Best Beaches in the Philippines – Travel Guide

Best Beaches in the Philippines – Travel Guide

Mactan Island

Mactan is a densely populated island located a few kilometres east of Cebu Island in the Philippines.

The island is part of Cebu province and it is divided into the city of Lapu-Lapu and the municipality of Cordova.

Being one of the major tourist islands of Cebu, Mactan Island boasts of a diverse collection of tourist spots and attractions.

Being a coral island, Mactan offers some of the best diving, snorkeling, island hopping, jet ski, sailing and cultural activities of any island in the Philippines.

Siargao Island

Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 196 kilometers southeast of Tacloban. It has a land area of approximately 437 square kilometres.

The east coast is relatively straight with one deep inlet, Port Pilar. The coastline is marked by a succession of reefs, small points and white, sandy beaches.

One of the well-known surfing spots in Siargao and the Philippines, with a reputation for thick, hollow tubes is “Cloud 9”. This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte.

The wave was discovered by travelling surfers in the late 1980s. It was named by American photographer John Seaton Callahan after a chocolate bar of the same name and was featured in the United States-based Surfer magazine in March 1993. This surf trip to Siargao Island was named by Surfer as one of the “Ten Best Surf Trips of All Time” in 1995.

Cloud 9 also has a reputation for being a relatively cheap destination for surfers with many accommodations, restaurants, and bars to choose from.

There are several other quality waves on Siargao and nearby islands, but Cloud 9 has received more publicity than any other surf spot in the Philippines.

Siargao, particularly the municipality of General Luna and the Tuason Point area, is well known as “The Surfing Capital of the Philippines” with a reputation among surfers within the Philippines and the International scene.


Pagudpud, officially the Municipality of Pagudpud, is a 4th class municipality in the province of Ilocos Norte, Philippines.

It is the northernmost settlement on Luzon Island and a popular tourist destination because of its resorts and beaches.

Coron Island

Coron is the third-largest island in the Calamian Islands in northern Palawan in the Philippines.

The island is part of the larger municipality of the same name. It is about 170 nautical miles (310 km) southwest of Manila and is known for several Japanese shipwrecks of World War II vintage.

Because of its unique ecological features, the entire area is protected by several legal proclamations.

The area around the wrecks has rock formations which provide for snorkeling opportunities, with underwater visibility extending up to 80 feet (24 m). The water is often calm.

Coron is known for wreck diving Wreck dive sites are found in depths as shallow as 12 metres (39 ft) and as deep as 43 metres (141 ft). Wreck diving sites in Coron Bay include the Akitsushima, Irako, Kogyo Maru, Kyokuzan Maru, Okikawa Maru, Olympia Maru.

Dive sites around Coron include many different reef dive sites and “Günter’s Cave”, also known as Cathedral Cave because during a certain time of the day, the sun throws a beam of light through a hole in the cave ceiling, illuminating the inside.

It is possible to surface in the cave, as the hole in the cave-ceiling allows fresh air to enter.

Panglao Island

Panglao is an island in the north Bohol Sea, located in the Central Visayas region of the Visayas island group, in the south-central Philippines.

Panglao island is one of the main tourist destinations on the Philippines.

Alona Beach is the most popular tourist spot on the island, noted for its white sand and clear water. There are also a lot of attractions to do for tourists such as scuba diving, island hopping, dolphin watching, snorkeling, kitesurfing and fishing.


Samal, officially known as the Island Garden City of Samal is a 4th class component city in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines.

It is made up of Samal Island and the smaller Talikud Island in the Davao Gulf, from the merger of former municipalities of Samal, Babak, and Kaputian.

The city is the largest resort city in the country. It has good beaches and houses many beach resorts. It has also numerous marine reefs and tranquil waters that lure the tourists to visit them, especially on Talikud Island.

There are 34 registered resorts with a combined capacity of 1,000 rooms in the city. The most popular of these is the Pearl Farm Beach Resort, owned by Ms. Universe 1973 winner Margarita Moran.

Because of these, the Department of Tourism named it one of the best visiting islands in Mindanao and currently one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the country.

Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera, officially the Municipality of Puerto Galera, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.

It is mainly accessible from the Southern Luzon gateway port of Batangas by bamboo boats operated by local regular operators.

Seaplane Operator Air Juan Aviation, Inc. flies two daily flights from Manila to Puerto Galera on their Cessna Grand Caravan Seaplanes.

Tourism now represents the core activity of the economy of Puerto Galera, which is well known for its beaches, scuba diving and entertainment activities, including “go-go bars”.

This coastal town has a number of pocket beaches and snorkeling and scuba diving spots.

The area was designated a Man and Biosphere reserve of UNESCO in 1973 and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia.

Puerto Galera is included in the list of the “Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World”, and is the only bay in the Philippines to be found on this list.

Among the beaches in Puerto Galera are Sabang Beach and White Beach, which have an active nightlife with numerous bars and restaurants.

Both places are directly accessible from Batangas by bangka regular lines.


Boracay is a resort island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, located 0.8 kilometers (0.50 mi) off the northwest coast of Panay. It has a total land area of 10.32 square kilometers (3.98 sq mi).

Apart from its white sand beaches, Boracay is also famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation.

Boracay was awarded as the 2012 Best Island in the World by the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure.

As of 2013, it was emerging among the top destinations for tranquility and nightlife.

In 2014, the resort island was at the top of the “Best Islands in the World” list published by the international magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

In 2016, Boracay headed the magazine’s list of “Top 10 destinations to watch”.

El Nido

El Nido, officially the Municipality of El Nido, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines.

It is about 420 kilometres (260 mi) south-west of Manila, and about 238 kilometres (148 mi) north-east of Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital.

A managed resource protected area, it is known for its white-sand beaches, coral reefs, limestone cliffs and as the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago. It is a popular diving location.

As a tourist destination, El Nido has been included in Condé Nast Traveler’s list of “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World,” CNNgo has called it the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines for its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.

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