10 Famous Beach Destination in the Philippines

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The Republic of the Philippines is situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are classified into three (3) main geographical divisions : Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. There are beautiful beaches in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The listed beach destinations are the most popular and most visited by local and foreign tourists.

Palawan is the largest province and 5th largest in the archipelago with a 1,780 islands and islets. El Nido and Coron are the famous beach destination in Palawan.

#1. El Nido, Palawan

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About the Place

El Nido, Palawan is known for white-sand beaches, coral reefs and group of islands with steep karst cliffs. Miniloc Island is famous for clear waters for its Small and Big Lagoon. The area has many dive sites, including Dilumacad Island’s long tunnel leading to an underwater cavern.

Things To Do

Swimming, diving, snorkelling, kayaking are things to do when you are in island tour. Here are the list of beaches you should be included in your island tour.

  • Nacpan Beach
  • Big Lagoon
  • Small Lagoon
  • Miniloc Island
  • Seven Commandos
  • Matinloc Island
  • Hidden Beach
  • Secret Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Snake Island
  • Matinloc Shrine
  • Secret Beach

How to get There

Via plane from Manila to Puerto Princesa Airport, and then taking a van from Puerto Princesa to El Nido. It will take you 6 to 8 hours travel. Van Rental from Puerto Princesa to El Nido is estimated at Php 6,900 that can accomodate 10 person.

Alternative option is from Manila to San Vicente Airport which about 2 to 3 hours travel time from San Vicente. However, you should contact van rental company from Puerto Princesa to pick you up at San Vicente Airport. Private van from San Vicente is estimated at 7,000 that can accommodate 10 person.

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#2. Coron, Palawan

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About the Place

Coron is the third-largest island in the Calamian island in northern Palawan. The island is known for best destination for wreck diving in the Philippines because you will find several vintage of Japanese ship wrecks during World War II. The area around the wrecks has also rock formations which is good opportunities for snorkeling with underwater visibility extending up to 80 feet (24 m).

Things To Do

  • Kayaking around the mangroves of Kingfisher’s Park
  • Diving at the Coron Bay and Underwater Mountains in Barracuda Lake
  • Snorkeling at the Banana Island
  • Wreck diving at the Busuanga Island and Skeleton Reef
  • Experience Masquinit Hot Spring
  • Hiking at Mount Tapyas
  • Swimming at the Bulog Island,Twin Lagoons and Lake Kayangan

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How To Get There

Via plane from Manila to Busuanga airport, Palawan. You can take Cebu Pacific Air, Zest Air or PAL Express. From Busuanga aiport, you take a jeepney ride an estimated one hour travel time to reach the town of Coron. Jeepney Fare is Php 150 per person.


In Visayas region there are several famous beach destinations and these are the Bantayan Island in Cebu, Boracay Island in Aklan, Gigantes Island in Iloilo, Siquijor Island in Siquijor, Kalanggaman Island in Leyte and Panglao Island in Bohol.

#3. Bantayan Island, Cebu

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About The Place

Bantayan Island is an island located in the Visayas region. It is situated in the west of the northern end of  Cebu island across the Tañon Strait. The island has numerous smaller islands, about 20 of these islets stretch for about 8 kilometres (5 miles) southwest from Bantayan municipality port area, with some are accessible on foot from the main island at low tide.

Things To Do

  • Dip at Ogtong Cave
  • Rent a bike, motorbike or scooter to tour around the island.
  • Visit St. Peter and Paul Church
  • Stroll around Omagieca Obo-ob Mangrove Garden
  • Explore fishing village in Santa Fe
  • Island tour at Virgin Island

How to Get There

  • Via Plane from Manila Airport to Mactan Airport
  • From Mactan Airport take myBus going to the North Bus Terminal. There’s a bus leaving the Mactan Airport every 30 minutes from 7am-11am, and every 20 minutes from 11am-9:30pm. Fare: P25. Another option is take a cab, Uber or Grab. Fare is between P200-P300, depending on the traffic.
  • From the North Bus Terminal, board a Ceres bus bound for Hagnaya Port. Travel time: around 4 hours. Fare: P165.
  • From Hagnaya Port board the Island Shipping or Super Shuttle ferry bound for Santa Fe Port. First trip is at 3am, last trip 5:30pm. Travel time: 1 hour. Fare: P170. An additional P10 terminal fee will be collected.
  • From Santa Fe Port, proceed to the Tourism Office and pay the Ecological Fee which is at P30.
  • After the Santa Fe port take a tricycle to your resort. Fare: P20-25. If you have pre-arranged a shuttle service with your resort, they will be pick you up at the port.

#4. Boracay, Aklan

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About the Place

Boracay is a small island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It’s known for its resorts and beaches. Boracay was awarded consecutive years by numerous international magazines as the best island in the world. It is known for its white beach and palm trees. On the east coast, strong winds make Bulabog Beach a hub for water sports. Nearby, the observation deck on Mount Luho offers panoramic views over the island. Offshore, coral reefs and shipwrecks are home to diverse marine life.

Things To Do

  • Cliff dive at Ariel’s Point
  • Swimming at the White Beach
  • Kite surf at the Bulabog Beach
  • Have a long walk, or take a quiet swim and enjoy the serenity at the Puka Shell beach
  • Zipline
  • Ride the Zorb
  • Go Island Hopping
  • Parasail
  • Go Scuba Diving
  • Bat Caves

How To Get There

Via Plane: From Manila Airport you can choose to travel to Boracay via either Kalibo or Caticlan which is otherwise known as Boracay Airport. The most convenient option is to fly via Caticlan which is about 30 minutes. From Kalibo Airport travel time is about 2 hours to reach Boracay.

#5. Isla Gigantes, Iloilo

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About The Place

Isla Gigantes is an island in the Western Visayas. It is the northernmost part of Iloilo and part of the municipality of Carles. The Isla Gigantes consist of about ten islands; the two largest are Gigantes Norte (North Gigantes) and Gigantes Sur (South Gigantes).

The Gigantes group used to be called Sabuluag, or Salauag, which is the name of a species of tree endemic to the islands. it was changed to Gigantes because coffins found inside Bakwitan Cave contain gigantic sets of human bones.

Things To Do

  • Go Island Hopping
  • Enjoy Pristine beaches
  • Feasts on Fresh Seafood
  • Swin at Tangke
  • Take a Selfie at Cabugaw Gamay Island
  • Relax at Antonia Beach
  • Visit the Old Lighthouse Ruins
  • Explore Mystical Caves
  • Rock Scrambling
  • Visit Bantigue Island
  • Explore Northern Iloilo

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How To Get There

Via plane fly from Manila Airport to Iloilo Airport. Travel by land to Estancia port. Traveling by pumpboat from Estancia Port to Gigantes takes approximately two hours. Estancia is approximately 3 hours from Iloilo City

#6. Siquijor Island, Siquijor

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About The Place

Siquijor  is located in the Central Visayas region. Siquijor is also the named of municipality. It was known as the Isla del Fuego or the “Island of Fire”. Siquijor is commonly associated with mystic traditions that the island’s growing tourism industry capitalizes on.

Things To Do

  • Visit St. Francis of Asisi Church
  • CAPILAY SPRING PARK, San Juan
  • SINUNGKULAN LAKE, San Antonio
  • CENTURY OLD BALETE TREE, Lazi
  • CATICUGAN MARINE SANCTUARY, Siquijor
  • DUMANHOG – CATICUGAN BEACH, Siquijor
  • Sunset Dinner at ROCH CUISINE, San Juan
  • LAGAAN FALLS , Kinamandagan, Lazi
  • HAPITANAN BROOMSTICK , Lazi
  • HAPITANAN BROOMSTICK , Lazi
  • LAZI CHURCH and CONVENT, Lazi
  • CAMBUGAHAY FALLS, Lazi
  • HULA Water Spring , Lazi
  • MOUNT BANDILAAN MOUNTAIN VIEW PARK
  • DALAHIKAN GRILL MASTER , San Juan
  • SALAGDOONG BEACH , Maria
  • PALITON BEACH , Siquijor

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How To Get There

  • Via Plane fly From Manila Airport, to Dumaguete City Airport
  • From Dumaguete City Airport, take a tricycle to Dumaguete Port
  • At Dumaguete Port, take a boat or a ferry to Siquijor
  • Upon arrival in Siquijor, you may take a tricycle or a habal-habal (Single motorcycle) going to your resort

#7. Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

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About The Place

Kalanggaman Island is also called Calanggaman Island is located in Palompon, Leyte. it is known for its stretches of white powdery sand beaches and its crystal clear blue waters that stretch along both sides of this island. According to the local residents, the island is called Kalanggaman because of its bird-like shape. “Langgam” is a Visayan word for “bird.”

Things To Do

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Aqua-biking
  • Scuba diving
  • Camping

How To Get There

  • Via plane Fly from Manila Airport to Tacloban City Airport
  • From Tacloban City Airport travel to Palompon Leyte by Bus or Van
  • Register and pay Fees at Palompon Ecotours Office
  • Get or hire a boat going to Kalanggaman Island.

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#8. Panglao Island, Bohol

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About The Place

Panglao Island is located in the Central Visayas region. Panglao is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines and includes several small islands, such as Gak-ang, Pontod, and Balicasag and is near to Pamalican island. Panglao is made of Maribojoc limestone, the youngest of the limestone units found in the western area of Bohol. 

Things To Do

  • Biking
  • Island Hopping to Balicasag/Pamilican
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
  • Food Trip
  • Go Organic
  • Water Sports Adventure
  • Go Spelunking at Hinagdagan Cave

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How To Get There

Reaching Panglao from the airport takes less than 30 minutes’ travel by car. Alternatively, instead of flying to Tagbilaran from Manila, you can choose to fly from Manila to Mactan-Cebu International Airport near the city of Cebu, which happens to be only a two-hour fast ferry ride away from Bohol


There are two(2) famous beach destination in Mindanao Region, the Dakak Island in Zamboanga Del Norte and Samal Island in Davao Del Norte.

#9. Dakak Island, Zamboanga Del Norte

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About The Place

Dakak Beach Resort is located near Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte on the northern part of the island of Mindanao. The name “Dakak” is derived from the sound of exotic birds that thrive in the area. Its is known as one of the most peaceful places in the island. In 1986, Jose Rizal was exiled in Dapitan City and thought it was one of the most beautiful places he ever been to.

Things To Do

  • bungee jumping
  • trekking,
  • zip lining,
  • rock and wall climbing
  • horseback riding,
  • airsoft,
  • banana boat ride,
  • jet skiing,
  • water skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving
  • snorkeling
  • fishing
  • speedboat riding.

How To Get There

  • Via plane Fly from Manila Airport to Dipolog City Airport
  • From Dipolog City take a bus going to Dapitan (Travel Time: 1 hour)
  • From Dapitan take a habal habal (motorcycle) to Dakak Resort

#10. Samal Island, Davao Del Norte

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About The Place

Island Garden City of Samal or sometimes called IGaCOS, is a 4th class city in the province of Davao Del Norte in Mindanao Region. It is made up of Samal Island and the smaller Talikud Island in the  Davao Gulf, from the merger of former municipalities of Samal, Babak, and Kaputian.

Things To Do

  • Visit the Monfort Bat Cave
  • Take a dip at Vanishing Island
  • Swim in Haguimit Falls
  • Ride the habal-habal or bike around the island
  • Quench your adrenaline thirst at Maxima Aqua Fun
  • Go spelunking Balete  Baga Cave and Mangongawong Caves

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How To Get There

  • Via plane fly from Manila Airport to Davao City Airport
  • From Davao City Airport take a taxi going to Sta. Ana Wharf
  • From Sta Ana Wharf take Roro going to Samal Island

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