10 Best Beaches in the Philippines

Pristine beaches are common in the Philippines, it being an archipelago with over 7,100 islands. This makes the country one of the best destinations when it comes to just lounging around or partying by the shore. 

10. Dakak, Dapitan City, Mindanao. 
Located in the province of Zamboanga, Dakak is a private resort that faces the Sulu Sea. Visitors can enjoy the warm weather and soft white sand. You get to bask in the marvels of nature with the many springs and waterfalls around the area. Accommodations and amenities are moderately priced.

Dakak Resort
Dakak Park and Beach Resort Barangay Taguilon, Dapitan City, Philippines
Tel. No: +63 65 213 6813, Fax No: +63 65 213 6647

How to get there:

  • Air: Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have daily flights to Dipolog City, the closest airport to Dakak
  • Sea: Dapitan has links to Zamboanga City, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, Iloilo, Iligan and Cebu
  • Land: Rural Tours, Bachelor Express and Evergood Transit has buses that serve Dapitan City

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9. Camiguin, Mindanao. 
The island is known as the “Garden of Eden” of the Philippines. Tourists will enjoy the beautiful white sand beaches, hot and cold springs and trips to a number of waterfalls open to the public. The food is relatively cheap while accommodations and transportation are moderately priced.

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How to get there:

  • Take a flight, ferry or bus ride to Cagayan de Oro City then take the bus at Agora market to Balingoan town. From Balingoan take an hour boat ride to Benoni Wharf, about 17 kilometers from Camiguin’s capital Mambajao.
  • Take a three-hour ferry ride from the Cagayan de Oro Ferry Terminal to Guinsiliban, also in Camiguin on board M/V Yuhum.

8. Samal Island, Davao, Mindanao. 
The island is part of the southern Davao region and boasts some of the newest resorts in the country. Visitors can come to high-end resorts, as well as raw, virgin beaches depending on their preference. The prices of food and accommodations can range from cheap to expensive. There is something for any kind of travel in this island.

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7. Caramoan, Bicol, Southern Luzon. 
Located in Camarines Sur, Caramoan is known worldwide for its beautiful landscape and breathtaking cove view. Visitors can take photos of the majestic place, surrounded by cliffs and rainforests. The cost of food and accommodations in the area are average but there are also high-end places to stay in if you intend to splurge.

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Photo credit: caramoan.ph

How to get there:

  • From Manila: Take the 8-hour bus ride from Manila (Araneta-Cubao bus terminal) to Naga City and take another trip to Sabang Port. Ride the boat to Caramoan Guijalo Port.
  • From Naga Airport: Take taxi or van to Van Terminal which you will take Filcab van to Sabang Port. Ride the boat to Caramoan Guijalo Port.

6. Boracay Island, Western Visayas. 
Visitors almost never leave the Philippines without coming to Boracay in Visayas. The beach is filled with restaurants, hotels and cafes. You can also enjoy fresh, cheap seafood in the market area. The cost of food and hotels on the island can range from average to very pricey, but all promise an experience of a lifetime. Even if this beach was considered top Asian beach of 2013, its ranking here shows it’s more fun in the Philippines for beach lovers.

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Photo credit: goldenphoenixboracay.com

5. Panglao, Bohol, Visayas. 
Scuba diving enthusiasts should visit Panglao Island. It features a very rich underwater ecosystem as well as captivating landmarks. You can also go whale shark and dolphin watching. Prices of food, transportation and accommodations in the area are between average and expensive.

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How to get there:

  • From Cebu City: Take Weesam Express, Oceanjet and Supercat bound for Tagbilaran City. Ride the Tawala-bound jeepney and expect about an hour before you reach Dumaloan/ Alona beaches.

4. Pagudpud, Ilocos, Northern Luzon. 
Located in the northern Philippine province of Ilocos, Pagudpud features serene and breathtaking beaches and warm weather most of the year. Visitors will also appreciate the nearby windmills and other historic sites surrounding the area. Food and accommodations are cheap.

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How to get there:

  • By plane: Arrive at either Vigan or Laoag airports then bus or car from either airports to Pagudpud.
  • By bus: Take Farinas Transit (+632.7438580 loc. 103 & 105) or Philippine Rabbit (+632.364.3477) from Manila to either Laoag or Vigan

3. Siargao, Mindanao. 
Siargao is the surfing capital of the Philippines and feature very tall waves that can reach 12 feet. Visitors can also lounge under the sun on the white sand, as well as try some of the native cuisine and delicious seafood. The prices of food and cottages in the area can be cheap to moderate.

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How to get there:

  • Cebu Pacific flies from Manila to Siargao via Cebu every Monday and Friday. Airphil Express flies from Manila to Siargao daily.

2. Honda Bay, Palawan.
Tourists who are fond of island hopping, snorkeling and scuba diving should visit Honda Bay. These islands surround Palawan and are full of beautiful sights and great food. The cost of visits can range from average to expensive depending on the quality.

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1. El Nido, Palawan. 
El Nido, Palawan is one of the best beaches in the world. Tourists can visit the Underground River, go island hopping, try delectable seafood and Filipino dishes in popular local restaurants, as well as swim with colorful fishes and non-poisonous jellyfishes. Accommodations and food costs will depend on the establishment. There are very expensive high-end places to stay in and dine. Those on a budget can also find averagely priced hotels.el_nido_beach

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El Nido Resorts
El Nido-Taytay, Palawan, Philippines
Phone: +63 (2) 813 0000
Email: holiday@elnidoresorts.com

How to get there:

  • Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) offers daily flights using a 19-seater Dornier aircraft from Manila to Lio Airport in El Nido. It is a 75-minute flight to El Nido, and from there a 45-minute boat ride to Miniloc Island Resort.

Some of these beaches are known worldwide while others are ideal for tourists who like serenity and less-crowded places. Whatever type of beach experience you’re looking for, the Philippines is a gold mine that will certainly satisfy your love for the sea.