With over 7000 different islands, and only 2000 of which are inhabited, the Philippines is a haven for biodiversity, with everything from dense tropical rainforests to towering mountain ranges. Of course, the country’s star attraction has to be its unbelievable array of world-class beaches, from the secretive and isolated to the vibrant and developed. Here are some of OROGOLD’s picks of the most beautiful Philippine beaches, each of which offer a uniquely irresistible taste of paradise.
White Beach, Boracay
Possibly the most well-known of all Philippine beaches, White Beach in Boracay has been named by many as the best beach in the world. With 5km of powdery white sand, most of which is actually made up of finely ground coral, White Beach has recently attracted the attention of many international developers, leading to a great choice of facilities all along the beach. You will find plenty to occupy your time at the beach, but OROGOLD recommends sticking around for the sunset, as White Beach’s west-facing position makes it ideal for watching the sun sink into the horizon, flooding the sky and sea with extraordinary colors.
Casapsapan Beach, Aurora
It may be quite a trek to reach this primarily untouched beach, but the journey is most definitely worth it. A vehicle of some sort, be it a motorbike or tricycle, is needed for the steep trail and river crossing, but these are easily found for hire at most of the nearby towns. The beach is raw and unspoiled, and a great one to spend some time exploring. Talks of development for Casapsapan Beach are already underway, so be sure to pay it a visit soon if you want to catch it in its purest state.
Port Barton, Palawan
Another beach that is virtually untouched, Port Barton has stretches of gorgeous white sand, with a variety of trails leading into the rainforest clad mountains that lie right by the shore. For those who want to explore the magic happening underwater, the coral gardens, home to a variety of fish and turtles, will definitely not disappoint. Its peaceful ad relaxed atmosphere is ideal for those who want to experience the same level of beauty that somewhere like Boracay can offer, but without the often-overwhelming crowds.
Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beach, El Nido
With a seemingly never-ending choice of secret beaches and hidden lagoons, El Nido is already a beach-lover’s dream, and the Nacpan-Calitang Twin Beach just makes it even more so. The Nacpan and Calitang Beaches are two separate strips of sand, that meet in the middle right by a hill, the top of which offers some extremely picturesque views. The area is relatively undeveloped, and while you won’t find sprawling beach resorts, there are some great local eateries and modest beach huts in which you can spend the night.
With thousands of beaches to choose from, there is no end to the amount of fun that can be had in the Philippines. One of OROGOLD’s favorite ways to explore the many beaches is by taking an island hopping trip, where you will also be able to visit some of the hidden beaches that can only be reached by boat.