Beaches, Tourist Spots

50 Beach Challenge: Visit the Best Beaches in the Philippines

If you’re a beach bum looking to make the rounds of the best beaches in the Philippines, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s our 50 Beach Challenge, where we recommend one beach for each of the remaining week’s of the year. Make it a checklist and see how many of them you can visit this 2018:

1. Anawangin Cove

Anawangin Cove is perfect for those looking for a quick weekend escape from the city and from internet connectivity. Located in Zambales, Anawangin has no electricity, no WiFi, and no mobile phone signal.

2. Alona Beach

This small stretch of white sand is coupled with clear blue waters, which is why it is such a popular Bohol destination. The nearby coral reefs also make it perfect for snorkeling and diving.

3. Sambauan Island

Getting to experience Sambauan Island’s beautiful white sand beaches require a little patience, as they only appear during low tide. While you wait, explore the island’s ten accessible waterfalls.

4. Fortune Island

This Batangas location is perfect for those looking for Instagram-worthy shots. Aside from its beach, it also has a collection of abandoned spaces and buildings, such as the pillars of a building inspired by the Parthenon.

5. Nacpan Beach

El Nido’s already some way away from Metro Manila, but if you want to put even more distance, head on over to Nacpan Beach. It’s 17 kilometers from El Nido town proper and has unspoilt sugary sand beaches.

6. Cemento Beach

Another surfing and snorkeling spot in Baler is Cemento Beach. Professional surfers can ride the 14-foot high waves that batter the beach, while snorkelers can visit during the calm months from April to June.

7. Duli Beach

(photo via Commons)

If big beach crowds aren’t for you, head over to El Nido’s Duli Beach. The two kilometer stretch of beach often only has a handful of visitors, most of them surfers.

8. Amanpulo

Looking for opulence and exclusivity? Amanpulo is the untouched private island retreat that is a favorite among the Hollywood set.

9. Doljo Beach

Pronounced “dolho”, this beach is where you head if you’re looking for memorable souvenirs as it is littered with beautiful sea shells.

10. Lakawon Island

(photo via Facebook, @lakawonisland)

Looking for a whole island to yourself, but don’t have thousands of pesos to do so? Check out Lakawon Island in Negros Occidental. The 16-hectare island has watersports and a huge floating bar for those looking to party.

11. Maniwaya Island

Less than an hour away by boat from the island of Marinduque, Maniwaya Island is a destination that isn’t crowded that also features coral and white sand.

12. Calitang Beach

Nacpan Beach is half of El Nido’s Twin Beaches, with Calitang Beach making the other half. Just like Nacpan, Calitang’s sugary sand beaches are sure to draw you in.

13. Talipanan Beach

(photo via Commons)

For a beach experience that’s not what you expect, head to Puerto Galera’s Talipanan Beach. It’s littered with abandoned resorts vandalized by graffiti, giving the place a dystopian feel.

14. Snake Island

There’s no need to worry about Snake Island, even if you’re terrified of snakes. The location is named not because it’s infested by snakes, but because of its S-shaped sandbar made up of fine white sand.

15. San Fernando Beach

Another off-the-beaten-path beach you can find in El Nido is San Fernando Beach. It’s 55 minutes away from El Nido town proper and features an unpopulated beach and a virgin forest.

16. Concepcion Islands

(photo via Commons, @PaintedCarpet)

This must-visit Iloilo tourist spot doesn’t just have one white sand beach, it’s got 16. These 16 islands are surrounded by crystal clear waters, majestic mountains, and rock formations.

17. Canibad Beach

Just a 10-minute ferry ride away from Davao City, Samal Island has 60 resorts spread out on its multiple beaches. Canibad is one of those beaches and it’s got coarse cream sand, pebbles and a number of rock formations.

18. Sabang Beach

Baler’s Sabang Beach is known as the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines, so be sure to head there if surfing is an interest. The two kilometer stretch has several surf spots depending on the surfer’s experience level.

19. Commando Beach

Commando Beach is usually part of the El Nido tours offered by agencies, and for good reason. With its vast sandy shore, Commando Beach is perfect for sunbathing, playing sports, or simply luxuriating.

20. White Beach, Puerto Galera

The most popular beach on Puerto Galera is perfect for the beach bum looking for fun under the sun. You can sunbathe, play volleyball, and ride jet skis and banana boats.

21. Dicasalarin Cove

(photo via Shutterstock, @Kristian Maglalang)

This white sand beach in Baler has clear blue waters, rock formations, as well as majestic mountains and hilltops.

22. Marimegmeg Beach

If you don’t want to stray too far from El Nido’s town proper, head to Marimegmeg Beach. It’s a short tricycle ride away and boasts white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and majestic islands nearby.

23. Huma Island

The beach lover with cash to burn can fly to Huma Island. White sand beaches are already expected when it comes to this Palawan location, but it’s kicked up a notch by the resort’s villas. The villas come with a private sun deck, Jacuzzi, and upscale furniture.

24. Apo Island

Dive spots abound in the Philippines, and Apo Island is particularly famous. Aside from its white sand beaches, it’s also a haven for biodiversity, with over 650 documented species of fish and 400 species of coral.

25. Bonbon Beach

Romblon’s Bonbon Beach has fine white sand, clear blue waters, and a beautiful view. Even better, its sunsets are a thing of beauty, turning the sky variants of red and orange.

26. Baling Hai

Don’t give up on Boracay just because you think it’s crowded. Baling Hai is inaccessible to tourists coming from White Beach, so you’re sure everyone there has made the effort.

27. Aglicay Beach

Another Romblon beach worth visiting is Aglicay Beach. The half-kilometer stretch of white sand is surrounded by calm, clean, and green waters.

28. Crystal Cove

Another Boracay destination with fewer crowds is Crystal Cove. Aside from having equally pristine beaches, Crystal Cove has three coves that you can explore.

29. Cabgan Islet

If you’re headed to Surigao del Sur, check out Cabgan Islet. With beautiful sand, clear water, and a fantastic view, it’s definitely worth a visit.

30. Carabao Island

(photo via Instagram, @philippine.islands)

Yet another way to skip the Boracay crowd is to go to the nearby Carabao Island. Not only is it much calmer, but it’s got bluer waters and white sand beaches to rival Boracay.

31. Palani Beach

If you’re looking for peace and quiet when you go to the beach, head on over to Palani Beach. What it lacks in development it makes up for with unspoiled beaches, crystal clear waters, ad a calm breeze.

32. Diniwid Beach

(photo via Instagram, @ourjourneyquelandmatt)

It doesn’t stretch as far as Boracay’s White Beach, but that just means less people to contend with. Even better, it’s got the same white sand and blue waters of the White Beach.

33. White Island Sandbar

You’ll definitely come back to Camiguin after visiting the White Island Sandbar. Every angle is Instagram-worthy, and you can hire boats to explore the surrounding clear blue waters.

34. Alibijaban Island

Getting to Alibijaban Island can take up to seven hours, but what you get in exchange is worth it. It’s got golden to white sand, crystal clear waters, and undisturbed forests.

35. Limasawa Island

Good students of Philippine history know that Limasawa was the location of the first Catholic mass in the country. But good travelers also know that Limasawa has unspoilt, non-touristy white sand beaches.

36. Sikulan Island

Tawi-Tawi isn’t a top of mind tourist destination, but it’s a location people should make an effort to visit. Aside from white sand beaches, you also get to experience the colorful culture of the Badjao.

37. White Beach, Boracay

Sure, everybody’s heard about it, but there’s a reason why it’s so popular: the four kilometer stretch is made up of beautiful white sand that has drawn people from all over the world to it.

38. Corong- Corong Beach

Travelers looking for a romantic rendezvous at a secluded beach can head to Corong- Corong Beach. Most of the time, all you have for company are coconut trees, rock formations, and the sunset.

39. Capones Island

(photo via Instagram, @Callmeandieee)

Looking for a nearby dive spot? Subic Bay’s Capones Island is a two-hour car and boat ride away. It’s got white rocky sand beaches, clear blue waters, and some of the best coral reef diving spots in the country.

40. Ampere Beach

You don’t go to Ampere Beach for fine white sand but for striking views. When waves hit the rocky shoreline it makes an explosive sound, which locals say indicate how intense the weather is going to be.

41. Dungaree Beach

(photo via Instagram, @MonicaRacestheWorld)

This hidden gem in Subic used to be known as Dog Beach and is far cleaner and less crowded than other Subic shores. Aside from its clean water, it’s also got fine sand, a fresh breeze, and a beautiful sunset.

42. Katungkulan Beach

While known as the Boracay of Cavite, Katungkulan Beach isn’t really known for its fine white sand. It’s most famous feature is actually the towering stone wall that’s perfect for Instagram.

43. Panampangan Island

This island in Tawi-Tawi still has few visitors, which is a shame. It’s a breathtaking location, with white sand, towering palm trees, and unspoiled marine life.

44. Gigantes Island

Photo by: 2il org via Flickr

This piece of paradise in Iloilo is a favortie summer destination. It’s easy to see why; it’s got white sand, clear waters, breathtaking views, and raw beauty untouched by development.

45. Starfish Island

One of the attractions in Honda Bay, Starfish Island has white sand beaches and clear waters teeming with starfish.

46. Ursula Island

If you’re looking for something more nature-based when it comes to your beach experience, pick Ursula Island. It’s not just home to a beautiful beach but to some of the country’s rare birds as well.

47. Masasa Beach

(photo via Instagram, @jn.carlo)

Beach bums who like to rough it out can head to Masasa Beach in Batangas. Don’t expect resorts here. Instead, stay in one of the nipa huts that line the area.

48. Sepoc Beach

Traveling with fellow beach bums? Sepoc Beach is owned and operated by Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort and provides a beach center, view deck, and lush greenery.

49. Subic Beach

Sorsogon’s Subic Beach is also known as the Pink Beach because of the pinkish color the sand takes when directly hit by sunlight.

50. Isla Verde

Puerto Galera may be better known, but the nearby Isla Verde has its own charms, especially for divers. It’s stark, rocky beaches are Instagram-ready, and it is also home to several dive sites.

Are you ready for to explore these beautiful beaches? What are you waiting for? Book your trip with Traveloka today!

2 responses to “50 Beach Challenge: Visit the Best Beaches in the Philippines”

  1. Raymark Angelo Ponce says:

    I love the beach, it’s awesome.

  2. Cherry calaminos says:


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