On the Rocks: Mabua Pebble Beach

Traveled May 2011


I’ve been to this beach twice: in May 2011 and in February 2012, and I must say that this unique beach did not fail to amaze me even on the second chance that I saw it .  During the first time, I practically had two days to stay in Surigao City but only had less than a half day spare to tour around.  Our hotel room attendant recommended Mabua Pebble Beach when we asked where’s the best place to stroll around considering that we only have about four hours to getaway.

Mabua Pebble Beach is only 20 minutes by tricycle from Surigao City to Mabua Pebble Beach. This beach truly deserves its name. I mean the beach is all pebbles…no sand.

mabua pebble beach

Mabua Pebble Beach

If the Philippines is well known for beautiful white sand beaches, then I’ll give Surigao City’s Mabua Pebble Beach the crown for the most unique white pebble beach in the Philippines.

Mabua Pebble Beach

Parallel to the shoreline are nipa huts, cottages and a line of fishing bancas (boats).  Opposite the cool crystal clear water is a mountainous landscape covered with coconut trees.

Mabua Pebble Beach

Mabua Pebble Beach

Red Horse meets Tanduay, seriously?

On one end of the beach where the nipa cottages are lined is a path of stairs leading up to a vantage point where one can afford a view of the mountains and the pebbled coastline, serving as free parking slots for fishermen’s bancas.

Mabua Pebble Beach

Of course, our trip to this beach wouldn’t be complete without dipping in its cool crystal clear water.  Seeing the vast white-gray pebbles before it meets the sea is one thing, but seeing the wet pebbles extend into the sea is another thing, as it shows its vivid colors and patterns.  With no grain of sandy particles to cause murky water, this beach probably never knew the concept of turbidity.  And if fine sand can be used as natural scrub, so do these pebbles.

Mabua Pebble Beach

Photos taken by: Dianne Dy

One of the many uses of pebbles 🙂

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