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The Top Beaches in the Philippines to Visit

The Philippines is blessed with many beautiful beaches, some of which are world-famous.

If you’re looking for a perfect beach to relax on, these ten most beautiful beaches in the Philippines should definitely be at the top of your list.

The Best Beaches in the Philippines

Note: scroll down towards the end of this article for a map of exactly where all these top beaches in the Philippines area.

1. White Beach, Boracay

one of the best beaches in the Philippines
One of the most popular beaches in the Philippines

White Beach in Boracay is one of the most popular beaches in the Philippines, and for good reason.

With its clear turquoise waters, soft white sand, and lush tropical surroundings, it’s easy to see why this beach is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

In fact, it’s even listed as one of the best beaches in the world!

The beach is lined with shops, restaurants, cafés and hotels, making it a very lively beach. If you love a happening beach, easy access to watersports and good nightlife, then you’ll enjoy White Beach!

How to Get to White Beach

White Beach is located on the island of Boracay, and there are many hotels around the beach, perfect to spend a few days.

There is no airport on Boracay so you’ll have to take a ferry.

Fly to Kalibo Airport or to Godofredo P. Ramos Airport (often referred to as Caticlan Airport). Caticlan Airport is closer to Boracay island and therefore the most convenient option.

From the airport, travel to the main jump-off point to Boracay, Caticlan Jetty Port, where you will take a boat to go to the island. Once on Boracay you’ll find tricycle taxis everywhere that can take you to White Beach.

Tip: I recommend pre-booking a transfer from either airport to Boracay to make the trip as easy as possible and get the best price.

In the Philippines Klook.com and 12Go.Asia are generally the best websites to pre-book transportation.

2. Long Beach in San Vicente, Palawan

A view of Long Beach in the Philippines
One of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines

Long Beach in San Vicente is the longest beach in the Philippines. It lies on the northwestern side of Palawan island and is known for its long stretches of white sand beach, crystal-clear waters, and lush tropical vegetation.

This stretch of beach is composed of three beaches with the second beach being the local’s favorite for its pink-hued sunsets.

How to Get to Long Beach

The town of San Vicente has a small airport (San Vicente Airport), so the most direct way to get to Long beach is by flying to San Vicente.

But, the flights to this part of Palawan are limited. Therefore you can also choose to travel by land from either Puerto Princesa or El Nido.

Also Read: Where to Go for the Best Snorkeling in Palawan

3. Dumaluan Beach, Panglao

sunset at Dumaluan Beach
Dumaluan Beach – credit: Depositphotos

Unlike nearby Alona beach, which is often crowded with tourists, Dumaluan beach is a secluded getaway located in the town of Panglao.

If you’re looking for a quiet beach to relax on, this is one of the best beaches in the Philippines for you. It’s also one of the best beaches in Bohol for snorkeling and diving.

Also Read: How to Snorkel – Practical Tips for Beginners

How to Get There

The fastest and easiest way to get to Bohol is to fly to Tagbilaran Airport. From the airport, you can choose to rent a motorbike or take a tricycle taxi to Dumaluan beach.

4. Nacpan Beach, El Nido

a view of Nacpan Beach
One of the best beaches in the Philippines

Nacpan is a secluded beach located north of the town of El Nido on the island of Palawan.

It’s a long and narrow beach with blue turquoise waters and white sand. Nacpan Beach is without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines!

It’s underdeveloped and often uncrowded, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Philippines.

If you love unspoiled and raw beaches, don’t miss Nacpan Beach.

Tip: if you want to do something truly unique while visiting this beach in the Philippines and can splurge a little, then check out Nacpan Beach Glamping for an incredible place to stay!!

How to Get to Nacpan Beach

The easiest way to get to Nacpan Beach is by flying to El Nido. From there, you have four options. You can take the Nacpan Beach Shuttle Service, rent a motorbike, hire a tricycle, or book a tour in El Nido that includes a visit to Nacpan Beach.

5. Saud Beach, Pagudpud

palm trees and white sand at Saud Beach

Located in the town of Pagudpud, Saud beach is one of the most popular beaches in Ilocos Norte.

It’s known for its long stretches of white sand beach, crystal-clear waters, and amazing sunsets. It’s often crowded with locals and tourists, so be prepared for a lively atmosphere.

How to Get to Saud Beach

You can either fly directly to Laoag, the capital of Ilocos Norte, or take a bus from Manila to Laoag. From Laoag, you can take a bus or rent a motorbike to get to Saud Beach.

6. Paliton Beach, Siquijor

Paliton Beach in Siquijor

Siquijor is a small island province known for its beaches, waterfalls, and lush tropical forests.

Paliton Beach is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches on the island, and in my opinion definitely one of the top beaches in the Philippines.

Coconut trees dot the beach, providing natural shade from the sun. It’s one of the best places to watch the sunset on the island.

How to Get to Paliton Beach

Fly to Bohol, Dumaguete or Cebu. From any of the three islands, you can take a ferry to Siquijor. Then, rent a motorbike or get a tricycle taxi to bring you to Paliton beach.

7. Anguib Beach, Santa Ana

beautiful Anguib Beach

Anguib Beach is a secluded beach located near the town of Santa Ana, Cagayan.

This beautiful beach is known for its fine cream sand and untouched beauty. It’s often called the “Boracay of the North.”

Mangrove trees line the beach, providing a natural barrier from the strong waves.

How to Get to Anguib Beach

From Manila, ride a bus to Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Or fly to Tuguegarao City then take a bus or van to Sta. Ana. From the Sta. Ana port, rent a boat to Anguib Beach.

8. Banul Beach, Coron

A swing at Banul Beach
Photo credit: Agustin Reyes

The stunning Banul Beach is a perfect getaway for those who love the outdoors.

The turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with white sand and green cliffs, making this beach one-of-a-kind in its beauty!

Its remote location often keeps Banul Beach uncrowded, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Coron.

How to Get to Banul Beach

The quickest way to get to Banul Beach is by flying to Coron. But you can also take the ferry from El Nido to Coron. From the town of Coron you can charter a private boat or join a Coron Island tour to visit Banul Beach.

Also Read: The Best Snorkeling Spots in Palawan

9. Paradise Beach & Kota Beach, Bantayan Island

the sandbank at Kota Beach
the sandbank at Kota Beach. Credit: Department of Tourism Region VII

Also known as Sandira beach, Paradise beach is a secluded beach located on the south side of Bantayan Island.

with its pristine waters, breathtaking white sand, and “instagrammable” rock formations Sandira Beach is a more unspoilt beach in the Philippines.

Slightly further east you find the more developed Kota Beach. With its beautiful sandbanks this is a beach worth visiting as well.

How to Get to Paradise Beach and Kota Beach

Fly directly to Cebu and ride a bus to Hagnaya Port. There, take the ferry to Bantayan Island. From here, you can either ride a tricycle or rent a motorbike to Paradise Beach.

10. Babu Santa Beach, Talicud Island

Babu Santa Beach
Credit: Lang Po

Babu Santa beach is located on the northwest side of Talicud Island in Davao Oriental.

Divers and snorkelers love this beach because of the clear waters and healthy coral reefs. But the beach is also a great place for swimming and sunbathing.

Also Read: Volunteering in the Philippines as a Scuba Diver

How to Get There

Fly to Davao City. From the town proper, ride a taxi to the Sta. Ana Wharf. Then, take a boat to Talicud Island where you can hire a tricycle to bring you to Babu Santa Beach.

Map of the Top 10 Beaches in the Philippines

Final Thoughts About the Best Beaches in the Philippines

The above list of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines, of course shows only a selection of what this large country has to offer.

With more than 7000 islands, the number of beaches to explore in the Philippines is incredible!

The beaches listed here are largely seen as the top beaches in the country and offer a wide selection, from quiet hidden beaches to popular and lively beaches.

If you have been to the Philippines and would like to recommend any other incredible beaches, feel free to leave a comment below!

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Author: Johanes Godoy
At 23, Johanes left her 8-5 job to pursue a life of travel. When she is not traveling, you can find her typing away at her laptop and looking for the next ‘seat sale’. With a pinch of determination and a spoonful of hard work, she believes that it's possible to travel anywhere. Follow her blog, Wander Era, for travel stories, tips, guides, and inspirations for your next trip!

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