Mabua Pebble Beach – Surigao City, Philippines - Atlas Obscura

Mabua Pebble Beach

Surigao City, Philippines

A unique beach made of a myriad of multi-sized pebbles.  


Mabua Pebble Beach, located 30 minutes from the city center of Surigao, is unique among many of the Filipino beaches due to its multitude of smooth white pebbles that make up its shoreline.

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.

Know Before You Go

Mabua Pebble Beach can be reached via a 30-minute drive from the city center. Get off at the Mt. Bagarabon 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.

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