15 Must-Visit Philippine Beaches That Aren’t In Boracay

14 Mar 2020

Find paradise this summer in these Philippine Beaches

Borocay has long been helm as the ultimate beach paradise; a stunning 4km stretch of white soft sand, glistening cobalt-blue water and a tranquil hideout perfect as a refuge from the city landscapes. However, with over thousands of islands to choose from in the Philippines (7,1017 to be exact!), it would be a shame if you haven’t had your perfect beach fix outside of Borocay. These beaches are just as beautiful as the famous white-sand beach and offer a multitude of land and sea activities you can enjoy. It’s true when they say, “It’s more fun in the Philippines”!
With summer fast approaching, we’ve curated a list of exceptional beaches in the Philippines that are equally as beautiful as Boracay. Read on to find out where to find the beach paradise of your dreams!

1. Coron, Palawan – Best wreck-diving destination in the country

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Wreck diving is one of Coron’s most sought after activities. Japanese shipwrecks from World War II dot the coast of Coron and serve as great diving spots. Some of the best spots can be found at Lusong Gunboat, which is also the best location for viewing the famous Coral Garden.
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Apart from wreck diving, Coron is also known for is its famous karst limestone cliffs, turquoise waters and all around breathtaking scenery! Fill your itineraries with these activities in Coron!

2. El Nido, Palawan – What beach dreams are made of

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El Nido recently ranked number four on Conde Nast Travelers’ “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World” list. Here’s why we can’t help but agree! If you’re looking to commune with nature, see limestone cliffs and turquoise waters and lay in white sand beaches, El Nido may be your best bet.
The island also offers a multitude of sea activities like kayaking, island hopping, and cliff diving. Pick your favourite activities and experience the best of El Nido in one day!

3. Bitaog Beach, Catanduanes – The country’s best kept secret

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We wouldn’t be shocked if nobody has ever heard of Bitaog Beach – and to be honest, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. This stunning paradise is truly one of the country’s best hidden beaches. Completely detached from the hustle and bustle of the city, it offers a serene ambiance and a sense of seclusion. The island is blessed with powdery white sand, crystal clear aquamarine waters, and magnificent rock formations! Whether you’re looking to go for a swim, lay by the sand, or even go snorkelling, Bitaog beach is the one for you!

4. Borawan, Quezon Province – A Boracay and Palawan hybrid

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If Boracay and Palawan had a baby, it would be the island of Borawan. This island was purposely named after the two beaches for its white sand and limestone formations. Borawan Beach has everything the other two islands has, minus the large crowds! 

5. Jomalig Island, Quezon Province – Secluded unspoiled sanctuary

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The only flaw about this island is that it is quite difficult to get to. But, don’t let a six hour boat ride discourage you! From what we’ve gathered, there isn’t a single visitor who wasn’t in awe of this island’s majestic beauty. The long commute might just be an advantage if you are looking for a quiet place to unwind. 

6. Gigantes, Iloilo – The ultimate island life experience

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The islands of Gigantes can rival those of Boracay – with their sugary white sand, crystal clear waters, abundant marine life and lagoons. Additionally, experience the authentic island life experience complete with fresh seafood to chow down on!

7. Oslob Beach, Cebu – Best whale shark adventure

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Looking for some thrill? Check out Oslob Beach in Cebu! In addition to boasting a gorgeous sandbar, Oslob beach is the jump-off point for swimming with the Whale Sharks! This experience is unlike any other, and is highly recommended by tourists and locals. Check “Swimming with Whale Sharks” off your bucket list with this activity!

8. Bantayan Beach, Cebu – A quiet beach retreat

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Made popular by the Filipino movie, Camp Sawi, locals have flocked to this island in hopes of mending their broken hearts and to  get a break from their busy lives. If you’re looking to disconnect and destress, this is the perfect island for you!

9. Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga – The Philippines’ pink sand beach

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Tucked away in the province of Zamboanga is a unique pink sand beach. The Great Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga is an up and coming tourist hot spot recently featured in National Geographic’s “21 Best Beaches in the World” list in 2017.

10. Siargao, Surigao Del Norte – Surfing capital of the Philippines

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In the recent years, Siargao has become a notable favorite among the Filipinos. Though gradually gaining popularity, the island is still relatively undiscovered. This island is also one of the Philippine’s best surfing sites that offer laid back vibes all around.

11. Caramoan, Camarines Sur – A castaway’s paradise

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Similar to Boracay, Caramoan Island is abundant in marine life, white sand beaches, stunning backdrops and clear blue waters – minus the crowds. This charming island is incredibly underrated- considering that two seasons of the reality series “Survivor” were filmed on this site! Experience the life of a castaway in this beautiful, unexploited island!

12. Camiguin Island, Bohol – The island of fire

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The charming island of Camiguin or the “the Island of Fire” got its name from the seven volcanoes surrounding it. Camiguin offers an abundance of activities tourists can enjoy – snorkeling, diving, mountain climbing, and so much more!
Although the island has a handful of islands, we recommend the White Island, a seemingly endless white sand beach with a gorgeous backdrop of the islands’ volcanoes.

13. Panglao Island, Bohol – The Boracay of Central Visayas

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If you’re looking for specific Boracay qualities for your next beach trip, this may be the island you’re looking for! Unlike any other beach listed here, Panglao Island happens to have a great nightlife scene – just like Boracay. It also features the white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and world class diving sites Boracay is famous for.
Another great thing about Panglao island is its close proximity to some of Bohol’s famous landmarks. You can easily visit Panglao island and attractions like the Hinagdanan Cave and Daius Church all in one day!

14. Potipot Island, Zambales – Your own private island

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Ever dreamt of owning a private island? It takes just under an hour to go around Potipot Island. It’s the perfect beach getaway from the hectic city! Also, make sure to bring your own water, food, and camping goods! Limited vendors in the area mean prices for these essentials tend to be more expensive.

15. Bonbon, Romblon – Best sandbar sunsets

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Bonbon Beach lies in the heart of the MIMAROPA region. Visitors say the island is so small, you just might drive right past!
Just a 10-15 minute tricycle ride from Bonbon Beach from the town’s port, for all you early birds, there’s even a chance you’ll see the sandbar to Bangug island.