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10 Most Beautiful Beaches in the Philippines

Updated on July 12, 2017
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I've always known that my country, the Philippines, is a piece of paradise on earth. But it was only a few years ago when I started working and earning my own money that I realized that my home country is truly unlike any other place. The more I traveled, the more I discovered the beauty of the Philippines.

The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands (only 2000 are inhabited), each one offering a rich biodiversity ranging from tropical rain forests, mangroves, and coral reefs to mountain ranges, world-class beaches, beautiful islands and a diverse range of flora and fauna. Conservation International identified it as one of 17 megadiverse countries in 1998.

The country also offers one of the longest white sand coastlines in the world, one of its many tourist attractions. So, if you’re looking for a tropical getaway and still don’t have a destination in mind, odds are you’ll find something you like in the Philippines.

Here is my list of the Philippines' best beaches.

This is the pink beach in Sta.Cruz, Zamboanga currently listed as one of the most beautiful pink beaches in the world..
This is the pink beach in Sta.Cruz, Zamboanga currently listed as one of the most beautiful pink beaches in the world.. | Source

1. Boracay, Aklan

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Boracay is a small island 315 km south of Manila in the province of Aklan. Famous for its powdery white sands and pristine blue waters, Boracay is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. It has over 350 resorts and about 2,000 rooms to accommodate guests, which range from luxury hotels to budget-friendly inns.

This island has something for everyone, from water sports, scuba diving, and snorkeling, to nightlife with great pubs, bars, and restaurants, to a relaxing and tranquil environment.

If you do go scuba diving or snorkeling, you’ll see many species of aquatic life that are indigenous to the Philippines. You could also take the opportunity to go helmet diving, which is where you simply put on a helmet with glass plates, climb a ladder down ten feet to a (shallow) ocean floor, and walk around as if you were on land.

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The best and most famous beach in Boracay is the White Beach, which has been called the "finest beach in the world.” In 2012, Boracay Island was named “Best Island in the World” by international travel magazine Travel + Leisure. Puka, on the northern side of Boracay, was also on CNN's 100 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World.

For 2016, international travel magazine Travel + Leisure ranked Boracay island as the 2nd best island in the world after Palawan which is also a famous Philippine island off the southern part of main island Luzon. In 2017, the famous travel site TripAdvisor ranked Boracay's white beach as the 24th best beach in the world.

While the western side of the island is known for the White Beach, the eastern side is home to Bulabog beach, which is a great place for extreme sports like wind and kite surfing since it has strong winds all year round.

Update: Travel + Leisure magazine ranked Boracay 3rd best island in the world for 2017 alongside Palawan (also Philippines) and other world-famous islands like Santorini in Greece, Maui (Hawaii), Bali (Indonesia) and Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

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When to Visit: Waters are calm off of White Beach from November through May. Monsoon winds blow June through October. Unless you enjoy being soaked, aim to visit between November and May, though you'll have fewer crowds June through early October.

How to Get There: There are no direct flights into Boracay. To get there, you either need to fly into Caticlan (the closest airport) or Kalibo (an airport further away that sometimes offers cheaper flights). Then, you’ll need to take a vehicle to Caticlan Jetty port for the 10-20 minute boat ride to Boracay.

What to Do: For extreme sports, visit the east side of the island for your fair share of kite and windsurfing. For the resort lifestyle and relaxing on the beach, stay on the west side and party it up at night.

What It’s Known For: The White Beach

2. El Nido, Palawan

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According to CNNGo, the travel news website of CNN, El Nido in Palawan is one of the Philippines’ best beaches and island destinations because of its "extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem." It is frequently called the Philippines' last frontier and is ranked No. 14 among the CNN's Top 100 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World. For 2 years in a row (2016 and 2017), Palawan bagged the #1 spot for the "best island in the world" according to the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure. Conde Nast Traveller also listed El Nido as the 4th best beach in the world for 2017.

There are about 50 white sand beaches on the island, five types of forest, three major marine habitats, and many different species of birds. The water is also rich in sea life, which includes marine mammals like dolphins and dugongs of which six are endemic, over one hundred species of coral, and almost one thousand different kinds of fish.

El Nido is also the largest marine reserve and sanctuary in the Philippines with a total area of 903.21 sq. km. It is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the country and its flora and fauna is protected, along with its geologic formations such as its limestone cliffs, home of the swiftlets (apodidae birds whose nests are entirely built from threads of their own saliva, an ingredient also used for the famous bird's nest soup).

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When to Visit: The best time to visit is December through March because the weather is nice and dry and there are fewer visitors. If you're traveling during Holy Week or high season (April and May), be prepared for more tourists and higher prices.

How to Get There:

  • By air: Islands Transvoyager Inc. flies from Manila to El Nido, and you can also fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa then drive to the tip of mainland Palawan. You’ll ride on an outrigger boat to reach parts of El Nido. SEAIR also flies from Manila to Taytay daily. You can also fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa, and then take a four-hour bus ride to Taytay.
  • By sea: From San Jose Terminal in Puerto Princesa, there are buses bound for El Nido. Travel time is five to six hours.

What to Do: Scuba dive, snorkel, relax on the beach, visit a secret lagoon, eat bird’s nest soup, and take an island hopping tour.

What It’s Known For: Bird’s nest soup, beautiful lagoons, limestone cliffs

3. Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

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A UNESCO-protected site since 1973, Puerto Galera is located in Oriental Mindoro Province about 130 km south of Manila. The name Puerto Galera is used among travelers to refer to the area surrounding the town as well, including Sabang and White Beach.

Puerto Galera boasts beautiful white sand beaches that are good for swimming, relaxation, snorkeling, and sailing. It also offers one of the most diverse diving sites in Asia and has the densest population of marine species in the world according to research conducted by the University of the Philippines.

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When to Visit: Visit in the high season (April through June) if you don't mind the heat and the crowds, or during the low season if you don't mind slightly colder weather.

How to Get There: Puerto Galera is pretty easy to get to from Manila by car and only takes about three hours. Simply drive through South Luzon Expressway, turn right to STAR Tollgate and then head to Batangas Pier. When you get there, you can either park your car and ride a ferry going to Puerto Galera or have your car ride a RoRo (roll on, roll off) ship so you can take your car with you to Puerto Galera.

What to Do: The marine sanctuary makes for great diving, which is what Puerto Galera is known for. You can also do your standard beach and resort activities: water sports, spa days, lounging, etc. This is not your best destination for incredible food, however.

What It’s Known For: It’s often considered a good alternative to Boracay if you haven’t got the money or the time to get there.

4. Samal Island, Davao City

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Samal island is also known as the Garden City of Samal. It’s approximately 2 kilometers away from Davao City, the capital of Mindanao, and a whopping 1400 kilometers from Manila.

It has the distinction of being one of the most developed vacation destinations in the Philippines and has a good number of white and pink sand beaches as well as world-class resorts including Kaputian Beach Resort, the famous Pearl Farm, and the Paradise Island.

With 70 different resorts around the island, you can take your pick from the best (or not best, depending on your budget). It also boasts numerous marine reefs and crystal blue waters good for relaxation.

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When to Visit: Expect crowds and heat in high season and August, and cooler weather from December through Feb but less crowds.

How to Get There: Fly into Davao City. From Davao City, it’s very easy to take a ferry to reach the island.

What to Do: Enjoy relaxing at a resort and exploring the many islets and beaches. Also, check out the vanishing island, which disappears as the tide comes in.

What It’s Known For: There are some truly excellent places for diving, along with all the other excitements that come with island life like hiking or lounging on the beach. If you can, you should check out Montfort Bats Conservation Park, where you can see more than two million fruit bats, a number which has earned it a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most fruit bats in a cave. Also check the highest mountain in the country, Mount Apo. Visit the pink beach and indulge in the many tropical fruits that are only found in Davao...

5. Panglao Island, Bohol

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Dumaluan beach is not as famous as Alona beach in Panglao but it is more beautiful....
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Located off of Bohol, Panglao is similar to Boracay, boasting fine white sands and crystal clear blue waters. The diving spots around the island are among the best in the Philippines and marine species are abundant on the island, with about 250 different species of crustaceans and 2500 species of mollusks, some of which are newly discovered.

In fact, the Panglao Marine Biodiversity Project discovered that Panglao Island has more marine species and biodiversity than both Japan and the Mediterranean Sea combined. Currently, Panglao Island is being developed and the government has plans to build an airport to further boost the island's tourism.

Alona Beach, the best-known beach on Panglao island, can be congested and overpriced, but has some great diving. Dumaluan and Doljo beaches are also popular.

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When to Visit: The dry, cool season between December and March is the perfect time to go. The summer heat between April and July breaks up with the onset of the rainy season.

How to Get There: Panglao Island is accessible from Bohol, which you can reach by flying into Tagbilaran Airport (about one and a half hours from Manila). It takes about 30 minutes by land to get to Panglao.

What to Do: If you like architecture, you should check out Our Lady of the Assumption Church, which combines Byzantine and Romanesque influences and has some impressive frescoes as well as a small well that is believed to hold miraculous healing water. It was slightly damaged in the 2013 earthquake but is still worth a visit.

What It’s Known For: Explore the underground lagoon at Hinagdanan Cave. Visit the famous chocolate hills in Carmen. Rent a motorcycle and explore the island. Ride a floating restaurant boat and cruise along the green waters of Loboc river while being serenaded by Filipino musicians and eat delicious sea foods.

6. Coron Island, Palawan

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Coron is both the name of an island off the coast of Busuanga and the name of Busuanga’s largest town. Coron Island is inhabited by the Tagbanua people and is a gem of natural beauty with steep limestone cliffs, white sand beaches, and seven mountain lakes. It's actually been listed among the top 10 best scuba diving sites in the world by Forbes Travel magazine.

In addition, behind majestic rock formations, there lies a secret lagoon with crystal blue-green waters encircled with limestone formations and white sand shores. This secret beach is really a paradise! You’ll have to make an effort to get there, however, either by climbing over cliffs or swimming through a sea tunnel. It's totally worth it!

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When to Visit: Though Coron isn't as packed with tourists as other beaches, visiting in the low season can still be nice to avoid the chance of crowds.

How to Get There: Fly into Busuanga and then take a van to Coron (takes about 45 minutes). You should also know that no one can stay on the island overnight, though lodging can be found in the city of Coron, Busuanga.

What to Do: Go scuba diving! This is one of the best places in the world to do it.

What It’s Known For: Beautiful limestone cliffs and shipwreck diving sites.

7. Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley

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CNN, which put Palaui Island in the top ten on its list of the world’s most beautiful beaches, describes it as a raw beauty where nature unfolds with flora and fauna, volcanic rocks, powdery white sands, and rich marine biodiversity.

You won’t find hotels or other luxury items here; it is literally an untouched paradise. If you want to stay, you’ll have to find a homestay or camp on the beach (though camping is now prohibited near the lighthouse).

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When to Visit: Similar to Coron.

How to Get There: Make your way to Sta. Ana, Cagayan either by bus or car from Manila. If you fly, you can fly in to Tuguegarao or take a bus the rest of the way. Once in Sta. Ana, make your way to San Vicente and then you can hire a boat to Palaui.

What to Do: Hike, beach bum, see the lighthouse.

What It’s Known For: Unspoilt beaches and a colonial lighthouse. Also, in 2013, the popular American television show Survivor filmed a season here.

8. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

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Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is often referred to as the Boracay of the North because of its fine white sands, numerous water activities (for those who are staying at private resorts) and of course crystal blue waters. However, unlike Boracay, it is a simple municipality. This is not the place to go for shopping or malls. In fact, there aren’t even any ATM’s so make sure to carry cash with you when you visit the place. Its Blue Lagoon beach is now becoming more famous but not many tourists go there, yet.

If you drive to Pagudpud from Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, there are many attractions on the way such as the Patapat Viaduct and the Bangui windmills. You can also visit the Kabigan Falls and the Kapurpurawan Rock formation.

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How to Get There: You can fly into Laog City in Ilocos Norte and then hire a bus or a car from there. Many hotels and tour agencies include Pagudpud as part of their itinerary as well. This area is a nice place to drive, so many tourists rent cars as well.

What to Do: See the Bangui Windmills and the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. Or just relax on the beach! Head to Vigan Cty which is a few hours away from Pagudpud and be lost in time as you explore the old spanish houses along Calle Crisologo. Eat the famous Vigan empanada and longganisa! Vigan city is now officially one of the wonder cities in the world so make sure to put it on your list as well...

What It’s Known For: Its beautiful white sand that is reminiscent of Boracay. It's also one of the top kitesurfing destinations in the Philippines.

9. Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte

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Siargao island is a tear-shaped island in Surigao del Norte. It has the largest mangrove forest in Mindanao which is a source of rich marine biodiversity. The island is a great location for diving, snorkeling and most specially, surfing.

It's actually a surfer's paradise. Adrenaline seekers from around the globe enjoy the large waves that form at Cloud Nine Reef, driven by winds that flow uninterrupted over the Pacific Ocean. This reef is where the annual Siargao surfing cup is held.

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When to Visit: Don’t come between June and October (unless you’re a surfer). Better to come in the off season or before the big waves hit. If you're a surfer, of course, this is reversed.

How to Get There: You can fly to Siargao Island, take a boat or a ferry, or take a bus.

What to Do: Go surfing! Also, anything nature-related. This is the nature-lover’s destination and isn’t overrun with hotels, bars, and shops like some other destinations. Game fishing is also big.

What It’s Known For: Cloud Nine waves (the thick, hollow tubes that form at Cloud Nine Reef).

10. Mactan Island

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Just recently, Cebu island was ranked 6th among the "best islands in the world" by Travel + Leisure, an international travel magazine. Mactan Island which is located in Cebu is home to 430,000 people. It is the most densely populated island in the Philippines and has many tourists spots and attractions. As a coral island, Mactan offers rich marine biodiversity which is good for diving and snorkeling.

While you’re there, you should be sure to island hop since the island is composed of numerous islets. There are also numerous water sports activities, like jet skiing, sailing, para-sailing.

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When to Visit: Try to visit in the off-season to avoid overcrowding. January through May are the driest months, and you should expect rain the rest of the year. Even the driest months have rain though, since Cebu is one of the wettest areas of the Philippines.

How to Get There: You can fly or take a boat to Mactan. Mactan Island is also connected by two bridges to Cebu city.

What to Do: Live up the resort life in one of several world-class resorts or check out the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary or the aquarium, the only one in the Visayas region.

What It’s Known For: A popular in-and-out holiday destination with plenty of world-class resorts to choose from. Also check out other nearby towns as they offer loads of potential for nature trippers like waterfalls, lagoons, lakes, beaches and mountains.

The Beaches on the Map

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A marker1. Boracay, Aklan -
Boracay, Malay, Philippines
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B marker2. El Nido -
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
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C marker3. Puerto Galera -
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
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D marker4. Samal Island -
Samal Island, Island Garden City of Samal, Philippines
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E marker5. Panglao Island -
Panglao Island, Philippines
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F marker6. Coron Island -
Coron Island, Coron, Philippines
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G marker7. Palaui Island -
Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines
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H marker8. Pagudpud -
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
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I marker9. Siargao Island -
Siargao Island, Philippines
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J marker10. Mactan Island -
Mactan, Philippines
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© 2013 Jennifer Gonzales

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      Pamela Mae Oliver 3 years ago from Georgia

      Voted up...a very well written article, and stunning pictures!

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      Romel Tarroza 3 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      Nice article. By the way in the above beaches I love the El Nido palawan so much.

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I so love El Nido Palawan as well! Thank you for your comment!

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thank you! Happy hubbing to all of us!

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      Mary Alice Young 3 years ago from locating...

      love the article and pictures! Do check out some of my hubs too!

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      Amit Kumar 3 years ago from New Delhi

      Nice....

      I liked your article very much the beaches are same as here in Goa India

      Appreciated your work.

      Please Keep Posting article like this.

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      Daniel Baker 3 years ago from João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

      Nice! Truly the best beaches with the clean white sands and crystal clear blue waters.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Great article, I'll have to pin this to my vacation board. I visited the Philippines when I was 13 and have not visited since but want to go back to bring my husband and kids. These pictures make me want to go there soon! Thanks for the useful information.

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      That's good to know...i'm sure you'd love to be back...enjoy! thanks for the comment BNadyn.

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thank you for your comment...I hope you can also visit the places I've enumerated.

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      Barry Rutherford 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful photos, great hub!

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      athurion 3 years ago

      Good article kababayan

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks kababayan...

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      Kenneth C Agudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      Proud to be a Filipino =)

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Yeah, you're right. Thank you.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Fantastic! Someday, I'll come and visit one of these beautiful islands. For now, I'll enjoy the views from your hub.

      Voting up and sharing!

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      sparklingcrystal 3 years ago from Manila

      Nice article! Perfect for summer! Voted up!

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Exactly right! It's actually the reason why i don't venture out of the country yet...I'm so amazed at how beautiful the Philippines is. In every twist and turn, there's a beautiful paradise waiting to be discovered...Proud to be Pinoy too...Thanks Julie...

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      raquelle148 3 years ago

      Very nice articles. Lots of beautiful beaches. No wonder it is paradise.

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      thank you raquelle...I hope you also visit one of these beaches when you get the chance...:)

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks Carl, oo tama ka maganda talaga sa Bora..:)

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      yen yang 3 years ago

      hello,im yen from sabah,borneo.i really love about philippines i mean the island and beaches.so amazing.stunning and truly paradise.

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      thank you Yen yang...:)

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Indeed Batangas is also blessed with beautiful beaches and resorts..:) I will include it on my next list...

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      Pao Sobrepena 3 years ago from Philippines

      El Nido! wait for me! :)

      There is a good lifetime investment here in the Philippines. http://investbusinessfranchiseph.weebly.com/foreig...

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      Dan Lema 3 years ago from Tanzania

      Wow, so many places to visit...so little time....and i want to visit most of them.....i like places which has clear beaches, makes me feel comfortable because i hate sharks; and in dark-blue places seas thy're practically invisible..:-)......bookmarked/voted up.....thanks a lot....

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      Whirlwindinmyhead 3 years ago

      Great hub! We're definitely planning a trip to Philippines soon, the beaches look beautiful. :)

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      They are beautiful indeed. Thanks for your comment! :)

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      Carina 3 years ago

      White Beach in Boracay is the queen of beaches. It looks like one of the stunning beaches you see in Bond movies or TV commercials. White sand, crystal clear blue water, beach bars serving cocktails and plenty of sports activities are all to be found here. Here you can find my personal top list of the best beaches in the Philippines and Thailand: http://aroundtheworldinaday.com/philippines_thaila...

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hey Carina, checked your link and it's quite good...:) Thanks for your comments...

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      may from athens 2 years ago

      there is no better place like home. there is no doubt that our country is the best. well done kabayan well done

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      Jennifer Gonzales 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks May...Thanks Kabayan...

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      hemps 2 years ago

      proud pilipino... mapagmalaki ako

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      Jessie De lor Casa 2 years ago

      ang ganda talaga ng view sa pilipinas try nio din pong pumasyal dito sa pagudpud ..marami pong magaganda dito na pamasyalan..

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      Mc Donald Palma 2 years ago

      great beaches in the phils. are true gift of our almighty father!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU GOD.

      #ITSMOREFUNINTHEPHILIPPINES

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      Alvinet 2 years ago

      Good to know it. I was thinking about travel to Philippines :)

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Hello Purpleshadow13,

      Great Hub i voted up and i have followed you :) The hub covers all you need if you looking for beautiful beaches in the Philippines.

      I write travel hubs check mine out and if possible give feedback ill really appreciate that :)

      Thanks again

      Lee

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      Jennifer Gonzales 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      hey Lee, it is my pleasure to check your hubs as well...I would love to follow you as well...thanks :)

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      choco 2 years ago

      Hi. Can u help which me choose which one is a best for a family getaway, of course a place where kids will enjoy. Exclude boracay pls, we've been there. We all had a good time there.. tnx

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      Jennifer Gonzales 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hi choco, Boracay is indeed a very beautiful place but there are other equally beautiful places in the philippines...If you are looking for a beach getaway with kids, I recommend Pagudpud beach in Ilocos Norte or Panglao Beach (dimaluan beach) in Bohol. The waters are clear, the sands are white and fine just like in Boracay and the waves are very calm. It is not very deep which is perfect for kids. Plus there are plenty of water sports activities available in the resorts. If you want amusement parks, the best are in Manila (star city, snow world, ocean park) and laguna (enchanted kingdom). There are also plenty of shopping malls where the whole family can enjoy. If you just want to relax and enjoy the cool climate up in the mountains, Baguio city is the best option for you. There are a lot of other places i can name here but you can start with those i recommended. Hope i was able to help...:)

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      George Yasbic 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I'm booked in for a trip to Palawan in the Philippines. Got a 3 night stay for $139.00 at Princesa Resort with a number of tours and transfers including dinner and breakfast! Can't wait to go!!!

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      Jennifer Gonzales 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hey George, I am sure you will like your stay in Palawan...Don't forget to visit the subterranean river and cave system and please try to do island hopping adventures...If you have more time, you can go to El Nido and Coron also in Palawan...:)

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      Readers Square 2 years ago from Punjab, India

      Dear Purpleshadow13

      Wow!!! Already hunting for an alternative word for Paradise because your country, I feel, is more than that. Lucky You…. (Believe me it’s not a hyperbole). With the white beach sand clinched between my toes, I can picture myself cruising, diving, and surfing in some of the world’s best sea shores. You’re hub had caught me day- dreaming at work!

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      Jennifer Gonzales 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thank you for the very inspiring comment readerssquare...:) I am travelling again in the south of the Philippines and yes, i can say that the country is really beautiful...I hope you can visit here one day...your day-dreams will surely become reality...:)

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      Ankit Kaushal 2 years ago from B-27, Second Floor, Dayanand Colony Lajpat Nagar, Part 4 New Delhi, India, 110024

      Great hub, thanks for sharing this post. philippines beaches & resorts are really very beautiful & weekend destination.

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      Marley 2 years ago from Canada

      So beautiful.

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      Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

      Thanks for sharing, would love to visit the Philippines one day.

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      Lester Moore 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these wonderful beaches. Siargao is really one of the best.

      Did you know that there is a famous beach in the Philippines named "Naked Island"? Yes there is. The island is really naked! Find out here http://touristspotsfinder.com/2015/01/top-10-beach...

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      I cannot thank you enough for this awesome post. I am somebody who loves to travel, mostly solo and i keep looking for destinations. I'd surely visit these soon :)

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      Jennifer Gonzales 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      i'm happy to help..Have a nice trip Akriti...

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      pinkhawk 2 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      It's really more fun in the Philippines! :-)

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      rina 2 years ago

      7/10, but i've been to Surigao, Cebu and Davao but don't have the chance to visit those beaches :-(

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      Mon Mats 2 years ago from Philippines

      There's one thing common to this beaches, its white sand is as fine as refined sugar. Truly, the Philippines' natural wonder and a tourist's haven.

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      Jennifer Gonzales 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wow, you have been to almost all 10 of them...good for you..! :)

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      ghie05 2 years ago

      been to boracay,samal and pagudpud already..really enjoyed it..7 more beautiful beaches left..want to visit all in the future..love this article so much..

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      shane bautista 24 months ago

      its so beatiful

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      shaniel 24 months ago

      beatiful

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      Mary Norton 20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I want to visit the beaches up north. Boracay is really beautiful.

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      Sam Shepards 20 months ago from Europe

      Nice places to visit. I do love the more remote places more instead of the resorts. Would love to do some island hopping in the near future. Seen some pictures of my friends and still some very pristine places.

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      Jennifer Gonzales 20 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Sam Shepards, if you are after remote places and island hopping, then Philippines is one of the best chance you have. There are 7107 islands in the Philippines.!

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      British Tours 17 months ago

      All are stunning! a very nice post.

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      Rune Johansen 16 months ago from Borkenes

      Really nice

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      TRXY LOU 16 months ago

      i don't think Siargao Island deserves its place on your top list.

      it is the most splendid paradise i will always think of spending my forever.

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      Annabella 16 months ago

      Wow! Amazingly articulate and very detailed Hub. It has enough information to show people what the Philipines is like, with it's beaches and lovely environment.

      I especially enjoyed reading this Hub as my partner has family in the Philipines in Cebu and Manila and some other islands, and we were considering going there to learn about the environment more, as we are considering moving there to live more self sustainably.

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      CHRIS THOMPSON 15 months ago from MOBILE, ALABAMA

      Great article and great list as well. Love the photos very stunning. Thanks for sharing

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      Deepika 11 months ago

      Thank you so much for writing this. Philippines is so beautiful. I am planning a trip mostly to relax and was considering going to Malapascua island. Please share your take on it :)

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      moises alcala 10 months ago

      Beautiful Philippines! Masbate Buntod reef is another amazing tourist destination.

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      Bart 10 months ago

      Hey, great article.

      Could you tell me, approximately how much time is enough for Boracay and Palawan?

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      Jennifer Gonzales 10 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hey Bart, If you really want to explore Boracay and Palawan 3 weeks will be enough. There is nothing much to explore in Boracay perse but the beach and all the water sports they offer and of course the food and night life...but in Palawan, there is so much more. Palawan is quite big and so travel from one destination to the next may take a lot of time either by boat or by car. The capital city which is Puerto Princesa is also very nice, but i recommend for you to not miss El Nido and Coron if you really like to see nature at its best...:) Good luck.

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      Emma 10 months ago

      Thanks for this article! Me and my boyfriend are planning a trip in January and we are considering the Philippines. We are going for 2,5-3 weeks and are looking for places that are quiet but has got beautiful beaches. Any places in particular you would recommend?

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      Jennifer Gonzales 10 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      I recommend El Nido, Palawan. It is not crowded and the beaches are beautiful. You can also find quite a lot of secret beach spots in Palawan. Boracay is already too crowded so if you like quiet then El Nido is the best place for you...You can also explore the nearby islands and municipalities like Coron and Puerto Princesa in Palawan...There are options like renting a car or a motorcycle. We usually rent a motorcycle because it is better in terms of access to rural areas like falls which is usually found on unpaved and narrow roads where cars do not usually go...so if you have driver's license then you can request your hotel to arrange a motorcycle for you...just don't go too fast on the road and be careful driving with helmet and you will be safe...That way you can see more of the islands and the locals and your time is yours unlike when you go with a tour group etc. But it is still your choice...That is how i always do it and i like it that way...i don't usually go with the crowd..:)

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      stephanie 8 months ago

      oh my they all look amazing!

      ive written them down for the future when i visit the philippines.

      thanks for sharing!

      x

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      Solito 6 months ago

      I've been watching Christian Leblanc's videos on YouTube about his extensive travels around the Philippines. I can't wait to ditch this New York winter and head out with my girlfriend and friends to see these beaches you so carefully detailed here. Great article. As a Filipino American, my parents never told me about the beauty we left behind to come here to the US. Maybe one day I'll buy a vacation home on one of the islands.

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      tomecekn@yahoo.com 5 months ago

      Can't wait to go back with my Kids to explore and get educated how beautiful Philippines Island are! There's so much to see & know the culture & food!

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      ashutoshhbti 3 months ago

      Hi Elizabeth, I am planning a two week visit to Phillipines.. planning to cover the Southern part Boracay, El Nido (may be Coron), Panglao (may be Mactan), Samal (may be Santa Cruz) and Siargao..

      This itself looks too much hence north may be too much to ask in two weeks

      Can you suggest me the best month in the year for this trip and if I am not asking too much a good itinerary..

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      Mark 3 months ago

      Wow!

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hey, I am Jenny not Elizabeth, :) but it's okay...2 weeks in the Philippines is long enough for you to cover some interesting places. But of course it all depends on what you are looking for. Boracay is best for summer but it is also heavily crowded. If you want to avoid the crowd but still enjoy a beautiful beach i suggest you go to El Nido in Palawan. There are countless beautiful islands with white powdery sands in El Nido and it is not crowded at all compared to Boracay. Bohol is also a beautiful place and there are so many things to see and do in the province. I suggest you stay one week in Palawan (explore El Nido, Coron and Puerto Princesa) and then head to Bohol for 3 days (explore Panglao, go to the chocolate hills and explore some caves and waterfalls), and then go to Siargao for the last 4 days of the trip (go surfing, explore nature). From Siargao, you can easily fly back to Manila. That is my suggestion. Hope it helps...

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      ashutoshhbti 3 months ago

      Hey Jennifer, Thanks a lot.. and pardon me for using a wrong name (:

      So what I get is that I can skip Boracay and Samal and still enjoy all essence! Great. This will reduce travel and make it even more relaxing! Thanks again..

      One more query. Which will be the best month for this trip?As I could understand from all the browsing is that Oct - Dec is best time to visit Philippines.

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      Jennifer Gonzales 3 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hey Ashutoshhbti, summer is the driest and busiest months in the Philippines (from March to May). But the best season for me is between November to February because the temperature in general is cooler and typhoon season is over so you can enjoy days of beautiful sunshine.

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      2 months ago

      this list is very commercial

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      Jennifer Gonzales 2 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      My list is not commercial. The beaches featured here are really beautiful. But since they have become so popular over the years, writing about them seemed commercial but it's not. I can add more equally beautiful beaches that are not so popular but they are also not very easily accessible especially to international tourists. I want everyone to be able to go to these beaches easily that is why i picked all these in my list. But it is a good idea to write another set of beaches that are equally beautiful but less popular...:)

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      nick 8 weeks ago

      I love Pearl Farm

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      Octavio Garcia 6 weeks ago

      Great article! I'll definitely go to the Phillipines

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      Terry 5 weeks ago

      Boracay is terrible and this is a joke

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      Jennifer Gonzales 5 weeks ago from Manila, Philippines

      I am curious why you said that Boracay is terrible. Pls. enlighten me.

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