With 7,107 islands (it becomes 7,108 during low tide), the Philippines surely has plenty of coastlines. And some of these have proven to be among the most beautiful in the world. Visit the Philippines’ best assets: its beaches.
So where should you go, you beach bum? Sample paradise at these beaches:
El Nido, Palawan. El Nido is famous for its sand that looks and feels more like baby powder than, well, sand. It helps that the water here is clean, clear and pristine and beautifully reflects the colour of the sky during the day. Add in the breath-taking view all around it and you would easily agree that it is one of the best beaches in the country and in the world. You could spend your entire vacation swimming, diving and just taking in all the splendour.
Boracay, Aklan. Boracay has kilometers and kilometers of white sand beach, pristine waters and a nightlife like no other. More than the beautiful beaches, you can easily find something to do here, such as kite boarding, windsurfing, and trying out other water sports.
Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley. If you do not like the crowd at Boracay, then go to Palaui Island. This is figuratively and literally a hidden gem. The island cannot be easily reached, but it is worth the trek. White sands, volcanic rocks, and blue-green waters are the prominent features here. It is also a great place for snorkeling and diving. If you love unexplored and undiscovered beaches, then you would never leave Palaui!
Panglao, Bohol. Panglao is blessed with awesome beaches that draw in the tourists. But beaches are not the only great things here and you can do more than just swim and lounge on the sand. You can go dolphin or whale watching, too! You can also go diving and see sea snakes, corals, jackfish and barracudas.
Bantayan Island, Cebu. Compared to other world-class beaches in the Philippines, Bantayan is relatively unexplored and untouched. Bantayan boasts white sands and aquamarine waters, sans the crowd. The locals are very hospitable and the food here is cheap. This is the best place to relax because you are far from malls, shopping centers, traffic, and yes, there are no five star hotels here. Or at least not yet.