Top 5 Beach Destinations in the Philippines

The Philippines is home to the most beautiful beaches in the world.

With 1,701 islands making up the entire archipelago, it is no secret that this country offers the tropical paradise many of us can only witness through postcards. Philippine beaches are popular for its white sand shores, dive sites, and giant waves. The overall appeal, however, is really coming from the fact that this equatorial country can keep sunny skies all year long. Whether you’re a surfer, someone chasing the summer, or a travel junkie visiting for sights in Asia, here is a list of beaches you might want to add to your bucket list.


1. La Union

La Union, popularly known as LU or Elyu, is labeled the surfing capital of the North. It is located in the Ilocos region in the Island of Luzon. Surfers from all over the world would visit this tropical paradise to catch the opportunity of big waves. La Union beaches, however, are not only made for people with an inclination to water sports. It is also a perfect summer destination for families and friends who simply want to have fun. La Union is not as congested as the resorts in Boracay but more and more people are finding out about this place mainly because of the viral Instagram photos celebrities have been taking of the place. Folic on the white sand beach and capture picture-perfect memories. Other than the beach, La Union is also home to beautiful sights and landmarks.

2. Dumaguete

Dumaguete is a small coastal city on the island of Visayas (south of Luzon). It is popularly known as “the city of gentle people” which says a lot about the hospitality of the locals. But not only will you meet the most welcoming folks. Dumaguete is also a place of peace and serenity. Experience nature at its best – that is without the presence of shopping malls or a wild party scene. There is not a lot of commercial development going on and that is what makes this place pure and thus, attractive to tourists with complementing preferences. In Dumaguete beaches, you can only expect you, the soothing sound of the waves, the view of the blue sea, the cool breeze, and the golden sunset.

3. Siargao

Siargao is located in the province of Surigao del Norte, northeastern Mindanao. Now there’s a reason why a certain Filipino filmmaker made a movie featuring the marvels of this place. Siargao beaches are nothing short of wonderful. Popular among surfers, Siargao is the place to ride the waves may it be through kitesurfing, windsurfing, waterboarding, and other water sports. Then again, there is a lot more to Siargao than just the waves. Its clear waters, the food, the resort accommodations – a visit to Siargao is the ultimate escapade. You can even go kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, and snorkeling!

4. Oslob

Oslob is found in the province of Cebu at the Visayas islands. It’s a three-hour ride from the Metro’s bus terminal. Oslob achieved its popularity status from word of its scenic dive sites. As a marine sanctuary, the waters of Oslob are habitat to the most beautiful coral reefs and a diversity of marine creatures. The most exciting part in visiting Oslob is having to witness the black-tipped sharks which usually appear in the morning from seven to nine. If you’re not lucky enough to catch on with the sharks, it is always free to swim into the gradient of green and blue sea…or simply lie on your back and enjoy the atmosphere.

5. Palawan

Palawan is home to the world-renowned underground river but it is also where you can find the picturesque beaches of El Nido and Puerto Princesa. Bury your feet in its powder-fine, white sand shores and marvel at its clear, turquoise waters. Go island hopping and witness the towering cliffs, limestone formations, and dark, mysterious caves along the way. Maximize your stay and get the full Palawan beach experience by going for a dive. Palawan is blessed with a variety of flora and fauna you would not be able to see anywhere else in the world.

Aside from the five mentioned above, there are a lot of other beaches in the Philippines to be visited. Each one has its own unique appeal to tourists. The best thing about these places is not just the view, but also the experience of culture. Every island in the Philippines has its own food delicacies, customs, and even language to learn and explore. No matter which beach you choose to visit, the experience, for sure, is going to be one for the books.