25 Best Beaches in the Philippines: White Sand, Pink Sand & Hidden Beaches

25 Best Beaches in the Philippines: White Sand, Pink Sand & Hidden Beaches

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Long Beach in San Vicente Palawan and Malcapuya Island Beach in Coron, PalawanLounge on the best Philippines beaches! 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 7,000 islands and has the fifth-largest coastline in the world. The geographical features of the Philippines mean there are thousands of tropical white sand beaches in the Philippines to choose from! 


Deciding on which beach tours in the Philippines to add to 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 and most beautiful beaches in the Philippines to escape to.

From popular beaches with family-friendly Philippine resorts to secluded, unspoiled shores that are perfect for a honeymoon, here are 25 of the best Philippines beaches to suit every type of traveler.

25. Bakhaw Beach, Camotes Islands, Cebu

Bakhaw Beach in Camotes Island

One of the most underrated Philippines 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.

It’s emerging as a must-visit tourist spot in the province and is also one of the best beaches in Cebu. During your Camotes Island tour package, don’t forget to take photos of the sunset, as it’s a breathtaking sight to see.

Best time to go: From December to May. In January, you can also join the Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.

24. Antonia Beach, Gigantes Islands, Iloilo​

Antonia Beach in Gigantes Islands Iloilo

Islas de Gigantes, or Gigantes Islands in Iloilo has been gaining popularity in recent years as one of Iloilo's top tourist spots. That's because the crystal clear waters and powdery white sand of Antonia Beach are a sight to behold!

A must-add when planning your itinerary, Antonia Beach is one of those remote beaches where you can laze around and swim all day without crowds, unlike more popular beaches.

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 a set for a small fee during your Islas de Gigantes tour

Best time to go: Join Gigantes Islands tours from December to May when the waves are calmer for boat rides. In January, you can also join the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo City while staying at Iloilo hotels

23. Lambug Beach, Badian, Cebu​​

Lambug Beach in Badian, Cebu, Philippines

Badian, Cebu has a reputation for being a popular canyoneering tour 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.

This attraction is relatively uncrowded, but if you want to stay overnight, there are some rooms or cottages surrounding the beach area that you can stay in.​

Best time to go: From December to May when it's warm and sunny in Cebu.

22. Morong Beach, Batanes​

Morong Beach in Batanes, Philippines

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

Best time to go: From March to May, when there are few or no typhoons that might cause flight cancellations.

21. Alegria Beach, Siargao

Alegria Beach in Siargao Island, Philippines

Siargao is often dubbed the Surfing Capital of the Philippines and is one of the top tourist spots in Mindanao. 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.

If you want to explore more beaches and islands in Siargao, join a Siargao island-hopping tour package that includes Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island.

Best time to go: Plan your Siargao tour packages from March to October. If you also want to go surfing aside from island-hopping in Siargao, you should visit from August to November, when the waves are bigger.

20. Anguib Beach, Santa Ana, Cagayan Valley​

Anguib Beach in Santa Ana, Cagayan, Valley, Philippines

Anguib Beach is one of the best Philippines 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.

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. 

19. Subic Beach, Sorsogon​

Subic Beach in Sorsogon, Philippines

Another Philippine beach with pinkish-white sand is Subic Beach in Matnog, Sorsogon of the Bicol region. You can visit this beach by joining a Sorsogon Matnog island-hopping tour. 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.​

It’s a great destination to unwind and relax if you want to escape from the city and follow the sun.

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. 

18. Pink Beach, Zamboanga​​

Pink Beach in Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga City, Philippines

If you’re looking for a unique beach to visit, travel to the Pink Beach in Great Santa Cruz Island which 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, as 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.

17. Gumasa Beach, Sarangani

Gumasa Beach in Sarangani, Philippines

Situated on the stunning shoreline of Sarangani in Mindanao, Gumasa Beach is home 6 kilometers of white sand, sparkling aquamarine waters, and a scenic view worthy of a photoshoot.​

Gumasa Beach is not crowded but offers the same experience as other more popular beaches in the Philippines. You can go swimming, kayaking, jet-skiing, and snorkeling.

You can join a Sarangani beach tour that includes Gumasa Beach during your trip to this part of the Philippines.

Best time to go: From January to April for the best weather.

16. Bitaog Beach, Dinagat Islands​​

Bitaog Beach in Dinagat Islands

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Bitaog Beach is one of the top attractions of 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 Bitaog Beach is emerging as one of the top destinations in Mindanao.​

Bitaog Beach is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. There is also an abundance 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.

15. Malamawi Beach, Basilan

Malamawi Beach in Basilan, Philippines

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, and watch the sunset. There are beachfront cottages and small stalls selling food and other kinds of souvenirs. You can even rent kayaks you can use in the water.​

You can get to Malamawi Beach via a ferry ride from Zamboanga City.

Best time to go: From January to April. 

14. Puka Beach, Boracay​

Puka Beach in Boracay Island, Philippines

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 in the popular island.

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. 

Best time to go: Visit Boracay's Puka Beach from November to May.

13. Bonbon Beach, Romblon

Bonbon Beach in Romblon, Philippines

Bonbon Beach is an idyllic beach paradise located in the island province of Romblon, found between Luzon and Visayas.

This underrated Luzon tourist spot is well-known for its long stretch of white sandbar extending up to 2 kilometers and is connected to Bang-og Island. The sandbar is visible during low tide.

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 schedule your Romblon beach tour either early in the morning or in the late afternoon.

Best time to go: From January to May, when it's safest to travel by boat. 

12. Banol Beach, Coron, Palawan

Banol Beach in Coron, Palawan, Philippines

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 go on 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: Visit from January to the middle of June and October to December when the waves are calmer for boat rides. 

11. Paliton Beach, Siquijor

Paliton Beach in Siquijor, Philippines

​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.​

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 or you can oin Siquijor tours to visit Paliton Beach as well as other Siquijor tourist spots.

Best time to go: From January to May and November to December

10. Saud Beach, Pagudpud

Saud Beach in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

Pagudpud, a coastal town in the Ilocos region and a popular holiday destination in North Luzon is famous for its windmills, lighthouses, and other Pagudpud tourist spots. But it’s also a popular destination for travelers because of its beaches, with Saud Beach taking the top spot for the most visited white sand beach in Ilocos Norte. 

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

9. Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan​​

Long Beach in San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines

True to its name, Long Beach in San Vicente is the longest beach in the Philippines, with 14.7 kilometers of powdery white sand. 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 more adventure in San Vicente, make sure to join Port Barton tours as well. 

Best time to go: From January to the middle of May and December

8. Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental

Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental, Philippines

Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental is not like the typical white sand beach, as it’s also a skimboarding and surfing spot.

One of the best beaches in Davao, 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 this piece of paradise aside from going on other Davao tours.​

Best time to go: The months of January to May and December

7. Mahabang Buhangin Beach, Calaguas

Mahabang Buhangin Beach, Calaguas, Camarines Norte, Philippines

If you ever want to visit an unspoiled beach with gorgeous views and turquoise waters, you should definitely consider Mahabang Buhangin Beach in Tinaga Island of Calaguas Group of Islands, Camarines Norte.

It’s a famous destination for campers and beach lovers due to its remarkable 2.5-kilometer stretch of white sand.​

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. 

6. Hidden Beach, El Nido, Palawan

Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Hidden Beach in El Nido, Palawan, is best known for its white sand, azure waters, and towering karst formations that conceal 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 the El Nido island hopping tour C package.

Although it’s far from the other popular islands, most travelers prefer to unwind at Hidden Beach since it’s not crowded. This means you have more opportunities to take great photos of the scenic view.

Hidden Beach is one of the best attractions on the list of El Nido island-hopping tours that you have to visit during your trip to the Philippines.

Best time to go: From January to May and November to December

5. Malcapuya Beach, Coron​​, Palawan

Malcapuya Beach in Coron, Palawan, Philippines

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, which 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 in Coron. It’s teeming with marine life and colorful corals.

Drink straight from a coconut as you stroll around the beach lined with palm trees. Make sure to take photos as well, as it’s one of those picturesque beaches that deserve a spot on your photo album. 

Best time to go: From October to the middle of June.

4. Kota Beach, Bantayan Island​​, Cebu

Kota Beach in Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines

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, but it is one of the must-visit Cebu tourist spots.

It is a perfect destination for travelers who want a laid-back atmosphere and are looking for new experiences.

Best time to go: Join a Bantayan Island tour 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.

3. Alona Beach, Bohol​​

Alona Beach in Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines

Along with its world-class diving sites, Panglao Island in Bohol is also famous for its white-sand beaches.

Alona Beach, which is named after a Filipina actress who was famous 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. One of the best beaches in Bohol, 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 and water activities.

Aside from lounging on the beach, you can try fun activities like the banana boat ride, UFO ride, and parasailing.

Best time to go: From January to May and November to December

2. Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan

Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Nacpan Beach is a 4-kilometer stretch of white sand in El NidoPalawan, 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 and one of the best beaches in Palawan 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. 

Best time to go: The months of January to May and December when the roads going to Nacpan Beach and nearby El Nido tourist spots are dry.

1. White Beach, Boracay

White Beach in Boracay Island, Philippines

​White Beach Boracay, one of the best tourist spots in the Philippines, is home to a 4-kilometer-long stretch of powdery white sand and is the most popular beach and the main attraction on the famous island of Boracay.

White Beach is not only considered one of the best white sand beaches in the Philippines but is 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 Boracay resorts and some of the most expensive hotels in the Philippines, including Shangri-La Boracay, Crimson Boracay, Movenpick Boracay, and Discovery Shores Boracay. There are also many Boracay restaurants that cater to all sorts of palates. 

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. 

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