The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

The Philippine Islands have picture perfect beaches. The country is made up of more than 7000 islands, so there is no shortly of white sand beaches. All the beaches in the Philippines are gorgeous, but the beaches here features caves, coral, and marine life available in so many locations that makes island hopping is one of the top things to do in the Philippines. Whether you’re looking to find a secluded beach spot, a cove good for surfing, or a lively beach where you can enjoy a cocktail in the sun, here are the best beaches in the Philippine Islands. View the Most Beautiful Beach Resorts in the Philippines here.

White Beach, Boracay Island, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

White Beach – Boracay Island

The calm, blue-water and white sand beach draws visitors, but the natural cave formations that surround it add a beautiful backdrop. The beachfront is popular for water activities and swimming. This beach is popular for kite surfing and for photographers, who visit the elevated rock that looks over the island for the best panoramic view at sunset. Best Area Hotel: Discovery Shores Boracay

Subic Beach, Luzon Island Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Subic Beach – Luzon Island

The clear blue water is ideal for snorkeling, but be sure to bring any gear you need with you. The pink hue of the sand is one of the highlights of this beach because it completes the ambience of paradise. It is not as popular as other beaches in the Philippines but it is usually a stop on island-hopping tours in the region. Best Area Hotel: Fabuluz Luxury at Princess Place

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Kalanggaman Island Beach, Kalanggaman Island Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Kalanggaman Island Beach – Kalanggaman Island

The island draws day-trippers who want to feel secluded but it is a gem for anyone who enjoys snorkeling and diving because of the reefs and sea life that exist just beyond the jagged sandy edges. Be aware that the island is regulated, so only a certain number of visitors are allowed at a time, and there are fees to visit. Best Area Hotel: Arriyus Apartelle

Anguib Beach, Cagayan Island Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Anguib Beach – Cagayan Island

Anguib Beach is a beautiful white-sand beach with mangrove trees that surround it to add a tropical ambiance. You can rent kayaks and snorkeling gear beach side, which is convenient. The scenery is filled with volcanic rocks and diverse flora and fauna. Best Area Hotel: Playa Encantada Beach Resort

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Saud Beach, Luzon Island Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Saud Beach – Luzon Island

If you are looking for a quieter beach, Saud Beach gets you away from the crowds and it has fewer rock formations and coral than other beaches. It is an ideal beach for families. The dark blue water, pristine beach lined with coconut trees, and clean sand make it picture perfect. Best Area Hotel: Best Area Hotel: Fabuluz Luxury at Princess Place

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Buena Suerte Beach, Palawan Island Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Buena Suerte Beach – Palawan Island

The main attraction of Buena Suerte is the magical sands that turn a hypnotic peach or coral color at dusk. The sand is made up of fine, dust-like granules that line the clear water and support a diverse ecosystem. The cliffs, caves, waterfalls and vast species of coral and marine life make this beach popular with divers. Best Area Hotel: Playa Encantada Beach Resort View The Most Amazing Palawan Beach Resorts here.

Kayangan Lake, Bohol Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Kayangan Lake – Bohol Island

Kayangan Lake is a tranquil base and a good place to mix-up the activity with relaxation. The clear water and views are nothing short of astounding. Climb the stairs of the overlook for the best aerial view or book a boat tour to see the scenery. The water is ideal for swimming and snorkeling, although it can get crowded in the peak tourist seasons. Best Area Hotel: Modala Beach Club

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Pearl Farm Beach, Samal Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Pearl Farm Beach – Samal Island

Pearl Farm Beach is tranquil enough to just sit on the sand and feel the breeze, but it also calls to water sports junkies who want to take in kayaking, snorkeling, paddleboarding, and even fly boarding. The sand of Pearl Farm Beach has a pink hue to the sand. The deep blue water and reefs in the area make it an iconic beach experience. Best Area Hotel: DusitD2 Davao

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Alona Beach, Palawan Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Alona Beach – Palawan Island

Alona Beach is the perfect spot to keep an eye out for dolphins and whales, but you would be smart to wear aqua shoes while wading as there are sections under the water with coral and sea urchins. It is a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, and diving along the reef. Best Area Hotel: Playa Encantada Beach Resort Visit The Most Amazing Palawan Beach Resorts here.

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Honda Bay, Palawan Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Honda Bay – Palawan Island

Honda Bay is a popular beach for snorkeling, swimming, and relaxing by the water. Island hopping tours are popular out of Honda Bay and a great way to experience several beaches while dining on local fare. The beach has plenty of water sports, like jet skiing and wake boarding. Best Area Hotel: Playa Encantada Beach Resort Visit The Most Amazing Palawan Beach Resorts here.

Paradise Beach, Bantayan Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Paradise Beach – Bantayan Island

This secluded and clear-water beach is somewhat remote but considered a hidden and romantic gem. You can swim and snorkel in the water, but most people come here just to relax and enjoy a calm tropical breeze. Since it is somewhat remote, plan to walk a short distance to reach the beachfront and take snacks with you for the day as there are few vendors. Best Area Hotel: Amihan Beach Cabanas

Puerto Galera Bay, Mindoro Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Puerto Galera Bay – Mindoro Island

The UNESCO protected beach makes for great swimming and snorkeling along the coral reefs, as well as diving and sailing in deeper water to observe the marine life in the area. Puerto Galera Bay is an ideal beach that is secluded and scenic, with enough beachfront for lounging, yet is large enough for traditional water sports. Best Area Hotel: Victoria’s Bed & Breakfast

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Siargao Beach, Siargao Philippines, The Best Beaches in the Philippine Islands

Siargao Beach – Siargao Island

You may not have heard of Siargao Beach before, but if you know anything about surfing, you have likely heard of Cloud Nine waves. The Cloud Nine waves are famous for their iconic tube-like appearance, giving hard-core surfers the ultimate challenge. This beach is an ideal location for sun, swimming, and definitely, surf. Best Hotel: DaRosa Del Mar

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26 Comments

  1. Anastazja

    Your article is just what my wife and I have been looking for.  We are planning a trip that way for the late spring and have had difficulty finding recommendations for places.  I especially liked you descriptions of each beach and the hotel recommendation to be near each.  I am wondering how these hotels compare in price to American hotels.  Also, I want to check to see if any offer all inclusive packages.  Thanks for this site.  It will help us make some decisions about our trip.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome, I would be glad to answer any questions.  Thanks for visiting the best beaches in the Philippine Islands.

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  2. Nelson david

    I really love beaches and i must say the Philippines island beaches has just fell into my list for consecrations, I must say All of these beaches look like lovely places to visit. However, if I had to pick just one, I’d pick Kalanggaman Island Beach. Even though you have to pay to get there…But i  am good with that.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      That is one beach not to miss!  Stay at a hotel nearby, or even stay on the island over night in one of their cabins.  True luxury!

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  3. pdñ2370

    Hi Leahrae:

    Vacations, vacations, vacations, no doubt Philippine Islands are a paradise, a picture is worth a thousand words, The beach, blue crystalline waters, white sand are a spectacle by themselves: You’ve covered a great selection of islands, hotels, amenities, and flight, these are the most breathe taking ocean views anyone would like to visit. As a beach lover, definitely on my bucket list.  Complete information is very well displayed.

    Thanks,

    CesarM

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Cesar.  I appreciate you taking the time to leave me comments.

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  4. MIchel

    Once again, visiting this website makes me feel like I am already on holiday. That first picture you have on this page reminds me of the story of Moses when he parted the Red Sea.

    Kayangan Lake is the place that I would most like to visit looking at this article, and when I am in the Philippine’s I will definitely have this on my list of to sees.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      So glad you enjoyed 🙂  Thank you for taking the time to leave me comments as well.

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  5. Steve

    These are spectacular photos of the beaches in the Philippines. I live “next door” in Vietnam and this is my next go-to destination, so thanks for providing this great information. Are they open yet for travel?. Vietnam is slowly opening up and international flights are starting again so this may happen sooner than later. What is the local airline like there, I could jump across a few islands if the flights are regular and not too costly.

    Thanks

    Steve

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      They are open for travel.  There are restrictions regarding Covid, and avoid the Southern islands as there is terrorist unrest.  Stick to the islands I have mentioned.  
      You can visit Travel Advisories Here.

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  6. Valerie

    I hear so much about the Philippines nowadays and I did have neighbours who were born in the Philippines.
    They are lovely people and when I look at your post and see images of beautiful beaches, it appears that
    everything related to the Philippines is near to perfect.

    Every beach pictured in your article looks to be beautiful and it would be difficult to choose one rather than another. If I was in the position of having to choose a beach to stay at on holiday, Pearl Fram Beach – Samal Island appears very inviting. Then again, Puerto Galera Bay – Mindoro Island also looks beautiful.

    I would not be travelling for the foreseeable future, but when the time is right I will revisit your website for more
    detailed information about the Philippines, as well as  Air Flights.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Valerie, and I know when the time comes, you will have a wonderful time in the Philippines.   Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  7. Aman

    The Philippines was always on my travel list and had it not been for Covid, I had plans to visit last year. Now after looking at these stunning pictures of all the extraordinary beaches in the Philippines, I cannot wait to book my trip as the travel restrictions are finally easing and hop on to see all these best places you’ve shown in your post. I can use this as a handy guide when I’m in the country, not just for the beaches but also for the best hotels in the area. Thanks for doing all the searching. This is incredibly useful.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Aman, now you can start planning again.  You can visit the US Embassy for covid restrictions that are in place today.

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  8. Aly

    Wow! Was the photo at the very top of the article taken at Kalanggaman Island? That long stretch of white-sand sandbar among the bright turquoise water is stunning! It certainly doesn’t look like a place where you could stay overnight, but it looks like an amazing place to explore on a day trip! I like that it’s regulated so that it won’t get too crowded. How many people do they allow to visit each day?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Many day trips there for sure!  They allow 500 tourists per day.  It is very busy November thru May, so you’ll want to book your visit there in advance.  You can stay overnight there.  They do have cottage rentals.  That would be the ultimate way to go!  

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  9. Enrique

    Hi, Leahrae,

    All the beaches look amazing! The Philippines has always been on my list. I’d love to visit someday.

    The beach is not always my first option when planning a vacation, but I like to go from time to time. Personally, I prefer secluded beaches. I hate the crowds, and based on that alone, I’d go for Saud Beach. 

    Just one question…what is the best time to go to avoid typhoons? That’s something I always consider when traveling to beach destinations.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      September seems to be the worst month for typhoons historically.  I know I live in an area that gets hurricanes and such.  We know well in advance that one is coming our way.  Generally, you can plan around this type of weather.  Unless of course you are booking way in advance.  

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  10. Paolo

    The Philippines has some of the most spectacular beaches on this earth. So choosing the best beaches in their territory is quite difficult. I agree with this list. TO me, the best of all their beaches is the Kalanggaman island beach. It’s perfect. It has that wonderful balance! By the way, I love snorkeling!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree Paolo!  And yes, Kalanggaman Island Beach is wonderful.  This is also a great place for snorkeling!

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  11. cpascal

    All of these beaches look like lovely places to visit. However, if I had to pick just one, I’d pick Kalanggaman Island Beach. Even though you have to make reservations and pay a fee to go, it is the most unusual of them all. Except for that tiny strip of sand that leads to it, it’s like an island on its own. It must be a surreal experience to stand there and see expanses of water on practically all sides.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would totally agree with you.  Kalanggaman Island Beach is not go be missed!  Hope you make it there soon 🙂

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  12. Akumendoh

    Hi there,

    I just read your other article on Islands in the Philippines. This country is really full of beauty. Again, visiting this country is a must-do. 

    Thank you for sharing the long list of beautiful beaches on this Island. one can really be confused about choice. One can never go wrong choosing the Philippines as a travel and holiday destination.  I like the idea of island hopping 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, very hard to chose for sure.  But you can always island hop or do more then one vacation there 😀  Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. Daniel Tshiyole

    Ahh you can never go wrong with the Philippines. It’s such a beautiful country and a great place to visit. I will definitely show this article to friends and family as we spoke about traveling the world together. I will bring it up and hear what they say. Thank you for this. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You cannot go wrong visiting the Philippines, I agree.  Thanks for stopping by Daniel.

      Reply

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