The Philippine archipelago consists of over 7000 islands, so it should come as no surprise that the country is home to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. If you are having a difficult time deciding which ones to actually visit, these are some of the top beaches in the Philippines.
El Nido, Palawan
With Palawan frequently being rated as the best island in the world, and El Nido as one of the best beaches, this is a destination that everybody visiting the Philippines should try to check out. On the island of Palawan itself, there are about 50 white sand beaches to choose from, each of which is rich in marine life, from dolphins to dugongs, as well as over 100 species of coral. When it comes to El Nido, this is the largest marine reserve and sanctuary in the country, as well as one of the Philippines’ most diverse ecosystems, making it a must-visit for those who enjoy exploring the wonderland that lies beneath the surface of the water.
Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley
The beach on Palaui Island is considered to be quite the hidden gem and takes a fair bit of effort to access, requiring a trek through tall, thorny grass and a mangrove forest. Nevertheless, this is a beach that has been untouched by the modern world and boasts soft white sand that is backed by volcanic rocks. Within the water is a rich marine reserve, filled with coral gardens, which are a joy to explore either by diving or snorkeling. There are no resorts or hotels on Palaui, but camping on this stunning beach is always a popular way to spend the night.
White Beach, Boracay
Boracay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines, and White Beach is one of its finest beaches, and, just like El Nido, has regularly been voted as one of the best in the world. This four kilometre stretch of white sand attracts everyone from families to adventure-seekers and is complete with beach bars, restaurants, and evening entertainment. For those seeking more of an adrenaline-rush, the eastern side of Boracay is the place to go for extreme water sports, as this part of the island has strong winds throughout the year.
Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Caramoan is a scenic and secluded beach, with wide stretches of white sand that run in between impressive boulders and rock formations. This is a beach that is filled with natural features that are begging to be explored, from its waterfalls and fresh water pools to its underground streams, lagoons, and caves. Due to its astounding natural beauty, this is an area that has been featured in a number of television shows, including the popular Survivor reality TV show.
Deciding which beaches to visit in the Philippines can no doubt be difficult, as visitors are so spoilt for choice. However, no matter which ones you end up picking, you are likely to be rewarded with the softest of white sand, the bluest of waters and incredible natural beauty all around.