Coron, Palawan And Other Islands: The Philippines’s 6 Best Beaches
Philippines is home to countless of beautiful and refreshing beaches, making it one of the best destinations for beach bums all over the world. With over 7,000 islands to explore, beach-hunting could be a bit daunting. To get you started on your beach escapade, here are six of the country’s best islands and beaches.
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To prove that the town of Coron in Palawan is one of the most favorite destinations of tourists, local and international, it has earned the top spot in international magazine Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Islands for two consecutive years. Its best feature: island hopping. Hop on board a banca boat and bask in the postcard-worthy limestone karsts and pristine lagoons that line up the archipelagic Coron. For a more immersive experience, explore the underwater dive sites featuring breathtaking marine life and World War II shipwrecks.
El Nido, Palawan
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On par with the beauty of its sister island, El Nido has also established itself as be one of the world’s bests. It is home to many hidden gems that can be discovered through sea kayak or banca. Similar towering rock formations, crystal-clear waters, prehistoric caves and waterfalls, and less-crowded beaches make El Nido a stunning stop for beach and travel junkies. Diving in El Nido can be just as spectacular as it is home to dolphins, endangered turtles, manta rays, whales, whale sharks, and a colorful beds of corals.
Siargao, Surigao del Norte
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Home to the largest mangrove forest in Mindanao and as the country’s top surfing spot, Siargao has increasingly become a popular destination in the Philippines in the recent months. For the surfer pros, towering waves at Cloud Nine Reef come in the months of June to October. Beginners should opt to visit during the off peak season when the waves are a little tamer. For non-surfers, the many pristine beaches and the Sohoton Caves are also must-visits. Apart from the beautiful naturescapes, many people are drawn to the island because of the laid-back lifestyle and the island beach vibes.
Calaguas, Camarines Norte
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Fine white sand against deep blue waters and volcanic rocks make Calaguas a favorite among those who want to escape from the city life. Since resorts have just started to open in the island, don’t expect anything fancy. Best to enjoy the serene environment by spending a few days camping on the beach. Since it’s not as popular as other islands or beaches because of its location, nature-lovers can take advantage of the peace and quiet for a short retreat.
Apo Island, Negros Oriental
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Apo Island is another famous spot for diving enthusiasts who want to swim among coral reefs—and even turtles! Those who are not-as-good swimmers will also get to enjoy the turtle experience since they can be found lounging in shallower parts of the water, as well. Apo Island’s huge and intricate rock formations against the beautiful blue waters make for impressive photographs, too!
Gigantes Islands, Iloilo
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Off-the-beaten-path travelers will surely love the hidden beaches of Gigantes Islands, unknown still to many. The area boasts of a salt-water lagoon, cliff diving spots, and clean white sand beaches barely touched because of the small number of tourists who make it to the islands. Beach bums will love to spend a night or two in treehouses and secluded beaches—plus, the seafood are super fresh and cheap!
Are you ready to embark on your next nature adventure?
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