In a country that’s made up of over 7,000 islands, beach bums will find themselves in a tropical utopia while exploring the country known as Philippines. Since the number of beach destinations can be a bit overwhelming, we’ve narrowed some down for you. Without further ado, here are some of those beach destinations.
The island paradise of Palawan is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines and has been crowned as “The World’s Best Island” time and again. This is in large part for its northern area, where El Nido and Coron are located.
El Nido is studded with beautiful islets around Bacuit Bay, reachable by boat, but it also has some of the most breathtaking beaches in the country – and Nacpan Beach is one of them.
This beach is just an hour’s drive from Palawan, making it a destination that’s not too crowded due to it being isolated. It boasts a clean, gorgeous stretch of fine, white sand, calm waters and just the right number of establishments.
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Like Palawan, Boracay is a once-proud holder of the “World’s Best Island” title. The island has gone through massive waves of commercialization in recent years, but its natural beauty is undeniable, shining through amidst the congested development.
White Beach, the longest and perhaps the most popular on the island, continues to draw in the crowds with its soft, powdery sand and its iconic sunsets.
Puka Shell Beach
Puka Shell Beach, more commonly referred to as Puka Beach, is White Beach’s antithesis. It’s where people go to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Boracay’s main festivities.
Significantly less developed, Puka Beach draws people in with its rustic charm and its natural tranquility. Unlike White Beach, Puka’s sand is notable coarser due to its blending with puka shells, after which it was nicknamed.
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Banul Beach is one of the common lunch time stops on the Coron island-hopping tour, and it’s a sight to behold. Its powdery white sand, the crystal-clear waters and the massive limestone backdrop will make you want to lounge and stay for more than just a meal here.
Its modest size only adds to its charm. With a couple of cottages and wooden tables, it’s a great stop for groups who’d like to take their sweet time and just enjoy a picturesque setting.
While Palawan is most likely known for both Coron and El Nido, the fishing village of San Vicente is also home to the beautiful, albeit underrated beaches. One of these is Long Beach.
Stretching 14 kilometers long, this extensive strip has fortunately been left alone for the most part. Away from the crowds and commercial development, this beach is a great choice for anyone who has grown tired of tourists in Palawan’s top destinations.
So, there you have it. These are just some of the best beaches in the Philippines to consider visiting when you’re exploring this tropical country. Just remember to plan your trips properly before you go on them.
Imagine this: it’s just you and a long stretch of white sand, with clear, pristine, blue waters lapping at the shoreline. You may occasionally see locals or a few other people who dared visit the beach, much like you did. But mostly, a large stretch of the sand is all yours!
Such quiet scenery often comes at a price, such as long hours of not-so-comfortable travel. However, if you’re up to the challenge, below are just some of the beautiful, remote, Philippine beach holidays with white beaches that are worth going to.
Cibang Cove, Calayan Island, Cagayan
Located north of the Philippines in the Babuyan Channel, Calayan Island is not exactly an easy-to-get-to beach holiday destination, especially as the seas can get rough.
Sometimes, they can even turn a 5-hour trip into a 9-hour one. During the summer, waves can be the same size as a car, and that’s why boat schedules from mainland Cagayan are unpredictable.
Once in Calayan, you’ll find breathtaking rugged cliffs pounded by the seas, and quiet coves amid the rough waters, including Cibang Cove, the most accessible one via a short trek. You can walk barefoot on its long stretch of pristine white sand hemmed in by rock formations draped with lush greenery, and take a dip in its clear, tranquil waters.
Apo Island, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
Often mistaken for an island with the same name in Negros Oriental, which is also a known diving spot, Apo Island sits on Apo Reef, known to be the world’s second largest contiguous coral reef system.
With the clear blue waters that perfectly reflect the sky and the creamy pinkish white sand on an island small enough for you to see both dusk and dawn, Apo Island is a beach bum’s dream destination!
Snorkel or dive into the waters to see the colorful corals, fish, pawikan, and sometimes, the dolphins, sharks, and manta rays.
Sambawan Island, Maripipi, Biliran
An understated province sometimes mistaken to be a part of Leyte, Biliran is home to enchanting waterfalls, mountains and to, without a doubt, one of the best islands in the Philippines — Sambawan Island.
On one side, Sambawan has grassy hills which turn green or brown depending on the time of year, and on the other side is a long stretch of white sand.
Take the time to trek up the hill to catch a glimpse of the entire stretch of the island surrounded by bright blue waters. Take a dip in the quiet seas, or else go on a diving adventure to see the colorful marine life, as Sambawan is also a known diving destination. It’s all up to you on your beach getaway.
There you have it. These are just some of the hard to reach beach destinations in the Philippines. Though the road to these places are rough and challenging, getting past them will surely reward you in the end. You’ll indeed experience the best beach holiday Philippines once you overcome the obstacles that block you along the way.