With thousands of tropical islands, the Philippines is known for being home to some of the world’s best beaches, and there are certainly plenty to choose from. Whether you are looking for action and adventure, or peace and tranquility, these are some of the very best beach destinations in the Philippines.
El Nido, Palawan
El Nido in Palawan has been voted as one of the best beach destinations in the world so many times now, and its spectacular beauty needs to be seen first-hand in order to be truly appreciated. There are about 50 beaches to choose from, making this the perfect destination for beach lovers, and the waters that surround the island are rich in marine life. With one of the most diverse ecosystems in the country, El Nido is truly spectacular, both above ground as well as under the sea.
Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
Siargao Island is known for being a surfer’s paradise, with the waves here being absolutely perfect when it comes to feeling that addictive rush of adrenaline. The pristine waters and consistent waves at Cloud Nine Reef have made Siargao Island the host of many popular surfing tournaments and events, with waves reaching up to 20 feet in height in peak season, guaranteeing to draw quite the crowd.
Bantayan Island, Cebu
Cebu is another Philippine destination that has frequently been voted as one of the best in the world, and Bantayan Island, which is at the northern end of Cebu, takes you away from the crowded and busier parts of the island. With spectacular sand bars and stretches of gleaming white sand, this is the ideal tropical paradise for those who simply want to relax and reflect, although there are a number of skydiving opportunities here too if you feel the urge for some adventure.
Panglao Island, Bohol
While Panglao Island boasts the same white sands and clear waters as the famous beach destination of Boracay, it is famous for being home to some of the best diving spots in the country. With researchers recently discovering that Panglao Island has more marine diversity than both the Mediterranean Sea and Japan combined, this is definitely a destination for those who want to get closer to native marine life.
Anguib Beach, Luzon
One of the main issues that many travelers now have with several Philippine beach destinations is that they are becoming increasingly commercialized. While Anguib Beach may be on the same island as Manila, it takes about 12 hours by bus to access, on some incredibly rough roads, meaning that this long stretch of powdery white sand is often completely deserted. With the same crystal turquoise waters that you will find at other Philippine beach destinations, the main feature that sets Anguib Beach apart is its remoteness and isolation, giving you the opportunity to really soak up the beauty of your surroundings.
Even those that have lived in the Philippines all of their lives will not have had time to explore all of the country’s beaches. However, whether you decide to head to Cebu, Palawan, or anywhere else, you can be sure that you will be greeted with intensely blue waters, soft white sand, and a tropical charm that cannot be beaten.