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Best beaches in the Philippines

One can call The Philippines as a paradise on Earth because of its beautiful beaches, rich flora and fauna, diverse biodiversity and for its more than 7000 islands. More than 2000 of these islands are habitant making it a perfect destination for people who want to spend their time in solace. I would say, this is that destination for someone who has been dreaming of a postcard vacation. The crystal clear turquoise water and with white sand beaches spread across miles with palm trees along with it makes it more picturesque. No wonder it was listed as of those 17 megadiverse countries in the year 1998. If you are looking for a laid back and tropical type climate, then there are certainly more chances that you might end up choosing the Philippines. And this is one small effort to help with the Best Beaches in the Philippines.

El Nido, Palawan:

El Nido refers to nest in Spanish, and this island got its name from the nest that Swiftlets build on the limestones cliffs. El Nido is also famous for its Bacuit Archipelago. It is because of these beautiful limestones formations in the azure water; El Nido is an Epitome of paradise on Earth. This beach also serves the adventure seeker in you. The beach offers the best Diving & snorkelling experience.

Sunset in El Nido
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Boracay, Aklan:

Boracay is best known for its beaches and resorts. On the western side, this island is covered with palm trees and the eastern side of the island a lot windier, making it best suited for all the major water activities. This beach is so popular among the tourists that the government had to shut it down for more than six months to bring it back to former glory. Now tourists are allowed in limited number daily. There are a number of small boats that can take you in the middle of the sea. With the sunset, the live music on the beach kicks in providing that extra boost to shake a leg after a tiresome day. The nightlife here on this beach is very lively. Ensure that you visit one of the best beaches in the Philippines.

White sandy beach in Boracay
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Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is just a three-hour drive from Manila and is the best alternate for Boracay island if you are short on budget or time. This island is also a UNESCO protected site since 1973. This 4 km long coastal line has the densest marine life and is best known for scuba diving and likely called as the diving capital of the Philippines. Though the best season is between April to June, we would recommend you to in the offseason. Mind you it is cold during the offseason, but this is the time when this place is less crowded and gives you the best experience. Apart from Scuba diving, this beach is best known for swimming, snorkelling, relaxation and sailing.

Puerto galera beach view
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Samal Island, Davao City

This island is almost 1400km away from Manila, so to reach this island one has to fly into Davao City. From there, this island is easily accessible. This island is best known for its development when compared to other islands. One can find all the top resorts brands like Kaputian Beach Resort, Paradise Island and the famous Pearl Farm on this island. There are more than 70 resorts on this island, so depending on your budget you can pick choose these resorts. Samal island is also one of the very few islands in the Philippines which has both Pink and white sand beaches under its name. Apart from the major water activities, Montfort Bats Conservation Park is on the must-visit places as it holds the Guinness world record for the most number of fruit bats in one cave.

Samal Island
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Coron Island, Palawan:

On the Off coast of Busuanga is where Coron is situated. With white-sand beaches, Limestone cliffs and close to seven mountain lakes, this island is a gem of beauty in itself. Like other islands, even this island has all the major water sports activities but scuba diving here stands out. In fact, Forbes travels magazine rated scuba diving to be among the top 10 scuba diving sites in the world.

Behind majestic rock formations, there is a secret beach which is a paradise in itself. It has a secret lagoon surrounded by blue waters and mighty limestone formations. Considering that this beach is not easily accessible, you will have to make an effort to reach this place. But like the saying goes ” the best view comes after the hardest climb”, to reach this beach you have to climb over the limestone formations or swim through a sea tunnel.

Just a head’s up, you can’t stay on this island overnight but you can find good accommodation options in the city of Coron, Busuanga.

Coron Island
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Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte:

Because of the similarities in white sand beaches, Blue waters and multiple water sport activities, Pagudpud is known as Boracay of the North. But unlike Boracay, it is a very small town with No Atm’s so ensure that you carry enough cash to spend your vacation here. The blue lagoon beach is one of the best attractions on this beach. Kabigan Falls and the Kapurpurawan Rock formations are some other major tourist spots which are not to be missed. This is one of the best places to drive too and make sure that you rent a car from Pagudpud from Laoag City to cover the above-mentioned attractions which can be covered on the go.

Drive to Pagudpud island
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Pro tip: Don’t miss scuba diving and Kite surfing on this beach.

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