The Best Beaches in the Philippines

What do we want?!

Best Beaches in the PhilippinesWhite sand! Perfect waters! Tropical paradise! The best beaches in the world!

And when do we want it?

We want it now! (Or whenever we’re lucky enough to go on vacation.)

There’s nothing else that takes us to our happy place instantly like a visit to the beach. In fact, it’s scientifically proven that even a few hours at a beach lowers stress levels, helps us sleep better, and makes us feel more positive.

There’s also a whole lot of fun stuff we can do at the beach. Some like to swim, snorkel, scuba dive, fish, surf, collect seashells (don’t do that), walk up and down the sand picking up any trash (do that instead), build sand castles, and run or exercise.

Others (like me) love to just soak in the healing waters, lay in the sand, or take a snooze in a hammock by the beach, possibly with one or eight adult beverages in a coconut shell within reach.

Either way, is going to enable your inner beachaholic with this ongoing series where we review the best beaches in the countries we’re visiting.

Today, we’ll talk about the best beaches in the Philippines. That means we have a LOT of choose from, as the Philippines is the largest archipelago on earth, made up of 7,500 islands with an insane amount of coastline to choose from.

Here are your AllWorld top 10 Philippines beaches (in no particular order):

1. Boracay
No list of Philippines beaches would be complete without mentioning Boracay, which has been named the best island in the world with its 3-mile stretch of powdery white sand. However, overcrowding and idiot tourist have nearly wrecked its delicate ecosystem, and the island is closed for six months while they try to address those concerns.

2. Virgin Island, Paradise Beach Bantayan
I have to say that Bantayan Island is one of my favorite places in the whole world for its balanced, beautiful, and chill vibe. Virgin Island is spotless for a day or overnight trip, and a bike ride out to Paradise Beach for sunset is well worth it.

3. El Nido, Palawan
Palawan has been named the top island in the world, and El Nido is one of the main reasons, with daily island hopping to some breathtaking remote beaches.

4. Coron Island, Palawan
If El Nido is an A, then Coron is an A+, but less crowded and more wild since it’s a smaller island far north of the mainland Palawan.

5. Panglao Island, Bohol
Panglao has nice clean, white sand and is plenty big. It also is easily accessible and has better infrastructure (like Wi-Fi) than most on the list.

6. Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte
The surfing capital of the Philippines also has its share of tasty beaches.

7. Mactan Island, Cebu
While I’m not a big fan of Cebu at all – especially the city – you will find an oasis in the island of Mactan, but only if you stay at the super expensive Movenpick, Strand, or other luxury resorts where the beaches are great.

8. Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley

9. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

10. Sta.Cruz, Zamboanga
This beach is one of the most remarkable in the world because the sand is not only flawless but pink! Seriously, the sand is bright pink, as it’s made from ground-up seashells. The only problem is that it’s in a hazardous area with kidnappings and Muslim extremists so maybe skip this one.

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Norm Schriever is a blogger, Amazon best-sellling author, cultural mad scientist, and enemy of the comfort zone. His work appears in the Huffington Post,, Good Morning America, The Anderson Cooper Show on CNN, NBC, MSN, Yahoo,, and media all around the world.
Norm grew up in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut, where he was never accused of overstudying. After expatriating to Costa Rica in 2011, he started traveling the world and documenting what he saw. He now lives in Southeast Asia, writing his heart out and working with local charities.

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