Expats Guide: 10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

If there is one thing the Philippines is best known for, it must be the incredible beaches it boasts of. Pristine white sand with incredibly clear, blue waters, the beaches in the Philippines are a sight to behold. But other than the amazing scenery, what makes these tourist destinations wonderful is the overall relaxation one can get from being there. Experiencing these awesome bodies of water is a must-have on most people’s travel bucket lists.

Interested in getting your feet wet? Here are 10 amazing beaches you can head to while in the Philippines.

1) El Nido Palawan

Known as one of Hollywood actors’ favorite beach destinations, El Nido Palawan is easily one of the best tourist spots in the Philippines – so much so that the film Bourne Legacy’s producers and director decided to shoot a few sequences here. El Nido features crystal clear waters and silky white sand – perfect for lazily lounging around. The breathtaking view should be enough to make you never want to leave.

2) General Luna, Siargao

General Luna in Siargao may seem like a small island but its heart is larger than life. With the beautiful waters and lovely scenery, this unspoiled island proves that it is possible to experience paradise on earth. If you are a surfer, this place is a great place to catch a few waves. It wouldn’t even be a mystery if you get newfound surfer friends because the island’s locals are friendly and laid back. If you are in the mood to chill and are in need of appreciating the little things in life, a trip to General Luna, Siargao may be just what you need.

3. Alona Beach, Panglao, Bohol

Another long stretch of shoreline is Alona’s Beach in Panglao, Bohol. Peppered with one of the best and finest white sands in the world, you will definitely enjoy lounging around and just taking in the gorgeous view. Want to try something more active other than swimming? Go snorkeling at a reef near Alona Beach and experience the sea life.

4. Boracay Island, Aklan

Probably the most famous beach in the Philippines known all over the world, Boracay is a tourist’s favorite destination. The island is developed so it shouldn’t be hard for you to book a trip and set an itinerary. Boracay, though it may seem crowded, is still one of the best when it comes to clear blue waters and white sand that never ever gets hot. The island also boasts of a great nightlife, with several bars to choose from for a different kind of nightcap. Simply put, you will never run out of things to do in this hip and hot island.

5. Bantayan Island, Cebu

Bantayan Island in Cebu boasts not just of glorious sunsets and sunrises with the view of their outstanding beach but also the variety of activities you can do while in the vicinity. You can enjoy the glorious beaches of Santa Fe or ride a boat to Virgin Island/Silion Island. If you are an architectural junkie, you can swing by the century old structures such as the St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Bantayan. Not up for any of these? Then just enjoy the breathtaking view Bantayan offers in peace.

6. Anilao, Batangas

If diving is your thing, Anilao, Batangas is one of the best places to do just that. A stone’s throw away or two from Metro Manila, there are hundreds of diving spots for you to explore here. While it may not have the same glorious white sands of Boracay or El Nido, the rich underwater life you can discover by snorkeling or diving should be enough to satisfy your thirst for a different kind of adventure.

7. Coron, Palawan

Easily one of the most gorgeous places in the Philippines to do water activities in, Coron, Palawan should be on every water baby’s travel list. Not only does Coron have incredible beaches but their numbers of lakes are a must-see as well. Be sure to check out the Twin Lagoon (definitely IG-worthy!) and the Kayangan Lake, which is said to be one of the cleanest lakes not just in the area but in the country, as well.

8. Gigantes, Iloilo

Situated off the coast of Carles and Estancia towns in Iloilo, Gigantes Island offers astounding views of the sea coupled with a laidback lifestyle. Just some of the activities you can do while here would go on an island hopping tour, rock scrambling, visit mystical caves and go on a romantic exploration of the vintage lighthouse.

9. Guimaras Island, Iloilo

Another gem found in Iloilo is the Guimaras Island. The best thing about Guimaras, apart from the incredible mangoes the province is known for, is the multiple beautiful offshore islets you can stay at. Wouldn’t you want to spend a peaceful afternoon sipping mango shakes with such a serene background?

10. Calaguas, Camarines Norte

Last on the list is Calaguas in Camarines Norte. What was once a hidden havenbecame one of the most Instagram-worthy beaches in the country. Enjoy the peace and quiet with the amazing view of the beach while lounging on its fine white sand.

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