What to expect on your visit to Manila’s Dolomite Beach 2
Scene at Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach on its reopening last October 16. Photo by Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN News
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Thinking of checking out Manila’s Dolomite Beach? Here’s what to expect

Sorry, swimming is still prohibited.
ANCX Staff | Oct 22 2021

People from cities all over Metro Manila and nearby provinces like Cavite have been coming in droves to the Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach since it reopened Saturday, October 16. This was after quarantine restrictions were eased in NCR to Alert Level 3 from Alert Level 4.

It’s clear people have been hankering for a taste of the outdoors, and the Dolomite Beach is now among the city’s vast open spaces. Some say people go there to get a glimpse of the Manila Bay sunset. Some want to lower their stress levels. While others says they were intrigued with the photos that they saw on social media. Those who have already been vaccinated say they are now less scared to be in a crowded area. 

Dolomite Beach
People enjoying beach vibes at Manila's Dolomite Beach. Photo by Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

At the Dolomite beach, you can take all the selfies you want, enjoy the feel of the dolomite sand on your feet, and stare at the sunset till your eyes hurt. But wading in its waters is still a no-no. Manila Bay remains unswimmable because its fecal coliform level is still high. “The water appears clean but is not yet safe so we have to place limits there,” said DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones

As of February 2021, Secretary Roy Cimatu said the fecal coliform level near the beach nourishment project had already dropped from 2.2 million mpn/100ml recorded on January 4 to just 523,000 mpn/100 ml on February 8. The data is based on the average count from 3 monitoring stations. The standard level for swimming and other contact recreation, according to Leones, is 100 mpn/100 ml. 

In an October 20 press briefing, Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said the government aims to make Dolomite Beach swimmable before President Rodrigo Duterte's term ends in June 2022. “Nakikita naman po natin na talagang hindi ho imposibleng makamit natin dahil malaki na po ang ibinaba ng fecal coliform level po ng tubig natin,” he said in a televised public briefing.  

Bringing food and drinks, as well as pets, are not allowed. No, you can’t take home the dolomite sand. Spitting and littering are also prohibited. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is not required. Wearing of face masks is mandatory, but the use of face shield is optional.

The Dolomite Beach is open to the public from 8AM to 11AM and 3PM to 6PM daily.