Top 27 Beaches in the Philippines Begging to be Explored

Top 27 Beach Getaway Destinations in the Philippines

Truly, the Philippines is home to some of the best beaches in the world!

Of all the travel and tourism trends in the past decade, the buzz about the fabulous beaches in the Philippines as epic travel destinations has only grown louder. Whether you’re from North America, Europe, or even neighbouring parts of Asia, chances are you have seen immortalised images of the Philippines’ mile-long white beaches and tranquil azure waters.

What’s most surprising is the fact that this Southeast Asian country has over 7,000 islands that boast of absolute natural beauty; that means that you can end up almost anywhere in the country and still encounter diverse land and seascapes to make memories with.

If you find this hard to believe, then have a go at 25 of the top beaches in the Philippines. Remember, this is but a sneak peek at what the country has to offer!

Disclaimer: Some of these island provinces are still recovering from Typhoon Odette. Be sure to research the current status of the resort or accommodation you want to book, as well as the activities available for tourists. Should the island destination be open for tourists, you can be assured that it will be a place where fun tropical memories await. Your presence as a guest will surely help these beautiful islands recover from their typhoon-induced losses! For more information, you may visit the Philippines’s official tourism website here, or download the Travel Philippines app here.



1. El Nido, Palawan

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El Nido is an all-time favourite among the beaches in the Philippines, for locals and foreigners alike. Composed of four main islands – Apulit, Miniloc, Lagen, and Pangulasian — El Nido’s secluded beaches, clear blue waters, and watersport activities are the key to your escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

While you’re there, grab every opportunity to go diving or snorkelling to appreciate El Nido’s diverse marine creatures. If you don’t feel like snorkelling or swimming, a resort such as Miniloc offers board games and cultural performances at night that will keep your family entertained.

2. Coron, Palawan

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When not in the otherworldly islands of El Nido, travellers can be found flocking to Coron in northern Palawan. Unlike El Nido, Coron’s islands exude a more laid-back and homely atmosphere which are preferred by budget travellers and nature lovers.

You can choose from at least three island-hopping tours that will take you to the area’s stunning white sands, rich marine life, and all in all, the most Instagram-worthy tropical backdrops you’ll ever see. Destinations like Malcapuya Island and CYC Beach — the only public one in Coron — are specifically great for snorkelling and getting up close with beautiful coral reefs.

3. Balabac, Palawan


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Among the many celebrated beaches in the Philippines, Balabac honestly deserves more attention. It is an island region composed of 31 islands and islets, graced with unspoilt white sand, endemic flora and fauna, and of course, rich marine life. If you’re going to swim or snorkel, expect clear blue waters where dolphins, tuna, whales, and even sea turtles might come and say hi. 

Not only that, but Balabac also boasts of one of the world’s richest biodiversities. Here, tourists can encounter the adorable pilandok, aka mouse deer, along with several species of migratory birds, and dozens of mangrove species. Experience a blast from the past as you trek to the Spanish-era lighthouse found in Cape Melville, find waterfalls in the mountains, and take a plunge in the turquoise waters of the Sulu Sea!

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4. Boracay Island

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Many travellers will say that Boracay is the ultimate destination out of all the beaches in the Philippines. According to them, Boracay has all the facets for wanderers who want a bit of romance, some bonding experience with friends, or even just to explore the country’s food scene. Well, they’re right.

Boracay’s beaches aren’t just beautiful with their white sand and picture-perfect sunsets. They offer a range of accommodations that cater to everyone. For instance, White Beach has three stations. Station 1 offers luxury resorts, Station 2 has mid-range resorts, while Station 3 offers budget-friendly hotels for backpackers. Drool-inducing eateries, on the other hand, are scattered throughout the three stations. 

White Beach is also a good place to shop and experience Boracay’s nightlife. Alternatively, there are beaches like Puka Beach, which are more quiet and spacious. There, you can indulge in kayaking, swimming, or even get a relaxing massage.

Also read: Boracay in the New Normal: What to Expect & Things to Do

5. Caramoan Group of Islands, Camarines Sur

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Bicol may just be one of the most underrated places in the Philippines. But this works to its advantage.

Caramoan Islands, found in the lower east side of Camarines Sur, Bicol, will make you think you’re actually in Palawan. This is due to its 4,000-hectare limestone forest that towers above deep water and white sand beaches. Despite being the location of several Survivor series episodes, the Caramoan islands are almost unspoilt and unknown to local and foreign travellers.

An array of adventures including scuba diving, kayaking, rock climbing, and caving await anyone who dares to travel this far out to the rest of the province. Some of the main attractions here include Gota Beach in Lahos Island, which completely disappears during low tide, and the coral pebbled Tayak Beach in Malarad Island.

6. Calaguas Group of Islands, Camarines Norte


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In recent years, Calaguas steadily made its way to the beach lover’s bucket list. Its white sand rivals that of Boracay and Palawan, and travellers have claimed it to be share-worthy on social media. Tinaga Island stands out in Calaguas for its Mahabang Buhangin beach.

Beachgoers don’t just enjoy the long stretch of white sand here, they also relax and meditate under the calm sky and palm trees. You can rent a cottage or a tent, and spend time trekking the hills to be close to nature or watch the sunset. The soft breeze in Calaguas also helps in keeping a relaxing ambience. If you’re looking for some “me time” or a space to reflect, this is a good place to start.

7. Pink Beaches, Sorsogon

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Lists of Philippine beaches aren’t complete without giving a shoutout to pink beaches!

Sorsogon, Bicol doesn’t have just one, but three pink beaches. These beaches are found in Tikling Island and Calintaan Island; on the latter island, you can find two pink beaches: Big Subic Beach and Small Subic Beach. Tikling’s pink beach isn’t as rosey as the two Subic beaches in Calintaan, but it’s definitely more intimate and can afford tourists some privacy as they explore the island.

Although it’s usually crowded in Calintaan Island, you can rent cottages and set up your lunch at grilling stations. There are even sari-sari stores to buy canned goods and fresh seafood from. Want a tip? Visit these pink beaches with your travel buddies so you can easily afford to rent cottages and spend time admiring the rosey sand for as long as you like. Can you imagine catching a radiant sunset on a pink beach? It’s definitely worth the books!

8. San Antonio, Zambales

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Do the names Anawangin, Nagsasa, and Silanguin ring a bell to you? If not, then that gives you one more reason to head over to Central Luzon and discover these unique coves, specifically in San Antonio, Zambales. After Mt. Pinatubo’s explosion, what once were rocky stretches of land were turned into a tropical paradise.

The San Antonio coves aren’t only fit for swimming and sunbathing, but also for stargazing thanks to their camping opportunities near the shore. Open yourself up, meet other travellers, and climb hills together as you appreciate the view of nature with new friends. Fresh company will make the experience all the more memorable!

9. Puerto Galera, Mindoro

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Puerto Galera’s white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters are at par with the best ones, and you can do just about anything in this place — from snorkelling, diving, and surfing, to kite flying, lying on hammocks, and stargazing.

One of Puerto Galera’s most known beaches is the White Beach, aka the “Small Boracay” of Palawan. So yes, you can enjoy a vast expanse of smooth white sand here; but besides that, you ought to bring your friends along to go banana boat riding and even get cool henna tattoos that will last for weeks!

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10. Baler, Aurora


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If you ever wanted to learn surfing and are willing to spare extra hours of overland travel from Manila, the coastal town of Baler is pretty much your place. Although heavily filled with historical attractions, Baler will always be one of the top surfing destinations in the Philippines.

No longer is it the quaint little town people knew it to be. Now, the town is rich with commercial establishments that cater to the promising tourist crowds year-round, from beachfront eateries to hole-in-the-wall bakeries. If it’s plain surfing you seek, Sabang Beach provides shallow waters but with strong enough waves to let you practice the sport. Just go to one of the many surfing shops nearby, hire an instructor, and you’re all set to catch some waves!

11. San Juan, La Union

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Known as the surfing capital of Northern Luzon, San Juan is one of the best locations to surf in the Philippines. Its peak season runs from October to March because that’s usually when the big waves come about; but if you’d rather stay and relax at the beach, you’ll find their beach restaurants a convenient place to chill and have a drink with your buddies.

This beach is also in close proximity to other tourist attractions such as the Tangadan Falls and Ma Cho Temple. Best of all, San Juan offers a breathtaking view of the sunset and the West Philippine Sea. Scenes in San Juan are definitely Insta-worthy, whether you’re on a surfboard or not.

12. Bantayan Island, Cebu

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Cebu is a good alternative if you’ve already visited Palawan or Boracay but want to experience something similar. Bantayan Island is a perfect place to see Cebu’s natural beauty of white sand, clear waters, and looming palm trees. The beaches found on this island make sure to give their visitors the most relaxing environment, such as Alice Beach where locals regularly clean the shore of seaweed, branches, and broken bottles.

You can walk barefoot on this beach, making it all the more enjoyable and safe for those travelling with young children. From Bantayan, you can also island-hop to the Virgin Island to enjoy a picturesque view of the horizon or a peaceful afternoon boat-rowing or fish-feeding.

13. Malapascua Island, Cebu

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Diving with sharks, anyone? This island located north of Cebu has been known for many things travellers consider ‘tropical.’ But above all, it is considered a diver’s haven — probably the most popular in the country — due to its opulent marine sanctuary where you can get up close with thresher sharks at the Monad Shoal dive site all year-round.

But whether you’re into that type of adventure or not, the island itself is also home to mesmerising beaches. Explore the likes of Bounty Beach, the main one on the island, as well as Lighthouse Beach and Guimbitayan Beach, both of which are accessible on foot. All of them are ideal for snorkelling and afternoon siestas on hammocks. Now that’s a combo you ought to try on the beaches in the Philippines!

14. Moalboal Island, Cebu 

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Do you want to experience an epic sardine run under the sea? Moalboal Island in Cebu is the perfect escape to spot millions of sardines circling each other off-shore; this unique experience is actually what the island is most famous for so you can’t miss it! 

Here, you can enjoy pockets of beaches, waterfalls, and of course, a cerulean ocean that you can have all to yourselves as Moalboal isn’t as packed as other Cebu destinations. The sunniest time to visit would be March, April, and May. This is your chance to bask on the beach, but do lather on some sunscreen because this is also the hottest time of the year when the sun bestows a golden tan on everyone.

15. Panglao Island, Bohol

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Bohol is most known for the Chocolate Hills and tarsiers, but it also has its share of world-class white sandy beaches. You will find Bohol’s Panglao Island to be a tropical paradise teeming with coral reefs and marine life. There are many diving spots for underwater adventures, and tourists can also go dolphin watching while hopping from island to island. Alona Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Panglao due to its many resorts, watersport activities, and nightlife. It has disco bars, restaurants, and clubs for those who want to keep their beach nights exciting.

16. Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

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Looking for a simple weekend island among the beaches in the Philippines? Kalanggaman just might be the island of your prayers. It’s a place where you and your friends can enjoy the clear water, take lots of photos, and indulge in freshly caught fish by local fishermen. Since there are no eateries on this island, there are grill stations where you can prepare your food, or arrange your own picnic.

It’s a great place to camp after spending the afternoon swimming, kayaking, scuba diving, and aqua-biking. Kalanggaman is generally a peaceful spot because the local government also limits the number of visitors to 500 tourists a day. It’s a beautiful location and an amazing opportunity to bond with friends and family, don’t you think?

17. Isla de Gigantes, Iloilo

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Isla de Gigantes in Iloilo is a great island-hopping destination for beach lovers. Its beaches are covered with pristine white sand and surrounded by emerald green water, which is perhaps a refreshing take from the typical clear blue water you usually see on commercialised beaches. Its main attractions are Antonia Beach, Bantigue Island, Cabugao Gamay Island, Pawikan Cave, and Tangke. Some have interesting rock formations, while others have caves for exploration; but most of all, you can’t miss out on the fresh and abundant seafood found in Isla de Gigantes.

18. Malalison Island, Antique

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Locals call it the “Batanes of the East,” and looking at its landscape, you’ll probably agree in a jiffy. But Malalison Island (also Mararison) takes pride in its own beauty that seems largely untouched. It is among the three island barangays of Culasi in Antique wherein travellers can marvel at the captivating union of the land and sea, especially from the summit of the highest peak of Panay Island, Mount Madja-as. Aside from the trekking opportunity, you can also explore a small cave nearby, visit the Nablag Islet during low tide, snorkel, and embark on a boating adventure from the island.

19. Siargao Island

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Where do we even begin with Siargao? It’s so pristine and entirely fascinating that it would be almost irresponsible for you not to see it in person at least once in your life. Through the years, it has grown from a surfing capital in the south to an all-around beach getaway even among foreigners.

Restaurants and hotels are widespread in the central town of General Luna. However, do keep in mind that Siargao was heavily damaged by Typhoon Odette and it would be beneficial for you to read up on which restaurants and hotels are safely operating. Don’t worry, Siargao is known for its great food and even better company, you’re going to have a radical time once the island is back on its feet.

Booking island-hopping tours here typically include places like Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island, all of which have a unique allure about them that it’s difficult to even compare them with one another. Guyam Island, for instance, stands out because of its smaller size, yet it provides a variety of scenery, from rocky shores to a white sand beach.

20. Britania Group of Islands, Surigao del Sur

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The name Britania is derived from the Greek term “Brettaniai,” which pertains to a collection of islands with individual names, making it the perfect collective name for these 24 islands in Surigao.

Brgy. Britania, San Agustin has multiple resorts and is a strategic base if you want to go island-hopping in Britania. A lot of local tourists are surprised when they go from island to island because the white sand and blue water are as pristine as the ones in Palawan, and they say that the view is just as Instagram-worthy. These different “Britania destinations” in the Philippines offer beaches and sandbars, wherein you may swim or snorkel at each stop, and even eat lunch and buy souvenirs.

21. White Island, Camiguin

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Thinking of Camiguin, it’s easy to imagine a long, naked sandbar that has nothing on it except colourful umbrellas, and of course, tourists. The rest of the beaches in this side of the country are known to be rough and nowhere near white, so consider yourself lucky if you get a chance to visit White Island, Camiguin.

The island takes the shape of a boomerang on most days but adjusts depending on the tide. Some people have also compared the views here to some places in Hawaii because of the towering Mt. Hibok-Hibok and other mountains in the background (there aren’t always mountains in view from the beaches in the Philippines). Snorkelling is the best way to enjoy your stay. This also gives you a break from the sun, especially since there is almost nothing to hide behind during the day.

22. Mati, Davao Oriental


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Mindanao may not be on many travellers’ radars, but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring its beaches. In Davao Oriental alone, you will find that its capital city, Mati, is filled with natural wonders that could leave you in awe for days. Aside from eating their delicious pomelos, which are what Mati is famous for, you can also go to the city’s premier beach destination, Dahican Beach, which is just a 20-minute habal-habal (tricycle) ride from the centre.

The best way to start your day is by taking an ultralight plane ride at sunrise that will surely get your adrenaline pumping early. After that, you can go right ahead to the beach for some surfing or skimboarding, and even see pawikans lay their eggs on the shore. Only if you’ve got great timing, of course!

23. Apo Island, Dumaguete

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If you think you’ve seen the best of what beaches in the Philippines have to offer without saying hi to sea turtles, think again! Apo Island in Dumaguete is the best place to dive and learn about big sea turtles in their natural habitat. The best time to encounter them is from early June to October, but they are also present in Apo Island all year-’round. The two species of sea turtles you can encounter are called Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. Trust us, these sea turtles may be aged but they look magnificent. Don’t forget to bring an underwater camera!

Aside from swimming with sea turtles, take a moment under the sea to admire the colourful coral reef and marine biodiversity — Apo Island’s waters have excellent visibility. You can also enjoy trekking activities; or if you’re feeling like a sea turtle yourself, simply enjoy the tranquil beach by laying a mat and reading a book until the sun goes down. 

24. Manjuyod Sandbar, Dumaguete

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Manjuyod Sandbar in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental is one of the Philippines’ largest sandbars but compared to other beach destinations in the country, it isn’t as talked about. Take that as your cue to grab the first chance you get in visiting Manjuyod. It looks breathtaking sitting in the middle of the ocean with its fine white sand that’s soft to the touch.

There are also cottages to rent, while floating sari-sari stores drop by to sell snacks and refreshments for your utmost convenience. Against a clear blue sky, the whole scene is a postcard begging to be sent to your friends. From here, tourists can also dare to go on thrilling banana boat rides and a dragon boat ride. How could you say no to that?

25. Morong Beach, Batanes

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When it comes to beaches in the Philippines, we know that Batanes doesn’t usually come up because it’s known for its rolling hills. However, there is a tropical gem you just have to visit and its name is Morong Beach. The beach’s most popular attraction is the massive Nakabuang Arch covered in moss and looks as if it’s an entrance to a mystical realm. Want a tip? Rocks make the perfect background to get that island dweller effect. That means Nakabuang is the best place to pull off all the creative poses for an Insta-worthy photo!

Morong Beach also boasts of fairer sand that’s unparalleled in the province, plus friendlier waters compared to the waves in other Batanes destinations. It’s a truly special place you can share with your friends or take a romantic stroll with your partner. 

26. Gumasa Beach, Sarangani

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Gumasa Beach in Glan, Sarangani is known for being a small Boracay in southern Mindanao. It is lush with vegetation and features a six kilometre-stretch of powdery white sand beach. It’s clean and very quiet in the morning, ideal for those who are travelling solo or want to beat the crowd at typical beach destinations.

The best part about Gumasa is that it also has secluded pockets of beaches that will make you feel they were made especially for you. After enjoying the tranquillity of these areas, indulge in the recreational activities Gumasa Beach has to offer, from snorkelling, playing volleyball, and kayaking. Beaches in the Philippines aren’t always overwhelming. Maybe the best ones are actually quite simple, just like this one!

27. Danjugan Island, Negros Occidental

Of course, we can’t highlight Philippine beaches and the biodiversity they bring without talking about conservation. For the perfect beach getaway that offers a paradisal experienced coupled with an educational arm that walks vacationers through science-based ecotourism, head to Negros’ remotely located Danjugan Island. 

A wildlife reserve and protected marine haven, Danjugan Island is managed by the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PRRCFI). Thanks to PRRCFI, interested parties can book an environment-friendly stay on the island and even sign up for its sustainability programs. Don’t worry about things getting too technical; Danjugan Island’s immersion trips are well designed for naturalists of all backgrounds — newbies, holiday-goers, and experts are well welcome to help contribute to the cause! Acquaint yourselves with the marine wildlife species that call these waters home. If you’re lucky, you might even get the chance to learn how to sketch them in a wildlife drawing class! That’s just one of the fun ways Danjugan Island incorporates sustainability awareness into the eco-retreats they offer. For bookings and more information, click here.

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You could travel all across the globe and find that the best beaches truly belong to the Philippines. These destinations aren’t just portions of land covered with white sand or shaded by huge palm trees. These are natural treasures that help tourists, local and foreign, be closer to nature and enjoy a life away from the stress of daily routines.

Whether you’re booked in a luxury resort or sleeping in a tent, these different beach destinations will recharge your spirit when you see that beautiful sunset, walk on the spotless sand, and swim with marine creatures in their natural habitat. Why look at other destinations when you can experience all these in the Philippines?

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