With its powdery white-sand beach and vibrant party scene, Boracay has been cited again and again as one of the world’s best island party destinations. However, due to its recent closure, it’s a good idea to break away from the crowd and visit other white-sand beaches in the country instead.
It’s just as well that when it comes to Philippine beach holidays, this archipelago is rich in white-sand beaches that aren’t as crowded as Boracay just yet. Without further ado, here are a few of the top picks that you may not have heard about.
Malamawi Island (Isabela City, Basilan)
Malamawi Island’s long and white-sand beach will make you wonder why you didn’t check out this amazing beach holiday destination sooner.
As soon as you get off the boat, this little piece of Heaven on Earth will make you forget about all the concerns you have every day. Not a lot of people dare to visit this part of the country, which just means that you can have this stretch of fine beach practically all to yourself.
Makatira Island (Sta. Cruz, Zambales)
Zambales is known for its beaches in Subic, Pundaquit and San Narciso. However, a lesser-known and equally stunning island paradise is located off the coast of its northernmost town in Sta. Cruz — Makatira Island.
This private island is owned by Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez. It features a long sandbar that stretches into the sea, crystal-clear water of varying shades of blue, and a marine sanctuary that’s an ideal place for snorkeling.
Matukad Island (Caramoan, Camarines Sur)
The Caramoan Peninsula in the province of Camarines Sur was considered one of Google’s top trending searches for the summer of 2017. It’s no surprise; this group of islands boasts white-sand beaches, sandbars, crystal-clear waters and even limestone forests. If you want to break away from the crowd, Matukad Island is a must-visit indeed.
Tinaga Island, Calaguas (Vinzons, Camarines Norte)
It would be a challenge to choose a beach when you’re in the Calaguas Group of Islands. However, Mahabang Buhangin on Tinaga Island is the best option if you’re looking to camp out on a long strip of gorgeous white sand. Just make sure you have your diving or snorkeling gear with you for you to appreciate the life under water.
Palani Beach (Balud, Masbate)
Palani is the town of Balud, situated 68 kilometers from Masbate City, is a 10-kilometer stretch of white-sand beach tuckered away in a cove surrounded by verdant hills. The water is only waist-deep up to 500 meters from the shore, making it a good place for swimming, even for the kids.
There are no 5-star hotel accommodations in the area, although you can check in at no-frills resorts like Paraiso de Palani, Bocala Beach Resort, and My Q.
So, there you have it. These are just some of the destinations for the best beach holidays Philippines if you’re looking for places that feature white sand. Just remember to take good care of the area and bring a ton of sunscreen with you. There are still more beaches, too, so don’t be afraid to explore the Philippines a little more.