Start planning your beach vacation in the Philippines
Beaches in the Philippines are one of the country’s biggest draws, and with good reason. Millions of visitors flock to the country's beaches every year to enjoy the idyllic coastlines found across the islands, from Boracay to Palawan to Siargao. From those just a short distance from large cities, to remote castaway islands, the Philippines beaches are as varied as the thousands of islands here.
What makes the Philippines a great beach destination?
The Philippines is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, many of which are inhabited while just a few appear only during a low tide. Lapped by the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean, these islands have white sandy beaches with gorgeous blue waters, typically fringed by palm trees and often with coral reefs just offshore. Traveling between the various islands can be time-consuming, so getting planning advice from an English-speaking local guide will ensure you make the most of your time in the Philippines.
The best beaches to visit in the Philippines
Beaches in the Philippines often feel like a tropical paradise. Expect to find long sandy beaches across the country, perfect for swimming and relaxing. Some also offer fantastic snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing opportunities. Here are the best beach destinations in the Philippines.
Surf on Siargao Island
Siargao was once a quiet island of fishing villages, until it was discovered by the surfing community. It has since become the premiere surfing destination in the country, with beautiful sandy beaches, and surf breaks varying from entry level to advanced.
Be eco-friendly on Boracay Island
Boracay Island is famous for its long, sandy beaches which are as white as snow, making it a dream spot for a beach vacation. After being closed for regeneration, it has now reopened to visitors with an emphasis on ecotourism and sustainability.
Explore El Nido
El Nido was once a small fishing town on the island of Palawan. It is now a popular tourist destination, thanks to its spectacular beach framed by dramatic limestone cliffs and its world-class scuba diving opportunities.
Relax on Malapascua Island
This compact island is known for its laid-back, small-town vibe. After being hit by a typhoon in 2013, the island has bounced back and today you’ll find relaxing beaches and an opportunity to dive with rare thresher sharks.
Swim with whale sharks at Moalboal
In a quiet corner of the island of Cebu, this town is home to the famous White Beach, which has clear turquoise waters and glorious soft sand. This area is brilliant for swimming with whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean.
Tips for planning a beach vacation in the Philippines
The best time to visit the Philippines is during the dry season, which runs from late November to May in most of the country. The more popular destinations tend to get crowded around Christmas, so it's best to avoid the last two weeks of December. During the wet season, torrential rain and even typhoons can occur. The sun can be intense on the beaches in the Philippines, so be sure to pack sunscreen, a cover-up and a wide-brimmed hat. Wet weather gear such as a waterproof jacket and umbrella is also recommended year-round in this tropical country.