Philippines is known for its beautiful and amazing beaches! If you are planning to explore Philippine beaches for the first time, you might want to consider the list of beaches to visit for first timers!

1. Mactan Island, Cebu

This place is probably the most popular for tourists who want to go to the beach! Cebu is known as the “Queen of the South”. It has beautiful beach sceneries, white sand beaches, and blue waters. Aside from that, people can speak English, very welcoming and customer service is really great. Mactan island is the most tourist-friendly beach in Cebu and you can also explore some historical places after spending time at the beach.

2. El Nido Island, Palawan

El Nido is one of the most beautiful islands of Palawan. It is known for its coral reefs, white-sand beaches, and the gateway to the group of islands with steep cliffs called Bacuit archipelago. The island offers many water activities like kayaking in the Small and Big lagoons, scuba diving, and many more. If you want to see breathtaking and magical scenery, you should visit this place!

3. Boracay Island, Aklan

Boracay is a small island located in the central part of the Philippines. There are many resorts and beaches that you can visit! Aside from that, there are also restaurants that serves delicious sea foods and chill bars for relaxation. There are also limited water sports activities since it undergo redevelopment and fixation of sewage system. There is also an observation deck on Mount Luho where you can see panoramic views in the morning and night.

4. Britania Group of Islands, Surigao del Sur

It is located in Barangay Britania, San Augustin, Surigao del Sur and it is composed of 24 islets that have different sizes and shapes. The islets are magnificently scattered around the bay of Lianga which faces the Pacific Ocean. This island is famous for its pristine waters and very fine and powdery sands. Another cool thing is the different hues and colors of sea water changes from one island to another.

5. Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

It has a long curve of white beach which is surrounded by resorts and bars. It is popularly known for dives and beaches. There is also a forest trail inland that leads to the beautiful Talipanan falls and a hillside 9-hole golf course located above the coast. On the northeast part, you can explore the corals and marine life at Sabang beach while Medio and Paniquian offers quieter beaches.

6. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Pagudpud is a town located on the northern coast of Luzon island. Saud beach and Bangui bay are the most popular among tourists because many resorts are located in this area. The towering Bangui windmills wind turbines are also popular among tourists because these wind turbines are arrayed in a row along the coast. A natural tunnel eroded through the headland which is the Bantay Abot Cave and amazing waterfalls like Kaibigan and Anuplig waterfalls are also accessible in this island.

7. Panglao Island, Bohol

It is an island located in the north Bohol Sea, Central Visayas region. The most known beach in this island is the Alona beach where you can have a nightlife and relax in resorts. The island also offers island hopping tours and the most popular is the private cruise firefly watching which you can only experience in this place. There is also an offshore diving, boat trips and swimming in the sea cave at Hinagdanan.

8. Samal Island, Davao del Norte

Samal is also known as the Island Garden City of Samal and it is the most popular beach in Davao city. There are amazing beaches and restaurants, abundant marine life, rock formations, white sand beaches, and pearl farm. You can also visit the Giant Clam Sanctuary and Monfort Bat Sanctuary which are popular among tourists. It is a great destination if you are looking for tranquility, adventures, and exploration of nature.


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