Best Beaches in Philippines
You can find isolated beaches that make you feel you are the only person on earth, or beaches that are very lively and entertaining and everything in between.
There are 7106 islands in the country at high tide, and 7107 at low tide, to as you can imagine there are unlimited chances to visit remote and desert islands and tropical paradises.
The Best Beaches in Philippines
1. Bantayan Island
Bantayan is located just off of Cebu, in the north part of the island. Most people heading that direction head straight to Malapascua, which is also a good choice, but locals know to get to Bantayan if they want more beaches and less people. Check out Anika Beach, Budyong Beach and Virgin Island.
This group of islands offers an off-the-grid type of experience that can only be reached by boat. There is no power- only generators that kick in at night. There are also only about 10 resorts, making it a secluded spot not too busy with tourists. Island hopping, swimming, and beaches are the main draw here. Calaguas is know as one of the most beautiful places to visit in Philippines.
Best known as a destination for several episode of the popular reality television show Survivor, Caramoan is a true tropical paradise. Sandy beaches, plenty of flora and fauna, caves, coves, and a lot of marine life. Despite everything it has to offer, Caramoan still remains a hidden paradise in the Philippines.
4. Babau Santa Beach
Considered to be one of the best unspoiled tropical areas in the Philippines, Babu Santa Beach Resort on Talicud Island. It’s popular for free diving and snorkeling due to the abundance of marine life surrounding the island. Prices are reasonable, as it is a pretty low-key and basic resort, but getting there can be tricky and requires some advance planning.
5. Panampangan Island
This small island in the municipality of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi Tawi is pretty tiny, ony 0.1 square kilometers. But while it may be lacking in size the main attraction, the Basibuli Shoal Sandbar located beside Panampangan definitely makes up for it. At 3128.37m this sandbar is picture perfect and the longest sandbar in the Philippines.
More resources: Panampangan on the map
6. Dumaluan Beach
A popular beach resort in Panglao Island off from Island of Bohol. It is known for its white sand beaches and family-friendly vibes. It’s perfect for relaxing or adventure. Guests can take advantage of the facilities or use it as a base to explore Bohol island or the surrounding waters by glass bottom boat, jetski, or snorkeling.
7. Black Island
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The black island is a popular day trip spot in Busuanga, Palawan. It’s a bit of an oddity in the area, but is very deserving of the attention. Impressive caves filled with clear waters and stalactites and walls that shimmer in the sunlight. Away from the caves, the black island has beautiful white sand beaches.
Location: Busuanga, Palawan
More resources: Busuanga on the map
8. Pandan Beach
Located on Palawan, Araceli is home to a stunning white stretch of beach called Pandan Beach. Powdery sand, idyllic blue waters, and, since this area is not considered to be a tourist destination, there probably won’t be anyone else around when you visit.
9. Malcapuya Island
One of the highlights in Coron, Malcapuya Island’s beaches are compared to those of Boracay in terms of their beautiful powdery, white sand. Malcapuya Island is usually visited as a day trip from Coron, although with some advance planning you could camp here.
Location: Coron, Palawan
More resources: Malcapuya Island on the map
10. Pagudpud Beach
The northernmost settlement on Luzon, Pagudpud is a popular destination for tourists thanks to beautiful beaches and resorts. The beaches are the main draw but another must-see if visiting the area is the Kabigan Waterfalls and the interesting Kapurpurawan Rock Formations.
11. Quiminatin Island
A small island off the coast of Cuyo, Palawan is a tiny island known as Quiminatin. It’s a popular day trip destination, normally with scuba divers as there is a small cave in the wall. There is a small chance of seeing hammerheads in the area as well. After diving, visitors can take a break on the stretch of beach lining the island and take in the beautiful surroundings.
Location: Cuyo, Palawan. Very remote
More resources: Quiminatin Island on the map
12. Kalanggaman Island
Considered to be Leyte’s island paradise, Kalanggaman island is best known for its crystal clear turquoise waters, palm trees, and sand bars. It’s considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in all of the Philippines and, as such, is a popular tourist destination.
13. Canigao Island
Canigao island is another popular day trip beach destination in the Philippines. It’s well set up for tourists with an information centre, open air cottages, and a grilling station. The white sandy beach is perfect for soaking up the sun and the surrounding waters have some great snorkeling spots.
Location: West coast of southern Leyte
More resources: Canigao Island on the map
14. Anawangin Cove
Interestingly, Anawangin Cove, which is considered to be a beautiful beach destination, only came about thanks to natural disaster. It used to be rough and rocky but is now soft and sandy thanks to a huge dump of volcanic ash. Today, Anawangin Cove is a popular camping and hiking destination.
15. Subic Beach
Subic Beach is a favourite beach among vacationers and photographers for one main reason; the pinking hue to the sand. Like many other beaches in the Philippines, the sand here is soft and white. However, that white sand has combined with the dust and tiny bits of red coral which lends the beautiful beach a unique soft-pink hue.
16. Valugan Boulder Beach
Another interesting attraction that only exists thanks to nature, Valugan Beach, known as a boulder beach, was created thanks to a volcanic eruption in 400 AD. The eruption spewed forth a number of rock from the earth that have, over time, been polished by the waves. It can be a bit tricky to get to, and the waves are quite rough, but it is beautiful.
17. Alona Beach
One of the most well-known and popular tourist destinations in Panglao, Alona Beach is not only beautiful but easy to get to and offers easy access to some of the area’s most popular sites including the chocolate hills of Bohol and a tarsier sanctuary. There are plenty of accommodation options and resorts at Alona Beach making it a great area to stay.
18. Sabang Beach
Sabang beach is one of the top beaches on Palawan and a must for those visiting this part of the Philippines. It’s great for not just normal beach activities like sun bathing and swimming, but also snorkeling, hiking, and bird-watching. Sabang is a popular day trip from Puerto Princesa.
19. Manjuyod Sandbar
This stunning sandbar is like a white sand island in the middle of a turquoise sea. There are no trees, no shops, stalls, or restaurants. Just a dreamy, white sand beach. The best time to visit the Manjuyod Sandbar is in the morning when it is at its biggest.
20. Saud Beach
One of the main beaches in Pagupud, Saud Beach will seem like a little slice of heaven for those travellers sick of over-crowded beaches in the Philippines. This area is not as well-known so there are limited people who come here. That being said, there are only a few accommodation options because of its lack of popularity so plan on booking early.
21. Mahabang Buhangin Beach
Mahabang Buhangin Beach is located in the town of San Juan and is a great beach pick for nature lovers. The requisite soft white sand and turquoise waves are stunning enough but the nearby cave adds some extra interest. It can take a while to get to, but it’s worth it to spend some time at this still relatively undiscovered beach.
More resources: Mahabang Buhangin Beach on the map
22. Banul Beach
Banul Beach in the northern part of Coron is a day trip favourite. Characterized by large limestone cliffs and coral gardens perfect for snorkeling, it’s a definite favourite when it comes to beaches in the Philippines. You can join a group day trip that will stop here (normally for the lunchtime stop) or, hire a private boat and spend the day.
Location: Coron Island, Palawan
More resources: Banul Beach on the map
23. Salagdoong Beach
Salagdoong Beach is a popular spot to visit in Siquijor for both tourists and locals. This picturesque beach is regularly touted by travel guides and blogs due to its beauty, the fact that you can rent a room or cottage nearby and stay overnight, and for the cliff jumping which is a highlight among adventure seekers.
24. Paradise Beach
Located in El Nido, Paradise Beach truly does live up to its name. The iconic white sand, turquoise waves, and swaying palm trees create a picture-perfect setting. Paradise Beach is a regular stop on trip D of El Nido’s popular island hopping tours.
Location: Short day trip from El Nido
More resources: Where to stay in El Nido
25. Lambug Beach
One of the top beach locations in Cebu, Lambug Beach is a favourite thanks to the fact that you can stay over (rent a room or camp), it’s beautiful and it’s close to other great attractions in Cebu including Moalboal (where you can find the famous sardine run) and Kawasan Falls.
26. Lampinigan Island
Another great Filipino beach that is considered to be a hidden gem, Lampinigan Island offers beautiful blue waters crashing along a stretch of sandy beach. There is some snorkeling and diving in the area though, depending on the waves, they may or may not be accessible. It’s not really a tourist spot yet, so if you plan on going you’ll need to ask the locals for some help in planning and getting there.
Location: Near Isabela City on Basilan Island, south of Zamboanga
More resources: Lampinigan Island on the map
27. Naked Island
Naked Island is a great spot in Siargao that is a favourite among visitors. Despite what you may think from the name, Naked Island is not a nude beach, but rather is called such because nothing really grows there except for a couple small bushes. Just soft white sand surrounded by clear turquoise waves.
28. Cabgan Islet
This uninhabited island is a great day trip from Barobo in Surigao del Sur. Escape the crowds and take a thirty-minute boat ride to this remote island where you can spend the day on the beach and in the water. Make sure to bring all your own food and drink because there is literally nothing but nature on this island.
29. Bucas Grande Islands
This gorgeous area is dotted with hilly islands covered in greenery. Lagoons, coves, lakes, beaches, and more can be found by those exploring the area. Some of which can only be accessed during certain conditions. Highlights include the jellyfish sanctuary, Hagukan and Magkukoab Cave, and Sohoton Cove.
Location: Socorro, Surigao del Norte. Between Siargao and Surigao
More resources: Bucas Grande Islands on the map
30. Pearl Farm
Originally a pearl farm and banana plantation, the Pearl Farm Resort opened as a luxurious resort in 1992. Besides a nice white sand beach you can dive sunken Japanese wrecks, feed fish, and enjoy their infinity pool.
Location: Samal Island ,Davao
More resources: Check out the Pearl Farm Resort
31. Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera on Mindoro island is known for two things: the beaches and the scuba diving. White Beach is lined with resorts and restaurants while Sabang beach is your best bet for coral reefs perfect for diving and snorkeling. Both of these beaches can get busy during weekends and high season, but it’s still worth the visit.
32. Puraran Beach
Puraran Beach is a popular beach destination for surfers, but even if you don’t surf it’s a great beach to visit. It’s a wide, golden sand beach with plenty of room to relax and some interesting rock formations. When the tide is low, take a walk and check the tide pools to find interesting marine life.
33. Samal Island
Samal island is about a fifteen-minute boat ride from Davao City, making it an easy pick for a day trip to the beach or a getaway for a couple of days. There is plenty to see and do around this beach, including great reefs for snorkeling, giant water slides, mountain climbing, spelunking, and more.
34. Anguib Beach
A pretty beach great for snorkeling and swimming. Clear waters and fine sand make also help make it a favourite. If you plan on snorkeling, you will need to bring your own gear as there is nowhere to rent any. There are some pretty deep drop-offs so if you are not a strong swimmer, take caution.
Location: Far north of Philippines in Cagayan, near Santa Ana
More resources: Anguib Beach in the map
35. Starfish Island
Clear waters, fine, white sand, and dozens of starfish make Starfish Island in Honda Bay a favourite when it comes to beaches in the Philippines. There are several islets in the area making it a popular stop for island hopping tours from Puerto Princesa. Despite what you may see others doing, we recommend not touching or picking up the starfish.
36. Malamawi Island
Malamwai Island is considered to be a hidden island off the coast of Isabela City in Basilan. The island’s White Beach is a stunning stretch of soft sand overlooking clear waters ideal for relaxing and swimming. The island doesn’t get many visitors, but there are some cottages available for rent for those who are willing to make the trip.
Location: Basilan off of Islabela City
More resources: Malamawi Island on the map
37. Hidden Beach
The inspiration behind the book ‘The Beach’ Hidden Beach, also referred to as Secret Beach, is surrounded by large karst cliffs and is only accessible by swimming through a narrow crevice in the cliffs. Hence the name ‘hidden’ or ‘secret’. It’s a beautiful area to explore but you need to be careful of the sharp rocks while swimming through the entry way.
38. Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beach
Unlike the majority of beaches in El Nido which require island hopping tours to access, Napcan and Calitang (aka the twin beaches) can be reached inland by tricycle or motorbike. The road conditions are rough so expect to take 1-1.5 hours, but there are few visitors and it’s quite beautiful. Keep in mind currents here can be strong so stay in the designated area for swimming.
39. Duli Beach
A golden stretch of sand facing the sea and backed by a lush jungle, Duli Beach is one of the most popular beaches to visit in El Nido. During the months of November to March it is considered to be surf season, and visitors can rent surf boards for a small fee and hit the waves.
40. Marimegmeg Beach
Another great beach in El Nido is Marimegmeg Beach which is also sometimes known as Las Cabanas. It’s only 4km from El Nido town and is best known for its stunning views at sunset. There is a beach bar serving up drinks though if you want a seat at the bar, you better plan on coming early.
41. Port Barton
Port Barton, on the west coast of Palawan, has several nearby beaches that visitors can spend a few hours or a day at. Itaytay (Port Barton) Beach is the most popular pick for watching the sunset. The port, which is where you catch the boats for island hopping, makes for idyllic backdrop against the sinking sun.
Location: Just south of El Nido in Palawan
More resources: Port Barton on the map
42. Ursula Island
A small island in Puerto Princesa, Ursula Island is best known for the number of rare bird species that live on the island. Visitors can come to the island to use the beautiful beaches, but can’t leave the beaches in order to better protect the birds.
Location: Far south Palawan, south of Puerto Princesa
More resources: Ursula Island on the map
43. Pamuktan Beach
Considered to be one of the most remote and difficult places to get to the in the Philippines, Pamuktan Beach truly is an island paradise where visitors get to experience the real island life like a local. For example- no public markets because everyone catches their own fish for meals.
Location: Calayan Island, part of the Babuyan Islands, in the far north of Philippines, Cagayan
More resources: Calayan island on the map
44. Bounty Beach
Malapascua is known for two things: thresher sharks and white sand beaches. The most popular of these beaches in Bounty Beach which is lined with bars, restaurants, and resorts. It’s a good spot for swimming but some people don’t like to swim at low tide because of all the sea grass.
45. Crystal Beach
About four hours away from Manila, Crystal Beach in Zambalas is a popular weekend escape from those living in the city. It’s a large beach area with lots of accommodation options so it doesn’t feel cramped. It’s also a great spot to for beginner surfers.
Location: Zambalas, north of San Antonio
More resources: Crystal Beach on the map
46. Patar Beach
Bolinao is known for its pristine beaches, of which Patar Beach is a favourite. It’s a large public beach with gentle slopes that make is good for swimming. There aren’t any coral reefs nearby so not much marine life to look at while snorkeling, but it is a good place for a beach escape.
Location: Bolinao, Pangasinan
More resources: Patar Beach on the map
47. Dahican Beach
A 7km strip of sandy beach fringed with palm trees and decent sized waves makes Dahican Beach a popular spot with beach goers and water sport enthusiasts alike. Swimming and surfing are popular here, but also keep an eye out for sea turtles as this area is a sanctuary for them.
Location: Mati, Davao Oriental
More resources: Dahican Beach on the map
48. Canibad Beach Cove
A popular beach lined with resorts and busy with tourists, Canibad Beach Cove is a great Beach getaway in Samal. The beaches are good for swimming and there is also some cliff jumping on the island as well. It is recommended to stay at least one night and, if you are willing, get up to watch the beautiful sunrises.
Location: East coast of Samal island, southeast of Davao City
More resources: Canibad Beach on the map
49. Biri Island
Biri is a relatively untouched island and part of the Balicuatro Islands that can be found dotting the area between San Bernarindo Strait and the Pacific Ocean. It’s not yet been discovered by mass tourism so they are only a few hotels and travellers should know that electricity is limited. The rock formations and scuba diving are the two main reasons to come to Biri Island.
Location: Northern Samar, not to be confused with Samal
More resources: Biri Island on the map
50. Masasa Beach, Batangas
Masasa Beach is said to be the best beach in Tingloy. While the sand here isn’t as pearly white as other beaches in the Philippines, the crystal clear waters and turquoise waves more than make up for it. There are no beach resorts and camping is not allowed, so most people stay at Anilao and head to Masasa Beach as a day trip. Be sure to bring your snorkel gear as there are plenty of critters to see.
Location: Southern Batangas near Mabini
More resources: Masasa Beach on the map
51. White Island (Medan Island)
Usually shaped like a boomerang, White Island (also called Medan Island or Medano Islet) is a bright white stretch of sand surrounded by turquoise waves and sea grass. It’s about a 10-minute boat ride off the coast of Mambajao, Camiguin and is the most popular attraction in the province. The island is completely uninhabited with only a few umbrellas for rent.
52. Apo Reef
Apo Reef is a national marine park and a favourite place for ocean enthusiasts and tourists. There are more than 350 species that call this reef home including rays, sharks, and sea turtles which the area is best known for. Plus, because it’s a protected place, the turtles here are somewhat used to humans so you can get close. Just don’t chase or touch.
Location: Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. Between Mindoro and Coron
More resources: Apo Reef on the map
53. Apo Island
Apo Island is most well known for countless turtles, and amazing reef. This is one of the best reef dives in the Philippines, and one will find plenty of beaches on your surface interval. This is a popular day trip from dive resorts in Dumaguete and Dauin, as well as Siquijor.
54. Buluan Island
Buluan Island is rarely visited by travellers. As such, it is incredibly quiet and peaceful with pristine, sandy beaches and beautiful clear waters. At this time, any visits to Buluan Island need to be coordinated with the tourism office.
Location: Zamboanga, Sibugay
More resources: Buluan Island on the map
55. Lakawon Island
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Lakawon Island is a banana shaped island off the coast of Cadiz in the northern area of Negros Occidental. The 13-hectare island is home to a beautiful white sand beach resort that is popular with tourists. The resort is a family run business and there is only one other small fishing community on the island.
Location: Negros Occidental, south of Concepcion Islands
More resources: Lakawon Island on the map
56. Great Santa Cruz Island
This small island in Zamboanga is uninhabited, but makes for a popular tourist destination thanks to the pink hued sand on its beaches. It’s one of the only pink sand beaches in the world and was named as one of the 21 best beaches in the world in 2017 by National Geographic.
Location: Off of Zamboanga
More resources: Great Santa Cruz Island on the map
57. Bulubadiangan Island
A privately owned Island in north-east Iloilo, Bolobadiangan Island (also known as Bulubadiangan Island) is best known for the 200-meter sandbar which can be seen at low tide. This sand bar is one of the most popular destinations in the Concepcion Islands.
Location: Part of the Concepcion Islands
More resources: Bolobadiangan Island on the map
58. Gigantes Islands
Gigantes Island, which translates to the island of giants, are remote island about five hours or so from Iloilo. Those who are willing to make the trip will be rewarded with beautiful seascapes and a laid back vibe. Beautiful beaches, interesting rock formations, and tons of succulent seafood can be found here.
59. Alibijaban Island
At 41 hectares, Alibijaban has some stunning scenery including white stretches of sandy beaches and mangrove forests. The waters around the island are teeming with marine life including whale sharks and manta rays. It’s a laid back island that takes a bit of planning and time to get to but is definitely worth it in the end.
Location: off shore from San Andres
More resources: Alibijaban Island on the map
60. Limasawa Island
Limsawa Island in Leyte is a historically important island in the Philippines. It is believed that this island is where the first ever mass was held in the country on Easter Sunday 1521. The island is also home to some scenic white sand beaches that are rich in marine life.
Location: Between Surigao City and Leyte
More resources: Limasawa on the map
61. Long Beach, San Vicente
There is a reason why Long Beach is called Long Beach: it’s the longest white sand beach in all of the Philippines. The 14km stretch is broken up by some cliffs and rock formations along the way. Long Beach is easiest to explore by motorbike which will also allow you to explore the nearby fishing villages as well.
Location: Northern Palawan, south of El Nido near San Vicente
More resources: Long Beach on the map
62. Maniwaya Island
Maniwaya is still considered to be one of the ‘undiscovered jewels’ of the Philippines. Located in the province of Marinduque, Maniwaya Island promises sandy beaches, turquoise waves, a beautiful sand bar, and some interesting rock formations. The island is also known for a famous traditional celebration, the Moriones Festival, which is celebrated during holy week (around Easter).
Location: Near Santa Cruz, off shore of Marinduque
More resources: Maniwaya Island on the map
63. Isla Verde
Isla Verde is a treasure trove when it comes to marine life. A 2007 Smithsonian Institute study calls it ‘centre of the centre of the world’s marine biodiversity’ due to the high concentration of marine species. Part of why it is so rich in biodiversity is because it is somewhat isolated. It can be done as a day trip but is worth spending the night. Keep in mind, electricity is limited here.
64. White Sand Beach
This little islet is a gorgeous white sand beach with a few palm trees for shade. No buildings, restaurants, or resorts can be found here. Just soft white sand and turquoise waves. This beach is often compared to those of Boracay, but minus the huge crowds. There is a small environmental fee charged to all who visit the island.
65. Bon Bon Beach
About a ten-minute drive from Romblon town, Bonbon Beach is a pristine beach with a nice sandbar visible at low tide. You can swim and snorkel here (bring your own snorkeling equipment), though stay on the right side of the sandbar to avoid the strong currents. If you are here in the evening, the sandbar makes the perfect place to watch the sunset from.
66. Aglicay Beach
Another beautiful white sand beach in Romblon, Aglicay Beach is a definite favourite. There is no entrance fee to the beach but most people who come decide to spend the day at the Aglicay Beach resort which has a cost of 50PHP + any additional charges for activities. You can snorkel, rent boats, or just enjoy the views.
Location: Southern Tablas Island
More resources: Aglicay Beach on the map
67. General Luna, Siargao
General Luna is the most popular area of Siargao, and for good reason. Idyllic beaches, plenty of marine life in the waters, and great surfing makes it a great choice for a beach getaway. Another big draw to the area is the relaxed and laid back island life and the friendly locals.
68. Carabao Island
Known as Himbil by the locals, Carabao Island has been described as ‘Boracay 30 years ago’ and is becoming more popular after the closure of the famous beach island. Powdery white sand, cliffs, coral reefs make it an ideal beach location. You can also explore the island’s caves and go cliff diving here.
Location: South of Manila, near Palay Palay National Park
More resources: Carabao on the map
69. Sugba Lagoon
The photo above might not show the beaches around Sugba Lagoon, but it does give you an idea how remote the area is. You can hang out on beaches by yourself still, but hurry because more and more tours in Siargao are starting to offer Sugba, and it will grow in popularity.
70. Doljo Beach
Doljo Beach is on Panglao Island, but is considered to be much more low key and quieter than the other popular beach on Panglao, Alona. It’s more of a local area with fishermen and farmers, but there are still some beautiful resorts by this beach. Visitors should note that swimming is only possible here at high tide.
71. Snake Island
In Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Snake Island (which is named for its S shape not because it is full of snakes) is one of the most popular stops on Tour B. It’s a beautiful sandbar rather than an actual island but a definite highlight for those looking at island hopping tours in El Nido.
72. Dicasalarin Cove
A somewhat ‘secret’ area, Dicasalarin Cove is best known for its white sand, beautiful views, and the Baler Lighthouse. It’s open to visitors but you will need a pass to visit. The is also a strong undercurrent here so be careful when swimming, especially if you are with young children.
73. Huma Island
Huma Island is a resort island in Busuanga Palawan. It’s the perfect place to go for a tropical luxury escape with a bit of adventure. Beautiful beaches, pristine waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving are the highlights here. Though the luxury amenities and on site spa are also a huge hit with guests.
74. Capones Island
This bone-shaped island is 2km long and has some great sandy beaches perfect for a day trip, picnic, or even over-night camping. If you do decide to stay overnight, you will need to bring all your own gear and make arrangements for a boat to pick you up the following day. The waters in the area are also ideal for snorkeling so bring your gear with you.
75. Dungaree Beach
Dungaree Beach is actually a former military beach that was originally called ‘Dog Beach’. It’s a clean beach- cleaner and nicer to swim in than the main beaches of Subic Bay, and is ideal for a day trip. There is nowhere on the beach to rent boats and beach equipment but you can bring things with you.
76. Sumilon Island
Sumilon Island is a resort island, right off of the beaches and town of Oslob. Although the island is owned and run by the Bluewater Sumilon Island resort, tour companies do offer trips to the sand bar part of the island. To really experience the island it’s best to just stay at the awesome resort itself.
Location: Southern Cebu
More resources: Sumilon on the map
77. Oslob Beach
Oslob is one of the most popular places to visit in Cebu, mainly because of the whale sharks. Though the tourism practices surrounding the whale sharks in Oslob is the cause of a lot of skepticism regarding the animal welfare, the beaches in Oslob are worth the visit alone thanks to stunningly clear waters and soft, white sand.
78. Balesin Island, Quezon
Balesin Island is a members only private getaway located in Quezon. With 7.3km of pristine sandy beaches, a state of the art wellness centre, plenty of water activities to take part in and a historic bar, this is a luxurious escape for those looking for a true island beach getaway in the Philippines.
79. Sambauan Island
Sambauan is a beach goer and ocean lover’s paradise. It’s a marine sanctuary full of a number of different species, beautiful white sand beaches, and warm blue waters. It’s a great beach for scuba diving and snorkeling and, thanks to the mild current, good for divers of all levels.
Location: Southeast of Masbate Island
More resources: Sambauan Island on the map
80. Corong-Corong Beach
About ten minutes from El Nido town, Corong-Corong Beach offers a quiet hideaway from the crowds. Coconut trees, a wide spread of beach, and shallow waters make it an easy and calming place to relax and escape the bigger crowds found on the ever popular El Nido Island hopping tours.
81. Katungkulan Beach
Formerly known as Boracay De Cavite, Katungkulan is a small cove inside the Gregorio Lim Marine base. The soft sand is almost a grey colour and the towering stone walls are a different and striking feature in comparison to other beaches in the Philippines. The water is clean and beach offers views to Corregidor Island and the Mariveles mountain range.
Location: Cavite, near Mount Palay Palay National Park
More resources: Katungkulan Beach on the map
82. Guimaras Island
83. Fortune Island, Batangas
Fortune Island used to be a private resort island but it closed in 2006 due to a lack of fresh drinking water. Grecian pillars from the old resort still can be found on the hilltops, giving the island an old and abandoned type of feeling. The water by the beach is shallow but can be rough, for calmer waters head to the cliff jumping area where it’s deep but not as choppy. You can also snorkel and scuba dive around the island.
84. Palaui Island
Palaui Island is perhaps the best kept secret of all the Philippine beaches. It is relatively isolated and basically untouched by human hands, as there is only one small fishing village here. It has also been declared as National Marine Reserve so the beauty of the wildlife and marine life of the beaches and jungle are well preserved.
85. Waniban Island
Waniban Island is a pearl of Mati, and a popular places to visit combined with Pujada Bay, a protected marine sanctuary. So if you visit one, be sure to visit the other!
Location: Mati, Davao Oriental
More resources: Waniban Island on the map
86. Pujada bay
Location: Mati, Davao Oriental
More resources: Pujada Bay on the map
89. Tikling Island
If you can get permission from the caretakers to visit this pink little beach, it’ll be worth a visit for sure. Since it is privately owned, there are no resorts or cottages and hardly any tourists at all.
Location: Near Subic Beach in Sorsogon.
More resources: Tikling Island on the map
90. Mercedes Islands
Here in the Mercedes Islands, which could be the next huge attraction in Bicol, you can go island-hopping to Apuao Grande, Apuao Pequena, Canimog, Canton. Caringo, and more. Only two of the islands are inhabited, Caringo And Apuao Grande, and you should definitely visit them all before they turn into a massive tourist attraction.
91. Bagasbas Beach
There is a decent beach here, but it is more known for it’s great watersports. There is some decent waves here, so is popular for surfing. You can hangout here for the surfing, then head to the nearby Mercedes Islands for more beaches.
92. Marcos Island
Although former president Marcos was an evil and corrupt dictator in his days, he somehow got one of the best islands in the Hundred Islands named after him. There is even a cave on it named after his equally shady wife. Who knows, maybe you’ll find the infamous Yamashitas Gold hoard here.
Location: Hundreds Islands National Park, Lingayen Gulf.
More resources: Marcos Island on the map
93. Ticao Island
Ticao has some nice beaches, and it is also mentioned in our Guide to Scuba Diving Philippines. It is one of the best places in the Philippines to see mantas rays, whale sharks, thresher sharks, and hammerheads. Guess you have plenty of reasons to visit.
Location: 30 minutes boat ride from Pilar Port, Pilar, Sorsogon
More resources: Ticao Island on the map
94. Mamangal Beach
With it’s pristine waters and beaches, Mamangal is a popular destination for backpackers, and very cheap to get to. Check it out for an out of the way tropical paradise.
95. Potipot Island
This is a popular camping spot for locals, with nice white sand beaches and lush jungles. You can get there by heading north from Manila to the shores near Candelaria.
96. Salibungot Beach
Salibungot Beach is on Jomalig island, which is the furthest island in the Polilgolden sandio Group. Facing the Pacific ocean, Salibungot has bead-like pink sands and turquoise waters.
Location: Jomalig Island, Polilio Group of Islands, Quezon Province
More resources: Salibungot Beach on the map
97. Alabat Island
Here is another relatively unknown island to tourists, but with plenty of great tropical beaches and friendly locals who make you feel at home.
Location: Lamon Bay, off the coast of Atimonan in Quezon Province
More resources: Alabat Island on the map
98. Little Boracay
Locals call this area Little Boracay because of the 2 kilometer long white sand beach lined with palm trees. Ths difference though is there being far less tourists here. So make sure this one is on your list!
Location: Santa Maria, Davao Del Sur
More resources: Little Boracay on the map
99. Magpupungko Beach
Just a ways north from General Luna beach in Siargao, you can visit Magpupungko, with it’s beautiful white sands and cool looking rock formations. Even if you can’t pronounce it, be sure to give it a visit!
100. Sarangani Island
101. San Victor Island
Known as the jewel of Baganga by locals and anyone who has visited it, San Victor Island is definitely a fun place to see. You can get there by just a five minute boat ride from the mainland.
Location: Baganga, Davao Oriental
As you can see from the various photos and videos, and the maps showing how remote these beaches are, there are some amazing tropical paradises in Philippines to be discovered. But these are just 101 of them, when there are over 7000 islands in the country, most with their own incredible beaches and attractions.
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