Boracay may be a top-of-mind local beach destination to many, but the Philippines' archipelagic state makes it a haven for other tropical havens.
Whether it's to escape the crowds or concrete jungles, the country's versatile beaches are always here. We round up some of the standout ones for your next beach getaway!
1. Gigantes Island, Iloilo
Fast becoming a traveler's favorite in Iloilo, Gigantes Island is a secluded getaway known for its white beaches, stunning rock formations, and marine life. Only minutes away from the island lies Cabugao Gamay, a postcard-worthy islet with a vantage point for viewing the coast. It even earned a place in Forbes Magazine's “Most Beautiful Places in the World” list!
How to Get There: Fly to Roxas City and board a van going to the town of Carles. At Bancal port in Carles, there are boats that offer island hopping to Gigantes Island and surrounding islands such as Cabugao Gamay.
Stay at: Solina Beach & Nature Resort
Solina Beach & Nature Resort is Carles' first and only luxury resort. It boasts opulent beachfront glamping accommodations and three outdoor pools only 10 minutes away from Bancal port.
Experience a glamping stay that blends luxury and comfort at this newly opened resort here!
2. Sumilon Island, Cebu
As the Philippines' first marine-protected area, Sumilon Island offers unparalleled wonders both above and underwater: superb dive sites with black tip sharks, a 24-hectare forested white beach, lagoons teeming with caves and mangroves, and a bird habitat.
The most popular feature of the island is a sugary sandbar that changes its position depending on the season. A tranquil lake can be found at one tip and a cliffside on the other.
How to Get There: Fly to Cebu and go to the South Bus terminal. Board an Oslob-bound bus and in Oslob, rent an outrigger boat that can take you to Sumilon Island.
Stay at: Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
The only resort in Sumilon Island, Bluewater Sumilon affords you exclusivity and direct access to the island's best attractions such as the historic lighthouse or baluarte at the southern tip, natural lakes and lagoons, a trek-worthy cliff, and a gorgeous infinity pool that overlooks aquamarine waters.
Experience the signature Bluewater hospitality at this island resort here!
3. Caramoan, Bicol
Tucked away from the rest of Camarines Sur, Caramoan is a peninsular island with tranquil lagoons, deep gorges, coral-rich coves, and a 4,000-hectare limestone forest that is a vital biodiversity area. If you're lucky, you might also spot a green racket-tail!
How to Get There: Fly or take a bus to Naga. From the Naga Bus Terminal, take a van to Sabang port, where you will board a public outrigger boat to Guijalo Port. At Guijalo port, you can charter a tricycle that goes to Caramoan town or directly to Bikal port where boats are available for island hopping.
Stay at: Tugawe Cove Resort
Nestled in a secluded cove in Caramoan, Tugawe Cove Resort offers plush hilltop and lakeside casitas, full-board meals on the beach, and a breathtaking infinity pool overlooking the islands.
Discover one of the Philippines' best-kept tropical treasures here!
4. Siquijor Island
The only province in Central Visayas without an airport, part of what comprises Siquijor's mystic charm is its seclusion. Consider it as a blissful luxury that you will enjoy as you bask in its immaculate beaches. During the weekends, it's easy to spot an uncrowded white beach here. Its port in Siquijor (a town similar in name) is also where you can have the beach all to yourself.
How to Get There: Siquijor can be accessed by fast craft ferry from Cebu (from Cebu City or from southernmost Santander), Dumaguete, and Bohol. From Larena or Siquijor port, tricycles can take you the various beaches and marine sanctuaries around the whole island. This includes Kagusuan Beach, Salagdoong Beach, Paliton Beach, Tulapos, and Tubod.
Stay at: Infinity Heights Resort
Perched on a hill in Pili, Infinity Heights Resort hosts a beautiful outdoor pool and three luxury cottages. It's where you can have an impressive bird's eye view of the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, and Negros Oriental.
5. Danjungan Island, Negros Occidental
A protected rainforest and marine sanctuary, Danjugan Island has five lagoons and reef systems, which are beloved by divers for its abundance of corals, fishes, clams, sea turtles, and baby sharks. Its dense forests are home to birds, bats, and coconut crabs.
How to Get There: Take a plane to Bacolod and board a van going to Bulata. From there, you will have to take the 15-minute boat transfer to the island.
Stay at: Punta Bulata
This eco-friendly resort has solar-powered rooms that rest on the beach and is located close to one of the island's most famous diving spots.
Plan your next beach escape in Central Visayas at this eco-friendly resort here!
6. Anguib Beach, Sta. Ana, Cagayan Valley
A trip to Sta. Ana at the Philippines' northern-eastern island reveals rugged landscapes, lush mangrove forests, pristine seas, and a remote 7,145-hectare island that is an acclaimed National Marine Reserve. A must-see is Anguib Beach, a two-kilometer beach strip with cream sand and agoho trees.
How to Get There: Drive or take a bus or a plane to Tuguegarao, then a van or bus bound for Sta. Ana. At the Sta. Ana Commercial Center, hail a tricycle to take you to San Vicente port, where you can hire an outrigger boat going to Anguib Beach and nearby islands like Palaui.
Stay at: Anguib Beach Club
Situated on the beach, Anguib Beach Club offers rustic air-conditioned rooms and upscale glamping tents whose interiors are reminiscent of country houses.
7. Long Beach, San Vicente, Palawan
While Coron and El Nido are Palawan's most popular beaches, a remote paradise can be found in the quiet town of San Vicente. The Long Beach has the longest stretch of white sand beach in the country, reaching 14.5 kilometers. It's 3 times longer than that of Boracay!
How to Get There:
From Puerto Princesa Airport, ride a trike to San Jose Terminal. From there, take a 3-4 hour bus ride to San Vicente. From the town proper, you can take a motorcycle tour of the beaches.
Stay at: Club Agutaya
This eco-friendly boutique resort prides itself on its use of sustainable operations. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed with all the amenities you'll need for a restful stay. The freshwater infinity pool overlooks the stunning view of the ocean.
Discover one of Palawan's best-kept beach gems at this stunning eco-friendly resort here!
8. Calaguas Island, Camarines Norte
Calaguas Island is best known for its chalky beaches and vibrant reefs, particularly that of Tinaga Island that has a beautiful one-kilometer white beach. A trek up the hills surrounding the island offers travelers a panoramic vista of Calaguas and the sun sinking into the sea.
How to Get There: Board a bus or drive to Daet, then make your way to Vinzons port (jeepneys are available for public commuters) where you can rent a boat to take you to Calaguas. Alternatively, you can shorten travel time by flying to Naga and then taking a van to Daet.
Stay at: Waling Waling Eco-Village Calaguas
Nestled in the shores of Tinaga Island, Waling Waling Eco-Village Calaguas merges serenity and luxury with its solar and wind-powered beachfront cabanas and kubols that rests just a few meters from snorkeling sites.
Experience the islands' serene and unspoiled beauty here!
9. Bantayan Island, Cebu
Imagine coconut-fringed white shores that dip gently into shallow, crystalline waters. That's exactly what you will get in Bantayan Island! Situated on the northeastern coast of Cebu, this idyllic hideaway's powdery sands can rival Boracay's any day.
How to Get There: Fly to Cebu and head to the North Bus Terminal. Board a Ceres bus to Hagnaya port, where you will find boats that can take you to the Santa Fe port in Bantayan Island.
Stay at: Kota Beach Resort
At Kota Beach Resort, you'll enjoy spacious and minimalist beachfront suites and cottages with large verandas that open to a view of Bantayan's dramatic sunset.
10. Alubihod Beach, Guimaras Island
Probably as sweet as Guimaras' famous mangoes are its unspoiled beach destinations like Alubihod Beach. Though it's a free-for-all beach, you'd be surprised to see its clean pinkish shores and cerulean waters.
How to Get There: Take a flight to Iloilo, then a van to SM City from the airport. Take a cab to Parola, where you can board a pump boat to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. Alubihod Beach is accessible by tricycle from Jordan Wharf.
Stay at: Andana Resort
This newly opened Meditteranean-inspired luxury resort offers easy access to white sand beaches and an impressive infinity pool that stretches out in the middle of the property.
11. Sabang Beach, Baler
A staple destination for surfers is Sabang Beach in Baler, which boasts nine-meter high waves. Enjoy a view of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and nearby islets as you ride Baler's famous waves.
How to Get There: The five-hour drive to Baler is a scenic one, passing through mountainous Nueva Vizcaya, although you have to maneuver for two hours on hairpin curves. Those who want a more relaxed trip often opt for a five-hour nonstop bus ride through Genesis' Joybus, which can be found at the EDSA-Cubao terminal.
Stay at: Costa Pacifica
The most popular deluxe resort on Sabang Beach, Costa Pacifica is fully equipped with lavish facilities, including three pools, a kids' area, and a restaurant that is acclaimed for its exceptional all-day buffet.
Wake up to a spectacular sight of Baler at this popular beachfront resort here!
12. Patar Beach, Bolinao, Pangasinan
Situated along the West Philippine Sea, Patar Beach offers serene pockets of cream-colored beaches and the best sunset view in Pangasinan. Island hop to nearby beaches, such as Surip Beach, Fabrica Beach, and Polipol Island for snorkeling and cliff diving.
How to Get There: Various bus lines ply the Manila – Bolinao route, which takes around six hours. Charter a tricycle to Patar Beach after the bus makes its last stop in Bolinao. Or, just drive straight from Manila to Patar.
Stay at: Oldwoods by the Sea Nature Resort
Make the best of your Bolinao experience by staying in Oldwoods by the Sea Nature Resort in the adjacent town of Bani. Admire the gorgeous views of the West Philippine Sea from the swanky pool and jacuzzi. And did you know that their 22 well-appointed rooms are also fashioned from wood salvaged from old churches and riverbeds?
Revel in a rustic escape at this Pangasinan gem here!
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