Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Rutherford Gbone1
Philippines Beaches: The best of the best
I get excited every time it’s summer season, because it means that we are going on an out-of-town trip — and my favorite destination, any one of my favorite Phillipine’s beaches.
I just love beaches. Coming from an archipelago of 7,107 islands, and all that water surrounding us, getting tired of the beach is possible. Well, not for me. If i would be given a chance to explore all the beaches here, you bet I would be traveling and island-hopping everyday just to experience first-hand its breathtaking ambiance.
But for now, let me tour you around and show you that it’s more fun in the Philippines when it comes to the best beach destinations. Enjoy!
Top 10 Beaches in the Philippines:
It has always been the favorite place of beach goers to go in the Philippines. White sand, beautiful sunset, lots of water activities, friendly people and cool waters. Boracay is the place for people looking to party, night life at the long beach strip lasts until the wee hours. It is even considered as one of the finest beaches in the world. The island boasts of a mile long beach strip full of hotels, shops and people, both local and foreign.
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
If you’re looking for a place that can be like Hawaii, Pagudpud is the place to visit. Located at the topmost part of Luzon, the strong winds and waves can be compared to that of Hawaii which makes this place often visited by surfers. Pagudpud also has long continuous white sands and inviting beach waters for people looking to just swim. Compared to Boracay, this place is more secluded.
Mactan Island, Cebu
Located in Cebu, this island has one of the most lavish hotels in the counrty. With private beaches, it offers an exciting range of recreation activities and total relaxation, with modern amenities and excellent services; it is a modern tropical island resort. The place provides tourist with great entertainment such as night life activities that will spice up the visit making it a perfect getaway for fun under the sun.
The island is famous for its world class diving locations and is home to numerous tourist resorts. At the pristine Alona Beach, tours can be organized to world famous diving sites, if you love to dive visiting Panglao is the place to be. This place is a tiny island found hidden in it’s bigger nearby island of Bohol.
The place, which rhymes with “come again”, has been known to be one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines because it still seems like a paradise. Some people even consider the place the “Garden of Eden” in the country. Camiguin has a great topography that includes waterfalls, and the hot and cold springs. The place will be mesmerizing and will definitely tempt you to go back.
The very popular Dakak Beach is most known for its beautfiully shaped cove and powdery white sand, and as a diving mecca in Mindanao. Pristine blue waters, excellent dive sites with an abundance of coral reefs, and a magnificent sunset horizon characterize this tropical eden. Dakak Park and Beach Resort boasts 15 hectares of wooded land, a natural reservoir for native plants and animals, and a 750-meter private white-sand beach.
Honda Bay, Palawan
These are islands that surround the capital of the South Western province of Palawan. Among these islands, the tourist can go island hopping, diving and swim on the cool waters. In one of the islands, one can see the variety of fishes without swimming out too deep. Framing the rugged and intriguing coastline of the capital of Palawan, Puerto Princesa City is Honda Bay. Its blue cool waters are dotted with islets that assure one of a pure-pleasure experience. From snorkeling in its clear waters to the more adventurous island hopping within its enclaves to simply having a picnic in the fine sand of its beach areas, Honda Bay is sure to leave a lasting impression on the visitor.
El Nido, Palawan
The place is always known as the country’s last frontier and sometimes “the Island of the Gods”. This place offers great beaches that will take you away from the city life. It is the best place to go if you are looking for peace and serenity. The place offers beautiful landscapes, diving sites, cave explorations, kayaking, water activities and island hopping.
Pearl Farm, Davao
Located at the far south in the city of Davao, lies the premier beach resort know as the Pearl Farm. The place offers more than what you are looking for, with its tranquil and exotic sceneries one cannot ask for a more relaxing and quiet retreat. Blessed with various natural wonders of flora and fauna, the place no longer has the pearls you are looking for, but it is surely an experience you will never forget.
Siargao, Surigao del Norte
The island is a “Surfer’s Dream”. The surfing capital of the Philippines, the island boast of the best surfing conditions in the country. The place offers you waves that can curl up to 12 feet high. Aside from the waves, the place also has beaches that still remain unspoiled by urban lifestyle. Surfers from all over the world put Siargao on their surfing destinations throughout the year.
As the above-mentioned beaches look similar, sometimes you will you find beaches that feature a little something — natural or manmade — that makes it more captivating and sets it apart from the rest. While some of these are hardly unique, they are certainly out of the ordinary.
Here are some of the unusual beach destinations in the Philippines and what makes them special:
Pink Beach, Zamboanga City
Well, just to manage your expectations, it is not bright pink. From afar, it looks like your ordinary white beach but the pink glow becomes more obvious as you come closer. Fringing an edge of Sta. Cruz Grande Island (Great Sta. Cruz Island) in Zamboanga City, the pink particles are pulverized red organ-pipe corals swept to the shore. You’ll also see these bright red corals in the vibrant reef nearby.
Anawangin Cove and Potipot Island, Zambales
If pink sand isn’t odd enough for you, how about volcanic ash spewed out by the mighty Mt. Pinatubo when it was awakened from its long-time sleep in 1991? Anawangin’s coast used to be rocky but was transformed into an ashen beach since. What’s more interesting is that agoho trees — sea pine trees — have risen from it, dominating the landscape. The result: a tropical paradise that fosters a Boracay-meets-Baguio vibe.
Valugan Boulder Beach, Batanes
An active volcano is also responsible for the unusual charm of Valugan Beach in Basco, Batanes. It is not strewn with fine sand but boulders, lots and lots of them, dumped by the neighboring Mt. Iraya during its 1454 eruption. The boulders were rough andesite rocks that were smoothened and polished by the waves and tides. This is just one of the many breathtaking sites in the northernmost province of the country.
Biri Island, Northern Samar
Six massive rock formations speck the coast of Biri Island, one of the 18 islands of the Balicuatro Group in Northern Samar. These rock formations, masterfully sculpted by nature, referee the fierce waters of San Bernardino Strait and the Pacific Ocean. The waves here are gigantic, whipping the rocky shore. There are also natural pools nestled by the shore that are friendlier to swimmers! Biri Island is also a fantastic diving destination so pack your gears.
Laswitan Lagoon, Surigao del Sur
Waterfalls are very common in the Philippines. Saltwater falls? That’s something. In Cortes, Surigao del Sur, there’s a place called Laswitan Lagoon cradled in the middle of a rocky sanctuary. The surrounding rocks are constantly hampered by the ferocious splashes by the Pacific Ocean that the saltwater still manages to overflow into the other side, creating a faux waterfall as it cascades to the lagoon.
Black Island, Palawan
Malajon Island is more popularly known as Black Island for the darker-than-usual imposing limestone cliffs that tower over its white beaches. Located off the coast of Busuanga, this is a usual stop in Calauit tours that can be booked in Coron. The beach is soft, wide, and steep, a mini-mountain range of sparkling sand that slides down into the crystal clear water. Immediately after the shoreline are parts of a Japanese ship that was submerged during World War II. The main hull is not very far, you can see it while snorkeling. The cliffs also bear several caves whose walls are covered in white silica that they sparkle upon contact with light.
That wraps up my take on the best Philippine’s beaches.
What do you think, did I miss any you think should be on the list?