The Philippines may be popular around the world for its hospitality and curious cuisine, but one aspect of the Philippines that definitely deserves attention is its vast collection of pristine beaches. If you’re looking for a getaway to a gorgeous shoreline, there’s no need to travel outside the country for that vacation when you have some breathtaking beaches right here.
1. El Nido, Palawan
El Nido is known to be a haven for nature lovers. This beach is filled with sights that will satisfy a nature lover’s heart, from limestone cliffs to breathtaking waterfalls. At El Nido, you can lounge by the fine shores, bathe in waterfalls, go island hopping, snorkeling and explore mysterious caves!
2. Siargao, Surigao Del Norte
Siargao is the Philippines’ prime surfing destination. Named as the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao is home to many avid surfers looking for adventure amidst the waves. Aside from surfing, you can go snorkeling and island-hopping too.
3. Boracay, Aklan
Being nominated as 2016’s Best Island In the World was not an easy feat, but Boracay effortlessly took this crown. Best known for its fine white sand and crystal clear waters, Boracay is known to be a great destination for beach lovers who want a mix of relaxation during the day and partying on the beach at night.
4. Isla Reta, Talicud
Isla Reta is a wide stretch of white sand located in Davao Del Sur, Mindanao that lets you relax and enjoy the afternoon minus the hustle and bustle of Boracay’s busy shoreline. Despite its seclusion, Isla Reta plays host to a number of activities, like picnics by the beach and snorkeling.
5. Anguib Beach, Palaui Island
If you want to go deeper into secluded beaches and find a perfect hideaway, Anguib Beach might be perfect for you. Boasting volcanic rock formations and fresh blue waters, Anguib Beach is an untouched waterfront where you can swim, host a late-night bonfire, or even camp under a starry night sky.
6. Alona Beach, Bohol
Maybe you’re looking for a beach because you’re a big fan of exploring the underwater world and not really interested in relaxing on beach mats all day long. If that is the case, Alona Beach in Bohol is exactly where you need to be. This is for the adventurous soul who craves excitement and adrenaline. You can go dolphin-watching, diving with barracudas, whale spotting and snorkeling to get your own view of Alona’s amazing coral formations!
7. Pamalican Island
Go off the beaten path and explore Pamalican Island, a small island located in the middle of Palawan and Panay. This is the ideal place to enjoy the peace and quiet while being allowed the option to go diving, windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling.
8. Ticao Pass, Masbate
If you’re coming from Manila, all you need to do to get an adrenaline-filled adventure by the beach is take a bus to Legaspi City. Ticao Pass is not your ordinary beach – it plays host to the famous “Manta Bowl,” the feeding ground of manta rays. Here, you can go scuba diving, get up close and personal with whale sharks, go horseback-riding, and even go on fishing trips with the locals.
9. Apo Island, Negros Oriental
Dubbed as one of the world’s most outstanding community-organized marine sanctuaries, you know you’re in for a world of exploration and appreciation for marine life when you’re at Apo Island. Here, locals take care of the biodiversity in the area, so know that Apo Island is not only filled with marine life such as turtles, but is also full of environmentally-friendly activities for you to enjoy.
10. Verde Island, Puerto Galera, Mindoro
Accessible only by ferry from Batangas Port, Verde Island is a lush stretch of beautiful beaches and coves dedicated to those who love to explore new destinations and fill their itineraries with a lot of activities. At El Galleon Beach Resort in Verde Island, you can explore historical museums, go diving, kayaking, snorkeling, island hopping, trekking, play paintball and even cruise by the sea as the sun sets.
The Philippines is a treasure cove of lovely beaches that will not only take your breath away, but also satiate your wanderlust with their pristine waters, clean sands and natural gems to enjoy. And if you find yourself hesitating to go – even when you really, really want to – because you’re not quite sure how to swim, you can enlist the help of any of Gawin’s trusted swimming instructors to lend you a helping hand in time for your much-awaited vacation!
written by Bea Luna