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Top Picks: 24 Philippine Beaches That Are Undoubtedly Beautiful

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Choose Philippines | May 22, 2017

There's no denying it: the Philippines has some of—if not the—best beaches in the world. Still can't believe it? This expansive and comprehensive list will prove it!


Luzon Beaches:

1. San Vicente’s Long Beach, Palawan

Palawan is undoubtedly one of the best places in the whole world, and once you visit it, you'll easily see why!

White as far as the eye can see!


2. Banana Island, Bulog Dos Island, and Malcapuya Island of Coron, Palawan

Don't be fooled by the funny-sounding names. Palawan, as a whole island, is indeed wonderful, and these are just some beaches that prove it without a doubt!

The best in the world!

3. Cobongaoan Beach, Pangasinan

A word to describe Cobongoan? Unexpected. In spite of its relative popularity among locals, very few else know about this hidden spot in Pangasinan. Come visit its fine white sands today!

Wonderful beach, wonderful people.

4. Playa Caleta, Bataan

Playa Caleta is one of those places that have yet to be intruded upon by the masses, and is a true respite from city life. In fact, it takes less than three hours to drive to it, if you're lucky enough!

How much do you want to be alone on this beautiful beach?

5. Jomalig Island, Quezon

Have you ever wondered why seasoned travelers call it the Golden Island of Luzon? Well, once you see it—especially during sunset—you'll understand why it's beauty, bathed in the gold of the sunset, is so special!

6. Burias Island, Masbate

Some speak of this secluded island being the home of mermaids and mermen. However, if you're not one to believe in fairytales, it's still a beautiful place to go to, and a perfect place to be alone in.

Come find yourself in Masbate!

7. Layag-Layag Beach, Batangas

No need to go to Boracay and spend so much, when you can just go to Batangas! Layag-Layag offers white sand and crystal-clear waters, enough to satisfy even the most discerning traveler!


8. Diguisit Beach, Baler

"Baler is only for surfers!" Nope, wrong; Baler is for everyone: surfers, swimmers, snorkelers, and adventurers, and even just people who want to see something nice after a long week!

Baler, kung saan masarap um-aura!


9. Valugan Boulder Beach, Batanes

It may not be the most picture-perfect, nor the smoothest beach in the country, but it has its charm: get lost in the sights and sceneries of Batanes, and be awe-inspired by the crashing of the waves on the numerous boulders that litter Valugan!

Find peace here.


Visayas Beaches:

10. Lakawon Island, Negros Occidental

This 16-hectare wide island was once a fisherman's village, holding about 300 households. Now, however, it is one of the most beautiful and closely-guarded secrets of Visayas.

Find love in Lakawon!

11. Boracay Island, Aklan

Boracay has always been revered as a premier destination for tourists from both the Philippines and everywhere else in the world. Though it has found itself in many environamental issues in these recent months, many travelers still hold it in high regard.

Free fall into love!

12. Alona Beach, Bohol

Who said that Bohol was only for tarsiers and Chocolate Hills? They're wrong! One of the most beautiful beaches in the whole Philippines can be found here!

Say Aloha to Alona!

13. Bantayan, Cebu

Cebu has constantly found itself being revered more and more in recent months, and for good reason: it has all sorts of beautifully-kept white sand beaches, with the best of it being Bantayan.

One of the finest!

14. Malapascua Island, Cebu

However, it doesn't mean that Bantayan is the only beach you should visit in Cebu. Malapascua Island is just as charming!

Blue as far as the eye can see!

15. Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

Just a 2-hour boat ride away is Kalanggaman Island in Leyte. Though the sand isn't as white or fine as the others in Cebu, it has its own charm: it's home to one of the longest and most beautiful sandbars in the country, and is in fact home to countless marine life and even migratory birds!

Have fun!

16. Salagdoong Beach, Siquijor

Forget all the scary stories: the only thing you should be afraid of in Siquijor is not being able to make the most of it! Start your adventure by going cliff diving!

Take a leap of faith!

17. Sugar Beach, Negros Occidental

Imagine being able to see Boracay in front of you, yet be surrounded by the Chocolate Hills of Bohol. That's what it feels like to be in Sugar Beach in Negros Occidental! Enjoy the fine, sugar-like sand, and remember to take lots of pictures!

Boracay AND Bohol all at once!


Mindanao Beaches:

18. Pink Sand Beach, Zamboanga

The beach has been lauded for its uniqueness, but that's only scratching the surface! Zamboanga has many more secrets waiting to be discovered, if only you allow yourself to explore its many wonders!

Candyland paradise!

19. Siargao Island

The Philippines' premier surf destination, Siargao, has a lot of fans. In fact, those fans often come from all over the world, just to be able to surf its beautiful waves. When was the last time you visited?

A sunrise like no other!

20. Samal Island, Davao del Norte

Talicud Island in the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte is a top tourist destination, for both locals and visitors to the province. The reason? Just look at the photo below! Who wouldn't want to experience something as beautiful as that?

Crystal-clear waters!

21. Secret Beach, Camiguin

Known as the "Secret Spot" or "Secret Beach" by the locals, this place is often visited because of the natural hot spring, as well as the beautiful view of the sunset it offers. Come relax your tired muscles, and maybe take a month-long vacation here in Camiguin! 

The island born of fire.

22. Gumasa Beach, Sarangani

Relatively close to Davao City, you can quickly reach Sarangani in about three hours. Locals have aptly nicknamed this crescent-shaped stretch the "Small Boracay of the South," implying how Boracay could have been as beautiful if only it was more responsibly taken care of. 

A beautiful cove in a place you would have never expected to find one!

23. Balot Island, Sultan Kudarat

Don't let the unusual name turn you off from this island's beauty: with its relatively small land area, you can quickly tour it in a day, and maybe even befriend some of the native Tausug tribes that call it their home!

Weird name, wonderful adventures!

24. Mahoc Beach, Davao Oriental

Sometimes, even the most beautiful are often ignored. It happens with people, and it happens with destinations. However, that doesn't decrease their charm any further. In fact, this lack of popularity makes them even more encouraging to visit, just like Mahoc in Davao Oriental!

Come visit today!

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