12 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Nov 24, 2021 | Adventure Travel, Backpacking, Philippines, Travel Tips

If you’re looking for pristine beaches with crystal clear waters and postcard-worthy views, the Philippines has plenty of options for you! The Philippines is an archipelago with over 7,000 islands and has the 5th largest coastline in the world. This means there are thousands of tropical white sand beaches to choose from. Choosing the best beaches in the Philippines to be included in your itinerary is one of the most difficult tasks when arranging a trip to this Southeast Asian country. That’s why we’ve compiled this list to help you in finding the top beaches in the Philippines for you to visit. From famous beaches with family-friendly resorts to remote, untouched beaches, the Philippines’ greatest beaches cater to every type of traveler.

12. Pink Beach, Zamboanga​​

If you’re seeking for a one-of-a-kind beach to visit, go to Pink Beach on Great Santa Cruz Island, which is accessible from Zamboanga City. Because of the white sand mixed with the crushed red organ pipe corals, the beach has a sandy pink tint.

It may not be noticeable at first unless you examine the sand closely or watch it from a drone video or photo. A trip to Zamboanga Pink Beach is worthwhile not only because it was named one of the greatest beaches in the world by National Geographic, but you can also explore the island’s mangrove jungle, where you may ride a colorful vinta and experience non-stinging jellyfish.

a man in a colorful vinta on Pink Beach in Zamboanga

11. Puka Beach, Boracay

The quantity of crushed “puka” shells coupled with the fine white sand gave it its name. The beach is approximately 800 meters long and lacks hotels, resorts, and clubs seen on some other beaches. Puka Beach is a must-stop beach to anyone who is visiting Boracay on their holiday.

the sign at puka beach which is a popular spot for visitors to take photos with

10. Banol Beach, Coron, Palawan

With its pristine white sand, aquamarine waters, and a towering wall of limestone cliffs, Banol Beach, also known as Banul Beach, is a sight to behold. Aside from swimming, you can also rent a kayak or relax by the beach’s nipa huts.

Bring your camera because this is one of the most gorgeous tourist destinations in Coron! The best time to visit is January to mid-June and October to December, when the seas are calmer for boat trips. When island hopping in Coron, you’ll spend the entire day aboard boats.

 

9. Mahabang Buhangin Beach, Calaguas

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting an undisturbed beach with breathtaking views and turquoise waters, Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Tinaga Island of the Calaguas Group of Islands, Camarines Norte, is a must-see.

It is a popular camping and beach destination due to its stunning 2.5-kilometer stretch of white sand. You can spend a weekend here or join a Calaguas Island adventure. One of the greatest ways to enjoy this beach is to rent a cabin or pitch a tent and rediscover the meaning of tropical paradise.

 

8. Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao

Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental, is more than just a white sand beach; it’s also a skim boarding and surfing hotspot.

It boasts a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand that is ideal for non-surfers and non-skimboarders to relax on. It is also a marine turtle refuge, so keep an eye out for them. This underappreciated beach in Mati is one of the nicest in Davao Oriental and is well worth the 4-hour drive from Davao City. Aside from top spending time in the city of Davao, be sure to stop by this slice of heaven. ​

an aerial photo of dahican beach

7. Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan

Long Beach, as the name suggests, is the Philippines’ longest beach, stretching 14.7 kilometers of pristine white sand. It is made up of four towns in San Vicente, Palawan: San Isidro, New Agutaya, Alimanguan, and Poblacion. It’s a popular tourist attraction in San Vicente. ​

Because it is unspoiled and uncrowded, this beach is great for anyone seeking peace and tranquillity. In this tropical paradise, you can swim and sunbathe.

an aerial photo of long beach capturing all 14.7 km of pristine beachfront

6.Hidden Beach, El Nido, Palawan

Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan, is famous for its white sand, azure waters, and towering karst cliffs that obscure it, hence the name. To reach the beach, you can swim or ride a kayak from your boat. It is one of the main attractions in all of El Nido.

Despite its distance from other popular islands and beaches, most visitors prefer to relax at Hidden Beach since it is less congested. This means you’ll have more chances to take excellent shots with the scenery as a backdrop.

people in the water at hidden beach which is surrounded by karst cliffs

5.Kota Beach, Bantayan Island​​, Cebu

Kota Beach, located on Bantayan Island in Cebu, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, with crystal blue waters, fluffy white sand, and a sandbar that occurs during low tide.

Bantayan Island, located on Cebu’s Northwest Coast, has great beaches without the large resorts and commercial facilities. ​ Bantayan Island is an ideal place for those seeking a relaxed ambiance and unique Cebu experiences.

kota beach has amazing, bright blue water perfect for taking photos

4. Alona Beach, Bohol

Alona Beach, named after a renowned Filipina actress from the 1970s, is a 1.5-kilometer strip of white sand that, together with the Chocolate Hills, is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Bohol. With resorts lining its coast, it’s an ideal family trip. The water is calm and free of rocks and reefs, making it ideal for swimming.

Aside from relaxing on the beach, you may participate in entertaining Alona Beach activities such as a banana boat ride, parasailing, and even a UFO ride!

alona beach busy with tourists and boats

3. Malcapuya Beach, Coron​​, Palawan

There is a 1.5-kilometer stretch of beautiful white sand here. It’s not only a terrific area to swim, but it’s also a great site to snorkel and dive. It’s packed with marine life and brightly colored corals.

Drink straight from a coconut as you stroll along the palm-lined beach. Take photos as well, because this is one of those stunning beaches that deserves a spot on your instagram or tiktok page.

 

2. Nacpan Beach – El Nido:

Nacpan Beach is a 4-kilometer stretch of white sand in El Nido, Palawan, approximately 45 minutes from the town center. It is also a part of the well-known Twin Beaches attraction, together with Calitang Beach. Because it is uncrowded and unaffected by mass tourism, many believe Nacpan Beach to be El Nido’s true hidden treasure.

You can spend a relaxing day here swimming, sunbathing, or trekking up the hill with a view of the Twin Beaches. This is why Nacpan beach tours are so popular among both local and foreign visitors. Aside from island hopping, you should try a Nacpan Beach inland tour in El Nido. If you have more time, there are many additional beaches in El Nido for you to visit. ​

nacpan beach lined with palm trees and amazing white sand

1. White Beach – Boracay:

White Beach and other beaches on Boracay are not only regarded as some of the best white sand beaches in the Philippines, but also among the best in the world, according to various foreign travel publications. Boracay’s waters are calm and transparent, and it spreads out like a giant infinity pool. It’s fine sand is rock-free and keeps you cool even on the warmest days.

The white sand beach is lined with resorts and restaurants that cater to a wide variety of tastes. White Beach attractions include a banana boat ride, a parasailing tour, a paraw sailing tour, a paddleboarding tour, a helmet diving tour, a jet ski adventure, a wakeboarding activity, and speedboat riding. However, the ideal way to enjoy White Beach is to lounge on its white beach and watch the iconic Boracay sunset.

people walking on white beach in boracay

If you enjoy the feel of sand between your toes, the cold sea breeze, and lounging on endless stretches of pure white sand, the Philippines is a must-see destination for you! You can find information on our 10 day Philippines tour here.

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