10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

by Angela Mark

The Philippines is one of the best places to visit if you’re dreaming of a tropical paradise complete with powdery white sands, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters as far as the eye can see.

In fact, it seems like at every turn there’s a new stunning beach to discover. Since the Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands, you will have no shortage of sandy destinations to explore.

Here are 10 of the top beaches in the Philippines to get you started on your search for paradise. Each one is special in its own way; compare them to find the one that suits you best.

10. Gota Beach, Camarines Sur

A boat parked on an island in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines

A boat is parked on a small island in Caramoan, a picturesque town in the province of Camarines Sur, Philippines. Image source: cristan pago74/Shutterstock.com

At times, it seems as though Gota Beach, a short stretch of beach, would be completely absorbed by the deep green flora that cascades down the slopes onto the sands. The allure of this destination lies in the untamed allure it exudes. As a matter of fact, the beach was chosen as the location for the “Survivor” TV program for the same reason.

It’s tough to disagree with the producer’s decision, seeing that the beach is hidden away in Camaroan National Park and seems like a world apart from the rest of the world. However, due to the large population living in Camarines Sur, the peninsula is peppered with hotels and restaurants.

You can go hiking or exploring in the jungle, and the surrounding waters are teeming with marine life, making for excellent snorkeling.

9. Mahabang Buhangin Beach, Calagua Islands

Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Calaguas Islands, Camarines Norte, Philippines

Mahabang Buhangin Beach is a beautiful white sand beach located in Calaguas Islands, Camarines Norte, Philippines. Image source: Gem Muzones/Shutterstock.com

You’ll find several beautiful beaches in the Caluagua Islands, with Mahabang Buhangin Beach being the best of the bunch. As news of its charms has spread, it has attracted a growing number of visitors in recent years.

Part of its allure is due to its secluded setting, which requires some effort to reach from more populous areas. You’ll have to put in some work to get there, but once you get there, you’ll be rewarded with stunning sea vistas, an almost empty beach, and some of the region’s nicest sand.

There is no better location to relax and soak up some rays.

8. Saud Beach, Luzon

Pagudpud Beach, located on the northern coast of Luzon, one of the three major island groups in the Philippines, is fantastic and should not be missed. It has been dubbed the “Boracay of the North” for its pristine white beaches, clear turquoise waters, and densely packed swaying palm trees.

In addition to its beautiful surroundings, Pagudpud Beach in the province of Ilocos Norte also offers a wide variety of luxurious resorts, delicious dining options, and exciting water activities.

The high winds that impact the island make the northern shore ideal for kitesurfing, and the beautiful waters make for a thrilling ride. It’s little wonder that Pagudpud Beach is becoming more and more of a tourist hotspot.

7. Hidden Beach, Palawan

Hidden Beach in Matinloc Island in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Hidden Beach is a secluded cove located on Matinloc Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Image source: photosounds/Shutterstock.com

Hidden Beach, another of El Nido’s magnificent beaches, gets its name from the fact that it is sandwiched between two enormous limestone formations, making it difficult to see from the road.

Because of how difficult it is to reach, the beach on Matinloc Island remains beautifully natural and unspoiled. beautiful scenery, with the craggy cliffs making for a striking background on the beach.

Thanks to the way the palm trees line up around the turquoise water and white beaches at Hidden Beach, you’ll feel like you’re on another planet. The surrounding region is excellent for snorkeling due to the abundance of marine life.

6. Banul Beach, Coron

Idyllic Banul Beach on Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines

Banul Beach is a serene and peaceful beach located on the picturesque Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines. Image source: marako85/Shutterstock.com

Banul Beach is among the prettiest in the world due to the dramatic cliffs that line its shores. The white sands and bright green vegetation bursting out from the rock face are set off beautifully by the turquoise waters.

Banol is located on a peninsula that extends northwest from Coron Island; therefore, it is very isolated and lacks many of the usual conveniences expected of a vacation destination.

There is some stunning scenery, and snorkeling is top-notch in the area. The island is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best diving destinations due to the abundance of marine life in the surrounding waters. Interesting shipwrecks can be found there, too, for those who like scuba diving.

5. Bounty Beach, Cebu

Sunny Day in Malapascua Island in Visayan Sea, Cebu, Philippines

Malapascua Island is a beautiful island located in the Visayan Sea, Cebu, Philippines. Image source: photosounds/Shutterstock.com

Bounty Beach is another of the Philippines’ stunning beaches, and it can be found along the southern shore of Malapascua Island and continues for a good way along the island’s east coast. Malapascua is renowned for its excellent diving locations, but the island’s stunning scenery and easygoing atmosphere also draw many visitors.

The attraction of its underwater beauty draws about the same number of tourists each year. The vibrant coral reefs here are home to a wide variety of marine life, including sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and schools of fish of every kind.

As a result, it is widely considered to be one of the best spots in the Philippines for scuba diving. The pristine white sands of Bounty Beach are reason enough to go there.

4. Nacpan-Calitang Beach, Palawan

Aerial view of El Nido's Twin Beaches in the Philippines

A tropical paradise featuring Nacpan and Calitang Beach in El Nido, Philippines. Image source: DiegoMariottini/Shutterstock.com

Nacpan and Calitang are like two halves of the same beach; they’re separated by a narrow strip. Rarely do you come across another location just like it. Altogether, they form a protruding peninsula to the west of El Nido.

Calitang is significantly shorter than Nacpan and bends down to the south, whereas Nacpan rises to the north and reaches out into the distance. Around 45 minutes from El Nido Town, you’ll find this tranquil, unspoiled area. Therefore, if you want to get away from it all and relax on some stunning beaches, this is the place to go.

Due to the isolation of the beaches and the proximity of the dense vegetation, you may believe that you are really on a deserted island.

3. Alona Beach, Panglao

Scenic view of Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol Island

A serene view of the famous Alona Beach in Panglao, Bohol Island, Philippines. Image source: Maxim Tupikov/Shutterstock.com

One of the Philippines’ best beaches, Alona, is located on the smaller island of Panglao, which is linked to the bigger island of Bohol by two bridges over the sea. Amazing diving spots abound in the sea close by.

Panglao is a more peaceful and family-friendly alternative to Boracay, despite its proximity to several excellent resorts, beach bars, and stores. The island has a chill atmosphere, and many scuba divers and snorkelers visit Alona Beach to explore the underwater world.

The beach has a picture-perfect setting, like something out of a travel brochure, with soft white sand, clear blue water, and enough palm trees to provide shade from the sun.

2. White Beach, Boracay

Traditional Filipino boats anchored in the blue sea

Traditional boats resting in the calm waters of Boracay Island in the Philippines. Image source: saiko3p/Shutterstock.com

White Beach in Boracay, one of the Philippines’ most famous tourist sites, will make you feel like you’ve stepped into heaven. The sand is, as the name suggests, brilliant white. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more aesthetically stunning beach, what with the pristine waters and the deep blue sky above.

Tucked away in the shadow of the palm trees that line the beach are a plethora of terrific places to dine and drink, as well as great places to shop and enjoy a busy nightlife once the sun goes down.

White Beach is often ranked among the world’s best. If you can pull yourself away from the sand long enough, you can enjoy a wide variety of activities, such as kayaking and parasailing.

1. Marimegmeg Beach, Palawan

Marimegmeg beach with crystal clear water and rock formations

A captivating view of Marimegmeg beach with crystal clear water and rock formations in Palawan, Philippines. Image source: Aleksandar Todorovic/Shutterstock.com

El Nido, in the Philippine province of Palawan, is often praised for its breathtaking landscape and abundance of lovely beaches, of which Marimegmeg Beach is a shining example.

Beachgoers can expect to find white beaches, turquoise waters, and breathtaking views of Bacuit Bay along its palm tree-lined shores. Marimegmeg, often known as Las Cabanas owing to the well-known resort that sits along the seashore, is easily accessible since it is just a short distance from El Nido town.

In addition to relaxing on the beach and drinking at one of the laid-back bars, guests can experience the thrill of flying through the air on the zip wire that spans the distance between the shore and Depeldet Island.

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