Nacpan and Calitang Beaches, El Nido (Photo by


The beaches in the Philippines are outstanding. Comprised of more than 7,000 islands, it’s impossible to track all of them. We’ve given it a good try!

The Provinces of the Philippines act as the primary political and administrative divisions of the Philippines. There are 80 provinces in total, each administered by its own elected governor who overseas all the local government entities. The provinces are further grouped into 17 regions which are based on geographical, cultural, and ethnological characteristics.

The Philippines is teeming with gorgeous beaches. Just have a look on the types of beach vacations you can take on any of its famous islands.

Panglao Island, Philippines (Flickr Photo by Gezelle)
Panglao Island, Philippines (Flickr Photo by Gezelle)


White Beach, Boracay, Philippines

Known as one of the top beaches in Asia, White Beach in Boracay might be pimped it as far as beaches are concerned, but that’s because we think it’s the closest thing to a tropical paradise that you’ll ever experience. Sugary white sand beaches, water sports, spas and swaying palm trees, Boracay offers something for everyone.


Panglao Island

Famous for its bio-diverse diving spots and colorful coral reef, Panglao’s world-class beaches remain one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines today. The island is located in the Central Visayas in Bohol Province, southwest of the island of Bohol and east of Cebu. A narrow channel separates this idyllic island form its bigger brother Bohol Island. Palm trees, fine white sand beaches and beach recliners make this island picture postcard perfect.

Panglao has several popular beaches, including Alona Beach and Doljo Beach. Boats can be rented from Alona Beach for island hopping tours, while recreational water activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving can be enjoyed on the northwest and southeast shores of the island. Freshwater swimming and caving can be enjoyed at Hinagdanan Cave, while dolphin and whale watching can be enjoyed just off shore.

Many visitors use Panglao is a a jumping off point to Pamilacan Island, whose waters are home to dolphin pods and large whales.

Nacpan and Calitang Beaches, El Nido (Photo by

Nacpan and Calitang Beaches, El Nido

Don’t miss these stunning adjoining beaches in El Nido, Palawan. Beach lovers will be able to double their pleasure when they visit these two white, glistening sand, just 20km outside of the town proper. Many travelers have said that out of all of the beaches on offer in beautiful Palawan, these two beaches should be listed as a must-see on any travel itinerary. The beaches, which are said to be the longest beaches in all of El Nido, are approximately 20 kilometers outside of the town of El Nido.

The area is blessed with calm, crystal clear turquoise waters. There aren’t any nearby hostel, guesthouses or resorts in the area, so please pack appropriately if you’re planning on spending the day here.

There’s a nearby fishing village that you can visit as well. The best time to go is in the morning when you can see the fishermen towing nets to catch fish which will later be dried and sent to the nearby towns to sell at the local markets.

To get to Nacpan and Calitang Beaches, you can take the expensive route and book through a local travel agency OR you can rent a motorbike, tricycle or boat in the town of El Nido. (You’ll need to bargain for a good price!)

Bacuit Archipelago, Philippines

The Bacuit archipelago has been called one of the Philippines geological wonders because of its majestic limestone rock formations and sharp karst cliffs. The archipelago, which is comprise of 45 islets, has numerous sandy white shores, including the stunning beaches at Cadlao Island. These islands are a terrific day trip for adrenalin junkies interested in diving, cliff-climbing, kayaking, snorkeling and hiking.


Paradise Beach, Samal Island, Philippines

The Southern Philippines is home to some truly sumptuous beaches. You’ll think you’ve found paradise when you arrive at the Island Garden City of Samal. It’s aptly named Paradise Beach attracts visitors year-round with its stunning scenery, golden sandy beaches and warm breezes.








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