The Philippines is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is an archipelagic nation that comprises about 7,641 islands, and the islands in question are categorized into three different geographical divisions namely- Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. While Boracay is possibly the most popular and famous attractions amongst visitors, there’s much more to this country than meets the eye. Given the immense popularity of Boracay, almost every tourist chooses to explore only this region of the nation, which is a personal choice, but we would like to tell everybody that there are some excellent alternatives to Boracay’s beaches. Each island is home to a myriad of beaches, and as we mentioned earlier, the Philippines is home to more than 7,000 beaches, you have a countless number of options to consider when it comes to exploring the beaches. Since perusing the entire list of beaches is going to be a really difficult task, we decided to make things easier for you by narrowing the list to the best 5 beaches to explore in the Philippines.
El Nido, Palawan
El Nido has gained quite popularity in the recent few years, it is nestled in the island of Palawan down the south. From jagged limestone landscapes and crystal clear waters to soft white sand, everything about this place is simply magical. While the surroundings and crystal blue waters are worth your attention, you can also go island hopping and explore the unexplored, hidden beaches. Additionally, you can enjoy snorkeling and diving on the beach to enjoy its crystal blue water.
Panglao Island, Bohol
Panglao Island in Bohol is one of the best family-friendly beaches, unlike Boracay, the area remains less crowded and is also more reasonably priced. Panglao is home to a myriad of beautiful beaches that boast of stunning coral reefs and excellent diving spots. Of all the beaches in Panglao, Alona Beach is most popular amongst visitors, and that can be attributed to its long stretch of powdery-sand, fun activities, and an excellent opportunity to admire the beautiful sunset.
For tourists that are looking to experience the serene side of Boracay, Caramoan Island is definitely a place of interest. It is one of the least crowded and well-preserved places in Boracay that you are sure to fall in love with. The island rose to popularity when the reality show ‘Survivor’ was filmed here. The island boasts white sand beaches, limestone cliffs, lagoons, and incredible marine life that are sure to leave you in awe of this place.
Camiguin Island is a remote but beautiful destination in the Philippines. The island was birthed from seven volcanoes, hence, much of its attributes exude a fiery yet incredible vibe. The island is home to both black and white-sand beaches, depending on the side of this island you want to discover, you can choose the beach accordingly. Additionally, you can sample some really delicious dishes at the beach including Italian cuisine that is offered at the restaurants.
Sitting on the Philippines’ eastern coast facing the Pacific Ocean, Siargao is a beautiful teardrop-shaped island that is most particularly known for offering an excellent surfing experience. The same can also be deduced from the title given to this island ‘Surfing Capital of the Philippines’. Additionally, the idyllic beaches, lush mangroves, and lagoons on this island make the entire excursion experience even more amazing and eventful. And as far as surf spots are concerned, Cloud 9 is the most popular surf spot on Siargao Island, which is mostly visited by expert surfers only as the waves can be pretty wild and powerful here.