Lounge in the best beaches of the Philippines! If you're looking for pristine beaches with crystal clear waters and postcard-worthy views, the Philippines offers you a lot of choices! But which ones should you visit? Read on to learn about the country's top beaches.
The Philippines is an archipelago with over 7000 islands and has the 5th largest coastline in the world. This means there are thousands of tropical beaches to choose from!
Deciding on the best beach tours in the Philippines to add in your itinerary is one of the hardest things to do when planning your vacation to this Southeast Asian country. That's why we’ve come up with this list to help you find the best beaches in the Philippines to escape to. From popular beaches with family-friendly resorts to secluded, unspoiled ones, here are 25 of the Philippines' best beaches to suit every type of traveler.
One of the most underrated beaches in Cebu province, is Bakhaw Beach in the Camotes Islands. Even though it’s a public beach, it rarely gets crowded.
This unspoiled beach has a picturesque stretch of white sand and crystal clear waters, making it the perfect place to go swimming and sunbathing.
Best time to go: From December to May. In January, you can also join the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.
Islas de Gigantes or Gigantes Islands in Iloilo, Visayas, has been gaining popularity in recent years. That's because the crystal clear waters and powdery white sand of Antonia Beach is a sight to behold!
It’s one of those remote beaches where you can laze around and swim all day without the big crowd, unlike more popular beaches in the country.
Just off the shoreline on the northern part of the beach, you’ll find colorful fish, corals, seagrass, and other types of marine life that can be clearly seen even without snorkeling gear, although if you want a closer look, you can always rent one out for a small fee.
Best time to go: Join Gigantes Islands tours from December, January, February, March, April to May when the waves are calmer for boat rides. In January, you can also join the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City.
Badian, Cebu got its reputation for being a popular canyoneering experience destination, but there’s a hidden gem within the area called Lambug Beach. This public beach is a great place to spend a lazy day relaxing and enjoying the sun.
Best time to go: From December to May when it's warm and sunny in Cebu.
Aside from its rolling hills, lighthouses, and stone houses, the small island province of Batanes in the northernmost part of the Philippines is also home to Morong Beach.
Also called Nakabuang Beach, its most prominent feature is the massive rocky arch called Nakabuang Arch, making it one of the most photographed spots in Batanes.
The glass-like water in Morong Beach is calmer and friendlier despite the usual rough weather. The best way to enjoy Morong Beach is by joining a Sabtang Island day tour. For a more rugged and local experience go around the island via a tricycle excursion of Sabtang Island.
Best time to go: From March to May when there are few or no typhoons that might cause flight cancellations.
Siargao is often dubbed as the surfing capital of the Philippines. But there are many things to do in Siargao aside from surfing. Make sure to visit the unspoiled Alegria Beach, a 5-kilometer long white sand beach that’s famous for its breathtaking views.
There are no commercial hotels and establishments within the area, only a few picnic huts, and cottages. It’s ideal for swimming, snorkeling, or simply sunbathing. Make sure to add this destination to the Siargao experiences you’ll be trying out while on the island.
Best time to go: From March to October. If you also want to go surfing aside from enjoying the beaches and island-hopping in Siargao, you should visit from August to November.
Anguib Beach is one of the best beaches in Santa Ana Cagayan Valley. Located in the Philippines' northeastern tip, this beach with powdery fine sand and emerald waters is one of the main highlights of Cagayan Valley adventures.
You can also try the popular island-hopping day trip in Cagayan, where you visit other major attractions in nearby Palaui Island, such as Cape Engaño Lighthouse.
A day trip to Palaui Island is a highly recommended side trip as you get to visit not only Anguib Beach, but also scenic terrains, a majestic lighthouse, and other beaches.
Best time to go: From March to June when the waves are calmer for boat trips, especially if you want to explore Palaui Island. You'll be traveling by boat on the open seas for Palaui Island hopping tours.
Another Philippine beach with pinkish-white sand is Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon of Bicol region. Its crystal blue waters and the unspoiled white sand beach with a hint of pink offer travelers a peaceful getaway.
The beach is divided into two, Subic Laki (Big Beach), where accommodations are located, and Subic Liit (Small Beach), which is uninhabited but is perfect for taking a dip or a quiet stroll under the rows of trees.
Best time to go: From January to June when the waves are calmer for boat trips. It's only about half an hour boat ride from the mainland, but it's still safer to travel during the warm and sunny months.
If you’re looking for a unique beach to visit, travel to the Pink Beach in Great Santa Cruz Island that you can access from Zamboanga City. The beach has a sandy pink color because of the white sand mixed with the pulverized red organ pipe corals.
It might not be visible at first until you take a closer look at the sand or view it from a drone video or photo.
Joining a Zamboanga Pink Beach escapade is worth it, not only because it was dubbed as one of the best beaches by National Geographic, but you can also visit the mangrove forest on the island where you can ride a colorful vinta and encounter non-stinging jellyfish.
Best time to go: From November to April. If there are no typhoons, you can also visit in October and see the colorful vinta boats during the Hermosa Festival.
Situated on the stunning shoreline of Sarangani in Mindanao. It offers 6-kilometers of white sand beach, sparkling aquamarine waters, and a scenic view worthy of a photo shoot.
Gumasa beach is not crowded but offers the same experience as other more popular beaches in the country. You can go swimming, kayaking, jet-skiing, snorkeling, and many more.
Best time to go: From January, February, March, to April for the best weather.
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Bitaog Beach is one of the best places to visit in the Dinagat Islands, a group of islands in Mindanao's northern tip. It’s a sight to behold with its white sandy shores, crystal clear waters, and rows of coconut trees.
With its pristine beauty, it’s no wonder why Bitaog Beach is emerging as a top destination in Mindanao.
Bitaog Beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. There is also an abundant number of rock formations and calcareous peaks that serve as the backdrop of its white sandy shores and are reminiscent of other paradise-like destinations in Palawan.
Best time to go: From December to May when the waves are calmer for boat rides.
Malamawi Beach is an unspoiled white sand beach in Isabela City of Basilan, Mindanao. This off-the-beaten-path tourist spot is worth checking out because of its turquoise waters, stunning white sand, and uninhibited beauty.
Go for a walk, swim, snorkel, have a picnic, watch the sunset, and more. There are beachfront cottages and small stalls selling food and other kinds of souvenirs. You can even rent kayaks if you want to try that water sport activity while in the area.
You can get to Malamawi Beach via ferry ride from Zamboanga City.
Best time to go: From January, February, March, to April.
A gorgeous beach found on the island of Boracay is Puka Beach. It is one of those quieter beach spots in Boracay, making it ideal for those looking for a more peaceful tropical getaway.
It got its name from the abundance of crushed “puka” shells mixed with the fine white sand. The beach is roughly 800 meters long and doesn’t have hotels, resorts, and clubs like White Beach. Puka Beach is usually included on a sightseeing trip in Boracay.
Best time to go: From November to May.
Bonbon Beach is an idyllic beach paradise located in the island province of Romblon, found in between Luzon and Visayas.
It is well-known for its long stretch of white sandbar extending up to 2 kilometers and connecting to Bang-og. The sandbar is visible during low tide when you can walk to Bang-og Island too!
If you want to have a great time at this beach and enjoy its crystal clear waters and stretch of white sand to its full extent, make sure to visit either early in the morning or in the late afternoon.
Best time to go: From January to May when it's the safest to travel by boat.
Banol Beach, also called Banul Beach, is a sight to behold with its powdery white sand, aquamarine waters, and a towering wall of karst cliffs. Besides swimming, you can also ride a kayak or chill by the nipa huts that line the beach.
Joining an island-hopping tour in Coron that includes Banol Beach is a must-try. You can also do an overnight Coron camping excursion that includes this beach.
Don’t forget to bring your camera as it’s one of the most photogenic tourist spots in Coron!
Best time to go: From January to the middle of June and October to December when the waves are calmer for boat rides. You'll be spending the whole day traveling on boats when island hopping in Coron.
Paliton Beach is the most popular beach on the western side of Siquijor, a small island province in Central Visayas.
This beach is famous for its immaculate turquoise waters, white sand, and its picturesque backdrop of coconut trees. Visiting this beach is worth it, even during peak season.
Join a Siquijor island adventure to visit Paliton Beach aside from the top attractions in the province. The stunning sunset is a must-see in Paliton Beach! The most convenient way to go to Paliton Beach is by riding a scooter or a tricycle.
Best time to go: From January to May and November to December
Pagudpud, a coastal town in the Ilocos region and a popular holiday destination in North Luzon, is famous for its windmills and lighthouses. But it’s also a popular destination for travelers because of Saud Beach.
Known for its calm waters and stunning sunset views, this idyllic beach has 2 kilometers of powdery white sand. Take photos as you wade around its waters with the scenic view of Pagudpud as the backdrop!
Make sure to visit this beautiful beach during your sightseeing trip to Pagudpud.
Best time to go: From January to early May and November to December
True to its name, Long Beach is the longest beach in the Philippines, with 14.7 kilometers of powdery white sand. Located in San Vicente, Palawan, it is composed of four towns namely San Isidro, New Agutaya, Alimanguan, and Poblacion. It’s one of the top tourist spots in San Vicente.
This beach is ideal for those who seek peace and tranquility as it’s unspoiled and uncrowded. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing in this piece of tropical paradise.
If you’re still craving for more adventure in San Vicente, make sure to join Port Barton tours as well, which is just a boat ride away.
Best time to go: From January to the middle of May, and December
Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental is not like your typical white sand beach; it’s also a skimboarding and surfing spot.
It has a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand perfect for lounging for non-surfers and non-skimboarders. It is also a sanctuary for sea turtles, so keep on the lookout for them.
This underrated beach in Mati is one of the best in Davao Oriental and worth the 4-hour land trip from Davao City. Make sure to stop by at this piece of paradise aside from top Davao trips and experiences.
Best time to go: The months of January to May and December
If you ever wanted to visit an unspoiled beach with gorgeous views and turquoise waters, Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Tinaga Island of Calaguas Group of Islands, Camarines Norte is a must-visit.
It’s a famous destination for campers and beach lovers due to its remarkable 2.5 kilometer stretch of white sand.
You can spend a weekend here or join a Calaguas Island escapade. One of the best ways to enjoy this beach is to rent a cottage or pitch a tent and rediscover the meaning of tropical paradise.
Best time to go: From January to May and November to December when the boat ride going to Calaguas is smooth sailing.
Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan, is best known for its white sand, azure waters, and towering karst formations that conceals it, thus the name.
From your boat, you can swim or ride a kayak to get to the beach. It’s one of the major highlights in El Nido island hopping tour C package.
Although it’s far from the other popular islands and beaches, most travelers prefer to unwind at Hidden Beach since it’s not crowded. This means you have more opportunities to take great photos (or selfies!) with the scenic view as the backdrop.
Hidden Beach is one of the best attractions in the list of El Nido island-hopping experiences that you have to visit during your trip to the Philippines.
Best time to go: From January to May and November to December
Coron, Palawan is a popular Philippine destination because of its beautiful islands and beaches. One of the must-visit tourist spots in Coron is Malcapuya Beach that you can go to by joining an excursion at Culion Island.
It has a 1.5-kilometer stretch of pristine white sand. Besides being a great swimming spot, it’s one of the best places to snorkel and dive. It’s teeming with marine life and colorful corals.
Best time to go: From October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, to the middle of June.
Kota Beach is one of the most stunning beaches in Bantayan Island, Cebu, and features crystal clear waters, powdery white sand, and a sandbar that appears during low tide.
Bantayan Island is located on the Northwest Coast of Cebu and boasts fine beaches without the big resorts and commercial establishments.
Best time to go: From January to the middle of June and October to December when the waves are calmer for the ferry ride from the main island of Cebu.
Along with its world-class diving sites, Panglao Island tours in Bohol are also famous for white-sand beaches.
Alona Beach, which is named after a famous Filipina actress in the ’70s, is a 1.5 kilometer stretch of white sand that is one of the most well-known tourist spots in Bohol aside from the Chocolate Hills. It's a perfect destination for families with resorts lining up its coast. The water is tranquil and devoid of rocks and corals, which makes it perfect for swimming.
Aside from lounging on the beach, you can try fun Alona Beach activities like the banana boat ride, UFO ride, parasailing activity, and join island-hopping tours to nearby islets and islands.
Best time to go: From January to May and November to December
Nacpan Beach is a 4-kilometer stretch of white sand in El Nido, Palawan, about 45 minutes drive from the town center. It’s also part of the popular Twin Beaches attraction together with Calitang Beach.
Nacpan Beach is considered by many as the real hidden gem of El Nido due to being uncrowded and untouched by mass tourism.
You can spend a lazy day here just swimming, sunbathing, or hiking to the hill where you can see the view of the Twin Beaches. This is why Nacpan beach tours are massively popular among local and international travelers.
Best time to go: The months of January to May and December when the roads going to Nacpan Beach are dry.
White Beach and other beaches in Boracay are not only considered as one of the best in the Philippines but are also hailed as the best in the world by several international travel publications. The water in Boracay is both calm and clear and stretches out like a vast infinity pool. Its fine sand is devoid of rocks and keeps cool even on the hottest of days.
White beach is lined with resorts and restaurants that cater to all sorts of palates. You can also try out White Beach activities like the banana boat ride, parasailing tour, paraw sailing tour, paddleboarding tour, helmet diving tour, jet ski experience, wakeboarding activity, and speedboat riding.
The best way to enjoy White Beach, however, is by lounging on its white sand and watching the famous Boracay sunset. You can join Boracay island-hopping tours to explore the islets and snorkeling spots around the island if you want to explore the other attractions of Boracay.
Best time to go: From January to May and November to December, the driest months.
If you love the feel of sand in between your toes, the cool sea breeze, and lounging on endless stretches of fine white sand, then the Philippines is a destination you must add to your bucket list.
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