The Philippines is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands and is well known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and emerald green seas.
This exotic destination par excellence for those who want to go diving or for those who prefer basking in the heat in one the most beautiful tropical paradises in the world. It was not easy to choose the “Top 10”, but we believe that those proposed here are the islands that can give you a better concept of this paradise on Earth.
Here is our list of the 10 most beautiful islands and beaches of the Philippines:
1. El Nido Bacuit Bay – Palawan
Dubbed as the “Last Frontier” of the Philippines, El Nido is undoubtedly the last earthly paradise in the South China Sea.
Located in the northern tip of the main island of Palawan, El Nido is a collection of cays and beautiful hidden bays between the white sandstone cliffs which emerge from the emerald-like sea.
El Nido Bacuit Bay is an exclusive destination full of magical landscapes, coral reefs, lagoons and pristine prehistoric caves.
The most beautiful beaches in the world are known to be located on the island of Boracay – one of the favorite destinations of tourists when they travel to the Philippines. “White Beach” is the most popular beach in Boracay. It extends up to 4 kilometers and is lined with resorts, restaurants, and bars; and is also lapped by turquoise waters.
At night, the fun begins and the White Beach comes to life with sand castles by candlelight and cozy restaurants and bars that stay open until dawn.
In other areas of the island, you will find more peaceful and quiet places with deserted beaches, coves, caves, and cliffs overlooking the sea.
The island of Bohol is a tourist destination which is famous for its unique Chocolate Hills. This highlight has over 1,500 perfectly conical hills which were believed to have been formed by a coral reef that emerged during the glacial era. Being a natural gem and serves as home to wildlife, the hills are being protected by the UNESCO. The Chocolate Hills were derived from the characteristic of the hills which turns brown during the dry season.
Aside from the surreal landscape of the Chocolate Hills, Bohol island is also a nature destination where you can get the chance to see the nocturnal tarsiers – one of the smallest monkeys in the world.
The island also offers caves, white sandy beaches, clear waters, and waterfalls hidden in its rich rainforest. You may stay in resorts that overlook the beautiful Alona Beach on the island of Panglao, south of Bohol. Panglao is the ideal place to stay for those who love marine activities which include dolphin and whale watching, diving, and snorkeling.
4. Siargao Island
Siargao is the surfing capital of the Philippines and is located about 800 kilometers southeast of Manila. Thanks to its optimal conditions, forming gigantic waves which surfers can’t resist.
The island also offers beautiful natural attractions even for non-surfers such as white beaches, mangrove forests rich with wildlife, well-preserved coral reefs, and turquoise lagoons to swim in peace.
5. Camiguin Island – Mindanao
Due to the presence of Mount Hibok-Hibok which is still active and six more volcanoes, the Island of Camiguin is believed to be “an Island Born by Fire”.
It is a veritable Garden of Eden because of its waterfalls and hot springs hidden in the rainforest; as well as its white beaches that make a striking contrast with the lush green mountains.
Visitors of Camiguin remain hypnotized by its exotic charm and will surely find it hard to pack up and leave.
6. Tubbataha Reef – Palawan
From the moment that divers discovered Tubbataha Reefs in late 1970, it has been recognized as one of the most beautiful reefs of the planet and was, later, declared as a patrimony of humanity by UNESCO.
Because of its isolated location, Tubbataha can only be accessed by liveaboard cruise. Scuba divers can explore the unspoiled underwater world and its extraordinary biodiversity.
7. Pamalican Island – Palawan
The small yet beautiful Pamalican Island that is lapped by Sulu Sea is surrounded by white beaches and 7km of pristine coral reef.
The Amanpulo Resort is located on this private island and is only accessible by private charter flight. Amanpulo is an exclusive tropical getaway with the “Casitas” features located on the seafront of or between the treetops.
8. Samal Island – Davao
The archipelago of the Islands of Samal is composed of nine islands where the Island of Samal is the most popular.
In recent years, the Island of Samal has increasingly gained fame due to its coastline of 118km of white beaches.
In addition to its idyllic beaches, the island of Samal offers unique landscapes with transparent lagoons, rainforests, and rock formations. A wide range of hotels and resorts on the island provide the perfect accommodation for all types of tourists.
9. Bantayan Island – Cebu
The island of Bantayan was defined as the quietest version of Boracay.
It is located off the northern tip of Cebu, Bantayan is known for its white beaches, crystal clear waters, and the friendly local people.
Probably one of the best things about the island of Bantayan is the tranquility. Its beaches are smaller and less crowded than those of Boracay.
10. Coron and Calamianes Archipelago – Palawan
Coron, Busuanga, Culion, and Sangat – these are just some of the islands that make up the archipelago of Calamianes which counts more than a hundred islands.
The sea of Calamianes can be defined as an aquarium in the open air where you can find strange creatures such as Dugongs (sea cows) that roam in the area from March to June. There are also sea turtles, rays, tropical fish, and various corals with psychedelic colors.
Not to mention the mysterious Kayangan Lake – a green-blue lagoon surrounded by rainforest and breathtaking cliffs which casts a spell on all of its visitors.