Needless to say, I’m a beach lover, and Philippines is the best place to be! Having a variety of affordable tourist attractions with beautiful wonders of nature, it’s a paradise for me! 🙂 Here are the Philippine beaches I’ve been to, ranked from my most favorite by far (along with the activities/nearby destinations).
For those asking – we usually book our lodging via Agoda, considering its reviews,rating and price.
A. El Nido – I fell in love with this! Being my fave, I have a separate post for this: https://jennyteodoro.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/el-nido/
B. Coron. This is pretty much like El nido, and nature lovers will definitely have a blast exploring the gorgeous islands, lakes and lagoons surrounded by amazing rock formations. The beach is white and powdery, the water is clear and is great for snorkeling.
Coron Island Loop Tour (includes Kayangan Lake) +Maquinit hotspring + Banana & Malcapuya Island + Mt. Tapyas.
how to get there: Plane from Manila to Coron/Busuanga.
for tours, you could book it at the hotel
C. Puerto Princesa. Underground River is truly a sight to see, but I wasn’t a fan of the Honda Bay.I don’t have much pictures inside the cave because it’s very dark and flash is not encouraged.
how to get there: plane from Manila to Puerto Princesa
for tours, you could book it at the hotel
2.Boracay. This is a place you’d love to go back to because of its beautiful beach and convenience and a lot of stuff that can be done. Thrilling and fun activities (island hop, snorkeling, parasail, zorb, flyfish, reefwalk, ATV, sky cycle) + yummy foods + massage by the beach+ beautiful sunset + night life.
how to get there: plane from Manila to Caticlan, or Manila to Kalibo + 2hr van ride
for activities, you would see various tour operators outside the hotels
3. Calaguas (& Basgasbas). White powdery sand, clear water, and beautiful sunset that you could view at the top of the hill. With nothing much to do (unlike the other beaches where there are restaurants, island hopping, water sports, etc.), this is definitely beach bumming at its best. The only thing I don’t like is the long land and sea travel. After Calaguas, you could also drop by Bagasbas which is a good place to surf, with big, unending waves that you’d be stoked!
how to get there: 6hr van or bus ride from Cubao to Vinzons or Daet, around 500php fare. You could also book package tour from Hullabaloo, they can arrange the transpo and meals for you, around 3000php per head 2d/1n.
4. Oslob-Dumaguete-Siquijor. These are places you could go in 1 trip (maybe 4 days) and definitely have a lot of adventures! Cancuaay private beach + Tumalog falls via habal-habal + Sumilon Island bar + Oslob whaleshark watching + swimming with turtles at Apo Island + Siquijor tour (beach, cliff dive, tarzan swing and catch that mystical sunset).
how to get there: Nearest airport is Dumaguete. You could also go via Cebu airport then 3hr bus ride to Oslob. It’s less than an hour ferry ride in between Oslob to Dumaguete and Dumaguete to Siquijor. We did this as DIY. There are a lot of tour operators you’d see when you get to Oslob and Siquijor (usually in habal-habal or tricycle).
5. Panglao/Bohol. Island hopping + chocolate hills + bohol bee farm + man-made forest + Danao free-fall plunge.
how to get there: plane from Manila to Bohol or Tagbilara airport. then it’s more convenient to book package tours or van rental.
6. Mactan Cebu. Good food, nice facilities and water sports activities.
7. Bukidnon, CDO, Camiguin. This cluster could also be done in 1 trip. Dahilayan zipline + white water rafting + island hopping.
8. Pagudpod. There are a lot of popular tours that can be done in Ilocos (North & South) such as Marcos Musem, Paoay church, streets of Crisologo, bell tower, wind mills, weaving neighbourhood, clay-pottery, Baluarte etc. and Pagudpod beach, also known as Boracay of the North. I don’t have enough pictures though because I visited when I was just in college and I haven’t started my love for photography yet. I want to go back specially that I haven’t tried the sand dunes surfing.
10. Baler & La Union. With a strip of resorts in the beach front, Baler and La Union are both known for surfing that’s near Manila. Baler also has the famous Balete tree and there are also falls you could trek to. La Union offers a lot of food trip areas specially at night, with bands playing. Depends on the weather however, the waves sometimes might not be that good for surfing.
11. Zambales (Anawangin, Capones, Camara, Potipot, San Narciso). I don’t have high res photos for these as I went many years ago and have no camera yet. These are good beaches for swimming, near Manila, about 2-3 hours (except for Potipot which I think is over-rated). I love Capones most because of its clear water perfect for swimming and beach is quite fine. Anawangin is known for as camping site surrounded by pine/agoho trees.
12. Batangas. Great for a quick weekend escapade from manila, being 3 hrs away only. Beach is not that great, but would do.
A. Punta Fuego: https://jennyteodoro.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/travel-punta-fuego-batangas/
C. Anvaya Cove. The facilities,service & foods are really good. This can be accessed by members/guest of members only.
13. Borawan. Maybe my least favorite because it was far than expected, and there’s nothing much to do but beach bum, and I got stung by a jelly fish.
14. Guimaras. We just stayed over the weekend and sadly we haven’t found a spot nearby that’s really good for swimming.