Being an archipelago composed of thousands of islands, it is not surprising to note that the Philippines boast of majestic coastlines that would surely make the Philippines among the worthy contingent for the beach capital of the world.
Party and beach rolled into one – a perfect description of Boracay in Aklan. For many years now, this beach has become one of the compelling reasons to visit the Philippines. It has become a worldwide tourist attraction. Aside from its fine, white sand, Boracay has a long list of beach escapades to offer like fun beach activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, diving helmet, parsailing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, cliff diving and a lot more. Exploring the coastline will also keep you pre-occupied for days as there are a lot of restaurants and bars to frequent to during the day and night.
Bantayan Island, Cebu
When you hear about Bantayan Island, the first that comes into your head is a one-of-a-kind experience of authentic culture and nature’s beauty rolled in an island filled with one of the oldest remnants of Philippine history. Its beaches has become enough reason for tourists far and wide to come to the Philippines just to frolic on its white sand and bathe in its clear water. Aside from the beach, you can also go to Ogtong Cave and experience a grand escapade in the nearby Malapascua Island.
If one paradise is not enough, what about getting a bunch of them? Calaguas is a group of islands composed of three major islands Tinaga, Guintinua and Maculabo and some minor islands that showcase the true definition of nature’s beauty. The most famous and most frequented is Tinaga because of the reputed Mahabang Buhangin beach which offers fine, powdery white sand and respite from the hustle and bustle of modern living.
It is not about what to find wonderful in this place, but the more appropriate question would be what is not wonderful to find in this place. This municipality stretches 260 miles from the country’s center and the whole expanse of the island breathes world-class experience. Interesting places to visit include Bacuit Bay, Bakay Tubay, Cadlao Island, Ille Cave, Dilumacad Island, Aberawan River, Pangulasian Island, Pinasil Island, Vigan Island, Cudugnon Point and Matinloc Island which nestles the Secret Beach and Kulasa Beach.
Panglao Island, Bohol
Panglao, amidst being the tourist magnet in Bohol, has maintained its laid back feel. No wonder it has become a favorite hangout and even retirement place for many foreign nationals. The island offers fun, night life experience but what it is proud of is its stunning beaches, wonderful coral reef formations perfect for diving and neighboring islets that reminds you how beautiful nature really is. Panglao is also close to other Bohol tourist spots like the Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Sanctuary and the Loboc River cruise.
A one-day escapade is all you need to enjoy a back-to-back-to-back experience in Black Island, Malacapuya Island and Banana Island and the Bulog Dos islets, the top reasons why you need to have Coron, Palawan in your top places to visit in the Philippines. Aside from marveling at the blue and clear water and white-sand beaches of the islands, you can also explore the local community’s pearl farms and seaweed plantations. If these are not enough, you can always dive and explore the sunken Japanese warships around Coron.
Samal Island, Davao del Norte
Although the island belongs to the province of Davao del Norte, Samal is often associated with its much nearer neighbour and more accessible Davao City. But what made Samal famous and frequently visited by neighboring locals and foreign nationals are its beaches and resort accommodation. Most recommended are Dayang Beach, Isla Reta and Pearl Farm because they offer world-class experience which could be at par with more popular international beach resorts. From diving, snorkelling and other beach activities to the food and experience, Samal has got it all.
Palaui Island in Cagayan Valley
Although this island is understatedly challenging to reach given that it is situated at the tip most portion of Luzon particularly in the municipality of Sta. Ana, everything that you bargained for just to get to this place will be all worth it. Aside from the staple beach activities and the pristine and rigged beaches, you can also go hiking and trekking and explore every nook and cranny of Palaui like the famous Farol de Cabo Engaño, the Siwangag Cove and visit the neighboring Crocodile, Manidad and Mapurao islands. The place does not offer highly commercialized accommodation so expect to stay in one of the homes of the locals or pitch your own tent in Punta Verde. Bring enough cash since all your tours at sea will be done by boat and for a price.
Siargao is famous for a lot of things – especially for its beaches. When visiting Siargao, tourists never miss an island hopping adventure touring the three well-reputed islands in the area, namely, Naked Island, Guyam Island and Dako Island. Most frequented is Dako Island because, as its name suggests, it is biggest of the three and is publicly accessible. It also offers a perfect secluded island getaway with its laid back ambience made more unforgettable by the powdery, white sand and clean, blue water. You can stay overnight in one of the modest huts and feast on sweet coconut juice offered by the locals.
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Pagudpud offers not one but two vacation options that offer both seclusion and adventure. Blue Lagoon houses the over-the sea zipline escapade while Saud Beach has its long stretch of white sand and heavenly paradise to offer. If the lagoon and the beach is still not enough for you, there are also other scenic areas where tourists can visit, namely, the Patapat Viaduct, Kabigan Falls, Bangui Windmills and many more.
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