Places To Swim in the Philippines With The Clearest, Bluest Waters

With more than 7,000 islands to choose from, The Philippines is a perfect destination for water lovers. Whether you love to spend your holiday on a beach, an enchanting river or a mystical lake, our islands have everything you are looking for. To help you decide where to spend your endless summer, Pinoy Travel Bloggers shares their favorite places to swim with the clearest water.

Dako Island in Siargao by Chyng Reyes

Dako Island Clearest Water
Dako Island Clearest Water


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All this time I thought Siargao’s beaches are only made for surfers, but I was so wrong. This Dako Island made me breathless.

Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by Aleah of Solitary Wanderer

Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

The Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur is hands down the clearest and most beautiful river I’ve seen in the Philippines. It’s estimated to be at least 200 feet deep, but divers haven’t yet fully explored it underwater. Check out how to get there and what you can do there: Going to the Enchanted River, Hinatuan.

Kayangan Lake in Coron Palawan by Mervz of Pinoy Adventurista.

Kayangan Lake
Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Lake is one of Coron Palawan’s gems. Upon seeing its crystal clear water and high stone cliffs surrounding the lake, I was instantly pulled in by its immense beauty. Definitely one of the Philippines’ cleanest lakes.

Sohoton National Park in Siargao by Jeffrey Rilles of Traveling Morion.

Sohoton National Park in Siargao
Sohoton National Park in Siargao

Naturally-crafted rock formations are beautiful sightings before we reach the entrance to the main spot. Crystal clear water, beautiful coral formations, and colorful fishes were visibly seen below our boat invites me to dive and feel the nature at its finest!

Bantayan Island by Astrid Reburiano of Starfish Travels.

Bantayan Island
Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island is for the mellow soul. The shallow, clear waters is a beautiful sight, especially during sunrise. You can even see the endless underwater sand ripples! If you do decide to dip your toes, wait and see tiny fishes and stingless jellyfishes come to you.

Kanaway Beach in Jomalig Island by Ervin Malicdem of S1expeditions.com.

Kanaway Beach
Kanaway Beach in Jomalig Quezon

Kanaway Beach can be found at Jomalig, the farthest island of the Polilio Group of Islands facing the Pacific Ocean. Its beach is breathtaking as the naturally rippled golden sand beach on low tide gets a fresh supply of clear seawater from the ocean waist-deep during high tide.

Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas Group of Islands in Camarines Sur by DongHo of Escape Islands.

Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas Group of Islands
Mahabang Buhangin in Calaguas Group of Islands

I believe even non-beach bums will end up loving the beach when they get to visit Tinaga island particularly the beach of Mahabang Buhangin. Despite the large crowd that comes in during summer its desolation during the rainy season keeps its waters pristine and crystal clear.

APO ISLAND, Apo Reef Natural Park in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro by Ar-Jay Abellera of Rjdexplorer.com.

Apo Reef Natural Park in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro
Apo Reef Natural Park in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro

You will be rewarded by a powdery beach and crystal clear water upon arrival in the island from a long (very long) and tiring trip from Metro Manila.

Mabaay Island or Martelinos White Sand of Capiz by Jeff Ponce of Bisayang Manlalakbay.

Mabaay Island or Martelinos White Sand of Capiz
Mabaay Island or Martelinos White Sand of Capiz

The white beach of Ivisan in Capiz is not so popular destinations among tourist but this little island offers mind-blowing white sand and a crystal-like water.

The waters of Coron, Palawan by Marky Ramone Go of Nomadic Experiences.

Clear Waters of Coron Palawan
Clear Waters of Coron Palawan

I’ve been to Coron thrice already and each time I never get tired of snorkeling and swimming (with life vest of course) over and under its crystal clear waters. The rich marine life gives an impression of being in Sponge Bob’s universe, only cleaner and more beautiful. I would go to Coron in a heartbeat even without Willie Revillame giving me a jacket, the only thing I’ll need next time is a diver’s licence AND the knowledge of how to swim.

Sibang Beach by Chino of Juanderful Pinoy.

Sibang Beach in Calayan Group of Islands
Sibang Beach in Calayan Group of Islands

Well, I will never ever forget my very first steps into the beach of Sibang in Calayan, Cagayan. The soft sand feels ultimately great. It was so pure, soft and mind you there’s nothing like kicking off my shoes to sink my feet into this powdery-white sand beach. I was really astonished by its purity.

Kalanggaman Island in Palompon Leyte by Shugah Kang of Wandershugah.com.

Kalanggaman Island in Palompon Leyte
Kalanggaman Island in Palompon Leyte

The island beckons a clear baby blue to deep blue water; that perfectly blends with the horizon, and fine white sand with some crushed red corals. Its beautiful and the crystal clear water will surely make you wanna dive and jump out of the boat.

Governor’s Rapids in Maddela, Quirino by Ramil Delos Reyes of Pinas Muna.

Governors Rapid in Maddela Quirino Province
Governors Rapid in Maddela Quirino Province

The Governor’s Rapids in Maddela, Quirino has been awarded as one of the cleanest bodies of water in the Cagayan Valley region. In a country well known for its pristine beaches, such rivers are hidden from mainstream tourism, making Governor’s Rapids a perfect hideaway.

Lungsodaan Marine Sanctuary in Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte by Ephraim Arriesgado of Selflesstravels.com.

Lungsodaan Marine Sanctuary in Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte
Lungsodaan Marine Sanctuary in Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte

This is a beach near Lungsodaan Marine Sanctuary in Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte. Its clean and clear waters, its colorful and diverse marine life, and the wonderful view of Panaon Island, Limasawa Island, and Sogod Bay- make this place so awesome!

Panguil River EcoPark by Jinkee Umali of www.calamba-online.com.

Panguil River Eco-Park
Panguil River Eco-Park

One will really appreciate real adventure when trekking to Panguil EcoPark located at Panguil, Laguna. Not only it has the clearest yet refreshing water around, the trekking, swimming to deep water and riding in a balsa were such an adventure. After you reach the Ambon-Ambon waterfalls, sliding in Bolero Dam is a bliss of fun. Definitely, it is a hidden paradise yet so affordable.

Malamawi Island in Basilan by Brennan Mercado of BaktinCorporation.com.

Malamawi Island in Basilan
Malamawi Island in Basilan

I remember that I just had a small window of time to capture this image of a beautiful beach resort in Basilan, with its blindingly white sands, crystal clear waters whose pale hues contrasted with the dark clouds hovering over the Zamboanga peninsula. A few minutes later, the skies became overcast and then it rained.

Lampinigan Island in Basilan by Mark dela Rosa of Kurtzky.com.

Lampinigan Island in Basilan
Lampinigan Island in Basilan

The presence of extremist militants has somehow preserved the picturesque beauty of Lampinigan Island. With the help of Basilan’s local tourism office and the armed forces, I was able to get a quick dip in the turquoise blue waters and set foot on the powdery sand of the shoreline.

Black Island in Calamian Group of Islands by Claire Algarme of Firsttimetravels.com.

Black Island in Calamian Group of Islands
Black Island in Calamian Group of Islands

Black Island is in the Calamian Group of Islands in the northern part of Palawan and is near the wildlife sanctuary in Calauit. Its limestone walls create an illusion of a black island in contrast to its white sand and pristine beach. It is also the location of one of the Slovenian franchise of the reality TV show, Survivor, which is “Survivor Srbija: Philippines”.

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