Not Your Typical Yet Must-Visit Beaches in the Philippines
As an archipelago, the Philippines boasts of some of the most stunning beaches and is considered as a beach bum’s heaven. Endowed with pristine waters and impressive ecosystems and wildlife both above and below the sea, the country’s beaches surely do not disappoint. Even one day spent on one beach walking the white sands, diving into the blue waters, and listening to the wind breeze and splash of the waves is enough to convert any beach-hater into a beach-lover. And if you’re uncertain about which beaches you should visit, here are some of the country’s top yet “raw” beaches to help you decide. These beaches are quite popular locally and are not as commercialised as other attractions:
El Nido Beach
El Nido is located at the municipality of El Nido in Palawan and is quite famous for its white sand beaches and beautiful coral reefs. You can also find Miniloc Island in its immediate vicinity, which is known for its crystal clear waters and attractions such as the Big and Small Lagoon.
The island of El Nido is easily accessible thanks to the number of flights, tour packages, and even public transportation vehicles.
Coron, Palawan boasts of enjoyable deep blue waters and mesmerizing tall limestone cliffs. You can also see and observe wildlife in different island attractions such as the Kingfisher Park — a mangrove and bird haven, and dive with diverse fishes at the Barracuda Lake.
You can fly into Coron via the Coron-Busuanga Airport, with most flights averaging 1 hour travel time. From the airport, you can easily reach the Coron town proper and your hotel via a number of public transport options.
Panglao offers an extraordinary and memorable experience of white-sand beach and crystal clear waters. This beach appeals to divers looking to explore diverse and rich marine ecosystems.
Panglao is easily accessible via flights from the capital city of Manila, and ferries from the southern city of Cebu.
If you’re looking for white-sand beaches and calm waters that’s not crowded with tourists, then Bantayan is the right spot for you. Aside from a beautiful beach, the island offers reasonably-priced resorts and delicious seafood.
You can reach Bantayan by flying into the Cebu-Mactan International Airport and traveling by land to the Hagnaya Port, then catching a ferry to the island.
Kalanggaman Island is an uninhabited island paradise wherein visits are also regulated to ensure the island’s protection and preservation. It boasts of a sparkling white sandbar surrounded by vast blue waters that are both thrilling to see and experience.
You can reach the island by flying into the Tacloban Airport from the capital city of Manila or Cebu city. You can then travel by land to Palonpon, Leyte for 3 hours and take a 1-hour ferry ride to the island. You can also catch a ferry from Cebu and reach the island in 2 hours.
Siquijor Island had a reputation of being home to witchcraft and other Filipino mystical creatures. But thanks to the Internet, it is now famous for its stunning beaches and mystical coves.
You can reach the island via the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport and a ferry. Total travel time takes around 1 hour or more.
Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Caramoan is popular for its white sand beaches that are largely undeveloped and uncommercialised. The island also boasts of towering limestone cliffs that closely resembles a citadel.
You can reach Caramoan via a plane ride from either Manila or Cebu to the Naga-Pili Airport. You can then travel for 1 hour and 45 minutes to the Sabang Port. You can explore and visit the island via a number of tour packages.
Guests would love the fact that Pagudpud offers two attractions in one area: the east side is the haven known as the Mairaira Beach — a white sand beach with lagoons and big waves that are perfect for a day of surfing. While the west side offers a scenic beach made complete with golden sunsets.
You can reach Pagudpud by flying into the Laoag National Airport and travel for 1.5 hours to the area.