Originally published at Guide to the Philippines.
The Philippines is a 7000-island archipelago with the world’s fifth-biggest coastline. This means that there are literally hundreds of tropical beaches to choose from when visiting this idyllic holiday destination in Southeast Asia.
From secluded beaches to popular ones, here are 25 of the best beaches in the Philippines to choose from when planning the ultimate relaxing tropical getaway.
25. Bakhaw Beach, Camotes Islands, Cebu
Bakhaw Beach is one of Camotes Island’s most overlooked tourist spots in Cebu. A picturesque strip of white sand and crystal clear seas makes it the perfect place for travellers to have a relaxing swim and enjoy sunbathing.
24. Antonia Beach, Gigantes Islands, Iloilo
Antonia Beach is part of the Gigantes Islands or Islas de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo. This is one of those quiet beaches where you can soak up some rays without crowds all day long. Make sure you add Islas de Gigantes island-hopping to your Iloilo tours itinerary.
23. Lambug Beach, Badian, Cebu
Lambug Beach in Badian, Cebu is the perfect place to chill and listen to the waves crashing into the sea. This is a fairly uncrowded tourist attraction, but if you want to stay overnight, you have the option to stay in rooms or cottages around the cove.
22. Morong Beach, Batanes
This beach is found in the tiny archipelago of Batanes, the northernmost island of the Philippines. Despite the usually rough weather, the crystal waters in Morong Beach are warmer. It features the Nakabuang Arch, one of the most visited attractions in Batanes.
21. Alegria Beach, Siargao
Renowned for its stunning views, Siargao is home to a 5-km stretch of white sandy beach called Alegria Beach. Throughout the area, there are no luxury hotels, just a few humble huts. It’s located at the northern part of Siargao Island, away from the busy General Luna so expect an uncrowded beach when you get here. If you’re lucky, there’s even a chance of having an entire stretch of beach to yourself.
20. Anguib Beach, Santa Ana, Cagayan Valley
Anguib Beach in Cagayan Valley, north of Luzon, features powdery fine sand and sparkling blue seas. This underrated and secluded beach is also a gateway to in Palaui Island, famous for being a location of the TV series Survivor.
19. Subic Beach, Sorsogon
A Philippine beach with pink-white sand, Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon is a must-add to your beach itinerary. The crystal-blue seas and unspoiled beach offers the ultimate beach getaway for those in search of some peace of quiet.
18. Pink Beach, Zamboanga
Another pink-white sand beach in the Philippines is the suitably named Pink Beach in Santa Cruz Island. This unforgettable beach gets its colour from the crushed red corals known as organ pipe corals (Tubipora musica) that blend with the sand to make it look pink in the sunlight. Another must-do activity is exploring the island’s mangrove forest, where you can ride a colourful traditional Vinta boat.
17. Gumasa Beach, Sarangani
Situated on the gorgeous Sarangani coast in Mindanao, Gumasa Beach has a 6-km stretch of white sand with sparkling waters and a stunning view. It’s less crowded but provides the same experience as some of the other more popular beaches in the Philippines.
16. Bitaog Beach, Dinagat Islands
Bitaog Beach is one of the finest attractions in Dinagat Islands, northeast of Mindanao. You can enjoy its white sandy beaches, crystalline seas lined with coconut trees with a stunning background of rock formations.
15. Malamawi Beach, Basilan
This beach in Basilan, Mindanao, is a spotless paradise-like destination that could rival some of the best and most popular ones in the Philippines. Because of its turquoise waters and uninhibited charm, this emerging tourist spot is a must-add to your Philippines bucket list.
14. Puka Beach, Boracay
Puka Beach in the island of Boracay is a more quiet and uncrowded sister of the famous White Beach. Its name derives from the excess of crushed “puka” coats mixed with white sand.
13. Bonbon Beach, Romblon
Bonbon Beach is an idyllic beach paradise found between Luzon and Visayas in the province of Romblon. It has a long, white sandbar, which extends over 2 kilometres and connects with another island. You can even walk to the neighbouring Bang-Og Island during the low tide, giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘island hopping’.
12. Banol Beach, Coron, Palawan
Banol Beach is also referred to as Banul Beach. Its powdery white sand, aquatic life and sweeping wall of karst cliffs are a sight to behold. You can also ride a kayak or lounge around under the nipa huts that line the beach.
11. Paliton Beach, Siquijor
The most popular beach in central Visayas is Paliton Beach, located on the western side of Siquijor, a tiny island province. This beach is renowned for its turquoise waters, white sand, and massive coconut trees.
10. Saud Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Known for its calm waters and stunning sunset views, this idyllic beach in Ilocos Norte’s Pagudpud has 2 kilometres of powdery white sand. Because of its location at the northern part of Luzon that takes long travel hours to reach, it’s a perfect secluded beach getaway destination.
9. Long Beach, San Vicente Palawan
True to its name, Long Beach, with 14.7 kilometers of powdery white sand, is the longest beach in the Philippines. It’s the top tourist spot in the emerging destination of San Vicente in Palawan. This beach is perfect for those who are looking for a peaceful getaway because it is still an undeveloped area.
8. Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental
Dahican Beach in Mati is not like your usual white sand beach, it’s also a surfing and skimboarding spot. It has a stretch of 7 kilometer beach that is also a sanctuary of sea turtles.
7. Mahabang Buhangin Beach, Calaguas
Because of its spectacular 2.5 km stretch of white sand, Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas has become a popular destination for campers. It has one of the whitest powdery sand in the Philippines matched with pristine turquoise waters.
6. Hidden Beach, El Nido, Palawan
This is literally a hidden beach and is one of the best beaches in El Nido, Palawan. It is known for its white sand, azure waters, and towering karst formations that conceal it. You can swim or kayak from your boat to reach the beach.
5. Malcapuya Beach, Coron, Palawan
Malcapuya Beach is one of the must-visit and most picturesque tourist attractions on Coron, Palawan. It features a 1.5 kilometer stretch of white sand and turquoise waters that underneath is home to vivid corals and marine life.
4. Kota Beach, Bantayan Island, Cebu
Kota Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the sleepy island of Bantayan in Cebu. It has crystal clear waters, powdery white sand and a sandbar that appears during low tide.
3. Alona Beach, Bohol
Panglao Island in Bohol is famous for its white-sand beaches with its world-class diving spots. One of the top beaches is the 1.5 kilometre Alona Beach where you can enjoy exciting water activities aside from lounging on the sand.
2. Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan
Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan, has white sand that spreads over 4 kilometres. It is part of the so-called Twin Beaches with the adjacent Calitang Beach. The unspoiled Nacpan Beach is considered a hidden gem of El Nido and must-visit aside from the attractions included in island-hopping tours.
1. White Beach, Boracay
Boracay’s White Beach is arguably the most popular beach in the Philippines not just for local tourists, but for international travellers as well. White Beach and its 4-km stretch of immaculate powdery white sand, stunning sunset view, and fun water activities helped earn its recognition by several international travel magazines as one of the best in the Philippines and the world.
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