The Philippines are home to some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia. You don’t have to travel all the way to Bali and Thailand to take advantage of the gorgeous sea and sand. Many people may not know it, but there are over 7000 islands in the nation which means there are beaches galore. You can basically visit any island and have a beach all to yourself. These are among some of the best beach areas to check out in the Philippines.
1. Negros Oriental
The Negros Oriental region features several excellent beaches such as Apo Island. This is an ideal scuba diving site where many backpackers visit. This beach is a very isolated spot and quite beautiful. Other popular stretches of sand here include Tambobo Bay and Siquijor Island as the sand is superb and the accommodations are very affordable. Sugar Beach is also well worth a visit.
Boracay is generally considered by many to be the best of all the beach towns in the nation. It’s definitely among the most popular. The best spot is White Beach, which is about three miles long. The town is often a big party. It’s still a wonderful island for kite surfing.
3. El Nido
El Nido belongs to the Bacuit Bay Archipelago which features some dramatic limestone formations that are ideal for those who are serious about rock climbing. The town is very laid back and you can get to the beaches by a short boat trip. There are so many beaches around that you might be the only person on the one you choose.
This popular island is shaped like a banana and is quite easy to get to from other parts of Asia since there’s an international airport here. There are plenty of top-class resorts that are suitable for families on Cebu. You can also take a trip to the north of the island and take a short boat ride over to beautiful Malapascua Island. This is where you’ll find the magnificent Bounty Beach, which is quite popular with scuba divers.
Siargao is well known as one of the best locations for surfing in all of the Philippines. If you travel around the island you’ll come across numerous wonderful sandy beaches that are just as good as any that you’ll find in the South Pacific Ocean. Surfers like to get together at Cloud Nine, but if you’d prefer a less busy location you can head into the waters to the numerous surrounding islets that are uninhabited. Up in Burgos, which is close to the island’s northeastern tip, you’ll find some magnificent coconut palms and powdery soft sand at the beautiful bay.
This is an ideal location for those who love adventure. The town sits on the main island of Luzon right at its northern tip. The highway which takes you here is quite scenic as it passes by dramatic landscapes and endless stretches of beaches, including the famous Blue Lagoon. This is where you’ll find the bluest water and whitest sand in the nation.