With more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines archipelago, choosing which stretch of sand to spend the day on can be a daunting task. If you’re on the hunt for your perfect slice of paradise—sun, sand, and sea—here are some of the best beaches in the Philippines.
Boracay Island owes its surge in popularity as a tourist destination largely to its stellar white-sand beaches, particularly the 3-mile (5-kilometer) White Beach. All the attention has brought crowds with it, giving this beach a decidedly party vibe, with bashes lasting long into the night.
El Nido Beach
Situated on the island of Palawan, El Nido has become a beach lover’s dream destination, with plenty of soft white sandy expanses punctuated by dramatic limestone rock formations. El Nido is a popular base for scuba diving, as the waters nearby are home to whales, manta rays, dolphins, and sea turtles.
Pagudpud, occupying the northernmost tip of Luzon, has a string of minimally developed beaches, including the blindingly white sands of Blue Lagoon and the vast expanse of Saud Beach with the Bangui windmills in the distance.
This island off the northernmost tip of Cebu has remained delightfully undeveloped—no big hotels or shopping malls to distract from the immaculate coastline with its string of sandy beaches.
Those looking for a surfing beach need look no farther than Siargao Island. The pros head straight to Cloud Nine, but there are breaks for surfers of all levels. And you don’t have to surf to enjoy the island; it’s ringed with beautiful beaches and clear waters, including sugary-sand Burgos at its northeastern tip.
This island near Bohol is best known for Alona Beach, a sun-soaked resort area on the island’s southern shore with a nightlife to rival the lovely beaches. The offshore diving is excellent, and Panglao makes a great base for island-hopping around the Bohol area.