The Philippines, without a doubt, is one of the most stunning countries in the Asia Pacific. An archipelagic country composed of more than 7,000 islands and endless beaches and coastlines, Philippines is indeed a piece of paradise in this universe that never fails to captivate the heart of every traveler.

Of the 7,107 islands in the country, only 2,000 are inhabited. Each of the islands offers a diversity of sights and landscape, local traditions and beliefs. Tropical rainforests, mangroves, coral reefs, as well as shipwrecks are common sights in the country. Aside from these, Philippines is also famous for its world-class beaches, resorts, hot springs, and entertainment activities such as beach volleyball and night parties.

To top it all, the country also boasts the fact that it has one of the longest white sand coastlines in the entire planet – and it is one of its features that enthralls every person who finds themselves in this land. So, if you are seeking for a getaway space in the tropics, in the Philippines in particular, here is a list of the top 10 beaches that you should never miss.

El Nido, Palawan

If you want an all-time getaway with everything in it, El Nido Palawan is your place. The area has more than 50 white sand beaches paired with limestone cliffs and coral reefs.

Added to this, it also offers mangrove and rain forests while the northern part of it serves as the primary residence marine mammals like dolphins and dugongs. Shipwrecks from 1944 that were found in the north of the island top its splendours.

Puerto Galera, Mindoro

Popular for its white sand beaches and raging nightlife, Puerto Galera is the place for relaxation, party, snorkelling, beach sports, even meeting people. Aside from this, Puerto Galera showcases a variety of diving sites where exotic species of fishes and corals thrives and can be readily observed by the divers.

As a bonus, this place is just a few hours from Apo Island in Mindoro, the home of dogfish tuna and the second largest contiguous coral reefs.

Panglao Island, Bohol

Located near Tagbilaran Port, Panglao Island is the home of 250 different species of crustaceans and about 2500 mollusks. With sugar white beaches as its main features, Panglao also serves as the diving spots in Bohol island.

If you find yourself in the place, be sure not to miss the long sandbar of Virgin Island as well as the lighthouse in Balicasag Island.

Oslob, Cebu

If you are into extreme adventures with the whale sharks, then Oslob Cebu is the perfect place for you. Swim with one of the world’s largest whale sharks locally known as “Butanding” in its aquamarine water.

Explore the marine environment, the coral reefs, and small fishes. Since this is a hotspot in the Philippines, meeting friends along the way is an expected bonus.

Boracay, Aklan

Best known for its beautiful beaches wrapped in sugar white sand, Boracay, Aklan is one of the most famous destinations in the country.

It is like a city constructed near the beach – in this place you can surely get a hotel room with an overview of a tropical island.

Malapascua Island, Cebu

Just three hours away from Cebu mainland, you will have the island that every traveler dreams to visit. Malapascua Island in Cebu is not only famous for scuba diving and whale watching – it serves as the sanctuary of the Philippine Turtles.

Siquijor Island

If you are into mysticism, Siquijor is the island that will best fit your interest. It is rumored that on good Friday, witches and wizards gather in the area and perform magic. However, aside from mysticism, another truth should also be noted: Siquijor is also the island of the healing.

Batanes

An island situated in the northernmost part of the Philippines, Batanes is the dream destination of every local in the country.

Surrounded by rolling hills and rough ocean waves, stone houses with thatched roofs and old coffee shops, idyllic landscape and spellbinding seascapes, the way to this island is not easy – but the trip is certainly worth it.

Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley

If you find yourself in Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley, be prepared to have yourself captivated. A unique and secluded place situated in Sta. Ana, Cagayan, in the northern part of Luzon, Palaui Island is the very spot where Survivor, a famous reality game show, was held.

It is best known for its unspoiled beauty that can line up with the most beautiful islands on the entire planet.

Siargao Island, Siargao

If Batanes is the northernmost island in the Philippines, Siargao Island is the easternmost one. From Cebu, you can reach this place by plane within 45 minutes. With its breathtaking beauty, Siargao Island is a place that snatches every traveler’s, heart.

Feast your eyes upon the endless lines of white sands and aquamarine water, waterfalls, and rock formation. Unlike Boracay that has establishments in it, Siargao Island is relatively undeveloped, thus giving it a more mystical atmosphere.

Because of its very nature as an archipelago, Philippines is endowed with hundreds and hundreds of beaches, endless white sand coastlines, towering waterfalls, shipwrecks, as well as forests of the islands. It is one of the most beautiful countries in the Asia Pacific that every traveler should include on their bucket list. Visiting this country is, indubitably, a trip of your lifetime.