When you start to decide where next to take that all-important summer holiday, the Philippines should spring immediately to mind.
Soft-sanded beaches are bordered by numerous hotels, cafés, bars, and restaurants – offering holiday-makers scintillating views of the sunset over the waters as they dine on alfresco restaurants offering local and international cuisine.
With the continuous sun and great beach temperatures throughout November to April and with various water sports to try out, Philippine beach holidays are perfect for anyone looking for something special from a winter beach holiday.
As one of the most breath-taking beaches in the Philippines and rated within the top ten beaches in the world, the White Beach in Boracay in Aklan is a beach which any traveler would find hard to forget. Soft and radiant white sands stretch out along the coastline for three miles, and tropical fish are on display through the crystal-clear turquoise water.
Although there are no coral reefs next to the beach, tour boats will take you the short distance to some reefs which are excellent for a day or two of scuba diving. Polynesian Pagoda cottage accommodation features among the many different styles of hotels and a huge variety of restaurants, bars, and shopping facilities offer a great break from the beaches and the chance to get some cosmopolitan cuisine.
The white sands which never get hot make this beach perfect for families, and the windsurfing and kitesurfing cater for those with more adventurous tastes.
The Honda Bay, Palawan, also has fine and dazzling white sands which are much less packed than the White Beach, making this the perfect beach for couples looking for a romantic getaway. As its awe-inspiring beaches are surrounded by a magnificent rainforest landscape, this area is also known as ‘the Last Frontier’. Also located in Palawan is El Nido, a premier destination in the Philippines, and home to some of the most exclusive resorts in the country.
This is also known to be one of the best dive spots in the country, Honda Bay comprising of several islets with its glittering coral reefs presenting great opportunities for snorkeling. The Tubbataha Marine Park; a World Heritage Site, offers the most stunning coral views in the area when diving.
Malapascua Island, Cebu, a tiny island located at the northeast tip of Cebu Island has a beautiful beach with coral reefs, unexplored caves, sunken Spanish galleons and dense, uninhabited jungle teeming with exotic plants and animals to delve into. This sparsely inhabited area lacking in mass tourism is perfect for intrepid travelers who would like a beach holiday which allows them to venture into the distant and the unknown, discovering what treasures this area holds by themselves.
The Puraran Beach on Catanduanes Island is reported as one of the best surfing locations in the world, with its best season from April to June. Undeveloped as a tourist destination and having traditional huts as its main accommodation, this beach is for those who want to get away from the typical beach holiday and take the best advantage of the clear and clean waves and waters. In between taking a surfboard to the sea, the energetic can climb the lofty mountains or take up another type of water sport such as kite surfing. With magnificent sands to take a break on, few beaches could offer the quality of holiday as this one does.
The great variety in the types of beach holidays which the Philippines has to offer means that anyone, from families to couples, from sun-seekers to surfers, can find an incredible beach suited to their needs.