The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands (7,641 to be exact) which is nothing short of amazing. It’s also one of the most biodiverse places on the planet which makes the best beaches in The Philippines understandably one of the most sought-after destinations for travellers the world over.
Once you take a gander at some of the best beaches in the Philippines, you’ll no doubt find yourself with a whole lot of reasons to visit. Like seriously, these places are absolutely stunning and one that can be visited pretty much all year round (the lowest temperature are about 21C in January, during the cool months which is like ‘summertime’ for us here in Europe!)
Sidebar: Although you can visit The Philippines pretty much all year round, November through May are the most ideal month as they are the driest months and the monsoon season runs pretty much from June to October.
March through to May are generally the hottest and driest month and understandably, the most crowded months so if you’re not into huge crowds, those are the months you might want to avoid.
Marimegmeg Beach, Palawan
Located near the town of El Nido, this beach is often referred to as the last frontier in the Philippines. Here’s you’ll get stretches of white sand, limestone cliffs, beautiful lagoons, blue water experience coupled with some rather dramatic limestone rock formations.
The true gem, however, is the plethora of wildlife to be seen here. (Seriously, pack that zoom lens – for land, and underwater camera i.e. GoPro when you visit). There are dolphins, over one hundred species of fish, vibrant coral and dugongs.
This is the largest marine reserve and sanctuary in the Philippines and as such is pretty awesome for scuba diving and snorkelling.
The steep limestone cliffs plunging into the blue water makes Coron look like some otherworldly, modern-day fairy-tale like area perfect for that escape to unwind and soak up the Philippines natural beauty.
Coron gets a distinct mention as a wider area than just its specific beaches as there are so many beautiful beaches here, you’ll be spoilt for choice. This part of the Philippines is one of the absolute best places in the world to scuba dive (ergo why it’s one of the best beaches in the Philippines).
There are also a fair few day trips you can do from here – one of the most fun of which will be to Coron Island where you’ll find Kayangan Lake – aptly titled the cleanest lake in all of Asia and quite the sight to behold.
White Beach, Boracay
(For the uninitiated) Boracay is located south of Manila in the Aklan province and is one of the most popular destinations for travellers visiting the Philippines.
The beach is absolutely gorgeous,- getting its name from its blindingly white, powdery sand, dipping into beautiful crystal clear waters. As soon as you see it, you’ll understand straight away why it’s so popular.
White Beach is very popular for scuba diving as well as helmet diving (thought its worth exercise a fair bit of caution with the latter and doing some research before deciding on which place to go with).
Dumaluan Beach, Panglao Island
Dumaluan Beach is widely considered the most beautiful beach on Panglao island and definitely one of the best beaches to visit in the Philippines.
There are opportunities for diving that are virtually unparalleled anywhere else in the Philippines, thanks not just to the abundance of marine life (crustaceans, barracuda, sea snakes and jackfish…etc) but also due to some of the most impressive coral formations in the entire country.
Pink Beach, Samal Island
Located a mere 2 km ferry ride from Davao City, Samal Island is perhaps the most developed vacation destination in the Philippines. (If you’re looking for more rugged, rustic beaches, this might not be the spot for you).
The pink beach is named for its pink glowing sand which looks pretty amazing set against the backdrop of lush mangrove and coconut trees and clear blue waters.
If you are looking to do do something a bit different once you’re done with the beach, you should visit the nearby Montfort Bats Conservation Park where you can come face to face with millions of fruit bats! If you do want to visit in the evening, numbers are limited so be sure to book in advance. Just be careful not to get pooped on by them if you arrive in the evenings – that stuff does not wash out!