Five Beaches to Experience While in the Philippines


The more you travel around the Philippines, the more you will realize that it is a piece of paradise on earth. Identified by Conservation International as one of 17 mega-diverse countries in 1998, the Philippines offers rich biodiversity, ranging from coral reefs, mangroves and tropical rainforests to mountain ranges, a diverse range of flora and fauna, beautiful islands and world-class beaches. With one of the world’s longest white sand coastlines, the country is a true haven for beach lovers. If you are looking for the perfect tropical getaway, look no further than the Philippines. With so many beautiful beaches to explore, one visit will not be enough. You can get off to a great start by experiencing the following world-renowned treasures.

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Boracay, Aklan

Located in the province of Aklan, Boracay is a small island located 315 km south of Manila. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines, the island has more than 350 resorts and up to 2,000 rooms, which range from budget-friendly inns to luxury hotels.

Boracay has something for everyone, from a tranquil and relaxing environment to restaurants, bars and pubs that offer vibrant nightlife to snorkeling, scuba diving and water sports. Those who love to go snorkeling or scuba diving will be treated to a rich aquatic life endemic to the Philippines. If you do not have the necessary training to go diving, you can simply try helmet diving. All you have to do is put on a helmet with glass plates, descend ten feet down a ladder to a shallow ocean floor, and enjoy the aquatic life as you stroll around as if you were on land. You will have plenty of experiences that are worth capturing and taking home as precious Boracay souvenir.

Dubbed the “finest beach in the world,” the White Beach is the most popular beach in Boracay. In 2012, Travel + Leisure, an international travel magazine named Boracay the “Best Island in the World.” Puka Beach, located on the northern side of the island, was ranked among CNN’s 100 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World. On the western side you will find the Bulabog Beach, which is an awesome location for extreme sports like kite and windsurfing, owing to the strong winds in the area all year round.

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El Nido, Palawan

El Nido in Palawan is not only one of the best beaches in the Philippines but in the world as well. It is most admired for its rich ecosystem and extraordinary natural splendor. Palawan earned Travel + Leisure’s “best island in the world” recognition for two years in a row in 2016 and 2017. Conde Nast Traveller ranked El Nido as the fourth best beach in the world in 2017.

The island has about 50 white sand beaches, three major marine habitats, five types of forest, and several different species of birds. Its rich sea life includes marine mammals like dugongs and dolphins, almost one thousand kinds of fish, and more than a hundred species of coral. El Nido is home to the largest marine reserve and sanctuary and one of the most diverse ecosystems in the Philippines.

El Nido, Palawan is best known for its limestone cliffs, beautiful lagoons, and bird’s nest soup. Among the activities you can do on the island are scuba diving, snorkeling, visiting a secret lagoon, relaxing on the beach, taking an island hopping tour, and eating bird’s nest soup.

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Puerto Galera

Located in Oriental Mindoro Province, Puerto Galera is a UNESCO-protected site since 1973. Travelers often use the name Puerto Galera to refer to areas surrounding the town as well, particularly the White Beach and Sabang Beach.

Puerto Galera has stunning white sand beaches that are great for sailing, snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing. With the densest marine population in the world, the island is one of Asia’s most diverse diving sites. One of the greatest attractions of Puerto Galera is its proximity to Manila. You can reach the town by car, which would take only about three hours. The best time to visit the area is from April through June if you do not mind the crowds and the heat, or during off peak season if the colder weather does not bother you.

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Samal Island, Davao City

Also known as the Island Garden City of Samal, the island is located about 2 kilometers away from Davao City. One of the Philippines’ most developed vacation destinations, the island has several pink and white sand beaches and world-class resorts, including the Paradise Island, the famous Pearl Farm, and Kaputian Beach Resort. With 70 resorts, you can choose one that best suits your needs and budget.

Samal Island has several excellent places for diving, hiking or simply lounging on the beach. Visitors are encouraged to experience the Montfort Bats Conservation Park, which has two million fruit bats. It earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most number of fruit bats in a cave. Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, is also located nearby. Do not miss out on the pink beach and the many tropical fruits endemic to Davao, as well as the vanishing island, which disappears as the tide rises.

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Panglao Island, Bohol

With its crystal clear blue waters and fine white sands, Panglao is often likened to Boracay. The island has abundant marine ecosystem and boasts diving spots that are among the best in the Philippines. Panglao has about 2,500 species of mollusks and 250 species of crustaceans, some of which have just been discovered. Through the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project, it has been discovered that the island has more marine species and biodiversity that the Mediterranean Sea and Japan combined.

Aloha Beach, the most popular beach on Panglao island, can be overpriced and congested, but is worth visiting for its great diving sites. Dojo and Dumaluan beaches are also popular.

Panglao Island is accessible from mainland Bohol. You can also take a sidetrip to visit the famous Chocolate Hills in Carmen. The best way to explore the island is by renting a motorcycle. If you like architecture, the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Dauis is worth a visit. The structure, which combines Romanesque and Byzantine influences, have impressive frescoes, and it has a small well believed to have miraculous healing water. Explore the underground lagoon at Hinagdanan Cave, ride a floating restaurant and cruise along the green waters of Loboc River as you eat delicious sea foods to the sound of Filipino musicians serenading you.


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About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

4 Responses to Five Beaches to Experience While in the Philippines

  1. Really, they all are looking very amazing, as you have stated that Philippines is a piece of paradise on Earth, I totally agree with you. Thanks for sharing this post.

  2. Great, these are amazing beaches of philippines, These are the best beaches to get fun and stunning photos you shared.

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