The Philippine Islands are some of the most spectacular islands in the world, and the beaches of the Philippines are among the best in the world.
Surrounded by crystal clear blue-green waters, with pristine white sandy beaches and warm breezes blowing in from the Pacific Ocean, South China Sea and Visayan Sea that make the palm trees and mangrove forests sway, this is the ideal place for that picture perfect holiday.
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.
You can immerse yourself in local culture by visiting one of the many fishing villages, or take part in the shopping and nightlife of one of the many larger cities.
Wherever you are you will find the people of the Philippines very friendly, and you are never far from a beach.
Surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving and snorkeling are some of the favorite pasttimes here, as well as any other water sport you can imagine.
Charter boats to take you fishing or island hopping, or rent your own sailboat and explore the islands for yourself.
The raw beauty of all the islands will also make you want to hike and explore the interiors which have some of the most spectacular flora and fauna you will see anywhere.
Listed here is just a few of the options for places to go in the Philippines that will leave you breathless. It is one of those places that will create memories that last a life time.
1. El Nido, Palawan
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El Nido, Palawan is not a beach, but a town with over 50 fantastic beaches to discover and explore.
Palawan has been called “the last frontier” by many, and the coastal town of El Nido is the perfect get-away. It is a great base from which to island hop and find that perfect spot to spend the day.
You may want to spend one day on a busy beach with a lot of fun things going on, or you might want to find a secluded beach on a nearby island where you can have some real relaxation in quiet solitude.
2. White Beach, Boracay Island
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White Beach in Boracay, Aklan is perhaps the most popular destination for holiday travelers to the Philippines. The water here boasts of rough waves and strong winds that make it ideal for surfing, windsurfing and kite boards.
There is an annual competition nearby called the International Funboard Cup that attracts hundreds of wind and kite surfers from all over. As the name implies, the beach is a beautiful white sand that is so inviting.
Take part in a rousing game of beach volleyball or comb the beach for some amazing seashells.
Sunbathe in the powdery soft sand or in the shade under some of the swaying palm trees or snorkel in the crystal clear water.
3. Bantayan Island
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Bantayan Island near Cebu is the perfect place for anyone wanting to visit a beach in the Philippines that is more secluded and quiet.
It is full of coconut palm trees, pristine white sand and crystal clear blue water of the Visayan Sea, and is basically untouched by the modern world.
During Holy Week before Easter the island becomes crowded with many Filipino travelers, and there are many activities going on.
The remainder of the year it is very pleasant and the locals are very friendly. You will certainly want to partake in some of the local cuisine and experience some of the culture of the country.
Spending the day playing in the water or sunbathing with a good book on the soft sand is a favorite past time for tourists and locals alike.
4. Caramoan Island
Caramoan is another secluded island, but it differs from Bantayan Island because of it’s spectacular scenery.
Many rock formations and giant boulders reach right down to the sea and have caves that are waiting to be explored, both from land and by snorkeling.
There are beautiful waterfalls that fall into some wonderful freshwater pools. White sandy beaches are scattered throughout so you will be able to find an isolated place for that ideal get-away.
You will find lagoons and underground streams that rival any others found elsewhere.
Many television and movie productions have been shot here because of spectacular scenery, including the Survivor reality show.
5. Manoc Manoc Beach, Boracay Island
Manoc Manoc Beach is located on the beautiful Boracay Island. It is located on the southern end of the island, across the channel from the quaint village of Caticlan.
It is one of the busier Philippine beaches as there are numerous boats bringing in supplies for the entire island here. It is also a favorite beach amongst the locals, so there is always something fun happening.
It is generally windy all year long, so is the perfect spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
6. 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.
The coral gardens are fantastic to snorkel and dive around and explore.
Trekking overland to the pristine white sandy beach can be quite an adventure in itself, and there are guides available to help you along the way.
Or you can charter a boat to take you directly to the beach, which is surrounded by volcanic rock and mangrove forests, which add so much to the beauty.
7. Panglao Island
Panglao Island is an idyllic island located just off the island of Bohol near Cebu.
It is a real haven for divers, where you can see a wide variety of marine life including barracudas and sea snakes, and boaters that are looking for a chance to see whales and dolphins among other fish.
The coral reefs are also stunning and teeming with colorful animals. Several dive spots exist off the beach making this one of the premier destinations for divers from around the world.
The beaches are perfect for sunbathing or playing a rousing game of volleyball as well as swimming and snorkeling. There are waterfalls, caves and underground springs that are fun to explore.
8. Siargao Islands
Siargao Islands are known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines and for good reason.
The water of the Pacific Ocean is very deep here, and when the waves break over the reefs it creates some spectacular waves.
It can make some amazing thick, hollow tubes and the best known of these even has a name. “Cloud 9” is world renowned among surfers. An annual competition, the Siargao Cup, attracts competitive surfers from all over the world.
If you do not surf, or are a beginner at the sport, there are places where the waves are more modest or even very mild where it is ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
As a whole, Philippines beaches rank among the best in the world, from north to south, the softest white sand beaches can be found throughout the entire country and its 17 thousand islands. If it is beaches you are looking for, head to Philippines the the best in the world!