Welcome to the Philippines, the country that hosts an exquisite collection of more than 7,000 islands, of which many are considered to be the best around the world. My today’s post is a showcase of 20 amazing beach locations in the Philippines that I have visited in the past years, hence I am recommending the following sites for your summer escapade this 2017. This comes with some travel tips and ideas to guide you along the way. And to be able to help more travelers in their experience, I encourage you to comment your suggestions and other helpful tips.
Let us begin the countdown with all the beaches I have visited in the world’s best Island, Palawan.
1. Pass Island, Coron
Going there: Fly to Busuanga Airport. FX /bus fare to Coron main land. Boat: usually part of the package tour in other destinations in Coron Island
Stay: Coron Eco Lodge
What to do: Diving, Snorkeling
Kayangan Lake, one of the main attractions in Coron, Palawan
2. Port Barton, San Vicente Palawan
Going there: Board a plane to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Take a tricycle that will bring you San Jose Terminal. From there, ride a van that will go directly to Port Barton.
Stay: Elsa’s Beach House
Food: Try the best servings at Elsa’s Beach House Restaurant; fresh seaweeds
What to do: Check with the locals if you can join them in harvesting fresh seaweeds
3. Kemdeng Beach, San Vicente Palawan
Going there: From Port Barton check for tricycle / motorcylce that can bring you to Kemdeng bech
4. Long Beach, San Vicente Palawan
Going there: Board a plane to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Take a tricycle that will bring you San Jose Terminal. From there, ride a van that heads to San Vicente; get off at Poblacion from there ride a tricycle to your hotel.
Stay: I heard Turublien Inn is okay.
5. Sabang Beach, Puerto Princesa
Going there: Fly to Puerto princesa and take the van ride to Sabang Beach
Stay: Mary’s Cottages (very affordable) Contact Number: +639197577582 +639084165206 +639056104122 / Email Address: marys_beachresort.sabang @ yahoo.com
What to do: What else? Visit the Underground River
6. Nagtabon Beach, Puerto Princesa
Going there: Take the flight to Puerto Princesa. Take a multicab or tricycle to San Jose Terminal; ask the driver to drop you at the tricycle terminal going to Bacungan. It is best to rent a tricycle that will bring you directly to Nagtabon Beach. Rate might be pricey if you are alone, but if you are travelling in two or three and you are sharing the cost, that wouldn’t be a problem.
Stay: I am not fully sure about the accommodation, but you can actually stay in the city proper and just head to the beach on a day-tour. If you are making it this way, better to arrange with the tricycle driver what time he or she can pick you up in the afternoon.
Food: It is best to buy your food in the city. There’s no restaurant in the area.
7. El Nido, Palawan
Going there: Fly to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Then go to San Jose Terminal, from there you can either go to El Nido via bus or via van or multicab. Travel time is quite long, 4 to 5 hours.
Stay: You do not have to worry about where to stay, there’s a lot of hotels and resorts in the area, but yes, it is best to book your stay in advance.
Now let’s move to beaches that are just stone throw away from Manila.
8. Burot Beach, Calatagan Batangas
Going there: Bus station at Pasay near MRT Taff station (at the back of McDo); from Calatagan Market take a tricycle ride to Burot Beach.
Stay: There are no hotels in the area; camping is the only option; but you can find affordable stays around Calatagan Market.
9. San Narciso Zambales
Going there: Take Iba-bound bus in Cubao, Quezon City and get off at San Narciso, Zambales (nearest landmark: San Sebastian Catholic Church). Then, ride a tricycle to your preferred resort.
Stay: Crystal Beach Resort
Food: Buffet Breakfast at Crystal Beach; their champorado is the best.
To do: Surfing. Island hopping.
Here’s another beach to see in Bicol region aside from Calaguas Island.
10. Cayucyucan, Camarines Sur
Going there: In Cubao, take the bus (DLTB) ride to Daet, Camarines Norte. From there, you might want to stay first at Bagasbas beach for surfing or head directly to Calaguas. Cayucyucan could be your rest area before going back to Manila. From Daet, take a tricycle ride to Mercedes Port (100 – 150); then the boat ride to Cayucyucan.
Stay: Palm Farm Beach Resort
Food: Highly recommended: Alvinos Roast, Grill & Fry in Daet
Here’s a rundown of some wonderful sites in the Visayas Region:
11. Bantayan Island, Cebu
Going there: Fly to Cebu then head to the North Bus Terminal and ride the bus to Hagnaya Port. From there, hop to the ferry that will bring you to the island.
Stay: Anika Beach Resort or you can just put up your tent at Sugar Beach Resort
Food: Munch to your heart’s desire at Anika Beach Resort. BBQ at the Bantayan market
To do: Island Hopping – visit Silion Island
12. Piagau Island, Guimaras
Going there: Travel to Iloilo City. From the airport get a cab that will bring you to the city. You can head directly to Parola Wharf or Ortiz Wharf. People will be very kind to tell you where to go, depending on your schedule. Then take the ferry to Guimaras. In the island, you can rent tricycles that will bring you to Taklong. Then, you can ask the local on the boat ride to Piagao Island.
Stay: There’s no accommodation in the island, the nearest place to stay could be in Alubihod. I stayed at Raymen Beach Resort.
Food: Food are great at Raymen. Yes, you should have a bite of their mangoes and suman (rice cake).
To do: Diving, island hopping and mangrove tour.
13. Alubihod Beach, Guimaras
Going there: Yes, take the flight to Iloilo and then go to your preferred wharf in the city and then find your ferry to Guimaras. From there, you can rent a tricycle or wait for the jeepney or multicab that will bring you to Alubihod.
Stay: Raymen Beach Resort.
To do: Tour around the island; discover other locations like the Sadsad Falls. And don’t forget to buy Guimaras mangoes for your pasalubong.
14. Virgin Island, Sitio Marangkalan Basiao, Capiz
Going there: Take the flight to Roxas Capiz, from the airport you can get a taxi to bring you in the town proper where you can ride a jeep to Ivisan, from Ivisan take another jeep to Basiao.
Stay: RBM Virgin Beach Resort
To do: Island Hopping
15. Homonhon Island,Guiuan, Eastern Samar
Going there: Fly to Tacloban City in Leyte, from the airport take a jeepney ride or a multicab to the Vanvan or Duptours Van terminal. Then travel to Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The travel is almost three to four hours, along the way there are many interesting sights, the famous San Juanico Bridge, the Balangiga Church,and the limestone formation in Marabut. In Guiuan, you can ask the locals as to the schedules of the boats to the island, the boat schedule changes every time depending on the tide. The boat to the island is also quite long, it is best to take a nap and rest.
Stay: There are no hotels in the area. It is best that you contact the locals or perhaps arrange with the NGOs working in the island and then volunteer in their activities. You can contact Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. or Medical Action Group.
To do: Island Hopping
16. Barobaybay, Lavesares, Northern Samar
Going there: Fly to Catarman, Northern Samar then take a van or bus to Lavesares, then tricycle to Barobaybay. From there, you may just ask the local for your spot on the beach.
Stay: You can find a good stay at the town proper in Catarman; highly recommended is the UEP Beach.
To do: Diving
17. UEP White Beach Resort, Catarman, Northern Samar
Going there: Take the direct flight to Catarman Samar; from the airport take the tricycle ride to UEP White Beach Resort.
Stay: UEP White Beach Resort (very affordable!)
To do: Explore the long stretch of the sand. Explore the mangrove area and have a lot of selfies at some rock formation. Yeah, go crazy with the waves.
18. Danjuan Island, Cauayan, Negros Occidental
Going there: From Manila or Cebu, take a one-hour flight to the Bacolod-Silay Airport.
From the Bacolod-Silay Airport, take a taxi to the South Ceres Bus Terminal at Lopez Jaena St.
A bus ticket costs P180 (non-aircon) or P250 (aircon). Take the bus bound for Hinoba-an. Trips are almost hourly starting at 2:30 AM until 6:30 PM. The 4-hour bus ride will have multiple stops but inform the bus conductor that your drop-off is at Crossing Remollos-Quadro de King. This is located at Purok 3, Baranggay Bulata, Cauayan. Once at Crossing Remollos-Quadro de King, boatmen of Danjugan will be there to guide you to the shore where a “bangka” or outrigger boat will take you on a 30-minute boat ride to the island. (taken directly from their website)
Stay: Accommodations and food are available in the island; choose the one that suits you best. Contact Danjugan Island at email@example.com or call them at +63 915 234-7145 or +63 908 525-4108
To do: You can do a lot of things in the island like kayaking, snorkeling, and mangrove planting. The best would be drinking wine while watching the sunset.
And finally, these two white beaches in Mindanao:
19. Isla Reta, Talicud Beach
Going there: Fly to Davao. Take the cab or a jeepney to Sta. Ana Wharf. Then just look for the ferry/boat that will go directly to Talicud Beach.
Stay: Isla Reta Beach Resort; you can check-in or just camp out in the area.
To do: Walk around the beach and visit other exciting sites in Talicud and Samal Island.
20. Camiguin White Beach in Mambajao
Going there: It would be easier if you will be able to take the direct flight to Camiguin; from the airport you can get a tricycle or multicab going to your resort, although a lot resorts in the area offer transportation services as part of your package in staying in their facility.
Stay: Camiguin Highland Resort
To do: Visit Katibawasan falls, Catarman Chruch Ruins and the Sunken Cemetery
I hope you enjoy this article, please send your comments, suggestions and other travel tips. I will be very happy to also share them to others. Thank you for visiting this site, and yes, may be next time, I will be saying, thank you for visiting the Philippines!