10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Discover and recover in the beautiful beaches of the Philippines. Where are these beautiful beaches located? How do you go to these beaches if you're traveling either by land or by air? When is the best time to visit these idyllic and popular beaches? Check this guide to the best beaches in all the islands of the Philippines.

It’s not surprising that choosing the best beach tours in the Philippines is one of the hardest things to do when planning your vacation to this South East Asian country. Philippines is an archipelago with over 7000 islands and has the 5th largest coastlines in the world. This means hundreds of tropical beaches to choose from. 

So we come up with this list to help you find the best beaches in the Philippines and divided it by region to help plan your itinerary better.

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1. Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley

10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

People say that if it’s hard, it is worth it. This saying rings true for Palaui Island - one of the most remote islands in the Philippines. Located at the northeastern tip of the country, Palaui is a rugged paradise hiding from mass tourism.

day tour in Palaui are highly-recommended as it includes gorgeous lighthouses, scenic terrains, and white sandy beaches. It is a protected area and it’s mostly inhabited. The island does not have commercial accommodations and electricity making it a perfect getaway if you are avoiding crowds.

How to go there:

From Manila, either take a bus (12-14 hours) or a plane (1 hour) to Tuguegarao City. From Tuguegarao, take a bus to Sta. Ana, Cagayan. The bus ride takes about 3 hours. From Sta. Ana, ride a tricycle to San Vicente port for 20 minutes and then take a boat to Palaui Island for another 20 minutes.

What to do: Sightseeing and enjoy the landscape, hiking, beach bum and enjoy a world that’s far from everything.

Best time to go: summer season from March to June

2. Pagudpud, Ilocos

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Pagudpud is a coastal town in Ilocos region and a popular holiday destination up north. This beach town offers variety compare to the popular white beaches in the Visayas. Joining a Pagudpud tour is worth it not only because of its beaches, but also due to their stunning rock formations, windmills and lighthouses.

How to go there:

From Manila, you can take the Florida bus that goes directly to Pagudpud. The travel time is between 10-11 hours and fare ranges from Php750 to Php970. They offer trips daily. You can also take an hour flight to Laoag from Manila and takes a bus from Laoag to Pagudpud for another 2 hours.

What to do: surfing, beach bumming and enjoy the delicacies of the Ilocos region

Best time to go: If you want to just enjoy the beach, then visit during summer as the waves are quite rough during the rainy and typhoon season. But if you want to surf, rainy season is more ideal to visit.

3. Caramoan, Camarines Sur

10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Caramoan is a tropical paradise in the lower Eastern part of Camarines Sur. The place is known for its lagoons, caves, limestone cliffs and beautiful beaches. For the fans of the international TV show Survivor, Caramoan is a familiar place as it was the setting for a couple of TV show’s seasons.

How to go there:

There are few ways to go to Caramoan. You can either take a flight (1 hour) or take a bus (9-10 hours) to Naga City. Bus fares from Manila to Naga range from 600 to 1000 depending on the seat class and company. Ride a bus or passenger van en route to Sabang port at the back of SM Naga. Travel time is between 1.5 - 2 hours for Php150. Vans to Sabang leaves at around 6 am so plan accordingly.

At Sabang port, take a boat to Guijalo Port in Caramoan. The fare is Php120 for 2-hour boat ride. The last boat leaves at 11 am so make sure to leave Naga not later than 9 am or you will have to charter your own boat. Renting your own boat will cost between Php2500-3000.

What to do: snorkeling, island hopping, diving, trekking,  camping,  rock-climbing, kayaking, and spelunking.

Best time to go: Dry season from December to May

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4. Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan

10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Nacpan Beach is a 4-kilometer stretch of white sand beach in El Nido. It is about 45 minutes drive via tricycle from the town center. Along with Calitang Beach, they composed the famous El Nido’s Twin Beaches.

Nacpan is also considered by many as the real hidden gem of El Nido due to being uncrowded and untouched by mass tourism. This is why Nacpan beach tours are massively popular among local and international travelers. You must try a Nacpan inland tour with your family and friends!

How to go there: Fly to El Nido from Manila. From El Nido center, rent a tricycle for Php1000 for 2 people or motorcycle for Php600 a day.

What to do: swim and relax at an uncrowded beach, have a picnic and hike the hill to see the panoramic view of the Twin Beaches.

Best time to go: summer between March to May or simply avoid the rainy season. The road that goes to Nacpan Beach becomes too muddy when it rains and it is dangerous for the tourists.

5. White Beach, Boracay

10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

White Beach offers 4-km long of powdery white sands and is the most popular beach in the famed party island of Boracay. Boracay beaches are not only considered as one of the best beaches in the Philippines but are also hailed as the best in the world by several international travel publications. It's no wonder most people love Boracay island-hopping tours.

White Beach is also the center of tourism and commercial businesses on the island. With that being said, if you want to be close to everything while enjoying the panoramic ocean view of Boracay island, then White Beach is a good place to stay at. In fact, joining a Boracay beach tour is fun as you can visit Crocodile Beach, Diniwid Beach, and Puka Beach in one day.

How to go there: Fly to either Caticlan or Aklan from Manila.

From Caticlan airport, arrange a transport that goes to Boracay island from your hotel in advance or takes a means of public transport which will consist of car/ taxi ride to Caticlan port, boat ride to Boracay island and another car/ tricycle ride to the White Beach.

From Aklan airport, take a bus/ van that goes to the Caticlan port, then take a ferry/ boat and lastly, a tricycle or van that will drop you to your hotel in White Beach.

What to do: party, watch the famous Boracay sunset, relax at the beach, snorkel, and try different water sports.

Best time to go: January to March - right after the Christmas and before summer seasons when the island is really crowded.

6. Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Kalanggaman is a tropical getaway in the province of Leyte. Considered as the gem of the Pacific, Kalanggaman boasts a 6-hectare palm-tree dotted island connected to almost 400-meter long sandbar. Joining a Kalanggaman island tour is fun due to its postcard-perfect virgin island with its powdery white sand and clear waters.

How to go there:

From Manila, you can fly to Tacloban. Then take a bus or van to Palompon ecotourism office.

From Cebu, you can fly to Ormoc and then take a bus or van that goes to Palompon ecotourism office. This takes about an hour to 1.5 hours. Bus fares are between Php50-60 while van fares are more expensive at Php100-150.

Pay the necessary fees in the ecotourism office and arrange a boat rental that goes to Kalanggaman.

What to do: laze around the beach and enjoy the turquoise water

Best time to go: February to May for the summer season

7. Panglao, Bohol

10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Panglao Island tours are popular in the Philippines. Along with its world-class diving sites, it is also famous for its white-sand beaches. The island is located in the North of Bohol sea and can be accessed by sea or plane. You can go try banana boat ride in Bohol, UFO ride in Boholparasailing in Bohol, island-hopping in Bohol, and more. Panglao is also accessible from other natural wonders in Bohol where you can try Chocolate Hills tours.

How to go there: From Manila, there are daily flights that go to Tagbilaran. The travel duration is only one hour. From Cebu, there are fast ferries that go to Tagbilaran daily. Fare costs between Php600-1000 depending on the company and fare class. From Tagbilaran, you can take a taxi or tricycle to Panglao. Taxi costs around Php400-450 while tricycle is about Php300

What to do: scuba dive, snorkel, party, take a countryside tour, and laze around the beach

Best time to go: just like Boracay, it gets crowded during summer so plan around September to November or January to March.

8. Bantayan Island, Cebu

10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Bantayan Island is said to be the Boracay of Cebu 50 years ago. The island sits on the Northwest coast of Cebu and boasts fine white sand sans the big resorts and commercial establishments like Boracay.  It's popular among tourists who want a laid-back atmosphere and looking for Bantayan Island tourist spots to visit.

How to go there: Take a flight going to Cebu. From Mactan Airport, take myBus to North Bus terminal for Php25. The bus operates between 7 am to 9:30 pm and leaves between 20-30 minutes. From North Bus terminal, board a Ceres bus bound to the port of Hagnaya. The drive is around 4 hours and it only costs Php170. From Hagnaya port, take a Super Shuttle ferry that goes to Santa Fe port. The trip lasts an hour for Php180. The ferry operates between 3 AM to 5:30 PM.

What to do: get your tan free of the crowd, check out caves and old churches

Best time to go: dry and summer seasons

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9. Siargao Island, Surigao

10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea and is well-known as the surfing capital of the country. There are a lot of tourist spots to visit in Siargao. You can join a Siargao island-hopping tour, lagoon tour, and more. You'll get to see a whole picture of this beautiful province.

How to go there: There are no direct flights from Manila to Siargao. It’s still limited but it’s faster than connecting to either Cebu or Surigao City. You can also fly to Cebu then fly to Siargao. Or fly to Surigao City then take a multi-cab or tricycle to Dapa port. From Dapa port, take a trigger boat (Php 250/ person) or RoRo boat (Php 210/ person) to Siargao.

What to do: snorkeling, island hopping to some of the most secluded beaches in the Philippines, swim at the clear waters of the lagoons, spelunking, and surfing

Best time to go:  June to Aug and January to March to avoid crowds

  • Read our Best Siargao Travel Guide for complete details on how to go, get around, where to stay, what to do, and what to eat in Siargao

10. Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga

10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Cited as one of the best beaches in the world by National Geographic, the Pink Beach in Sta. Cruz island has been getting a lot of buzz recently. This is because of the uprising popularity and rarity of pink beaches. The pink sands come from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion and are mixed with the white sand. Hence the unique sand texture.

How to go there:

From Manila, take a flight to Zamboanga City. Then take a tricycle or jeepney to  Paseo del Mar’s Tourism office. Rent a boat that will take you to the island of Sta. Cruz. Boat costs Php1000 for round trip and for 1-10 people.

What to do: beach bum and take a lot of photos of the pink beach because it’s rare as it can be!

Best time to go: anytime

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