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Top 20 Tourist Destination in the Philippines: Beaches, Surfing and Island Hopping

One of the advantages of being a tropical country is always having great sunny days and getting the perfect tan. And that is exactly what you’ll experience in the top 20 tourist destination in the Philippines, the sun’s rays hitting you while you enjoy the day at the beach or surf your heart out in the waves. But what really sets the Philippines apart from other tropical countries is its people and how crazily cheap it will cost you.

The Philippines is known for their hospitality so whenever you ask for help, expect everyone to almost always be ready to assist you. Cost of living in the country is very affordable that you could already get a room from a 4 star hotel at roughly $40. Don’t believe me? watch Nas video below. (Day 3 discusses the prices in the country)


So without further ado, here are the top 20 beaches or island in the Philippines:


Boracay is an island in Western Visayas in the Philippines. It has received different awards from different agencies and publications for its beauty, white sand beaches and for being tourist friendly. Tourist can enjoy different activities in the beach including diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing, cliff diving and even horse riding.

El Nido

El Nido is situated in the province of Palawan. It is composed of numerous beaches that is known for its white sand beach, limestone cliffs, coral reefs and amazing ecosystem. Its beaches include Seven Commandos Beach, Bacuit Bay, Simizu Island, Pangulasian Island, Cadlao Island, Vigan Island, Dilumacad Island, Cudugnon Point,
Matinloc Island, Pinasil Island. and a lot more.

Panglao Island

Another beautiful beach located in the Visayas region is Panglao Island. The island is within the province of Bohol and is famous not only for its beach but also for its limestone units that form sinkholes and caves. One of their most interesting cave is Hinagdanan Cave that has its own underground water source.

Puerto Galera

In the north-west part of Oriental Mindoro is Puerto Galera. It is only 130 KM away from Manila and is accessible from the port of Batangas. Tourists will not only enjoy its many pocket beaches but also it’s diverse coral reefs which you could see when you dive. And because of this, it’s not really surprising that Puerto Galera is the only Philippine island listed in “Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World”.

Samal Island

In Davao City, you will find Samal Island which is also known as the largest resort city in the Philippines. It features many beaches, beach resort, various marine reefs, beautiful waters, especially Talikud Island. The most popular resort in the city is Pearl Farm Beach Resort. Best time to visit this island is during their Kabasan festival in May where the city has bikini open contest, street dancing, fireworks display and motocross events.


In the north of Philippines is Pagudpud located in Ilocos Norte. Aside from its amazing coastlines, tourists can also visit stunning architectures all around the town. Beaches you can visit include Saud Beach, Kapurpurawan Rock Formation, Maira-ira Beach, Timangtang Rock and the Kaibigan Falls.

Also Read: Top 20 Tourist Destination in the Philippines: Mountains and Hiking


Just a few kilometers from Cebu Island is Mactan or Maktan. It is a 65 KM island that is known for its many diving spots, where tourist can also snorkel, island hop, ride a jet ski, sail, and other cultural activities they can do with their family and friends.


Another beautiful destination in Palawan is Coron. What used to be a simple town is now a tourist destination for its exquisite beaches, laid-back vibe, lakes and lagoons and beautiful diving spots. And once you’re done swimming, you can also enjoy adventurous activities like reaching the top of Mt. Tapyas, visit an African safari, and get warm in hot springs.

Puerto Princesa

In Puerto Princesa, you will find Cowrie Island, Starfish Island, The Bay Walk and even an underground river which is said to be one of the 7 wonders of nature. It has its own waterfalls, river channels and incredible rock formations that you have to see to believe.


Now if you’ll be coming from Manila, Batangas is one of the best and nearest provinces to visit when looking for beaches. It features a number of stunning beaches that its a wonder why not many know about it. This includes Laiya, Burot Beach, Nasugbu, Anilao, Masasa Beach, Sombrero Island, Malabrigo Point, Matabungkay Beach, and Verde Island. The province is only less than 3 hours drive from Manila and the hotel prices are not too pricey.


Now if you’re looking for scenic view and beach, Bataan is a province you should consider. The beach in Morong Bataan is known for its cozy seaside resorts, sea turtles and best of all, the yummiest seafood for a cheap price. From Manila, Bataan is only 3 hours away so it is a worthy visit.


If you haven’t heard of Siargao, you have to watch the local movie, Siargao. Not only did the movie won countless awards, it also featured the stunning view and raw beauty. It is an island that features four breathtaking beaches including Dako Island, Magpupungko Beach, Guyam Island and Naked Island.

Camiguin Island

Located in the province of Bohol is Camiguin Island. It is about 10 kilometers off the coast of Mindanao and is the second-smallest province in the Philippines. It is known for producing the sweetest Lanzones, hence the annual Lanzones festival, and mini islands. If you visit White Islands, you can enjoy a picturesque view of Mt Vulcan and Hibok Hibok Volcano from the shore.


Unbeknownst to many, Baler is not just popular for its scenic views but also for its beaches. Its amazing beaches are loved by many tourists especially Sabang Beach, Digisit Beach, Cemento Beach and Lukso-Lukso Beach. Aside from swimming, you can also surf and do other water activities.

Hundred Islands in Pangasinan

Of course, we wouldn’t miss adding the famous hundred islands in Pangasinan. Although not every island can be visited, there are islands that are available to the public. To reach its island, you will need a boat but don’t worry as there are many boats for rent in the docks.

Caramoan Island

Caramoan Islands is another province that you should never miss to visit when in the Philippines. It features the most beautiful and clear beaches where you can different water activities like surfing, diving or just simply rest and relax on the beach. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it was actually featured in one series of Survivor.


Another reason to visit the province of Cebu is to visit Oslob. The province is known for their whale shark attraction where guest can watch, feed and swim with them. Of course, there are a few rules that must be followed before you are allowed to swim but its all worth it. Swimming with these gentle giants is a once in a lifetime experience.

Surigao City

When in Surigao, you shouldn’t miss visiting their beaches like Mabua and Ipil Pebble beach, Basul island, Berok, Panomboyon, Sumilom Island, Danawan Island and a lot more. Most of these beaches are either filled with white sand, different shell rims, pebbles and rich in coral reefs.

Badian, Cebu

One of the most popular tourist attraction in Badian Cebu is its Kawasan Falls. It is a three-layered waterfall that flows through a secret canyon. In addition, it also has a Badian Island that is known for its white sandy beach where visitors can snorkel and dive. And if you are into doing new things, you can also try their crab hunting in the mangroves.

Camotes Island

Yes, another island found in Cebu city that made it in our list is Camotes Island. In the past years, the island is getting more and more visitors to its beautiful dive sites around its island. There are many beach resorts around the area so finding a place to stay wouldn’t be a problem. Best of all, Cebuanos are really good in English so communication for English-speaking tourist wouldn’t be a problem.

Also Read: Top 20 Tourist Destination in the Philippines





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