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10 Best Beaches In The Philippines—Ranked!

Your guide to the ultimate summer spots in the country.
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Now that summer’s here, it’s time to start planning out your beach trips. But with so many to choose from, where do you even start? Lucky for you, we think you deserve the best. And so, we’ve compiled a list of the country’s top beaches. Whether you’re into relaxing with a drink in a comfortable paradise, or more into off-the-beaten-path discoveries, we’ve got you covered.

  1. Basdaku Beach, Cebu

    Located in Moalboal, Cebu, Basdaku Beach is a one-kilometer stretch of powder white sand lined with eateries and shops to cater to visitors’ needs. Lapping onto the wide beach are crystalline blue waters, where you can enjoy activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and boat rides. On the sand, you can play volleyball, or go fishing for your dinner! Resorts on this beach range from affordable to high end.

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  2. Salagdoong Beach, Siquijor

    Travelers who love to be active will enjoy what Salagdoong has to offer. Located in a remote part of the island, and hidden from the road by tall mahogany trees, the sand here is a bit rough, but the real draw is the deep emerald waters that house a healthy reef. Come here with an intention to be in those waters rather than on the beach. Their cliff jumping is an especially popular attraction with tourists.

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  3. Tinalisayan Island, Masbate

    Who doesn’t love a gorgeous sandbar? One of the Philippines’ most beautiful ones is hidden in Masbate. Almost too small to be called an island, many refer to Tinalisayan as an islet. Whatever the technical term is – it’s gorgeous. With unspoiled white sand , stunning rock formations, and absolutely no developments on it, Tinalisayan is what comes to mind when you think of a deserted Pacific paradise. The island can be accessed via a series of boat rides that start in Camarines Sur.

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  4. Naked Island, Siargao

    Because of an influx of direct flights from Manila, Siargao is now easier than ever to access. But don’t let that fool you. This place is not anywhere near being overly commercialized, the way some other favorite beach spots are. Take Naked Island, for example. There’s nothing on it – not even plants or trees! This is the perfect place to visit for those who want a serene experience in nature.

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  5. Paoay Sand Dunes, Laoag

    Just an hour plane ride from Manila, Laoag is one of the most naturally beautiful and historically rich parts of the country. There’s so much to do and see here, and of course, the beach is no exception. While the waters are sometimes too choppy to swim in, it’s the beach activities that are worth doing here. In particular, the sand dunes make for a thrilling adventure. You can explore them on an ATV or from the back of a jeep (while standing!). You can even surf down the steepest of the dunes!

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  6. Guisi Beach, Guimaras

    Travelers who want to learn more about Philippine history should add Guisi Beach in Guimaras to their itinerary. Its golden sands and emerald waters are naturally protected by the rock formations that make up this cove – making the waves gentle for easy swimming. And while the beach itself is definitely nice, one of the draws of this location is the Guisi Lighthouse. Built in the 1700s, it is the second oldest lighthouse in the Philippines. You’ll not only get a new perspective on the beaches below, but on our country’s past as well.

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  7. Calayan Island, Cagayan

    Calayan Island is located in the north of Luzon, just before the Batanes Islands. It is technically a part of Cagayan province, but it belongs in a world of its own. This largely unexplored destination boasts green seawater are home to dolphins, humpback whales, and other majestic creatures. On land, be sure to check out Sibang Cove, where you can join any of the adventure activities in the area, or simply enjoy the breathtaking geology as you lounge in the sand.

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  8. Nacpan Beach, Palawan

    Nacpan Beach is one famed El Nido’s most beautiful locations. You can discover it through one of the many inland tours offered, or, for the more adventurous, you can rent a motorbike to get there! The white sand stretches over 4 kilometers. It is lined with coconut palms, providing refreshing shade for when you’re out of the teal waters. On a clear day, this spot will also give you one of the best sunset views of your life!

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  9. Alona Beach, Bohol

    On the southwestern side of Panglao Island in Bohol, Alona Beach boasts white sand, blue water, and luxe amenities. Whether you’re interested in joining the world-class diving tours or sipping a fruity frozen cocktail on the sand – this is the perfect vacation spot. Go with a group of friends or on a romantic getaway. Either way, this trip will be unforgettable!

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  10. Smith Point Beach, Palawan

    This iconic location in Coron is celebrated around the world for being one of the best beaches, not just in the Philippines, but internationally as well. Nestled in a bay dotted with limestone karst formations, Smith Point is only 100 meters in length. But if you feel crowded, just jump into the crystal clear water for a refreshing swim, or a snorkeling adventure through an otherworldly reef.

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