10 Hundred Islands, Pangasinan
Roughly five hours north of Manila, this cluster of over one hundred islands and islets is located in the Lingayen Gulf and is accessible by charter boat from the nearby wharfs in Alaminos. The Hundred Islands National Park is a popular spot to go swimming, snorkeling, and exploring the various caves and islands all around.
09 Mactan Island, Cebu
As a coral island, Mactan offers rich marine biodiversity which is good for diving and snorkeling. Island hopping is also recommended since the island is composed of numerous islets, water sports activity is also popular for leisure and entertainment.
08 Camiguin Island
A peaceful dreamland awaits you on Camiguin Island, a fabulous getaway of steep volcanoes, lush jungle and white beaches like White Island. In this pristine setting, you’ll find not only springs to soothe your body but also the clear pool and cold spring of Sto. Nio.
07 Samal, Davao
Named as the largest resort in the Philippines because it has a good number of white sand beaches and world-class resorts including Kaputian Beach Resort, the famous Pearl Farm, and the Paradise Island. It also boasts numerous marine reefs and crystal blue waters good for relaxation.
06 Siquijor Island
Siquijor Island has approximately 102 kilometers of shoreline, it’s interior is hilly or mountainous but also has some flat coastal plains. This mystical island is made up of limestone materials braided with mangroves, white sandy beaches and amazing coral reefs. Siquijor’s tranquility and scenic beauty never fails to attract nature lovers and adventurers all over the world. And as a coral island, it lures diving enthusiasts to explore the reefs surrounding the island, teeming with marine life which have been protected and reserved for years.
05 Panglao Island
The island is famous for its world class diving locations and is home to numerous tourist resorts. At the pristine Alona Beach, tours can be organised to world famous diving sites, if you love to dive visiting Panglao is the place to be. This tiny island is found hidden in it’s bigger nearby island of Bohol. One interesting geological feature found in the island is the Hinagdanan Cave which has an underground water source. The cave is an important water source as the island has no rivers or lakes.
04 Siargao Island
Siargao island is a tear-shaped island in Surigao del Norte. It has the largest mangrove forest in Mindanao which caters to rich marine biodiversity. It is good for diving, snorkeling and most specially it offers outstanding conditions for surfing. The island is commonly known as surfers haven. Surfers all around the globe flock to this island because of large and cloud 9 waves perfect for adrenaline rush. This cloud 9 waves are greatly influenced by the uninterrupted winds from the Pacific ocean. The cloud 9 reef waves is the site where annual Siargao surfing cup is held.
03 Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Often referred to as The Boracay of the North because of its fine white sands, numerous water activities (for those who are checked in some private resorts) and of course crystal blue waters. The strong winds and waves can be compared to that of Hawaii, which makes this place often visited by surfers. The Blue Lagoon is now becoming more famous because of its secluded beach and not many tourists go there.
02 El Nido, Palawan
It is most often dubbed as the Philippines’ last frontier. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area is also the largest marine reserve/sanctuary found in the Philippines with a total area of 903.21 sq. km. It is one of the most diverse ecosystem in the country and its flora and fauna is protected along with its geologic formations such as the majestic limestone cliffs – which is home to the swiftlets (apodidae birds whose nests are entirely built from threads of their saliva used for the famous bird’s nest soup) there are also approximately 50 white sand beaches in the island, 5 types of forest, 3 major marine habitats, It is remote yet awe-inspiringly beautiful.
01 Boracay, Aklan
Boracay is by far regarded as the most famous fully-developed beach paradise in Caticlan, Panay Island due to its fine white sand, turquoise-clear waters, picturesque scenery and ideal place to party with a huge crowd of tourists. Boracay is also considered as an ideal vacation destination to experience diverse, breathtaking sports and tour activities such as parasailing, island hopping, luxury sailing, biking, trekking, paddle touring, atv and buggy car driving – the list simply goes on and on. Moreover, if you are in for a more laid-back and secluded view of its beaches, then Puka Beach is definitely the place to be.