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Poctoy White Beach is one of the popular beaches in the Philippines, located in the coastal town of Torrijos in Marinduque. The beach features a kilometer stretch of fine white sand and pristine blue water that is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The place also gives a scenic view of Mount Malindig, the highest point in the province that is very famous among beginner mountain climbers. Poctoy White Beach commonly reaches its peak during the Holy Week season because the province of Marinduque is known for its Moriones Festival, one of the oldest and most religious festivals in the country, which happens during this week.
Reflection of the Filipino Culture
In Poctoy White Beach, tourists are usually welcomed with a heart-warming custom called putong. It is a traditional song and dance ritual performed by locals and crowning of tourists with flowers.
Like most islands in the Philippines, Poctoy White Beach is also home to good seafood like yellow fin, squid, crabs and shrimps which are freshly sourced everyday and can be asked to be cooked to your own liking for a certain fee in food stalls/canteens near the shoreline.
Doing More in Marinduque
Aside from hiking Mount Malindig and snorkeling, Poctoy White Beach is also a destination for camping, kayaking and island hopping of Gaspar, Melchor and Baltazar Islands (collectively known as Tres Reyes Islands or Three Kings Islands). Nearby towns of Boac and Gasan are less than an hour away from Torrijos which may visited for cultural and historical landmarks like Boac Cathedral, Biglang Awa Shrine, and Boac Heritage Houses. The town of Santa Cruz, a nearby town also, is where Bagumbungan Cave and Ungab Rock Formation are located and where one can hire a boat or bangka to travel to outer islands like Maniwaya Island and Palad Sand Bar.