As the world eye’s travel again, we slip into some speedos, grab the coconut oil, and round up the best beaches from across the nearby Philippines.
The islands of the Philippines beckon with beautiful beaches that are perfect for a tropical getaway. The country’s destinations are regularly rated as among the best in the world, not just because of their fine sand, and clear waters, but also their relaxing vibe, which is perfectly complemented by the warmth of Filipino hospitality. As travel warms up again, we know you’ll be gagging for a weekend in paradise and have come up with our favourite beaches from across the archipelago.
White Beach, Boracay
Its fine white sand and clear waters have made the White Beach of Boracay one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. The island of Boracay has regularly been named one of the world’s most beautiful islands and its stunning White Beach are probably why.
Boracay is a fun and hassle-free destination as it offers a range of traveller-friendly accommodations from resorts with luxe amenities to budget-friendly hotel rooms. There are also many activities to choose from, such as watching the gorgeous sunrise on a quiet morning, engaging in water sports, and enjoying the cuisine from the restaurants located along the beachfront.
Siargao Island, Surigao
Epic waves and a laid-back lifestyle have drawn surfers to the paradise that is Siargao for years. Surf tourism started on this island in the 1980s and it has steadily grown with the help of social media. While it has become a booming tourist attraction, the tiny haven still remains quaint and charming.
Part of the attraction is its remoteness that has allowed travellers to enjoy more of its natural beauty in the form of white sand islets, breathtaking tide pools, and lush mangrove forests. It is also the local vibe from fellow surf enthusiasts and friendly residents in the nearby community that allows for a memorable and relaxing vacay.
Panglao Island, Bohol
Bohol has many attractions such as the unique Chocolate Hills, the Philippine Tarsier Conservatory, and the Bilar Man-made Forest – in which the road is lined with towering Molave Trees – along with historical sites such as its centuries-old churches. It is also home to beautiful white sand beaches and coral gardens of Panglao Island, which have been recognized as one of the best dive spots in the Philippines.
Explore the reefs, where one can find vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life, on dive or snorkelling excursions. Alternatively, simply laze on the island’s unforgettable beaches, work on your tan and make nice with locals. There are many accommodation options, especially at Alona Beach, which also has a thriving nightlife and many local culinary choices.
El Nido, Palawan
El Nido offers a relaxing respite from busy days at the office, with its amazing vistas and gorgeous beaches. The original inspiration for Alex Garland’s novel The Beach (you’ll remember a young Leo Di Caprio in the big-screen rendition) has been named among the 25 Best Island Beaches in the World.
There are myriads of adventures and activities that are available to travellers, such as island hopping via small boats and yachts during which you’ll get a closer view of the limestone cliffs; kayaking at the acclaimed Small Lagoon; or swimming through the cave entrance to reach the unspoiled beauty of the Hidden Beach.
Saud Beach, Ilocos Norte
The Northern part of the Philippines is known for its beautiful mountain ranges, but there are also breathtaking beaches that sparkle like hidden gems. It takes a long drive to reach Saud Beach in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte but travellers will be rewarded with an award-winning destination.
Saud has been called the Boracay of the North, comparing it to one of the country’s top beach destinations for its white sand and clear water, but owing to its less accessible location, it is quieter and perfect for those who seek beach haven bliss.
Aside from beach bumming, travellers can go on sightseeing trips to the awe-inspiring Kapurpurawan Rock Formations, which make you feel like you’re on another planet, or take a road trip for a photo op at the Bangui Windmills, which supplies energy to the local communities.
Calaguas Islands, Camarines Norte
Calaguas Islands’ Mahabang Buhangin was listed as one of the country’s top 10 must-see sights in a recent online survey and this has drawn increased tourist interest to the area. The ‘concealed white beach of Bicol’ is a tropical paradise that offers romantic strolls along the shores of Mahabang Buhangin, water sports like kayaking and snorkeling at Pinanakpan Island’s coral reefs, and trekking to viewpoints that offer a breathtaking vista of Balagbag Island and Sitio Tinago.
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