Top 5 Beaches in the Philippines You Can Explore

The Philippines is composed of over 7,107 beautiful islands which is why it is considered an archipelago. Many tourists and travelers from all over the world travel for very long hours just to see what the Philippines has to offer. The country has many great delicacies and also rich historical sights. But the main reason why foreigners are going to the Philippines is not just about the people and culture but also about the beautiful beaches.


If you are interested to know more about the beautiful country of the Philippines then you are definitely on the right page.

Here are the top 5 beaches in the Philippines that you will totally love:

Borcay, Philippines
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Who doesn’t know Boracay? With its white sand and beautiful atmosphere, it’s pretty much one of the best islands there is. Boracay is known to the world because of its natural beauty. Boracay is located in the province of Aklan in the Visayan region. Before you can visit Boracay, you have to go to Manila first, and then from there, you may take a flight to Boracay. Flight duration from Manila: 45 minutes to 1 hour.

There are a lot of activities you can try in Boracay and they are the following:

  • Banana Boating
  • fly-fishing
  • Helmet Diving
  • Island Hopping
  • Parasailing
  • Sunset Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-up Paddling
  • Jetskiing
  • Kitesurfing and much more.


CORON PALAWAN, Philippines
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Coron is considered a first-class municipality in the province of Palawan. Coron is located in the southeast part of a huge and bigger island called Busuanga. It actually serves as the jump-off point to beautiful and historic sights and getaways in the Calamian Group of Islands. Flight duration from Manila: 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Some of the most popular attractions in Coron are the following:

  • Coron hot spring
  • Shipwreck dives
  • Barracuda Lake
  • Kayangan Lake
  • Mt. Tapyas and much more.


EL NIDO PALAWAN, Philippines
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Another beautiful island in the Philippines that is also located in the province of Palawan is El Nido. El Nido is known for its beautiful beaches that you may explore through its island hopping services. El Nido is also a first-class municipality in Palawan and the number of tourists visiting the place blew up throughout the past five years. Going to this island can be quite pricey but there are ways to bag the cheap accommodations. Flight duration from Manila: 45 minutes to 1 hour.

El Nido offers great tour packages and they are the following:

  • Tour A – Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, 7 Commando Beach
  • Tour B – Snake Island, Pinagbuyatan Island, Entalula Beach, Cudugnon Cave, Snorkeling Site
  • Tour C – Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Star Beach, Hidden Beach
  • Tour D – Ipil Beach, Cadlao Lagoon, Paradise Beach, Pasandigan Beach, Natnat Beach, Bukal Beach


CARAMOAN, Philippines
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In the lower eastern part of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of the Philippine archipelago lies a beautiful island called Caramoan. It is a first-class municipality that has a 4,000-hectare limestone forest. Caramoan has one of the perfect white sand beaches and it is definitely a must-see place. Caramoan is also known because it is where Survivor shot their Fans vs Favorites season and it has been broadcasted on worldwide television back in 2011. Because of that, the number of visitors skyrocketed and it is a good thing for the people of Caramoan. Flight duration from Manila: 45 minutes to 1 hour.

The activities that you can do in Caramoan are the following:

  • Climb the Rock Cliff at Matukad Island
  • Go to the Shrine of Our Lady
  • Visit Paniman Beach
  • Go to Parish Church of St. Michael the Archangel
  • Bird Watching
  • Visit Layahan Waterfalls


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Lastly, Siargao. Surigao is located in the Philippine Sea and it is known for its tear-drop shape. Siargao is also known as the “surfing capital of the Philippines” which is why professionals or aspiring surfers are paving their way to this beautiful island to try out the activities that they are offering. Flight duration from Manila: 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Top activities in Siargao include the following:

  • Go to Magpupungko Beach
  • Cloud 9
  • Go Surfing
  • Visit Taktak Falls
  • Go to Daku Island

Truly, the Philippines is composed of many beautiful islands. The ones above are just some of the best and there’s more to the Philippines than just beaches. The Philippines should definitely be part of your bucket list!

Mark Aldrin Hipolito is a daytime writer for Holiday Inn Parramatta, one of Australia’s modern and luxurious hotels in the suburban district. Mark Aldrin gives hotel tips and hacks to help people make the most out of their vacation.

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6 thoughts on “Top 5 Beaches in the Philippines You Can Explore”

  1. Ah, this Filipina has not been to any of these beaches. I must make a plan next time I’m back “home”. My home in Africa is a tad far but will make a plan. May I share this in my Food | Travel | Tour blog?

      1. Oops, I just realized I don’t know how to share it without a re-blog button. I’ll share for now via Twitter and on my FB page. 🙂 Thanks.

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