At Mabua Pebble Beach you’ll get less sand, more stones (lots of it) and an awesome view!
Mabua Pebble Beach is unique among many of the Filipino beaches due to its multitude of smooth white pebbles that make up its shoreline. Mabua Pebble Beach is a shoreline of kilometer-long stretch of smooth, multi-sized pebbles. There are almost no sands, of any kind, in this part of Surigao City. The beach’s shoreline is completely composed of smooth stones, mostly in white colors and of different sizes.
While most beaches are formed through the movement of sediment influenced by the wind, waves and currents, Mabua Pebble Beach’s unique composition was most likely formed by very strong forward swashing waves that forced the pebble material to be driven onshore, and weaker return swashing waves that caused the material to be deposited.
The countless number of smooth pebbles that make up Mabua Pebble Beach, each varying in different sizes and shapes (although the majority tend to be oval) also serve another, albeit different, purpose. Walking barefoot on the smooth stones, according to reflexologists, has a strong impact on the body, as the feet have reflex points that are connected to our internal organs, making this beach both stunning and therapeutic.
Attracting both local and foreign tourists, visitors are impressed with the clear and cool waters that make this surreal place ideal for swimming and jet skiing. If you are lucky enough to catch the big waves, you can go surfing or windsurfing. The rock outcrop at the end of the beach is an easy climb and promises to give you a frightening but spectacular view. It is a great vantage point for the rest of the beach and even the mountains beyond. Mabua Pebble Beach is the paradise of photographers who are captivated by sunsets.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Mabua Pebble Beach is situated in Barangay Mabua and can be reached via a 30-minute drive from Surigao del Norte City center.
Get off at the Mt. Bagarabon Beach Hotel and Mountain Resort and make your way past their Hajahay Suites towards the pebble shore.
There are the carved steps off the side of a small hill, climb the steps and on the other side of the hill is the pebble beach. If you don’t prefer to walk, you may rent a banca (small fishing boat) to take you to the pebble beach.