The best beaches in the Philippines are below. We chose these beaches from a list of thousands. You will find these stunning beaches in different parts of the country. Some of the list below are famous for their white sand and clear water. Other choices are less well known. There are probably some beaches among our favourites that will be new to you. If you have a thirst for adventure, this list of Philippines best beaches may give you some new travel plans. It may take a long time to travel from one beach to the next. Water sports are popular at many of these beach resort areas. Other areas offer seclusion. Have a look at all ten below.
Famous for its powdery white sand and crystal clear blue water, White Beach is basically what put Boracay on the global tourism map. Stretching 5 kilometres, the beach is divided into 3 stations: Station 1, 2, and 3. Station 1 has the finer sands and is a bit on the high-end side while station 3 is where you'll find most budget accommodations and shops. Station 2 serves as the middle ground. The entire White Beach, however, is lined with bars and restaurants, dive shops, hotels, open-air malls, and more. Expect a lot of walking and the almost unavoidable crowd, after all this area is very commercialised. It's vibrant all day long and well into the night. But don't let that put you off. Sunsets are phenomenal and the water is warm, almost like a pool. Amazingly, the sand never gets hot either. No big waves too which means even your toddler will have so much fun wading around. Read More...
First off, it's an uninhabited sandbar so there isn't any trees or man-made structures that could offer protection from the sun. If you're going, make sure to bring enough water and sunblock. Bring umbrellas although we believe there are some available for rent now. There weren't any when we were there many years ago. It's good for snorkelling but be wary of sea urchins and sea snakes. Current can be strong at times too. The sandbar is really stunning though, it's shape and size changes according to the tide and the season. The sand is fine and the surrounding turquoise coloured water plus the view of the Hibok-Hibok volcano in the background makes for some postcard-perfect snap. Best to go during summer as the boats won't venture out when the weather is bad. It's just about 15 minutes away by boat and won't cost beyond PHP500.
Matukad is a small island located off the coast of Caramoan, famous as the filming location for the 26th season of the hit reality tv show, Survivor. For the longest time, people always compare it to Boracay minus the annoyances brought about by overdevelopment and the crowd. I wouldn't go that far personally, but it does have its own charms. It has fine, white sand beaches flanked by towering limestone cliffs. Its most intriguing feature, however, is the presence of a lagoon that is home to a solitary giant milkfish. There's an interesting story about this so you can ask the boatman for the details. The milkfish is really up there so make sure to do the trek and bring your camera. The view from above is astounding. Island hopping tours that include Matukad Island normally costs about PHP1500 to PHP4000 for up to 6 people.
Daku, Naked, and Guyam islands will prove to you that Siargao is more than just a surfing destination. It's a popular day tour and will not cost you more than PHP1500 good for up to 6 pax, exclusive of entrance fees. The tour normally starts at Naked Island, so named because of the absence of any vegetation or coconut trees. The heat can be merciless so make sure to lather on a generous amount of sunblock. Nevertheless, its white sand is perfect for lazing around to get that perfect tan. In contrast, Guyam Island is an interesting mix of sandy beach on one end and hard corals on the other interspersed with coconut trees and other vegetation. It's the very representation of what a tropical island is. Last stop is the Daku Island where you can have your lunch of fresh seafood and buko juice in a rented hut or beneath the palm trees. Its serene and crystal-clear water and fine, white sand makes it ideal for swimming.
Kalanggaman Island in Leyte is definitely one of the most beautiful islands in the country. Its major draw is its long sandbar that stretches from one end of the island. It is quite spectacular when the tide ebbs to reveal it. However, swimming around it is not recommended due to the strong current. You can do so from the island though as its surrounded by pristine waters and pebbly sand made of corals. Pitching tents are allowed here and on clear nights, you can see the night sky ablaze with millions of stars. Boat rental going to Kalanggaman Island costs PHP3000 on average. If you are sharing the boat with another group, make sure to agree on your return time since the boat only makes one trip back to the mainland.
Getting to Calaguas meant travelling overland for about 8 hours and then another 2 hours of white-knuckle boat ride. Yes, getting here is not easy but it's well worth it. This is largely the reason why this paradise remains untouched throughout the years. Some people claim that it has better sands than Boracay and it does have chalky white sands. In addition, it boasts of rolling hills and a small village of friendly locals. Don't expect any resort type amenities in Calaguas. You can choose between pitching a tent or renting one of the nipa huts for accommodation. There's a water pump and a small spot on the hills where you can hope to catch a cell phone signal. This back to basics arrangement is actually part of its charm. Expect to pay around PHP3500 per person for a packaged tour of 12 people.
There's a reason why the 4-kilometre Nacpan Beach is considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It's a nice break from the endless island hopping tours and hanging around the more populated beaches in El Nido. Here, you get pristine blue waters and soft creamy coloured sand and you have the beach all to yourself. Although there are no fancy restaurants here, there's a small shack where you can eat and have a beer or fruit shake. At the end of the beach, there's a small hill that you can climb to see the famous twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang. To access, you can join Tour E or rent a tricycle for about PHP1000 to PHP1500. Please know that a good portion of the road is in bad shape so be prepared for a bumpy and sometimes muddy ride. Read More...
Alona Beach runs the length of Panglao Island for about 1.5 kilometres. It is a popular beach destination in Bohol famed for its white sandy beach, crystal clear blue waters, and world-class diving. It's where the action is with the shoreline lined with bars and restaurants and plenty of open-air massage areas. In the evening, the beach even becomes more dynamic as food stalls occupy the shore and live bands entertain the crowd. Overall, it's a great place for people watching and partying. During the day, you can go diving or snorkeling. Some areas can be narrow due to commercial development but it's still less crowded compared to other beaches in the country.
Santo Domingo Beach defies our definition of what constitutes a spectacular beach. After all, we are so used to judging a beach based on how fine or white the sand is. However, the contrast that the black shoreline present against the blue water and green trees makes for a very dramatic picture. Due to the presence of an active volcano in the province, Albay boasts of several black sand beaches but the best one is undoubtedly the Santo Domingo Beach. It has also consistently made the list in rankings along with similar beaches in Hawaii. The rare black sand actually comes from the natural erosion of volcanic rocks and minerals and is believed to have skin exfoliating qualities. I don't know about that one but it's guaranteed to be a different beach experience.
If you love nature, you definitely cannot miss going to Biri Island in Northern Samar. The island boasts of spectacular rock formations shaped through the years by the raging waves and stormy winds. There are about 7 rock formations on the island which you can visit depending on the tide's schedule. Most can be easily reached at low tide. You'll be navigating sharp and slippery stones though so it is best to wear a non-slip footwear. Besides the breath-taking rock formations and crystal-clear waters in Biri Island, you will also find natural salt water pools where you can take a dip to refresh. As of this writing, a day tour inclusive of a guide, a motorcycle ride, and environmental fee costs around PHP550.