing Hinugtan Beach.
Boats from the town sailing on the crystal water of Hinugtan. The sun sparkles on the water like diamonds.
Boats from the town sailing on the crystal water of Hinugtan. The sun sparkles on the water like diamonds.
The perfect place to watch the stunning sunset.
The perfect place to watch the stunning sunset.
A beautiful silhouette of me holding a sea star at sundown makes an artistic effect of star vs sun.
A beautiful silhouette of me holding a sea star at sundown makes an artistic effect of star vs sun.
Hinugtan beach at sunset.
Hinugtan beach at sunset.
The striking colors of sunset reflect on the beautiful rock formations along the beach.
The striking colors of sunset reflect on the beautiful rock formations along the beach.
The sunset in it’s perfect circle, setting steadily.
The sunset in it’s perfect circle, setting steadily

The sunset in it’s perfect circle, setting steadily.

A silhouette photo of local fishermen in their traditional fishing boat sailing on the sea with the setting sun in the background.
A silhouette photo of local fishermen in their traditional fishing boat sailing on the sea with the setting sun in the background.

A silhouette photo of local fishermen in their traditional fishing boat sailing on the sea with the setting sun in the background.

A silhouette photo of local fishermen in their traditional fishing boat sailing on the sea with the setting sun in the background.

Stunning view of Hinugtan Beach at dusk.
Stunning view of Hinugtan Beach at dusk.
Fisherman return from the sea with a bounty catch.
Fisherman return from the sea with a bounty catch.
A lovely kid playing in the boat parking at the beach
A lovely kid playing in the boat parking at the beach

Hinugtan Beach used to be a hideaway but with the recent developments of local tourism and the increasing number of tourists visiting the beach, things have started to change. However, it's still a perfect place if you want peaceful and quiet, away from the crowd and nightlife.

Ariel’s Point and Tuburan Baybay:

A boat ride to the other side of the rocks on the end of the Hinugtan beach will lead you to the famous cliff diving spot, Ariel’s Point, and to an even more secluded beach known as Tuburan Baybay. 

The different levels of Ariel’s Point’s cliff diving platforms. It’s one of the best cliff diving spots in the region, perfect for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.
The different levels of Ariel’s Point’s cliff diving platforms. It’s one of the best cliff diving spots in the region, perfect for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies.
The beautiful hidden beach of Tuburan Baybay.
The beautiful hidden beach of Tuburan Baybay.

Sitio Luyo Beach (Naasug Beach/Paradiso Bel-is Beach):

In the heart of the boundary of Barangay Naasog of Malay and Barangay Bel-is of Buruanga and along the coast of Sitio Luyo, lies this unknown secluded beach. A haven of sweet escape, far from the maddening crowd. A paradise where silence joins the exceptional sounds of nature.

From Poblacion, Malay going to Sitio Luyo, Bel-is, Buruanga is an extraordinary journey of rocky, winding, steep, and mountainous road surrounded by a forest. Upon reaching the bottom, you’ll be bedazzled not only by the beach but by the entire package of the place. 

Crystal clear waters, seemingly endless white shores, scenic landscapes, diverse wildlife, surprising coves, exciting cliffs, rock formations, and warm people. Sitio Luyo is a paradise of its own and truly an exhilirating hidden place to visit.

The unspoiled beach of Sitio Luyo with fine white sand and towering coconut trees.
The unspoiled beach of Sitio Luyo with fine white sand and towering coconut trees.
Amazing view of cliff with weird rock formations over turquoise blue water in Sition Luyo.
Amazing view of cliff with weird rock formations over turquoise blue water in Sition Luyo.
The cliff is covered with thick vegetation and the rock formation resembles King Kong’s head.
The cliff is covered with thick vegetation and the rock formation resembles King Kong’s head.
A school of fish jumping out of the water.
A school of fish jumping out of the water.
A bird endemic in the area flies over the sea and searching for a catch.
A bird endemic in the area flies over the sea and searching for a catch.
Apart from the beautiful beach, amazing scenery, and quiet atmosphere, snorkelling here is equally stunning.
Apart from the beautiful beach, amazing scenery, and quiet atmosphere, snorkelling here is equally stunning.
The clear and shallow water provides easy viewing of breathtaking corals and marine creatures.
The clear and shallow water provides easy viewing of breathtaking corals and marine creatures.
Despite of its breathtaking beauty, Sitio Luyo remains untouched by mass tourism because of it’s remote location.
Despite of its breathtaking beauty, Sitio Luyo remains untouched by mass tourism because of it’s remote location.
There are few resorts operating in the area but it remains undeveloped.
There are few resorts operating in the area but it remains undeveloped.
A fisherman’s boat lies in a gently-sloping sandbar with the amazing view of a low tide shoreline in the background.
A fisherman’s boat lies in a gently-sloping sandbar with the amazing view of a low tide shoreline in the background.

Sitio Luyo is a paradise, fairly untouched and, still, with a lots of greenery, turquoise blue water, and a totally laid-back vibe. 

Ducks scouting for food on the white sand beach.
Ducks scouting for food on the white sand beach.
A dog walking on the shore
A dog walking on the shore
During low tide, the sea shore becomes green and reveals it’s hidden wonders.
During low tide, the sea shore becomes green and reveals it’s hidden wonders.
Coral reefs, tide pools and green sea weeds are exposed during low tide.
Coral reefs, tide pools and green sea weeds are exposed during low tide.
The tide pools have a different variety of sea creatures like this beautiful star fish.
The tide pools have a different variety of sea creatures like this beautiful star fish.
A sea urchin in a tide pool
A sea urchin in a tide pool

A variety of star fish in a tide pool

A variety of star fish in a tide pool

A variety of star fish in a tide pool

A variety of star fish in a tide pool

A blue star fish lies in a tide pool.
A blue star fish lies in a tide pool.
Locals collecting various kind of sea shells during low tide.
Locals collecting various kind of sea shells during low tide.
A variety of sea shells collected by locals during low tide.
A variety of sea shells collected by locals during low tide.
Local fishermen removing their fresh catch from the fishing nets.
Local fishermen removing their fresh catch from the fishing nets.
Fresh catch for the day. A bucket filled with fresh fish.
Fresh catch for the day. A bucket filled with fresh fish.
Breathtaking view of sunset in Sitio Luyo. The stunning sunset color burst through the cloudy sky as the sun sets out gradually over the sea with turquoise blue water with waves splashing against the rocks.
Breathtaking view of sunset in Sitio Luyo. The stunning sunset color burst through the cloudy sky as the sun sets out gradually over the sea with turquoise blue water with waves splashing against the rocks.

 If the pictures are beautiful, they don’t hold justice when you see them real.

Photos of one of our overnight beach campings with two of our outdoor friends, Clark and Jackie:

Photos of our overnight beach campings

Photos of our overnight beach campings

Photos of our overnight beach campings

Photos of our overnight beach campings

Photos of our overnight beach campings

A magical sunset moment during low tide. The sun sets over a rocky shore at low tide exposing the mossy green rocks covered by green algae.
A magical sunset moment during low tide. The sun sets over a rocky shore at low tide exposing the mossy green rocks covered by green algae.
Kids are playing at the rocky shore.
Kids are playing at the rocky shore.
We took a boat trip to explore the coast of Bel-is.
We took a boat trip to explore the coast of Bel-is.

We took a boat trip to explore the coast of Bel-is.

The stunning coastline of Bel-is with white sand beaches, lush green forests, mountains and sheer cliffs.
The stunning coastline of Bel-is with white sand beaches, lush green forests, mountains and sheer cliffs.
The closer view of the amazing cliff that can be seen from Sitio Luyo.
The closer view of the amazing cliff that can be seen from Sitio Luyo.
The cliff has been carved by time, weather, and ocean waves into a fantastic shape and formation.
The cliff has been carved by time, weather, and ocean waves into a fantastic shape and formation.
It is home to a diversely rich flora and fauna.
It is home to a diversely rich flora and fauna.
Looking up at the sheer cliff walls
Looking up at the sheer cliff walls

Looking up at the sheer cliff walls

Looking up at the sheer cliff walls

A fiery sunset over the shore of Sitio Luyo
A fiery sunset over the shore of Sitio Luyo

A fiery sunset over the shore of Sitio Luyo

The sun casts its golden rays down upon the clouds of billowing smoke, turning them bright red; fire red.
The sun casts its golden rays down upon the clouds of billowing smoke, turning them bright red; fire red.

P.S.

To all our who are interested to go to the beaches we've been, here's something we don't want to brag but we have to share in the name of environmental concern and advocacy. We don't simply camp, grill, eat, make a bonfire, take photos and leave those beaches. Before we crawl inside our tent at night, we clean up our mess. We scoop up ashes (remains of the bonfire) and spilled food from the sand. Also, we wake up very early and spend time walking while carrying an empty garbage bag. Yes, we pick up plastics, bottles, and cigarette butts and bring them home with us (except if folks offer to throw them). And the most important thing, we smile and thank every person we bump into. Sometimes, we take time talking with them and/or playing with the kids. We immerse ourselves in their way of life and it makes us really happy and fulfilled when we go home. We believe, every traveler or tourist must take these things as responsibility or gestures of gratefulness. In so doing, we get the assurance that we helped the community we visit and didn't contribute to their ecological, marine life, and sanitary problems.

Let's protect and conserve our beaches and together we say, 'It's more fun in the Philippines!'

About the Author

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Ritch is a teacher who works full-time on weekdays, travels around Panay on weekends, and visits several provinces in the Philippines and countries abroad in summer. She loves random weekend nature trips, community immersion, and native coffee. Her mantra is "travel and learn." Hiking mountains has long been her favorite recreational activity and reaching out to indigenous people has took her to different places across regions. During her free time, she enjoys writing about her trips and share them to her students online. She is a Tourism Promotion Services NCII holder and commits herself to promoting great about each place she visits, from it's beautiful people to amazing destinations and attractions.

 

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