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100 Awesome Beaches in the Philippines [Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao]

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor March 15th, 2016 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Philippines Travel Blog, Travel Guides 25 Comments

Here’s a guide to 100 awesome beaches in the Philippines that you should know, beach lover! It’s not at all hard to believe that paradise is in the far east, when there’s 7,107 islands in the archipelago and some 400 islands more that are recently discovered. Some of you may have been coming back to one of these beautiful shores, but some off-the-beaten path patches of beach paradise may totally be new to you. Take a look at this list and see where to go next to enjoy the patches of paradise in the Philippine archipelago- where crystal-clear, azure or turquoise blue waters lap at your feet, with a view of some of the most spectacular tropical sunrise and sunset in the world.

Have you been to any of these awesome beaches in the Philippines? Let us know in the comment where you’ve been!

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Bicol region

1. Calaguas – Mahabang Buhangin

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Location: located in the biggest island , Tinaga Island, in the Calaguas group of islands, Camarines Norte

People who visited Mahabang buhangin, a backpacker’s camping paradise, found that the white,powdery sand of Calaguas can rival those of world’famous Boracay. Rustic resorts already set up business, but the place is still lacking in modern amenities.

2. Maculabo Island

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Location: a small island with a fishing community off the coast of Paracale, Camarines Norte one hour boat ride away from Paracale’s fish port.

Fine white sand lines its shores, with  water the color of turquoise, the island is a usual sidetrip attraction  for the tourists of Mahabang Buhangin, Calaguas.

3. Bulalacao Beach

Location: Luklukan, Camarines Norte

The beach is a simple white paradise hidden in Camarines Norte,  perfect for a family picnic.

4. Mercedes Group of Islands

Location:   Located east of Camarines Norte

You can go island-hopping at Apuao Grande, Apuao Pequena, Canimog, Canton. CAringo. Malasugui, and Quinapaguian – the next big attraction in Northern Bicol. Only two of the islands are inhabited  by residents – Caringo And Apuao Grande. The islands have diverse ecosystems of pine tree groves and forests.

5. San Jose Beach

Location:   Talisay, Camarines Norte

The gray-sand beach is known to many surfing adventurers due to its strong winds. This is actually an extension of the more famous surfing site known as Bagasbas Beach. Activities include wind-surfing, snorkeling and swimming.

6. Bagasbas Beach, Camarines Norte

Location:  Daet, Camarines Norte

Famous for its water sports, the beach is endowed by strong winds that makes the place a haven for surfers and skimboarders.

7. Matukad Island

Location:  Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur

One of the top island attractions of the Caramoan peninsula, it not only boasts of the finest powdery pure white sand you will ever see, it also has amazing limestone rock formations and a secret lagoon with a giant lone milkfish believed by the locals to be enchanted.

8. Subic Beach

Location: Calintaan Island,  Matnog, Sorsogon

Sands have a pinkish-white hue due to crushed red corals mixed with white sand. You can camp overnight at Subic Beach, which gives you more time to explore the rest of Calintaan island.

9. Tikling Island

Location: Matnog, Sorsogon

Pinkish white sand endows this island near Subic Beach in Sorsogon, with beauty at par with world class beaches around the world. As it is privately owned, it has no cottages and resorts in the area. Camping in the area needs the permission of caretaker inhabitants.

10. Gubat Sorsogon

Location: Barangay Buenavista, Gubat, Sorsogon

Primarily home to surfing enthusiasts, you can learn surfing lessons from the Gubat Bay Surfers, where you can learn to ride the novice-friendly waves.

11.  Marcos Island

Location:   Hundred Islands, Alaminos, Pangasinan

One of the more popular islands in Hundred Islands,  it has the most powdery white sand among other island attractions in Pangasinan. Rich with diverse marine life, the site is popular for snorkeling activities. It was named after the late President Marcos, with the cave named after the first lady, known as the Imelda’s Cave

12.  Bontod Reef

Location:  Barangay Nursery, Masbate City

Touted as the second most resilient reef in Central Philippines, travel packages are now available as part of the ecotourism efforts of the locals, proudly showing the area with diverse, healthy marine life.

13. The Village House Bogtong Beach

Location: Batan Island, Rapu Rapu, Albay

Batan is an island in the Lagonoy Gulf ,Bicol region. The Village House is accessible by local passenger  boats from Legaspi Port area, 2 hours away. You may see dolphins along the way, on a backdrop of beautiful Albay Gulf.

14. Panumbagan Sandbar

Location: 30 minutes boat ride from Pilar Port, Pilar, Sorsogon

Enjoy snorkeling and have a picnic at the floating cottages on its sandbar.Also known locally as mini-Boracay.

15. Anvaya Cove, Bataan

Location: Morong, Bataan

The white sand cove is owned by Ayala land and is accessible only to  members and their friends with club memberships.

16.  Patar Beach

Location:  Bolinao, Pangasinan

The resorts at this golden sand beach have a rustic feel that appeals to people who wants peace and quiet, especially at night. Camping is allowed.

17.  Pamuktan Island beach

Location:  Pamuktan Island, Cagayan

It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Babuyan Islands.While you are enroute to this island beach, you may get lucky and encounter a humpback whale rolls over  or a couple of dolphins flipping.

Catanduanes Golden Beaches

18. Puraran Beach

Location: Baras, Catanduanes

Cream-colored Puraran beach is the surfing capital of Catanduanes.

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19.  Bitaog Beach

Location: Porompong ,Palumbanes Island

Off-the-beaten-path and one of the beautiful hidden secrets of  Catanduanes once, it is situated an hour away from the town of Caramoran.Monkey Dividers

20.   Mamangal Beach

Location: San Andres, Catanduanes

Clear waters, golden sand and a favorite among backpackers, the beach requires only ten pesos for you to stay at the beach

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21.  Marilima Beach

Location:  Barangay Marilima, Virac, Catanduanes

Features gleaming  white sands, amazing sunsets and clear blue sea located southwest of Catanduanes.

Zambales Island coves

22.  Anawangin Cove

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Anawangin Cove by Allan Ascaño / CC BY 2.0

Location:  San Antonio Zambales

Together with the other coves in Zambales, crescent-shaped Anawangin Cove used to have rocky shores until Mt. Pinatubo exploded and dumped a lot of volcanic ash that the coves were covered by seemingly white sand under the sun. What made the place even more charming are the pine-tree like agoho trees that grew in the area.

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23.  Nagsasa Cove

Location: San Antonio , Zambales

Another beauty borne out of the destruction of Mt. Pinatubo decades ago, Nagsasa cove lies farther from Pundaquit jump-off than Anawangin Cove..Monkey Dividers

24.  Silanguin Cove

Location:  San Antonio, Zambales

The farthest  cove from the Pundaquit jump-off, this cove does not have the ash-laden shores of Anawangin and Nagsasa cove. Its sand is gray, but the spectacular backdrop of mountain and sea and a forest of trees completing the picture of calmness and seclusion.Monkey Dividers

25. Capones Island

Location:  San Antonio, Zambales

Often an additional sidetrip attraction for island -hopping in Zambales, the island features a historic lighthouse built in 1890.

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26. Talisayin Cove


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Location:  San Antonio, Zambales

This cove has features of the Zambales beaches of ash-laden shores that looks almost white at noon, with a backdrop ofAgoho trees that look like pine forests from afar.

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27.  Potipot Island

Location:  Uacon, Zambales

A good beach camping destination with shores surrounded by white sand and trees providing shade.

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28.  Magalawa Island

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Location: Palauig, Zambales

There are two resorts in the island, Armada and Ruiz. Armada’s side of the island has the better beach front,with the famous Magalawa Island sandbar.Monkey Dividers

29. Camara Island

Location: San Antonio, Zambales

Just 15 minutes boat ride from the Pundaquit Beach jump-off, this is the closest island to Pundaquit. It shows a white sandbar on low tides , dotted with huge rocks.

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Batanes Island

30.  Valugan Boulder Beach

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Location:  Batanes

Valugan Island’s boulders that lines its shores is borne out of Mt. Iraya’s eruption.It can be reached by bike or tricycle. Usually this is normally part of the North Batan trip.

Monkey Dividers31.  Nakabuang Beach

Location: Sabtang Island

In 1994, Sabtang Island was declared as one of the best place in the Philippines.

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Cagayan Beaches

32. Palaui Island

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Palaui Island by Yvette Tan / CC BY 2.0

Location:  Barangay San Vicente. Santa Ana, Cagayan

Its white sand beauty prompted the filming location  for Survivor: Blood vs. Water and Survivor: Cagayan[/column]Monkey Dividers

33.  Anguib Beach

Location:  Sta.Ana, Cagayan

The secluded white-sand  island is also known as the “Boracay of the North.” Tranquil, serene and uncrowded, tourists can now enjoy this beach with a few basic amenities like cottages, toilet and shower areas.

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34.  Nangaramoan Beach

Location: Sta. Ana Cagayan

Tucked at the tip of Cagayan Province, lies another secluded beauty with interesting rock formations – a white  beach called Nangaramoan. It now has some basic amenities for tourists, and is easily accessible due to a cemented road leading to the beach.Monkey Dividers

Ilocos Norte

35. Pagudpud beach resorts

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pagudpud2009 by Myra Siason / CC BY-SA 2.0

Location:  Pagudpud ,Ilocos Norte

Pagudpud is a sleepy coastal town dotted with resorts along its coastline.  Saud Beach has more modern amenities and offers posh accommodations.  Blue Lagoon would be a quieter option for some tourists and for surfers, they flock to Kapuluan Vista Resort for some surfing action, as Pagudpud has some of the best surf spots in the country.

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Quezon Province Beaches

36. Salibungot Beach

Location: coastal village of Borangawan,  Jomalig Island, Polilio Group of Islands,Quezon Province

Jomalig island is located in Lamon Bay facing the Pacific Ocean, being the farthest island in the Polilgolden sandio Group of Islands in Quezon Province. Its main feature, aside from its remoteness, is bead-like golden sand and turquiose water. Salibungot beach is the island’s pride, offering tranquility with no commercial establishments around.Monkey Dividers

37.  Sabang Beach

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Location: Baler, Aurora, Quezon

Sabang Beach is a two-kilometer coastline of gray sand facing the Pacific Ocean, famous for its strong waves. This is the birthplace of surfing in the Philippines, now offering accomodations from posh resorts to serene beachfront home-stays.

Monkey Dividers38. Alabat Island

Location: Lamon Bay, off the coast of Atimonan in Quezon Province

The island is a hidden gem with a few residents. You can get around on the island on a two-wheel bike, a popular mode of transportation. People are friendly and treats you like a guest, not a tourist.Monkey Dividers

39.  Cagbalete Island

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Photo taken by Joann Salamat

Location:Lamon bay, Mauban, Quezon

Another hidden gem of the Quezon Province, the privately-owned island’s  main feature is the low tide that shows white sand and signs of healthy marine life. Nature lovers and adventurers different species of plants, marine life, and island scenery of Agoho trees dotting the island. You  can choose to camp or stay in one of the resorts.Monkey Dividers

40.  Borawan, Dampalitan and Puting Buhangin in Pagbilao, Quezon Province

Location:  Pagbilao, Quezon Province

The white sand island  beaches of Quezon Province lies within an hour’s boat ride next to each other that you can visit them all in one day. Borawan was so named after Boracay and Palawan, featuring white sand and limestone rock formations. Puting Buhangin not only features white sand and crystal clear waters, but is aso famous for Kwebang Lampas, a cave you can swim into. Dampalitan is perfect for camping, owing to its wide coastline of white sand.

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41.  Apo Reef

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Apo Reef, Occidental Mindoro Photo taken by CARLA MANALO

Location:  Mindoro Strait, Occidental Mindoro

The Apo Reef is the world’s second-largest contiguous coral reef system and the largest in the Philippines. It is known as one of the best known dive sites in the country. The reef has three islands, the largest being Apo Reef, with 22 hectares of mangroves, lagoons, white beach,separated from the reef by a narrow, deep channel.Monkey Dividers

42.  Pandan Island resort

Location:  Pandan Island Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

Pandan Island Resort is a  beach resort  that is off-the-beaten-path,  basic amenities and pristine environment. One of its main attractions is the chance to swim with sea turtles.

Monkey Dividers43. Tiamban Beach and Bonbon Beach, Romblon

Location: Barangay Lonos ,Tiamban , Romblon

Bonbon beach is the most popular  beach in the island, bare of resorts and commercial amenities – just enjoy pure white sand, view of Tablas Island, and a beautiful sunset. ask for permission first if you can camp in the area.

Tiamban Beach is situated near Bonbon, with a gentlhy sloping seabed, clean fine white sand, with basic facilities for tourists. You can also camp for a minimal fee.Monkey Dividers

44.  Banol Beach

Location: Coron, Palawan

A common stop to island-hopping tours, this island is part of the Calamianes Island Group. It’s a small,cozy white beach with two huts that you can rent from the local folks.

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45.  Cudugnon Beach and Cave

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Photo taken by AIZEY KIM

Location: El Nido ,Palawan

Jewelry and pottery  believed to belong to the cave dwellers  from Borneo in the the Sung Dynasty were found here. This is part of the tour island-hopping package in El Nido.

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46.  Hidden Beach, El Nido, Palawan

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Photo taken by CARLA MANALO

Location: Matinloc Island, El Nido

Known as the “secret beach” , a patch of paradise surrounded by cliffs and is reachable only by passing through a narrow crevice.Once you swim past through the narrow opening, it’s a beautiful snorkeling place  of colorful corals with many colorful fishes in clear blue waters and a white shore.

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47.  Onuk Island

Location: Balabac,Palawan

A photographer named George Tapan won the 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest with a picture of a paradise with waters in all shades of blue and the finest, unspoiled beach- Onuk Island, immediately placing it on the map of local and foreign tourists of must-see travel destinations. This is privately-owned by the mayor and his family, requiring a visitor to ask for permission first to camp in the area.

Looking for Best Backpacker Hostels/ Luxury Hotels in Palawan? Check out our lists:

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30 Awesome Beaches in the Visayas Region

100 Awesome Beaches in the Philippines -Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao48.  Boracay

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Boracay, Philippines by Jeff Tollefson / CC BY-ND 2.0

Location:  Northwesten tip pf Panay Island, Visayas Region

Boracay is the Philippines’ top tourist attraction and is considered to be one of the best island destinations in the world after Palawan. White Beach is now a haven for posh resorts and the beach party scene. If you’re looking for a more authentic ambience you can still find it in Diniwid Beach or Bulabog beach.

Looking for Best Backpacker Hostels / Luxury Hotels in Boracay? Check out our lists:

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49.  Puting Balas

Location:  an hour’s boat ride away from Banica Wharf, Roxas City, Capiz

Hailed as the “Mini-Boracay”  of Roxas City,Capiz, the island is a rural setting of white sands, clear waters, snorkeling sites and pure serenity. Puting Balas is one of the more popular sitios for white corals and white sand, with a very picturesque beach scene, perfect for picnics and sunset- viewing. Roxas City  itself  is also touted as the seafood capital of the Philippines.

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50. Islas de gigantes

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Photo taken by AIZEY KIM

Location: Carles, Iloilo

Also known as the Gigantes Islands, is a remote group of islands perfect for island-hopping and snorkeling,with sceneries of limestone formations and white shores.Monkey Dividers

51.  Guisi Beach

Location: Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

You can visit historical Guisi Lighthouse, then proceed to exploring a secluded tranquil beach scenery of pristine waters and beautiful rock formations, considered a hidden gem in Guimaras.

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52.  Kagusuan Beach

Location: Barangay Minalunan, Maria, Siquijor

Maria’s one of two beautiful white sand beaches, remains deserted and secluded, and may take you time to look for it because you have to ask the locals where it is. The sand’s color is the purest of white, and currently still a virgin beach up to this day, with no stores or resorts.

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53.  Salagdoong Beach

Location: Maria, Siquijor

This is a famous resort at Siquijor featuring a slide from the cliff and has three diving platforms, each higher than the other, that gives you a thrill of the lifetime diving into the clear, turquiose sea  coming from a very high vantage point of the cliff.

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54. Caluya Islands

Location: Caluya Islands, Caluya Antique

In the same area as Boracay, the ivory sand beach is 4 hours boat ride away from Libertad, Antique and 6 hours away from Pandan, Antique. The island is known for Tatus, a blue-streaked coconut crab, growing up to 40 centimeters and can lift seven times its body weight. The island holds a crab festival calledTatusan Festival inn April. Caluya island is also the fifth largest seaweed producer in the Philippines.Monkey Dividers

55. Bantayan Island

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Photo taken by AIZEY KIM

Location: Situated to the west of , northern end of Cebu islan, Visayan Sea,across Tanon Strait

The island is made of of three municipalities, Bantayan, Madridejos and Santa Fe. These fishing villages are dotted with resorts , as the island is known for amazing sunsets and quiet,laid back  ambience, rivaling the world’s best beaches.

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56. Malapascua Island

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Photo taken by AIZEY KIM

Location: Located on the northern tip of Cebu

A small yet beautiful  tropical diving paradise known by diving enthusiasts and tourists around the world, its swaying palm trees and white sandy shores is home to wonderful underwater attractions.

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57. Camotes Island

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Heaven on earth: Camotes Island by Dahon / CC BY-ND 2.0

Location: two hours from mainland Cebu

Island life at its finest.Poro Island and Pacijan are connected by a land bridge lined by mangroves . You can cross the bridge in a motorcycle, which sis the main mode of transportation in the area.

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58.  Sumilon Island

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Photo taken by MARY GRACE VAPOR

Location: Island off the southeastern coast of Oslob, Cebu

Famous for the white Sumilon sandbar, its name means “to take shelter” from the storm or sumilong in the local dialect.

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59. Moalboal, Cebu

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Photo taken by OSCAR GARCIA

Location:  two hour-drive from Cebu city

Moalboal is home to tourists as a diving paradise of unspoiled hite sand beaches and colorful marine life.

Looking for Best Luxury Hotels in Cebu? Check out our list: Ultimate List of the Best Luxury Hotels in Cebu, Philippines @cebugovph

Monkey Dividers60.  Marabut Marine Park  Beach Resort

Location: Marabut, Samar

Staying at the resort means kayaking is free-of-charge, complete with life vests. Marabut is endowed with rock formations, rock islets,  and is so secluded you

might go at a time when there’s no else there.

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61. Kalanggaman Island

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Photo taken by AIZEY KIM

Location: Palompon, Leyte

One of the most beautiful island paradise that features a sandbar, pearly white sand, and turquiose water , fast becoming popular by word-of-mouth. A few modern amenities are being set up for tourist comfort , yet still preserving the laid-back ambience. Camping in tents is the best option for now.Monkey Dividers

62. Limasawa Island

Location:  Limasawa, Southern Leyte

The island where the Spanish first celebrated mass on March 1521 on Philippine shores, when Christianity was first introduced into the country. this sleepy town is home to beautiful beaches, diving sites. historical sites and other adventure spots.

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63.  Higatangan Island

Location: Naval, Biliran

The Higatangan Island of two barangays and one sitio is powered only by generators for a limited time, at other times, there will be no electricity. Known for its white, shifting sandbar, rock formations, it is a quiet respite from the mainland 45 minutes away.Monkey Dividers

64. Alona Beach

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Sunset, Alona Beach, Panglao Island by yeowatzup / CC BY 2.0

Location:  Panglao Island, Bohol

Alona Beach is a white sand beach lined with resorts where you can stay while in Bohol. This is the jump-off where you can start island-hopping to other islands in Bohol.Monkey Dividers

65. Malalison Island

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Photo taken by AIZEY KIM

Location: Culasi, Antique

Malalison Island is an unspoiled 55-hectare hook-shaped island that boasts of a diverse, beautiful aquatic marine life, with hill tops perfect for viewing the mountain ridges looming over the whole island.

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66.  Antulang Beach

Location: Siaton, Negros Oriental

Antulang has 17 documented dive sites, nestled 40 kilometers south of Dumaguete City.

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67. Alubihod Beach

Location: Guimaras, Iloilo

The most popular beach in the whole island, a popular jump-off point to island-hopping in Western Guimaras. Its blue-green crystal clear waters and rock formations is an attraction on its own.

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68. Balicasag Island

Location: Panglao, Bohol

One of the white sandy island beaches of Bohol, it is part of Bohol’s island-hopping itinerary where you can watch dolphins play in the sea enroute to Balicasag Island for as early as 6am. The island is teeming with marine life perfect for snorkeling enthusiasts.

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69.  Pawikan Island or Turtle Island

Location: Guimaras

Turtle Island is popularly known to be a sanctuary for sea turtles.Monkey Dividers

70.  Virgin Island or Pungtod Island

Location: Panglao, Bohol

Also part of the island -hopping itinerary, this island has an amazing sandbar that gracefully stretches in graceful curves in the middle of the sea, with powdery fine sand that can rival or even surpass Boracay sands.

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30 Awesome Beaches in Mindanao

100 Awesome Beaches in the Philippines -Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao

71.  White Island

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Photo taken by MARY GRACE VAPOR

Location:  Barangay Yumbing, Mambajao

White Island is a white sandbar, uninhabited, and is also a protected marine sanctuary in Camiguin. This is the only patch of white sand beach in Camiguin, as the mainland itself does not have any white beach. It is postcard -perfect with its backdrop of mountains.

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72. Naked Island

Located : Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Naked Island is also known as Pansukian – a bare , pure, white sandbar and water.Monkey Dividers

73. Bucas Grande islands or Sohoton Cove National Park

Location: Socorro, Surigao del Norte

The group of islands is endowed with several caves, waterfalls, mangroves, lakes, and beautiful corals – sites perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Here you can indulge in a playful reverie at Jellyfish lagoon – home to millions of no-sting and playful jelly fishes.

74.  Cagwait White Beach

Location: Surigao del Sur

Referred by the famous American Aviator Charles Augustus Lindbergh as the ‘Waikiki of the South”,  also known as the “Little Boracay of the CARAGA”, although the white shores are grainier than sugary fine.Monkey Dividers

75.  Brittania Group of Islands

Location: San Agustin, Surigao del Sur

The white shores of these beautiful islands are Surigao del Ssur’s best kept secret, 6 hours ride from Davao City, and 3 hours from Butuan city[/column]Monkey Dividers

76.  Dako Island

Location: Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Named after the visayan term “dako” meaning “big”, the island is the biggest of three islands in Siargao. Coconut trees line its long stretch of fine white sand.Monkey Dividers

77. White Beach, Malamawi Island

Location: Malamawi Island, Basilan

The island is a stone’s throw away from Isabela city, Basilan’s capital. The sea coast is child-friendly,with very good sand quality. Along your way going to Malamawi, you’ll find locals living in houses with stilts, much like those you find in Cambodia. It is always safe to check with local authorities if it is safe to go there, as Basilan has been infamously known to be home of terrorists years back.Monkey Dividers

78.  Balut Island and Olanivan Island

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Celebes Sea Balut Island, Philippines by Mick Basa / CC BY 2.0

Location: Sarangani, Davao Occidental

Two islands worth seeing due to pristine white beaches and crystal clear water, are located in Sarangani , a newly created municipality in 2013.Monkey Dividers

79. Tuka Marine Sanctuary, Sarangani

Location: Kiamba ,Sarangani

Untouched and unspoiled, this wonder of nature has 4 protected beach coves, but only the Tuka Cove 2 is available to tourists.Monkey Dividers

80.  Kopiat Island

Location:   Mabini, Compostela Valley

Another one of those off-the -beaten path that exudes unspoiled natural beauty tucked away in the province of Compostela Valley, in the waters of Davao Gulf. There is no electricity, no hawkers, no signs of commercial establishments – just pure island beauty. The island is part of  the Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape, and is the breeding ground of sea turtles, specifically the hawksbill and the leatherback sea turtles.Monkey Dividers

81.  Cape San Agustin

Location: Barangay Lavigan,Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental

A historical landmark known as Provincia de Caraga in Spanish times, 1609, considered to be a strategic naval location during the Spanish colonial era. Presently, Cape San Agustin is now a tourist spot of historical landmarks and and stunning, beautiful beaches. San Agustin Lighthouse is one of its main attractions.Monkey Dividers

82.  Cabgan Island

Location: Cabgan Island, Barobo Surigao del Sur

The island is a 20 to 30-minute boat ride from the port of Barobo, usually a jump-off for island-hopping to nearby Turtle island and Snake Island.Monkey Dividers

83. Dakak Beach Resort

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Photo taken by ELINOR DUMALAG

Location: Barangay Taguilon, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

Flanked by mountains, and endowed with fine white sand and azure waters, the luxury resort offers a haven for tourists out to escape the city life and enjoy a most serene holiday. The resort offers cruises, tours and travel packages that include Dapitan’s rich cultural heritage.

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84. Dahican Beach

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Photo by Hyzel Dollete

Location: Mati City, Davao Oriental

Dahican Beach is dubbed as the” skimboarding capital of Mindanao”. You can either camp on fine white sand beaches or find a resort to stay in.

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85.  Dinagat Islands

Location :  San Jose,  Dinagat islands

Beaches have a glimmering quality which mirrors the natural richness of the islands, surrounded by amzing rock formations. Dinagat Islands used to be part of Surigao del Norte, now recently made into a young province.

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86.  Gumasa Beach

Location: Gian, Sarangani

This is where the annual Sarangani Bay Festival, one of the country’s biggest beach party in the country. It lasts 3 days and 2 nights, particiated in by over 40,000 local and foreign tourists. At other times, the area is as serene as the best island paradise in the country, with only the sound of swaying coconut trees and the calming sound of waves on powdery white sandy shores.Monkey Dividers

87.  Cloud 9, General Luna

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Photo taken by ELINOR DUMALAG

Location:  Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Siargao is the mecca for surfers, host to annual international and national surfing competitions in the country.


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Location:  Barangay Caliclic, babak District,Samal Island, Davao

Situated near the city of Davao, lies an idyllic island escapade 20 minutes away from the city proper. Equipped with modern amenities, the resort blended well with nature. The beach itself is devoid of rocks , with fine,cream-colored sand.

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89.  Pearl Farm

Location: Samal Island ,Davao

An old favorite among luxurious beach resorts,  it never failed to satisfy the traveler with a taste for the exquisite things in life. You can feed the fish, dive the wrecks of two sunken WW2 Japanese freighter ships, enjoy the infinity pool and a sumptuous buffet. Originally a pearl farm and banana plantation owned by the  Floirendo family, Pearl Farm opened as a resort with an exotic streak in 1992.

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90.  Isla Reta, Talicud Island

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b. Isla Reta by Day (1) by Constantine Agustin / CC BY-SA 2.0

Location: Samal Island, Davao

A haven for the beach bum, dotted with shady umbrella trees, endowed with Boracay-like powdery white sand – this island is located right next to Santa Cruz pier. You can view mainland Samal from here.Monkey Dividers

91. Calugusan Beach

Location: Lamitan, Basilan

Calugusan Beach is a  far-off private beach hidden in Basilan, with pristine water and picturesque beauty.Monkey Dividers

92.  Kaputian Beach

Location: Samal Island, Davao

This is a popular beach among the locals, its clear waters are cool and perfect for summer. The depth of the water might suddenly plunge after a few meters.

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93.  Olaniban Island

Location: Saraggani, Davao Occidental

The B’laan people calls this paradise island home.The B’laans wear colorful embroidered clothing and are famous for their beadwork, weaves, and tabih weave.Monkey Dividers

94.  San Victor Island

Location: Baganga, Davao Oriental

This is a 3-hectare island just 5 minutes’ boat ride just 5 minutes of boat ride away from the mainland.Its beauty earned for it its name: the island jewel of Baganga.Monkey Dividers

95.  Manaklay Beach

Location: Mabini, Compostela Valley

Compostela valley attracts the adventurer as it is home to natural wonders. Mabini lies along its shores, and Manaklay Beach is one the affordable beaches that have a rustic natural beauty.Monkey Dividers

96.  Pujada and Oak Island

Location: Mati, Davao Oriental

Pujada bay is home to the dugong, or sea cows, which are a sight to behold. Being a protected marine sanctuary it also shelters whale sharks, dolphins, hawkbills and sea turtles. Together with Oak island,  the islands are considered Mati’s most important and beautiful natural attractions, boasting white sand beaches, pine tree forests and mangrove forests.Monkey Dividers

97.  Canibad Beach

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Photo taken by AIZEY KIM

Location:  Babak, Samal island

White-sanded beach with a view of the mountains, perfect for sunrise viewing and cliff-diving on its rock formations.Monkey Dividers

98.  Magpupungko Beach

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Photo by Leomarie Muriel Porol-Cummings

Location:  Siargao, Surigao del

This cream-colored beach is situated an hour- and- a- half away from General Luna, and is known for rock formations and beautiful tidal pools formed by nature.

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99.  Sta. Cruz Islands

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Photo taken by AIZEY KIM

Location:  Zamboanga City

Idyllic and unspoiled, this beach has pinkish tint due to red crushed corals mixing in with the sand.

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100.  Little Boracay

Location:Barangay Sto. Nino,  Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur

Little Boracay is a popular landmark in Davao del Sur, so named because locals say it looks like a replica of famous Boracay with its white sand shores lined with coconut trees on a 2-kilometer stretch of coastline.

These beautiful beaches, popular or located in off-the-beaten paths, are just part of the many riches of the Philippine archipelago. This list may be quite extensive, but still not comprehensive and for all you know, there may still be hidden gems in the  archipelago waiting for adventurers to discover them.

How many of these beaches have you been to? Do you want to add more? We would love to hear from you! Please feel free to comment.


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25 thoughts on “100 Awesome Beaches in the Philippines [Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao]

  1. It was a pleasant reading of this long and detailed post about 100 awesome beaches of Luzon,Visayas and Mindanao in the Philippines. I am still up and down my cursor to make sure that I have read it completely or not. This is the most user friendly post because all information is on the same page. So those who are planning to visit these beaches, must read this post and select their destination.

    I would like to thank author of this post, who did such an amazing research and bring this post for us. I am now become a daily reader of this blog.

  2. From luzon to mindanao there is a lot beautiful beaches in the Philippines. Thats why I love Philippines so much. This year I will be going to one of this beaches.

  3. I live in one of the islands in Mercedes, Camarines Norte. While it is true that Caringo and Apuao Grande are inhabited, please know that Quinapaguian Island also has residents. I was born and grew up in Quinapaguian and just recently visited the island for the celebration of our Barangay fiesta, only few days ago.

  4. Hope I can visit them all…I only visited five out of the 100…..Let’s include this to our bucket list Ninong!!! care to join Mye? ???

  5. We’ve been in Boracay many times! We just loved the white sand beaches and the coconut trees on the seaside ??? Also the sea foods and the different entertainment like fire dance and live band during night time in front of the buffet restaurants. I enjoyed walking, swimming and sun bathing all day. We’ll visit again Boracay in our next vacation! ?

    We have been also to Bohol Tropics Resort in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. And stayed for 10 days there. It was so closed to the beach/I mean it’s a seaside resort but not open…we were not able to go swimming(to the beach). It is a very private resort. They have some swimming pools and restaurant. There was a live band who entertain guests while having dinner. Good suggestion for newly wed couple for honeymoon. Anyway, they have the church/chapel inside and it’s a nice church. A very good place for wedding venue/reception. We visited different places there(Bohol) with the help of our tour guide from the Department of Tourism. Wish to go back there because we’ve missed the Panglao Island…to see the whales/sharks! 😉 We visited Sabang, Puerto Galera. a mountainous place(a place where the mountain meets the sea)….hehe…we’ve experienced motorbiking(up and down) on the hills. The unforgettable and funny experience was my hubby and his best friend ordered a pizza…they didn’t expect that it was XXXL pizza! 🙂 I think, Sabang is best for surfer and scuba divers. ‘Yong seashore nila medyo malalim na agad. Like me that is not a good swimmer mas gusto ko na lng sa swimming pool. But love the seafoods there!

  6. Am fortunate To have been to Boracay, Puerto Galera, Puerto Princesa island beaches, Camiguin Sand Bar, Guimaras, Siargao’s Dako beach and its two small island beaches adjacent to it, and the latest Isla de Gigantes in Carles , Iloilo.

    1. Yes, how can I miss that? Definitely a hundred list is not enough to cover all the beautiful beaches in the Philippines! Thanks for the heads up Rx Queen!. 🙂

  7. You have to include Palani Beach in the municipality of Balud, Masbate Province. A 4 km stretch of white sand beach, pristine clear water, a hidden gem of Masbate, with a few aminities to service the tourist. I have photos if you need to see the beach.

    1. Thanks Raul. 🙂 Masbate is indeed a hidden gem, in time its beautiful secrets will be “rediscovered” by our tireless explorers! Definitely my list ofb a hundred is not enough to cover all these beautiful nooks of paradise. We’ll update as soon as we can. 🙂

    1. Hey, You’ve been to a lot of beaches, 18! 🙂 Go explore more and maybe let us know with some photos? Thank you Karlo.:)

  8. In 100 beaches in philippines, only one i visited last jan. 2 2016 its Brittania group of islands at san agustin surigao del sur it is a very nice place to bond with friends and family ? Hoping for another trip/adventure.

    1. Yes, Jazzie, adventure is the spice of life, and to go on trips or adventures with family makes it even more special. There’s still more to explore. Keep it up and mavbe let us know? 😉

  9. Hi, i been in boracay and pagudgud, i really love to visit beaches even i dont know how to swim, coz i feel im in peace and calm every time i watch wave and listen to the sounds of water, watching surfer make me imagine im the one who do that and imagining other water activities that can try too experience also

    1. Never loose hope Ma. Luisa. haha.. you can still learn how to swim =) or just use life vest for safety =)

  10. Hi! Your list looks good! I saw a few mistakes though in terms of location (island grouping), and I hope you can edit this and put the MIMAROPA beaches to the Luzon group. 🙂

  11. I’ved been to Tuka Beach where there’s a resthouse of Manny Pacquiao and Glan, Saranggani. We always spent our summer vacation there

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