Philippine beaches are one of the greatest discoveries for the water-loving tourist traipsing throughout Asia. The Philippines boasts over 7,000 islands, giving it an incredible amount of coastline along the Pacific and the China Sea, and with so much available beach, it’s no wonder that the Philippines is considered the beach capital of Asia.
Luxury and Budget Beach Resorts
It’s a remarkably friendly country, whether you’re in the big city of Manila, or on one of the tiny tropical islands, and the beaches are some of the best in Asia. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised by the cost. Beach resort towns tend to be costly in most places, and to be sure, there are expensive resorts in the Philippines. But, if you’re on a budget, you’ll find plenty of low-cost accommodations and budget guest houses right along the most popular beaches.
Bleach White Boracay Island
Boracay Island, easily accessible from Manila by airplane or boat and often considered to be one of the best beaches in the world, is a great destination for beach lovers. Getting around the island is fairly easy, and you can get a pedicab ride, or even walk to most destinations. White Beach, on the western side of the island, is the biggest destination on the island, offering clean, white sand and beautiful blue water, making this one of the most scenic and beautiful destinations in the Philippines. Many of the island’s hotels, guest houses and other accommodations are found along White Beach. On the eastern shore, you’ll find Bolabog Beach, which is a popular windsurfing spot.
Surfing and Diving Destinations
If you’re anxious to get off the beach and under the water, the dive spots are abundant, and you can get an up-close look at the beautiful live coral. Palawan’s Honda Bay I a good place for diving and visiting the coral reefs. And if you’re interested in hanging ten, the best surf spots is Catanduanes island, near Luzon; and Siargao, in Surigao del Norte Province. Surigao’s waves reach twelve feet, bringing in hard-core surfers from all over the world.
You’ll find water fun in the Philippines of every type, whether it’s surfing, diving, or just laying on the beach. Kayaking has also become popular, and the islands offer kayaking venues everywhere. Kayaking around the Philippines is a sheer delight, giving you an opportunity to explore tiny, secret coves and channels that are never seen by regular boat tours, and the adventurous kayaker can explore coastal areas that are still virtually untouched. You can find kayaking areas on just about every island, but a historic kayaking trail can be found on Cavite-Corregidor-Bataan; and if you’re interested in getting up close to the vast array of underwater marine life that pervades the islands, try kayaking around the shallow waters in the Caramoan Peninsula’s rugged coastline area.
Island Hopping Across Hundred Islands
Finally, no beach-goer should visit the Philippines without spending some time at the spectacular Hundred Islands National Park, actually a cluster of 123 islands featuring incredible beaches, calm waters for snorkeling, and adventure as you explore the lush vegetation throughout the island group. The beaches there aren’t particularly huge like on some of the larger islands in the Philippines, and you won’t find much of a lively nightlife there, but its unspoiled beauty is incomparable anywhere in the world—and you’ll find it a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings, and just get away from the world for at least a brief time.