If you’re searching for that dreamy postcard picture, the Philippines is your answer. While going to any beach is rarely ever regretted- with over 7000 islands, deciding on which one to visit might just be a tad hair raising. From white to pink to nothing you’d ever imagine; here are our top 5 beaches to get you started.
Pink Beach, Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga
This tiny island inhabited by a local community of Badjaos could very well be one of the Philippines prettiest. Crushed red corals and shelled organisms called foraminifera blend with the fine white sand, the result? A bubblegum-pink powdery paradise. The island is only open to tourists from 7:00 am – 2:00 pm, and by arrangement with the City Tourism Office of Zamboanga. Visit the office at Paseo Del Mar Exit, Zamboanga, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines or Call +63 62 975 6341 to arrange your visit. Alternatively,
Malcapuya Isand Beach, Culion
If you’re looking for a totally remote island escape, Malcapuya will be right up your alley. There is only a handful of locals that live on the island, and only one small shop selling fresh coconut water so there isn’t much else going on- other than the 800m of absolutely idyllic scenery of course. The best way to get to Malcapuya is to take the 1.5-hour boat ride from Coron, Palawan. For those wanting a true island experience, bring along some camping gear and spend the night under the coconut trees!
Small Lagoon, El Nido
Not your regular sand beach, but rather a similar purpose with a unique atmosphere- the Small Lagoon is a gorgeous little cove can only be entered through a tiny crack in the limestone rock wall by swimming or in a kayak. From here you can walk around in the shallow water beneath the warping limestone cliffs and let the intense beauty of this spot sink in. For all you adrenaline junkies, there are incredible cliffs, caves and cliff-jumping spots for you to explore. Even at its most crowded, the magical scenery will have you so mesmerized you won’t even notice the surrounding tourists.
White Island, Camiguin
Just 10 minutes away from Camiguin mainland lies an almost too serene sandbar. Often taking the shape of a boomerang, the sandbar, in fact, changes shape depending on the tides- making each visit unique. White Island is uninhabited and there are no permanent structures, in fact, there isn’t even a single tree to be found- just a perfect patch of blinding white sand with a 360-degree view of crystal clear aquamarine water.
Cresta de Gallo Island
Cresta de Gallo Island will be one of, if not the most surreal place you ever get to visit. Plus, its remote location gives you a high chance of being able to enjoy it all to yourself for a few hours. Wander about the islands two unbelievably beautiful sand strips, miles away from any distraction. Its almost difficult to believe a place like this exists, you’ll no doubt have to pinch yourself a few times to remind yourself it isn’t a dream.